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2 medium acorn squashes, halved and seeded
2 tsp olive oil, plus 1 TBL
12 oz package of frozen soy crumbles
ground cinnamon
ground nutmeg
2 tsp coarse salt
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
4 cloves of garlic, pressed through a garlic press
3/4 cup bulgur wheat (I like Bob’s Red Mill)
2 cups water
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup fresh italian (flat-leaf) parsley, chopped
2 TBL toasted pine nuts

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place squashes, cut side down, in a casserole dish or on a cookie sheet. Bake until soft, about 40 minutes.

Heat 2 tsp of olive oil in a large pan over high heat. Add in frozen soy crumbles, a pinch of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg, and 1 tsp of salt. Stir and cook for a few minutes until heated. Transfer to a dish and set aside.

Add 1 TBL of olive oil to the same pan over medium to high heat, and add in onion. Cook until slightly translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and stir. Add remaining teaspoon of salt and the bulgur and stir to combine. Add in water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low-medium, cover, and let cook for 15 minutes. Once done, remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Fluff with fork, then add in soy crumble mixture, raisins, parsley, and pine nuts and stir to combine.

Scrape out baked squashes, leaving 1/4-inch-thick bowls, and fold scooped squash into the bulgur soy crumble mixture and mix well. Place squash bowls on pan and fill each with an even amount of the mixture. Bake 14 minutes until warmed and tops are slightly browned.

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*featured above is stuffed tofu roast, stuffing, mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy, roasted carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes and onions, and cranberry-apple potato dumpling

Roast:
1 Tofurky Roast (3lb box comes with sides of mushroom gravy & dumplings)
1 brown onion, peeled and quartered
1 shallot, peeled and quartered
2 cloves garlic, peeled and cut in half
fresh sage and rosemary (3 full sprigs of each)
carrots, sweet potato and a few small russet potatoes, rinsed and cut
1/4 cup olive oil

6 medium to large Russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
6 TBL Earth Balance, softened
2 cloves garlic, pressed through garlic press
1/4 cup Silk Creamer Original

Place roast in roasting pan. Place onion, shallot, garlic, sage, rosemary and vegetables around roast and drizzle olive oil over roast. Toss vegetables to coat with olive oil.  Half way through, baste and toss vegetable and turn roast to the other side. 

Bake 350 degrees F for 1 hour and 15 minutes covered, then baste final time and roast 10 minutes more, uncovered.

While roast is in the oven, you have time to make the side dishes. Make mashed potatoes and heat mushroom gravy (included with roast) and make the cranberry-apple potato dumplings (included with roast) according to instructions. Boil potatoes until soft. Drain potatoes and mash (use mixer) with earth balance, garlic and soy milk. Set aside.

If you plan on making your own stuffing, saute celery and onion, add in no chicken broth (vegan) and bring to boil, then toss in bread cubed stuffing and toss. This roast already has a bread and rice stuffing in the center.

*Tip: if you plan on making this faux turkey in the off-season, check with your local Whole Foods to see if the Tofurky Roast is in stock. It comes in several sizes. I made this in July and my local store had it available but said not all stores may stock this roast throughout the year.

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Olive oil
1 1/2 cups soy crumbles
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 6 oz package of Lightlife Smoky Tempeh Strips Fakin’ Bacon, chopped into bite-size pieces
1 can (14-15 oz) baked beans, with juice (I used Whole Foods 365 organic original)
1 can (14-15 oz) kidney beans, with juice
1 can (14-15 oz) butter beans, with juice
1/2 cup ketchup
3/4 cup brown sugar (light)
1 tsp salt
2 tsps vinegar
1 tsp prepared yellow mustard (French’s)

In a large kettle, add 1-2 TBL olive oil over high heat, then add in onion and soy crumbles. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. In a medium skillet, add in 1-2 TBL olive oil over high heat, then add cut tempeh bacon and fry, stirring on occasion, for 4-5 minutes to lightly crisp the pieces.

Add the beans with juice, and remaining ingredients to onion/soy crumble kettle.  Add in tempeh bacon to kettle mixture as well. Stir to combine. Pour mixture in a casserole or baking dish, about 9X13, and bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes.

Serve in bowls and garnish with Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream and sliced scallions. Serves 6

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3 slices day old sandwich bread (cut off crusts and break bread into pieces)
1/2 cup dairy-free parmesan cheese (Galaxy Foods Vegan brand)
2 TBL flat leaf parsley, chopped finely
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1 egg replacer (Bob’s Red Mill 1 TBL egg replacer whisked with 3 TBL water)
1 package Gardein Chick’n Scallopini (remove from freezer as you gather ingredients)
2 TBL olive oil
2 TBL fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup water
1 TBL Dijon mustard
3 TBL dairy-free butter (Earth Balance)

In a food processor, add bread, parmesan, parsley, salt, and pepper and pulse until fine crumbs. Place on a small plate.

Prepare egg replacer and pour onto another small plate. Dip each Gardein chicken piece in the prepared egg replacer so it is lightly covered, then cover with bread crumb mixture, pressing so crumbs adhere.

In a large skillet, heat 1 TBL olive oil and 1 TBL dairy-free butter (Earth Balance). Place 2 pieces of breaded Gardein in pan and cook about 3 minutes each side, pressing down gently with a spatula to brown all crumbs. Repeat with final batch being sure to re-coat pan.

In a small pan, add lemon juice and 1/4 cup water and cook for 1 minute over low heat until steaming. Add in Dijon and whisk. Turn off heat and add in 1 TBL dairy-free butter (Earth Balance) and whisk until melted and combined. Divide sauce into 4 small ramekins for dipping.

Plate each Gardein piece over fresh baby greens and serve with a side of the lemon-mustard sauce.

Tip: If you love sauce, then I recommend doubling the sauce ingredients.

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2 cans 14 oz each cannellini beans
1 bunch of asparagus, rinsed and cut into bite-size pieces (discard bottom 2 inches)
2 cloves garlic, pressed through garlic press
2 TBL olive oil
1 TBL Earth Balance
Lemon juice (about 1 TBL)
Daiya
Daiya Mozzarella Shreds (1/4 cup to mix in and more for garnish-Optional)
Salt to season

In wok or large sauté pan, add olive oil, Earth Balance, garlic and asparagus. Sauté for 3-5 minutes on medium to high heat. Add cannellini beans with juice from cans. Bring to mild boil to thicken sauce. Cover while boiling and reduce to low simmer for about 5-7 minutes, stirring every few minutes. Sauce will thicken and turn to a creamy texture. Once done, add in lemon juice. Stir to combine and serve in bowls. Season with salt and garnish with a sprinkling of Daiya Mozzarella Shreds.

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2 TBL extra virgin olive oil
1 shallot, finely chopped (1/4 cup)
1 cup wild rice
3 cups Imagine no-chicken broth (vegan)
1/2 cup pecans
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup golden raisins, coarsely chopped
2 TBL chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

*Best made a few hours before you are ready to serve. Let stand at room temperature.

Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add shallot, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3 minutes. Add rice, and cook for 1 minute. Add no-chicken broth, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, covered, until rice is tender and starting to burst, 45 to 50 minutes. Drain any excess liquid. Transfer to a bowl.

While rice cooks, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Arrange pecans on a rimmed baking sheet, and toast until browned and fragrant, about 8 minutes. Let cool. Coarsely chop pecans.

Add toasted pecans, cranberries, raisins, and parsley to rice. Season with salt and pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Serves 6

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3/4 cup brown rice
1/4 cup wild rice
2 tsp sea salt
1 bunch of asparagus, rinsed and bottom ends cut off and discarded
1 TBL olive oil
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
1/2 brown onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup carrot, finely chopped
1/2 tsp dried thyme
6 cups vegetable stock
2 TBL scallions, finely chopped
1 TBL fresh italian parsley, finely chopped
1 TBL soy sauce (use tamari)
1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)
fresh ground pepper, to taste

In a medium saucepan, add water, brown and wild rice, and salt. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to simmer for 45 minutes, until water is absorbed.

Steam asparagus for 2 minutes until tender but still crisp. Drain and rinse with cold water. Once cooled, cut into 1 inch pieces, keeping a few tips for garnish.

In a large saucepan, add olive oil, celery, onion, carrots, and thyme. Cook for 4-6 minutes on low heat until tender, stirring occasionally. Add in vegetable stock and cooked rice. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to simmer for 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and cool a few minutes.

Pour small batches of mixture into a blender (fill only half way). Be sure to leave half of the room since heated ingredients pressurize. Place blender cap on and cover with a towel while holding down cover. Use blend and puree cycles until smooth. Pour into pan and repeat process until all is blended.

Add cut asparagus, scallions, parsley, soy sauce, hot pepper sauce, and freshly ground pepper to blended soup and stir to combine. Simmer to re-heat and serve in bowls with asparagus tip garnish and a dollop of Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream.

Serves 6

This recipe is hearty yet on the bland side. I like to spice up my individual bowl by adding in 1-2 shakes of additional hot pepper sauce. If you are one who prefers a completely smooth soup, then add in the asparagus, scallions, and parsley to the blender and puree with the broth/rice mixture. Serve with a side of crusty bread.

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1/2 small onion, chopped
1 small carrot, peeled and chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
1 tsp sea salt (divided into two 1/2 teaspoons)
1/4 tsp celery seed
1 TBL olive oil, plus more for frying
1 lb cooked lentils, drained
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 TBL cornstarch
1 TBL Worcestershire Sauce (Annie’s Naturals is vegan)
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, lightly crushed (place on a flat plate)

In a food processor, add onion, carrot, garlic, 1/2 tsp sea salt, and celery seed and pulse until finely chopped.  In a large pan over medium heat, add 1 TBL olive oil and carrot mixture and saute until tender, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, mix together lentils, breadcrumbs, 1/2 tsp sea salt, pepper, and cooked carrot mixture.

In a small bowl, combine cornstarch, Worcestershire, and water. Add to lentil mixture and combine well. Form mixture into round patties. I like to use square pieces of parchment paper to press out each patty. It is easy to work with and remove patty without smashing. Press one side into lightly crushed pumpkin seeds. If you want to do both sides, you will need to double the amount of seeds.

Heat 1 TBL olive oil in a large pan and cook 2 lentil patties at a time over medium-high heat, about 5 minutes each side. Once done, add your favorite dairy-free cheese, and cover to melt. Serve on Ezekiel sprouted grain bun with arugula.

Makes 12 patties. Freeze uncooked patties in between parchment paper and store in a zip-lock freezer bag. 

1/4 cup uncooked lentils contain 13 grams of protein and 15 grams of fiber.

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1 bag of fresh baby spinach (about 4 cups), stems removed
1/4 cup Silk creamer
1/3 cup vegetable broth
2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-size cubes
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 14 oz package tofu, extra-firm, rinsed and patted dry
1/8 tsp turmeric
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp chipotle powder
2 TBL Earth Balance (non-dairy butter)
4 strips of Lightlife Smoky Tempeh Fakin’ Bacon, cut into bite-size pieces

In a large skillet, saute spinach, soy, and vegetable broth over medium heat until wilted. Add potatoes and garlic and continue to cook over medium heat, covered, and stirring occasionally, until potatoes are soft, about 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a food processor or blender, puree half of the tofu with the turmeric, salt, pepper, and chipotle powder.  Add this mixture to the cooked spinach-potato pan and crumble in the remaining half of the tofu. Mix to combine. Pour mixture into a pan (I like to use a tart pan 9×1.125 in or 22.9×2.9 cm where the bottom pops out for easy removal of the finished product). Bake for 20 minutes. Once done, let the frittata set for about 10 minutes before cutting.

In a small skillet, heat Earth Balance and add in bacon. Fry a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until crispy. Plate a slice of the frittata and garnish the top with tempeh bacon.

Serves 6-8

Tip: If you do not like spinach, try kale, broccoli, or add in dairy-free cheese. Customize to your liking. Just be sure to top it with the tempeh bacon, as it adds texture and flavor.

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1 box of Farfalle bow-tie pasta
splash of olive oil
dash of salt

Cheese Sauce:
1 TBL Earth Balance
8 TBL Silk Original (use 1-2 TBL more after adding cheese if you like sauce thinner)
1/4 cup Daiya yellow shredded cheese
1/4 cup Daiya mozzarella shredded cheese

Fill a large pot with water for the pasta and bring to a boil. Add in olive oil, salt, and pasta. Cook according to directions or a few minutes longer if you do not like al dente. Once pasta is done, drain and set aside until ready to use.

When pasta is almost done, make the cheese sauce. In a small pan, warm Earth Balance and Silk over low-medium heat. Add in Daiya cheese and stir until melted and combined.

Add cheese sauce to pasta and gently toss. Plate and garnish with parsley. Salt to taste.
Serves 4-6