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1 stick Earth Balance
1 large brown onion (diced)
1 shallot (diced)
1 clove garlic (pressed through garlic press)
1 TBL olive oil
2 cups Arborio Rice (risotto) Lundberg brand
8 cups Imagine Organic No-Chicken Broth (bring to boil and keep on         low simmer in separate pan)
¼ cup parmesan (Daiya Italian shreds), plus more for garnish
1 TBL white wine (optional)
1/2 lemon (squeezed, seeds removed)

In large skillet on medium heat, melt earth balance. Then add olive oil, shallot, garlic and onion and sauté for 3 minutes. Add arborio rice and toss until rice turns white (3 minutes).

Ladel in No-Chicken broth (2 big ladels at a time) to cover rice. Simmer until most liquid absorbed. Stir occasionally. Keep adding in 2 big ladels of broth and simmer. Repeat until all broth is gone. This process should take approx 20-25 minutes. Test at 20 minutes.

Once done, season with salt and pepper and add lemon and white wine, if using. Stir in parmy.
Serve with steamed cut asparagus on top or mixed in. Garnish with a light sprinkle of parmesan.

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1/4 round (1.5 oz) dairy-free blue cheese, crumbled (Soy Bleu by Veg Cuisine)
1 TBL olive oil
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 Gardein Beefless Burger (frozen)
1 slice of cheese by Galaxy Nutritional Foods Rice Cheddar Flavor
1 English Muffin by Food For Life (Living 7-Sprouted Grains)
handful of baby greens
1 slice of red onion, finely chopped

In a small bowl, crumble in blue cheese, add oil and balsamic and lightly mix to combine.

In a small frying pan, cook frozen burger according to package instructions (you can choose to grill instead). Once done, add on cheddar cheese slice and cover for 30 seconds to melt.

While burger cooks, toast english muffin. Top toasted bottom half of muffin with baby greens and red onion. Then lay on the cheddar cheese burger and top with the blue cheese mixture.

Makes 1 outrageous burger

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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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Lima Bean Puree
1/2 onion, chopped
1 10 oz frozen package of lima beans
4 leaves of fresh mint
2 TBL olive oil, plus more for pan

In a frying pan, heat about 1 TBL olive oil, and saute onion and frozen lima beans, on medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once done, place in a food processor and puree , adding in fresh mint leaves and 2 TBL olive oil until you have a mashed potato consistency.

While the above sautes, get started on your chicken rub.

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zest of 1 lemon (outside yellow part only of entire lemon)
1 clove garlic, pressed
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, finely chopped
2 heaping TBL of Dijon Mustard
Dash of cayenne pepper
1 TBL olive oil, plus more for pan
1 package of frozen Gardein Chick’n Scallopini (4 pieces)

In a small bowl, combine the zest of 1 lemon, garlic, rosemary, Dijon, cayenne, and olive oil. Mix to combine.

In a large frying pan, heat 1 TBL olive oil, rub both sides of each piece of Gardein chicken and place in pan. Fry each side for 3 minutes.

Serve over the lima bean puree.

Serves 4

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2 TBL olive oil
1 lb soy crumbles frozen (substitute for ground beef)
2 cloves garlic (pressed through garlic press)
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
3 cups pasta sauce
salt & pepper to taste
1-2 TBL red wine (optional)
1 cup Imagine Organic No-Chicken broth
8 oz Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
1-2 TBL white wine (optional)
3 cups grated mozzarella (Daiya shreds)
no-boil lasagna noodles (Whole Foods 365 brand is egg free)
2 cups broccoli (shaved with serrated knife, microwave 1 minute)
1 cup parmesan (Daiya Italian shreds or Soya Kaas)

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 9×13 pan. In large skillet, add olive oil, soy crumbles, garlic, basil and oregano, stirring and combining ingredients, about 4 minutes medium-high heat. Stir in pasta sauce and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add red wine, if using. Set aside.

In medium saucepan over high heat, bring No-Chicken broth to a boil.  Turn to low heat and add Tofutti. Whisk until combined and smooth, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add white wine, if using.

Spoon half of the meat sauce into the pan for an even layer. Sprinkle 1 cup grated mozzarella over the meat sauce. Top with lasagna noodles (4-5). Add shaved broccoli. Pour Tofutti cream cheese sauce over the broccoli. Cover sauce with another cup of grated mozzarella. Arrange lasagna noodles (4-5) over the cheese, then spoon remaining half of meat sauce over the noodles as evenly as possible. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and grated parmesan.

Bake 40 minutes. Remove from oven to rest 10 minutes before cutting.

Pass on the garlic bread and have a healthier and delicious side dish of kale chips or heirloom tomatoes cut up with freshly made basil vinaigrette.

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1 lb soy crumbles (frozen)
2 TBL olive oil
1/4 cup taco seasoning, fill with water to 1 cup line and stir
taco shells
Daiya shredded cheddar cheese
shredded lettuce
sour Cream (Tofutti or Follow Your Heart)
red bell pepper (diced into bite-size pieces)
diced scallions or chives
salsa
guacamole

In large skillet or wok, add olive oil and soy crumbles. Heat medium to high and toss for 3-5 minutes.  Add taco seasoning mixed with water, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

Heat taco shells in oven according to instructions. 
Layer taco shells with cheese, crumbles, more cheese, lettuce, sour cream, red bell pepper, and scallions. Serve with sides of salsa and guacamole, or layer these in if preferred.

Diabetics, use iceberg lettuce cups instead of taco shells.

Tip: I like to spoon the sour cream into the bottom corner of a small zip-lock baggie and seal closed, leaving a small section unsealed to let the air out. Snip the bottom corner (small snip) and squeeze out the sour cream into taco shells. You can do the same for the guacamole. This lets you control the amount you use and disperse it evenly in the taco shells.

Use leftovers for a Taco Salad

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3/4 cup pearl barley
11 cups broth (Imagine No-Chicken broth)
2 TBL olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 bunch chopped parsley (for garnish) 

In a medium saucepan, bring 3 cups of broth and barley to a boil over medium heat. Cover and reduce to simmer for 1 hour, or until the liquid is absorbed.

Heat olive oil in a large pot and add in onion, carrots, celery, and mushrooms. Cover and cook on medium-high for about 5 minutes until softened. Add in the remaining broth and simmer for 30 minutes, covered.

Add the barley to the large pot and simmer for another 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot and garnish with chopped parsley.

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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4 ears of corn on the cob, husks removed and cleaned (white corn is my favorite)
2 limes (1 lime will be reserved for garnish and cut into 4 pieces or wedges)
1/2 stick of Earth Balance soy butter
1 TBL cilantro, finely chopped
salt for the finished corn *optional

In a large pot, lay in corn on the cob pieces, fill with water, and bring water to a boil. Once water starts to boil, boil for 5 minutes.

While corn is on the stove, make the cilantro lime butter. Place Earth Balance in a zip-lock baggie. Cut 1 lime in half, squeeze the juice into the butter zip-lock baggie and cut off some of the lime pulp after squeezing and add to the baggie. Toss cilantro into baggie and zip shut, except for a tiny corner to let the air out. Gently massage the baggie to combine the butter, lime and cilantro. Once combined, unzip, turn the baggie inside out to lay the mixture on a sheet of saran wrap plastic wrap (note, there will be lime juice that did not mix in with the butter, keep this together with the butter in the plastic wrap). Fold up the plastic wrap to enclose the butter and loose lime juice and roll into a small log. Stick in freezer until ready to use (less than 15 minutes).

Once the corn in done, place each piece on its own plate, spread with the cilantro lime butter and sprinkle with salt. Cut a slice of the butter and lay on top for garnish. Add a lime wedge to the plate for garnish and serve.

Tip: To get my corn water to come to a boil faster, I use some water from my hot water dispenser. If you have one, use half of the water from here so it comes to a boil quicker. You can place a lid on the pot until it starts to boil, but always leave ajar, slightly tilted off so the water does not boil over. Remove cover once boiling.

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1 package 12-14 oz extra-firm tofu (I like House Foods 14 oz), rinse, pat dry and cut into 16 thin slices
6 TBL soy sauce (can use tamari)
2 green onions (scallions), lightly chopped
1 large clove of garlic, peeled and chopped
1 tsp cornstarch
3/4 tsp agar powder or flakes, usually by dried seaweed or dried sea vegetables
1/2 cup hot water
1/4 cup agave syrup (can use maple syrup) *I like agave amber
2 tsp chicken broth (I like Imagine No-Chicken Broth which is vegan)
1/2 tsp ground powdered ginger
1/2 tsp ground mustard powder
14 oz of fresh pineapple chunks (if you use canned, then drain the juice), cut big chunks into bite-size pieces
1 large bell pepper (use 1/2 of red and 1/2 of green for color), seeded and cut into bite-size squares

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Brown the tofu slices in a nonstick pan, carefully flipping once to brown both sides. A good golden brown on both sides is best. Lay browned pieces in a single layer in a 9×13″ baking dish.

In a blender, add soy sauce, green onion, garlic, cornstarch, and agar and blend until combined. Add remaining ingredients except for the pineapple and bell pepper. Blend until combined.

In a small saucepan, pour in blended sauce and heat on high, stirring, until it comes to a boil. Boil and stir for 1 minute. to thicken. Add in the pineapple and bell pepper and stir. Pour mixture over browned tofu in the pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Serve over your favorite rice.

Tip: when you cut the tofu into 16 slices, cut tofu square in half, so now each half has to deliver 8 slices. It’s more manageable to get uniform slices.