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1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup Earth Balance (dairy-free butter), softened
2 egg replacers (2 TBL of Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer whisked with 6 TBL of water)
4 heaping TBL of Tofutti Sour Cream (dairy-free)
2 mashed very ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 TBL ground flaxseed
Optional add-ins: walnuts, chocolate chip morsels

Lemony Icing:
2 cups powdered confectioners sugar
juice of 1 lemon (about 4 TBL)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 1 loaf pan (or 2 mini loaf pans). In stand mixer, cream butter and sugar. Add in prepared egg replacer while mixer is on low. Add in Tofutti sour cream, bananas, and vanilla and mix well, stopping mixer and scraping down sides of bowl. On lowest speed, add in flour, baking soda, and flax and blend until combined. Add in optional ingredients and mix to combine.

Pour batter into load pan. Bake for 70 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes in pan. Turn out onto wire rack lined with parchment paper and continue to cool before cutting, about 30 minutes.  Ice the top of the entire loaf and decorate with walnuts, or use the icing for individual slices and drizzle on cut slice prior to serving.

In a medium bowl, blend icing ingredients together with a hand mixer. Save and use on cooled loaf.

Tip: Sprinkle one end of the loaf with a few chocolate chip morsels, the other end with walnuts, and leave the middle alone. This will satisfy all taste-buds in your household. Use a spoon to work the added pieces down into the loaf prior to baking. If you use mini loaf pans, the baking time is approximately 45 minutes, or until golden brown and toothpick inserted to test for doneness comes out clean.

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1 1/2 cups flour (I like to use both cake flour and all purpose-flour and mix together)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt (use sea salt)
2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil (if using olive oil, use extra virgin light)
1 TBL Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer (whisk the 1 TBL with 3 TBL of water)
1/3 cup Silk Soy Very Vanilla
1 cup fresh blueberries (rinsed), plus a handful more for topping
2 TBL ground flax seed *optional but highly recommended with this recipe to get omega-3 and plenty of fiber

For crumb topping:
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 TBL flour
2 TBL Earth Balance, softened
3/4 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 12 cup muffin tin with Earth Balance.

Muffin mix: In a medium size bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and ground flax, if using. Add in olive oil, egg replacer (prepared) and soy milk to dry ingredients and mix to combine. Fold in fresh blueberries.  Divide batter evenly in muffin tin.  I like to use an extra handful of blueberries and push in a few extra on the top off each muffin.

Crumb topping: In a small bowl, combine sugar, flour, earth balance and cinnamon. Divide among the 12 muffin tops and gently spread to cover as much of the muffin top as you can.

Bake for 25 minutes until golden. I like to broil the tops for 1 minute to get even more golden and crispy. Just keep an eye on the muffins if you do broil.

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2 cups soy milk (plain or vanilla)
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
3 TBL light brown sugar
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup fresh berries

In medium saucepan bring soy milk to boil. Add quinoa and return to boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, covered, until most of the soy milk has been absorbed, about 15 minutes.

Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon. Simmer, covered, until almost all the soy milk has been absorbed, about 8 more minutes.

Serve in bowls and garnish with fresh berries. Add in optional items to customize to your liking, such as ground flax seed, nuts, earth balance, sprinkle of brown sugar or a splash of soy milk. Use almond milk instead of soy.

Makes 2 cups

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raspberry or mango sorbet
champagne

Scoop a small sized ball of sorbet into a champagne flute and fill with your favorite champagne. Adds a light flavor and looks festive.

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2 oranges, sliced thinly
2 lemons, sliced thinly
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup orange juice (pulp free)
1/2 cup triple sec
2 bottles cheap red wine
ice cubes for serving

Muddle the fruit with the sugar in a punch bowl or pitcher using a wooden spoon to release some of the fruit juices and dissolve the sugar. Stir in orange juice, triple sec and wine. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours but no longer than overnight. Serve over ice. Add mint sprig or fruit garnish.
Serves 8

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1 14oz Silken Tofu
¾ cup chocolate chip morsels
½ cup Suzanne’s Ricemellow Crème

Remove tofu from container and discard liquid. Rinse tofu under cold water. Place tofu in between 2 paper towels and gently press to soak up any liquid. Place tofu in a blender and puree until smooth, scrapping down sides with spatula (approx 1 minute).

Melt chocolate chip morsels on paper plate in microwave (approx 60 seconds until soft).  Add ricemellow and melted chocolate to blender and blend until combined, scrapping down sides with spatula (approx 2 minutes).

Pour into 6 dessert cups and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before eating. Add shaved chocolate to top for garnish. This is a healthy dessert recipe. Tofu supplies calcium and is low in calories.

This dessert is still highly delicious without the ricemellow creme.

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1 lb medium to large mushrooms
1 TBL olive oil
1 clove garlic, peeled and pressed through garlic press
2 TBL flat leaf parsley, chopped
1/4 tsp fresh thyme, removed from stem and finely chopped
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 ground nutmeg
1/3 cup plain bread crumbs
4 TBL non-dairy parmesan cheese (I like to use SoyaKaas)
non-stick vegetable spray

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Rinse mushrooms and dry on paper towel. Remove stems from mushrooms, cutting them out in circle formation to create a hole to stuff with filling. Save stems and chop up finely for the filling.

In a medium pan, heat the oil and add chopped mushrooms, stirring until juices evaporate. Mix in garlic, parsley, thyme, salt, pepper, nutmeg, bread crumbs, and parmesan, stir and remove from heat.

Spoon equal amounts of filling into holed mushroom caps. Place caps on baking sheet that has been sprayed lightly with non-stick spray. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes.

Sprinkle a little extra parmesan on top and broil for about 2-3 minutes to brown and make slightly crispy. Garnish with parsley or thyme.

Makes about 18 mushrooms

Tip: add a pinch of chopped cilantro when you add in other herbs to give it additional flavor.