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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 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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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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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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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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1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup light brown sugar
2 TBL ground flaxseed
1/2 cup chopped nuts *Optional (walnuts and pecans work well)
2 TBL Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer whisked with 6 TBL water
3 ripe bananas, mash with a fork
1/2 cup olive oil (or a vegetable oil of your choice)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a loaf pan and set aside.

In a medium size bowl, add in flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, brown sugar, and flaxseed. Mix well to combine. Add in nuts, if using, prepared egg replacer, mashed bananas, oil, and vanilla. Mix well until all of the ingredients are combined.

Pour batter into the greased loaf pan and bake for 60 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before removing from the pan. Flip pan over to remove loaf and continue to cool on a piece of parchment paper or wire rack covered with parchment.

*Tip: you can add in nuts once you pour the batter into the pan. I like to make half without nuts, 1/4 with pecans and 1/4 with walnuts. I use a knife to work the nuts into the batter and lay a few of the same nuts on top of the batter.

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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.

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3/4 cup frozen edamame beans, pre-shucked
2 cups fresh spinach, tightly packed
3 cloves of garlic, pressed
1/2 cup tahini paste
2 TBL olive oil
2 TBL flax oil
1 TBL lemon juice
1 TBL Braggs or tamari
1-2 tsp Asian chili-garlic sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
sesame seeds for garnish (optional)

Steam edamame until thawed and bright green. In food processor, add in edamame remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve with pita wedges and fresh raw veggies. Use in wraps as a spread.  Great source of protein.

Makes about 2 cups