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1 yam, peeled and cut into small bite-size pieces
fresh thyme, leaves removed and finely chopped
1 TBL Earth Balance
1 TBL olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

In a small skillet on high heat, melt dairy-free butter and add in olive oil. Add in 1/2 tsp thyme and yams and cook on medium to high heat for about 5 minutes, until yams are tender and browned. Remove from pan and place yams on a paper towel. Plate the yams and season with sea salt, pepper, and a light sprinkle of thyme.

Serves 2

Great side dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Add as a side dish to quinoa.

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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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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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4 carrots, washed, peeled, and cut into thin strips
4 parsnips, washed, peeled, and cut into thin strips
2 TBL olive oil
8 fresh sage leaves
6 fresh thyme sprigs
salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Toss together all ingredients in a large baking dish, and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes, then gently toss in dish to loosen vegetables. Roast 15 minutes more, toss again and roast 10 minutes more. Vegetables are done when they are fork tender.

Serves 8

Tip: for more flavor, add in 4 TBL maple syrup and juice from 1/2 of an orange.

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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 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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1 small container non-dairy yogurt ( I like 6oz Whole Soy Co. Plain)
1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 banana
2 tsp almond butter
1/2 cup vanilla soymilk ( I like Silk Very Vanilla)
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
5 ice cubes

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Tastes like holiday in a cup.

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1 butternut squash (3 lbs)
1 1/2 large leeks, white parts only, split lengthwise, washed, and cut into 1-inch long pieces
1 1/2 cups Silk Creamer Original
1 1/2 cups Silk soymilk plain
3 cups water
salt and pepper to taste
fresh grated nutmeg
1/3 cup seeds or chopped and toasted nuts (pumpkin seeds, pistachios, walnuts, or hazelnuts work well) *optional garnish
1/2 cup non-dairysour cream (Tofutti) *optional garnish

Peel the squash. Remove the seeds and string, then cut into 2 inch chunks. Toss into a large pot. Add leeks, silk, and water. Salt generously and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower heat to simmer and cook 35 minutes, or until squash is soft enough to mash.

Poor into a blender or food processor and puree until very smooth. You may need to do this part in batches. Leave room in blender for puree to rise. Always place a dish towel on the cover of the blender and hold down with your hand when you turn the blender on as the heat forces the top to want to pop off. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Return to pot and reheat if needed. This dish is best when very hot.

Ladle into bowls and garnish with Tofutti and a few seeds or nuts.
Serves 6

Tip: apples (tart is best, peeled, cored and cut into tiny pieces) work well for garnish too!

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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.

Chicken
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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4 oz organic baby spinach (fresh or chopped frozen)
1/2 cup soymilk
1/2 cup pomegranate cherry juice
1 banana
1 cup frozen cherries
2 TBL ground flaxseed
1 TBL cocoa powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

In a blender, add spinach with soymilk and juice and puree for 1 minute. Add in remaining ingredients and puree until blended and smooth. Enjoy!

Serves 2