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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 egg replacers (2 TBL Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer whisked with 6 TBL water)
1 1/4 cup Silk Pumpkin Spice drink (seasonal at Whole Foods)
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin (do not use pumpkin pie filling)
1 9-inch unbaked frozen pie crust (Wholly Wholesome dairy-free)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk together prepared egg replacer and Silk. Add in sugar, spice, and salt and whisk to combine. Add pumpkin and whisk until smooth.

Place frozen pie crust on cookie sheet. Pour mixture into unbaked frozen pie crust. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees F, leaving pie in the oven, and bake an additional 50 minutes. Cool on counter and then refrigerate over night. Enjoy with non-dairy whipped topping (SoyaToo)

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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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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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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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6 cups fresh cranberries (2 bags, 12 oz each) (use frozen if you cannot find fresh)
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
½ cup orange juice
1 TBL lemon juice
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1 TBL vanilla extract (add at very end)

Add all ingredients, except for vanilla, to large pan (2-3 quart) over high heat and bring to a simmer. Continue to simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally until cranberries are tender when pierced, 8-10 minutes.

Stir in vanilla and transfer to serving dish. Chill in frig.
Lasts up to 1 week in frig.
Makes about 3 ½ cups.

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2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 lb yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 stick (4 oz) non-diary butter (Earth Balance), plus 2 TBL (1 oz) melted
2 1/2 TBL fresh sage, chopped
1 1/2 cups Silk Original Creamer
coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup breadcrumbs (about 3 slices of white bread, crusts removed)

Place sweet potatoes and potatoes in a large pan, cover with water, and season with salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and place in a bowl. Use a ricer to mash or a hand mixer works well, too!

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Melt 1 stick of butter replacement (Earth Balance) in a small saucepan over medium heat, swirling, until slightly golden, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add 2 TBL of sage. Stir butter mixture and silk soy into potatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a medium casserole dish. (this portion can be made 2 days ahead of time and refrigerated).

Combine breadcrumbs with 2 TBL of melted butter replacement (Earth Balance), and remaining 1/2 TBL sage. Season with salt and pepper and toss to combine.

Top potato mixture with breadcrumbs. Bake, uncovered, until bubbling around the edges and the breadcrumbs are golden brown, 35-40 minutes.

Serves 8

Tip: if browning too quickly, tent with foil.

Tip: this dish can be made up to 2 days ahead of time. Save the breadcrumb mixture and put on just before baking. If making ahead and keeping refrigerated, you will need to bake an additional 10-15 minutes longer.

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1 tsp olive oil
10 oz cremini mushrooms
2 celery stalks, chopped
8 sage leaves (large)
2 TBL fresh thyme, removed from stem and finely chopped
1 demi whole wheat baguette cut into 1 inch cubes (8 oz)
1 large Anjou or Bartlett pear, cored and cubed
1/4 cup pitted prunes, chopped
1 cup Imagine no chicken broth
1 cup pomegranate juice

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add in mushrooms, celery, sage, and thyme and cook until softened, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a large bowl.

Add bread cubes, pear, prunes, broth, and juice. Mix well and let the bread absorb all of the liquid.

Transfer to an 8″x8″ baking dish and cover with foil. Bake for 40 minutes, then remove foil and bake until the stuffing puffs up, about another 5 minutes.

Serves 8

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2 boxes (3.8 oz each) Dr. Oetker Organics Vanilla cooked pudding and pie filling mix
4 cups Silk Soy Milk (Very Vanilla)
1 15oz can pumpkin (do not use pumpkin pie filling)
3 tsp pumpkin pie spice blend

Make vanilla pudding, following Dr. Oetker box instructions. Once pudding is cooked, whisk in the can of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice blend until combined. Divide among 8 ramekins and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Tip: add soy or rice whipped topping, graham crumbles or freshly sliced bananas.

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8 chocolate sandwich cookies (Whole Foods 365 brand or Newman O’s dairy-free)
1 8 oz container Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese or Galaxy brand
3 TBL agave nectar (light)
1 15 oz can pureed pumpkin (do not use pumpkin pie filling)
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 10 oz box of SoyaToo soy whip (use 1 1/2 cups and save the rest for whenever) (Whole Foods refrigerator section)
sugar-free gummy worms for decoration

Place cookies in a zip-lock baggie, close bag leaving a corner opening, and crush cookies with a rolling pin.

In a medium bowl, beat the boxed soy whip until firm. Measure out 1 1/2 cups and put in refrigerator until ready to use. Place remaining whip topping in a separate container to refrigerate and use whenever.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the Tofutti cream cheese and agave until smooth and creamy. Add in the pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice and mix well until combined. Fold in 1 1/2 cups soy whip topping until combined. Spoon mousse into 8 small dessert dishes.

Sprinkle crushed cookie crumbs evenly among all dishes and decorate with gummy worms. Perfect for Halloween! If you do not want the Halloween version, then you do not need the cookies or gummy worms. Delicious year round.