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Earth Balance, for greasing
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 cup pecan pieces
3 ripe bananas, chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh pineapple
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 TBL Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer (whisked together with 6 TBL water)
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil

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2 slices french bread (toasted)
3 slices Lightlife Tempeh Fakin’ Bacon 
Tomato slices
Mixed Greens
Vegenaise

Cook bacon according to package directions. Once done, lay out on paper-towel. On toasted bread, spread vegenaise on both sides, lay on bacon, top with tomato and lettuce and place bread on top. Cut in half and serve. Makes 1 sandwich. Can use in a tortilla wrap too.

Lightlife Fakin’ Bacon 3 strips contains 8 grams of protein and is low in sugar, carbohydrates and calories.

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1 16 oz can Vegetarian Refried Beans (Rosarita)
salsa
shredded yellow cheese (Daiya)
guacamole
Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream
scallions (3 sliced)

In a glass dish, layer each ingredient in order from top to bottom. Add black olives or a sprinkle of more cheese if you desire. Enjoy with your favorite tortilla chips.

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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 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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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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2 cups brussel sprouts
1 clove garlic pressed through garlic press
1 TBL olive oil
1 TBL Earth Balance
2 TBL water
¼ tsp lemon juice
Salt to taste

Rinse brussel sprouts and cut in half. In wok or skillet on high heat, heat olive oil, Earth Balance, garlic and cut brussel sprouts. Saute, turning for 1 minute. Add a 2 Tablespoon of water and cover to get the steam going. Reduce heat to medium and keep covered for about 5 minutes. Check to see if tender. Once done, add lemon juice and salt to taste, giving a final toss in pan to combine.  Serve hot.

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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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1 cup Earth Balance
½ cup superfine sugar
2 TBL maple syrup or Joseph’s Sugar Free Syrup*
3 cups Oatmeal (Bob’s Red Mill Organic Extra Thick Rolled Oats Whole Grain)
¼ tsp salt
½ cup chocolate chip morsels *Optional (use 1/4 cup if making half with and half without chocolate chips)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. You can use a 9×13 cookie sheet or I like to use 12 cup muffin tin and put the silicone cups in the muffin tin to ensure the oat bars are firm and hold together. Cupcake liners work just as well.

Put 1 cup Earth Balance, sugar, and maple syrup in medium saucepan and melt over low heat.  Remove pan from heat once melted and stir in oats and salt to butter mixture. Mix well until combined. Spoon into pan or silicone cups and press down firmly. Optional: add in chocolate chips if using. Bake 30 minutes until golden brown. Let cool for 1 hour. Oats make this a healthy dessert recipe.

*Joseph’s Sugar Free Syrup is gluten-free and works well with this recipe. Keep refrigerated. I buy mine at Whole Foods.