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1 lb parsnips, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
2 TBL butter replacement (Earth Balance), plus 3 TBL melted, plus more for dish
2 large leeks, white and pale-green parts only, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced, and rinsed well (3 cups)
1/3 cup dry white wine
2 TBL fresh thyme, finely chopped
2 cups Silk soy original creamer
2 egg replacements (Bob’s Red Mill 5 TBL whisked with 15 TBL water)
1 cup dairy-free grated parmesan cheese (Soya Kaas)
1 loaf bread, cut into 1-inch cubes, crusts removed

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Drizzle parsnips with oil, and season with salt and pepper. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast, shaking occasionally, until caramelized and tender, about 25 minutes. Let cool. Reduce heat to 375 degrees F.

In a large skillet, melt 2 TBL butter replacement (Earth Balance) over medium heat. Add leeks and cook until tender, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add wine and reduce heat to simmer. Let simmer until reduced, 1 minute. Add thyme, stir, and remove from heat. Stir in roasted parsnips.

In a large bowl, whisk together melted butter, Silk soy, prepared egg replacement, and 3/4 cup parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Add leek-parsnip mixture, then fold in bread (mixture can be made 1 day in advance and refrigerated overnight).

Grease a shallow 2-quart baking dish and pour parsnip mixture into dish. Cover loosely with parchment, then foil, and bake until golden brown and puffed, about 50 minutes. Remove parchment and foil. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup parmesan and return to oven. Bake for 10 minutes.

Serves 8

Tip: if making 1 day head of time, refrigerate unbaked mixture overnight, let stand at room temp for 15 minutes before baking, and bake as noted.

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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 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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*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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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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1 Medjool Date
1 TBL Veg Cuisine Soy Bleu cheese, crumbled
1 walnut

Make a slit lengthwise in date. Carefully remove pit. Stuff date with crumbled bleu cheese. Top with walnut.

Makes 1 stuffed date

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I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, what we considered to be the beer capital of the USA! I always thought of beer as an alcoholic beverage, and nothing more. Now, I see, I am mistaken. Many beers contain skin, tissue, blood and bones from cows, pigs and fish. Who ever would have thought!? The thought of consuming this is gross. But the thought of these ingredients not needing to make it on the label is criminal!

Here’s what is safe to drink, if you are concerned about those poor vulnerable animals, and about your health. Drink Pabst (a Milwaukee staple), Amstel, Coronoa, Heineken, New Belgium Brewery, Sierra Nevada, or Tectate.

AVOID Castle Rock, Guinness, New Castle Brown Ale, and Red Stripe.

Read for yourself the list of ingredients derived from animal.

Now, to find out more about what you are drinking, or if you are looking for vegan choices in beer, wine, and other libations, then click here