FESTIVE ACORN SQUASH WITH WILD RICE

Acorn Squash:

  • 1 Acorn squash, halved lengthwise, seeds removed

  • 1 Tbsp refrigerated coconut milk (use the thick white part)

  • 4 Tbsp date or coconut sugar

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Stuffing:

  • 1 cup freshly cooked wild rice

  • 1/3 cup toasted walnuts

  • ½ cup dried cranberries

  • ¼ cup dates, pitted

  • ¼ cup fresh basil

  • Juice of 1 naval orange

  • Zest of ½ naval orange

Preheat oven to 350º. Cut squash in half from stem end to bottom. Remove seeds. Fill halves with coconut milk and date or coconut sugar. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste, and bake till just fork tender.

Place walnuts, dried cranberries, dates, basil, naval orange juice, and orange zest in a food processor, and pulse until coarsely ground. Mix well with rice.

When squash halves are ready, spoon rice mixture in center of each, gently mixing with the liquid already in the squash (you will have extra filling). Return to oven and bake for another 20-25 minutes. Can garnish with shredded fresh basil. Enjoy!

Inspired by http://thismessisours.com

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Apple Crisp

Filling:

  • 8 medium-large apples, sliced thin    (4 tart, 4 sweet)
  • 1 lemon, juiced (2 Tbs)
  • 2/3 cup date or coconut sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 3 Tbs tapioca flour
  • ¼ cup apple juice (can use water)

Topping:

  • 1½ cups rolled oats
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)
  • 3 Tbs whole grain flour
  • 3 Tbs pure maple or date syrup
  • 1½ tsp pure vanilla extract

In a large mixing bowl stir together the date or coconut sugar, cinnamon, and tapioca flour. Add the lemon juice and apple juice or water, and stir well, until all apples are coated. Peel the apples, and slice thinly. Add to the bowl and stir gently until the apples are coated. Pour into a 9X13 baking dish.

Preheat oven to 350º. In a separate bowl combine the rolled oats, chopped nuts and flour, mixing well. Combine the maple or date syrup and pour into the oat mixture. Mix well, and layer over the top of the apple mixture.

Lay a piece of parchment paper over top of baking dish. Bake for 50 minutes until bubbly, removing parchment paper after 30 minutes. Take from oven and let rest for 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

 

 

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Simple Bisquits

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  • 2 cups white whole wheat or other whole grain flour
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp date sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2/3 cup plant milk
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Preheat oven to 450º. Stir together all the dry ingredients until well mixed. Cut in the applesauce with a pastry cutter or two butter knives, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the milk all at once and stir just until the dough clings together. Lightly flour the surface of a cutting board and knead the mixture a few strokes. *Pat or roll dough to about a 1" thickness. Cut with a biscuit cutter, or the top of a drinking glass, dipping the edge into flour between each cut. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and transfer biscuits onto it. Bake for 8-10 minutes or till the biscuits look golden. Serve warm. Makes about 8 biscuits.

*Note: You can also bake these as drop biscuits. Just drop large spoonfuls onto your baking sheet, leaving room for expanding in the oven.

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Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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  • 4 large potatoes
  • 1 small-medium onion, diced (yellow or white)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • ¾ cup plant milk
  • 2 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • Pepper to taste
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Wash, peel and cut potatoes into chunks. Put into a pot along with the diced onions and cover with water. Bring to a boil, and cook until potatoes are very soft. Drain, being careful not to loose the onions. Add minced or pressed garlic, salt and pepper along with ½ of the milk. Using either a potato masher, or even better a mixer, whip the mixture, adding more of the milk as necessary until potatoes are fluffy and delicious!

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Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

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  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup sliced black olives
  • ½ cup diced green bell peppers
  • ⅔ cup quartered grape tomatoes
  • ½ cup diced cucumber
  • ¼ cup capers

Dressing:

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  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil
  • ½ cup coconut
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp salt

Mix salad ingredients together in a bowl. Add all dressing ingredients together in a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Add dressing to taste.

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Vegan Brown Gravy

  • ¼ Cup white whole wheat flour
  • ¼ Cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper

Place dry ingredients into a non-stick skillet and “toast” over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

In a blender, put:

  • 2 Cups vegetable broth
  • 2 T Bragg’s Liquid Aminos

Add dry ingredients and blend until well combined. Return mixture to the non-stick skillet and bring to a slow boil until it thickens. Enjoy!

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White Bean Chili

  • 1 large white onion chopped
  • 3 Tbsp Vegan chicken-style seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 7 oz cans diced green chilies
  • 1 10 oz can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 Tbsp minced jalapeno (canned or fresh - no seeds)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ - 1 tsp cayenne powder (or to taste)
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 6 cups great northern beans soaked overnight and rinsed’
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 ½ cups soy curls broken into small chunks or no evil foods chicken preppers.
  • 1 ½ cup tofu sour cream

 

Place all ingredients except the tofu sr cream in the pressure cooker add 8 C water.

Put lid on and lock.

Program to high pressure for 16 min.

Prior to serving stir in tofu sour cream and serve.

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Spinach Ricotta Roll-Ups

Serves 6

  • 1 Recipe Tofu Ricotta
  • 1 10oz package frozen chopped spinach thawed and squeezed dry
  • ½ package of whole grain lasagna noodles (whole wheat/brown rice etc) cooked and drained
  • 1 24oz jar of oil free/sugar-free prepared marinara sauce or 3 cups of homemade oil-free sugar-free marinara

Cover the bottom of an 8x8 baking dish or one of similar size with 1 cup of marinara set aside.

Cook 6 whole grain lasagna noodles according to directions. Drain.

Mix chopped/drained spinach in with the tofu ricotta until well incorporated.

Lay noodles out flat and spoon ⅓ - ½ cup of the tofu ricotta/spinach filling over the length of the noodle.  Roll noodle up and place seam down in the prepared baking dish, or you may also wish to stand the noodle up for presentation.  Repeat the process with the remaining 5 noodles.

Spoon remaining marinara over the noodles and cover with foil. Bake at 350º for about 30 minutes until heated through and marinara is bubbling.

TOFU RICOTTA - yields approximately 2 ½ C

  • 1 (14-ounce) block firm tofu, drained and crumbled
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • Pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon mellow white miso
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
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Beet and Berry Smoothie

Ingredients

3 cups plant milk

1 small beet, quartered

¾ cup spinach, packed

1 tbsp ground flax seed

2 cups frozen berries (any combination)

2 ripe bananas

4 medjool dates

 

Instructions

 

Add all ingredients to a blender, preferably high powered. Process until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!

 

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Homemade Ketchup

 

Ingredients

12 oz Tomato paste

1 cup Water

1/2 cup Apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup Maple syrup

2 tsp Salt

2 tsp Onion powder

1 tsp Smoked Paprika

 

Instructions

Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor, and process until smooth. Add a little more water if it is too thick.

Enjoy playing with the recipe for fun variations and flavors.

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Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Recipe by

MyVega.com

 

Ingredients

Approximately 3 lbs apples (any variation, or an assortment of different kinds)

1/4 cup water

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cloves

1 Tbsp lemon juice

Optional: 1 to 2 Tbsp maple syrup

Instructions

Chop and core apples. You do not need to peel and can leave these pieces fairly large. An apple slicer is perfect for this task!

Place apples in slow cooker with ¼ cup water and set on high for four hours, covered with lid. Stir two to three times per hour.

Once apples are soft (this might happen before the four hour mark depending on the amount you’re using) mash your apples into “applesauce” with a large fork or spoon. This should happen easily.

Turn off the heat and spoon the mixture into a blender (you can let your applesauce mixture cool a bit before transferring into blender if you want). Blend on high, stopping to let some steam escape and scraping down the sides as you go. Blend until mixture is very smooth and silky.

Once blended, carefully transfer mixture back into your slow cooker

Stir in spices and set to high. Continue to cook, without the lid, for 45 to 70 minutes, stirring and watching to ensure it does not burn on the bottom.

Once you achieve desired consistency (texture should appear thicker) add lemon juice and spoon into glass jars and let cool with the lids off. It will thicken as it cools. Taste and add additional maple syrup and spices as desired.

Once cooled place the lids on and store in refrigerator for up to three to four weeks. Freezing leftovers works too!

 
 
 
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Tahini Goddess Dressing

Recipe By

The Vegan 8

Ingredients

1/2 cup "lite" coconut milk

1/4 cup + 2 tbsp water

1/4 cup + 2 tbsp tahini

3 tbsp low sodium Tamari 

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

2 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp dried parsley

1/4 tsp fine sea salt

1 tsp sesame seeds (optional)

2 teaspoons cornstarch

 

Instructions

Add all ingredients, except the cornstarch, to a small saucepan and whisk until completely mixed. Now, whisk in the cornstarch until it's 100% incorporated, and there are no lumps. 

Turn the heat to medium-low. Once it starts to bubble well around the edges, whisk continually around the edges and within the pot for 2-3 minutes until it has thickened to a creamy dressing consistency. 

Remove from heat, whisk well and pour into a glass jar. Store covered in the fridge overnight. NOTE: The final amazing flavor will not be complete until this step.

(Makes 1 1/2 cups.)

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Orange Chickpea Bowls

Ingredients

2 Cups Brown Rice cooked/steamed

2 15oz cans of chickpeas (Garbanzo beans) drained and rinsed and warmed with Orange sauce

2-3 heads of broccoli, cut into florets and steamed

3 Carrots, peeled and shredded/crinkle cut or carrot curls

Sesame seeds for garnish

 

Orange Sauce Ingredients

1/2 cup fresh orange juice

3 tbsp maple syrup

1/3 cup coconut aminos

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp fresh ginger, grated

1/2 tbsp orange zest

Pinch crushed red pepper flakes

3 Tbsp corn starch

 

Instructions

Whisk together all Orange Sauce ingredients, until corn starch is fully dissolved. Cook in a small saucepan over medium heat and simmer until thickened, stirring constantly. Add the 2 cans of chickpeas, stir to coat evenly, reduce heat to low until ready to assemble the bowls. Adjust sweetness/salt to taste.

Bowl Assembly

Place 1/3 cup - 1/2 cup of warm brown rice in each bowl and top with steamed broccoli, carrots and chickpeas in orange sauce. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve immediately. 

Store leftover ingredients separately in lidded containers and refrigerate. Stays fresh for 3-4 days.

 
 
 
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Caramel Popcorn

Ingredients

1/2 cup light brown rice syrup

1/4 cup natural peanut butter

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

 1 1/2 cups dry roasted peanuts

Instructions

Mix together over medium heat:
     1/2 cup light brown rice syrup

     1/4 cup natural peanut butter

Remove from heat, and add:
     1 tsp pure vanilla extract
     1 1/2 cups dry roasted peanuts

Mix well. In a large mixing bowl pour syrup mixture over 18 cups of air-popped popcorn, and stir until evenly coated.

Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and spread coated popcorn evenly across the tray. 

Bake at 250º for 30 minutes. Can store in an air-tight container for up to 1 week.

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No-Oil Balsamic Vinaigrette

Recipe By

Chef A.J.

Ingredients

1 cup of Balsamic Vinegar (4% acidity preferred)

4 Tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast

3 Tablespoons of low-sodium soy sauce, coconut aminos or tamari 

3 tablespoons of date syrup (or date equivalent) -could use maple syrup

1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum

 

Instructions

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend. Refrigerate any unused portion.

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Vegan Mozzarella

Ingredients

1/2 cup raw cashews

2 cups hot water

6 tbsp tapioca flour

2 tbsp nutritional yeast

2 tbsp lemon juice or apple cider vinegar

2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

 

Instructions

Add ingredients to a high speed blender, and blend until completely smooth. Heat over medium high heat, stirring often, until thick and stringy. Will keep in refrigerator for up to 1 week. Use for cheese dips, on vegetables, macaroni, etc.

To make grilled cheese, spread onto a slice of bread to make a sandwich. Cook in George Foreman type counter grill for 4-5 minutes until toasty. Enjoy!

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Millet Pancakes

Ingredients

1 cup sweet potato (raw, diced)

1 diced apple

1 1/2 cups water

1 banana

1/3 cup pure maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1 cup millet

1 tbs ground flax seed

2 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt (optional)

Instructions

In a high speed blender, combine sweet potato, apple, water, banana, maple syrup and vanilla. Blend until almost smooth.

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, millet, flax seed, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir to combine, leaving some small lumps.

Drop about 1/2 cup per pancake onto a hot (350º) non-stick griddle or fry pan.Cook for 4-5 minutes, until bubbles form, and a few in the center burst. Flip over and cook the other side for another 4 minutes.

Serve warm with desired toppings.

These keep well in the refrigerator, to reheat and enjoy another day.

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Salad in a Jar

Ingredients

Favorite non-oil salad dressing

Chickpeas

Shredded carrots

Sliced onions

Cherry tomatoes

Yellow bell pepper

Cauliflower

Dried cranberries

Mixed greens

 

Instructions

Layer ingredients in the order listed, close the jar, and store in the refrigerator or cooler until ready to eat.

To prepare, empty the jar into a bowl to mix together.

Feel free to experiment, or sub ingredients! 

Serves 2, or as a meal for 1.

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No Bake Energy Bites

Ingredients

1 cup dry oatmeal

1/2 cup ground golden Flaxseed

2/3 cup coconut flakes

1/3 cup ground dates

1 Tbsp. chia seeds

1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup maple syrup

Instructions

Add all ingredients to food processor and mix well.  Roll into balls about 1" diameter. Refrigerate until well chilled.  Enjoy!

(Will keep for 7-10 days in the refrigerator.)

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Garlic Green Beans with Almonds

Ingredients

1/3 cup sliced almonds

16 oz. Fresh or frozen green beans

3 cloves crushed garlic

Salt & Pepper to Taste

Instructions

Preheat a dry frying pan to medium heat then add almonds. Toast almonds for 3-5 minutes, keeping them moving continuously, then set them aside. 

Place green beans and garlic in pan and sauté over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, or until desired firmness. Add water if needed. 

Salt and pepper to taste. Stir almonds into green beans, serve and enjoy. 

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