Appetizers

Hummus is Hummus

hummus
Share

Once in a restaurant Israel with my sister, I asked about the hummus, and the server’s reply was “hummus is hummus”. Not true! I don’t like any of the hummus varieties available today in stores loaded with too much salt and often with preservatives. Freshly made is best and simple to do. 2 cups chick…

Share

Mini CriMini Mushroom Burgers

criminiburger1
Share

Some folks call the small sized burger a slider, some call them White Castle style, here at REAL we call them Mini Crimini Burgers. Regardless of what you call them, this recipe is simple with optimum results. We recommend 3 minis each as an entree or 2 each as a party appetizer for 12 friends.…

Share

Baked Tofu Fries

fried-tofu
Share

A popular appetizer on some Asian menus is Fried Tofu. Tofu contains a good amount of fat and deep frying it in oil takes a healthy food and turns it into a not-so-healthy one. Here’s a great way to make Fried Tofu, without frying! One package (15-16 ounces) of tofu. Freeze the entire package of…

Share

The REAL Mezze Platter

mezze4x3
Share

Our REAL Mezze Platter consists of Baba Ganoush, Red Pepper Hummus and Cucumber Salad and is a great party plate. Or serve it with our our REAL Baked Falafel Burgers on our REAL Soft Sesame Buns for a hearty lunch or satisfying dinner.

Share

Baba Ganoush

babaganoush
Share

Light and creamy, this Baba Ganoush is easy to prepare, with only 3 ingredients. It goes perfectly with our REAL Red Pepper Hummus and Cucumber Salad in the REAL Mezze Platter pictured below.     1 eggplant Juice of 1 lime 2 Tablespoons tahini 1. Place the eggplant in a baking dish. Poke a few…

Share

Baked Potato Pancakes, Latkes: Gluten-Free

potato-pancake4
Share

These potato pancakes are light and delicious, with little or no oil at all. They are a great party food for any celebration. Top with our REAL Tofu Sour Cream or REAL Apple Sauce or our REAL Apple Cranberry Raisin Butter (Holiday Butter). Recipe includes 4 varieties: plain potato, potato carrot onion, potato buckwheat and…

Share

Collard Rolls – Raw

Share

Try rolling up your salad for a fun, colorful twist. Collard Rolls are a great way to get your greens. A cool dish for a hot night. 2 large collard leaves 2 carrots, grated 1/2 cucumber, peeled and sliced in thin circles 1 tomato, sliced in thin circles 1/2 cup Sunflower Seed Cheese 2 tablespoons…

Share

Black Bean Paté

Share

Hummus, a paté made from garbanzo beans, is very popular today all around the U.S. But garbanzos are not the only bean in town! Life is too short to eat only one kind of bean spread. There are so many different kinds of beans waiting to be whirred up into something special. Spice things up…

Share

Scallion Pancakes with Plum Sauce

happy-pancakes
Share

This is adapted from the Vietnamese Happy Pancakes recipe from Mark Reinfeld and Jennifer Murray’s The 30 Minute Vegan Taste of the East. Instead of the sauteed vegetable topping in their recipe, I use a Plum dipping sauce made from REAL Prune butter. It’s amazing how perfect these little pancakes are with so few ingredients,…

Share

Buckwheat Noodles in Peanut Sauce

Share

As an appetizer or main dish, cook up your favorite noodles and toss with this easy, creamy sauce. It’s too good. 2 tablespoons peanut butter – almond butter or sesame tahini can be used instead of peanut butter 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast 1 tablespoon mellow white miso paste 1/4 water for the sauce 4 ounces…

Share

Lettuce Wraps

Share

The fun way to get your greens – lettuce wraps. Even kids that don’t want to eat lettuce like wrapping stuff up in the leaves and eating them up. One head lettuce 3 carrots, diced, about 1 cup 3 celery stalks, diced, about 1 cup 1 large leek, white and light green parts, cleaned and…

Share

REAL Favorite: Grandma’s Vegan Chopped “Liver”

Vegan Chopped Liver
Share

Grandma’s Vegan Chopped LiverPâté aux haricots verts à la Lois – or – Grandma’s Vegan Chopped Liver. The tradition continues. My grandmother used to make chopped liver with plenty of schmaltz (chicken fat) and everyone in the family loved it. My mom continues the tradition and makes her version for all the family holidays. Only…

Share

Insalata Caprese

Share

Like the salad from the Italian region of Campania, this version uses tofu. Dried black olives add the salt and tahini dressing adds the tang to perfect this simple combination. Serves Four 1 package extra firm organic tofu, drained and patted dry 16 tomato slices – (about 4 tomatoes) 16 fresh basil leaves 16 dried…

Share