REAL Recipes

Here are our newest REAL recipes.

The Serious Smoothie

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Smoothies have become a regular item on many menus, from airports to fast food restaurants, trendy bistros and high end restaurants. Not all smoothies are the same! While smoothies give the impression of something that is healthy, just like reading label packages we need to know what goes into those blended concoctions. Some are loaded…

Tasty Tempeh Taco Tuesday “Meat”

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Our Tasty Tempeh Taco “Meat” is delicious on Tuesdays and every day of the week. Ingredients: 1 Tablespoon sage 2 teaspoons chili powder 2 teaspoons smokey paprika 1 teaspoons onion powder 1 teaspoons garlic powder 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional) 1/2 teaspoon pepper 8 ounces tempeh 1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar 1…

Late Night Corn Pancakes, Gluten-Free

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We make a lot of pancakes in our house and have a number of pancake recipes (and waffles too) to choose from. This may be the new favorite. They are wonderful for breakfast or brunch and especially delicious late at night! Ingredients 2/3 cup cornmeal, medium ground (we use Bob’s Red Mill Organic Corn Meal)…

French Herbed Flax Crackers

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Ingredients 1 cup whole flax seeds, brown or gold 1/4 cup ground flax 1 Tablespoon Herbes de Provence (or any combination of dried Basil, Thyme, Rosemary, Marjoram and Oregano) 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1 teaspoon Kelp, crumbled into a coarse powder 1 1/2 cups water Directions Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.…

Lemon Cheesecake Frozen Cookies, Raw, Gluten-Free

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Raw desserts are simply the best. They satisfy your sweet cravings while filling you with nourishing goodness. Ingredients Cookie Dough: 2/3 cups almonds, 1/3 cup Brazil nuts (For tree nut allergies use sunflower or pumpkin seeds) 1 cup pitted prunes 1 teaspoon Organic Vanilla Extract Lemon Cheesecake Filling: 1 1/2 cup cashews (For tree nut…

Roasted Garbanzo Beans

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Roasted chickpeas make a great snack or easy food to bring along while on the go. We’ve got four flavors to season them with: Savory, Lemon Herb, Spicy-Smoky and Pumpkin Spice, but you can make them anyway you like. Ingredients 1 cup cooked chickpeas for each flavor mix, rinsed and drained Optional: 1 1/2 teaspoons…

Grilled Onions, Oil-free

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Grilled onions are a tasty addition to so many dishes. You can prepared these onions in advance and refrigerate them until ready to use. We love grilled onions on our Chickpea Flatbread. Ingredients 1 onion, red, yellow or white about 1/4 cup vegetable broth or water Directions Peel and thinly slice the onion as you…

Creamy Pesto, Oil-Free

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I love the flavor of basil and garlic blended today. But pesto has so much oil! Our Pesto recipe uses creamy cashews and no oil. It’s rich and delicious. Ingredients 4 cups loosely packed leaves of basil or arugula 3/4 cups cashews – soaked overnight, rinsed and drained 4-5 fresh garlic cloves 1/2 cup nutritional…

Banana Peanut Butter Quesadilla

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This is a quick and delightful taste sensation! Ingredients 2 Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Wheat Tortillas (or any tortilla of your choosing) 3 Tablespoons peanut butter (the ingredients in peanut butter should peanuts and nothing else!) 1 banana Directions Preheat oven to 350oF Mash banana with the peanut butter. Heat tortillas about 30 seconds on each…

Tofu Scramble in light Dijon Cream

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You don’t need a lot of space or many ingredients to make a great dish. While traveling I made this breakfast scramble in an efficiency kitchen where we are staying. We typically save the kale stalks for juicing when we use the leaves for salad. It’s hard to make green juice while traveling so I…

REAL-style Meatloaf

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When we created the Healthy World Burger I knew that we had the perfect base for a meatloaf. Here it is. Ingredients 4 1/2 Cups REAL Mixed Cooked Grains (cook together 1 cup millet, 1 cup brown rice or turanicum, 1/2 cup of black rice and 1/2 cup of red rice together and then take…

REAL-style Meatloaf Tomato Sauce

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Use this quick sauce to top our REAL-style Meatloaf. It’s our version of Ketchup. 1 cups tomato sauce 2 Tablespoons tamari or soy sauce 2 Tablespoons agave 2 Tablespoons mustard 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon black pepper Mix ingredients in a sauce pan and bring…

Roasted Garlic and Red Onion Smashed Cauliflower

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Everybody loves mashed potatoes, but try this Smashed Cauliflower recipe. It tastes just as rich and comforting. Ingredients 2 medium heads of cauliflower or 1 very large head. 1 large red onion, quartered 2 bulbs of garlic 1 cup unsweetened soy milk or other nondairy milk 1/4 cup nutritional yeast Preheat oven to 350oF Take…

Super Duper Green Power Smoothie

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Based on the Super Green Power Smoothie, after making so many substitutions, I realized I had a whole new recipe. It’s super duper! 16 ounces green kale (We used Lacinato Dinosaur Kale) 2 cups water 2 ripe bananas, peeled 1 apple, cut in sections 1 bag (12 ounces) frozen strawberries 2 Tablespoons ground flax seeds…

Tournedos de Riz Sauvage à la sauce Dijonnaise

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This recipe is a variation of our Healthy World Burger, made with Thanksgiving-style herbs and spices. It’s a gorgeous dish with a chewy texture and subtle, savory seasonings. Ingredients 1 cup cooked millet ½ cup cooked black rice ½ cup cooked red rice 1 cup cooked brown rice 1 small red onion ½ cup walnuts,…

Chocolate Mousse

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This recipe has been modified from Zsu Dever’s Aquafaba cookbook. We recommend learning all the ins and outs of Aquafaba from this great book. 1/2 cup Aquafaba (We used Black Bean Aquafaba but any bean Aquafaba should be fine) 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar 2 Tablespoons sugar (evaporated cane juice) 5 ounces nondairy Dark Chocolate…

Panettone

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  Enjoy this sweet bread loaf for special occasions like Easter, Christmas, and New Year’s. Aquafaba makes it light and moist.   Ingredients 3 packages of active dry yeast 1/4 cup sugar (evaporated cane juice) 1/2 cup lukewarm water 6 Tablespoons Aquafaba 1 tablespoon soy lecithin 1/2 cup water 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon…

Eggplant DeMattouille (Gary De Mattei’s Ratatouille)

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Gary De Mattei whipped this dish up, inspired by Ratatouille and we’re calling it Eggplant DeMattouille. Ingredients 1 8-ounce package marinated tempeh (cut in 2” cubes) 1 large eggplant (chopped to 1” cubes) 2 Yukon Gold potatoes (chopped to 1” cubes) 1 large sweet potato (chopped to 1” cubes) 1 large red onion (rough chopped)…

Radiant Health Green Power Smoothie

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I created this Radiant Health Green Power Smoothie for the 2016 Food Revolution Summit. It includes berries, leafy greens and green tea, all the foods Dr. Greger shared with us during the summit that boost our immune system and may slow aging. I’ve added a little turmeric powder to the mix because of its anti-inflammatory…

Homemade Sauerkraut

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Sauerkraut is so easy to make and I love it. I can’t believe it had taken me this long to make my own at home! I looked up a few recipes online and then went to making some. I am still perfecting it to my personal tastes. For example, one recipe used 2 Tablespoons of…

Buckwheaties

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I first made and tried Buckwheaties when I was eating an all-raw vegan diet and I was looking at recipes in Juliano’s Raw, The Uncook Book book. It was one of the few recipes in the book that wasn’t smothered in olive oil and nama shoyu. I loved them! But I seemed to forget about…

Chickpea Tomato Stew

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Here is an easy recipe that works well, especially if you cook a lot of beans every week and use them in different ways. It’s even better the next day when the flavors have had time to blend. 3 cups cooked chickpeas, rinsed (2 15-16 ounce cans) 3 medium organic Yukon Gold potatoes, cut in…

Fruity Corn Waffles

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From one waffle recipe comes another. Wanting to make our Fruity Waffle recipe but out of most of the essential ingredients, I made this new version with what we had on hand. Gary says it’s his favorite (but he says that a lot!) He also said it reminded him of his pre-vegan days long ago…

Fruity Cacao Nibs Breakfast Bowl

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I bought some cacao nibs for the first time a while back and wasn’t sure what I would do with them. I have been creating recipes that I love using these chocolaty, bitter, crunchy bits and this breakfast bowl is my favorite of all. Mixing the cacao nibs with the fruit and coconut tricks my…

Roasted Tofu

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This is a Roasted Tofu like Bubbe would’ve made if she were vegan. No chicken had to die to make this. Preheat the oven to 385oF, either way, it’s about the same. 1 pound (16 ounces) block of super firm tofu. Firm tofu is okay too. 2 to 3 lemons, juiced. (About a 1/4 quarter…

Black Bean Stew with Tempeh

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1 large white onion (diced) 3 carrots (peeled and diced) 3 stalks of celery (diced) 2 cups of water 1 tablespoon paprika 2 teaspoons chili powder (more if you like it hot) 2 teaspoons onion powder 2 teaspoons cumin 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon ground pepper 1 quart of cooked black beans (about four…

Tofu No-Egg Salad

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8 oz block of firm tofu (we used sprouted tofu) Seed Caesar dressing (about a cup) 1/4 cup finely chopped celery 1/8 of a cup of finely chopped red onion 1/4 teaspoon madras curry 1/4 teaspoon paprika freshly ground black pepper to taste Drain the water from the tofu package and then gently pressed it…

Creamy Dijon Sauce (Dijonnaise)

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Serve this luscious sauce with our Tournedos de Riz Sauvage. Ingredients Six to twelve black pepper corns 1 Tablespoon vegan butter (optional) 2 Tablespoons dried sage or parsley or a combination of both 1 cup cashew cream (not chilled, set out to get to room temperature) 1/4 cup boiling water 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard 1…

Caraway Seed Whole Grain Bread, gluten-free

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When I prepared for my interview with Marco Borges I read his cookbook The 22-Day Revolution Cookbook. It is excellent. I was surprised to see that the Seeded Whole Grain Brain, which is a yeasted gluten-free bread did not contain and starch, tapioca flour, xanthan gum or bean flours. I thought these ingredients were necessary.…

Lemon Meringue Pie

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We paired our Gluten-Free Crust with Zsu Dever‘s Lemon Custard and Aquafaba Meringue for a perfect pie. It’s amazing! This is REAL meringue without using egg whites. We highly recommend getting her Aquafaba cookbook for all the details about making Aquafaba meringue and a lot more. We made our Aquafaba from cooking chickpeas in water…

Peanut Butter Cup Shake

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1 Tablespoon cocoa powder 1 Tablespoon chia seeds 1 Tablespoon peanut butter (made with just peanuts, no salt) 1 Tablespoon maca powder 1 Tablespoon REAL Apricot Butter or other unsweetened fruit butter, jam or jelly 1 frozen banana 1 cup unsweetened soy milk or other nondairy milk In a blender combine all the ingredients and…

Vegan Coconut Meringue Pie, Gluten-Free

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  With Aquafaba, vegan meringue is as easy as pie. Auafaba is the liquid from one 15 ounce can of chickpeas. We recommend buying the unsalted cans.   Ingredients   Pastry for single-crust 9-inch pie (use 1/2 of our REAL Pie Crust, Gluten-Free) 2/3 cup vegan sugar (evaporated cane juice) 1/4 cup cornstarch or potato…

Apple Turnovers

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  We fell in love with Fruit Turnovers with our afternoon tea when we were in Northern California and frequented the Big Basin Café in Saratoga. Here is our version which I love even more. The dough is lighter in flavor and texture and it’s gluten-free!   4 organic apples (other fruit may be used…

Tomates Provençal

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I learned how to make these by watching some of my French friends make them. They are simple enough to make, and you can vary the recipe any way you like and make it your own. Many recipes include sprinkling the tomatoes with bread crumbs and parmesan. I keep mine simple with just garlic and…

Stuffed Zucchini

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I love the little round zucchinis. They are perfect for stuffing. I don’t see them very often in the grocery store but when I do I grab them. I used to make them a lot when I lived int he South of France and served them with Tomates Provençal. 6 round Zucchini 1 Red Onion,…

Tammy’s Kale and Tomato Crostini

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Kale can top any dish, especially this delightful crostini appetizer. Gary’s sister-in-law Tammy created this one. Ingredients 1 baguette 4-5 medium size tomatoes, a variety of colors like orange, red, yellow are more fun and make a lovely presentation 4-5 kale leaves (about 2 cups loosely packed) About 4 Tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon chopped…

Mineral Rich Mushroom Soup

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I want to nurture my microbiome, don’t you? That’s why I created this gut-healing Mineral-Rich Mushroom Broth, which is filled with good things that are good for you. And it’s comforting, satisfying and delicious. It’s made with celery, which is loaded with minerals. It’s got mushrooms, nutritional powerhouses with anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory effects. I add…

Gary’s Special

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Gary talks a lot about Original Joe’s in San Jose. I remember going there when I lived in the Bay Area, late at night after performing in a show. They had huge plates of pasta, which was the best way to calm the post-performance adrenaline and get a good night’s sleep. Gary’s favorite dish from…

Fresh Fruit Tart

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This Fresh Fruit Tart is a spectacular summer dessert for a picnic or barbecue. Dark chocolate lines the crust which is filled with a sweet vanilla custard and then topped with fresh fruit. Ingredients: 1 9-inch Pie Crust (make your own or get one ready made) 1/2 cup dairy-free dark chocolate chips 1 cup raw…

Aguas Frescas

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Here’s a great recipe for colorful drinks made from whole fruits. The meaning of the Spanish words – Aguas Frescas is “fresh waters’ and Aguas frescas traditionally are a combination of fruits, cereals, flowers, or seeds blended with sugar and water to make light non-alcoholic beverages. There is no added sugar in this recipe. The…

Global Community Kale Salad

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Urban garden-grown veggies come together with a tropical fruit salsa to create this beautiful dish. Ingredients 1 head of kale, stems removed. 1 ½ cups corn kernels, fresh or frozen 2 yellow, orange or red bell peppers, seeded and finely chopped ¼ cup sunflower seeds Papaya Avocado Salsa Directions Place small handfuls of the kale…

Tri Colore Carrot and Red Lentil Soup

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This is an easy soup to make. Red lentils practically dissolve into the water to make a flavorful broth and the carrots add sweetness. 4 carrots, Purple Yellow and Orange, chopped 1 onion, chopped 1/2 cup red lentils 6 white mushrooms, sliced 3 1/2 cups water Rinse and drain the lentils. Put all the ingredients…

Jerusalem Artichoke Soup

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1 pound Jerusalem Artichokes, peeled, rinsed and chopped 2 1/2 cups water 2 medium russett potatoes, scrubbed and quartered (peel if not organic) 1/2 onion, chopped 1 Tablespoon dried sage 1/4 teaspoon black pepper Place all the ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to simmer, cover and…

Healthy World Burger

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Everyone loves a good burger. These are the best veggie burgers we have ever had! You can make it mild or with a little spicy kick using chipotle and chili powders. Ingredients 1 cup cooked millet ½ cup cooked black rice ½ cup cooked red rice 1 cup turanicum (also know as Kamut), soaked overnight,…

Power Pop

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Power Pop is fun and easy to make and especially delicious to eat. If the Power Pop doesn’t disappear as soon as you make it, you might enjoy making Power Pop Bars. Ingredients ½ cup organic popping corn ½ cup raw Brazil nuts chopped ½ cup walnuts, chopped ¼ cup raw sunflower seeds ¼-1/2 cup…

Papaya Avocado Salsa

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Papaya Avocado Salsa is colorful and refreshing. It can be served with crackers or tossed with a salad in place of the dressing. Ingredients: 1 ripe medium avocado, peeled, pitted and diced 1/2 ripe papaya, peeled, halved, seeded, and diced 4 Tablespoons finely chopped red onion 1 clove garlic, minced 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro…

Mother’s Day Brunch

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Mother’s Day brunch and look at these dishes! Easy to make and oh so delicious! The main ingredients each one features: Love and respect for all living creatures. There’re smoothies and waffles and home fries too, Egg-free frittata that serves quite a few. Your mom will love them and so will your guests, If you…

Roasted Red Pepper Cauliflower Torte

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This recipe starts with another recipe. We made Dr. Dean Ornish’s Roasted Cauliflower with Curried Red Pepper Glaze. We posted the recipe in Day 443 of What Vegans Eat. It was nice enough but for lots of reasons it sat in the refrigerator uneaten. Then Gary got creative and made this Roasted Red Pepper Cauliflower…

Chipotle Sauce

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This is a special sauce that goes great with burgers, over whole grains or vegetables. 3/4 cup raw whole cashews 1 roasted red pepper, diced 1 clove garlic 2 chipotle peppers packed in adobo sauce, rinsed 2 Tablespoons Apricot Butter or other light, unsweetened, colored jam ¼ cup apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon onion powder…

Ginger Juice Ice Cubes and Ginger Tea

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Ginger juice ice cubes are a fun and delicious way to jazz up any drink. The remaining pulp is great to use for making hot ginger tea. Ingredients Ginger Root Water Using the back of a spoon or a peel, remove the outer brown skin of the ginger root. Put the ginger through a juicer…

Creamy Kale Pesto

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This no-oil pesto is a powerfully nutritious sauce packed with superfoods: Kale, Walnuts, Garlic. And it’s as delicious as it is nutritious. This is a new must-have all the time sauce in our house. Serve on everything! More please! 2 cups loosely packed kale leaves 3/4 cups walnuts 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1 cup unsweetened…

Cha Cha Chickpea Chowder

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2 cups of dried chickpeas, soaked in water for at least 5 hours 1 onion, chopped 5 carrots, chopped 6 celery stalks, chopped 1 Tablespoon ground turmeric 1 Tablespoon dried Herbes de Provence 1 teaspoon fennel 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 – 2 teaspoons salt (optional) 1 pound organic…

Dark Vegetable Stock

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4 red onions (peeled and quartered) 4-6 carrots (purple are preferred but orange are fine) 4-6 stalks of celery (leaves on) 2-4 cobs of corn (optional) 1 celery root (scrubbed and quartered) 1 rutabaga (scrubbed and quartered) 1 purple turnip (scrubbed and quartered) 1 fennel bulb (washed and quartered) 2 leeks, split and washed 2…

Maple Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

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This is a no guilt, good-for-you cookie made with real foods. 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds 2 tablespoons water 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup maple syrup 6 Tablespoons pumpkin seeds 3/4 cups rolled oats plus 1 1/2 cups rolled oats 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon Preheat…

Roasted Vegetable Pizza

Recipes from “The End of Heart Disease” by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. Copyright 2016. Serves: 2 2 cups broccoli florets 1 large red bell pepper, sliced 1 inch thick 1 large portobello mushroom, cut into ½-inch slices 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash seasoning or Spike no-salt seasoning 5 ounces…

Chili Pie with Cornbread Topping

Recipes from “The End of Heart Disease” by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. Copyright 2016. Serves: 8 For the Chili: 2 cups low-sodium or no-salt-added vegetable broth 1 onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, chopped 3 tablespoons tomato paste, in BPA-free packaging 1½ cups diced tomatoes 2 tablespoons chili powder 2 teaspoons cumin 3 cups frozen chopped broccoli,…

Walnut Vinaigrette Dressing

Recipes from “The End of Heart Disease” by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. Copyright 2016. Serves: 4 ¼ cup balsamic vinegar ½ cup water ¼ cup walnuts ¼ cup raisins 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 clove garlic ¼ teaspoon dried thyme Blend ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth. PER SERVING: CALORIES 84; PROTEIN 1g; CARBOHYDRATE 11g;…

Chocolaty Brownies

Recipes from “The End of Heart Disease” by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. Copyright 2016. Serves: 9 For the Brownie: ½ cup natural cocoa powder ½ cup chestnut flour or almond flour 1¾ cups mashed cooked sweet potato ½ teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla flavoring ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon baking powder 2/ 3 cup…

Sunny Tuscan Dressing

Recipes from “The End of Heart Disease” by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. Copyright 2016. Serves: 4 ¼ cup dried, unsulfured apricots 1 navel orange, peeled 2 tablespoons unhulled sesame seeds or tahini ¼ cup raw cashews 2 tablespoons Lemon Basil Vinegar* or balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon dried basil ½ teaspoon dried oregano 2 scallions (white part…

Almond Coconut Macaroons

Recipes from “The End of Heart Disease” by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. Copyright 2016. Serves: 18 2 cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut 2 cups finely ground blanched almonds (see Note) ¼ cup unsweetened soy, hemp, or almond milk 1 tablespoon orange zest 1 teaspoon almond extract 2½ tablespoons ground flax seeds simmered with 3 tablespoons water…

Carrot Lentil Paté

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This is a fine dish to serve as an appetizer or as a party food. It has simple flavors everyone loves. 4 carrots, grated (peel if not organic) 1 onion, grated 1 cup red lentils 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 Tablespoons Tapioca Flour 1 Tablespoon Herbes de Provence 1 Tablespoon Sunflower Seeds 1 Tablespoon Poppy…

Carrot Lentil Soup

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This soup is a variation of the Creamy Carrot Bisque blended with Red Lentils. Without the cashews it’s lighter and the carrot, lentil and herb flavors stand out more. 2 cups dry red lentils 1 onion diced 6 carrots sliced in one inch chunks (peel if not organic) 8 cups water 1 Tablespoon Herbes de…

Cheesy Blue Ranch Dip/Dressing

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Sometimes you just feel like having a wedge of iceberg slathered with a thick creamy dressing sprinkled with a few tempeh bacon bits. Here’s what we recommend. It is vegan, oil-free, gluten-free and flavorful. 1 brick silken tofu (about 12 ounces) 1/2 cup soy milk, unsweetened 1/4 cup red wine vinegar or other vinegar 1/4…

Tune in Love for Valentine’s Day

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Here at REAL we feel the most romantic thing you can do this Valentine's Day is to fall in love with yourself and go vegan. It is a relationship that will not only last forever, but gets better and better with age. And it is not only good for you it is good for the…

Vegetable Scramble

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1 cup garbanzo bean flour 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon summer savory 1 teaspoon marjarom 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast 1 cup water 1 onion chopped 2 carrots – diced 2 celery stalks diced 6 green olives, pitted and chopped vegetable oil In a bowl mix together garbanzo bean flour with…

The Rejuveganator

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After an evening eating course after course after course of vegan delights and washing them down with glass after glass after glass Querciabella vegan biodynamic wine what’s a vegan body dynamic to do? Have a smoothie, of course! All ingredients are organic: 4 large collard leaves (stemmed) 1 cup raspberries (1/2 bag frozen) 1 large…

Five Seed Gluten-Free Raspberry Lemon Muffins

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If you count the Raspberry seeds there are five seeds in this muffin mix. 1 cup sorghum flour 
1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour (we use Bob’s Red Mill) 1/4 cup millet flour 1/4 cup tapioca flour
 2 teaspoons baking soda
 Optional: 2 Tablespoons- 4 Tablespoons sugar (evaporated cane juice)
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Poached Pears with Raspberry Coulis

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While living in the south of France, I often saw Poached Pears with Raspberry Coulis on dessert menus of upscale restaurants. It was often the one dessert I was happy to choose because it was vegan. This is a beautiful dish to finish a perfect meal; very fresh and light with just enough sweetness. 8…

Boozy Balls

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This is a variation on our Fruit and Nut Truffles with an extra kick – Bourbon, which gives these Fruit and Nut Balls a sophisticated flavor. 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup apricots 1/4 cup walnuts, 1/4 cup almonds, 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, 1/4 cup sunflower seeds 1/4 cup shredded coconut 2 tablespoons cocoa 1/4 cup…

Mung Bean Chowder

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3 quarts water 1 jar (24 ounces) strained tomatoes or equivalent 1 large onion 5 celery stalks 4 carrots 2 cups dried mung beans 1 cup brown rice (uncooked) 1/4 cup spice za’atar spice mix (or a mix you prefer) 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon canola oil for sautéing vegetables…

Gary’s Rustic Bread, gluten-free

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When we are in the mood for bread, we bake some. Gary made these rustic rolls today. Ingredients: 1 package of dry granulated yeast or 1 cake of refrigerated yeast 1/2 cup water for yeast, 3 cups more for dough pinch of sugar 4 cups all purpose gluten free flour (we use Bob’s Red Mill)…

Angela Pia

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Angela Pia means Pious Angel and it’s is a rich, luscious Italian dessert. It’s typically made with brandy and rum. We didn’t have either so we substituted Bourbon and Vermouth. It’s fabulous and so easy to make. You may also make the virgin version, without Bourbon or Vermouth and you’ll have a lovely vanilla pudding.…

Oven Baked Vegetables

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I didn’t have a backyard to dig a fire pit to cook my vegetables so I baked them in our oven instead. Vedure Al Forno All vegetables used were organic from GoOrganicNYC. We used za’atar, a mix of ground thyme, oregano, marjoram, toasted sesame seeds, and sumac. You can use any herb mix that you…

Homemade Tofu and Chocolate Mousse

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I was given samples of Morinaga’s Make Your Own Tofu Kit, consisting of two 12 ounce containers of soy milk and two packets of nigari along with instructions on how to make tofu. I had made one portion of tofu a few weeks ago. It was very, very soft. I like soft tofu, but this…

Gooey Apricot Danish, Gluten-Free

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While chopping some dried apricots to put in our morning oatmeal yesterday, Gary reminisced about a rustic apricot bread he loved that he used to get at the Acme Bread Company in Berkeley. He described it and this morning we set out to make our REAL version, based on Gary’s memory. It was fun and…

Black Thai Peas

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Black-Eyed Peas are supposed to be one of those foods to eat on New Year’s Day to bring good luck. After your Black Tie New Year’s Eve Party settle in and celebrate the New Year’s Day with our Black Thai Peas: Black-Eyed Peas in a rich and spicy Coconut Curry Sauce. Black Thai Peas pictured…

Quick Cashew Cheese Sauce

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This light frothy sauce is so easy to make and absolutely delicious. With a high-powered blender like a Vitamix the cashews do not need to be soaked in advance. A regular blender can be used but then the cashews must be soaked in water for at least 4 hours to soften them first. Soaked cashews…

REAL New Year’s Day Five Star Vegan Brunch

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Here is our fantasy New Year’s Day Five Star Vegan Brunch. Try one dish or all of them at your New Year’s Day brunch or anytime you feel like breakfast. These dishes have been tested and retested and they are all gluten-free. They adapt really well to doubling, tripling and quadrupling depending on how many…

Red Enchilada Sauce Soup

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This is a quick and easy soup that you’ll swear tastes like liquid enchiladas. 3 cups crushed organic tomatoes 2 cups vegetable stock or Water 1 onion 2 stalks celery 1 carrot 1/4 cup red organic chili powder 8 parsley leaves salt and pepper to taste 1 cup cooked adzuki beans REAL Jalapeño Jack Cheese…

How Did This Costa Rican Pineapple Get In My New York City Slaw

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We are calling this Red Cabbage Pineapple Slaw recipe How Did This Costa Rican Pineapple Get In My New York City Slaw or Let It Slaw, Let It Slaw, Let It Slaw. It’s a wonderful winter salad recipe with a little tropical sunshine added in. The pineapple sweetness goes so well with the red cabbage.…

Feast of the Seven Dishes by Gary De Mattei

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I’m not a religious person, however, now that I’m a vegan the holidays have taken on a deeper meaning especially when it comes to food. I no longer see the meat-centered dishes of my pre-vegan holidays as a way of celebrating the spirit of Christmas. Now the holidays literally mean, Joy To The World and…

Vegan Cannoli

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Here is the filling we use in our gluten-free Cannoli Shells. 1 lb firm tofu (about 2 cups) 1 cup powdered sugar 1/4 cup thick cashew cream 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon orange zest 1/4 cup shaved dark chocolate or tiny chocolate chips or 1/4 cup diced REAL “candied” fruit (2 Tablespoons each of…

Osso Vita

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We love taking old favorite recipes and making them vegan. One recipe that Gary’s been wanting to recreate, vegan-style, is the Italian classic Osso Buco (translated from Italian literally means “bone hole”) like the dish he loved so much at Harry’s Bar in Venice. Here is the recipe, salty and chewy, right down to the…

Polenta Torta

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We enjoy making polenta and Gary told me about a secret family recipe of his Aunt Bing’s called Polenta Torta. I love making cakes, and this savory polenta layer cake sounded so gooey and good. I never had the chance to try Aunt Bing’s original recipe but this vegan version takes the cake! If you…

Risotto Veganese

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Risotto Veganese is our vegan version of the braised rice dish from Northern Italy, an adaptation of Risotto Milanese. The distinctive ingredient in both the classic version and ours is a good quality saffron from Spain. Spanish saffron will set you back around $20 an ounce in a specialty food store. It may be a…

Bellini

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The Bellini, one of Italy’s most famous cocktails, is made ​​with sparkling white wine (Prosecco) and pureed white peaches (succo di pesca). If peach puree is not available try pear or another fruit nectar. The well-loved drink was invented in Italy in 1948 by Giuseppe Cipriani, head bartender and owner of perhaps the most famous…

Sun Dried Tomato Carpaccio and Sauce

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32 organic sun dried tomatoes 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 balsamic vinegar 1 Tablespoon Herbes de Provence 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1/2 cup capers vegan carpaccio mayonnaise sauce (recipe below) (Serves 8) Rehydrate tomatoes overnight in olive oil, vinegar and Herbes de Provence. Prepare the sun dried tomatoes Take two pieces of parchment paper…

La Baguette, gluten-free

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Ooh la la! It’s fresh bread, vegan and gluten-free. This is basically the same recipe as the Pita Bread just cooked longer in a baguette shape. 1 cup warm water 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds 1 package active dry yeast (1/4 oz) 2 teaspoons sugar (evaporated cane juice) 3/4 cup sorghum flour plus more (about…

Fruit and Nut Truffles

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When craving something sweet, these treats come together just in time. There is no guilt here, only goodness. 1 cup raisins (or other sweet dried fruit like dates, figs) 1/2 cup walnuts, 1/4 cup almonds, 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (or any combination of nuts and seeds) 1/4 cup shredded coconut 2 tablespoons cocoa 2 teaspoons…

Cashew Cheese Fondue

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This is a gooey good, flavorful, cheesy, creamy rich sauce that is great with just about anything. 2 cups whole raw cashews 2 cups beer (optional) 2 cups water (if you omit the beer use 4 cups water) 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1/4 cup millet flour 1 whole roasted red bell pepper 2 dried red…

Ful: Fava Beans with Garlic, Lemon and Parsley

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I first discovered this dish a long time ago while traveling in Israel. Fava Beans have a distinct, cheesy flavor. I am always excited to see it on the menu of Middle Eastern restaurants but it doesn’t happen very often. Of course, I like it best when we make it our way at home. 3…

Cucumber, Tomato Salad with Parsley and Mint

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This salad is great on its own, stuffed in a pita bread, or served on top of a bed of greens. One cucumber, chopped in small pieces (peel if not organic) 3 Tomatoes, chopped 1 scallion, chopped 1/2 finely chopped fresh mint 1/2 finely chopped fresh parsley Tahini Dressing In a large bowl mix cucumbers,…

Lemon Chickpea Soup

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An easy soup to make that is flavorful and comforting. It goes well with our Middle Eastern Feast. 1 onion, chopped 2 celery stalks, chopped, 1 1/2 cups of cooked chickpeas 4 1/2 cups of water 2 teaspoons of garlic 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander 1 Tablespoon dried dill…

Pita Bread, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free

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Soft and warm, fresh out of the oven. Enjoy this Pita Bread with our Middle Eastern Feast! 1 cup warm water 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds 1 package active dry yeast (1/4 oz) 2 teaspoons sugar (evaporated cane juice) 3/4 cup sorghum flour plus more (about 2 tablespoons) for handling dough 1/2 cup tapioca flour…

Middle Eastern Feast

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Our Middle Eastern Feast is Colorful, Satisfying and Delicious.   Start with the REAL Mezze Platter with Baba Ganouj, Red Pepper Hummus and Cucumber Salad.   Serve with some freshly baked Pita Bread. Ours is gluten-free!   Plain Hummus and the Cucumber, Tomato Salad with Parsley and Mint may be substituted.     Next, go…

Rosh Hashanah

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The best part about holidays for me is the food! I love celebrating all holiday foods, updating traditional recipes, making them not only delicious, but kinder to the nonhuman animals we share this planet with, gentler on the environment, and healthier. Here are my favorites for the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.   Challah Bread…

Gary’s Secret Spice Mix

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All the spices we use to make this mix are dried and organic. This spice mix is used deliciously in our Tofu Masala. 2 Tablespoon Sage 2 Tablespoon Thyme 1 Tablespoon Tumeric 1 Tablespoon Garam Masala (typically this spice mix contains: black and white peppercorns; cloves cinnamon or cassia bark; nutmeg; mace; black and green…

Tofu Masala

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This is the most delicious way to have tofu! First make a batch of our Secret Spice Mix. This mix is great on Tofu, but it can also be used on Tempeh or added to soups and sauces. Preheat oven to 400oF. Drain tofu container, press out all the extra water in the tofu with…

Super Green Power Smoothie

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Get energized with this Super Green Power Smoothie! 14 ounces green kale 1 cup water 2 ripe bananas, peeled 1 ripe pear, cut in sections 1 orange, peeled 1 cup frozen blueberries 2-6 medjool dates, pitted 1-4 tablespoon ground flax seeds 2 teaspoons maca powder 1-2 Tablespoon cocoa powder 1/4 cup sesame tahini 16 or…

Spicy Aioli

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Try this spicy aioli on top of vegetable maki, or anything that needs a rich spicy kick of flavor. 4 ounces (1/3 box) organic silken tofu 1/2 cup organic extra virgin olive oil 1 small organic Yukon Gold Potato with skin (peel skin if not organic) 2 cloves garlic 1/4 slice Roma tomato (no seeds)…

Challah Bread, Round – Gluten-free

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  This is an amazingly delicious Challah bread that is vegan and gluten-free. The egg flavor comes from the non GMO soy lecithin. Aquafaba makes it light and moist.   Ingredients:   6 1/2 cups All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour (we use Bob’s Redmill) 2 teaspoons xanthan gum 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons…

Chocolate Ice Dream

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  This is a lovely sweet treat for a really hot night.   1/4 cup raw cashews 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder 1/2 cup plain, unsweetened nondairy milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional) 8 dates, soaked in water 10 frozen organic strawberries About 10 ice cubes (optional)   In a high-powered blender combine the cashews, vanilla, nondairy…

Kaleidoscope Salad with Marinated Tempeh

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This is a very colorful and satisfying main meal that will keep you energized for hours. 2 bunches kale (stemmed, chopped, massaged) 4 ounces marinated chilled tempeh (use your favorite marinade or one of ours: Tea Smoked Barbeque Sauce or this Tempeh Marinade) 4 carrots, cut into sticks, blanched and rinsed with cold water 16…

Fruity Waffles

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We love waffles and make them all the time because our recipes are so easy! Gary made these recently and I think they are my new favorite. It’s the added fruit in the batter that makes these waffles so luscious. Fortunately he made a lot and froze the extra ones so we can enjoy them…

Raw Nectarine Tart

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This recipe is for two individual tarts. Double, triple, quadruple the recipe if so desired. Total time to prepare these tarts is about 8 minutes (and that’s if you’re moving really slowly). Crust 1/2 cup raw almonds 2 to 3 (depending on size) raw medjool dates (pitted) Chop the almonds to the size of coffee…

Easy Tofu Scramble

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Firm tofu (15-16 ounces) 1 onion, diced 8 ounces of frozen spinach (1 cup tightly packed fresh spinach) 1 large Roma tomato, diced 2 teaspoons organic canola oil (optional) salt and pepper to taste (optional) Preheat oven to 350oF. Drain the tofu and wrap in a clean towel (paper towel is fine, we use a…

Orange Creamsicle Ice Dream

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  This brings me back to the Good Humor Ice Cream Truck and the Creamsicle Pop of my childhood. This is so much better! You’ll need to freeze some oranges in advance.   2 oranges, peeled, sectioned and frozen 1/4 cup raw cashews 1/2 cup plain, unsweetened nondairy milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla   In a…

Blueberry Ice Dream

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  There is nothing better on a hot night than this. One warning though – you’ll get a purple tongue! But that’s part of the fun.   1 bag frozen blueberries (12 ounces) 1/4 cup raw cashews 1/2 cup plain, unsweetened nondairy milk   In a high-powered blender combine the cashews and nondairy milk until…

Easy Spinach Frittata

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Why does anyone eat eggs anymore? The cruelty and cholesterol are two big reasons not to, and with garbanzo bean flour you can make just about anything you used to make with eggs. Plus, garbanzo bean flour can be on hand, in your pantry, ready when you are and it is so easy to use.…

Creamy Cabbage Soup

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When in my early twenties I quit my first job after college with DuPont in Delaware and headed west to California. While looking for an engineering job I worked briefly as a waitress in a French restaurant. The chef always had a big pot of soup made, either cabbage or cauliflower soup, blended with heavy…

Strawberry Ice Dream

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  This is quick treat the whips up fast. This recipe serves one and you can double, triple or quadruple it to make more for others or keep it just for you!   10 frozen organic strawberries 1/4 cup raw cashews 1/2 cup plain, unsweetened nondairy milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional) About 4 ice cubes…

Flourless Chocolate Cake

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This is a recipe that has been inspired by Vegan Holiday Cooking by Candle Cafe (a must-have cookbook) and modified somewhat. It’s become my new favorite cake. Crust 1/2 cup shredded carrots (about 1 carrot) 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 1/2 cup raw almonds 1/4 cup agave or maple syrup 1 Tablespoon Ener-G Egg Replacer…

Thyme Tea

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When I lived in the south of France in the early ’90s, I was often served thyme tea in the homes of my friends. Fresh thyme grows wild there in the fields and forests. I loved going for walks there on a hot day and smelling the thyme fragrance baking in the sun. Fresh thyme…

Popeye’s Sweet Sensation

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On a hot summer night, here’s a sweet treat to have for a light dinner. 1 cup frozen spinach 1 cup frozen blueberries 1 cup unsweetened soy milk 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder 4 ice cubes In a high powered blender, blend ingredients until creamy. Serve immediately. Makes 1-2 servings.

Many Vegetable Stir Fry

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This is a very colorful dish with fresh flavors. 1 onion, chopped 5 cloves garlic, minced 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and minced 2 carrots, sliced 2 celery stalks, chopped 1 bell pepper, seeded and cut in strips 1 eggplant, peeled and diced 1/2 cup cauliflower florets 1 small sweet potato, cooked and chopped 2…

Creamy Carrot Bisque

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This is a luscious rich soup that can be served hot or cold, delicately flavored with the French Herbes de Provence. And here’s a nice variation! Blend equal parts of this soup with cooked pink lentils for a creamy carrot/lentil bisque. Ingredients: 6 carrots cut, sliced (about 4 1/2-5 cups) 2 onions chopped (about 3-3/12…

Sweet and Smoky Beans

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Cooking with fruit can be surprisingly sweet. I like the combination of the sweetness from the fruit and smoky chipotle. 1/2 cup water 1 pear, cut in small pieces 6-8 dried figs, chopped in small pieces 1/2 teaspoon madras curry powder 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder 2 cups cooked adzuki beans or other small black, red…

Miso Mushroom Soup for One (or Two)

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The recipe makes a meal for one person or can be served in two smaller servings. Traditional miso soup usually contains squares of soft tofu. I used extra firm in this soup because it is what I had available. I like both soft and firm varieties of tofu in miso soup. Bean thread vermicelli cooks…

Fruity Hibiscus Ice Tea

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When temperatures rise it’s important to stay hydrated. Make it delicious with this Fruity Hibiscus Tea. My friend Beth who lives in Costa Rica grows this lovely flower and then dries the petals and bags them to give to friends and family. I’ve help harvest, dry and bag them when I have visited her and…

Yellow Cake with Peanut Butter Filling and Chocolate Icing

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The carrot juice gives this cake a lovely yellow color and a moist sweetness. Cake Ingredients 2 1/2 cups All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour (we use Bob’s Red Mill) 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/3 cup vegan butter (we use organic Earth Balance Buttery Spread) 1/3 cup vegetable shortening, oil or more vegan butter 2 teaspoons…

Peanut Chocolate Smoothie

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I was so inspired by Jessica Nadel’s blogpost yesterday with her Peanut Butter Milkshake Smoothie recipe. When I saw it, I had to have it. I do have a problem following recipes exactly and I did not have all of the ingredients so I came up with my own. Thank you Jessica for the inspiration!…

Sunny Pesto Paste

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I love when Gary makes Pesto and this might be the most delicious and versatile version he has come up. It’s a thick paste that can be used to flavor soup, or thinned to be used as a sauce on pasta, whole grains or veggies. It’s made with sunflower seeds instead of the traditional pines…

French Herbed No-Egg Omelette

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I can’t get enough of these chickpea flour no-egg omelettes. They are so satisfying and make a lovely brunch. 1 cup Garbanzo bean flour 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 1 teaspoon Herbes do Provence 1/2 teaspoon Rosemary 1 cup water or…

Easy Cheesy Sauce

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The sauce goes great over vegetables, pasta, whole grains, potatoes, anything! It makes a yummy creamed spinach or a fast Mac N Cheese. 1 cup unsweetened non dairy milk 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1 tablespoon miso (We use a chickpea-based miso from South River that is gluten-free and soy-free.) Mix together the nondairy milk and…

Quinoa Tabouli Salad

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Tabouli is typically made with Bulgur wheat or a semolina couscous. This recipe uses the high protein, ancient grain, quinoa, which cooks up quickly. Or you can sprout this pseudo cereal and make an all-raw dish. It is naturally gluten-free. 1 bunch mint – minced 1 bunch parsley – minced 3 green onions – chopped…

Fig Butter

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Making your own fruit butters and jam from organic dried fruit is easy and less expensive than store bought version. Makes about 32-40 ounces of Fig Jam. 1 pound organic dried figs 3-4 cups water 1. Snip of the hard stem, if any, off of each fig. 2. Place figs in a 3.5 quart saucepan…

Scallion Pancakes, Version 2 with Peanut Sauce

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I’ve always loved scallion pancakes. When I make them at home, I go for a healthier, less oily version than what I find in restaurants. When I first made them, I veganized a recipe that used wheat flour. Then I went to a gluten-free version using rice flour. Knowing now about the high levels of…

Spicy Marinara Sauce

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Add a little kick to your marinara with this recipe. WATCH Gary De Mattei make this Spicy Marinara in the TRANSITION KITCHEN. 2 Tablespoons olive oil, optional 1 onion chopped (about a cup and a quarter of chopped onions) 1 bunch of Italian flat parsley leaves (no stems) chopped (about a half a cup) 1…

Red Bean and Millet Burgers

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1 3/4 cups red beans (kidney), cooked, rinsed, drained 1 cup cooked millet 1 teaspoon beet powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon dried summer savory 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds, ground to a meal 1/4 cup ground flax seeds 1 small onion 2 medium carrots 2…

Greens in Thai Coconut Sauce

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The richly flavored coconut sauce pairs well with chewy, bitter greens. 2 onions 6 carrots 1 bunch kale (about 6 ounces) 1 bunch collard greens (about 6 ounces) 3/4 cups coconut milk 2 teaspoons dried basil 1 teaspoon turmeric 1/2 teaspoon chili powder Peel onions and slice vertically into thin crescents. Peel carrots if not…

Cannoli Shells, Gluten-Free

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Here is an easy cannoli shell recipe that is baked not fried, vegan and gluten-free! 1 1/4 cup All Purpose Gluten Free Flour ( we use Bob’s Red Mill) 1/2 teaspoon Xanthan Gum 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon cocoa powder 3 Tablespoons vegan butter 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 3 Tablespoons Red Wine…

Blueberry Muffins, Gluten-Free

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Muffins are easy and fun to make. Adding blueberries makes them special. 1 cup Sorghum flour 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour (we use Bob’s Red Mill) 2 teaspoons baking soda Optional: 2 Tablespoons- 4 Tablespoons sugar (evaporated cane juice) 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/2…

Vegan Gefilte “Fish”

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Traditionally served as a first course during the Passover seder dinner, this vegan version of Gefilte Fish, can be served as an appetizer anytime. Gefilte “Fish” Ingredients 1 cup raw or blanched almonds 1 white or yellow onion, grated 1-2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning 2 Tablespoons potato starch 2 carrots 1/4 sheet of nori water…

Chocolate Sauce/Icing/Fondue

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This is a rich, chocolaty sauce when warm. I like making my own sauce because I can make it the way I like it, not too sweet. You can make it as sweet as you like. Once refrigerated the sauce will thicken and be spreadable. It can be used as a cake or cupcake icing.…

Creamy Balsamic Dressing

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Salad dressings should contain fat to help digest the fat soluble nutrients in the vegetables. But the fat shouldn’t come from oil. Whole, raw nuts and seeds make the best base for dressing. 1 cup sunflower seeds (optional: soak for 4 – 8 hours) 1 cup water 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar In a blender combine…

Miso Vegetable Soup

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1 yellow onion, peeled and diced, or sliced in crescents 4 carrots, cleaned and chopped, peel if not organic 1/4 green cabbage, shredded 6 cups water 3-4 Tablespoons miso (we like South River miso, Barley for a deep flavor, Chickpea for a mellower flavor, some of the other brands are too salty) 1 small piece…

Vegan Ramen Noodle Soup

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Everyone loves a hot steamy bowl of noodle soup. Serve up a healthy bowl of our homemade REAL Ramen Noodle Soup and you’ll think you’re back in college…only a lot smarter. 5 cups Vegetable Stock 1/2 lb rice noodles Recipe for Baked Tofu or veggie meat of choice 2 carrots (diced) 2 celery stalks (diced)…

Corn-No-Beef-Sweet-Potato-Hash

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Just in time for Saint Paddy’s Day, our REAL Corn-No-Beef-Sweet-Potato-Hash. It’s a savory dish that’s full of sweetness. 6 medium sweet potatoes (diced) 1 large onion (diced) 1 cup frozen corn (organic) 1 Tablespoon minced garlic 1 Tablespoon organic canola oil (optional) 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon whole fennel seed (coarsely ground) 1 teaspoon whole…

Lemon Poppy Seed Filling

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Here is a recipe for one of the fillings we like to put in our Hamentaschen. 1 cup poppy seeds 1/2 cup nondairy milk 6 Tablespoons agave 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots (raisins may be used) 1 teaspoon lemon zest Grind poppy seeds in a spice grinder. In a saucepan, mix the ingredients together and…

Hamentashen: Gluten-Free

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Hamentashen are traditionally eaten during the Jewish holiday of Purim, typically filled with poppy seeds, prunes, apricot or other fruit. Hamantashen are shaped like a triangle, recalling the three-cornered hat of the villain, Haman, as described in the Book of Esther. They are a great cookie for any time of year. I’ve included my original…

Cabbage and Onion Omelette, Egg-free

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One of my favorite brunch menus includes omelettes, egg-free of course! The not-too-secret secret to delicious egg-free omelettes is garbanzo bean flour or garfava (chick pea and fava bean mix) flour. I love adding different seasonings to the flour and creating something new each time. This cabbage and onion omelette go great with boiled potatoes.…

Hearty Lentil And Celery Root Stew

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When we make this hearty lentil soup that we call a stew we use vegetable stock or water. When we add the tomato product we also add the same amount of water to clean out the extra tomato. After cooking the lentils for about 30 minutes it will start to thicken. At this time you…

Quick Marinated Tempeh Stir Fry

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Finishing up our winter CSA supply of black radishes inspired this stir fry with tempeh. For a soy-free version, white beans can be used. 1/2 cup water 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon fennel seeds 1 teaspoon dry basil 1/2 Madras curry powder 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1 package tempeh (8…

Winter Salsa, Version II

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When fresh chili peppers are not available because it’s snowing and we just have to have homemade hot salsa to mix with our homemade vegan mozzarella to make homemade vegan Baked Queso, this is what we do. If you are in an area of the world where fresh peppers are available year round then seed…

Roasted Garlic

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Roasted garlic is the perfect kitchen staple to have on hand for adding to soups, sauces, dressings or as a substitute for butter on bread. Try blending a few cloves with two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar for one of the best oil free salad dressings you’ll ever eat. Vampires won’t even be able to resist.…

Polenta with Roasted Garlic and Basil

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Polenta is a versatile grain. It’s great savory or sweet. You can flavor it so many ways. This is a favorite with garlic and basil. 1 cup organic polenta (not the quick cooking kind) 3 cups water 6 cloves roasted garlic 1 Tablespoon dried basil salt to taste In a saucepan on medium heat, stir…

Potato Leek Soup, Vichyssoise

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This is a comforting soup with layers of delicious flavor. 3 medium organic leeks 3 pounds organic Yukon Gold potatoes (or other potato), cleaned, peeled if not organic, chopped in small chunks 1 large organic turnip, cleaned, peeled, chopped in small chunks 2 celery stalks, cleaned, chopped in small pieces 8 cups water 2 cups…

Sautéed Greens

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Sautéed Greens go well with just about every meal. 2 bunches organic rainbow Swiss chard, red chard, green chard, spinach, kale, collards or other greens 1 large onion (chopped) 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional) salt and pepper to taste Wash and cut the long stems from the greens and reserve for…

Lasagna Al Forno

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Our plant-based version of this baked pasta classic is luxurious. 1 package Lasagna noodles 1 recipe Cashew Cream Béchamel (about 2 cups) 3 cups Marinara Sauce or Spicy Marinara Sauce 1 recipe You’ll Be Buffaloed By This Vegan Mozzarella (thinly sliced) 1/2 cup of chopped parsley 1/4 nutritional yeast (optional)   The Noodles: Follow the…

You’ll Be Buffaloed By This Vegan Mozzarella

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“Growing up in a second generation Italian-American family there was a great deal of attention given to cheese. Every meal was centered around some variety or another; whether it was the Parmesan or Romano on the pasta, soup and vegetables at dinner or the Cheddar, Swiss, Provolone, and/or Jack on the sandwiches at lunch. And…

French Scramble

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This is the best tofu scramble you will ever eat. For the full effect shave some truffles over it and you’ll think you are in Paris. 1 block of firm tofu 1/4 cup cashew cream 1 Tablespoon olive oil 2 Tablespoons minced onion 1/4 teaspoon turmeric pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper 1 Tablespoon…

Deep Dish Apple Pie, gluten-free

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Everyone loves apple pie. This recipe is easy, with a few simple ingredients. Make it with our easy-to-roll Gluten-Free Pie Crust. 7 to 8 organic apples 1/4 – 1/2 cup sugar (evaporated cane juice) 1/4 cup water 2 Tablespoons potato or corn starch Gluten-Free Pie Crust Dough for 2 crusts Preheat oven to 350oF Core…

Vegan Pho

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Phở is a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of broth, linguine-shaped rice noodles, a few herbs, and meat. We love the vegan versions, with tofu, tempeh or veggie meats. We used to call it Faux Pho, pronouncing “Pho” like “fo” as in the word “go”. Then we learned it is pronouced more like “fah” or “fuh”…

What Vegans Eat – Day 5

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It was Valentine’s Day yesterday, or Vegantine’s Day as we like to call it. What do vegans who like to cook eat on Vegantine’s Day?   Breakfast: For breakfast, I made pancakes. We have a lot of pancake recipes here on the site, and now we have a new one, a pancake recipe for Vegantine’s…

Filet of Soul – Marinated Tempeh Steaks

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Marinated Tempeh Steaks in Cashew Cream Buerre Blanc served with Oven Roasted Potatoes and Sautéed Carrots. This is a romantic treat for someone special.     Read about how this dish was created on the What Vegans Eat blog.   1 package of tempeh (8 ounces) 1 cup of white wine 1 cup of water…

Cashew Cream Buerre Blanc

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  1/2 of white wine (rosé wine will make the sauce blush as in above photo – lovely for Valentine’s Day) Juice of one lemon 1 tablespoon finely diced onion or one shallot 1/2 cup of Cashew Cream 2 tablespoons vegan butter 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon white pepper   Heat a medium saucepan over…

Sundaes!

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  Make your own Sundaes the way you like them. Here’s what we made for Valentine’s Day.   Serves 2 Organic Vegan Ice Cream 2 Tablespoons organic walnuts, chopped 4 fresh or frozen organic strawberries, sliced 1 banana, sliced length-wise into 4 pieces, then cut all pieces in half 2 Tablespoons organic cocoa powder 1…

Valentine’s Day Pancakes

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Heart-shaped, love-filled, vegan, gluten-free pancakes for Valentine’s Day, or Vegantine’s Day, as we like to call it or any day you want to treat someone special with something special.     RECIPE: 2/3 cup sorghum Flour 2/3 cup garfava Flour 2/3 cup potato starch 4 tablespoons ground flax seeds (buy about a pound of seeds,…

Spicy Tempeh Bacon

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  Ooh bacon! We love our tempeh bacon! It’s got all the flavor, chew, saltiness and sweetness and none of the nastiness that comes with pork bacon from innocent pigs. Make it as spicy or mild as you like.   1 package tempeh, 8 ounces (We used ‘original’ but you can use any tempeh mix)…

Quick No Tears Sriracha Sauce

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  Quick No Tears Sriracha Sauce, all the flavor, none of the tears or artificial ingredients. It’s all spice and everything hot and nice.   2 Tablespoons organic dark roast chili Powder 1 Tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar 1 Tablespoon water 1 Tablespoon organic agave nectar 2 teaspoons organic red pepper flakes 2 teaspoons organic…

Cashew Cream for savory dishes and sauces.

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This Cashew Cream can be used in place of dairy heavy cream for savory dishes and sauces.   2 cups raw cashews water for soaking 4 cups water for blending   1. Rinse cashews. 2. Place in a large jar, cover with water, double the volume of the cashews, about 4 cups. Cover and let…

Oven Roasted Potatoes

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These Oven Roasted Potatoes make a satisfying dinner side dish with Tempeh Steaks or for breakfast with a Tofu Scramble. 6 medium Yukon Gold Potatoes (any thin-skinned “waxy” potato will do i.e. red, white, purple, or a mix, etc.) 1 Tablespoon olive oil, optional (for the potatoes) 1 to 2 teaspoons of organic canola oil,…

Sautéed Carrots

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Sautéed Carrots make a colorful, elegant addition to any fine meal.   4 large carrots 1/2 finely diced onions 1/2 cup white wine 1/4 cup finely chopped kale (about one leaf) 2 teaspoons olive oil, optional 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon salt, optional   Trim the ends off of the carrots then scrub the…

Collard Greens Salad with Baked Tofu

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Collard greens make a very hearty, satisfying, nutritious salad. Don’t forget to chew!   1 bunch of collard greens (about 14 large leaves) 4 sun dried tomatoes (packed in olive oil) salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 1 pound block extra firm tofu 1/4 cup Tamari or soy sauce 1/4 cup water 1 tablespoon…

Little Seed Caesar Dressing

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Little Seed Caesar Dressing, made with sunflower seeds, is a variation on our Seed Caesar Dressing made with pumpkin seeds. 1 cup of sunflower seeds (soaked for at least four hours in 2 cups of water, drained and rinsed) 1 cup of water Juice of 2 lemons 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 3 Tablespoons unsweetened dairy-free…

Baked Queso Dip

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This makes a really great party dip or something to spread on tortillas or as a fondue with vegetables and cubes of baked tofu or some of our tempeh bacon and scallions on top of a potato…if it makes it that far because you’re probably just going to eat it right out of the baking…

Tempeh Sausage Balls

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8 ounces tempeh (crumbled) 1/4 cup all purpose flour (wheat or GF) or 2 tablespoons starch (corn, potato, etc.) 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 2 Tablespoons ground flax seeds 3/4 cup red wine 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian leaf parsley 3 garlic cloves (finely diced) 1 teaspoon dried rosemary 1 teaspoon dried sage 1 teaspoon dried…

No Eggs Benedict Arnold

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Happy Valentines Day! Here’s a dish to serve to the ones you love – ‘Eggs’ Benedict Arnold. This traitor to the original recipe is egg-free, cholesterol-free, gooey and good. Come over to our side – join the vegan ranks! No Eggs Benedict Arnold For Two (As seen on Episode Two of Transition Kitchen) 1 block…

Vegan Hollandaise Sauce

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Here’s our REAL Vegan Hollandaise Sauce to top our No-Eggs Benedict Arnold, as seen in the Transition Kitchen. 1 cup of REAL Vegan Mayonnaise or any vegan mayo product 1/4 cup of vegan butter (Earth Balance) 
2 teaspoons lemon juice
 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads or 1/4 teaspoon turmeric 1/8 teaspoon of a teaspoon cayenne pepper…

Home Fries

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Here are our REAL Home Fries as seen on Episode 2 of Transition Kitchen, served with No Eggs Benedict Arnold and Vegan Hollandaise. 1 pound (about 8 small sized potatoes) organic Yukon Gold, Red New Potatoes, Yams or Sweet Potatoes. 1 large organic yellow onion 1 Tablespoon dried Herbes de Provence 1 Tablespoon olive oil,…

Seed Caesar Dressing

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Once refrigerated this wonderful salad dressing thickens to a mayo-like consistency and also works well as a vegetable dip and/or a sandwich spread. We recommend using organic ingredients 1 cup raw organic pumpkin seeds (sunflower seeds may be used as well) 3/4 cup water 1/4 cup organic apple cider vinegar or other vinegar (different vinegars…

Braised Spicy Tempeh

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Braised spicy tempeh can be used in many ways. We like it cut in strips and served on top of a kale salad with our Seed Caesar Dressing. 16 ounces of Tempeh (two 8-ounce packages) 42 ounces of whole chopped tomatoes (three 14-ounce cans) 1 cup water 1/2 cup red wine vinegar 1 onion (diced)…

Chai Tea

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Makes 4 cups Ingredients 8 marathi moggu 8 cardamom seeds 8 cloves 4 black peppercorns 1 star anise 2 cinnamon sticks pieces 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder or 1 inch fresh ginger 2 cups nondairy milk 4 teaspoons black tea, green tea or rooibos sweeten with agave or evaporated cane juice (vegan sugar) to taste Place…

Roasted Winter Vegetables

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Roasted veggies are a REAL kitchen staple that we keep in the refrigerator and munch on all week long! They’re great diced and put in a salad or add them to your favorite veggie stock for a quick soup or serve hot as side dish with your favorite grains and veggie meats. Fantastic cold or…

Tofu Ricotta Cheese Sauce

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  Tofu Ricotta Cheese Sauce can be used in so many dishes. We love it on our Timballo De Rigatoni.   INGREDIENTS 1/2 block (8 ounces) firm tofu 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1 tablespoons chickpea miso 2 cloves garlic 1/4 cup unsweetened non dairy milk 1 tablespoon olive oil, optional 1 teaspoon salt, optional 1/2…

Timballo De Rigatoni

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  Timballo De Rigatoni is a hearty dish with wide tube pasta, eggplant, peas, and mushrooms in a thick tomato sauce and topped with tofu ricotta cheese sauce. Serve with our REAL Tempeh Sausage Balls.   INGREDIENTS 3 large cans or jars (28 ounces, total 84 ounces) of crushed tomatoes 12 ounces tomato paste 2…

KALEidoscope Salad with Pumpkin Seed Dressing

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When your CSA winter share loads you up with carrots and watermelon radishes, it’s time to make Kaleidoscope Kale Salad!     1 large bunch or head of kale (about 12 ounces with stems removed) 4 carrots 2 watermelon radishes (about 2 inch diameter) 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1/4 cup…

Tempeh with Carrots, Kale and Winter Radish

Stir Fry Ingredients 1 package tempeh, cut into strips 4 carrots, julienned 3 radishes, julienned 6 leaves green kale, removed from stems and chopped water Marinade Ingredient for Tempeh 1 cup hot water 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon garam marsala 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 2 teaspoons dry dill In a bowl,…

Vegan Calamari Style Tofu Steaks

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This dish is a great celebration dish! And it works well for the seasoned vegan perhaps wanting to indulge for the holidays, and/or for the curious about transitioning to a plant-based life-styler who likes to experiment in the kitchen. Either way we hope you love to cook because this dish requires some skill, time and…

Foccacia Bread, Gluten-Free

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  1 cup warm water 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds (to grind seeds use a coffee mill or spice grinder) 1 package active dry yeast (1/4 oz) 2 teaspoons sugar (evaporated cane juice) 3/4 cup sorghum flour plus more (about 2 tablespoons) for handling dough 3/4 cup tapioca flour 3/4 cup garfava flour 2 tablespoons…

TRANSITION KITCHEN: REAL Vegan Mayonnaise

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Here’s the Vegan Mayonnaise Recipe: 4 ounces silken tofu 2 Tablespoons lemon juice 2 Tablespoons vinegar 3 teaspoons sugar/evaporated cane juice – OPTIONAL 1 teaspoon yellow mustard 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt (salt to taste) 1/2 cup olive oil In a blender, add tofu, lemon juice, vinegar, sugar and mustard. Blend until smooth. While the…

Hazelnut Cream Pie

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Raw pies, made with whole plant foods like raw nuts and seeds and dried fruit, are luxuriously rich and decadent. There’s no guilt here. Another slice please! For the crust: 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds 1/4 cup shredded coconut 1/2 cup pitted medjool dates 1/2 cup raisins For the filling: 1/4 cup…

Turnip Cakes

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This is a variation on our baked potato pancake recipe. Turnips have a sweet flavor with a mild bite, a great winter dish.   Turnips or Rutabagas (about 2 pounds, washed and peeled) 1 large onion, peeled 1/4-1/2 cup flour (all purpose flour, wheat or gluten-free) 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil (optional – if you are…

Pie Crust, Gluten-Free

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  This is a great gluten-free crust that can be rolled out. The recipe has been adapted and veganized from Gluten-Free On A Shoe String.   2 1/2 cups All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour (We use Bob’s Red Mill) 1 teaspoon xanthan gum 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar 10 Tablespoons organic canola oil,…

Gingerbread Cookies, Gluten-Free

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This is a delicately spiced, chewy cookie. For the cookie 1 1/2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour (we use Bob’s Red Mill) 3/4 teaspoons baking powder 3/8 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves 3 tablespoons vegan butter 6 Tablespoons brown sugar 1…

Pumpkin Pie, Gluten-free, Soy-free

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This is our veganized version of the classic Libby’s Pumpkin Pie recipe. 2 Tablespoons ground flax seeds 4 Tablespoons water 3/4 cup sugar (we use evaporated cane juice) 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1 15-ounce can pumpkin purée 1 1/2 cups…

Herbed Ranch Dressing

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I am loving the new Vegan Holiday Cooking from Candle Cafe Cookbook. I made their Garden Herb Ranch dressing and it was fantastic. I went to make it again but did not have all the ingredients. So I made modifications with what I had and here’s my new version, so delicious. 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard…

Cream of Celery Soup

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Super simple soup! This recipe is almost as easy as heating up the canned variety only so much better – in taste and nutrition, using creamy white beans as the base and other REAL ingredients. 1 1/4 cup finely chopped celery 1 1/4 cups finely chopped onion 1 1/2 cups cooked white beans 1 1/2…

Kale and Blueberry Salad

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This is one of my favorite salads. I especially love it during the winter holiday season. It’s rich in flavor and loaded with immune system boosting nutrients. REAL Tahini dressing or one mashed avocado. 1 bunch or head of kale (about 8 ounces with stems removed) 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen (thawed) 2-4 Tablespoons…

Millet Cereal With Apricot Apple Compote and Warm Coconut Milk

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For the Millet 1 cup millet 2 cups Water For the Compote 1 apple (diced) 8 dried apricots (diced) 2 cinnamon Sticks Freshly grated nutmeg (about a 1/4 t) 1/2 cup of boiling water Coconut Milk (warm) To make the millet: In a medium sauce pan boil the water and stir in the millet, reduce…

Apricot Nut Balls

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Here’s a naturally sweet treat, made from dried fruit, raw nuts and seeds. They are a stunning addition to any festive dessert table. 1 cup dried unsulphured apricots 1/2 cup walnuts, 1/4 cup almonds, 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds 2 tablespoons cocoa powder Optional: 1 tablespoon agave or maple syrup Optional: 1 teaspoon vanilla Topping Variations:…

A Thanksgiving Story: Turkey, Turnips, Transfusions

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Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother’s house we go… As a child I loved the images in that song and thought of them every Thanksgiving as my family took off to my grandparents’ home, a one-bedroom apartment in Bayside, New York, where the Matinecock Native American first settled in 2000 B.C.  I’d…

Black Bean Sauce

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  This is an easy flavorful sauce that you can serve with sauteed vegetables, top on whole grains or use in a wrap.   1 can organic, salt-free black beans or 1 1/2 cups cooked beans 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder 1 tablespoon…

Cream Cheese Cookies: Gluten-free

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  This recipe makes a rich shortbread style cookie.   2¼ cups white rice flour 1½ teaspoons xanthan gum or carrageenan ¼ teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 teaspoons flax meal in ¼ cup water 2 teaspoons vanilla ¾ cup sugar (evaporated cane juice) 1 package vegan nondairy cream cheese (8 ounces) 1/2…

Breakfast Polenta

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For a little change in your oatmeal breakfast routine try polenta. 1 cup organic polenta (not the quick cooking kind) 3 cups water 1 organic apple, diced (peel if not organic) 6 organic dried apricots cut in 1/4 inch square pieces In a medium saucepan mix polenta and water. Cook on high heat until it…

Three Seed Bread – Gluten-Free

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1 1/2 cups sorghum flour 1 1/2 cups garfava flour (garbanzo flour may be used) 1 cup brown rice flour 2 cups tapioca flour ( I usually use a combination of potato and tapioca but was out of potato starch and all tapioca worked fine) 4 teaspoons carrageenan or xanthan gum 1/4 cup ground flax…

Butter Pecan Muffins, Gluten-free

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These muffins are light, with a rich, buttery flavor. 2 1/4 cups All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour (we use Bob’s Red Mill) 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1 cup non dairy milk (we use unsweetened soymilk, just organic soybeans and water) 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar 2…

Cheesy Vegan meets REAL in American Vegan Society Summer Magazine

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Cheesy Vegan meets REAL Vegetable Corn Cakes and Spicy Black Bean Soup! Writing a review for the American Vegan Magazine on John Schlimm’s cookbook, Cheesy Vegan, we made this dish. It combines John’s mozzarella recipe with our REAL Spicy Black Bean Soup and Vegetable Corn Cakes. The Corn Cakes sit on top of the soup…