Appetizers

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

Hummus is Hummus

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Once in a restaurant in 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 and genetically modified soybean oil. Freshly made is best and…

Mini CriMini Mushroom Burgers

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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.…

Baked Tofu Fries

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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…

The REAL Mezze Platter

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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 Gluten-free Pita Bread for a hearty lunch or satisfying dinner.

Baba Ganoush

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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…

Baked Potato Pancakes, Latkes: Gluten-Free

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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…

Collard Rolls – Raw

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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…

Black Bean Paté

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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…

Scallion Pancakes with Plum Sauce

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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,…

Buckwheat Noodles in Peanut Sauce

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…

Lettuce Wraps

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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…

Grandma’s Vegan Chopped “Liver”

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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 mom’s ‘chopped liver’ is so much better, made with simple, plant-foods, onions, walnuts,…

Insalata Caprese

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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…

Avocado Shiitake Mango Maki

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The first time I had avocado maki I went nuts. The combination of the avocado, nori and wasabi was something I had never experienced and couldn’t get enough of. Once you get the hang of it they are easy to make and travel well for lunch boxes and picnics. Vegetable Maki 1 cup brown rice…

Summer Rolls

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These rolls require a little time and a little patience. I think they are worth it. The result is a flavor that is so fresh. A hint of mint, the crunchy juiciness of the sprouts, the bite of the chives all mix together to create something very special. 1 square (3.5 oz) baked tofu sliced…