REAL Recipes

Here are our newest REAL recipes.

Baked Tofu

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Just marinate and bake. It’s easy to prepare these baked tofu steaks that make hearty, filling salad toppers, delicious sandwich fillers or as a main dish, like our REAL Tofu Steaks with Pasta And Kale. Tofu steaks travel well too, a terrific on the go food. 1 lb extra firm tofu 3 Tablespoons gluten free…

Nut Meat “Mock Tuna” Salad

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After making some luscious rich nut milk, use the remaining nut meat for this colorful salad. It’s perfect for a picnic, barbecue, lunchtime sandwich or dip with crackers. Nut meat leftover from 1 cup nuts used for making REAL Nut Milk 1 cup finely chopped carrots 1 cup finely chopped celery 1 cup finely chopped…

Hazelnut Brown Rice Cereal

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Using leftover rice from your favorite Asian restaurant, make a luxurious breakfast the following day. 2 cups cooked brown rice 1 cup hazelnut milk 1 tablespoon shredded, unsweetened coconut 1 banana, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon sunflower or pepitas (pumpkin seeds) 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg Mix ingredients together in a medium sauce pan, Cook…

Nut Milk

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There is something sacred about making nut milk. I find soaking the raw nuts with clean, filtered, distilled water followed by blending it into a creamy, nutritious, flavorful milk, a peaceful process. As I do the blending, I meditate on the cows that are artificially inseminated by humans, separated from their babies within 24-48 hours…

Morrocan Chickpea Soup

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1 can tomatoes (15 oz) 3 cans chickpeas (4.5 cups cooked) 2 quarts water 1 onion 5 oz spinach 6-8 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 teaspoon cumin 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon paprika optional 1 cup red wine optional 1-2 teaspoons porcini mushroom powder In a large soup pot, pour in water,…

My Passover Tears

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The Passover holiday begins today and so does my ambivalence. I love traditions, story telling, special holiday foods. But I am so torn with the contradictions! The message of Passover, liberation from slavery, is something that resonates strongly for me. Should the holiday just be about the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in…

Sponge Cake, Gluten-Free

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Sponge cake, is often wheat-free for the Passover holiday and loaded with eggs. This cake is egg-free, light and lovely. It is kosher for Passover for the Sefardic Jews but not for Ashkenazi Jews because it contains soy and rice. 3/4 cup white rice flour 3/4 cup potato starch 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1…

Costa Rica Chocolate Dot Oatmeal Cookies

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Here is a recipe I prepared while in Costa Rica using the local ingredients that were available to me. 1/2 cup coconut oil 1 cup sugar (evaporated cane juice) 1 tablespoon chia seeds or ground flax seeds in 1/4 cup water 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 3/4 cups rolled oats plus 1 1/2 cup rolled oats…

Kale Salad in Costa Rica

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While on a farm in Costa Rica I put this fresh kale salad together. I love to use mandarina aceto, a local citrus fruit here to dress all my salads. One bunch dinosaur kale, about 8 ounces. One yellow bell pepper, seed and diced 1/2 avocado 4 cherry tomatoes, quartered One half papaya, seeded and…

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Cream Cookies: Gluten-free

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These cookies are just like Tagalongs, the Girl Scout Peanut Butter Patties, only better! These are made with only natural ingredients, without whey, gluten, hydrogenated oils or artificial ingredients. I recently revisited this recipe in 2014 to improve it and decided to try a variation on Fran Costigan‘s “Chocolate Olive Oil Glaze for Chocolate-Dipped Anything”…

Chestnut Flour Pancakes, Gluten-free

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During my interview with Elizabeth Wholey, author of Sustenance, she promised to send me a bag of chestnut flour when it was in season in Italy. And she did! I just received the flour and here is the first thing I made with it – chestnut pancakes. I made up a quick recipe and the…

Tom Kha (Thai Coconut Soup)

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Traditional Tom Kha soup is made with chicken stock and fish sauce and it can be challenging to find a Thai restaurant to make the soup without these ingredients. Often fish sauce is considered vegetarian in Thai cuisine. The best way to have Tom Kha is to find your kitchen and make it yourself! This…

Socca Breakfast Wraps, gluten-free

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Socca makes the perfect wrap. Try them for a hearty breakfast or brunch. Fill them with Baba Ganoush, White Bean Hummus, sautéed escarole, Tahini, olives and hot sauce. Socca/Chickpea Flour Crêpes Recipe

Red Kuri Squash with Polenta Stuffing

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This dish is a main event that can be carved at the table and served with your favorite sides and gravy. If you can’t find a Red Kuri Squash (pictured) you can use a pumpkin or a large squash that can be hollowed out and filled with our REAL polenta stuffing. When you see this…

The Great Transformation Biscuits, gluten-free

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I am reading The Holy Universe, A New Story of Creation For The Heart, Soul, And Spirit in preparation for my upcoming It’s All About Food interview this Tuesday with the author David Christopher. This book, beautifully written, lightened my spirit and filled me with awe and appreciation for being a part of this Universe…

Escarole Salad

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Escarole is a REAL favorite when it comes to leafy greens. While it may look like ordinary lettuce, it’s actually a hardier, stronger leaf. It’s a great salad to travel with or bring to a party because it doesn’t wilt once dressed. Just toss it with your favorite dressing like our REAL Tahini and enjoy…

Blueberry Peanut Butter Scones

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I keep all of these ingredients on hand so fresh-baked scones are practically ready when I want them. 1 cup potato starch (or corn, arrowroot) 1 cup brown rice flour or sorghum flour 1 cup garbanzo bean flour or garfava flour 1/2 cup REAL Apricot Butter, Applesauce or light colored jam 5 teaspoons baking powder…

Almond Biscotti, gluten-free

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1 1/2 cups brown rice flour 1 1/2 cups rolled oats or oat flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 1/2 cups sugar (we use evaporated cane juice) 3/4 cup apple sauce or 1 ripe banana mashed 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon almond extract 1 1/2 cups raw almonds, ground to…

REAL Pot Pie!

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As a kid I loved those pot pies that would come frozen in individual aluminum pie tins that we’d heat up in the oven. I still love pot pies, only they’ve evolved a bit. Now, vegan and gluten-free, this pot pie recipe is hearty and 100% comfort food. The crust is flaky, the filling is…

Blueberry Cornbread, gluten-free

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This is a variation on our classic Corn Bread. The original recipe calls for corn kernels and applesauce which we were out of today when I wanted to make it. I love when new recipes are created from a lack of something (alack, alack, alack). I used blueberries instead of corn and a banana in…

Seven Layer Cake, gluten-free

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Seven Layer cake has always been one of my mom’s favorites. This is the cake I made for her 80th birthday party. She recently gave up dairy so this cake was especially perfect. Happy Birthday Mom! FOR THE CAKE 1 1/4 cups sorghum flour Bob’s Red Mill 1 cup brown rice flour Bob’s Red Mill…

Socca Wraps, gluten-free

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Socca or Chickpea Flour Crêpes make a great wrap. We’ve filled our Chickpea Flour Crêpes with leftovers from our REAL American Barbecue food show. This wrap is filled with the following: Barbecue Tempeh Slabs Grilled Vegetables Sautéed Dandelion Greens Wild Rice Blend: 1/2 cup Basmati rice, 1/4 black rice, 1/4 red rice, cooked in 2…

Chickpea Flour Crêpes

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Chickpea Flour Crêpes are so easy to make and can be used in many ways. They can be used in place of bread, grilled on the barbecue and wrapped with grilled veggies. Use your imagination. They are a featured recipe in our REAL American Barbecue food show. 1 cup chickpea flour (also called garbanzo bean…

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Biscuits, gluten-free

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Wake up late on the weekend after a great date night and roll these up for the perfect brunch. Or make them with the kids for a weekend breakfast treat. These are rich biscuits, slightly sweet and full of cinnamon. Dough 1 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour (we use Bob’s Red Mill) 1 cup brown rice…

Simple Vegetable Soup

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Lately, I have been making my vegetable juices with kale or collards, parsley, celery, carrots and lemon or lime. I’ve been juicing the carrots, celery and parley first, and saving the remaining fiber. Then I juice the remaining ingredients. I take the carrot-celery-parsley fiber and put it in a large soup pot and pour water…

Spinach Gnocchi, gluten-free

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Yes, gnocchi can be vegan, gluten-free and easy. We just received a sample from Caesar’s Pasta of Spinach Gnocchi and Potato Gnocchi, both vegan and gluten-free. They are delicious topped with our REAL Classic Italian Tomato Sauce and REAL

Cashew Cream Béchamel

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  Loosely based on the French classic by Diat, this upgrade by De Mattei is dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, cholesterol free, and just as delicious as Louis’. Bon appetit!   2 cups cashew cream 1 cup water 2 tablespoons vegan butter 1 tablespoon minced onions 3 white peppercorns 1 sprig of parsley 1 teaspoon salt Pinch…

Celebration Biscuits, gluten-free

Rich, freshly baked biscuits are very special and something to celebrate! 1 cup Sweet Sorghum Flour 1/2 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour 1/4 cup tapioca starch 1/4 cup potato starch 1 teaspoon xanthan gum 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 ripe banana mashed 1 stick (1/2 cup) vegan butter (we use organic Earth…

Garbanzo Bean Flour Waffles: Gluten-free

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For those who are allergic to many of the grain flours or for those who want to try something new – here’s an easy to make waffle recipe made with garbanzo bean flour. It’s oil-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free and full of great flavor and good nutrition! I’ve flavored it with almond extract, coriander and fennel…

Lentil Burgers, gluten-free

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Fire up the barbecue. These burgers are great on the grill. They are wonderful anytime, even cold. 1 3/4 cups brown lentils, cooked, rinsed, drained 1 cup cooked wild rice 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 almonds,…

Creamy Avocado White Bean Sauce

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Who needs dairy? We don’t! Not when there are avocados and white beans in the world. Move over Fettuccine Alfredo. This sauce is so rich and creamy – without any oil and no dairy! 1 can Navy Beans (15 oz.) 1 medium ripe Haas Avocado 1/4 cup walnuts 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1 tablespoon mellow…

Vegetable Corn Cakes II – Gluten-free

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Corn cakes! These are so easy to make and so good to eat. Serve them up with guacamole and beans. 1 3/4 cups corn meal 1/4 cup ground yellow flax seeds in 1/2 cup water 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional) 1 1/2 cups water 2 carrots, diced in small pieces 2 scallions, chopped vegetable oil or…

Strawberry Blueberry Sunflower Green Smoothie

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Today’s smoothie is a mix of berries with kale. Sunflower seeds have a very simple flavor that blend well with the other ingredients and are packed with nutrition. Kale, 4-5 leaves, depending on taste, stalks removed 12 oz frozen strawberries 1/3 cup frozen blueberries 1 1/2 cups water 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (preferably soaked 4-8…

Raspberry Lemonade Green Smoothie

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Watch out! This smoothie is TART! I was craving something clean and tart this morning and this smoothie is a REAL eye opener. You can always sweeten it up to your taste by blending in pitted dates or raisins. 1 cup frozen raspberries 3/4 cup water or more, depending on desired thickness 2 Tablespoons flax…

Mango Almond Green Smoothie

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My recipe for green smoothies is a fruit, a green and a fat. Sweet mango, collard greens and almonds blend up deliciously with fresh ginger for a little kick. It will keep you energized for hours> Collards, 1-5 leaves, depending on taste, stalks removed. 1 1/2 – 2 cups mango, fresh or frozen, cut into…

Date Walnut Muffins, Gluten-free

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Molasses give these muffins their chocolate color and complex flavor. 2 cups Brown Rice Flour 1/3 cup Tapioca Flour 1/2 cup potato starch 2 teaspoons baking soda 1/4 cup ground flax seeds 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped 1 teaspoon cinnamon 4 large Medjool dates, pitted and chopped 1 1/2 cups water 1/4 cup Molasses 2 Tablespoons…

Banana Maple Walnut Muffins, Gluten-Free

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Bananas typically don’t last long enough in our home to get really ripe and gooey. But when they do, they are perfect for making banana muffins. Flour Mix Version 1 2 cups Brown Rice Flour 1/3 cup Tapioca Flour 1/2 cup potato starch (corn starch or arrowroot may be substituted) Flour Mix Version 2 2…

All in a Saturday

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While editing and uploading IT’S ALL ABOUT FOOD transcriptions (there are now 66), planning our upcoming April fundraiser and enjoying this snowy, wet March day, I made some of my favorite recipes. Where do I go for recipes? ResponsibleEatingAndLiving.com of course. Where do I get the energy? PLANT POWER!! RECIPES Prune Butter Hummus Yeasted Bread,…

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…

Leek, Carrot and Turnip Soup

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Soup should be simple. And this one is just about the simplest. The title says it all – 3 vegetables plus garlic and herbs and voila! Perfect for an unexpected snow day in the middle of March. Leeks and turnips make an unbelievably flavorful broth. 1 large leek (1 1/2 inches wide and about 14…

Snowy Joes

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Snowy Joes! When it’s cold and snowing outside here’s a great dish to warm up to. Serve over your favorite grain, or if you have the time, bake up some of our REAL Yeasted, Gluten-Free Burger Buns. 1 large onion 3 cloves garlic 1 package organic tempeh (8 oz) 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1/2…

Yeasted Burger Buns, Gluten-Free

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Taking the time to make your own bread is always worth it. These yeasted burger buns are a variation on a recipe by Laurie Sadowski in her cookbook The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread. It’s the few tablespoons of ground almonds that give Laurie’s recipes a delicious flavor. LISTEN to the IT’S ALL ABOUT FOOD interview…

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins, Gluten-Free

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Bring the sunshine to your winter breakfast table with Lemon Poppy Seed muffins. Red bananas add their own light lemony flavor while adding sweetness and acting as a binder.. I originally created this recipe with rice flour, but for those not wanting to consume too much rice, there is a second options with sorghum 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.…

Pasta Frolla, Gluten-Free

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Soy lecithin is used in place of egg yolks to bind pasta frolla and give this crust it’s rich flavor. And it rolls out perfectly. For the crust 2 cups rice flour plus a little extra for rolling 1 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum 3/4 cup vegan butter 4 tablespoons soy lecithin in 4 tablespoons water…

Basic Wheat Flour Pie Crust

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Use this crust for sweet or savory pies, like our Tomato Onion Quiche. Basic Wheat Crust 3/4 cup white flour and 3/4 cup whole wheat or 1/1/2 cups white flour 1 stick (1/2 cup) vegan butter Ice Water, 6-8 tablespoons Cut vegan butter into flour and knead dough. Add 2 – 3 tablespoons of water…

Pumpkin Seed Crust, Gluten-Free

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The pumpkin seed crust is so flavorful and free of oil, butter or margarine. It’s a wonderful crust for Thanksgiving, for a sweet or savory pumpkin pie. Crust 1 cup brown rice flour plus extra on the side for rolling if necessary 1 cup hulled pumpkin seeds, soaked in water for at least 4 hours…

Rice Flour Pie Crust, Gluten-Free

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This is a basic gluten-free pie crust that can be easily pressed into a pie plate. Crust 3/4 cup rice flour 1/3 cup vegan butter 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum 1 teaspoon evaporated cane juice (optional) pinch salt (optional) Ice Water, 4 tablespoons In a large bowl, mix together the flour, xanthan gum, salt and sugar.…

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…

Winter Salsa, Version I

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After reading Tomatoland, we stay away from buying tomatoes that are not organic or are out of season. In the winter, we’ll make tomato salsa with organic, salt-free canned tomatoes. 1 can (15 ounce) diced or crushed salt-free, organic tomatoes 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro 1/3 cup finely chopped scallions juice from one lime 1/2…

Corn Chips

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January 29th is National Corn Chip Day. Celebrate by making your own corn chips, free of oil and salt, with corn tortillas. So easy! Try them with our easy REAL Winter Salsa Corn tortillas – Read the ingredients! Corn tortillas should contain corn, of course and not much else. We purchase corn tortillas made of…

National Blueberry Pancake Day

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January 28 is National Blueberry Pancake Day. Start off this holiday morning or any day with any of the REAL recipes below, all vegan and gluten-free. These are something to celebrate! Blueberry Pancakes With blueberries added to the batter, they burst with gooey goodness. Blueberry Pan Cake This is literally a blueberry pan cake. In…

Blueberry Syrup

REAL blueberry syrup – surprisingly made only with blueberries! Serve with any of our REAL pancake recipes. 1 package frozen blueberries 1. Place the frozen blueberries in a saucepan on medium low heat. 2. Cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, especially in the first few minutes to prevent the berries from sticking or burning…

Blueberry Pancakes, Gluten-Free

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January 28 is National Blueberry Pancake Day. Start off this holiday morning or any day with our REAL Blueberry Pancake recipe. They are something to celebrate! 1 cup Brown Rice Flour (or Bob’s All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour) 1 cup Sorghum flour 4 tablespoons ground flax seeds (I buy them whole, grind them and keep them…

Buckwheat Waffles, Gluten-Free

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This waffle, made with buckwheat flour is wheat-free, oat-free, light and crispy. 1/2 cup buckwheat flour 1/2 cup all purpose gluten-free flour (Bob’s Red Mill) or Sweet Sorghum Flour 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds 2 tablespoons tapioca starch or other starch: potato, corn 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 to 1 1/2 cups water (varies, based…

REAL Favorite Cookbooks of 2012

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With so many vegan cookbooks coming out all the time, there are so many to choose from. Here are our REAL Favorite Cookbooks of 2012. 1. Ramses Bravo, BRAVO! Health-Promoting Meals From The TrueNorth Kitchen This is my personal favorite because Ramses Bravo has created recipes that are not only delicious but so good for…

Risotto Milanese in Saffron Vegetable Broth

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For our soup course in our Italian Holiday Menu here is the Risotto Milanese in Saffron Vegetable Broth. For the risotto: 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice 1 teaspoon saffron threads 3 1/2 cups vegetable stock 2 cups Arborio rice 1/2 cup white wine 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) vegan…

Roasted Garlic Smashed Turnips and Potatoes

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Serve our Roasted Garlic Smashed Turnips and Potatoes with our Tempeh in Crosta and Sauteed Chard. 4 lbs organic Yukon Gold potatoes, quartered 1 lb white turnips, peeled and quartered 4 large bulbs of organic garlic 1/2 cup of vegetable stock 1 gallon of boiling water 3 to 4 stalks of organic celery If you…

Tempeh In Crosta in Marsala Wine Sauce

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The main course in our holiday menu is the Tempeh In Crosta in Marsala Wine Sauce. The Marinade 4 cups of vegetable stock 1 cup of Marsala Wine (you may use non alcoholic wine or all vegetable stock if you prefer) Juice of 3 lemons (with their peels) 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1 onion,…

Bread Sticks, gluten-free

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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 1/4 cup arrowroot starch, corn starch or potato starch 1/2 cup rice flour or All Purpose Gluten-Free…

Torta Al Limone, Lemon Tart, Vegan and Gluten-Free

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After a many course meal, this light and lovely lemon pie is a perfect finale. For the crust 3/4 cup rice flour 1/3 cup vegan butter 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum 1 teaspoon evaporated cane juice (optional) Cold water, 4 tablespoons In a large bowl, mix together the flour, xanthan gum, salt and sugar. Cut vegan…

REAL Holiday Dinner Menu

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RECIPES Bread Sticks Risotto Milanese in Saffron Vegetable Broth Butternut Squash Lasagna Tempeh In Crosta Roasted Garlic Smashed Turnips and Potatoes Sauteed Chard Crostada Di Ricotta Torta Al Limone    

Rosemary and Olive Bread, gluten-free

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For a festive dinner I love to prepare a basket filled with homemade breads. Picture below is our REAL corn bread, Rosemary Olive Bread and its variation, Three Seed Rolls. 1 3/4 cups warm water 2 Tablespoons agave nectar 1 package Active Dry Yeast (2 1/2 teaspoons) 2 Tablespoons ground flaxseeds 1 1/4 cups sorghum…

Butternut Squash Lasagna

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Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Tempeh Bacon Filling & Cashew Cream BéchamelVegan, Gluten-Free This rich and creamy baked Lasagna is as unbelievably satisfying as it is elegant. A perfect pasta course at a seven course meal or buffet or served with a salad. Trust me, you don’t need to eat a lot to feel full but…

Apple Sauce

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Homemade apple sauce is easy to make. Made with your favorite organic apples they are perfect on top of our REAL Baked Potato Pancakes.     Ingredients 6 – 8 apples, cored and chopped (peel only if not organic) approximately 1/2 cup water     Directions Put the chopped apples in a medium size saucepan.…

Caraway Seed Rye-Style Bread, Gluten-Free

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What I love about rye bread are the seeds and the sourdough. Well now you can do that without rye flour, without the gluten with our REAL Caraway Seed Rye-Style Bread recipe. 1 1/2 cups sorghum flour 1 1/2 cups garbanzo flour 1 cup brown rice flour 1 cup potato starch 1 cup tapioca flour…

Corn Chowder

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Corn Chowder is on my list of hearty, comfort foods. The Caraway seeds are essential for the best flavor. 1 package (16 oz) frozen corn or 3 cups corn kernels 2 medium onions, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 medium potatoes, cut in small cubes (peel if not organic) 1 carrot, cut in small chunks…

Apple Cranberry Raisin Butter (Holiday Butter)

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Apple Cranberry Raisin Butter is delicious in place of cranberry sauce, chutney or apple sauce, or used in recipes calling for a fruit butter like our Holiday Apple Cranberry Spice Muffins or our Baked Potato Pancakes. I like to call it Holiday Butter because it tastes like the winter holiday season.     Ingredients 8…

Holiday Apple Cranberry Spice Muffins, Gluten-Free

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Brown Rice Flour, Tapioca Starch, Flax Seeds, Apple Cider Vinegar – these are staples in gluten-free, vegan baking. When you have them on hand, the rest is easy. These muffins took less than 1/2 hour to mix together, bake and serve. Make every weekend a holiday with these Holiday Apple Cranberry Spice Muffins. Serve with…

Baked Apples, Gluten-Free

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Treat yourself this weekend to a luscious breakfast or brunch that is as unbelievably delicious as it is unbelievably good for you. It’s REAL Baked Apples. 4 organic apples, cored 2 tablespoons almonds 2 tablespoons raisins 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg water Chop the almonds and raisins and mix with the spices. Place the…

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.

Soft Sesame Seed Buns, Gluten-free

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These soft buns go great with our REAL Falafel Burgers and Mezze Platter. 2 cups Brown Rice flour or All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour (we use Bob’s Red Mill) 1 cup Tapioca Flour 1/2 cup Garbanzo Flour 1/4 cup ground golden flax seeds 1 teaspoon xanthan gum 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 Tablespoons vinegar 1 3/4 cups…

Baked Falafel Burgers

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Baked Falafel Burgers are bursting with the great combination of flavors as the traditional Falafel, only without all the oil and salt. And since they are baked and not fried, they are even easier to make. Serve on our Pita Bread, gluten-free and a dollop of Red Pepper Hummus and Baba Ganoush from the REAL…

Red Pepper Hummus

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I am very picky about my hummus. Ready made hummus available today in most supermarkets has preservatives, and too much salt and oil for my palate. It’s really easy to make hummus at home, it’s less expensive and taste so much better. Using all organic ingredients, a little red bell pepper adds a subtle yet…

Cucumber Salad

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This cucumber salad can be served on it’s own or topped on a bed of lettuce, stuffed into a pita pocket with our REAL Baked Falafel Burgers, or as part of a mezze platter, as shown below. 2 cucumbers, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley 8 cherry tomatoes,…

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…

Soccacia, Gluten-Free

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Here’s a variation on Chickpea Flour Flatbread. Combining Socca, the chickpea flour crepe and the pizza dough bread served with toppings called Foccacia and you have Soccacia! Follow the instructions for the Chickpea Flour Flatbread. While it’s in the oven, chop a large onion to about a half inch dice. Heat a heavy duty sauté…

Simple Cabbage Soup

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This is probably the easiest soup you’ll ever make and also one of the most satisfying, especially on these cold autumn nights. I find it tastes just like corned beef and cabbage without the corned beef. It’s also great if you add a slab of tempeh while the soup is simmering but it is not…

Apricot Butter

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Simplicity and quality. Simple, quality ingredients to dazzle the palate. For our REAL Apricot butter we use sweet, moist, organic dried apricots and clean water (filtered, distilled). Spread on our gluten-free yeasted bread or our quick soft rolls with your favorite vegan butter and it tastes like caramel.       Makes about 4 cups…

Yeast Bread, Gluten-Free

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At REAL Worldwide Headquarters, the weekends are for baking bread. Once you get in the routine of it and have the ingredients on hand, baking gluten-free bread is relatively simple. Yet there’s nothing routine or simple about the taste. Fresh home made bread is always cause for celebration. 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour 1…

Yogurt, Dairy-Free

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I used to make dairy yogurt as a teenager with one of those plug in yogurt kits. Later I learned I didn’t need a kit, I just needed a warm space to let the yogurt culture grow. Recently I discovered I had a dehydrator option on my oven which is ideal for yogurt making. Inspired…

Sourdough Cornmeal Pancakes, Gluten-Free

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Made with our own REAL yogurt these corn cakes will bring out the MMMMMMMMmmmmm in the morning. 3 Tablespoons ground flax seeds in 6 tablespoons water 1 1/4 cups yellow cornmeal 1 1/4 cups All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour (We use Bob’s Red Mill) 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/4 cups…

Classic Pizza, Gluten-free

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Everyone loves pizza. Pizza should be a special treat, made with special ingredients. Try our REAL Classic Pizza with our REAL Classic Italian Tomato Sauce, our REAL Pizza Crust recipe below and vegan mozzarella cheese.   2/3 cup REAL Classic Italian Tomato Sauce 4 oz Vegan Mozzarella Cheese , Make your own with Miyoko Schinner‘s…

Minestrone Soup

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Celebrate the harvest in a bowl! This very hearty soup can be enjoyed as a main course or as the perfect starter for your next Italian feast. This recipe is also great for canning because it can easily be doubled, tripled and quadrupled, it all depends on the size of your harvest. We garnish steaming…

Pistou

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Swirl this puree of garlic, basil and oil into any vegetable soup for extra flavor. one bunch basil 4 cloves garlic 1/2 cup olive oil 1. Finely chop basil and garlic and place in a small bowl or jar. 2. Add 1/2 cup olive oil to the garlic and basil and blend ingredients together well.…

Oranges with Mint

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A super simple recipe with surprising results – fresh oranges with mint. If you like you can top with your favorite nondairy yogurt. That’s it! It’s delightful. Per serving: 1 orange, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks 1 teaspoon minced fresh mint 1-2 Tablespoons non dairy yogurt (we made our own using Miyoko Schinner‘s…

Prune Butter Muffins, Gluten-Free

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Our REAL Prune Butter seems to go with everything especially these gluten-free muffins made with REAL Prune Butter. 2 cups Brown Rice Flour 1/3 cup Tapioca Flour 1/2 cup Ener G Egg Replacer 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 1/2 cups water 1/4 cup ground flax seeds mixed…

Basic Miso Soup

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Miso soup is a traditional Japanese soup often made with bonito (fish) flakes. This is the vegan version and a wonderful base for many soups. Keep in mind that miso is extremely salty – a little goes a long way. 3 3/4 cups water 3 Tablespoons white miso paste in 1/4 cup water Boil water…

Carrot Apple Ginger Dressing

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Carrots, apples and ginger go great together in a salad dressing. It’s sweet and tangy, made with only three REAL ingredients. 2 medium carrots, grated 2-3 teaspoons finely grated ginger (to taste) 3/4 – 1 cup apple juice 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar In a blender, combine all the ingredients and blend until smooth. If…

Tofu and Eggplant in Plum Sauce

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Our REAL Prune Butter is the special ingredient that makes the flavorful sauce with no oil, sugar or salt. 1 package extra firm tofu 2 large or 3 small eggplants 1 onion 3 celery stalks 3 cloves garlic 1/3 cup REAL Prune Butter 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper…

Millet Maki

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Mix things up a little bit. Variety is the spice of life. Try millet when making maki instead of rice. Maki is typically made with rice, seasoned with sugar and rice vinegar. We season our maki millet filling with apple cider vinegar and agave. 1/2 cup millet 1 1/2 cups water 1 Tablespoon apple cider…

Tuscan Herbs

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Use these Tuscan Herbs in our REAL Stuffed Red Italian Peppers Tuscan Style. 1 teaspoon of each of the following dried herbs: rosemary, basil, thyme, sage, marjoram 1 teaspoon garlic 1/2 teaspoon of ground fennel 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional) Mix all the spices thoroughly and store in an airtight container.

Stuffed Red Italian Peppers Tuscan Style

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Here at the REAL home office in Forest Hills, NY we’ve been celebrating the arrival of our new farmers market which has been busting at the seams with gorgeous, locally grown produce like Italian peppers in all different colors. Lately they’ve been the most beautiful shade of red which are perfect for roasting. Here’s a…

Caesar Salad Dressing

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I find that many of the vegan Caesar Salad recipes going around use an awful lot of processed vegan mayonnaise to try and get that authentic Caesar Salad taste. Well here’s a recipe that gives you the taste without all of the processing. This dressing is loaded with fiber, something processed oils can’t give you,…

Caesar Salad

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I find that many of the vegan Caesar Salad recipes going around use an awful lot of processed vegan mayonnaise to try and get that authentic Caesar Salad taste. Well here’s a recipe that gives you the taste without all of the processing. This dressing is loaded with fiber, something processed oils can’t give you,…

Creamy Mung Bean Soup

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The secret to any soup is the spice. We use a lot of spices and buy them in large bags from Indian and Middle Eastern stores and put them in our own jars. There are many different kinds of curry powder and Malaysian is our favorite. Aside from the spice there are only 3 ingredients.…

Tempeh Marinade

This marinade for tempeh is perfect for our REAL Crispy Southern Fried Tempeh. The Marinade 2 cups of vegetable stock or water 1 cup of dry white wine or vermouth (you may use non alcoholic wine, all vegetable stock or water if you prefer) 1/2 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice 1 teaspoon of onion…

Crispy Southern Fried Tempeh

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October! There is something truly magical about October. Philosophers and poets have lauded it and the falling leaves applaud its arrival. Did you also know that October 1st is World Vegetarian Day and the kick off of Vegetarian Awareness Month? REAL is here to help with delicious recipes, helpful videos, informative interviews, and more! Why…

Orange You Glad Soup

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Citrus is a great way to bring out the flavor in soup. Adding fresh squeezed orange juice to this soup gives a subtle sweetness. Orange you glad? 1 and 1/4 cups Split Toor Dal (yellow pigeon peas) 1 onion coarse chopped, 1/2 inch pieces 3 carrots sliced, 1/4 inch thick (peel only if not organic)…

Heavenly Salad

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This is a variation of Chinese Chicken Salad, without the chicken and it’s heavenly. The flavors of the cilantro, scallions and peanuts really pop. You can’t stop eating it, it’s that good. Dressing 2 Tablespoon peanut butter (if allergic to peanuts use Sesame Butter, Tahini) 2 Tablespoons agave, optional 1 Tablespoon Tamari or Soy Sauce,…

Sunflower or Pumpkin Seed Pie Crust: Gluten-Free, Oil-Free

This is my favorite crust, pictured here with our REAL Vegetable Quiche. Not only is it delicious, but it is full of good things for you and is oil-free, gluten-free and soy-free. 1 cup rice flour plus extra on the side for rolling if necessary 1 cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds, soaked in water for…

Vegetable Quiche

Here’s a quiche recipe that is vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and full of flavor. It can be prepared in advanced and be ready when you are, for your next dinner party or to bring to a pot-luck or picnic. Pie Crust Try our REAL Sunflower Seed Crust or your own pie crust recipe. The Filling 1…

Tex-Mex Tofu Fajita Steak Stew

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Enjoy our REAL Tofu Steaks on top of black beans, peppers and onions. Bring the cast iron pan to the table with a side of warm corn tortillas and sides of your favorite condiments like shredded cashew cheese, guacamole,

Kasha and Onions with Tofu

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When I was very young, my grandfather would ask me in a scratchy voice – “You, ya like kasha?” We didn’t have kasha (buckwheat) very often and when we did, I wasn’t sure what I thought about it. It was different. My grandfather passed away many years ago but I think of him now whenever…

Leek and Lentil Soup

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Summer rain pours down on and off all day long. A great day to stay in and make soup. Lentils, herbs and spices create a satisfying broth without oil or salt. Kelp powder is used in place of salt. It has a salty flavor and natural plant iodine. Enjoy al fresco, like we do on…

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…

Caryn’s Carrot Cake, or Caryn Cake: Gluten-Free

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Carrot Cake has always been one of my favorites, but only when it’s made my way. That’s why I call this cake, Caryn Cake. There’s a secret ingredient that as of today, is no longer a secret! It’s Mace. Mace is a spice made from the outer covering that surrounds nutmeg seeds. The flavor is…

Caryn’s Carrot Cake, or just Caryn Cake

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Carrot Cake has always been one of my favorites, but only when it’s made my way. That’s why I call this cake, Caryn Cake. There’s a secret ingredient that as of today, is no longer a secret! It’s Mace. Mace is a spice made from the outer covering that surrounds nutmeg seeds. The flavor is…

Braided Bread: Gluten-Free

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I love baking bread. At first, making gluten-free yeast bread seemed like a daunting challenge. Like anything, it just takes a little practice. Now it’s as easy as pie. 4 cups Bob’s Redmill All Purpose Gluten-Free Baking Flour plus 1/2 cup for dusting 4 teaspoons xanthan gum 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional) 1/4 cup sugar (evaporated…

Ginger Beans and Greens with Mango and Tomato

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Fresh ginger is just so good. It is good for you and it wakes up any dish. This recipes uses diced firm tofu for the bean but you can use navy beans or garbanzo beans instead. Dandelion greens are shown in the picture but any dark leafy green would be fine, like kale, collards or…

Ginger Kale with Scallions

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How do I love Kale? Let me count the ways! I love Kale today with fresh ginger and green onions. 1 bunch Lacinato dinosaur kale 1/2 cup chopped scallions 3 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced 1 teaspoon olive or sesame oil, optional water 1. Cut off the stalks from the leafy part of the kale. Set…

Red Cabbage Ginger Stir Fry

One thing nice about cabbage – it is ready when you are. It lasts a lot longer in the refrigerator than most other vegetables. Today was the day for this red cabbage ginger stir fry. There are only 4 ingredients and its full of flavor. 1 medium head of red cabbage (about 5″ diameter) 3…

Spicy Black Bean Soup

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Here’s a satisfying soup that will excite your taste buds. Balsamic vinegar is the secret ingredient that brings out the flavor instead of salt. Serve this soup with a side of warm corn tortillas and a crisp cool salad. Or serve it cold as a chilled summer soup. Garnish with a squeeze of lime, a…

A Mid Summer Night’s Salad

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Be it Shakespeare in the Park or sunset on the terrace, this unbelievably simple salad of fresh green beans, yellow tomatoes, and red onions makes the perfect accompaniment to your next enchanted evening. As a side dish or on a bed of lettuce as an entree, there is no better way to celebrate the sights…

Farmers Market Pasta Salad with Arugula Pesto

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Here’s a recipe to celebrate National Farmers Market Week, 8/5-11/2012. We shopped at our new Farmers Market in Forest Hills, NY on Sunday and made this dish with the vegetables we purchased. 2 eggplants 4 Italian peppers (green) 2 yellow tomatoes 1 red onion 1 lb penne pasta 1/4 cup nutritional yeast Marinade – mix…

Soft Rolls – Gluten-Free

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Fresh baked soft rolls can make any meal special. These rolls make tasty burger buns too. I am enjoying gluten-free baking more and more. 2 cups Rice Flour 1 cup Tapioca Flour 1/2 cup Garbanzo Flour (plus about 4 Tablespoons for dusting) 1/4 cup ground golden flax seeds 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 Tablespoons vinegar…

Green Juice – Deconstructed (Kale Salad)

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Green juice saved my life. Literally. I am committed to consuming green juice every day. That commitment includes one head of kale (about 0.8 to 1 lb) and other vegetables. With a desire to give my body a quick cleanse, I decided instead of juicing, I would “deconstruct” the recipe and eat all my juice…

Coconut Cake (gluten-free)

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There’s something about coconut that irresistible. Several years ago I craved coconut cake for my birthday. I went to the kitchen and created this recipe using white wheat flour. Still getting that coconut cake craving from time to time, but wanting to make it gluten-free I came up with this recipe. It’s heavenly CAKE: 2…

Cream of Broccoli with Vegetable Noodles

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Everyone loves noodle-based soups. How about noodles that are made from thinly sliced vegetables instead of overly-processed refined flour? Yes! Broccoli and creamy coconut milk make the base and sauteed onions and peppers are perfect noodles. I was making this soup to serve at another time but couldn’t help myself – I had to sit…

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…

Sunflower Seed Cheese Spread

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Say goodbye to cheese made from animal milk and say hello to the wonderful world of nut and seed cheeses. This recipe makes a creamy, mild cheese that goes well with so many things. Use your imagination! Try it on crackers, with crudités or inside our REAL Collard Rolls. 1 cup hulled sunflower seeds 2…

Summer Stir Fry

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Hot, hot, hot! When the weather is hot, you don’t want to be slaving over a hot stove. Stir fry dishes are quick and make good use of the wonderful vegetables that are in season. I love the colorful, sweet bell peppers. They can be expensive, because it takes a while for them to ripen.…

Hot dog buns: Gluten-free

Hot Dawgs, ice cold beer here… these are sounds of summer in New York. At the ball park, Coney Island, or a 4th of July barbecue – hot dogs are what’s on the menu. While I would never consume a conventional hot dog today, extruded from a slurry of animal parts, artificial preservatives, flavorings and…

Ratatouille

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RRRRRRRRatatouille! This is one of those dishes that says summer to me. It’s easy to make and delicious served hot or cold. I made a lot of ratatouille when I lived in the south of France. Everyone has there own way to make it, some more complicated than others, too often drenched in olive oil.…

Vegetable Cakes, Gluten-Free

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Yesterday, on the way to my nephew’s preschool graduation in upstate New York, my mom and I stopped at an out of the way deli restaurant because she was hungry and we were early. She ordered a vegetable patty. The patty looked nice, probably not vegan, so I didn’t try it but I couldn’t help…

Stir-Fried Greens

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I love my dark leafy green vegetables prepared in a variety of ways. When I would sauté them I typically used garlic and onions. But I could never make them at home to taste like they do at one of my favorite restaurants, Buddha Bodai in Flushing and Manhattan. The Flushing restaurant recently moved and…

Mini Banana Oat Bread Loaves, Wheat-Free

When I was young, on special occasions we would go to Cookie’s Steak Pub for dinner. They were known for the large quartered chunks of iceberg lettuce served with a choice of 4 creamy dressings, a shrimp cocktail bar and endless mini slices of banana bread that I loved. With all the great greens available,…

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…

Corn Cakes, Gluten-Free

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When I interviewed Terry Hope Romero about her cookbook Viva Vegan! I went nuts over her very simple Arepa recipe, a corn tortilla or pancake made with masa harina. But since I live with an Italian, polenta is more of a staple in our house than masa harina. I came up with this recipe using…

Light and Crispy Oat Waffles, Gluten-Free

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Waffles are the perfect Sunday morning breakfast. 1 cup rolled oats 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds ¼ cup sunflower seeds (or other seed or nut) 2 tablespoons corn starch, potato starch, arrowroot or Ener-G Egg Replacer 1 tsp cinnamon 2 teaspoons fennel seeds 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 2 cups water Vegetable cooking oil for…

Apple Banana Berry Compote

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My favorite waffle or pancake topping is fruit compote. Made with fruits that are always available in our house, it’s easy, simple and so sweet. Serve over Light And Crispy Waffles. 2 apples, cut into small cubes (peel first, only if not organic) 1 package frozen raspberries 2 bananas, sliced 1/4 cup water  In a…

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,…

Broken Rice Paper Noodle Soup

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I enjoy making and eating Summer Rolls but I am often left with many cracked or broken sheets of rice paper. What to do? Make soup! This is an Asian Fusion vegetable soup. Rice paper has its own unique flavor and holds its own in this soup. 1/4 white onion, chopped fine 6 scallions, chopped…

Roasted Red Root Vegetable Salad

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This is a REAL great salad of roasted red root vegetables served with a spectacular roasted garlic aioli. This salad is very tasty and is great as a main course salad served on top of a bed of crisp greens or as a side dish complimenting a several course meal! It is great served warm…

Sautéed Zucchini with Onions, Red Peppers and Tomatoes

You can roast them, grill them, bake them – anyway you cook them, zucchini with red peppers, onions and tomatoes are perfection! Sauté with herbs and a touch of fennel, serve it with French bread for a rustic simple supper. For a heartier meal, toss it over pasta, brown rice or other whole grain. It’s…

Red Cabbage Salad

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Not all salads need to be green to be good. When out of lettuce, I reach for the red cabbage. Shredded and tossed with creamy avocado, chewy sweet figs and tart lemon juice and vinegar and the secret ingredient, Prune Butter, you will not believe how good it is until you try it. 1 head…

Tarte aux Pommes

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I learned how to make the Tarte Aux Pommes when I lived in the south of France. I have modified it slightly, with a gluten-free crust. You can use whatever kind of crust you like. The star of this recipe is the organic Fuji apple. Sweet, fresh, delicious! 4 or 5 organic apples, peeled and…

Jungle Crumble

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While visiting the Corwin family in Costa Rica, we had a potluck dinner. See Part I, Rainforest Oat Banana Bread. For dessert, I created this Apple Crumble recipe. When I think about Costa Rica it’s the exotic delights that I get excited about, like papayas and mangos and all the other wonderful tropical fruits there.…

Rainforest Banana Oat Bread, Wheat-Free

Part I: While visiting the Corwin family in Costa Rica, we had a potluck dinner. Staying in a remote area, far from any grocery stores, I made this Banana Oat Bread using bananas from the farm, sugar from homegrown sugar cane and coconut butter from locally grown coconuts. It was a perfect complement to the…

Chocolate Truffles

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Pictured here as a basket of Easter eggs, these chocolate truffles are delicious any time of the year. 1 bag organic, non-dairy, semi-sweet dark chocolate chips 14 vegan marshmallows (I used Dandies) 1 cup coconut milk (just the fat, save the water for another use) NOTE: If you chill a can of coconut milk the…

Matzo Ball Soup: Vegan, Gluten-Free

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It’s Passover and that means matzo ball soup. I have not had matzo balls in ages. It’s one thing I wasn’t motivated to veganize, until now. I was inspired by Nava Atlas’ Vegan Holiday Kitchen when I had a chance to interview her last year (Listen to the interview here). I made some slight modifications…

REAL Enchiladas

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Enchiladas are easy and fun to make with the family. You can make everything from scratch with our REAL Tomato Sauce and cashew jack vegan cheese, (save 2 ounces for garnish) 1 (15 ounces) can Black Beans or 2 1/2 cups cooked beans Large baking dish 1. If you are making the REAL Tomato Sauce…

Pumpernickel Bread, Gluten-Free

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When my father was young he worked in a bakery. He explained that they would take the cake that did not sell during the day, crumble it up and turn it into pumpernickel bread. This fascinated me – using cake to make bread? Maybe that’s why pumpernickel tastes so good. This is my vegan, gluten-free…

Choucroute Garnie

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Choucroute garnie is a famous Alsacian recipe for preparing sauerkraut with potatoes, chopped onion, sliced apples, black peppercorns, cloves, garlic, juniper berries, bay leaves and white wine. I have created my own “traditional” recipe here with tempeh instead of the traditional meat and sausages. Cooking sauerkraut and potatoes in white wine is simply heavenly. 1…

Kale, Red Cabbage, Daikon, Ginger Stir Fry

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Sometimes I go out of my comfort zone and create something new. I rarely use daikon radish although I can’t say why. It’s a very versatile root vegetable and I have enjoyed it raw in salads and cooked as well. I recently bought some and made a dish with several ingredients I don’t typically put…

Prune Butter

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What’s in your prune butter? Good prune butter is hard to find! Here’s an easy recipe with just two ingredients, prunes, of course and water. Perfect for Hamantashen cookie filling.< Makes about 4 1/2 cups of Prune Butter 1 pound organic dried pitted dried prunes 3 cups water 1. Place prunes in a 3.5 quart…

Blueberry Pan cake, Gluten-free

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This is literally a blueberry pan cake. In other words, you pour it in a pan and bake. 12 ounces blueberries (fresh or frozen) 1 cup rice flour 1 cup garbanzo bean flour 1/2 cup tapioca flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 cup Ener-G Egg Replacer 1/2 cup cold water 1/4…

Val Dal Soup

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Val Dal, a lablab bean, is widely used as a food crop throughout the tropics, especially in Africa, India and Indonesia. I like it because it cooks fast, like lentils or split peas and has a light flavor. Why are so many of my soups yellow? I can’t resist adding turmeric to every savory dish…

Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies, Gluten-Free

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Chocolate and mint are perfect partners. Here’s a gluten-free version of the chocolate chip mint cookie. They are especially good to dunk in Teeccino Herbal Coffee. 1½ teaspoons Ener-G Egg Replacer in 2 tablespoons water ¾ cups vegan butter (Earth Balance buttery spread) ½-3/4 cups sugar (evaporated cane juice), I use 1/2 cup but if…

Light Rain Soup

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Vegetable Soup? All my soups are made with vegetables, but should I call them all “vegetable soup”, when they are all so different and unique? I named this soup after the weather today, Light Rain. The herbs give off a lovely, cozy fragrance to the home. I used a lot of dried herbs in this…

Strawberry Tahini Scones – Gluten-free

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I love tea parties! And a tea party needs scones. For a REAL afternoon tea, try these: Strawberry-Tahini scones. 1 cup arrowroot starch 1 cup brown rice flour 1 cup garbanzo bean flour 1/2 cup REAL Apricot Butter, Applesauce or light colored jam 5 teaspoons baking powder 2/3 cup tahini 4/3 cup nondairy milk 1…

Pear Sunflower Seed Tart – Gluten-free

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This is a variation on the classic Pear Frangipane Tart using sunflower seeds in place of almonds. Sunflower seeds are rich in the antioxidant vitamin E, a delicious way to get anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular benefits. Crust 3/4 cup rice flour 1/3 cup vegan butter 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum 1 teaspoon evaporated cane juice (optional) pinch…

Raisin Cookies – Gluten-Free

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When I was in college in Pennsylvania we would go to the farmer’s market. There was an Amish bakery that sold raisin cookies. They were so simple, soft, gooey and so good. I have not had them in decades! I have recreated a vegan, gluten-free version here. Cookie dough 4 cups white rice flour 4¾…

Dill Poppy Seed Bread: Gluten-free

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This gluten-free, yeast bread is perfect for sandwiches. I like it because I can make very thin slices with it. I usually make one standard loaf and 2 mini loaves. I like to slice the mini loaves and toast them to use a crackers with dip. 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour 1 1/2 cups…

Vegetable Noodle Soup

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This soup features turmeric and nutritional yeast for flavorings. I put turmeric in as many dishes as I can. Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. With an unusual warm and slightly bitter flavor and, a mild fragrance it is used in curries and gives many foods…

Tofu Leek Stir Fry

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I love making something new, something satisfying – out of what’s available in the kitchen just BEFORE going grocery shopping, finishing up what’s fresh and leftover before buying new food. Today’s 1/2 package of tofu, leftover leek tops and a fresh crop of home grown sunflower sprouts came together with some pantry essentials to make…

Red Cabbage Masala Soup

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This soup features a rich, distinctive, flavorful broth. The secret is a small amount of garam masala: a mix of spices that include cinnamon, roasted cumin, caraway seeds, cloves, nutmeg (and/or mace) and green cardamom seed or black cardamom pods, dried red chili peppers, dried garlic, ginger powder, sesame, mustard seeds, turmeric, coriander, bay leaves,…

Frittata with Leeks, Gluten-Free

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Now is the winter of our discontent, made glorious summer by this sumptuous Frittata. 1 small leek chopped, about 1 cup (white and green parts) 8 oz firm organic tofu (non GMO), drained and cut into small chunks 1 tablespoon soy lecithin granules (optional, organic, non GMO) 1 tablespoon sesame tahini 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast…

Vegetable Corn Cakes, Gluten-Free

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Breakfast, brunch or appetizer, try these savory Vegetable Corn Cakes. Top with salsa, guacamole, hot sauce or vegan sour cream. 1/2 cup corn meal (polenta) 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour 1/4 cup ground flax seeds in 1/4 cup water 2 Tablespoons Ener-G Egg Replacer in 1/2 cup water 1 cup frozen…

Saturday Night Salad For Two

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Salad for Saturday evening dinner? Absolutely! REAL salads are never boring and rarely the same. And while people continue to recommend using smaller plates and eating less food, we serve our salads on 15″ chargers and fill up for seconds. 1 head red leaf lettuce, ripped into small pieces, washed and spun. 1 small cucumber,…

Breakfast Blini With Blueberries, Gluten-free

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For a very special breakfast or brunch, try this Blini recipe. These small, yeasted pancakes are lovely and light, served with blueberries and your favorite vegan sour cream. 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour 1/3 cup buckwheat Flour 1/2 tsp salt (optional – I don’t use salt) 1 1/4 cups non dairy…

Blended Salad: Pear, Banana, Raspberries, Collard Greens and Walnuts

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Here is another blended salad recipe. The variations are infinite. When I make blended salads, in addition to leafy greens, the featured ingredient, I include at least one fruit and one fat. This recipe has collard greens, three fruits (pear, banana, raspberries), and one fat (walnuts). Collard Leaves, raw, about 4 leaves with stalks. 1/2…

Steamed Greens with Vegan Parmesan

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Eat more greens! Steamed greens are so easy and so good for you. They are delicious topped with a vegan parmesan made with walnuts and nutritional yeast. 1 head of kale, about 8-10 leaves or other leafy green, like collards, spinach or chard 1/4 cup walnuts 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast 1) Prepare a pot of…

Pina Colada Kale

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This is a fun way to get more greens. Pina Colada Kale is a blended salad of kale, pineapple and coconut. It’s quick and easy and so good for you. Kale, about 4 leaves, stalks removed. 1 cup pineapple, fresh or frozen, cut into chunks 1/2 cup coconut milk (fresh, rehydrated from Edward & Son’s…

Pumpkin Spice Muffins: Gluten-free

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For Thanksgiving morning breakfast or any chilly morning, we recommend these Pumpkin Spice Muffins. They are easy to make and get you into the spirit of pumpkin and spice and everything nice. 3 cups all purpose gluten-free flour (We use Bob’s Red Mill) 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar 2 cups water…

Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream

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This pumpkin ice cream is delicately spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. A small scoop along with our Poached Pears is a perfect finish to our Thanksgiving Celebration Feast. 2 cans coconut milk, chilled 2/3 cup sugar (evaporated cane juice) 1⁄4 cup brown sugar (evaporated cane juice and molasses blend) 1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger 1⁄2…

Poached Pears with Caramel Sauce

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Here’s another version of Poached Pears, served with Caramel Sauce and Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream Poached Pears water 4 organic pears Remove the core and seeds from the bottom to the middle. Place the pears upright in a sauce pan and fill with water to reach one third the height of the pears. Cook ,…

REAL Thanksgiving Celebration Feast

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Here are some REAL Thanksgiving favorites. These dishes can all be prepared in advance. They can be served all together or separately as side dishes. Links to the actual recipes are included below each video.     TABLE OF CONTENTS: THE MENU CHAPTER ONE: GREEN BEAN ONION WALNUT PATE CHAPTER TWO: LA SOUPE AU PISTOU…

Savory Pumpkin Pie, Gluten-Free

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This is a variation on our Tomato Onion Quiche.  It is a gorgeous addition to any Thanksgiving table with orange hues from the pumpkin and flecks of green from the pepitas.  The pumpkin seed crust is so flavorful and free of oil, butter or margarine. Crust 1 cup brown rice flour plus extra on the…

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…

Tomato Onion Quiche

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REAL men and women eat quiche. Vegan Tomato Onion Quiche. Basic Wheat Crust (or use your own favorite recipe) 3/4 cup white flour and 3/4  cup whole wheat or 1/1/2 cups white flour 1 stick (1/2  cup) vegan butter (We use Earth Balance) Ice Water, 6-8 tablespoons Filling One cup organic diced tomatoes (one half…

Miso Vegetable Soup with Leeks And Potatoes

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When the weather changes and the chill is in the air, it is easy to feel under the weather, get a scratchy throat or have the sniffles. Warm up with this nourishing noodle soup, feed your immune system and you are good to go. 2 slim leeks, chopped, about 1 cup white part, 1 cup…

White Bean and Vegetable Soup

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It’s time for soup! Take the autumn chill off with this lovely white bean and vegetable soup. 2 cups small white beans (dry) 2 carrots 1 large onion 2 teaspoons garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon turmeric 1/4 teaspoon blackpepper salt to taste (I don’t use any) 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped juice…

New York Style Cheesecake – gluten-free

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Giving up cheese and all dairy products does not mean you have to give up fabulous desserts.  Try this rich, New York style cheesecake that’s not only vegan but gluten-free. No one will know it’s dairy-free and you may even fool yourself. Crust 1 1/2 cups white rice flour 1 teaspoon xanthan gum 1/3 cup…

Soupe au Pistou

Soup au Pistou

Another dish I made very often while living in France was this vegetable soup. Made with a few simple vegetables and herbs, it can be served as a first course or as a meal in itself. It’s the turnip that gives the soup its full flavor. This is not the traditional French version which is…

Sweet As Honey Cake – Gluten-Free

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To end your traditional Rosh Hashanah dinner, try this Honey Cake made vegan, without honey! You may want to start that dinner with our gluten-free Round Challah or Braided Challah, egg bread made without eggs, schmeared with our chopped liver, made of course, without liver. Here’s to a sweet year. Ingredients: 3/4 cup vegan butter…

Sweet As Honey Cake

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To end your traditional Rosh Hashanah dinner, try this Honey Cake made vegan, without honey! You may want to start that dinner with our fabulous Challah, egg bread made without eggs, schmeared with our chopped liver, made of course, without liver. Here’s to a sweet year. We also have gluten-free recipes for the cake, braided…

Vegan Treats Bakery

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Responsible Eating And Living gets to sample some of the yummy offerings at Danielle Konya’s Vegan Treats Bakery in Bethlehem, PA.  For more on Vegan Treats visit VeganTreats.com

V-BLAT: Vegan Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado and Tomato

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Autumn is here. We are trying to get in a few more days of outdoor eating and V-BLT’s or V-BLAT’s (Vegan Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado and Tomato) hit the spot. On a busy day, we keep it simple with our favorite store-bought tempeh bacon and vegan mayonnaise, although you can certainly make your own. Try it…

Tofu Broccoli Scramble, Gluten-Free

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Tofu scramble is a hearty, filling, easy to prepare dish. Once you get the hang of it, you can be creative, varying the spices and vegetables that you add to the tofu. Turmeric is a great spice and an essential ingredient in this recipe. Not only does it have lots of healthful properties but it…

Red Cabbage Soup with Leeks and Potatoes

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Whenever I make Leeks with Vinaigrette I like to use the leftover green tops for soup. Leeks go great with cabbage and potatoes. Red cabbage is especially flavorful in this soup. 1 red cabbage, shredded 1 onion, diced 4 leek tops, just the green tops not used in the Leeks with Vinaigrette recipe, diced 4…

Leeks with Vinaigrette

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Leeks are extremely popular in France and when I lived there I had this dish several times a week. It’s hard to find slender leeks here in the United States but when I do, I make this dish. 4 slim leeks Vinaigrette Rinse the leeks. Peel away the out leaves to make sure there is…

Tofu Sour Cream

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This is my vegan version of sour cream. Other tofu sour cream recipes have oil, vinegar, sugar and salt. I like this simple version best. 1 package (12 oz) silken firm tofu 6 Tablespoons lemon juice 3 Tablespoons water Blend the tofu, water and lemon juice until smooth. Store in the refrigerator. Tofu sour cream…

Cassoulet

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When I lived in the south of France I learned about Cassoulet, a rich, slow-cooked white bean stew made with different meats, like pork sausages, pork, goose, duck and mutton). This was an easy dish to veganize, adding tempeh, seitan and tofu in place of the meats. The French are very particular about ingredients remaining…

Coconut Cake

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There’s something about coconut that irresistible. When I was young I loved coconut cream pie, coconut ice cream and any other coconut treat that came my way. I forgot about coconut for a while, maybe because most coconut desserts had dairy in them. I decided to make a coconut cake several years ago and made…

Grandma’s Vegan Chopped “Liver”

Vegan Chopped Liver

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,…

Pizza: Gluten-free

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Pizza is one of America’s favorite foods. But white flour and cheese are two of America’s worst foods in terms of health. Try REAL’S pizza, with organic tomato sauce, chick pea flour crust and cashew grated cheese. Everyone will gobble this up because it looks and tastes just like pizza. And it is.  It’s also…

Classic Italian Marinara Sauce

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Classic Italian Marinara Sauce, made with organic tomatoes, so flavorful, no salt or sugar is necessary. Great for all recipes that call for tomato sauce, including REAL’s Baked Eggplant. 1 large onion 1 cup of red or white wine (or water) 2 cups water 3 garlic cloves 1 bunch parsley (about 1/2 cup chopped) 1…

Challah Bread Braided: Gluten-free

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Gluten-free breads can be tricky to shape. Here is my recipe for a gluten-free Challah bread that can be braided. Another one you might try is the Round Challah Bread, Guten-Free recipe which is much simpler to make. 2 1/2 cups rice flour 1 cup potato starch 1/2 cup tapioca flour 1 1/2 cups All…

Miso Vegetable Soup with Broccoli and Tempeh

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I love soup. This recipe is perfect for a rainy summer day, light, nourishing yet cozy and comforting. 1 red onion 4 carrots 1 pound fresh broccoli 8 cups water 3 Tablespoons red miso paste (other miso flavors can be used) 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/3 cup white wine 1 package…

Raisin Bread – Gluten-free

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What is it about raisins and cinnamon that make bread irresistibly good? With or without raisins, this gluten-free yeast bread is delicious. It slices perfectly. 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour 1 1/2 cups garbanzo flour 2 cups potato starch 1 cup tapioca flour 4 teaspoons xanthan gum salt – up to 1 teaspoon (OPTIONAL…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Sandwich Cookies, gluten-free

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Another way to serve up the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter. This chocolate cookie is soft, almost like a brownie with a luscious, creamy peanut butter filling. Cookies 2 ¼ cups white rice flour 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 cup sugar, evaporated cane juice 1/3 cup cocoa powder 1…