Christmas

Cuccidati, Italian Fig Cookies, Gluten-Free

  Holidays are about traditions and treats. When I learned about all the Christmas cookies Gary’s family used to make, I was inspired to get baking. One of those cookies is the Cuccidati, the Italian Fig Cookie. Gary has reminisced about it many times. I never had one. Gary’s sister recently told us she was…

Vegan Panettone

  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…

Vegan Cannoli

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 (Vegan Osso Buco)

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…

Vegan Polenta Torta

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

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

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…

Vegan Carpaccio (in the manner of Harry’s Bar, Venice)

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…

Fruit and Nut Truffles

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…

Flourless Chocolate Cake

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…

Lasagna Al Forno

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…

Deep Dish Apple Pie, gluten-free

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…

Filet of Soul – Marinated Tempeh Steaks

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…

Tempeh Sausage Balls

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…

Vegano Timballo De Rigatoni

  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…

Vegan Calamari Style Tofu Steaks

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…

Hazelnut Cream Pie

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…

Vegan Gingerbread Cookies, Gluten-Free

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

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…

Apricot Nut Balls

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:…