REAL Recipes

Here are our newest REAL recipes. All Vegan, mostly Gluten-Free.

Tempeh Tikka Masala

Sweet And Savory For a rich and delicious stew that is creamy, sweet and hot, try this recipe from REAL co-founder Gary De Mattei. When naming it we realized it was a lot like many of the Chicken Tikka Masala recipes available, only without the tomato purée. Maybe next time we make this dish we…

Sweet Potato Black Bean Soup

We had made a version of this soup while traveling using a store bought low-sodium vegetable broth. Once at home, instead of a packaged broth, I used herbs and spices to flavor the water instead. The sweet potatoes give the soup a nice flavor.   Ingredients: 6 cups water Spice/Herb mix: 2 Tablespoons onion powder…

Sweet Potato Bean Salad

We put this salad together in minutes when invited to a potluck event while traveling. These were the ingredients we had with us and they came together beautifully. 1/4 red onion, diced 4 small cooked sweet potatoes or 3 medium, cut in small cubes 1 can or brick of garbanzo beans, no salt added, rinsed…

Date Paste

We use date paste more and more in sweet recipes to replace refined sugar. 2 cups medjool dates, pitted. Water In a saucepan add the dates. Barely cover dates with water, about 1 – 1 1/2 cups. Cook over medium heat, covered for about 10 minutes until dates are tender. Purée the dates and water…

Staffordshire Oatcakes

Serve these Staffordshire Oatcakes with our REAL Apricot Butter on a Autumn or Winter morning. 1 1/2 cups warm water 1 1/2 cups warm, unsweetened, plant milk 1 tablespoon sugar, optional (we use vegan evaporated cane juice) 1 (.25 ounce) envelope active dry yeast 2 1/2 cups rolled oats 2 cups All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour…

Mung Bean Chili Con Barley

Just in time for Autumn. When you feel a chill in the air, warm up with this hearty stew. 4 cups dry mung beans 5 to 6 quarts of water (approximately) 1 cup of barley 1 jar/can of tomato paste (7oz) 3 large carrots (diced) 3 large celery stalks (diced) 1 large onion (chopped) 2…

Raspberry Vanilla Cake, vegan and gluten-free

When my mom told recently me she loved raspberries even more than strawberries I decided to make her this Raspberry Vanilla Cake. I wanted it to be gluten-free. I found Celine Ileker’s Vegan Cake recipe and made a few minor modifications. The Swiss Buttercream recipe is from Aquafaba by Zsu Dever. This is a MUST-HAVE…

Mung Bean Dal

I get the strangest cravings. After watching an episode of Sense8, Season 2 on Netflix where a family is arguing at dinner and releasing the tension by passing around the dal, I knew I had to have some soon. So I made this recipe. Ingredients: 2 cups mung beans 1 red onion, chopped 2 teaspoons…

Garam Masala Rice

Spice up your everyday rice easily with a little onion and Garam Masala. Garam Masala is a spice mix that typically contains Black and White Peppercorns, Cloves, Cinnamon or cassia bark, Mace (part of nutmeg), Black and Green Cardamom pods, Bay leaf, Cumin and Coriander. Ingredients: 1 cup organic brown basmati rice 1 cup organic…

West African Peanut Stew

This is a vegan version of the classic West African Peanut Stew that is traditionally made with chicken. The first vegan version I made of this dish was all raw, using raw almonds instead of peanuts. While I was being treated for advanced ovarian cancer and going for chemotherapy, Gary and I went on our…

Sourdough Crêpes, gluten-free

We make Almond Yogurt about every two weeks. When a new batch is done, I like using it for a sourdough batter, like this one. Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups all purpose gluten-free flour (We use Bob’s Red Mill) 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 Tablespoons ground flax seeds 2 cups unsweetened plant milk 1/2 cup unsweetened…

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Biscuits, gluten-free

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 2 1/2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour (we use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-To-1…

Mac And Cheese: Oil-Free AND Phthalate-Free

A new report from KleanUpKraft.org is getting a lot of press, and it should! Thirty cheese product items, representing several varieties and brands, were tested. The total concentration of phthalates in macaroni and cheese powder (the kind found in Mac And Cheese products) was more than four times higher than in natural cheese, on a…

Fresh Fruit Tart – Raw

This Raw Fruit Tart is a variation of our Fresh Fruit Tart recipe with a flour crust. It is a spectacular summer dessert for a picnic, barbecue or 4th of July celebration. Cacao Nibs give the crust a chocolate flavor. Ingredients: Crust 1/2 cup cacao nibs 1 cup raisins 1/2 cup pecans 1/2 cup almonds…

The China Study Family Cookbook DOUGHNUTS!

When I interviewed Del Sroufe this week on It’s All About Food I knew I would be making this recipe soon. It’s in his newest cookbook, The China Study Family Cookbook. It is a MUST-HAVE vegan cookbook with all kinds of yummy comfort foods made with REAL ingredients, like this doughnut recipe for example. The…

Caryn’s Eggs

Here’s a new scramble recipe. I’m naming it after me! Ingredients 1/2 red onion, chopped 8 ounces firm tofu, mashed 1/4 cup garbanzo bean flour 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast 1/4 cup water, plus more if needed Directions In a heavy frying pan or skillet, dry sauté the chopped…

Frozen, Raw Vanilla Cream Oatmeal Cookies

From one great recipe comes another. This is a variation on our Frozen, Raw Lemon Cheesecake Cookies. Rolled Oats are typically heat treated but truly raw Rolled Oats can be found in some health food stores. Ingredients Cookie Dough: 2/3 cups almonds, 1/3 cup Brazil nuts (For tree nut allergies use sunflower or pumpkin seeds)…

Yogurt, Dairy Free, Version 2

Dairy-free yogurt is easy to make. You can use a variety of nuts or seeds, depending on what you like. Cashews tend to be the creamiest, but I enjoy almonds best. In this recipe, I used soaked almonds, water and yogurt from my last batch. I let the probiotics do the rest. To make yogurt…

The Serious Smoothie

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”

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…