Super Easy Vegan Lasagna

Makes 8 servings. Enjoy this cholesterol- and dairy-free meal which also boasts tons of filling fiber and cancer-fighting nutrients. Top this dish off with fortified nutritional yeast for a cheesier flavor and for added vitamin B12.

2 lbs firm tofu (2 packages “produce-style” tofu, packed in water
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1/3 cup Vegenaise (or nayonaise, optional)
1 Tbsp dried basil
1 Tbsp dried oregano
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tsp sea salt
1 – 29 oz jar marinara sauce, store bought or homemade PLUS 1 – 14 oz jar tomato sauce, mix both together
1 lb uncooked lasagna noodles
1 pint size package mushrooms or 15 button mushrooms, sliced
1-2 cups grated carrots (optional)
1 – 16 oz bag chopped frozen spinach, thawed OR 1 box fresh baby spinach, rinsed

Directions: Preheat oven to 375˚F. Mash together tofu, nutritional yeast, Vegenaise, garlic, oregano, basil and salt in a mixing bowl. Coat the bottom of a 9×13 pan with sauce mixture (about ½ cup) followed by a layer of lasagna noodles, overlapping noodles slightly. Spread 1/3 of the spinach, mushrooms, and carrots over the noodles. Add 1/3 of the tofu mixture and another layer of lasagna noodles. Add a layer of sauce, enough to cover the noodles, and then continue to add layers of noodles, spinach and tofu, sauce and veggies until the layers reach the top of the pan. The final layer should be noodles covered in sauce. Top with vegan parmesan substitute or nutritional yeast and a sprinkle of oregano and basil. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 75 minutes. Leave covered and let set for 15 minutes before serving.



Gwen’s Pita Pizzas

6 whole wheat pita rounds
1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 small handful of fresh cilantro
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 cup taco sauce or picante sauce
2 green onions, sliced with green parts
1 cup tomatoes, chopped
¼ cup mild jalapenos to taste (optional)
1 small can black olives, sliced
2 cups veggie cheese or shredded carrots (optional)

Directions: Preheat oven to 425˚F. Place pita breads on a cookie sheet and bake for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, blend the beans, cilantro, cumin and salt in a food processor. Spread the seasoned beans onto the warm pita rounds. Add taco sauce, green onions, chopped tomatoes, jalapenos, black olives, and shredded carrots and/or veggie cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Serve immediately.




Ingredients #1:
2 Tbsp cooking oil
1 lb portabella mushrooms, cut into bite sized chunks (or feel free to try a seitan, or beef-like product of choice)
1/2 cup flour of choice

Directions #1: Put the flour into a bag, add in the mushrooms/seitan and give it all a good shake. In a deep or best yet, OVEN SAFE pot, bring the oil to frying temperature. Brown the mushrooms until they resemble beef that’s been lightly fried. Turn off the heat and add to the pot:

Ingredients #2:
4 large carrots, cut into 3/4” pieces
3 large potatoes, cut into 3/4” pieces
4 large stalks celery, cut into 3/4” pieces
1 large onion, sliced thin so it will nearly disintegrate into the gravy this recipe produces
2 small bay leaves or 1 large one
1 garlic clove, minced

Then, in a large measuring cup place…
1 1/2 cups of hot vegetable or no-beef broth
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 Tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce (found in health food stores)
1 Tbsp beef-like vegan bouillon
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp of cloves
1/2 cup of red wine

Directions #2: Stir the liquid to distribute everything evenly, then pour it over the vegetables. Cover the pot (or transfer to an oven safe pot) and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until the vegetables are fork tender.



Low Fat Granola

Yields approximately 3 cups
4 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup apple, pineapple or orange juice
3/4 cup maple syrup
2 Tbsp vanilla
4 dates
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Directions: Place oats in a large bowl. Blend orange juice, maple syrup, vanilla and dates in a blender or food processor until dates are pureed. Pour over oats. Add almonds, walnuts, or your favorite nuts. Spread mixture evenly on a prepared baking sheet. Bake at 250°F for 2 1/2 hours, stirring once or twice. Oven times may vary, suddenly, the mixture will turn a light brown color. Remove from oven and cool completely. Add the cranberries. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.



Ginger Garlic Noodle Salad

Julie Hasson Owner of Julie’s Original Baking Mixes

8 oz dried rice stick noodles
1/3 cup nut butter of choice
1/4 cup warm water
3 Tbsp tamari or Bragg’s liquid aminos
2 1/2 Tbsp agave
1 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
1 Tbsp sriracha
1 tsp sesame oil
2 large garlic, minced
1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
4 cups thinly shredded purple cabbage
1 medium carrot, peeled and shredded
1/2 cup thinly sliced basil or mint leaves
2 scallions, thinly sliced

Directions: In a large pot of boiling water, cook noodles until tender. Drain, rinse and set aside to cool. In a medium bowl whisk nut butter, water, tamari, agave, rice vinegar, sriracha, and sesame oil until smooth. Stir in garlic and ginger. Alternatively, add all sauce ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. In a large bowl, combine noodles, cabbage, carrots, basil and scallions. Pour nut sauce over noodle mixture and toss until well coated. Serve at room temperature.



Chickpea Flour Quiches

Adapted from: Camilla V. Saulsbury of / Serves 12
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 1/2 cups (300 grams) chickpea flour
3 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons Kala Namak (volcanic salt that smells eggy) or fine sea salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper (or hot sauce of choice)
1 1/2 cups broccoli slaw, finely chopped
1/4 roasted jarred or cooked red pepper, drained and chopped
1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced (optional, but really good)
Additional Herbs (fresh or dried) and spices of choice (ex.1 tsp Mrs. Dash table blend)

Directions: Preheat the oven to 500°F. Grease the cups of a 12-count standard muffin tin with oil. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, water, 3 Tbsp oil, salt and pepper until blended and smooth. Stir in the vegetables and garlic. WILL BE VERY LIQUIDY (Don’t worry). Divide the batter evenly among the prepared cups. Bake for 12 minutes. Crack open the oven door to release steam. Close the door and bake for 10 to 15 minutes longer, until golden brown. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and cool for 15 minutes. Carefully remove the quiches from the pan. Serve warm or let them cool completely before serving.


NOTES: *Store the quiche in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months. FILLING*Full-Size Quiche: Pour the batter into a greased 9-inch pie plate. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

Egg-y Brunch Casserole

4-6 slices rye bread – day old
1 bag hash browns or cubed potatoes, thawed to room temperature
2 packages Mori-Nu silken tofu, firm
¼ cup water (don’t use any if your tofu is watery, use judgement)
3 Tbsp McKay’s vegan chicken seasoning
4 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1½ Tbsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp tumeric
1 tsp parsley
1 tsp salt
1 box veggie-based breakfast sausage patties, thawed and crumbled

Directions: Oil a 9×13 pan and set the oven to 350˚F. Steam cook the potatoes if they aren’t already thawed out. Rip up or slice the rye bread and place on bottom of prepared pan. Blend the tofu, water and seasonings until smooth. Pour ½ mixture over the bread. Layer the potatoes on top, pour the rest of the tofu mixture on and add the crumbled sausage. Sprinkle with paprika. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 20 minutes or until the mixture is well set and the tops of the potatoes start to brown.



Black Bean Brownies

These easy to make, fudgy rich tasting brownies full of fiber, protein, antioxidants, phytochemicals and the fat used: all good for you!

2 Tbsp ground flax seeds, mixed with ¼ cup water
¼ cup vanilla almond milk
½ tsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp vanilla
½ cup whole wheat pastry flour (or your choice flour)
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 – 14.5 oz can organic black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup organic whole cane sugar such as succanat
½ cup unsweetened organic, non-dairy cocoa powder
½ cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
¼ cup grain sweetened, non-dairy chocolate chips
Chocolate Frosting (see recipe below)

Directions: Preheat oven to 350˚F. Oil or spray an 8×8 or 9×13 baking pan. In a small dish, mix ground flax seed and water. In another small dish, mix almond milk and vinegar. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt, set aside. Stir flax mix again. In a food processor blend black beans, cocoa, sugar, vanilla, and the 2 mixtures of flax and milk. Process until very smooth, scraping down the sides enough times to incorporate all ingredients. Add the dry ingredients and pulse a few times to combine. Add the chocolate chips and nuts right into the work bowl and stir to combine. Spread the batter into the pan and bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.


½ ripe avocado
2 cups confectioners (xxx) sugar
2 Tbsp warm vanilla almond milk
1½ Tbsp any nut butter (optional)
2½ Tbsp cocoa powder
2 tsp vanilla
½ tsp salt

Directions: In a glass measuring cup or jar, heat milk in microwave for 25 seconds. Add peanut butter and stir until smooth and creamy. In a food processor, pulse and then blend the avocado, xxx sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, salt and milky nut mixture. Combine thoroughly and spread the frosting onto the brownies. Store in a covered container in the fridge for up to
one week.



Kung Pao Chickpeas

For the chickpea marinade:
2 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 lime, juiced and zested
1 Tbsp agave or honey
1 Tbsp organic coconut oil, melted
1 Tbsp arrowroot powder or cornstarch

For the chickpeas:
2 Tbsp organic coconut oil
1 14.5 oz can chickpeas, drained & rinsed
1 cup bottled all-natural Kung Pao sauce (or homemade)
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1-inch knob fresh ginger, grated
½ tsp chili flakes or crushed red pepper

For the garnish:
1 small bunch green onions, thinly sliced
1-2 spicy red jalapeños or Thai chili peppers
2-3 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
Cashews, for garnish (optional)
Steamed white rice, for serving

Directions: In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the marinade. Add the chickpeas to the marinade, and stir well to coat. Cover the chickpeas, and allow them to marinate for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour. In a large pan over medium heat, add the coconut oil, the marinated chickpeas and the remaining ingredients for the chickpeas. Sauté for about 6 to 8 minutes, until the chickpeas begin to caramelize and brown slightly. Remove from the heat, and allow the chickpeas to cool slightly. Serve the warm chickpeas over steamed white rice, and garnish with sliced peppers, green onions, cilantro and cashews.

Gluten Free / Vegan


Jicama Chili Fries

1 jicama, peeled and sliced in strips
1 lime, juiced
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp nutritional yeast (optional)
½ tsp salt

Directions: Combine all ingredients and toss to coat. Store in the fridge.

Gluten Free / Vegan / Raw

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