Vegan Buffalo Chicken Dip

Vegan Buffalo Chicken Dip

“Vegan Buffalo Chicken Dip”

This is a guest post by Ashley Melillo.

Here is one of my favorite recipes, and it’s a perfect dip for the upcoming big game!

What you’ll need . . .

10 ounces vegan “chicken” strips or breasts (I use Gardein Chick’n Scallopini), grilled or cooked according to instructions
8 ounces Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
6 ounces mozzarella cheese substitute, like Tofutti mozzarella slices
1/2 cup buffalo sauce of choice, plus more for garnishing
4 scallions, chopped for garnish
Celery sticks, whole wheat pita chips, or tortilla chips for dipping

How to make it . . .

Heat oven to 350º F.

Shred or chop “chicken” strips.

In a small baking pan, spread tofutti evenly over bottom. Top with chicken, buffalo sauce, and mozzarella.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling.

Top with scallions and serve immediately.

Visit Ashley at www.blissfulbasil.com.

*Note: This is NOT an official recipe from Tofutti Brands, Inc.

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Loaded Avocados

Loaded Avocados

“Loaded Avocados with Tofutti Chipotle Crema”

This is a guest post by Bianca Phillips.

Perfect for any fiesta . . . get a load of these “Loaded Avocados!”

What you’ll need . . .

Loaded avocados:
3 ripe but firm avocados
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 large yellow onion, chopped
1 8-ounce package sliced mushrooms
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 14-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup water
2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

For the crema:
1 cup Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream
2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped
1 tsp. onion powder

How to make it . . .

Split the avocados, remove the pits, and place them rounded-side down on a plate.

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and cook on medium-heat for 2-3 minutes or until it begins to soften. Add the mushrooms and saute for about 10 minutes to allow the mushrooms to cook down and the onions to begin to caramelize. Add the garlic, and saute a couple more minutes or until mushrooms and onions are soft.

Add the black beans, water, nutritional yeast, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and cayenne. Cook for about 5-7 minutes or until heated through and most of the water has been absorbed.

Meanwhile, in a blender, combine Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream, peppers, and onion powder. Blend until smooth.

To serve, spoon about a cup of the bean mixture over the avocado halves. Drizzle with chipotle crema and top with salsa.

Serves 3.

Visit Bianca at www.vegancrunk.blogspot.com.

*Note: This is NOT an official recipe from Tofutti Brands, Inc.

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Gluten-Free Spaghetti Casserole

Gluten-Free Spaghetti Casserole

“Gluten-Free Spaghetti Casserole”

Gluten-free spaghetti layered with tofu and a blend of Tofutti dairy-free cheeses, fresh spinach and an artichoke and roasted pepper tomato sauce, seasoned with garlic and fennel. All topped with Tofutti Better Than Mozzarella Cheese singles and baked till hot and melted!

*Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

What you’ll need . . .

Sauce
1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
1 c. diced onion, 1/2 inch squares
14 oz. can quartered artichoke hearts, including liquid – finger through them to discard outer, large, tough petals
5 fresh garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 t. salt
2 c. diced sweet red roasted peppers, 1/2 inch squares, including 1/2 c. liquid from jar/can
20 or so pitted Kalamata olives, coarsely chopped
28 oz. can petite diced tomatoes, drained – reserve liquid
28 oz. can tomato puree
1 T. ground fennel seed
2 t. garlic powder
2 t. dried basil
1 t. dried oregano
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. ground allspice
1/4 t. red cayenne pepper
1 t. sugar
2 t. liquid smoke
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2, 6 oz. can tomato paste mixed in bowl with reserved tomato liquid from tomatoes till smooth

How to make the sauce . . .

In extra-large skillet, over medium heat, melt olive oil. Add onion and saute till wilted. Add artichokes plus liquid from can, fresh garlic and salt. Cook 5 minutes.

Add roasted peppers plus liquid from jar and olives. Cook 10 minutes.

Add tomatoes, tomato puree, fennel, garlic powder, basil, oregano, cinnamon, allspice, red cayenne pepper, sugar, liquid smoke and freshly ground black pepper to taste, stirring after each addition. Stir well, cover and cook on low heat for 30 minutes.

Add tomato paste/liquid mix. Stir well, adjust for salt and seasoning. Cook 10 more minutes, uncovered, remove from heat and set aside till ready to use.

More stuff . . .

Filling
16 oz. container Tofutti Better Than Ricotta Cheese
8 oz. container Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese Herbs & Chives, at room temperature
12.3 oz. pkg. extra firm silken type tofu, rinsed
1-1/2 t. salt
2 t. garlic powder
1 t. sugar
1/2 t. dry mustard
2 T. (level) cornstarch

Making the filling . . .

Combine Tofutti Better Than Ricotta Cheese, Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, tofu, salt, garlic powder, sugar and dry mustard in large bowl. Mash with potato masher till as evenly smooth as you can get it.

Sift 1 tablespoon of cornstarch on top of mixture. Immediately mash till thoroughly incorporated. Then sift the second tablespoon of cornstarch and incorporate in the same way. Set aside.

Putting the whole thing together . . .

16 oz. pkg. gluten-free spaghetti, I used Barilla brand available in most markets – cooked according to package instructions, minus a minute or two, since it will cook more in the oven; drained in colander and rinsed under cold water till cold
4 heaping c. fresh baby spinach leaves
8 single slices Tofutti Better Than Mozzarella Cheese singles

1. In a 9 x 13 inch baking dish spoon 2-3 cups sauce evenly on bottom.

2. Top sauce evenly with 1/2 of the spaghetti.

3. Top spaghetti evenly with 1/2 of the spinach leaves.

4. Top spinach evenly with 1/4 of the filling.

5. Top filling with about 4 cups sauce, followed by remaining remaining spaghetti, followed by remaining spinach, followed by remaining filling.

6. Top filling evenly with 8 Tofutti cheese singles.

7. Top Tofutti cheese singles with about 2 cups sauce.

Be sure to submerge all spaghetti ends that may pop up along the sides. You’ll have sauce leftover. Reserve for other use.

Bake in preheated 375 degree oven, uncovered, for 45 minutes. Remove from oven. Let set 10 minutes before cutting into squares, or if spooning from the dish, serve immediately. If desired, drizzle each serving with a little extra virgin olive oil. A green leaf salad served with a homemade oil and vinegar dressing goes well with the flavors and textures of this casserole.

Serves 8 to 12.

Created exclusively for Tofutti Brands, Inc. by Sharon Lee Davies-Tight.

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Gingerbread Lemon Sandwich Cookies

Gingerbread Lemon Sandwich Cookies

“Gingerbread Lemon Sandwich Cookies”

If Santa is looking for an easy time sliding down all those chimneys . . . he’s out of luck! These “Gingerbread Lemon Sandwich Cookies” are going to make his descent a little snug. Ho! Ho! Doh!

What you’ll need . . .

Cookie
1 cup vegan sugar
1/4 cup finely smashed banana (about half a banana)
1/2 cup coconut oil (room temperature)
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cloves

Icing
4 oz. Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
1 Tbsp. lemon zest
1 tsp. lemon extract
1/4 tsp. ginger

How to make it . . .

Prepare the cookie icing by mixing together the Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese with the powdered sugar, lemon zest, lemon extract and ginger until well combined. Place in the fridge to thicken up for about one hour or more.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a mixing bowl, combine the vegan sugar and the smashed banana with a hand mixer. Next add in the coconut oil and the molasses, mix just until well blended.

Sift the all-purpose flour with the baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt and cloves. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients one half at a time. Mix just until incorporated. The dough will feel slightly dry.

Roll the dough into 34-36 individual balls, all the same size. Roll the dough balls into sugar, coating the outside. Place the balls on the cookie sheet and flatten with your hand to about a ¼ inch thick. The cookies will not spread much, so you can line them up fairly close together.

Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes being careful not to over-bake. They will become crunchier as they sit.

Slide the parchment off the cookie sheet onto a flat surface. Allow the cookies to cool.

Remove the icing from the fridge. Using a pastry bag, place a circle of icing in the middle of the flat side of a cookie. Press another cookie on top.

Enjoy!

Visit Brook and Michael at BeingVeganEats.com.

*Note: This is NOT an official recipe from Tofutti Brands, Inc.

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Vegan Seitan and Butternut Squash Casserole

Vegan Seitan and Butternut Squash Casserole

Vegan Seitan and Butternut Squash Casserole

This is a guest post by Betsy DiJulio, author of The Blooming Platter Cookbook: A Harvest of Seasonal Vegan Recipes.

A creamy fall casserole that is special enough for a holiday feast but easy enough for a weeknight meal. The sweet potato chip topping is an updated nod to the vintage “church cookbook” casserole genre.

What you’ll need . . .

2 tablespoon olive oil, divided

1 medium yellow onion, finely diced

4 stalks celery, sliced lengthwise into quarters, and then finely diced

Sea salt

2 cups butternut squash, cut into 3/4-inch pieces

2 cups seitan in bite-size pieces (*preferably homemade)

10 ounces of frozen green peas, thawed

1 cup Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream

1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise (try my recipe for vegan mayo)

1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour

1-4 ounce jar pimentos, drained

1 tablespoon salt-free multi-purpose seasoning

1 teaspoon rubbed sage

Freshly ground black pepper

6 ounces sweet potato chips (I use Terra brand), crushed (I use a small rolling pin)

How to make it . . .

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Oil a large casserole dish. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high. Add onion, celery, and a pinch of salt. Saute, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes or until softened. Transfer to a large bowl.

Add remaining tablespoon of olive oil to skillet and heat. Add butternut squash and another pinch of salt, and saute, stirring only occasionally, for about 10 minutes or until some of the surfaces are caramelized. Transfer squash to bowl with onion and celery. Add seitan and green peas. In a small bowl, fold together Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream, vegan mayonnaise, flour, pimentos, multi-purpose seasoning, sage, and pepper.

Pour over vegetables, and seitan, gently fold together until well, combined, and lightly mound into into casserole dish. Sprinkle evenly with crushed sweet potato chips, and bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes, covering if edges begin to brown too quickly. Allow to cool at least 10-15 minutes before serving.

*My secret to the most tender, most flavorful seitan is to season both the seitan dough and the cooking liquid, to use plenty of liquid in the dough, and to NOT knead the dough as long as most recipes call for or it will become very tough. Knead only until ingredients are well-combined; less than 3 minutes.

Yield 6 servings.

Visit Betsy at www.TheBloomingPlatter.com.

*Note: This is NOT an official recipe from Tofutti Brands, Inc.

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