Green Chilies Casserole

Green Chilies Casserole

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

“Green Chilies Casserole”

A favorite from my mother’s kitchen remade Betsy’s way!

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large orange or red bell pepper
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional, but yields a beautiful “cheesy” taste)
8 ounces crumbled tempeh
1 8-inch yellow squash, diced
8 cups loosely packed chopped kale
1 15.5 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
8 cups corn chips, coarsely crushed by the handful (I used Xochitl Organic White Corn Chips)
16 ounce jar salsa verde
7 ounce can chopped green chilies
1 cup Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream + additional for garnish
Optional garnishes: chimichurri sauce and/or sprigs of fresh cilantro

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and oil a large casserole dish. In a large wok, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high. Add onion, sea salt, and pepper, and saute, stirring frequently, about 3 minutes or until softened. Then add in order the following ingredients, sautéing and stirring about 3 minutes between each: bell pepper and garlic, spices and tempeh, yellow squash, and kale. Kale may require a couple more minutes of cooking time. Then stir in remaining ingredients and heat through. Check for seasoning and adjust if necessary. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish and bake for 20 minutes, covered. Serve garnished as desired.

Yields 6-8 servings.

Visit Betsy at www.TheBloomingPlatter.com.

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Vegan Tailgate Taters

Vegan Tailgate Taters

“Vegan Tailgate Taters”

Get ready to get tatered! Here is a vegan version of JaMarcus Russell’s “Famous Tater Skins,” made with Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream instead of the regular stuff. FYI, the commercial is priceless.

Ingredients:

4 5-inch russet potatoes (pierced, oiled, baked 45 minutes at 450 degrees, and cooled)
2 tablespoons vegan butter, melted
1 teaspoon vegan butter
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon light miso
1 teaspoon liquid aminos (e.g., Bragg’s)
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup chopped smoked almonds
1/8 teaspoon cayenne or paprika
1/3 cup sliced green onions, use both the white and green parts
1/4 cup chopped jalapenos (optional)
1 cup Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream

Directions:

Preheat broiler with rack 4 inches from heat source. Using a spoon, scoop out the inside of the potato into the bowl of a food processor leaving a 1/4-inch border. Arrange potatoes on a baking sheet and brush inside and out with melted butter. Broil 8 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven.

Meanwhile, add all remaining ingredients except green onion, jalapenos, and Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream to bowl of food processor and pulse a few times until well combined but still quite textured. (The consistency should not be that of mashed potatoes.)

Divide potato mixture evenly among potato skins, mounding slightly. Top with a tiny bit of cayenne or paprika, onions and optonal jalapenos. Broil for an additional 3 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool enough that Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream will not melt, and pipe it on using a piping bag and round tip or food storage bag with the corner barely snipped, to mimic the laces and strips of a football. Serve immediately.

Yields 8 taters.

Created exclusively for Tofutti Brands, Inc. by Betsy DiJulio over at The Blooming Platter.

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Cocktail Hors D’Oeuvre Sandwiches

Cocktail Hors D'Oeuvre Sandwiches

“Cocktail Hors D’Oeuvre Sandwiches”

This is a guest post by Chef Sharon Davies-Tight.

A quick, easy, delicious, satisfying hors d’oeuvre sandwich. Made with Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, veggie salami, scallion and garlic. Spread on rye cocktail bread sandwiches, then cut into triangles.

Makes a little more than 1-1/2 cups spread, enough for 1 sleeve of cocktail bread.

Ingredients

5 oz. pkg. Veggie Deli Salami, processed in food processor till crumbly
8 oz. pkg. Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, plain
2/3 c. thinly sliced scallion, green and white part
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. onion powder
1/2 t. salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

16 oz. pkg. rye cocktail bread (by Rubschlager- the long skinny sleeve of rye or pumpernickel bread squares that show up like clockwork in markets for the winter holidays)

In mixing bowl combine processed veggie salami and Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese. Mix with spoon till evenly distributed.

Add scallion, garlic and onion powders, salt and black pepper, stirring after each addition.

Evenly spoon about 1 tablespoon spread on 1/2 of the cocktail bread squares. Top with second slices. Press down a bit, then carefully stack and wrap in foil. Refrigerate till ready to serve – at least 2 hours before serving. This will help seal the bread to the spread and allow time for the flavors to mature.

When ready to serve, remove from foil. Cut each sandwich in half diagonally (into 2 triangles). Arrange decoratively on a serving platter, garnish with a green of some sort and serve. I used a leafy celery stalk from the inside of a bunch of celery as my garnish.

Visit Sharon at www.chefdavies-tight.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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