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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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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Tofutti Peanut Butter Pumpkin Pudding

Tofutti Peanut Butter Pumpkin Pudding

“Tofutti Peanut Butter Pumpkin Pudding”

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

Made with Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, creamy peanut butter, pumpkin, almond coconut milk and spice. Topped with coffee flavored soy whipped cream and a cinnamon dash. Tastes like peanut butter pumpkin cream pie absent the crust. *Except for the soy whipped cream, this recipe is gluten-free.

Ingredients

Pudding:
4 c. unsweetened almond coconut milk (Almond Breeze brand is gluten-free)
2 c. canned pumpkin
1/2 c. creamy peanut butter (Jif brand is gluten-free)
1/2, 8 oz. container Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. dark brown sugar
1 t. powdered ginger
1 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. ground cloves
1/4 t. salt
1 t. vanilla extract
1/4 c. cornstarch mixed in cup with 1/2 c. almond coconut milk, till dissolved and smooth (this takes longer to dissolve, than when dissolved in water)

Preparation:

In extra-large saucepan, over medium-low heat, combine all pudding ingredients, except the cornstarch/milk, stirring with wire whisk till smooth after each addition. Cook for about 20 minutes, stirring often.

Add cornstarch/milk, stirring till thickened. Simmer at a very soft boil for about 10 minutes, again stirring often, being careful not to scorch bottom of pan.

Place piece of wax paper on surface of pudding while in saucepan, to prevent skin from forming. Cool at room temperature till warm. Whisk till smooth, then ladle into dessert cups. Refrigerate till cold.

When ready to serve: Top with coffee flavored soy whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon. Serve.

Makes 6-1/2 cups.

Soy whipped topping:

Whip 1 cup dairy-free soy ready to whip topping till it forms soft peaks. Add 1 teaspoon instant coffee, then continue to whip till coffee dissolves and topping achieves firmer peaks.

Visit Sharon at www.chefdavies-tight.com.

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

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Vegan Waldorf Panini

Vegan Waldorf Panini

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

“Vegan Waldorf Panini”

Here’s my favorite cold, creamy, and crunchy salad from my childhood made into a warm, toasted, grown-up sandwich for kids of all ages!

3 tablespoons Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, softened
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts (toast for even more flavor)
1 celery heart, sliced lengthwise into quarters, and finely chopped
1 date, finely chopped
Pinch sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pinch no salt all-purpose seasoning
Optional: 1-2 teaspoons minced fennel fronds
1/4 apple, cored and sliced very thin
1 bagel or sandwich roll, halved, or 2 slices whole grain bread

Preheat panini grill. In a small bowl, using a fork, combine all ingredients except apple and bread. Spread on bottom slice of bagel, roll or bread. Stack evenly with apple slices and top with remaining slice of bagel, roll, or bread. Grill for 2 to 3 minutes or until toasted and golden brown. Halve and serve immediately.

Note: If you have no panini maker, just prepare as a grilled cheese sandwich in a cast iron skillet using a little vegan butter or oil in the pan.

Yields 1 sandwich.

Visit Betsy at www.TheBloomingPlatter.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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