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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Ultimate Vegan Chili

Ultimate Vegan Chili

“Ultimate Vegan Chili”

This is a guest post by Cheryl Malik over at 40aprons.com.

This is a chili that’s rich and spicy, a chili that focuses on just the necessities, a chili that would fool any omnivore. A chili that could win championships, like its meat-laden counterpart! A chili that will provoke a dramatic ripping-to-shreds of all your previous chili recipes. Go ahead, press delete. You won’t be needing that *other* vegetarian chili recipe anymore. And slap it with a dollop of Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream for divinely creamy taste!

Ingredients

4 tablespoons neutral oil, such as canola or a light olive oil, divided
20 ounces ground seitan
16 ounces baby bella mushrooms, halved
2 1/2 medium onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 6-oz. cans tomato paste
2 tablespoons dried oregano
3 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 bottle dark beer, stout recommended
1 cup not-beef broth or water
1 teaspoon ground chile pequín or cayenne pepper
1/2 tablespoon sweet paprika
1 tablespoon Tabasco
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 whole chipotle peppers
2 tablespoons masa harina or corn meal
chopped white onions, to serve
jalapeños, fresh or pickled, to serve
chopped cilantro, to serve
Garnish: scoop of Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream

Directions:

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 6-qt. pot over high heat and sauté ground seitan ’til slightly browned. Remove with slotted spoon and set aside. Add 1 tablespoon oil and sauté mushrooms ’til browned; remove with slotted spoon and set aside.

Heat 1 more tablespoon oil, then add onions and garlic; cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Return ground seitan to pot; stir in tomato paste. Cook, stirring frequently and scraping bottom of pot with a wooden spoon, until tomato paste is caramelized, about 12 minutes. Add oregano, chili powder, chile pequín, paprika, tabasco, and cumin; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.

Add broth or water, beer, mushrooms, and chipotle peppers; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, stirring occasionally, about 2 hours. Stir in masa harina; season with salt. Simmer, stirring, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Serve with chopped white onions, jalapeños, and chopped cilantro.

Visit Cheryl at 40aprons.com.

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

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3-Layer Oatmeal Pumpkin Streusel Bars

3-Layer Oatmeal Pumpkin Streusel Bars

“3-Layer Oatmeal Pumpkin Streusel Bars”

Nothing says Fall more than pumpkin. Maybe football, but it’s neck and neck. So in this recipe for pumpkin streusel bars you can take Mr. Pumpkin and make him into a sweet and delicious Fall time treat!

Ingredients:

1 cup vegan butter, softened
1 cup turbinado, or other natural, sugar
2 1/4 cups unbleached all purpose flour, like white whole wheat
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats (not quick-cooking or instant oats)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
1 cup walnut pieces
8 ounces Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup turbinado sugar
1-15.5 ounce can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9 x 13-inch pan with non-stick spray.

In a large bowl, using fingers, combine butter, sugar, flour, oats, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and walnut pieces. Dough will be crumbly.

Remove 2 cups and press the remaining dough firmly onto the bottom of the prepared pan, using the bottom of a glass to assist if necessary. Bake for about 12 minutes or until slightly firm.

Meanwhile, beat Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, sugar, pumpkin puree, vanilla, cloves and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon until fluffy. Pour over hot crust, spreading to cover, and sprinkle with reserved streusel. Return to oven and bake for an additional 25 minutes.

Turn off oven, leave for 5 more minutes, and remove pan to a wire rack. Cool completely, cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Slice and serve. These bars cut beautifully!

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

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Vegan Go Bean Burgers

Vegan Green-Go Bean Burgers

“Vegan Go Bean Burgers with Green Chili Cream Cheese Topping”

Green is the theme of these simple, delicious, and nutritious Mexican-spiced burgers. The bean-based patties hold together beautifully, and their pleasantly chewy texture is the perfect counterpoint to the spicy-tart of the green chili “cream cheese” topping, made with Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese.

Ingredients:

Bean Burgers
1 3/4 cup fresh cooked lima beans (or 1-15.5 ounce can of your favorite bean, rinsed and drained)
1/3 cup walnuts (or your favorite nut)
1/3 cup uncooked oatmeal
1/3 cup vital wheat gluten
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Liquid Aminos or soy sauce
1/4 cup olive oil, divided
Optional: 1 tablespoon water
4 toasted hamburger buns or 4 butter lettuce leaves
4 slices green tomato
Green Chili Cream Cheese topping (recipe follows)
Optional Garnish: lime zest and/or thin slices of lime

Directions:

Place all ingredients, except tomato, topping, and bun–using only 1 of the tablespoons olive oil and optional water–in a food processor and pulse until mixture is well combined. Then run motor for a few seconds until mixture holds together; avoid over processing.

Shape mixture into 4 patties about 3/4-inch thick. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high in a large cast iron skillet. Add patties and cook 5 minutes or until golden brown, adding another tablespoon of oil and swirling around pan if needed halfway through. Flip, add remaining tablespoon of oil, swirl, and cook another 5 minutes to brown remaining side.

Place each patty on a bun or lettuce leaf, top with a slice of tomato and 1/4 of the sauce, and serve immediately. Garnish, if desired, with lime zest and/or thin slices of lime.

Ingredients:

Green Chili Cream Cheese Topping
8 ounces Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
1 can chopped green chilies, drained
Zest of 1 small lime

Directions:

In a small bowl, heat Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese for about a minute in the microwave or until very soft and stir-able. Add green chilies, salt and pepper, and stir to combine.

Yields 4 burgers.

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

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Chocolate Cuties Shake

Tofutti Cutie Chocolate Shake

“Chocolate Cuties Shake”

Nothing says “guilty pleasure” more than a chocolate shake. So here’s an ice cold, vegan milkshake dripping with chocolaty goodness. Just blend up some chocolate Tofutti Cuties, kick back, and feel all your troubles melt away.

Ingredients:

4 chocolate Tofutti Cuties, ice cream sandwiches
5 oz. non-dairy milk, e.g., almond milk, rice milk, soy milk
1 1/2 tsp. cocoa powder
1/8 tsp. vanilla extract

Preparation:

Place all ingredients into a blender. Pulse until the ice cream sandwiches are well broken up and scrape down. Continue to blend until thick.

This recipe makes one decadent serving. Serve cold.

Created exclusively for Tofutti Brands, Inc. by Brook and Michael over at Being Vegan Eats.

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