Fun Healthy Easy Vegan Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese with Hot Dogs (no-oil)

Fun Healthy Easy Vegan Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese with Hot Dogs (no-oil)

Vegan mac and cheese

Easy Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese with Cut Up Veggie Dogs (Vegan and Dairy-free) Recipe

This is a kid friendly, healthy, and creamy low fat plant-based vegan macaroni and cheese recipe.  It has the traditional mac n cheese color, and adding cut up veggie dogs makes it a familiar and inviting meal for kids and adults too.

It really is easy!  Use your microwave and blender, to have this recipe done in 30-40 minutes. 

Butternut squash is a wonderful cheese substitute because it is nutritious, orange, and creamy.  Also, it is a great source of vitamin A.

For my family, this plant based mac and cheese recipe was a hit on day one, and the leftovers were tasty for lunches the next day.

Rather than using a store bought vegan cheese, here is how to make your own scrumptious dairy free cheese sauce in the microwave.

Store bought vegan cheeses tend to contain too much oil for our tastes.

Nuts (almonds or almond flour or other nut or seed of your choice) make the sauce creamy instead of butter.

Butternut squash, carrots and onions.

How make a quick and easy butternut squash vegan cheese sauce?

For this recipe, I cut a large butternut squash in half, and peeled it.  Then, I left the peel on the remaining half, covered the cut end with plastic wrap, and stored it in the fridge for over a week with no issues.

Cut the squash into cubes, scoop out any seeds or strings, and place them in a microwave safe dish with the carrots and onion.

Microwave until soft and then blend until creamy with additional ingredients – see the recipe below.

It’s fun to eat plant based weiners in a saucy macaroni and cheese

Veggie hot dogs have no cholesterol, which means your arteries won’t get clogged.  Also, low fat meals will help you stay slim and trim, while providing better overall nutrition and fibre.

Try mixing gourmet plant based frankfurters with simple veggie dogs to please both adults and children.  I used 4 frankfurters (not as healthy I’ll admit, but very tasty) and 5 small low fat veggie dogs.

Veggie Weiner Examples

Looking for an easy plant based mac n cheese recipe that kids like?

Kids generally like pasta, and hot dogs, this dish combines the two with a healthy no-oil butternut squash and carrot sauce.  “Instead of cheese, you can use butternut squash, carrots and onion, combined with some simple seasonings to bring the dish together.

Can you make mac and cheese without milk?  Yes, try using plant based milk and nutritional yeast “nooch”.

Yes! This vegan mac and cheese recipe shows you how to make mac and cheese without dairy.  

Optionally use “nooch” otherwise known as nutritional yeast for even more orange color and cheesy taste. 

Another butternut squash vegan recipe idea

Another recipe I created a few years ago, at the beginning of my vegan journey:  Butternut Squash Apple Galette

Vegan mac and cheese

Healthy Vegan Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese with Cut Up Veggie Hot Dogs

Jeanette
Comforting and creamy, macaroni with cut up veggie dogs in a smooth carrot, butternut squash, and onion dairy-free sauce.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course dinner, kids lunches, supper
Cuisine healthy vegan
Servings 7 people
Calories 345 kcal

Ingredients & Tips
  

Sauce

  • 3/4 cup onion peeled and chopped.
  • 2 cups butternut squash peeled and cut into small cubes.
  • 1.5 cups carrots peeled and in small pieces, or whole baby carrots.
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt or less, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast optional
  • 1/4 cup almonds or almond flour (what I used)
  • 1/4 cup plant milk Such as oat, soy, or almond milk.

Pasta

  • 375 g whole grain macaroni 1 small box

Plant Based Weiners

  • 450 g veggie dogs 7-12 plant based weiners / frankfurters

Instructions
 

  • Add butternut squash, carrots, 1/2 cup water, and onion to a microwaveable dish. Cover and microwave until soft. About 10-17 minutes.
  • Optionally, prepare a vegetable side dish (for example, we recently ate chopped and steamed bok choy with this meal).
  • Start water boiling for the pasta, I add the macaroni pasta to the water even before it is boiling, and I stir it so it doesn't stick to the bottom. This is a trick I learned to speed up pasta cooking, from another internet chef on You Tube. One the pasta and water are boiling, set a timer for the pasta cooking time, Remember to stir!
  • While the pasta cooks, place the following in a high speed blender: almond flour (or whole almonds), garlic powder, pepper, nutritional yeast, and salt.
  • Chop weiners into thick slices and place in a large pot (no heat yet).
  • Take the cooked squash, carrots, and onion out of the microwave, and add them to the blender, along with their cooking liquid plus the plant milk.
  • Blend on high until creamy, taste test (beware it will be hot) for seasonings. Add another 1/4 cup plant milk if the mixture is too thick to blend.
  • Add the blended sauce to the large pot of sliced plant based weiners and set to medium heat. Stir until bubbling, immediately reduce heat to medium low.
  • Drain cooked pasta and add to the pot with the sauce and weiners. Stir to combine.
  • Serve with greens on the side.

Notes

Optionally serve with cooked cut up greens on the side, your guests may wish to stir them into the pasta.  We ate this with chopped, steamed bok choy.  Peas would taste good as well. 
Great as a school lunch leftover. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Vegan Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese with Cut Up Veggie Hot Dogs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 345 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Sodium 804mg35%
Potassium 454mg13%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 8853IU177%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword butternut squash sauce, dairy-free pasta sauce, healthy no-oil vegan macaroni, vegan mac and cheese, vegan pasta sauce
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Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp, low-fat, vegan, gluten-free, low FODMAP, healthy dessert

Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp, low-fat, vegan, gluten-free, low FODMAP, healthy dessert

Healthy Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp – gluten-free, low FODMAP – With Oats and Pecans

Our family loves fruit crisps and fruit crumbles, they are naturally vegan, and here is a method to make rhubarb crumble, with no-added-fats, but healthy nuts instead.  

Mmmm mmm!  In this easy recipe, I used rhubarb and strawberries on the bottom, quick cooking oats and ground pecan nuts on top, with no-butter, no-oil.  The topping is crispy, not soggy, and the ground up nuts make it healthier, while adding flavour, depth and fibre!

So delicious with the warm, juicy, soft, sweetened fruit, slightly spiced, and the crispy oat topping.  

Lemon juice makes the topping stay together, and adds a wonderful delicious zing.  I was worried that lemon wouldn’t work with rhubarb, since rhubarb is sour, but the lemon/light sugar mix in the topping tastes soooo good!  It’s like rhubarb lemonade!

You can use a food processor or blender to mix the oats, lemon, nuts and sugar together to make a crumbly, crispy, tasty rhubarb strawberry fruit gluten free crisp topping.

This recipe has garam masala spice in the rhubarb, it’s lovely.  Allspice also works.  Or just cinnamon and nutmeg would too.  

Why garam masala with the strawberry and rhubarb?  Typical garam masala contains cardamom pods, black peppercorns, cumin, coriander seeds, cinnamon sticks, and cloves.  These spices complement rhubarb, with a warmth that is still welcome on a summer day.  Also, according to my research, the taste of strawberries is enhanced with pepper. Ok, great!

I hope you enjoy your rhubarb in this delicious healthy dessert or satisfying snack!  It’s easy to make a homemade strawberry rhubarb crisp that is gluten-free, plant based, vegan, healthy, and low fodmap (see IBS notes below)!

 
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Rhubarb With Leaves

Healthy Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp/ Crumble, Gluten-free, Low FODMAP, Vegan, Dessert

Jeanette
This healthy rhubarb strawberry crisp recipe is incredibly simple to make, and very tasty.  The crumble on top uses nuts instead of oils (whole food), and is slightly crispy, it is pleasurable to eat the crunchy topping with the soft fruit.
For this recipe, I added frozen pre-sliced strawberries. Fresh would work also.
Rhubarb is sour like a lemon, and strawberries are naturally sweet and together they transform into a comforting and delicious dessert or healthy snack. 
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Western
Servings 10 servings
Calories 266 kcal

Equipment

  • 9 x 13 Uncovered Baking Dish
  • Food Processor

Ingredients & Tips
  

For the Fruit Filling:

  • 7 cups rhubarb diced
  • 3 cups strawberries frozen or fresh, sliced
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garam masala spice mix (or allspice, or cinnamon and nutmeg)
  • 1/4 cup sugar or dry sweetener of your choice: white sugar also works well.

For the Crumble Topping:

  • 3 cups rolled oats quick cooking
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar I use brown sugar in the topping for the color.
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon or allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice fresh or bottled, or orange juice

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350° F

Prepare the Fruit Filling

  • Wash and dice rhubarb into evenly sized , 1/2 inch (1.5cm) approx slices.  Wash and slice strawberries.
    Rhubarb Strawberry
  • Place fruit into a 9x13 ungreased baking dish.
  • In a small bowl mix cornstarch, filling spices (garam masala or your substitute), and sugar until well combined and lump free.  Sprinkle evenly over the fruit. 

Prepare the Oat Crumble Topping

  • In a food processor, on high speed, blend oats, spices, sugar, pecans and salt.  
    Once the nuts are finely ground, while processing on medium, slowly add the lemon juice to make the mixture crumbly.  
    Do not over process, or the mixture will form into balls/ be too mushy.
  • Sprinkle oat topping crumble over the fruit.  Use a spoon to break up chunks first. 
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes. The crisp is done when the fruit is bubbling and the topping is light brown in the center.
    You can opt to brown the top by broiling on low for 3 minutes, I didn't.

Notes

If you have less fruit, adjust the amount of oats to be less as well. 
Fresh lemon juice seems to burn more easily, watch your topping for burning if you used fresh. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp/ Crumble, Gluten-free, Low FODMAP, Vegan, Dessert
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 266 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 37mg2%
Potassium 467mg13%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 99IU2%
Vitamin C 35mg42%
Calcium 110mg11%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword crisp, crumble, gluten free dessert, healthy dessert, healthy gluten free rhubarb crisp, low fat, low fodmap dessert, Plant Based, rhubarb, strawberries, vegan, vegan dessert, Whole Foods
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Butternut Squash Apple Galette – Whole-Foods Plant-Based

Butternut Squash Apple Galette – Whole-Foods Plant-Based

Whole-Foods Plant-Based Galette with Whole-Wheat Pastry – Creamy Tofu, Apple, Fennel Filling

Are you looking for a whole-foods plant-based butternut squash galette recipe?  I couldn’t find one, so I created this for us to enjoy.

This vegan galette recipe has butternut squash, sliced and roasted, then layered beautifully over a soft filling made from food processing, or blending a fennel bulb (or dried fennel), crabapples (or regular apples), extra firm tofu, and yummy sage, rosemary, nutmeg and other fall flavours.

All snugly embraced in a galette dough pouch, for a cozy harvest meal.

Basic vegan galette dough:

Whole-wheat whole-grain flour, almond flour (healthy unprocessed fat, replaces margarine), non-dairy milk, nutritional yeast, and some seasonings.   Made in a food processor.

The dough is easy to handle, rolls out fine, but was a little tough right out of the oven – due to lack of oil I expect, and potentially I cooked it too long.

The pastry softened up in the fridge and was nicely tender as leftovers.

  • Next time I’ll blend 3-4 dried prunes into the dough for moisture.
  • I’m confident prunes will make it great, because I use prunes in my oil-free pizza crust and it is really fantastic,

BUT I haven’t tested prunes in the galette dough yet.

I’m posting the version I did test, next time I’ll add prunes and update the ingredients.

Think of a galette as a lazy pie, or a lazy quiche.

I was surprised how easy it was to roll out the dough, spread the ingredients on it, wrap it gently and pop it back in the oven.

I used a large oven safe wok, which shaped the sides nicely.  An extra-large skillet would also work, as would a baking sheet.

We got easy to pack galette leftovers, perfect for school and work lunches.  I can see how little mini galettes would make great individual servings.

Butternut Squash Dinner Idea That is Vegan

This galette is wonderful at the end of summer, since you make it with autumn harvest vegetables, helping you use up that butternut squash on your counter.

I will definitely be making this again throughout the winter. 🙂 

whole foods plant based galette

Vegan Butternut Squash Galette - Whole-Foods Plant-Based

Jeanette
With butternut squash, and a savoury tofu filling with fennel, and crabapples (or regular apples), this galette is simple, satisfying, and a great way to use up food harvested from your backyard.  
The soft creamy tofu filling is delicate and tasty, the pastry complements the ingredients well.  Butternut squash is the perfect not too sweet, firm colourful topping.
Let this vegan galette cool slightly before slicing and serving.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Egg Free, French
Servings 8 servings
Calories 217 kcal

Ingredients & Tips
  

Pastry

Filling

  • 1 butternut squash peeled and sliced, see instructions
  • 1 1/2 cups fennel bulb small sized, sliced
  • 2 cups apples crabapples, cored and sliced
  • 340 g extra firm tofu
  • 1 teaspoon sage dried
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary fresh, or 1 tsp dried
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed

Topping

Instructions
 

Bake the Filling (Squash, Apples, Fennel)

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.  Take out an extra-large oven-proof skillet with high sides or a wok.  A baking sheet can work too.
  • Peel the entire squash, you can roll and peel lengthwise.   Then cut the squash into two pieces to separate the bottom rounder part from the narrower top section. 
    Cut both parts in half and remove any seeds. 
    Cut all four pieces into 1/4-inch-thick slices. 
    Core and slice the apples, slice the fennel into small pieces (it will be food processed anyways).  Note: if you are short on time, you could add the apples raw to the filling in the food processor instead of baking.
    roast butternut squash no-oil
  • Spread sliced squash, apples, and fennel on baking sheets.  Place the apples and fennel together, you will scoop them up with a spatula to move to the food processor. 
    I didn't line or oil my sheets, some of the squash edges stuck, but was easy to scrape off.  
    Bake until the squash, apples, and fennel are tender, about 25-30 minutes. 

Prepare the Pastry (Food Processor)

  • While the squash is baking, put the flour, almond flour, nutritional yeast (if using), and salt in a food processor. 
    Pulse to combine.  Add 1/3 cup of the non-dairy milk, process, it should still be floury.  Add additional non-dairy milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough sticks together (to test, remove the top and gather the dough in your fingers. If it sticks together without crumbling, it’s ready). I ended up using another full 1/3 cup of milk.
    Be careful not to over mix once it is doughy, it makes it tough. 
    Soak or clean the food processor, you will need it again to finish the filling.
    whole-wheat fat-free galette dough
  • Transfer dough to a lightly floured board or counter, and shape the dough into a disk. 
    With a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a very large circle about 1/4-inch thick. 
    Transfer dough into the large skillet, baking sheet, or wok, let the dough hang over the edges if necessary, you will fold it over the ingredients.

Prepare the Tofu-Filling (Food Processor)

  • Add extra firm tofu, sage, rosemary, salt, nutmeg, pepper and lemon juice to the food processor.  You could also add the apples raw at this stage if you chose not to bake them, say maybe because you ran out of time to slice them :o.  
  • When the vegetables are done baking, scoop the apples and fennel with a spatula and add them to the food processor with the extra firm tofu.  It's fine/better if they are still hot.  Blend until well mixed. Taste test and adjust seasonings.

Assemble the Galette

  • Spread the apple-tofu (ricotta) mixture over the top of the pastry, leaving a 1-inch border. 
    Arrange the squash prettily, in a spiral pattern, over the apple-fennel-tofu-ricotta mixture and fold the edges of the pastry toward the center of the galette. 
    whole-foods plant-based galette
  • Sprinkle almond flour, garlic powder and salt over the center of the galette and optionally onto the crust.
    vegan whole foods plant based galette
  • Bake until the crust is crisp and golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. Let cool slightly before slicing and serving.
    vegan butternut squash galette fennel apple whole-wheat crust

Notes

Serve with a bright green salad, also goes well with steamed brussels sprouts.  

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Butternut Squash Galette - Whole-Foods Plant-Based
Amount Per Serving (1 / 8th of recipe)
Calories 217 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Sodium 646mg28%
Potassium 618mg18%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 10010IU200%
Vitamin C 23.9mg29%
Calcium 96mg10%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Tahini Roasted Broccoli – Whole-Foods Plant-Based

Tahini Roasted Broccoli – Whole-Foods Plant-Based

Vegan Roasted Broccoli – Whole-Foods Plant-Based – Crunchy Side Dish Delight with Tahini, Garlic, and Lemon

Toss broccoli in a vegan and gluten-free mixture of tahini, lemon juice, minced garlic, soy sauce, and pepper, then bake for 10 minutes.  
It’s crispy and creamy at the same time.  

Tired of steamed and boiled broccoli?  Try crisping your broccoli in the oven.  It’s a very fast and simple way to make broccoli interesting as a side dish.  Whole-foods plant-based vegetables done right.

A lemon garlic infused side dish, broccoli with a citrus twist.

Add some hot sauce for fun!

SERVE WITH: Lazy Vegan Frittata – minus the spinach and peas.

Roasted Tahini Broccoli Whole Foods Plant Based

Tahini Roasted Broccoli

Jeanette
Broccoli roasted with tahini, garlic, and lemon becomes crispy and creamy.
I loved how quick and easy this was to make, and also how delicious it was. 
I recommend this recipe for someone searching for a more interesting take on roasted broccoli.
Try serving with my Lazy Vegan Frittata - minus the spinach and peas. 
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 7
Calories 102 kcal

Ingredients & Tips
  

  • 2 tablespoons tahini well stirred
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter or peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice fresh, plus more to serve
  • 3 garlic cloves large, minced
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • Several grinds black pepper
  • 10 cups broccoli cut into bite sized florets

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 450° F. 
  • Place all of the ingredients except for the broccoli in a large bowl and whisk to combine. 
    Roasted Tahini Broccoli coating recipe vegan
  • Add broccoli and toss well to thoroughly coat. 
  • Scatter on a sheet pan and bake for 10 minutes. 
    Serve hot for best flavor, squeezing a little extra lemon juice on top.
    Goes great with Lazy Vegan Frittata.

Notes

In case you don't have tahini in the refrigerator, I think that miso and Sriracha, or peanut butter would be good, too.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Tahini Roasted Broccoli
Amount Per Serving (1 / 7th of recipe)
Calories 102 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Sodium 92mg4%
Potassium 483mg14%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 810IU16%
Vitamin C 121.5mg147%
Calcium 85mg9%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Garam Masala Baked Acorn Squash – Stuffed With Cranberry Rice

Garam Masala Baked Acorn Squash – Stuffed With Cranberry Rice

Vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash With Cranberry Rice & Garam Masala

Oh acorn squash – how I thought you were disgusting when I was a child, and, now I know what it takes to make you delicious!

Many adults aren’t squash fans, probably because their family didn’t serve it very well.  This recipe can change all that.

Healthy Vegan Baked Acorn Squash – No-Oil, Whole-Foods Plant-Based

Most people don’t know how to stuff vegetables, do they?   The ones I know anyways, are wowed when presented with a flavourful rice filled acorn squash.

No need to be impressed folks, because this stuffed acorn squash recipe is a dead easy meal to make.

Downright relaxing for the cook actually.

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Roasted With Wild Rice, Dried Cranberries, Garam Masala, Spinach and Black Beans

This whole-foods plant-based (wpb) oil-free roasted and stuffed acorn squash is extra deliciously complex, because the whole grain wild rice (any nice healthy whole grain rice should do) has extra scrumptious dried cranberry bits in it, plus the east Indian dessert pepper spice Garam Masala.

Nutrition Facts
Garam Masala Baked Acorn Squash - Stuffed With Cranberry Rice
Amount Per Serving (1 / 4th of recipe)
Calories 568 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 727mg32%
Potassium 1617mg46%
Carbohydrates 125g42%
Fiber 18g75%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 4325IU87%
Vitamin C 37mg45%
Calcium 170mg17%
Iron 6.1mg34%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

You can buy Garam Masala in the ethnic section of your grocery store.  I have a large bag of it, it goes nicely with fruit as well, like apple slices before bed, or on oatmeal.

Garam masala, cranberries, and acorn squash are a great combo.  Very romantic.

Plus, I’ve stirred some spinach ribbons, and optionally black beans, through this sticky sweet, spicy, rice, making things very much more interesting.

Can You Eat the Skin of Acorn Squash?

I looked it up and people said that the skin of acorn squash is edible if cooked long enough, so I announced this to my family, when serving them, they promptly all said “no thanks”.

Then I proceeded to try some of the skin on my squash, spit it out, and declared it was much too tough.

“Told you so” my husband said.

I would not encourage others to enjoy eating the skin.

Do enjoy the rest though. 🙂

FODMAP rating – without the black beans this recipe is Low FODMAP.  With the black beans, be sure to used canned, eat 1/4 cup or less of the canned beans and it is moderate FODMAP.

vegan garam masala cranberry rice stuffed acorn squash

Garam Masala Baked Acorn Squash - Stuffed With Cranberry Rice

Jeanette
Stuffed acorn squash presents well at any family gathering or dinner party, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.  The warm, peppery and sweet seasonings pair perfectly with fall and winter weather.
I can't over-emphasize how easy this dish is to make, but makes you look like a fairly accomplished cook.  As long as you have time to cook rice, it will come together 5 minutes after the rice is done.
This vegan no-fat version has dried cranberries, rice, spinach and optionally black beans, so it can easily serve as your entire meal.  
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, Western
Servings 4 people
Calories 568 kcal

Ingredients & Tips
 
 

  • 2 cups wild rice or other healthy whole grains, like short grain brown rice, brown basmati rice, or quinoa
  • 4 cups water or as per rice package instructions
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp garam masala
  • 1 cup dried cranberries I use Craisins (sweetened)
  • 2 acorn squash small, or 1 large, washed and halved
  • 5 cups spinach finely chopped
  • 398 ml black beans, can small can, optional - if you are serving as a meal rather than a side dish

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • Add rice, water, salt, garam masala and cranberries to a pot on high heat.  Bring to a boil, immediately reduce to low simmer, and cook for 45 minutes, or as per rice package instructions.  Check and stir often, to prevent the cranberries from burning.   If the rice is not soft once the water is gone, add more water and cook longer.  The dried cranberries can absorb liquid the rice needs.
  • Break stem off acorn squashes (if there is one).  Cut in halves.  Scoop out the seeds and strings.  Sprinkle with pepper and salt, place cut side down on a baking sheet and bake for 30 - 45 minutes (timing will depend on the size of the squash).    
  • Once the rice is done, turn off the heat.  Stir chopped spinach into the rice so it 'melts'.
  • If using, drain and rinse black beans, add to rice mixture.  Let sit for a few minutes to warm the beans.
  • Once done, remove acorn squash from the oven.  The squash should be soft all the way through.
  • Spoon spinach, black bean, cranberry, rice mixture into squash, you should be able to pile it quite high, serve warm.

Notes

Omit the black beans to make this recipe a side dish. 
Goes well with lentil loaf at holidays.
Cut large squash into quarters before serving.
 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Garam Masala Baked Acorn Squash - Stuffed With Cranberry Rice
Amount Per Serving (1 / 4th of recipe)
Calories 568 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 727mg32%
Potassium 1617mg46%
Carbohydrates 125g42%
Fiber 18g75%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 4325IU87%
Vitamin C 37mg45%
Calcium 170mg17%
Iron 6.1mg34%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

Green Beans and Lentil Casserole with Homemade Toasted Bread Croutons

I asked my mother the other day, what is the best way to cook green beans?  They can be tough and chewy if you try to steam them in the microwave, but can be limp, soggy, and watery if you boil them on the stove.  She agreed.  We weren’t sure.

How about baked green beans in a vegan casserole?  Sounds like a great dinner idea.

Apparently green bean casserole is a thing.  I needed to try it, and after testing it out, green beans in a casserole is my favourite way to cook green and yellow beans.

First you blanch the beans in salted boiling water for 5 minutes, then bake them in the casserole for 20-25 minutes in a rich savoury bubbling lentil gravy sauce.  The result?  Tender, flavourful green beans, really nicely done.  Sprinkle them with toasted croutons and almonds before baking, and you get a combo of crunchy, soft, and creamy textures, plus flavours of a holiday meal like Christmas or Thanksgiving.  Quite a delight.

Because of the homemade toasted bread croutons, and the rich lentil gravy base, this classic Thanksgiving side dish could be a light main course on a regular night, lots of protein here.  But, if you are like us, you probably will crave more carbs, so consider serving it with mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce, or my tomato parsley quinoa salad.

I think you should try making a warm and nicely textured green bean casserole too, the beans will be not too tough, and not too soggy, they will be just right.

Hopefully you choose this whole-foods plant-based green bean casserole recipe to try first. 🙂

FODMAP recipe rating – this is a low FODMAP recipe except for the croutons – use wheat free bread to make low FODMAP croutons.

Nutrition Facts
Fat-free Vegan Lentil Gravy in 10 minutes
Amount Per Serving (1 / 7th of recipe)
Calories 194
% Daily Value*
Sodium 172mg7%
Potassium 598mg17%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 12g50%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Vitamin C 2.4mg3%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 5.3mg29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition Facts
Green Bean Casserole With Croutons
Amount Per Serving (1 / 7th of recipe (no gravy))
Calories 135 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Sodium 300mg13%
Potassium 314mg9%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 680IU14%
Vitamin C 12.2mg15%
Calcium 85mg9%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Whole-foods plant-based Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole With Croutons

Jeanette
Turn a classic Thanksgiving side dish, into a wfpb main dish, with lentil gravy, crispy croutons and no heavy cream.  The sauce is my 10 minute gorgeous vegan gravy.
This recipe is easily adjusted to be low FODMAP by using gluten free bread.
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Vegan, Western
Servings 7 servings
Calories 135 kcal

Ingredients & Tips
  

  • 24 oz green beans fresh or frozen
  • 4 cups Brown Lentil Gravy prepared, see recipe
  • 8 slices wheat bread or gluten free bread
  • 1 tbsp green onions chopped fresh or chives
  • 1 tsp sage chopped, or dried
  • 1 tsp thyme leaves chopped, or dried
  • 1 tsp rosemary chopped, or dried
  • 3 tbsp almond flour or blended or crushed almonds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper freshly ground

Instructions
 

  • Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Take out a large sized casserole dish, no lid required.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil with a large pinch of salt to season the beans nicely; add the green beans. Cook for about 5 minutes, the beans should still be crisp, they will be cooked more in the oven. 
    Blanched Green Beans
  • Prepare a batch of my 10 minute lentil Gorgeous Vegan Gravy.
    Low FODMAP Lentil Vegan Gravy
  • Drain and put the green beans into the baking dish, pour the lentil gravy over top and stir to cover the beans.  
  • Prepare topping: in a small bowl, combine chives, sage, thyme, rosemary, almond flour, pepper, and salt. 
  • Prepare croutons: Toast whole grain bread, pile on a cutting board, and cut into medium sized squares, with a long bread knife.   Bread with seeds or crunchy bits in it adds another lovely texture element if you have any.  Use wheat free (low FODMAP) or gluten free bread if desired.
    Homemade Croutons
  • Top beans with the croutons, and sprinkle the herb mix overtop. 
  • Bake uncovered, until everything is hot and bubbling, about 20 to 25 minutes.
    Vegan Green Bean Casserole Topping

Notes

Fresh herbs add amazing flavour, but dried herbs work also!
Adapted from Tyler Florence.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Green Bean Casserole With Croutons
Amount Per Serving (1 / 7th of recipe (no gravy))
Calories 135 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Sodium 300mg13%
Potassium 314mg9%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 680IU14%
Vitamin C 12.2mg15%
Calcium 85mg9%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Cranberry Apple Coleslaw

Cranberry Apple Coleslaw

Healthy Cabbage Coleslaw Recipe – Whole-Foods Plant-Based No-Oil

One of my new behaviours in 2017 is to eat a salad for lunch or supper most days.  When I do this, I stay slim and have more energy and need less sleep.  How often do you eat salad?

Plant-based doctors recommend we eat cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts or cauliflower daily to prevent cancer.  Coleslaw is a tasty, refreshing and easy way to eat cabbage – a proven cancer fighting food.

The dressing I recommend is my Creamy Coleslaw Vinaigrette. I have included the nutrition facts from the salad and the dressing for you to see.

Coleslaw is great for picky eaters like kids, many kids like coleslaw plain without dressing.  Try offering some plain to your kids (if you have any) or put some aside before you add the dressing.

Coleslaw keeps for a long time in the fridge, it’s great for school and work lunches.

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Apple Coleslaw
Amount Per Serving (1 / 8th of salad with no dressing)
Calories 105
% Daily Value*
Sodium 42mg2%
Potassium 288mg8%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 5690IU114%
Vitamin C 8.3mg10%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Coleslaw Vinaigrette Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1 / 8th of dressing only (no salad))
Calories 84 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Sodium 18mg1%
Potassium 138mg4%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

healthy vegan apple cabbage salad

Cranberry Apple Coleslaw

Jeanette
Apples, carrots, celery, cranberries, and cabbage are beautiful to look at and are a wonderful combination as well.  Making coleslaw in the food processor is so fast and easy.  Only 100 calories per serving, and you are getting cruciferous vegetables (cabbage) which if you eat daily will greatly reduce your chances of getting cancer.
I recommend my healthy sugar-free  and oil-free vegan Creamy Coleslaw Vinaigrette dressing for this coleslaw.  This dressing turns a salad into a sweet tasting but healthy treat!  
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Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine High Fibre
Servings 8 servings
Calories 105 kcal

Ingredients & Tips
  

  • 4 cups red apples red, shredded
  • 4 cups chinese cabbage raw, shredded. Click link to view a picture of Chinese Cabbage. You can use regular green or red cabbage too. I used Chinese Cabbage because it is a bit softer to chew, and easier for me to digest raw.
  • 2 cups carrots raw, shredded
  • 1 cup dried cranberries or raisins, reduce to 1/2 cup for weight loss diets.
  • 2 celery stalks sliced and diced

Instructions
 

  • healthy vegan coleslaw dressing low-fat
  • Slice unpeeled apples into chunks and add to food processor.  Add to large salad bowl.
  • Chop or food process cabbage and carrots.  Slice and dice celery, I do celery by hand because of the strings not always doing well in the food processor.
  • Add dried cranberries or raisins.  
    chopped vegan coleslaw wfpb
  • Pour Creamy Coleslaw Vinaigrette dressing on salad, and stir to combine.
    pour creamy vegan coleslaw salad dressing wfpb
  • Serve immediately, or refrigerate for 30 minutes first.  
    creamy vegan apple cabbage coleslaw

Notes

Coleslaw keeps well for days in the fridge.  

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Apple Coleslaw
Amount Per Serving (1 / 8th of salad with no dressing)
Calories 105
% Daily Value*
Sodium 42mg2%
Potassium 288mg8%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 5690IU114%
Vitamin C 8.3mg10%
Calcium 49mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Creamy Coleslaw Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Creamy Coleslaw Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Sweet Tangy Rich Creamy Healthy Dressing – Perfect for Coleslaw

This sweet tasting dairy-free no-oil healthy dressing will make your vegan coleslaw shine!  With dates, rice vinegar, tofu, lemon and pecans it is also going to keep you from getting hungry.  Eat healthy unsaturated fats from whole nuts and not processed oil.

How often can you say your salad dressing is high fibre and sugar-free?  With this vinaigrette you can!

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Nutrition Facts
Creamy Coleslaw Vinaigrette Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1 / 8th of dressing only (no salad))
Calories 84 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Sodium 18mg1%
Potassium 138mg4%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

creamy tangy sweet vegan coleslaw dressing from tofu

Creamy Coleslaw Vinaigrette Dressing

Jeanette
A sweet and tangy egg-free, dairy-free, dressing made with tofu, rice vinegar, lemon, dates and pecans.  Plant-based oil-free dressing that complements coleslaw and keeps you from getting hungry.  Contains healthy fats from nuts rather than unhealthy fats from processed oils.
I recommend my Cranberry Apple Coleslaw recipe to go with this dressing.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Salad, Sauce
Cuisine Dresssing
Servings 8 servings
Calories 84 kcal

Ingredients & Tips
  

  • 1 cup tofu soft or medium (I use medium because I can always add a non-dairy milk to make it thinner)
  • 1/2 cup soy milk or almond milk, or hemp milk
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 6 dates pitted
  • 4 tsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 cup pecans optionally toasted - Toasting nuts like pecans results in a more intense flavor.

Instructions
 

How to Toast Pecans - 3 Methods Broil, Bake, or Skillet

  • You don't have to toast the pecans, but if you do, you are going to get a more intense and rich flavoured dressing.  I recommend toasting, and it is really easier than you might think.  Often I have the oven going anyways, and I just spread nuts on the sheet beside whatever else I am baking for a few minutes and then take them out again.
  • Broil: Spread pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet.  Place in oven under Broil in oven on the "broil" setting for 2 - 4 minutes to toast.  Bake: Preheat oven to 350. Place in oven for 10 - 12 minutes.  Skillet: Heat a pan to medium on the stovetop, add pecans. Stir for 3 - 5 minutes with a spoon continuously so they will cook evenly and not burn. 
  • Regardless of method, remove when they begin to smell toasty and turn dark. Do not burn.

Blend Dressing

  • While pecans toast, add tofu, non-dairy milk, rice vinegar, dates, and lemon juice to a high speed blender.
  • Add toasted pecans and blend.
    healthy vegan coleslaw dressing low-fat
  • Pour over Cranberry Apple Coleslaw.  Or other coleslaw of your choice.
    vegan healthy salad dressing vinaigrette
  • Mix, and serve.
    creamy vegan apple cabbage coleslaw

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Coleslaw Vinaigrette Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1 / 8th of dressing only (no salad))
Calories 84 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Sodium 18mg1%
Potassium 138mg4%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Super Summer-Time Pasta Salad

Super Summer-Time Pasta Salad

Healthy Vegan Black Bean Pasta Salad

We eat this salad on days I have waited too long to start supper.  If I want to feed my family food in 15 minutes, this will do!  My kids favourite food is pasta, so they love it.

Try this great no-oil whole-foods plant-based meal salad for a pot-luck, party, or BBQ. Get your plant-based protein from beans and whole grain pasta.  People will ask you about the dressing, surprise them by saying “it’s only dried herbs and lemon!”.

With frozen peas, cucumber, canned or frozen corn, green onions, tomatoes, whole grain pasta and black olives this simple vegan dinner salad is fast, fresh, and easy to put together.

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Nutrition Facts
Super Summer-Time Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 / 10th of recipe)
Calories 351 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1275mg55%
Potassium 719mg21%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 800IU16%
Vitamin C 25.8mg31%
Calcium 103mg10%
Iron 4.6mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Hot pasta thaws the peas, activates the seasonings

While the pasta cooks, gather the vegetables, stir them together, still frozen.  Add the drained pasta and the heat cooks the peas a touch, the pasta cools, things get juicy, the dried herbs release flavour, and your meal is ready to serve in minutes.

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Olives make this salad so satisfying

Olives are better for you than olive oil – filled with a small amount of healthy unsaturated fat – the way nature intended us to eat fat, packaged with fibre and phytonutrients.

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Olives cause your brain to signal “yup, we are satisfied and full here!”  You get that mouth oil feeling, olives curb cravings.

Vegan meal salad that kids love

Simplicity means kid friendly, and most kids really enjoy pasta.  I call this pasta salad, and focus on the pasta when serving it to my kids, more than the vegetables.  Once they taste a few bites, they gobble it all up, making us all happy.  🙂

Vegan Meal Proportions

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Vegan Healthy Pasta Salad Fat-free Italian

Super Summer-Time Pasta Salad

Jeanette
This salad is a meal, a 15 minute vegan fat-free plant-based protein pasta salad dinner!  Black olives, cucumber, whole grain rotini pasta, frozen peas, corn, tomatoes, green onions plus Italian seasonings and lemon juice make an extraordinary delicious high fibre FRESH healthy pasta salad.  
Assemble the vegetables - including the frozen ones - add the drained pasta, stir and the temperature will become perfect to serve.  The peas will melt, even cook a bit, the pasta will cool, it's awesomely fast.
We are always surprised by how tasty this simple combination is.  It's just perfect.  Kids love the sweet peas, salty seasonings, and the pasta!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course, Pasta, Salad
Cuisine Italian, Western
Servings 10 servings
Calories 351 kcal

Ingredients & Tips
  

Pasta

Vegetables

  • 3 cups cucumber diced, 1 large is about 3 cups
  • 2 cups tomatoes cherry quartered, or large diced whole tomatoes
  • 4 green onions sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups corn frozen, or canned
  • 398 ml black olives pitted canned, whole, no-oil, add a splash of olive juice to the salad, then drain the rest.
  • 1080 ml black beans can drained
  • 2 cups peas frozen

Dressing

  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp basil dried
  • 1 tbsp oregano dried
  • 1 tsp salt depending on how salty your canned items already are
  • 6 tbsp lemon juice fresh squeezed for vitamin C if you can!

Instructions
 

  • Heat water for pasta.  We like whole grain rotini for this, the rotini shape holds the seasoning well and doesn't get soggy as leftovers.  Once water is boiling, add the pasta, stir.  Cook to be firm - al dente, following package directions, don't overcook.
  • While the water heats, dice the cucumber, tomatoes, green onions and add to an extra large bowl.
  • Open the cans of black beans, corn (if using canned) and black olives.
    Add corn with it's juice (max 1/3 cup) to the bowl, I like to splash some of the black olive juice into the salad bowl too.  If you are using frozen corn it will create some juice when it hits the hot pasta, so don't worry.
  • Add the drained black beans and olives. 
  • Add frozen peas - it is important that they are frozen at this point because they cool the pasta.
  • Add seasonings and lemon juice to a small bowl or measuring cup, stir to combine, taste test and adjust to your preference, pour over salad, and stir  through.
    Easy Healthy WFPB Bean Tomato Cucumber Pasta Salad
  • Once pasta is done, drain pasta well, while it is still hot add the pasta to the vegetables and dressing.
  • Stir to combine. Wait a couple minutes for the herbs to release their flavours, and serve!

Notes

 
Variations: 
Sub herbs for a dried Italian seasoning purchased mix.  Store mixes usually contain salt, so don't add any extra salt.  Read the label, choose a mix that doesn't contain added oils.
Sub cucumber for orange and yellow peppers, zucchini, or romaine lettuce.  As long as you keep the peas, corn, tomatoes and olives other vegetables work well.
Omit the Pasta: This tastes great without the pasta as well, as a bean salad, serve with toast, pitas, or rice, or just with spinach.
Vinegar: I'm curious if a vinegar would make this even nicer.  Afraid to try, because my kids aren't into vinegar much yet and we've got something here that works.
If anyone tries adding vinegar, please let me know!!  Personally, I'd use a balsamic.
 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Super Summer-Time Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 / 10th of recipe)
Calories 351 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1275mg55%
Potassium 719mg21%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 800IU16%
Vitamin C 25.8mg31%
Calcium 103mg10%
Iron 4.6mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Indian Palak Paneer (Spinach, Tofu and Eggplant) Side Dish

15 min easy AWESOME healthy Indian SPINACH side dish recipe using FROZEN OR FRESH, fast FAT-FREE vegan dinner idea, DAIRY-FREE, tofu paneer substitute/replacement, cook eggplant, tasty onion, fresh tomato, garlic, ginger, SPICES. Serve meal with rice or potatoes.

Cream of Cauliflower and Potato Soup (with Tofu)

EASY, DAIRY-FREE CREAM OF CAULIFLOWER soup WITH SILKEN TOFU AND POTATOES. Make in 45 MIN. Healthy vegan dinner, without oil. Whole foods, plant based, so nutritious!

Satisfying Split-Pea Soup

With PERFECT SEASONINGS, potatoes, barley, and carrots it’s a SO GOOD, fat-free VEGAN SPLIT-PEA SOUP. Better than what you ate as a child! Full of IRON AND VITAMIN A, HEALTHY WHOLE-FOOD PLANT-BASED recipe, LOSE WEIGHT, feel and LOOK FANTASTIC.

Lazy Vegan Frittata with Spinach, Tofu, Potatoes, and Chickpeas

HEALTHY VEGAN COMFORT FOOD. Vegan Lazy Frittata – Potatoes, Chickpeas, Tofu, Spinach, Peas, Mushrooms – combined in a OIL-FREE creamy mess that is satisfying, NUTRITIOUS, and delicious. FAST vegan meal – dinner recipe is 30 minutes to make.

Chocolate Banana Green Smoothie

DELICIOUS, vegan, HEALTHY, sugar-free, DAIRY-FREE, smoothie recipe with COCOA POWDER, banana, dates, spinach, pineapple and soy milk or almond milk or other non-dairy milk. Cocoa powder is full of antioxidants and is iron rich.

Bok Choy Silken Tofu Noodle Soup (Source of Calcium!)

Bok choy, tofu, carrots, spaghettini noodles, and ginger combined, make an easy, quick, simple, and healthy hearty vegan soup recipe for dinner.

Anti-Inflammation Smoothie – Ginger and Turmeric

Ginger and turmeric have demonstrated significant impacts on reducing pain and inflammation in multiple studies, try them in a vegan green smoothie!

Ginger Pear Fruit Crisp – Whole-Foods Plant-Based

Pears make a delicious healthy vegan fruit crumble when baked with oats, almond flour and ground cashews. Try this TASTY whole-foods plant-based kid friendly fat-free no-oil recipe with a ginger lemon twist!

Green Bean Casserole

Turn a classic Thanksgiving green beans side dish, into a delicious low-fat dairy-free whole-foods vegan dish, with lentil gravy, crispy homemade croutons and perfectly cooked green beans.

Sweet Zing Orange Thyme Dressing

Healthy OIL-FREE vegan dressing with a SWEET ZING from green onions, apples, and dried cranberries. AWESOME on quinoa and lentils pilaff, and is delicious on BRUSSELS SPROUTS.

Garam Masala Baked Acorn Squash – Stuffed With Cranberry Rice

Deliciously complex, tasty, healthy baked, stuffed acorn squash. Cranberry rice and spinach stuffing, Garam Masala East Indian dessert peppery spice. UNIQUE!

Fiery Maple Sweet Potato Bowl, No Oil

COLORFUL sweet potatoes, MAPLE CHIPOTLE chickpeas or tofu, EARTHY mushrooms, VIBRANT greens, CREAMY avocado and a FIERY sauce makes for a SPICY and HEALTHFUL VEGAN MEAL BOWL IDEA!

Fiery Vegan Mayo Sauce, No Oil

DELICIOUS VEGANSAUCE. SPICY CHIPOTLE OIL-FREE VEGAN MAYO! Spicy, smoky, dairy-free, eggless, egg-free, chipotle, HEALTHY, fat-free vegan mayo recipe.

Tahini Roasted Broccoli – Whole-Foods Plant-Based

Toss broccoli in a vegan and gluten-free mixture of tahini, lemon juice, minced garlic, soy sauce, and pepper, then bake for 10 minutes.  
It’s crispy and creamy at the same time.  

Cool as a Cucumber Vegan Tzatziki – Fat-Free

Use Tofu and apple cider vinegar as a YOGURT SUBSTITUTE to make a dairy-free, no-oil, fat-free, healthy vegan dill and cucumber Greek Tzatziki dip that is refreshing and delicious.

Gorgeous Vegan Gravy

This smooth, brown, fast, fat-free lentil based vegan gravy reminds us of Thanksgiving dinners, stuffing, and good times at family gatherings. A traditional brown gravy colour, with savoury flavour. Ready in 10 minutes, in the microwave.

Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies

PERFECT LITTLE CROWD PLEASERS, vegan and gluten free oat cookies, but packed with BIG PEANUT BUTTER FLAVOUR! Healthy, no-oil, fat-free, whole-foods plant-based easy fast coconut sugar.

Brussels Sprouts, Quinoa and Lentil Pilaf – Orange Cranberry Apple Sauce

Easy Vegan Quinoa and Lentil Pilaf with Brussels Sprouts and Orange Apple...

BEST SLOW COOKER CHILI for a CROWD

This SMOKY VEGAN CHILI recipe LOOKS LIKE IT HAS MEAT, but tastes even better. TAKE THIS TO A PARTY, it is so good, with the best chili spices recipe.

Healthy Apple Crumble (Apple Crisp, Apple Cobbler) Whole-Foods Plant-Based, Vegan, Gluten Free Dessert

Use pecans, or cashews in the oat topping, instead of butter or margarine, and you get 10x the health, better flavour, and a topping that won’t go soggy!

Epicure Healthy Tofu Pad Thai (Whole Foods Vegan)

Dinner in 20 minutes. A fast oil free, whole foods vegan Pad Thai recipe with tofu, noodles, and a homemade sriracha sauce, using Epicure Spice mixes. Easy healthy plant-based fat free meal.

Green Vegetable Medley Pasta Soup (Dad’s Soup)

Our family’s FAVOURITE VEGAN green vegetable medley DINNER SOUP with PASTA, a wonderful meal soup – combination of green peppers, zucchini, SPINACH, corn and black beans, with basil and oregano, in a hearty, whole foods, no oil, vegetarian dinner soup. Fat free.

Creamy Coleslaw Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

This dairy-free no-oil healthy dressing will make your vegan coleslaw shine!  With dates, tofu, rice vinegar, lemon and pecans it is also going to keep you from getting hungry.

Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp, low-fat, vegan, gluten-free, low FODMAP, healthy dessert

Healthy low-fat gluten-free strawberry rhubarb crisp. Delicious low-fodmap dessert, suitable for IBS Diets.

Lovely Lentil and Brown Rice Soup

Vegan lentil and brown rice soup with tomatoes, basil, oregano, onion, garlic, thyme, and zucchini. So easy to make, and clean up, a one pot meal. Aromatic and delicious blend of complex flavours in a hearty and satisfying comforting soup.

Italian Cornmeal Zucchini Polenta – 20 minutes

Mmmmmm, a bag of cornmeal, a zucchini, oregano, rosemary, and salt and pepper turn into a filling, stick to your ribs, healthy vegan comfort food, tasty polenta plant-based, no-oil, side-dish, so fast, quick, and easy, and tastes wonderful. Best fast vegan dinner side-dish idea!

Healthy Vegan Cranberry Cake – Whole Wheat No-Oil, No-Sugar, WFPB

Healthy whole wheat vegan cranberry cake, delicious but has no sugar and no oil. Whole foods plant based snack or dessert!

Green Tomatoes Chickpea Avocado Edamame Rice Salad

Mix Avocado, Fresh Green Tomatoes, Chickpeas, and Edamame Beans for a Creamy Vegan Spread, or Rice Quinoa Salad Bowl. Whole-foods plant-based green goddess recipe. No-oil needed, it’s fat-free but full of natural omega fats to keep your body glowing.

Low FODMAP Healthy Salad Dressing – Creamy Orange Vinaigrette – No-Oil

Spicy, with oranges and pumpkin seeds, or peanuts. A low fodmap salad dressing you can make at home, sweet, creamy, healthy and satisfying.

Whole Weekend Waffles

It’s EASY to make VEGAN WAFFLES from a box mix. Follow these simple steps to healthy whole grain dairy-free and egg-free waffles.

Super Summer-Time Pasta Salad

Fast HEALTHY best vegan fat-free PASTA SALAD with BLACK BEANS, corn, green onions, tomatoes, frozen peas and BLACK OLIVES. Low calorie, high vitamin C, HIGH IRON, so GOOD FOR YOU! Families and KIDS love to eat this whole-foods plant-based (wfpb) quick meal.

Creamy Tofu Pasta Sauce with Garlic, Zucchini & Tomato

FAST, CREAMY, DAIRY-FREE tofu pasta sauce recipe, with soft silken tofu as a milk substitute to make a high protein, nut free, low fat and tasty zucchini, tomato penne pasta sauce.

Zesty Caesar Salad With Croutons – No Oil

HEALTHY FAT-FREE EASY VEGAN CAESAR SALAD with croutons. The ZESTY garlic, and BRIGHT lemon FLAVOURS SHINE in this RECIPE, that is what makes Caesar dressing taste awesome.  GARLIC AND LEMON!

Healthy Cucumber Sandwich Rolls with Hummus

Hummus, and cucumber idea to make sandwich roll ups. Plant based protein lunch idea for kids!

Healthy Vegan Apple Cake – Whole Wheat No-Oil WFPB

Looking for healthy low-fat vegan recipe ideas to make with apples? This moist apple cake is wfpb and quite tasty.

Vegan Healthy Slow Cooker Summer Potato Corn Chowder No-Oil WFPB

Plant based whole foods slow cooker summer chowder. You can time this vegan soup to be ready when you are.  The longer it cooks the thicker and more delicious it gets.

Healthy Aqua Faba Vegan Chocolate Birthday Cake: Fat-Free, Whole Wheat

PLANT-BASED WHOLE-FOODS! Tall, light and fluffy, awesome and delicious, oil-free, CHOCOLATE layer cake, with a vegan frosting filling. Uses whole-wheat flour and zucchini, low-fat, dairy-free, perfect for birthdays, KIDS LOVE THIS CAKE, tasty and moist. wfpb

Cranberry Apple Coleslaw

Apples, carrots, celery, cranberries, and cabbage are beautiful to look at and are a wonderful combination as well. Making coleslaw in the food processor is so fast and easy.

*Sweet* Sweet Potato Fries – wfpb no-oil

People think you need to coat OVEN FRIES in oil, but THEY DON’T KNOW… try this recipe and you will learn better.  Moist heat escapes and ACTIVATES the seasonings, your fries will be CRISPY, oil-free and full of HEALTHY LOW CALORIE FLAVOUR.

Vegan Parmesan Cheese

Fast and easy delicious vegan parmesan cheese replacement uses nuts, garlic, and nutritional yeast. It is the best dairy-free, and lactose-free cheese sprinkle substitute I have found.

Butternut Squash Apple Galette – Whole-Foods Plant-Based

Whole-foods plant-based Butternut Squash Galette with no-oil. Whole-wheat pastry made with almond flour. Delicious creamy tofu filling with sage, fennel, and apple.

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We haven’t used oil in our kitchen since 2013 and I recommend you don’t either, starting now. This post outlines the reasons.

Great Tofu Recipe Ideas For Dinner

Looking for fast, simple, easy, and the best tofu recipe ideas for dinner? Here is a list of healthy, family friendly tofu recipes with soft, silken, medium, firm and extra firm tofu options that taste delicious, and are great healthy, no oil, vegan meals.
Eating these tofu recipes will make you and your loved ones lose weight and fight disease – guaranteed.

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Eating Whole Foods Plant-Based Vegan With IBS

Fix, cure, and treat IBS with a whole-foods plant-based vegan diet, what to do if you still have IBS and you are vegan, or a vegan diet makes IBS worse, eat a low-FODMAP vegan diet to successfully treat IBS.

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Trying to decide what kind of bread is healthiest to buy?  What granola bar, cookie, snack food, or what pancake mix is best? Use these 2 tips to increase your resistance to diseases like cancer. Learn what to look for on the nutrition label.

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