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.

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*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Sodium 646mg 27%
Potassium 618mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 6g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 200.2%
Vitamin C 29%
Calcium 9.6%
Iron 13.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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. 🙂 

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Vegan Butternut Squash Galette - Whole-Foods Plant-Based

Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Egg Free, French
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 217 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

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.

Ingredients

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)

  1. 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.

  2. 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
  3. 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)

  1. 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
  2. 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)

  1. 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.  

  2. 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

  1. 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
  2. Sprinkle almond flour, garlic powder and salt over the center of the galette and optionally onto the crust.

    vegan whole foods plant based galette
  3. 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

Recipe Notes

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

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*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Sodium 646mg 27%
Potassium 618mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 6g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 200.2%
Vitamin C 29%
Calcium 9.6%
Iron 13.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 
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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*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 727mg 30%
Potassium 1617mg 46%
Total Carbohydrates 125g 42%
Dietary Fiber 18g 72%
Sugars 21g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 86.5%
Vitamin C 44.8%
Calcium 17%
Iron 34.1%
* 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.

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Garam Masala Baked Acorn Squash - Stuffed With Cranberry Rice

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Western
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 568 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

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.  

Ingredients

  • 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

  1. Preheat oven to 400F

  2. 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.

  3. 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).    

  4. Once the rice is done, turn off the heat.  Stir chopped spinach into the rice so it 'melts'.

  5. If using, drain and rinse black beans, add to rice mixture.  Let sit for a few minutes to warm the beans.

  6. Once done, remove acorn squash from the oven.  The squash should be soft all the way through.

  7. Spoon spinach, black bean, cranberry, rice mixture into squash, you should be able to pile it quite high, serve warm.

Recipe 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 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*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 727mg 30%
Potassium 1617mg 46%
Total Carbohydrates 125g 42%
Dietary Fiber 18g 72%
Sugars 21g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 86.5%
Vitamin C 44.8%
Calcium 17%
Iron 34.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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Green Tomatoes Chickpea Avocado Edamame Rice Salad

Mix Avocado, Fresh Green Tomatoes, Chickpeas, and Edamame Beans for a Creamy Vegan Spread or Salad Bowl

Use up fresh green tomatoes in this creamy avocado, edamame, chickpea, whole-foods plant-based green goddess recipe.

Put it on rice, quinoa, or other grains with some greens, like a bed of spinach.  No-oil needed, it’s fat-free but full of natural omega fats to keep your body glowing.

Also try smashing this green spread on toast or as a filling in a lettuce wrap.

Hard to go wrong, and very easy to go right, with avocado and edamame, some frozen peas, and optionally green tomatoes.

Create yourself a super vegan creamy mixture and delight.

FODMAP rating – medium low amount of FODMAPS.  Monash recommends eating less than 1/4 cup of chickpeas, and less than 1/4 cup of thawed peas in a sitting.  If you proportion more grains and spinach and less of the filling, IBS sufferers should be able to enjoy this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Chickpea Avocado Edamame Rice Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 / 6th of recipe including rice and red pepper)
Calories 530 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 510mg 21%
Potassium 1119mg 32%
Total Carbohydrates 89g 30%
Dietary Fiber 16g 64%
Sugars 10g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 73.7%
Vitamin C 101.5%
Calcium 13.2%
Iron 34.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Chickpea Avocado Edamame Rice Salad

Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: Vegan, Western
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 530 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

This has a green goddess appeal when you use green tomatoes fresh from your garden or local farmer's market.  Fresh and green, with creamy avocado, edamame, the tomatoes add a light citrus.

Red tomatoes also work, or omit the tomatoes.

On toast, on rice, in a lettuce wrap how else can we use this delicious filling, spread and smash?

Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown rice or a brown rice, quinoa blend
  • 1.5 cups edamame beans, frozen
  • 1 avocado
  • 540 ml chickpeas canned, drained and rinsed
  • 1.5 cups green tomatoes diced, optional
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp dijon mustard or more to taste
  • 1 cup peas frozen
  • 2 tbsp green onions as garnish, discard the white parts of the onions to make this recipe low FODMAP
  • hot sauce to taste
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 2 red peppers

Instructions

Cook Grains

  1. Cook grains, I used a rice quinoa mix.  Set aside to cool.

Prepare Edamame, Avocado, Chickpea Mix

  1. Microwave edamame in a microwave steamer to cook, as per package directions.  Usually 5 minutes. 

  2. Add avocado, drained chickpeas, green tomatoes, salt, and dijon mustard to a medium/large bowl.  Taste and adjust amount of mustard to your preference.

    vegan green tomato avocado chickpea salad
  3. Add edamame to the bowl.   Mine were in their shells still, so I microwaved them in their steamer bag and then shelled them into the bowl.

    Chickpeas, avocado, edamame smash
  4. Mash with potato masher until desired consistency.

    Edamame, Avocado, Chickpea Filling
  5. Stir in frozen peas, still frozen, they will cool it down and then you don't need to refrigerate.

Recipe Notes

To Assemble Salad:

Line a bowl or plate with fresh baby spinach or romaine lettuce.

Add rice/grains, and then the edamame, avocado, chickpea mix.  

Top with sliced red peppers, use scissors to cut green onions on top.

Add hot sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Chickpea Avocado Edamame Rice Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 / 6th of recipe including rice and red pepper)
Calories 530 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 510mg 21%
Potassium 1119mg 32%
Total Carbohydrates 89g 30%
Dietary Fiber 16g 64%
Sugars 10g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 73.7%
Vitamin C 101.5%
Calcium 13.2%
Iron 34.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
 
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Gorgeous Vegan Gravy

Fast Vegan Microwave Gravy – Fat-free

Being able to make a quick healthy vegan gravy will expand your plant-based cooking options. Not only is it delicious, but gravy can serve as the protein for your meal.

Look how much iron is in one serving of this gravy, and it contains 28% of your daily protein needs too, with zero fat and cholesterol.

This smooth, brown, thick gravy reminds us of Thanksgiving dinners and stuffing, and good times at family gatherings.   It is the perfect traditional brown gravy colour and has savoury flavour.

Nutrition Facts
Fat-free Vegan Lentil Gravy in 10 minutes
Amount Per Serving (1 / 7th of recipe)
Calories 194
% Daily Value*
Sodium 172mg 7%
Potassium 598mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
Sugars 2g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 0.3%
Vitamin C 2.9%
Calcium 3.2%
Iron 29.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Low FODMAP Lentil Vegan Gravy
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Fat-free Vegan Lentil Gravy in 10 minutes

Course: gravy, Main Course, Sauce
Cuisine: Western
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 7 servings
Calories: 194 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

In under 10 minutes you can make smooth, perfect, plant-based, fat-free gravy, in the microwave.  You will get almost 4 cups, of smooth warm lump-free gravy.

I like to blend most of the lentils into this vegan gravy, and serve the rest of the lentils whole on the plate, or stirred into the gravy so people see they are getting legumes too.  

If you are using this gravy as the protein of your meal, one 540ml can of lentils for every 2 people should ensure there is enough gravy and lentils for everyone. 

This gravy recipe is also the sauce for my Green Bean Casserole, a classic and very tasty Thanksgiving type side dish.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups water room temperature
  • 1.5 tbsp cornstarch or flour
  • 1/4 tsp poultry seasoning Adjust the seasonings to your taste. This amount makes for a mild flavour.
  • 1/2 tsp salt Adjust to taste
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder optional, omit to make low FODMAP for IBS diets
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast optional
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 38 fl oz canned lentils 2 medium cans, drained and rinsed

Instructions

  1. Add water to a 5 cup or larger microwave safe bowl that is large enough to handle a hand blender.  I use a glass Pampered Chef 4 cup batter bowl because it has a rim to prevent boil-overs, a lid for storing, and a spout. 

  2. Whisk in the cornstarch, poultry seasoning, salt, optional onion powder, optional nutritional yeast, and pepper so there are no lumps in the water.

  3. Microwave for 2 minutes, whisk to combine well, microwave for 2 more minutes, whisk.  Your gravy should be fairly thick at this point.  Microwave longer if it isn't yet in one minute increments.  Microwave power varies.

  4. Stir in 1 1/2 cans (770ml) of the drained lentils, reserve 1/2 can of lentils.  Blend with a hand blender until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings to your preference.

    Lentil Vegan Gravy
  5. If you have a large enough bowl, stir half of the set-aside lentils right into the gravy.  I like to reserve some plain lentils for anyone (small daughter!) who declines gravy, so they can still have lentils.

  6. Microwave 1 minute, stir and test the temperature. 

    Vegan Brown Gravy in Microwave
  7. Add gravy to a gravy boat, and serve hot.  Spoon reserved lentils on or beside the mashed potatoes, people can pour gravy over top.

Recipe Notes

Customize your gravy by trying other dried powdered herb combinations.  All of these can produce delicious results:

sage, rosemary, parsley, celery powder, seasoned salt, marjoram, thyme.

Spoon the lentils onto or near your mashed potatoes, and pour hot gravy overtop. goes great with steamed vegetables - like broccoli and carrots, brussels sprouts, with a cob of corn as well as something green. It's been a real hit.

Stir leftover lentils into the gravy for the next day.

Nutrition Facts
Fat-free Vegan Lentil Gravy in 10 minutes
Amount Per Serving (1 / 7th of recipe)
Calories 194
% Daily Value*
Sodium 172mg 7%
Potassium 598mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
Sugars 2g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 0.3%
Vitamin C 2.9%
Calcium 3.2%
Iron 29.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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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*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 1275mg 53%
Potassium 719mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 60g 20%
Dietary Fiber 11g 44%
Sugars 4g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 16%
Vitamin C 31.3%
Calcium 10.3%
Iron 25.7%
* 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.

Why whole grain pasta?  Read How To Judge the Healthiness of Grain Products to learn more about why whole grain pasta is going to help your gut microbiome, prevent cancer, and help you lose weight.

Olives make this salad so satisfying

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Canada’s food guide is being revamped, I just gave my input, and was pleased to see they recommend we limit saturated fats and instead choose unsaturated fats.  Good news!

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Vegan meal salad that kids love

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See my article, How to Eat Vegan For Energy and Weight Loss I talk about the proportions of beans, greens, veggies and starches to eat to keep up your energy and lose weight!  Tip: eat this salad on a bed of spinach or other dark greens, if you want to feel extra energy.

 

Vegan Healthy Pasta Salad Fat-free Italian
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Super Summer-Time Pasta Salad

Course: Main Course, Pasta, Salad
Cuisine: Italian, Western
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 351 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

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!

Ingredients

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

  1. 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.

  2. While the water heats, dice the cucumber, tomatoes, green onions and add to an extra large bowl.

  3. 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.

  4. Add the drained black beans and olives. 

  5. Add frozen peas - it is important that they are frozen at this point because they cool the pasta.

  6. 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.

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  7. Once pasta is done, drain pasta well, while it is still hot add the pasta to the vegetables and dressing.

  8. Stir to combine. Wait a couple minutes for the herbs to release their flavours, and serve!

Recipe 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 Facts
Super Summer-Time Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 / 10th of recipe)
Calories 351 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 1275mg 53%
Potassium 719mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 60g 20%
Dietary Fiber 11g 44%
Sugars 4g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 16%
Vitamin C 31.3%
Calcium 10.3%
Iron 25.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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

Easy Vegan Quinoa and Lentil Pilaf with Brussels Sprouts and Orange Apple Cranberry Thyme Sauce

This whole-foods plant-based, fat-free, no-oil healthy brussels sprouts with lentils and quinoa recipe is crazy easy.

The quinoa and lentil pilaf in one pot is a delicious staple that can serve as a vegan starch and protein base for many of your meals.

Here, I’ve added my orange thyme dressing, but other vegetables and sauces will work well too.

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Lentils and Quinoa in Only 20 Minutes

Cook dry sprouted lentils and dry quinoa together, in the same pot, they take the same amount of time – and in 15 – 20 minutes you’ll have a pilaf of lentils and quinoa that is fluffy and ready for a vegetable and a sauce.

You can dress the quinoa and lentils up in so many ways.

Boil, Steam or Microwave Brussel Sprouts

Cook a huge batch of brussels sprouts for this, they go perfectly.

Add Orange Thyme Cranberry Tahini Dressing

The lentils and quinoa are going to be pretty boring on their own, but look through the sauces/dressings on this site and pick one and it becomes a different dish each time.

I recommend my Sweet Zing Orange Thyme Dressing.

You can click on the “sauce” tag in the sidebar to view a list of sauces.  Or use the search feature on the site and search for “sauce” or “dressing”.

Mmmm, just looking at these pictures again now, I remember how good this was!

The sauce has a lot of tasty ingredients – orange juice, diced apple, sesame paste (tahini), green onions, chia seeds, dried cranberries… it’s great.  Very quick, easy and simple to make too.

My kids liked the pilaf and brussels sprouts without the sauce, instead of the dressing, one added lemon juice, the other  loads of cranberry sauce from a can.

When I eat beans and rice, or lentils with quinoa I feel like I am living harmoniously with our planet, and usually surprised at how great they taste, and how satisfied I feel after.

I hope at least someone else can relate to what I am talking about.

Bringing peace through plants…  🙂

 

Brussels sprouts quinoa lentils with orange vegan sauce
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Brussels Sprouts, Quinoa, and Lentil Pilaf

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Western
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 243 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

Cook sprouted lentils and quinoa in the same pot in 15 minutes, add brussels sprouts, a sweet tangy orange, apple, cranberry sauce and it's a beautiful meal.

My husband and I aim to eat at least 1/2 - 1 cup of beans/legumes a day each and between 1/4 cup and 1/2 cup for each of our kids.  This recipe will produce more lentils than quinoa so that your meal can be bean strong.  

Beans are an excellent carb - because they contain both carbs and protein and so many important nutrients.  Feel confident eating beans - they are going to make you so strong and give you energy!

Ingredients

  • 5 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups dried lentils sprouted lentils because they cook fastest, read the packages, select the fast cooking lentils.
  • 1 cup quinoa dried
  • 8 cups brussels sprouts
  • Orange Thyme Dressing recipe prepared, consider doubling the recipe to have enough for leftovers. One recipe makes 4 servings.

Instructions

  1. Heat water in a medium sized pot, on high.

  2. Add quinoa and sprouted lentils, stir.  Usually the water doesn't need to be boiling, check your instructions.  Follow package directions about rinsing, some brands require rinsing to remove bitterness or dirt or pesticides.  I often forget, hoping a reminder here helps you remember.  

    Here are the brands I used - both were available at Costco, other brands will work, check that the cooking time on the lentils is similar to the quinoa - about 15 minutes.  It seems that sprouted lentils usually cook faster than non-sprouted lentils.  

    My sprouted lentils say simmer for 8 minutes then let sit for 4 minutes.  My quinoa says simmer for 15 minutes.  I like lentils soft rather than chewy so I am happy to cook the lentils a little longer.

    Image of Quinoa and Sprouted Lentils in Packages truRoots
  3. Once boiling, stir, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or according to package directions.  If your lentils are going to take longer, then start them first and add the quinoa when there is 15 minutes cooking time left.

    How to Cook Lentils With Quinoa
  4. Meanwhile, steam brussels sprouts in a steamer pot on the stove (makes them so juicy and tender, mmmm my favourite way) or in a microwave steamer like this large Epicure silicone steamer.    You could also boil them in water, which is what I did this time.  Any of these methods takes about 15 minutes.

  5. Now prepare the sauce - the fat-free no-oil Orange Thyme Dressing for example.  It's going to take you 10 minutes.

    Tahini green onions and craisins in a vegan fat-free sauce.
  6. Once the pilaf is done, stir it to combine, it should be fluffy with no moisture.  If there is water left, keep it on low for 5 minutes at a time until it is dried out, and reduce the water amount in the future.  The lentils spread around the edge with the quinoa in the centre during cooking.

    Cooked Quinoa and Lentils in One Pot
  7. The pilaf should look like this once done.

    Image of cooked Quinoa lentil pilaf vegan recipe
  8. Serve the pilaf, with brussels sprouts and a generous portion of sauce.

    Brussels sprouts quinoa lentils with orange vegan sauce

Recipe Notes

Enjoy!!

Sometimes my pilaf takes longer to cook - closer to 25 minutes, even though the bags said 15. I probably use a slightly different temperature, or measuring cups.  I just keep cooking it until it is dry, and it always comes out fine.

Nutrition Facts
Brussels Sprouts, Quinoa, and Lentil Pilaf
Amount Per Serving (1 / 8th of recipe)
Calories 243 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 33mg 1%
Potassium 805mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 43g 14%
Dietary Fiber 15g 60%
Sugars 2g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 13.6%
Vitamin C 92.6%
Calcium 7.2%
Iron 27.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Orange Thyme Dressing - Healthy Vegan Fat-Free Sauce

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Dresssing
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 154 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

Goes nicely with quinoa and green vegetables as a dressing/sauce.  Try it with my Brussels Sprouts and Quinoa Lentil Pilaf recipe.  Even better as leftovers. 

Consider doubling this dressing/sauce recipe - I wish I would have.  It goes great on spinach salad too.  You can adjust the number of servings here on the web page and it will recalculate.

With dried cranberries, orange juice, thyme, tahini (sesame seed paste), chia seeds, and green onions, it is so fresh and sweet and creamy, this one is a winner!

Ingredients

  • 200 ml orange juice I used a juice box, freshly squeezed would work too if you don't have juice around, but have oranges.
  • 2 tsp tahini sesame seed butter
  • 1/2 tsp ground thyme spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp chia seeds for thickness
  • 2 green onions diced
  • 1/2 red apple diced into small cubes
  • 1 cup craisins dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Pour orange juice into a small bowl, add tahini, thyme, salt, and chia seeds and microwave 30 seconds to soften if the sesame seed butter was in the fridge.  Whisk together.

  2. Add the craisins so they can soak a bit.

    Tahini green onions and craisins in a vegan fat-free sauce.
  3. Add the diced green onions and apple.

    Image of Orange Thyme No-Oil Vegan Dressing with dried cranberries, so good on quinoa.
  4. Let sit for 5 minutes or more, for flavours to combine.

Recipe Notes

Consider doubling the recipe depending on how many servings or leftovers you would like.  It yields about 1 1/2 cups which was enough for 4 people at my house.

Try on my Brussels Sprouts and Lentil Quinoa Pilaf, or make a dinner salad with that same lentil quinoa pilaf and romaine lettuce.  

Also tastes wonderful on spinach salad.

Nutrition Facts
Orange Thyme Dressing - Healthy Vegan Fat-Free Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 / 4th of recipe)
Calories 154 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 294mg 12%
Potassium 164mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 26g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 3.2%
Vitamin C 32.9%
Calcium 2.9%
Iron 4.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Vegan Healthy Marinara Sauce on Spaghetti
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Meatless Marinara With Protein - No-Oil, Vegan, Tomato Sauce and Pasta

Course: Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 354 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

With lentils and chickpeas this no-oil vegan Italian tomato based spaghetti sauce recipe replaces a traditional meat based pasta sauce, with bold flavour!   I've tested it on many non-vegans and they don't even realize, except wonder why it is so fat-free and lean.  

Use this simple recipe as a dependable base and add additional items if you like, such as mushrooms or green peppers.

Ingredients

  • 375 g whole grain pasta whole wheat spaghetti is our favourite for this sauce
  • 540 ml can chickpeas drained
  • 540 ml can lentils drained
  • 2 garlic cloves medium
  • 796 ml can diced tomatoes with juice, or whole fresh tomatoes
  • 1 tsp oregano dried
  • 2 tsp basil dried
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 sweet onion white, medium, in chunks
  • 130 g frozen spinach thawed, nuggets work great
  • 156 ml tomato paste can

Instructions

  1. Put a large pot of pasta water on to boil.  No salt or oil are necessary.  No oil cooking, go!  Read more here about why we cook with no-oil.

  2. Drain canned lentils and chickpeas.  Consider reserving the juice (called aqua faba) in the fridge as an egg replacement for future baking - like for my VeganEnvy.com amazing chocolate birthday cake recipe.

  3. In a food processor - add drained chickpeas, drained lentils, garlic cloves, canned diced tomatoes (with juice), oregano, basil, onion powder, salt, onion chunks, and thawed spinach nuggets.  Blend on high until beans are no longer recognizable.

  4. I like to use frozen spinach nuggets, so I can easily portion out a little if I want - I always have some on hand in my freezer, like these ones.  I got them a Wal-mart.

    Frozen Spinach Nuggets
  5. Empty sauce into a medium sized pot on medium heat.  This sauce will splatter once it starts to bubble, so be prepared to cover it to protect your stove and yourself.  

    Blended lentils and chickpeas in vegan no-oil tomato sauce.
  6. Once the sauce is bubbling, reduce heat to low, stir, cover and let simmer for 5 more minutes so that the onion is cooked through.  

  7. In the meantime, add whole grain spaghetti to the boiling pasta water.  Set timer to cook according to directions, usually about 10 minutes.

  8. Once the the 5 min on the sauce is up, while the pasta is cooking, stir the tomato paste into the sauce.  The tomato paste makes the sauce thicker, so there is no excess liquid.  It also adds a lovely rich red color and taste.  Simmer a few more minutes or until pasta is ready.  

  9. Drain pasta and serve piled with generous portions of this delicious sauce!

    Plates of spaghetti with meatless vegan healthy tomato sauce.

Recipe Notes

Serving Ideas

Sprinkle with vegan parmesan cheese.

Vegetable side suggestions: steamed frozen peas and corn, broccoli, or Brussels sprouts.
Salad suggestion: spinach salad and balsamic dressing.

Bon Appetit!

 

Nutrition Facts
Meatless Marinara With Protein - No-Oil, Vegan, Tomato Sauce and Pasta
Amount Per Serving (1 / 8th of recipe with whole grain pasta)
Calories 354 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 650mg 27%
Potassium 941mg 27%
Total Carbohydrates 69g 23%
Dietary Fiber 11g 44%
Sugars 8g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 46.6%
Vitamin C 21.4%
Calcium 13%
Iron 38.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Satisfying Split-Pea Soup

Vegan Smoky Split-Pea Soup, No-Oil

Get energized from one tasty bowl, with easy and delicious vegan fat-free dried green pea soup.  Potatoes, barley, and carrots, create a cozy, comfy, cheerful soup.  Like pea soup you may have eaten as a meat-eating child – but better!

Powered by healthy dried peas and potatoes, lots of iron, energy, fibre, and vitamin A, get ready to feel and look fantastic.

Veganized food usually tastes better than non-vegan, doesn’t it?  We vegans spend time to figure out which spices and vegetables make a meal delicious, and don’t rely on animal fat for taste.

Two special ingredients in this recipe, if you can find them: imitation bacon bits, and smoked paprika.  Both make the vegan pea soup taste smoky, and like you used a ham bone (I hope it is not offensive to any vegans for me to say that).

The imitation bacon bits swell up like pink meat crumbs, so be ready for that!  It was a little shocking for us, as non-meat-eaters. If you don’t like soy bacon bits, the soup will still taste great without them.  I didn’t figure out to add them until recently.

This fast, easy, and simple, best, split-pea soup, will be ready in just over an hour, rather than the more traditional two.

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Beauty

The dried parsley gives it a nice green colour, but this vegan split-pea soup’s beauty, is not from the way it looks, but, from the satisfying taste, and chewy texture.

Like your body on whole-foods plant-based no-oil recipes – beautiful on the healthy inside.  Oh, wait, you will be gorgeous on the outside too… and you are being beautiful to living creatures. That’s gorgeous too.

Barley

My nutrition calculator classified barley as a health food – health food? – barley was a staple of european diets, why did people stop eating it?  I don’t have time to research that now (got more recipes to publish)… I’m curious though.

Barley bread apparently was common in the British Isles dating back to the Iron Age, that’s over 3000 years ago.  Barley is a natural, unprocessed, whole grain.

Barley contains gluten, so if you’ve had a positive gluten blood test result, then swap it for long grain brown rice (cooks faster than short grain), or more potatoes.

If the blood test was negative (like mine was) consider that you might just be gluten sensitive because you eat too many low fibre and inflammatory animal products.  That’s what happened to me; before going vegan cured my IBS and gluten sensitivity.  Try increasing your fruit and veggies, skip the animal and processed foods, and when your gut is healthy the gluten sensitivity disappears.

Back to Basics

I always think of that nursery rhyme/song when I cook this:-

Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold,

Pease porridge in the pot, nine days old;

Some like it hot, some like it cold,

Some like it in the pot, nine days old.

and I think, yes!  Soup made from dried peas, potatoes, and barley, what people lived on for centuries!

We are getting back to healthy basics here.

In our house this soup never lasts nine days though, it has disappeared sooner than that. 🙂

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Satisfying Split-Pea Soup

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Western
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 306 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

This soup is a favourite in our family, and we have been eating it for years.  Pot barley is such a chewy, tasty addition, but the soup is still great if you don't have any.  

This recipe allows you to cook the soup as you chop and add the ingredients in the order specified. Make sure it is bubbling the entire time, and you will be finished in 1 hour and 15 min instead of 2 hours. 

If it gets too thick, add hot water, a cup at a time.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups vegetable broth store bought cartons work great
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cups green split peas dried
  • 1/2 cup barley dried, pot (hulled) barley is less processed than pearl barley. Substitute long grain brown rice if you want.
  • 1/4 tsp celery seed
  • 1/4 tsp thyme or 2 bay leaves, discard before eating
  • 4 cups potatoes cubed, skin on, 1 1/2" diced
  • 1 onion sweet chopped
  • 2 cups carrots chopped
  • 2 celery stalk thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp parsley flakes
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika use smoked! Replaces the taste of smoked ham.
  • 1/4 cup imitation bacon bits vegan, ours are made of soy and paprika
  • salt to taste
  • pepper fresh ground, to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring broth, water, celery seed, bay leaves, rinsed peas and barley to a boil in a LARGE soup pot. Reduce to a simmer. 

  2. Dice and add potatoes, raise heat to high, once bubbling, lower heat again.

    Image of chopped red potatoes on a cutting board.
  3. Chop onions and carrots, add to soup and raise heat to high, once boiling, lower heat again. Tip: I like to food process the onion alone into small pieces, then add carrots, and slowly process until the carrots are in larger pieces than the onion. Takes 45 seconds this way. 

    Image of chopped onion and carrots in a food processor.
  4. Add the sliced celery, parsley, basil, smoked paprika, vegan bacon bits and salt.

    Image of vegan split-pea soup ingredients in pot before cooking.
  5. Cover and simmer on low for 15 more minutes.  Total time since the peas started boiling should be at least 75 minutes.  

  6. Taste test, and if the peas are soft, serve in bowls, with salt, whole grain crackers, and freshly ground pepper.

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Nutrition Facts
Satisfying Split-Pea Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 / 8th of recipe)
Calories 306 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 537mg 22%
Potassium 1168mg 33%
Total Carbohydrates 59g 20%
Dietary Fiber 18g 72%
Sugars 8g
Protein 17g 34%
Vitamin A 119.7%
Vitamin C 21.3%
Calcium 9.7%
Iron 35.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Wonderful White Bean and Walnut Sauce with Linguine and Asparagus

Oil-Free Vegan Pesto White Sauce for Linguine and Asparagus

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Bring together the wonderful flavours of basil and garlic in a creamy pesto sauce, with fresh linguine, and crispy asparagus, for a healthy taste of Italy!

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Wonderful White Bean and Walnut Sauce with Asparagus and Linguine

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 340 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

This sauce has a pesto flavour and is simply delicious with basil, garlic, lemon and healthy walnuts instead of processed oil. 

It is so easy to make, and clean up, this vegan white pasta sauce takes only 5 minutes in a blender.

Linguine has more surface area than spaghetti, and will hold more sauce, so works very well and asparagus complements the lemon and pesto ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 375 g whole grain pasta linguine
  • 2.25 pounds asparagus
  • 540 ml white kidney beans
  • 1/2 cup soy milk or other unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 2 garlic cloves cut in half
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water hot, from pasta cooking

Epicure Items

  • steamer Available in Canada only. There are many sizes, made from a durable silicone, these steamers are awesome.

Instructions

  1. Boil water and cook pasta according to package instructions.

    Image of linguini pasta boiling in a pot of water on the stove.
  2. Wash, cut off ends, and cut asparagus into 2 inch lengths.

  3. Microwave asparagus in a microwave steamer.  If you are in Canada, I recommend the Epicure steamers. See link in ingredients.

    Image of cut asparagus in a microwave steamer.
  4. In a high speed blender, blend white kidney beans with soy milk, basil, garlic cloves, oregano, salt, walnuts, nutritional yeast, lemon juice. 

    Image of vegan white pesto sauce ingredients in blender, before blending.
  5. Add hot pasta cooking water to warm and thin to desired consistency.

    Image of blended oil free vegan pesto white sauce made from white kidney beans.
  6. Drain pasta, plate with asparagus, and immediately spoon creamy pesto sauce over steaming pasta.  Or, if the pasta has cooled, microwave the sauce first in a small dish, to warm it, then spoon over and serve.

    Image of two plates of vegan creamy pesto linguine with asparagus

Recipe Notes

Serving Suggestions: fresh ground pepper and additional lemon juice.

Nutrition Facts
Wonderful White Bean and Walnut Sauce with Asparagus and Linguine
Amount Per Serving (1 / 8th of recipe)
Calories 340 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Sodium 305mg 13%
Potassium 739mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 58g 19%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 3g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 20.3%
Vitamin C 10.8%
Calcium 10.2%
Iron 35.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Lovely Lentil and Brown Rice Soup

Vegan Lentil and Brown Rice Soup With Tomatoes and Zucchini

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The tomatoes, basil, oregano, and thyme will fill your kitchen with comforting and inviting aromas.  If you don’t have zucchini, carrots also work well.

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Lovely Lentil and Brown Rice Soup

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Western
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 297 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

Soup can definitely be a meal, and this soup will nourish and delight with it's deliciousness.  

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add vegetable broth and water to a large soup pot on medium high heat.

  2. Add ingredients in order listed: lentils, brown rice, undrained can of diced tomatoes, chopped onion, diced celery stalk, minced garlic cloves, basil, oregano, thyme, bay leaf, parsley, salt and zucchini.

    Reducing heat to medium once bubbling.

  3. Once all ingredients are added, reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 more minutes or until the lentils and rice are both tender.  Remove and discard the bay leaf.

  4. If necessary, thin the soup with additional hot broth or water or ice cubes when serving.

    Serve with fresh ground black pepper, salt to taste, and optionally whole grain crackers.

Recipe Notes

If you don't have zucchini, carrots also work well.

Nutrition Facts
Lovely Lentil and Brown Rice Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 / 8th of recipe)
Calories 297 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 782mg 33%
Potassium 901mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 56g 19%
Dietary Fiber 17g 68%
Sugars 6g
Protein 16g 32%
Vitamin A 10.6%
Vitamin C 29.4%
Calcium 9%
Iron 29.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

 

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We tried a few different oil free vegan caesar salad recipes,

and found this simple, classic, tangy, dairy-free, vegan Caesar salad recipe to be:

the simplest…  the easiest…  and THE BEST!

I hope you give it a try.

How Do You Make Vegan Caesar Salad?

1) Blend vegan caesar dressing ingredients.

Use soft silken tofu (medium works too), fresh zesty garlic cloves (just throw the peeled clove in the blender), freshly squeezed tart lemon juice (or bottled), spicy dijon mustard, freshly ground black pepper, and a good amount of salt.

Let the dressing sit for 5 – 10 min, for the flavours to blend while you prepare the Romaine lettuce.

 

 

2) Cut Romaine lettuce into bite sized pieces.

Lately I like to cut the lettuce first, then spray the cut pieces in my sink in a spinner basket, then spin dry.  

If the lettuce is too wet, the salad dressing can become runny instead of thick.  

If you have prewashed lettuce you are going to save time.

 
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3) Pour dressing on lettuce.

The dressing will coat the greens and has a good creamy thickness.

4) Add awesome homemade croutons

Making your own delicious croutons – will taste better than the ones you buy at the store, by leaps and bounds.

You may not realize that toasting good, whole grain bread, and cutting it up makes WAAAY better croutons than dried up oily refined bread cubes from a store.

Try experimenting with different types of whole grain bread, some have seeds, or flax, or other nutritious ingredients.  There are so many great choices available, and each has a different flavour profile.

Use one to two slices of whole grain bread per person, depending how much other carbs you are serving with the salad.

Toast, then pile the slices up as a tall stack, and slice into bite sized cubes.

A 4 slice toaster, makes this really easy.

You do not need to season the croutons, the dressing will.

 

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 I like it when the croutons have more time to sit with the dressing.  

This salad lasts for a few days in the fridge and, is great as leftovers. 

5) Add vegan bacon bits.

Use imitation soy bacon bits, and this vegan Caesar salad will pass the test of any non-vegan crowd with strong approval!

Some people like crunchy bits, some like them softer.  The longer your bacon bits are in the salad, the less crunchy they will be.

To avoid artificial food color, look for simulated bacon bits coloured with paprika.

 

Take vegan Caesar salad to a party

We have served this Caesar salad to many a guest, and taken it to parties, no one bats an eye, they just enjoy it.

Or just eat it at home.

As a family we make this every few weeks.  I often serve it with vegan burgers, or with vegan ‘chicken’ nuggets.

Hail Caesar!  And Hail to Your Health as Well

Ok, I just learned the original Caesar salad was named after an Italian immigrant, who invented the salad in his Mexican Tijuana restaurant that catered to Americans trying to get away from Prohibition for a drink, so maybe the reference to Roman Caesars isn’t appropriate… 🙂

 

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Zesty Vegan Caesar Salad with Croutons

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Silken Tofu
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 125 kcal
Author: Jeanette Whitten

Enjoy romaine lettuce with the best, fast, and easy, dairy-free, tofu based, garlic, and lemon caesar salad recipe we have found.  

We have served this to non-vegan company many times, and they have always enjoyed it.  

Make your own simple croutons, they are fresh and delicious.

Ingredients

  • 3 heads romaine lettuce washed, dried, and chopped

Dressing

  • 340 g silken tofu soft or medium firm tofu works as well
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed is best
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper fresh ground

Garnishes

  • 4 slices whole wheat bread or more. Use whole grain to get better nutrition.
  • 1/3 cup soy imitation bacon bits

Instructions

  1. Combine tofu, garlic, salt, lemon juice, dijon mustard, and black pepper in a high speed blender.

  2. Blend until creamy.  Let sit for 5 - 10 minutes for the flavours to combine.

  3. Chop, wash and dry romaine lettuce into bite size pieces and place in a large bowl.

  4. Make the croutons - toast the bread, stack 4-6 pieces at a time, and cut with a long bread knife, into cubes - your favourite crouton size.  1 - 2 slices per person.

  5. Add dressing to the lettuce and stir to combine.  Add the croutons.  Sprinkle with soy bacon bits and serve.

Recipe Notes

This salad refrigerates well and tastes great as leftovers up to a few days later.

The garlic keeps the sauce from spoiling.

Great for lunches!

Serving Suggestions

Serve with vegan burgers or veggie dogs on whole grain buns.

 

 

Nutrition Facts
Zesty Vegan Caesar Salad with Croutons
Amount Per Serving (1 / 8th of salad)
Calories 125 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Sodium 317mg 13%
Potassium 705mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 4g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 408.9%
Vitamin C 14.3%
Calcium 12.2%
Iron 19.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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