Creamy Avocado Pasta

Creamy Avocado Pasta -- Epicurean VeganAvocados are incredibly versatile. They work in desserts such as mousses and cupcakes, in salads, dips, and spreads. Heck, you can make a facial out of it! Well, they also make the ideal pasta sauce. They’re very healthy too. Did you know they have more potassium than bananas? Yep, that’s 14% compared 10% in bananas. Another bonus is that they’re loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, as well as fiber. This meal came together in less than 30 minutes and feel free to add other veggies such as cherry tomatoes and zucchini.

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 C cashews
2 cloves of garlic
2 avocados, peeled and pitted
1 Tbs lime juice
2 Tbs white wine
2 heaping Tbs nutritional yeast
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/8 C almond milk
1 tsp olive oil
3 C mushrooms, sliced
3/4 C green onion, sliced
16-oz fettuccine or other pasta of your choice

DIRECTIONS:
Soak the cashews in hot water for about an hour. While the pasta is cooking, drain the cashews and add them to the food processor with the garlic. Puree for a minute, scraping the bowl halfway through. Add the avocados, lime juice, white wine, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper.
Creamy Avocado Pasta -- Epicurean VeganTransfer to a small saucepan and heat over low to medium heat, stirring often. Stir in the almond milk if it’s a little too thick. In a small skillet, saute the mushrooms in the olive oil for just a couple of minutes—enough to just soften them. Once the pasta is cooked and drained, combine the pasta and sauce. Top servings with mushrooms and green onions. Enjoy!

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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • ½ C cashews
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1 Tbs lime juice
  • 2 Tbs white wine
  • 2 heaping Tbs nutritional yeast
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ⅛ C almond milk
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 C mushrooms, sliced
  • ¾ C green onion, sliced
  • 16-oz fettuccine or other pasta of your choice
Directions
  1. Soak the cashews in hot water for about an hour.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, drain the cashews and add them to the food processor with the garlic. Puree for a minute, scraping the bowl halfway through.
  3. Add the avocados, lime juice, white wine, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper.
  4. Transfer to a small saucepan and heat over low to medium heat, stirring often. Stir in the almond milk if it's a little too thick.
  5. In a small skillet, saute the mushrooms in the olive oil for just a couple of minutes---enough to just soften them.
  6. Once the pasta is cooked and drained, combine the pasta and sauce. Top servings with mushrooms and green onions. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Vegan & Gluten-Free Pad Thai

Vegan and Gluten-Free Pad Thai -- Epicurean VeganThis Pad Thai is pretty nontraditional, not just because it’s vegan, but also because I didn’t go with the usual veggies such as bean sprouts. Plus, I certainly didn’t go with the typical thin rice noodle; I opted for a heartier, thick cut one. So it is really Pad Thai? Well, sure! It’s my version and it was a hit with the family, so I must have done something right! The limey-tamari sauce, with is the star of the show in all it’s creamy, peanutty glory.

INGREDIENTS:
14-oz pkg. extra firm tofu, drained, pressed and cubed
1 tsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 orange or red bell pepper, sliced thin
1 can water chestnuts, sliced
2 C snap peas
1/2 C green onion, sliced
Salt and pepper, to taste
Sauce
2/3 C tamari
1/3 C creamy peanut butter
1/3 C sugar
2/3 C lime juice
1 heaping Tbs freshly grated gingerroot
1-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
The rest
16-oz rice noodles
1 C peanuts, chopped
1 C fresh cilantro leaves

DIRECTIONS:

Vegan and Gluten-Free Pad Thai -- Epicurean VeganBegin with the noodles. The kind I used required 25-30 minutes of soaking in very hot tap water. The package warms not to over soak, but I probably soaked them about 40 minutes because they were still hard in places. However, once you add them to skillet in the end, they soften up quite quickly. While they’re soaking in a bowl, start with the tofu. I don’t use any oil, I just tossed the tofu cubes in a nonstick skillet over medium heat, seasoned with salt and pepper, and sauteed them until browned, about 15 minutes.
Vegan and Gluten-Free Pad Thai -- Epicurean VeganTransfer to a plate or bowl and set aside. In the same skillet, heat the olive oil and garlic. Add the bell pepper, water chestnuts and snap peas. Saute for about 10 minutes, or until tender.
Vegan and Gluten-Free Pad Thai -- Epicurean VeganWhile those are cooking, however, start the sauce. In a medium saucepan, whisk together all of the sauce ingredients and heat over low-medium heat. Once it just starts to bubble, turn off the heat.
Vegan and Gluten-Free Pad Thai -- Epicurean VeganAdd the tofu and green onion to the other veggies in the skillet and combine to rewarm the tofu.
Vegan and Gluten-Free Pad Thai -- Epicurean VeganDrain the noodles and add them to the skillet and let the noodles soften, about 5 minutes, over low-medium heat. Add the sauce and combine thoroughly; serve immediately. Top each serving with fresh cilantro and peanuts. Enjoy!

Vegan & Gluten-Free Pad Thai
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 14-oz pkg. extra firm tofu, drained, pressed and cubed
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 orange or red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 can water chestnuts, sliced
  • 2 C snap peas
  • ½ C green onion, sliced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Sauce
  • ⅔ C tamari
  • ⅓ C creamy peanut butter
  • ⅓ C sugar
  • ⅔ C lime juice
  • 1 heaping Tbs freshly grated gingerroot
  • 1-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • The rest
  • 16-oz rice noodles
  • 1 C peanuts, chopped
  • 1 C fresh cilantro leaves
Directions
  1. Begin with the noodles. The kind I used required 25-30 minutes of soaking in very hot tap water. The package warns not to over soak, but I probably soaked them about 40 minutes because they were still hard in places. However, once you add them to skillet in the end, they soften up quite quickly.
  2. While they're soaking in a bowl, start with the tofu. I didn't use any oil, I just tossed the tofu cubes in a nonstick skillet over medium heat, seasoned with salt and pepper, and sauteed, flipping them often, until browned, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a plate or bowl and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet, heat the olive oil and garlic. Add the bell pepper, water chestnuts and snap peas. Saute for about 10 minutes, or until tender.
  4. While those are cooking, however, start the sauce. In a medium saucepan, whisk together all of the sauce ingredients and heat over low-medium heat. Once it just starts to bubble, turn off the heat.
  5. Add the tofu and green onion to the other veggies in the skillet and combine to rewarm the tofu.
  6. Drain the noodles and add them to the skillet and let the noodles soften, about 5 minutes, over low-medium heat. Add the sauce and combine thoroughly; serve immediately.
  7. Top each serving with fresh cilantro and peanuts. Enjoy!

 

 

Vegan & Gluten-Free Falafel with Yogurt-Tahini Sauce

Vegan and Gluten-Free Falafel with Yogurt-Tahini Sauce -- Epicurean VeganYou may be surprised how easy falafel is to make at home. Plus, you can play with the spices and ingredients to suit your fancy. One thing I noticed, is that they are typically sauteed in a skillet with lots of oil, which is something I try to avoid doing too often. They’re also not typically gluten-free, so I decided to go all out and create gluten-free, baked falafel. Oh, and make them tasty. I think I accomplished all of that. The yogurt-tahini sauce couldn’t be easier to make, using only a few ingredients and a food processor. Usually, falafel sandwiches will have tabbouleh, but I opted for a quick and easy meal with lettuce, tomato and red onion instead. The falafel are also delicious on their own as a protein-packed snack dipped in sauce. Either way, I think you’ll enjoy this Greek classic.

INGREDIENTS:
1 small carrot, cut into 3-4 pieces
3-4 garlic cloves
1 small white onion, chopped
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
3/4 C fresh cilantro
3/4 C fresh parsley
1-1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
3/4 C rice flour
1 tsp baking powder
Yogurt-Tahini Sauce
12-oz plain nondairy yogurt
1/3 C tahini
2 Tbs lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
The rest
Lettuce
Tomato
Red onion
Cucumber slices would be great, too.

DIRECTIONS:
Toss the carrot pieces into the food processor and pulse just a couple of times until coarsely chopped. Add the garlic cloves and onion and pulse 2-3 more times.

Vegan and Gluten-Free Falafel with Yogurt-Tahini Sauce -- Epicurean VeganNext, add the garbanzo beans, cilantro, parsley, cumin, salt, and pepper. Blend 10-20 seconds until smooth-ish . . . you just don’t want a major chunks. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the baking powder and rice flour.
Vegan and Gluten-Free Falafel with Yogurt-Tahini Sauce -- Epicurean VeganCover and refrigerate for about 20-30 minutes. In the meantime, preheat oven to 350 and then make the sauce. In your newly cleaned-out food processor bowl, combine all of the sauce ingredients and blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and set aside, along with your prepared veggies:
Vegan and Gluten-Free Falafel with Yogurt-Tahini Sauce -- Epicurean VeganTo make the falafel, line a large baking sheet with foil and spray it with a little cooking spray. Using your hands, scoop out about a 1/4 cup of the batter and create a mini patty; place onto the baking sheet. I ended up with 15:
Vegan and Gluten-Free Falafel with Yogurt-Tahini Sauce -- Epicurean VeganBake for 15-20 minutes, then turn them over and cook another 15-20 minutes. Fill a pita with some lettuce, sauce, tomato slices, red onion slices, 2-3 falafel and top them off with a bit more sauce. Enjoy!

Vegan & Gluten-Free Falafel with Yogurt-Tahini Sauce
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 small carrot, cut into 3-4 pieces
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¾ C fresh cilantro
  • ¾ C fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¾ C rice flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
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  • Yogurt-Tahini Sauce
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  • 12-oz plain nondairy yogurt
  • ⅓ C tahini
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp salt
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  • The rest
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  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Red onion
  • Cucumber slices would be great, too.
Directions
  1. Toss the carrot pieces into the food processor and pulse just a couple of times until coarsely chopped. Add the garlic cloves and onion and pulse 2-3 more times.
  2. Next, add the garbanzo beans, cilantro, parsley, cumin, salt, and pepper. Blend 10-20 seconds until smooth-ish . . . you just don't want a major chunks. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the baking powder and rice flour. Cover and refrigerate for about 20-30 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, preheat oven to 350 and then make the sauce. In your newly cleaned-out food processor bowl, combine all of the sauce ingredients and blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and set aside, along with your prepared veggies.
  4. To make the falafel, line a large baking sheet with foil and spray it with a little cooking spray. Using your hands, scoop out about a ¼ cup of the batter and create a mini patty; place onto the baking sheet. I ended up with 15.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, then turn them over and cook another 15-20 minutes. Fill a pita with some lettuce, sauce, tomato slices, red onion slices, 2-3 falafel and top them off with a bit more sauce. Enjoy!

 

 

Slow Cooker Mexican Quinoa & Black Beans

Slow Cooker Mexican Quinoa and Black Beans -- Epicurean VeganThis has been a favorite at our house for some time now. I found the original recipe on Pinterest, but have just tweaked it a little here and there. I also double the recipe because it makes great leftovers. I like to serve this with some tortilla chips, cilantro, avocado and vegan sour cream, but we’ve also been known to scoop it into a warm flour or corn tortilla with all fixins’ like tomato, cilantro, avocado, etc. It’s so easy to make; just toss in a slow cooker and it’s ready in about 3 hours. (And it’s gluten-free!) You can sub in any other kind of bean, such as kidney or chili beans, but I also think some lentils would be perfect too. And why not throw in a diced red bell pepper? The possibilities are endless!

INGREDIENTS:
2 15-oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
3 C vegetable broth
1-1/2 C tri-color quinoa
1 C salsa
2 bay leaves
3 tsp cumin
2 tsp salt
1-1/2 tsp garlic powder
Black pepper, to taste
Zest and juice from 1 lime
1-2 avocados, peeled, pitted and cubed
1 C fresh cilantro, chopped
Vegan sour cream
Corn tortilla chips
Optional: flour tortillas or corn taco shells

DIRECTIONS:
Combine the beans, broth, quinoa, salsa, bay leaves, cumin, salt, and garlic powder in a slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for 3 to 3-1/2 hours. If you can, stir it around once or twice. Once done, stir in the lime zest and juice. Season individual servings with pepper and top with avocado, cilantro and sour cream. Enjoy with tortilla chips.

Slow Cooker Mexican Quinoa & Black Beans
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 15-oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 C vegetable broth
  • 1-1/2 C tri-color quinoa
  • 1 C salsa
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1-1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Zest and juice from 1 lime
  • 1-2 avocados, peeled, pitted and cubed
  • 1 C fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Vegan sour cream
  • Corn tortilla chips
  • Optional: flour tortillas or corn taco shells
Directions
  1. Combine the beans, broth, quinoa, salsa, bay leaves, cumin, salt, and garlic powder in a slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for 3 to 3-1/2 hours. If you can, stir it around once or twice.
  2. Once done, stir in the lime zest and juice.
  3. Season individual servings with pepper and top with avocado, cilantro and sour cream. Enjoy with tortilla chips.

 

 

Black Rice & Lentil Thai Bowls with Cashew-Coconut Curry Sauce

Black Rice and Lentil Thai Bowls with Cashew-Coconut Curry Sauce -- Epicurean VeganYou’re going to need a big bowl to fit in all this goodness. It’s easy to go overboard with different veggies and toppings, but I think I found a great combination for these Thai bowls. Not only are they vegan, but they’re gluten-free too. The flavors of the sauce mingle beautifully with the steamed cauliflower, tofu and kale. The pepitas also add a nice extra crunch as well. Served warm or cold, these bowls are great to take to work for a filling, protein-packed lunch.

INGREDIENTS:
2-1/2 C vegetable broth
1 C black rice
1 C green lentils
1 head cauliflower
14-oz extra firm tofu, drained, pressed and cubed
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 carrots, grated
3 C kale, chopped
1 C green onion, sliced
1/2 C pepitas
Cashew-Coconut Curry Sauce:
1 C cashews, soaked in hot water for about an hour
2 cloves garlic
1 can coconut milk
1 Tbs fresh ginger, grated
2 Tbs peanut butter
Juice from one lime
1 Tbs curry powder
1 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS:
To begin, combine the rice, lentils and vegetable broth in a large soup pot and bring to a boil. Stir, reduce heat, and cover; cook for 40-45 minutes. This will give you plenty of time to get everything else prepared: chop the veggies, saute the tofu and steam the cauliflower. For the tofu, I just sauteed the cubes in a dry skillet until slightly browned. Steam the cauliflower florets for about 8-10 minutes—not too much though because you want to avoid making the cauliflower too mushy (unless you like that sort of thing). I prefer them to have a little bit of crunch. To make the sauce, toss the garlic cloves in a food processor and mince. Next, add all of the other sauce ingredients and puree for several minutes until completely smooth. Transfer to a small saucepan and heat over medium-low heat until it thickens just a little—only a couple of minutes.

Black Rice and Lentil Thai Bowls with Cashew-Coconut Curry Sauce -- Epicurean VeganOnce the rice and lentils are done, fluff with a spoon. To serve, start with some rice-lentil mixture, then add the kale, tofu, cauliflower, carrots, green onions, sauce and top with the pepitas. Absolutely delicious! Enjoy!

Black Rice & Lentil Thai Bowls with Cashew-Coconut Curry Sauce
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2-1/2 C vegetable broth
  • 1 C black rice
  • 1 C green lentils
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 14-oz extra firm tofu, drained, pressed and cubed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 3 C kale, chopped
  • 1 C green onion, sliced
  • ½ C pepitas
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  • Cashew-Coconut Curry Sauce:
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  • 1 C cashews, soaked in hot water for about an hour
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 Tbs fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 Tbs peanut butter
  • Juice from one lime
  • 1 Tbs curry powder
  • 1 tsp salt
Directions
  1. To begin, combine the rice, lentils and vegetable broth in a large soup pot and bring to a boil. Stir, reduce heat, and cover; cook for 40-45 minutes.
  2. This will give you plenty of time to get everything else prepared: chop the veggies, saute the tofu and steam the cauliflower.
  3. For the tofu, I just sauteed the cubes in a dry skillet until slightly browned.
  4. Steam the cauliflower florets for about 8-10 minutes---not too much though because you want to avoid making the cauliflower too mushy (unless you like that sort of thing). I prefer them to have a little bit of crunch.
  5. To make the sauce, toss the garlic cloves in a food processor and mince. Next, add all of the other sauce ingredients and puree for several minutes until completely smooth. Transfer to a small saucepan and heat over medium-low heat until it thickens just a little---only a couple of minutes.
  6. Once the rice and lentils are done, fluff with a spoon.
  7. To serve, start with some rice-lentil mixture, then add the kale, tofu, cauliflower, carrots, green onions, sauce and top with the pepitas. Absolutely delicious! Enjoy!

 

Manicotti stuffed with Butternut Squash, Spinach & Ricotta

Manicotti stuffed with Butternut Squash, Spinach and Ricotta -- Epicurean VeganIt’s that time of year . . . butternut squash time, that is. The farmer’s market here has broken out the squashes, so expect some squash recipes in the coming months. You may be amazed by how versatile squash is. Before, I never would have made stuffed shells with butternut squash, but now, it’s one of my favorite pasta fillings.
Here’s a few other recipes to try:
Bowties with Butternut Squash
Butternut Squash and Mushroom Lasagna
And you could easily sub in butternut squash in these Sweet Potato and Ricotta Ravioli

And many of you know, I LOVE pasta, so if I can incorporate my favorite squash with my favorite Italian staple, I’m a happy vegan. These are also very easy to make, so you won’t be spending hours in the kitchen. You can even make up the filling ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to stuff the manicotti.

INGREDIENTS:
1 small butternut squash
1 tsp olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 tsp sage
3 C spinach, chopped
1 handful fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 handful fresh chives, chopped
8-oz pkg. manicotti (14 manicotti)
1/2 recipe Tofu Ricotta (recipe below) or soy-free version
1 jar marinara sauce
Tofu Ricotta
14-oz pkg extra firm tofu, drained and pressed
1 tsp basil
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/3 C nutritional yeast
2 Tbs lemon juice
Optional: 1/2 C Daiya Mozzarella shreds

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 425. Slice the butternut squash in half, place on a baking sheet and lightly brush with the olive oil. I used a rimmed baking sheet and added some water to the pan to help keep the squash from drying out. Roast 30-45 minutes, or until the squash is softened; let cool. Lower the oven temperature to 375. Meanwhile, to prepare the ricotta, place all the ingredients, except the Daiya cheese, in a food processor and process until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the cheese.

Manicotti stuffed with Spinach, Butternut Squash and Ricotta -- Epicurean VeganCombine the spinach with the basil and chives.
Manicotti stuffed with Spinach, Butternut Squash and Ricotta -- Epicurean VeganWhen the butternut squash is cool enough to handle, scoop it out into a bowl and mash well. Season with salt, pepper and sage. (This is also a good time to get the water boiling for the pasta). Mix half  of the ricotta mixture into the butternut squash and stir to thoroughly combine. Fold in the spinach and mix well. Store the rest of the tofu ricotta in an airtight container and save for another meal. You can also freeze it.
Manicotti stuffed with Butternut Squash, Spinach and Ricotta -- Epicurean VeganBe sure to NOT overcook the pasta—they’ll split easily and you won’t be able to stuff them. I had a couple start to split, so keep an eye on them. And don’t worry about them being under cooked because they will continue to cook and soften in the oven. After I drained the pasta, I poured them out onto a large baking sheet, otherwise, they’ll stick together in the colander and you don’t want that. The best way to stuff these would be with your freshly cleaned hands, but first, pour about 1/3 of the marinara on the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Next. stuff each manicotti roll with filling and place in the pan.
Manicotti stuffed with Spinach, Butternut Squash and Ricotta -- Epicurean VeganPour the remaining sauce on top, covering all of the manicotti. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes.
Manicotti stuffed with Spinach, Butternut Squash and Ricotta -- Epicurean VeganEnjoy!

Manicotti stuffed with Butternut Squash, Spinach & Ricotta
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 small butternut squash
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 3 C spinach, chopped
  • 1 handful fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 handful fresh chives, chopped
  • 8-oz pkg. manicotti (14 manicotti)
  • ½ recipe Tofu Ricotta (recipe below) or soy-free version
  • 1 jar marinara sauce
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  • Tofu Ricotta
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  • 14-oz pkg extra firm tofu, drained and pressed
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ⅓ C nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • Optional: ½ C Daiya Mozzarella shreds
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 425. Slice the butternut squash in half, place on a baking sheet and lightly brush with the olive oil. I used a rimmed baking sheet and added some water to the pan to help keep the squash from drying out. Roast 30-45 minutes, or until the squash is softened. Lower the oven temperature to 375.
  2. Meanwhile, to prepare the ricotta, place all the ingredients, except the Daiya cheese, in a food processor and process until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the cheese.
  3. Combine the spinach with the basil and chives.
  4. When the butternut squash is cool enough to handle, scoop it out into a bowl and mash well. Season with salt, pepper and sage. (This is also a good time to get the water boiling for the pasta). Mix half ricotta mixture into the butternut squash and stir to thoroughly combine. Fold in the spinach and mix well. Store the rest of the tofu ricotta in an airtight container and save for another meal. You can freeze it.
  5. Be sure to NOT overcook the pasta---they'll split easily and you won't be able to stuff them. I had a couple start to split, so keep an eye on them. And don't worry about them being under cooked because they will continue to cook and soften in the oven. After I drained the pasta, I poured them out onto a large baking sheet, otherwise, they'll stick together in the colander and you don't want that. The best way to stuff these would be with your freshly cleaned hands, but first, pour about ⅓ of the marinara on the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Next. stuff each manicotti roll with filling and place in the pan.
  6. Pour the remaining sauce on top, covering all of the manicotti. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Enjoy!

 

 

Coconut Curry Over Ginger-Lime Rice

Coconut Curry Over Ginger-Lime Rice -- Epicurean VeganYou’re probably expecting me to throw some lentils in this dish . . . and I probably would have if I had any! With or without lentils, this curry dish, full of veggies, is packed full of flavor and perfect over the ginger-lime rice. This is such a fast and easy dish that I don’t even have more pictures for you! But don’t worry, you won’t need them; dinner will be ready in 30 minutes!

INGREDIENTS:
2 medium russet potatoes
1 Tbs coconut oil
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium zucchini, sliced into 1/2″ pieces, then cut in half
3 C mushrooms, quartered
2 Tbs yellow curry powder
3/4 tsp garam masala
1 tsp salt
1/4 to 1/2 tsp cayenne
1 C vegetable broth
2 cans coconut milk
2 C rice
1 Tbs fresh ginger
Zest from one lime
4-5 green onion, sliced

DIRECTIONS:
Start with microwaving the potatoes until they are just soften; set aside and let them cool a little before  slicing and cutting into cubes.  In a large soup pot, melt the coconut oil over medium heat and add the garlic; cook 2-3 minutes. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook until they start to soften, about 5 minutes. Next, add the zucchini and cook another 5 minutes. Stir in the curry powder, garam masala, salt and cayenne and coat the vegetables well. Add the broth and coconut milk, stir well, and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large pot, mix the ginger and lime zest with 4 cups of water and stir in the rice. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cook for 10-15 minutes. 5 minutes before serving, fold in the potatoes and mushrooms. Serve over the rice and top with green onions. Enjoy!

Coconut Curry Over Ginger-Lime Rice
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 medium russet potatoes
  • 1 Tbs coconut oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced into ½" pieces, then cut in half
  • 3 C mushrooms, quartered
  • 2 Tbs yellow curry powder
  • ¾ tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ to ½ tsp cayenne
  • 1 C vegetable broth
  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 2 C rice
  • 1 Tbs fresh ginger
  • Zest from one lime
  • 4-5 green onion, sliced
Directions
  1. Start with microwaving the potatoes until they are just soften; set aside and let them cool a little before slicing and cutting into cubes.
  2. In a large soup pot, melt the coconut oil over medium heat and add the garlic; cook 2-3 minutes. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook until they start to soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. Next, add the zucchini and cook another 5 minutes. Stir in the curry powder, garam masala, salt and cayenne and coat the vegetables well.
  4. Add the broth and coconut milk, stir well, and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in a large pot, mix the ginger and lime zest with 4 cups of water and stir in the rice. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cook for 10-15 minutes.
  6. minutes before serving, fold in the potatoes and mushrooms.
  7. Serve over the rice and top with green onions. Enjoy!

 

Potato, Bean & Lentil Burritos with Cashew-Curry Sauce

Potato, Bean and Lentil Burritos with Cashew-Curry Sauce -- Epicurean VeganIndian curry burritos?! You betcha. These knife-and-fork burritos are a tasty change up from the usual Mexican-style we’re all used to. I had a few combination ideas running through my head as I was trying to come up with the recipe . . . potato-zucchini? Lentil-potato? I just couldn’t decide, so I went with it all! Tucked inside the warm tortilla are potatoes, lentils, beans and red onion, topped with a cashew-curry sauce, some sauteed zucchini, green onion and finished with tomatoes and cilantro. Don’t be scared off by the number of ingredients or pans used in this recipe—everything is quite easy to make. (And you’ll be glad you did!)

INGREDIENTS:
1 C green lentils
3 C vegetable broth
1 Tbs olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large red onion, chopped
2 medium russet potatoes
1 15-oz can tri-bean blend (or black beans), drained and rinsed
Cashew-Curry Sauce
3/4 C cashews
1/2 C water, divided
12.3-oz pkg. silken tofu
1/4 C coconut flakes
1/2 tsp cumin
1-1/2 tsp yellow curry powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 Tbs nutritional yeast
Topping
1 tsp olive oil
1 medium zucchini, diced
1 C green onion, sliced
2 tomatoes, diced
1/2 C cilantro, chopped
The rest
6 Flour tortillas

DIRECTIONS:
Start with preparing the lentils. In a medium sauce pan, bring the vegetable broth to a boil. (I like to use Better Than Bouillon brand since I can make as much broth as I need without wasting any.) Stir in the lentils, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and let cook for about 25 minutes. I tasted the lentils when there was still a little liquid left and found that they were done, so I just used a fine strainer and drained the lentils. While they’re cooking though, I cooked the potatoes the microwave—roughly 8 minutes and then set them aside to let them cool. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet and add the garlic; cook 2 minutes. Add the red onion and cook until softened and beginning to brown, about 5-7 minutes. Cut the potatoes into chunks and add them to the skillet, along with the beans. Once the lentils are done, stir them into the potato mixture. I then sprinkled with some cumin and curry powder.

Potato, Bean and Lentil Burritos with Cashew-Curry Sauce -- Epicurean VeganTo make the sauce, puree the cashews with a 1/4 cup of the water. Next, add the remaining 1/4 cup of water and the rest of the sauce ingredients. Blend for a good 3-4 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a small saucepan and heat over low-medium heat to warm; whisk occasionally.
Potato, Bean and Lentil Burritos with Cashew-Curry Sauce -- Epicurean VeganIn a small skillet, heat the olive oil and add the zucchini and green onions; saute over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, or until the veggies soften.

Potato, Bean and Lentil Burritos with Cashew-Curry Sauce -- Epicurean VeganYou can stir in the tomatoes and cilantro if you’d like, or keep them separate . To assemble, warm the tortillas in the microwave or steamer. Spread some sauce on the tortilla, add a couple of big scoops of potato filling, roll, then top with a ladle of sauce, some zucchini-green onion mix and some tomatoes and cilantro. So good! Grab a knife, grab a fork and dig in! Enjoy!
Potato, Bean and Lentil Burritos with Cashew-Curry Sauce -- Epicurean Vegan

Potato, Bean & Lentil Burritos with Cashew-Curry Sauce
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 C green lentils
  • 3 C vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 2 medium russet potatoes
  • 1 15-oz can tri-bean blend (or black beans), drained and rinsed
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  • Cashew-Curry Sauce
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  • ¾ C cashews
  • ½ C water, divided
  • 12.3-oz pkg. silken tofu
  • ¼ C coconut flakes
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1-1/2 tsp yellow curry powder
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs nutritional yeast
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  • Topping
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  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 C green onion, sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • ½ C cilantro, chopped
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  • The rest
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  • 6 Flour tortillas
Directions
  1. Start with preparing the lentils. In a medium sauce pan, bring the vegetable broth to a boil. (I like to use Better Than Bouillon brand since I can make as much broth as I need without wasting any.) Stir in the lentils, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and let cook for about 25 minutes. I tasted the lentils when there was still a little liquid left and found that they were done, so I just used a fine strainer and drained the lentils.
  2. While they're cooking though, I cooked the potatoes the microwave---roughly 8 minutes and then set them aside to let them cool.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet and add the garlic; cook 2 minutes. Add the red onion and cook until softened and beginning to brown. Cut the potatoes into chunks and add them to the skillet, along with the beans. Once the lentils are done, stir them into the potato mixture. I then sprinkled with some cumin and curry powder.
  4. To make the sauce, puree the cashews with a ¼ cup of the water. Next, add the remaining ¼ cup of water and the rest of the sauce ingredients. Blend for a good 3-4 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a small saucepan and heat over low-medium heat to warm; whisk occasionally.
  5. In a small skillet, heat the olive oil and add the zucchini and green onions; saute over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, or until the veggies soften.You can stir in the tomatoes and cilantro of you'd like, or keep them separate (I know lots of folks who hate warm tomatoes).
  6. To assemble, warm the tortillas in the microwave or steamer. I then spread some sauce on the tortilla, added a couple of big scoops of potato filling, rolled, then topped with a ladle of sauce, some zucchini-green onion mix and then some tomatoes and cilantro. So good! Grab a knife, grab a fork and dig in! Enjoy!

 

Pasta with Mushrooms, Walnuts & Lemon-Chive Sauce

Pasta with Mushrooms, Walnuts and Lemon-Chive Sauce -- Epicurean VeganThis dish is ready in the time it takes to cook the pasta; it comes together that fast. The flavorful sauce is creamy and delicious with just a hint of lemon and chives; nothing too overpowering. I also like to add a bit of crunch to an otherwise “soft” dish, so the walnuts are an ideal way to have it both ways. Enlist someone to make a salad and you have a complete meal in 15 minutes.

INGREDIENTS:
16-oz pasta of your choice
2 Tbs vegan margarine
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 C walnut pieces
3 C mushrooms, sliced
1/2 C parsley, chopped
Lemon-Chive Sauce
1 clove garlic
1 box extra firm silken tofu
1 Tbs yellow miso
1/4 C nutritional yeast
2 Tbs lemon juice
2 Tbs chives, chopped
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

DIRECTIONS:
Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Meanwhile, toss the garlic clove in the food processor and chop it up. Add the rest of the sauce ingredients and blend for 3 minutes, scraping the sides of the processor bowl when necessary. Transfer to a small saucepan and heat over low to medium heat, stirring occasionally until heated through.

Pasta with Mushrooms, Walnuts and Lemon-Chive Sauce -- Epicurean VeganIn a medium skillet, melt the vegan margarine and garlic. Add the walnuts and saute for 2-3 minutes, then add the mushrooms. Cook another couple of minutes, then remove from the heat.
Pasta with Mushrooms, Walnuts and Lemon-Chive Sauce -- Epicurean VeganTo serve, top the pasta with some of the mushroom-walnut mixture, some sauce and parsley. Enjoy!
Pasta with Mushrooms, Walnuts and Lemon-Chive Sauce -- Epicurean Vegan

Pasta with Mushrooms, Walnuts & Lemon-Chive Sauce
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 16-oz pasta of your choice
  • 2 Tbs vegan margarine
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ C walnut pieces
  • 3 C mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ C parsley, chopped
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  • Lemon-Chive Sauce
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  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 box extra firm silken tofu
  • 1 Tbs yellow miso
  • ¼ C nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs chives, chopped
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
Directions
  1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, toss the garlic clove in the food processor and chop it up. Add the rest of the sauce ingredients and blend for 3 minutes, scraping the sides of the processor bowl when necessary.
  3. Transfer to a small saucepan and heat over low to medium heat, stirring occasionally until heated through.
  4. In a medium skillet, melt the vegan margarine and garlic. Add the walnuts and saute for 2-3 minutes, then add the mushrooms. Cook another couple of minutes, then remove from the heat.
  5. To serve, top the pasta with some of the mushroom-walnut mixture, some sauce and parsley. Enjoy!

 

 

Tempeh-Avocado Reuben Sandwich

Tempeh-Avocado Reuben Sandwich -- Epicurean VeganThis sandwich certainly isn’t for the dainty. Grab some napkins and don’t be afraid to let things get messy, but you probably won’t care, because the flavor is amazing. Sauerkraut, avocado and tempeh is a delicious combination, especially with the tangy dressing and toasted rye bread. This is also a quick meal; perfect when you don’t have a lot of time.

INGREDIENTS:
1 8-oz pkg. tempeh, cut into slices
1/2 C tamari
1 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
Dressing
1/2 C vegan mayo
1/4 C ketchup
2 Tbs relish
1/8 tsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbs nutritional yeast (I like to sneak this into sauces & dressings for some added B vitamins)
3/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
The rest
1 avocado
2-3 C jarred or canned sauerkraut
8 rye bread slices, toasted

DIRECTIONS:
Combine the tamari, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt and pepper in a medium zip bag. Add the tempeh, coat well and marinate for 1-3 hours in the refrigerator. To make the sauce, whisk together the mayo, ketchup, relish, Dijon, nutritional yeast, onion powder and garlic powder.

Tempeh-Avocado Reuben Sandwich -- Epicurean VeganIn a large skillet, over medium-low heat, add the marinade and tempeh. The marinade will burn if you cook it over too high of heat, so try to keep it between medium-low and cook the tempeh, turning once or twice, until the sides are crispy.
Tempeh-Avocado Reuben Sandwich -- Epicurean VeganTo assemble the sandwiches, I spread some dressing on one bread slice, placed a few pieces of tempeh on top, then some sauerkraut, avocado slices and some more dressing.
Tempeh-Avocado Reuben Sandwich -- Epicurean VeganCut in half and enjoy!
Tempeh-Avocado Reuben Sandwich -- Epicurean Vegan