Hearty Tuscan Chili

Hearty Tuscan Chili -- Epicurean VeganI like to imagine the posh Italian ski resorts would serve something like this, or at a cafe where snow is lightly falling in Milan. With a nice glass of red wine, this flavorful stew is perfect for a fall or winter evening with friends. This would also be great for tossing in the crockpot and letting it simmer on low all day (just do the sauteeing ahead of time). Served with some crusty bread or croutons, you’ll feel like the Italian Alps are right outside your window.

INGREDIENTS:
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbs olive oil
1 red onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 Tofurky sausages, Spinach & Pesto flavor, cut into small cubes
1 medium zucchini, cut into small cubes
15-oz can tri-bean blend (or Cannellini beans), drained and rinsed
14-oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
2-1/2 C vegetable broth
1/4 C red wine
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp crushed rosemary
1/4 tsp thyme
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
Crusty bread or croutons
Hearty Tuscan Chili2-- Epicurean VeganDIRECTIONS:
In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil and add the garlic. Saute 2 minutes, then add the onion and red bell pepper; cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Next, add the Tofurky and saute another 5-8 minutes. Add the zucchini and cook for 5 minutes.
Hearty Tuscan Chili -- Epicurean VeganAdd the beans, tomatoes, wine, vegetable broth, oregano, basil, parsley, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir well to combine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes over medium-low heat.
Hearty Tuscan Chili -- Epicurean VeganTop with croutons or serve with some crusty Italian bread. Enjoy!
Hearty Tuscan Chili -- Epicurean Vegan

Hearty Tuscan Chili
 
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 Tofurky sausages, Spinach & Pesto flavor, cut into small cubes
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into small cubes
  • 15-oz can tri-bean blend (or Cannellini beans), drained and rinsed
  • 14-oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2-1/2 C vegetable broth
  • ¼ C red wine
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp basil
  • ½ tsp parsley
  • ½ tsp crushed rosemary
  • ¼ tsp thyme
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • Crusty bread or croutons
Directions
  1. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil and add the garlic. Saute 2 minutes, then add the onion and red bell pepper; cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Next, add the Tofurky and saute another 5-8 minutes. Add the zucchini and cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the beans, tomatoes, wine, vegetable broth, oregano, basil, parsley, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir well to combine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes over medium-low heat.
  3. Top with croutons or serve with some crusty Italian bread. Enjoy!

 

 

Pasta with Cashew Cream & Cheese

Pasta with Cashew Cream and Cheese -- Epicurean Vegan(Unfortunately) most of us probably grew up on the boxed mac and cheese stuff, and likely, so have our kids. And kids like their mac and cheese. Instead of giving them that nasty, chemical-filled boxed junk, try making this kid-pleasing version using grated vegan cheese and cashew cream. Not only is it creamy, but it actually tastes cheesy and pretty darn delicious. While this may not top the list of the most healthiest vegan dishes, it’s miles from the fat-laden dairy version. Cashews are loaded with heart-protective monosaturated fats, antioxidants, calcium and protein. You can use your favorite vegan cheddar such as Daiya, Follow Your Heart or even make your own. This is also an easy recipe that your kiddos can help out with too!

INGREDIENTS:
16-oz uncooked pasta, such as elbows, shells or spirals
1 to 1-1/4 C vegetable broth (it just depends on how thick you want it)
4-oz vegan cheddar, shredded (I used Follow Your Heart brand)
1/3 C nutritional yeast
1 C cashews, soaked for at least an hour in hot water (if you can; no biggie if you can’t soak them)
1/2 C water
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
2 dashes of nutmeg
Salt and pepper, to taste
Optional ingredients: sneak in those veggies by adding peas, carrots or broccoli. Or spice it up with green chilies or salsa.

Pasta with Cashew Cream and Cheese -- Epicurean Vegan

DIRECTIONS:
Cook the pasta according to package instruction, or until al dente. Meanwhile, make the cashew cream. If you soaked the cashews, drain them and transfer to a food processor. Puree until finely ground, scraping the sides of processor bowl if necessary. Add the water, apple cider vinegar and salt. Puree 2 minutes, or until smooth. Drain the pasta, then return it to the pot. Over medium-low heat, fold in the grated cheese,  cashew cream, broth and nutritional yeast. Combine well and continue to stir until the cheese is completely melted. Season with the nutmeg, salt and pepper. If using, add the optional ingredients and stir until heated through. Enjoy!

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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 16-oz uncooked pasta, such as elbows, shells or spirals
  • 1 to 1-1/4 C vegetable broth (it just depends on how thick you want it)
  • 4-oz vegan cheddar, shredded (I used Follow Your Heart brand)
  • ⅓ C nutritional yeast
  • 1 C cashews, soaked for at least an hour in hot water (if you can; no biggie if you can't soak them)
  • ½ C water
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 dashes of nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional ingredients: sneak in those veggies by adding peas, carrots or broccoli. Or spice it up with green chilies or salsa.
Directions
  1. Cook the pasta according to package instruction, or until al dente. Meanwhile, make the cashew cream. If you soaked the cashews, drain them and transfer to a food processor. Puree until finely ground, scraping the sides of processor bowl if necessary. Add the water, apple cider vinegar and salt. Puree 2 minutes, or until smooth.
  2. Drain the pasta, then return it to the pot. Over medium-low heat, fold in the grated cheese, cashew cream, broth and nutritional yeast. Combine well and continue to stir until the cheese is completely melted.
  3. Season with the nutmeg, salt and pepper. If using, add the optional ingredients and stir until heated through. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Wild Rice & Potato Stew with Field Roast

Wild Rice and Potato Stew with Field Roast -- Epicurean VeganCan you tell that I’m loving my new Dutch oven?! But really, this could be made with a regular soup pot too, but it’s way more satisfying to get use out of a new kitchen toy. This is a little similar to the Creamy Wild Rice Soup, but I revved it up by adding a Field Roast sausage (which we all thought, made the soup) and some other seasonings. I also didn’t have to prepare a roux, so it was even easier. This stew is perfect for a cold and wintry night. We’ve been socked in with LOTS of snow and temps this week haven’t risen much above 12 degrees. Our rain chain is certainly feeling it . . .

rainchainINGREDIENTS:
2 Tbs Earth Balance margarine
1/2 large red onion (about a cup)
3 carrots, peeled and diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 C vegetable broth
1 C wild rice mix (I like Lundberg’s Wild Blend)
1 Field Roast sausage (either Apple & Sage, or Italian Seasoning flavor), crumbled
3 small red potatoes, peeled and diced (about 1-1/2 cups)
1/2 C Tofutti sour cream
1/4 C almond milk
3 Tbs flour
3/4 tsp Herbs de Provence
Salt and pepper, to taste

Wild Rice and Potato Stew with Field Roast -- Epicurean Vegan

DIRECTIONS:
In a Dutch oven (3Q or larger) or in a large soup pot, melt the Earth Balance over medium-high heat. Add the onions and carrots and cook 4-5 minutes, or until they are softened. Stir in the garlic and Field Roast and saute over medium heat for 3 minutes. Pour in the broth and rice; cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 40 minutes. Add the diced potatoes and cook covered for another 20-25 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk the sour cream, milk and flour until well blended; stir into the soup. Season with the Herbs de Provence, salt, and pepper.

Wild Rice and Potato Stew with Field Roast -- Epicurean VeganLet it cook a few minutes longer until heated through, then enjoy! (Serves 6)
Wild Rice and Potato Stew with Field Roast -- Epicurean Vegan

Vegan White Lasagna

Vegan White Lasagna -- Epicurean VeganSo there are moments in history where you want to slap your forehead and say, “Seriously?” The OJ Simpson acquittal. . . Lady GagGag’s meat dress . . . the recent attacks on Sesame Street . . . Oh, and the terrible call that cost cost the Green Bay Packers the game against the Seattle Seahawks a couple of weeks ago . . .(that’s for you, Jessie)! I had a moment of forehead-slapping-followed-by-a-REALLY? when I forgot a key ingredient in this meal. Pesto. See . . . I even made it:

But I made it earlier in the day and forgot to use it. Wheresma pesto? In the fridge. For those of you unfamiliar with “wheresma,” let me give you a brief history. My dear and wonderful husband apparently earned the nickname, “Wheresma” because he often asked, “Where’s my (this)?” “Where’s my (that)? Enduring, right? No. Wheresma makes an appearance every once in while . . .

Anyhoo . . . I have to admit, the lasagna just wasn’t the same without the pesto. I highly recommend you don’t forget this ingredient. It was still tasty and leftover-worthy, but it didn’t have the flavor I was hoping for, so don’t forget the pesto!

INGREDIENTS:

Ricotta:

1 12-oz extra firm tofu, drained and pressed
1/3 C nutritional yeast
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 Tbs lemon juice
1/4 C vegan mozzarella

Pesto:

4 C basil leaves
1 C Italian leaf parsley
1 C pine nuts
4 cloves garlic cut into small pieces
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 C lemon juice
2/3 C olive oil
6 Tbs vegan Parmesan cheese

White sauce:

3 Tbs Earth Balance
1/4 C flour
2 C almond milk
1/2 C white wine
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
Dash of nutmeg
1/3 C nutritional yeast (this is in the ricotta, so if you can leave this out, otherwise, I think it’s a great addition)

The rest:

12 lasagna noodles
5 C kale, cut into 1-2″ pieces
2 C sliced mushrooms
1 C onion, diced
olive oil
Vegan mozzarella, optional

DIRECTIONS:

Save yourself a headache by making the ricotta and pesto a day ahead, or at least earlier in the day. (Just don’t forget about them). For the ricotta, combine everything but the vegan mozzarella in the food processor. Blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the cheese. To make the pesto, combine everything but the pine nuts and Parmesan cheese. Blend until smooth. Add the nuts and Parm and blend well.

I like using traditional lasagna noodles, as opposed to the no-boil variety. The trick is to not boil them too long. They’ll cook the rest of the way later on in the oven. I also made a small batch (8″x8″) pan, which meant cutting 2-3″ off the noodles in order to fit the pan. I ended up with 4 layers, but feel free to make 3 layers in a 9×13″ pan. So . . .to begin, start the noodles. Meanwhile, heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and cook 5-7 minutes, or until the onions get tender. Add the mushrooms and kale and cook a few more minutes, until the mushrooms soften and the kale wilts.

Vegan White Lasagna -- Epicurean Vegan

To make the sauce, melt the Earth Balance. Slowly whisk the flour, a little at a time until you reach a thick paste.

Vegan White Lasagna -- Epicurean Vegan

Whisk in the milk a little bit at a time until there aren’t any clumps left. Stir with a whisk over medium-high heat until thickened, about 7 minutes.  Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

Vegan White Lasagna -- Epicurean Vegan

Preheat the oven to 350. Drain the pasta and rinse it with cold water. Pour about half of the sauce mixture on the bottom of an 8×8″ baking dish. Lay 3 lasagna noodles (you’ll need to cut the noodles to fit) on the bottom of the pan. Spread on about 2 Tbs of ricotta on each noodle, then a layer of the pesto. Top with a thin layer of  the mushroom/kale mixture.

Vegan White Lasagna -- Epicurean Vegan

Repeat layers, ending with the final three lasagna noodles. Pour the rest of the sauce on top. Sprinkle with some vegan mozzarella if you’d like.

Vegan White Lasagna -- Epicurean Vegan

Cover and bake for 40 minutes. Enjoy!

Vegan Potatoes au Gratin

Vegan Potatoes au Gratin -- Epicurean Vegan

We’re a potato-loving crowd around here. We’re certainly loving the leftovers of these, too. I didn’t want to overdo the carbs with this meal, so I steamed some kale and carrots, and had a side of fresh fruit salad.

Vegan Potatoes au Gratin -- Epicurean Vegan

INGREDIENTS:

8 russet potatoes, peeled and sliced very thin
3 Tbs vegetable broth or water
1 clove garlic, crushed or minced
2 Tbs arrowroot
1 tsp salt (or Old Bay seasoning)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1-1/2 C almond milk
1 C vegan cheddar, shredded and divided
3 slices of bread (the heels of the bread are ideal for this)
3 Tbs Earth Balance, divided
Paprika

DIRECTIONS:

Vegan Potatoes au Gratin -- Epicurean Vegan

Preheat oven to 400. Spread half of the potato slices on the bottom of a 9×13″ baking pan. In a medium saucepan, heat one tablespoon of the Earth Balance and add the garlic. Cook for a minute. Add the broth or water and bring to a boil. Whisk in the arrowroot and cook for a minute over medium heat. Slowly add the almond milk and whisk as you go. Raise the heat and little and continue stirring until it begins to thicken. Add the salt, pepper, dry mustard, and nutmeg. Stir in half of the vegan cheese.

Once the cheese is mostly melted, spread half of the milk mixture on top of the potatoes in the pan.

Vegan Potatoes au Gratin -- Epicurean Vegan

Layer the remaining potatoes on top, then spread the rest of the sauce on top. To make breadcrumbs, combine the slices of bread and remaining 2 Tbs of Earth Balance in a food processor. Pulse until crumbly and sprinkle on top of potatoes, along with the rest of the cheese.

Vegan Potatoes au Gratin -- Epicurean Vegan

 Sprinkle the top with paprika. Cover and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender (check using a fork or toothpick).

Vegan Potatoes au Gratin -- Epicurean Vegan

Enjoy!

Chili Stew

Chili Stew -- Epicurean VeganThe weather has been a bit cold and windy these days, and last night was no exception. On nights like that, a hearty soup or stew hits the spot. I threw in tons of different things in this chili and I think this one is my favorite version so far. It’s also great to scoop onto tortilla chips. I had three avocados I planned on dicing up to top the chili, but each one was bad! Total bummer. Crash Test Vegetarian used olives and roasted red peppers in her chili recipe, so I owe her a big thanks for the idea!

INGREDIENTS:

1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbs olive oil
2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced (1/2 C of barley is a good substitute)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 28-oz can diced tomatoes, drained
4 C low-sodium vegetable broth
2 C water
1 6-oz can black olives, sliced
1 small can tomato paste
3 jarred roasted red peppers, diced
1/8 C lime juice
2-3 Tbs Ancho chili powder
1-1/2 Tbs cumin
1 tsp oregano
Salt and pepper, to taste
4-5 green onions, sliced
Fresh cilantro, chopped
Optional: Daiya cheese, diced avocado, Tofutti sour cream

DIRECTIONS:

Heat the olive oil and garlic in a large soup pot. Add the onion and cook for 7-8 minutes, or until tender. Add the broth, water, potatoes, tomatoes, black beans, and tomato paste. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are slightly tender, about 20 minutes. Add the seasonings, roasted red peppers, olives, and lime juice. Simmer another 15-20 minutes and stir in the lime juice. Sprinkle servings with green onion, cilantro, cheese, and sour cream, if desired. Enjoy!

Field Roast and Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole

Field Roast and Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole -- Epicurean VeganYesterday’s nearly 80 degree day turned to a cloudy and soon-to-be rainy day today, so a breakfast casserole seemed quite appropriate for the morning. It didn’t disappoint and has proved to be ideal for a cozy day in. Turn it into a breakfast burrito by wrapping some up in a flour tortilla.

INGREDIENTS:
1 Tbs olive oil
1 small sweet potato, peeled and diced
3 small russet potatoes, diced
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
1 C mushrooms, chopped
2 Chipotle-flavored Field Roast sausages
1-1/2 C fresh spinach, chopped
1/2 pkg silken tofu
1/3 C nutritional yeast flakes
8-oz vegan pepper jack, or other favorite vegan cheeze, shredded
1/2 C Tofutti sour cream
3/4 C almond milk
1/4 to 1/3 C panko bread crumbs

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray a 13″x9″ baking pan with cooking spray; set aside. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and add all of the potatoes. Cook, covered, on medium heat for 15 minutes, or until they just begin to soften (stir them often).

Field Roast and Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole -- Epicurean VeganAdd the bell pepper and Field Roast; cook another 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the tofu, cheeze, sour cream, nutritional yeast, and almond milk. Stir in the spinach.

Field Roast and Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole -- Epicurean VeganAdd the mushrooms to the skillet and cook until they begin to soften, 2-3 minutes.

Field Roast and Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole -- Epicurean VeganThen combine the potato mixture to the tofu mixture and stir well to combine. Pour mixture in the pan and top with the panko.

Field Roast and Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole -- Epicurean VeganCover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake another 5 minutes. Let sit a few minutes, then dig in and enjoy!

Field Roast and Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole -- Epicurean Vegan

Tetrazzini

Vegan Tetrazzini -- Epicurean VeganHoly mackerel, Andy! (as my father used to say) This is another winner from The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook. It’s cheezy, tasty and creamy comfort food that I guarantee you’ll love. Not only that, it’s simple to make. The recipe also gives you ideas to add more protein such as 1-3/4 C chickpeas, 1/2 lb smoked or seasoned cubed tofu, cubed tempeh, or seitan. I went with a couple of sliced Tofurky hot dogs—Field Roast sausages would also be a great option. The recipe makes enough to feed a crowd of 6-8, so it’s great for get togethers. I highly recommend making the Parmezano Sprinkles for this, too—they add the perfect topping.

INGREDIENTS:
1 lb spaghetti, broken in half
2 Tbs olive oil
4 C thinly sliced mushrooms
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
1 C flour
4 C nondairy milk (I used almond milk)
1/2 C nutritional yeast flakes
1 Tbs onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 C frozen peas, thawed (I left these out since I didn’t have any)
1/2 to a cup of Parmezano Sprinkles

Vegan Tetrazzini -- Epicurean Vegan

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350. Cook the spaghetti according to package instructions. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Meanwhile,  in a large skillet, heat the oil and saute the mushrooms and bell pepper until tender.

Vegan Tetrazzini -- Epicurean VeganCombine the flour, 2 cups of the milk, nutritional yeast, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt in a blender. Blend until smooth, then pour over the mushroom mixture. Add the remaining 2 cups of milk. The recipe says to remove from heat, but I just turned it to low. This is when I added the Tofurky hot dogs, too. Constantly stir it as it will begin to thicken and bubble within a couple of minutes.

Vegan Tetrazzini -- Epicurean Vegan

Combine it with the spaghetti.

Vegan Tetrazzini -- Epicurean VeganPour it into a lightly greased 4-quart baking dish, top with the Parmezano Sprinkles, and bake for 35 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Vegan Tetrazzini -- Epicurean Vegan

Vegan Shepards Pie

Vegan Shepards Pie -- Epicurean VeganThis is actually easier to make than you would think. You can nuke 2 large potatoes, or use frozen ones (thawed, of course). I used edamame for some added protein, but feel free to use peas if your prefer. Easier, healthier, comfort food.

INGREDIENTS:
1 bag Boca Crumbles
1 small onion, diced
1-1/2 C cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 C edamame, thawed if frozen
1 C vegetable broth
2 C mashed potatoes
1/4 C almond milk
2 tsp dried chives
1 tsp dried parsley
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and pepper
1/2 C vegan mozzarella, shredded
Earth Balance margarine

Vegan Shepards Pie -- Epicurean Vegan

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350. In a large skillet heat the vegetable broth and add the onions and Boca crumbles. Cover and let simmer over a low-medium heat, season with salt and pepper; stirring occasionally. After about 10 minutes, add the mushrooms and edamame. Cover again for 5 minutes.

Vegan Shepards Pie -- Epicurean VeganMeanwhile, add the potatoes, milk, mozzarella, chives, parsley, and garlic in a mixer and cream until slightly smooth.

Vegan Shepards Pie -- Epicurean VeganLightly grease a 9×13″ baking dish with a little Earth Balance.  Pour the Boca mixture into the bottom of the pan and spread out evenly. Next, layer on the mashed potato mixture and spread evenly over the top.

Vegan Shepards Pie -- Epicurean Vegan

Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Potato and Corn Chowder

Potato and Corn Chowder -- Epicurean VeganI told you I was going to make soup. Considering it’s quite cold here in Colorado, soup just hits the spot. I used frozen diced potatoes which made it very easy to prepare. I served this soup with the chive-flecked spud muffins which were an ideal accompaniment.

INGREDIENTS:
1 C onion, diced
1 C celery, sliced thin
5 cloves garlic, minced
1-1/2 tsp Garlic and Wine seasoning or a Mrs. Dash-type seasoning
2 lbs russet potatoes, diced (I used frozen ones)
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 C corn kernels
14-oz coconut milk
4 C vegetable broth
1/2 C nutritional yeast
1-2 Tbs olive oil
Optional ingredients: shredded vegan cheddar, Tofutti sour cream, fresh chopped chives

DIRECTIONS:
In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil and saute the onions and celery for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute another 3 minutes. In a large bowl, whisk together the nutritional yeast and vegetable broth. In the soup pot, whisk in the coconut milk, then the broth mixture. Add the Garlic & Wine seasoning and rosemary.  Bring to a boil for about 10 minutes. Add the potatoes and corn and simmer 10 minutes. Enjoy!