Sides

Sour Cream Frosting

This frosting goes perfect with Vegan Carrot Cake but could be folded into a fruit salad. Leave the lemon out for a delicious “whip cream” for Vegan Pumpkin Pie.

1 cup light colored sweet potato (not orange “yam”)

15 small pitted dates soaked in ¾ cup water

1/4 cup raw cashews

Juice from 1 lemon (add zest if you like more lemon flavor)

Blend all ingredients until smooth.  Use just enough water to make it a thick cream. You will need more water is using pecans.

Sesame Parmesan

1 cup sesame seeds

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup nutritional yeast

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

Toast seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring 5-10 minutes until golden brown. Process all ingredients in a coffee grinder or  blender until smooth. Store in the refrigerator.

This recipe is from a great little cookbook entitled “Of These Ye May Freely Eat” by JoAnn Rachor. See her YouTube channel here for some great cooking videos.

Brussels Sprouts w/ Avocado Garbanzo Dip

Avocado Garbanzo Dip

I could have this as a meal all by itself! It’s a great way to get that pound of veggies in.

1 large avocado

1 cup cooked garbanzo beans

1 T nutritional yeast

1/2 t onion powder

Salt to taste

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until creamy. Serve with steamed or roasted Brussel sprout halves, broccoli or cauliflower.

 

Cranberry Relish Salad

From Whole Food American Favorites

This recipe was inspired by my love for cranberry sauce without all the sugar! If you prefer less sweet, use a more tart apple and/or less dates.  Cut down on the walnuts if you need to cut back on the fat.

1 medium Fuji apple

1 cup raw cranberries

8 small pitted dates

1/4 cup walnuts

Chop all ingredients in a food processor to a relish consistency.

Thanksgiving Chic Pea Loaf

Recipe from Whole Food American Favorites

This loaf makes a great turkey replacement for your upcoming holiday feast! It could also be a great side dish in place of “stuffing.”

2 cups cooked mashed yam

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 cups chopped mushrooms, cremini or white button

2 stalks celery, finely chopped

1 medium carrot, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

4 cups cooked chic peas (garbanzo beans)

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup chopped raw walnuts or pumpkin seeds

2 T organic tamari or balsamic vinegar

2 T tomato paste

1 T spicy brown mustard

1 t dried sage

1 1/2 t dried thyme

1 t dried rosemary, crushed

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 t sea salt

1/2 t black pepper

 

Bake yam at 350 degrees for 1 hour 15 minutes until soft. Set aside to cool. Saute vegetables in 1/4 cup water until tender. Transfer to large mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients, including baked yam, and mash with a pastry cutter until the mixture becomes sticky and holds together. Press into a 9 x 13 baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Loosely cover with aluminum foil and continue to bake an additional 25 minutes. Uncover and brown for 10 minutes. Let set for at least 20 – 30 minutes before serving.

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes w/ Spinach

From Whole Food American Favorites

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes made with just cauliflower would not cut it with my very traditional standard American family. So I came up with this version which includes real potatoes.  It’s always a hit in my cooking classes and at family gatherings.  To simplify, you can leave out the spinach but it adds a beautiful touch!

 

10 oz. package frozen, chopped spinach

3 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, cut in chunks

Florets from 2 heads cauliflower

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup raw unsalted cashews

Sea salt

 

Thaw frozen spinach. Press out as much water as possible in a strainer. Warm over medium heat. Boil potatoes until tender. Strain, set aside, and keep warm. (A crock pot works great for this!) Steam cauliflower florets and garlic until tender.  Blend 1/2 the cauliflower, garlic, and cashews until creamy. (You may need to do this in two batches.) Combine remaining cauliflower with potatoes and the blended cauliflower mixture. Mash with potato masher, beaters, or stick blender. Stir in warmed spinach. Salt to taste. Mix well, transfer to serving dish, and heat in oven if needed before serving.

Chicken Style Seasoning

This recipe comes from “Of These Ye May Freely Eat” by JoAnn Rachor. Her web site if www.familyhealthpub.com. She has given me permission to publish this in my books and on my site because I use it in many of my recipes. 

1 1/3 cups nutritional yeast

3 Tbsp onion powder

3 Tbsp sea salt

1 1/2 T dried basil

1 T garlic powder

1 t dried oregano

1/2 t turmeric for color

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Store seasoning in a glass jar. A coffee grinder will also work for “blending” but will need to be done in batches. 

Thanksgiving Chic Pea Loaf

I should probably change the name of this recipe to “Garbanzo Stuffing” because it reminds me of  Stove-Top Stuffing but way better!  This recipe is Adapted from fatfreevegan.com. 

1 – 2 yams or sweet potato (need 2 cups cooked)

1 medium onion

2 cups chopped mushrooms

2 ribs celery

1 medium carrot

2 cloves garlic

4 cups cooked chic peas (garbanzo beans)

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

3 T balsamic vinegar or 2 T tamari or soy sauce

2 T tomato paste

1 T spicy brown mustard

1 1/2 t onion powder

1 t garlic powder

1/2 t dried sage

1 1/2 t dried thyme

1/2 t dried rosemary, crushed

¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped

1 t Real Salt or sea salt, or to taste

1/2 t black pepper

 

Bake sweet potato in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour – 1 hour 15 minutes or until soft. Set aside to cool.

Sauté vegetable in ¼ cup water until soft. Transfer to large mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients, including cooked yam, and mash with a pastry cutter until the mixture become sticky and will hold together. Press into a 9 X 13 baking pan and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Loosely cover with aluminum foil and continue to bake an additional 25 minutes. Uncover and brown for 10 minutes if desired. Let set for at least 15 minutes before serving.

 

Roasted Zucchini Mexican Salad

3 medium zucchini

2 ears corn

2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained well

1 cup cooked brown rice (optional)

2 cups fresh diced tomatoes

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1/2 cup diced red onion

1 jalapeno pepper, minced (or use canned green chilies)

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1 avocado, diced

Zest of one lime

Juice of 2 limes

 

Cut zucchini in half lengthwise. Cut each half lengthwise again. Then cut in 1/2 – 3/4 inch chunks. Place in a large bowl and sprinkle with Mrs. Dash Chipotle seasoning or other no-salt seasoning of choice. Mix thoroughly with your hands until each piece is lightly coated. Spread out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper making sure no pieces are over-lapping. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes until they start to brown. Let cool before adding to salad.

Cut corn off ears and place in the bowl you used for the zucchini. Add remaining ingredients.  When zucchini has cooled, add to salad.  Mix well. Add more lime or lemon juice and salt to taste if desired.

This salad is also delicious using raw zucchini. I only use 2 zucchini and I use the dice blade of the Vidalia Chop Wizard.  Cut the whole zucchini in 3 sections then lay each section on the chopper screen and chop. This makes a fun perfect shape for the salad. Mix in all remaining ingredients as above. 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Quinoa Salad

1 1/2 cups water

1 cup quinoa

1 cucumber chopped

1 cup sliced grape

1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions or diced red onion  

1/2 cup finely chopped parsley

1/2 cup chopped mint leaves

Juice from 1 lemons

1/2 tsp Real Salt or sea salt

1 small avocado cubed

 

Bring water to boil, add quinoa, cover, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes until tender. Let cool befor adding to salad. While quinoa is cooking, combine all other ingredients. Add cooled quinoa and mix well.

Chic peas are a nice additional to this salad to make it more filling. You could also make it Mexican style by adding black beans and using cilantro instead of parsley and mint.

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