Vegan BLT with Avocado

Vegan BLT PinThis Vegan BLT with Avocado means you can still enjoy your bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich on a hot summer day even after you switch to a plant-based way of eating. This sandwich goes great with Vegan French Fries.

BLT’s were always a summer mainstay in the Stonestreet household. My grandpa lived about a mile from us on the other end of Gardner Lake in Kansas and he had a huge garden with tons of tomato plants. We used to go visit and never left without a bunch of fresh veggies and amazing tomatoes that were the perfect size and taste for a delicious BLT.

Happily, I can still enjoy a tasty BLT (sans cruelty) thanks to some Tofu Bacon. If you put this stuff on a sandwich and blindfold a meat eater, they wouldn’t know it’s not real bacon.

We cooked ours without oil because we try to eat oil-free as much as possible, but if you fry it up in a skillet with a little vegetable oil, you’ll be able to fool anyone into thinking it’s real bacon.

Remember to prepare your Vegan Cashew Cream ahead of time as well. Or you can use Vegan Mayo if you prefer that and don’t care about your oil consumption.

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Vegan Mushroom Risotto with Chia Seeds

Vegan Mushroom Risotto Chia Seed PinThis Vegan Mushroom Risotto with Chia Seeds recipe is a decadent and filling treat. It pairs well with a Hearty Side Salad, Roasted AsparagusSteamed Broccoli or anything green to add some color to your rich and creamy risotto.

Risotto is a traditional dish from Northern Italy made with Arborio rice. This type of rice is starchier than regular white rice, and the starch is released while cooking, giving the dish its creamy texture. Don’t use regular rice for this recipe or it won’t come out right.

Chia Seeds are a good source of Omega 3 so we try to mix them in whenever we can. According to Dr. Greger, a tablespoon of chia seeds or flax seeds is all you need to get your daily dose of Omega 3 fatty acids (sans saturated fat, cholesterol and mercury found in the most recommended source of Omega 3’s: fish). This recipe gets you halfway to your daily amount. We also like to throw half a tbsp of flax meal in our Rolled Oats Breakfast, too.

Note: Remember to soak your cashews ahead of time so your Vegan Cashew Cream is ready when your risotto is finished.

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Vegan Stuffed Peppers

Vegan Stuffed Peppers PinThese Vegan Stuffed Peppers are amazing! Thanks to the lentils, the look, taste and texture are almost identical to traditional stuffed peppers made with ground beef. I bet you can fool people if you don’t tell them it’s vegan.

Stuffed peppers are loved around the world with slight variations in the recipes. If you come from an area that uses cheese, you can melt some Daiya on top of the peppers or sprinkle with some Nutritional Yeast.

You can also make these with Beefy Crumbles from Beyond Meat instead of using lentils. However, Daiya and Beyond Meat are both processed foods so they’re not as healthy as the whole plant alternatives.

This recipe calls for Grandpa’s Vegan Dipping Hot Sauce and Vegan Cashew Cream so you’ll either need to make these ahead of time or substitute them with a prepackaged alternative.

You can make a meal out of these, but they also pair well with Healthy Butternut Squash, a Side Salad, a slice of Whole Grain Bread, Steamed Broccoli or your other favorite side dishes.

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Toast w/ Cashew Butter

Enjoy this with your Easy Tofu Scramble for a quick breakfast.

Vegan Hollandaise Sauce

Vegan Hollandaise Sauce PinThis Vegan Hollandaise Sauce tastes so much like the real thing it’s scary! But you won’t find any cholesterol in this vegan version of a normally heart clogging recipe. It’s a perfect topping for your Vegan Sardou or Steamed Asparagus.

If your cashew cream is room temperature, you may not need to warm it up on the stove. Our cashew cream was in the refrigerator so the sauce was cold despite the hot water.

Also, hollandaise sauce should be pretty thin so it pours evenly. When we heated it up, it thickened so we had to add another 1/4 cup of water to thin it out.

Remember to prepare your Vegan Cashew Cream ahead of time so it’s ready when you want to prepare your Vegan Hollandaise Sauce.

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Vegan Tomato Cream Sauce Spaghetti with Kale

Vegan Tomato Cream SauceThis Vegan Tomato Cream Sauce over spaghetti and topped with kale is rich, a little spicy and completely delicious. It’s also very nutritious with 11 grams of fiber, 15 grams of protein, 208% RDV Vitamin A and 171% Vitamin C. That’s pretty darn healthy for a tomato cream sauce!

We used Ancient Harvest Gluten Free Supergrain Pasta™ Spaghetti noodles for this recipe since gluten bothers Amelia. To be honest, I couldn’t tell the difference. If anything, this pasta is a little richer than regular wheat pasta. If you’ve never had it, give it a try. You might like it better and it has more nutritional value.

You’ll need the Vegan Cashew Cream recipe for this dish. Remember to soak the cashews 2 hours before you’re ready to start cooking.

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Grilled Eggplant Sandwich

Grilled Eggplant SandwichThis Grilled Eggplant Sandwich recipe is both filling and delicious. It’s good on its own, or pairs well with a side salad or a bowl of tomato soup.

If you have a panini press, this recipe would also make a great panini. But we don’t have one so we made a regular grilled eggplant sandwich, instead.

This recipe packs 11 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein that’ll fill you up and keep you satisfied until dinner. Eggplant is a great source of fiber but very low calorie so it’s a good part of your diet if weight loss is your goal.

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Vegan Caesar Dressing

Vegan Caesar DressingSomehow, Amelia made this taste so much like Caesar dressing…that I still don’t like it. But if you like Caesar on your salad, this Vegan Caesar Dressing will do just fine.

The two main ingredients that give regular, non-vegan Caesar dressing it’s distinctive flavor are egg yolks and anchovies. Some recipes even call for Worcestershire sauce, which isn’t typically vegan, either.

This recipe uses cashew cream, nutritional yeast and capers to simulate the richness provided by the egg yolks and the savoriness provided by the anchovies and Worcestershire sauce. The Caesar purists will argue that there is no substitute for eggs in this dressing, but they’d be wrong.

Remember to make your cashew cream ahead of time so it’s ready when you want to make your dressing.

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Vegan Gluten Free Lasagna (Overnight)

Vegan Gluten Free Lasagna PinSimply amazing, guilt-free vegan gluten free lasagna. This lasagna tastes like the real thing without any meat or cheese. The only difference is you won’t have the typical post-lasagna gut bomb. You’ll want to trick your non-vegan friends with this one.

This is the easy way to make lasagna. By assembling everything in a baking dish and placing it in the refrigerator overnight, you don’t have to boil the lasagna noodles. And that saves a lot of time and hassle.

To make it even easier, use two 26 oz jars of marinara sauce instead of making the sauce from scratch. That saves a TON of time! Sometimes, I let the sauce cook down too much and we run short so I make up the difference with a jar of marinara sauce. It’s also good to heat up some marinara on the stove to ladle over the top of the lasagna when you serve it (as shown in the pictures).

We used rice noodles in this recipe to make it gluten free, but you can use whole-wheat lasagna noodles if you like. It works the same either way.

We also used Beyond Meat Beefy Crumbles as the ground beef substitute. It adds some good flavor and texture without saturated fat. However, it does contain oil, so you can skip it or try using cooked and mashed brown lentils instead. If you skip the cheese and the Beefy Crumbles, this is an oil-free recipe.

We made another version of this recipe called our Easy Vegan Lasagna using lentils and tofu ricotta. It tastes just as good but it’s a lot cheaper (tofu is much less expensive than 2 cups of cashews) and completely oil-free.

Prepare the Vegan Cashew Cream 2 to 4 hours before you’re ready to assemble the lasagna. You’ll use this to make the Cashew Ricotta Cheese.

This vegan gluten free lasagna recipe was inspired by an old family friend, Helen Breitenstein, who passed away back in 1993. She was a tiny Irish woman with a huge personality. She made this lasagna the typical way with conventional meat and cheese, but I’ve veganized it for your ethical eating pleasure. I’ve included her “hints” below the recipe.

Vegan Gluten Free Lasagna

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Vegan Alfredo Pasta

Vegan Alfredo Pasta PinThis Vegan Alfredo Pasta has a nice white, creamy alfredo sauce made with cashew cream. With 295 calories and 11 grams of protein per serving, it’s delicious and creamy without any cholesterol. Both your tastebuds and arteries will thank you.

Eat this with some colorful veggies like an Easy Garden Salad or Italian Tomatoes and Mushrooms to balance out the “whiteness” of the sauce and pasta.

We used whole-wheat spaghetti, but this Vegan Alfredo Pasta Sauce would go great with fettuccine or spiral pasta, too. We mixed the sauce and pasta together, but you can serve the sauce over the pasta if you don’t feel like mixing it.

Remember to prepare your Vegan Cashew Cream ahead of time. It takes a couple of hours to soak the cashews.

Vegan Alfredo Pasta

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