Kid-Friendly Tofu Fingers

Kid Friendly Tofu Fingers PinWhile we were visiting Amelia’s family in Atlanta, Amelia’s 9 year old niece  challenged us to make more kid-friendly vegan recipes and this Tofu Fingers recipe one of them. She really liked them, as did the whole family. She’s a VERY picky eater, so anything other than “I hate it” means she loved it. She dipped hers in ketchup, but her grandpa and I preferred BBQ sauce.

If you’re concerned about feeding organic soy to your children, rest assured it’s not only safe, but highly nutritious. Most of the myths about soy were created by the dairy industry when soy milk started eating away at their profits. The unbiased, legitimate science shows soy is actually protective against the very ailments that, ironically, dairy has been shown to cause.

One of the main concerns about soy is the phytoestrogen content that the myths claim can interfere with human hormones. Phytoestrogens are a type of plant estrogen that behaves much differently in the human body compared to mammal estrogen found in cow’s milk, which looks just like human estrogen inside our bodies.

In fact, one study found that soy was protective against early puberty in girls, whereas consumption of meat was strongly associated with early puberty in both girls and boys.

We strongly encourage you to buy only organic soy products, though. The unbiased science is far from settled on the health effects of GMO, but putting that aside, there are plenty of non-health reasons to avoid GMO products. GMO’s encourage monocrops, which are destroying the soil. They are leading to superbugs and superweeds that are resistant to even the strongest pesticides. They lead to more fertilizer and pesticide use, which contaminates water supplies. And they give corporations too much control of our food system. Please consider watching GMO OMG for an overview of the GMO industry.

Back to the recipe at hand… These Tofu Fingers are very tasty dipped in your favorite dipping sauce like ketchup, BBQ sauce, Vegan Ranch Dressing, salsa, Grandpa’s Vegan Dipping Hot Sauce, etc. They make a great afternoon snack or appetizer, or as a side dish with soup and salad.

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Oven Fried Okra

Oven Fried Okra PinThis oil-free gluten-free Oven Fried Okra recipe is savory and delicious. We made it for Amelia’s non-vegan, southern family and they ate every last morsel! And then asked for more!!!

Cooking okra without oil means they aren’t quite as crispy (or greasy) as traditional fried okra, but they’re just as flavorful and oh so much healthier. You can actually taste the okra and cornmeal, not just the oil.

We served them with some Sweet and Spicy Sauce and our amazing Cajun Red Beans & Rice for a real taste of the south. Some Vegan Cornbread would make the perfect southern dinner.

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Vegan Grits

Vegan Grits PinThis Vegan Grits recipe is super fast to make, it’s filling and it’s delicious. Amelia’s mom made grits for us when we were visiting her last year and since then, they’ve become one of our regular plant-based breakfast meals.

Grits are a popular southern breakfast and side dish.  They’re made from coarse ground cornmeal or polenta, and Amelia’s southern family loves them. They like to mix in vegan butter (they actually use vegan butter!), but we prefer them oil-free with a little salt, pepper and some Tabasco or hot sauce.

Some people like their grits to be sweet, mixing in a sweetener like sugar, maple syrup or jam. You can give them a cheesy taste with some nutritional yeast. Or use soy sauce in lieu of salt. The serving options are quite plentiful.

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Vegan Pumpkin Bread with Cranberry

Vegan Pumpkin BreadThis Vegan Pumpkin Bread with Cranberries is moist and delicious…and it’s really pumpkin-y! It won’t last 5 minutes at your next holiday gathering!

Pumpkin is a favorite ingredient of mine. Doesn’t matter whether it’s in a pie, a cookie, bread, pudding or anything else. I love it! Amelia made this Vegan Pumpkin Bread at my request because we had a can of pumpkin to use and I couldn’t let it just sit there doing nothing.

The cranberries give it a little extra texture, tartness and sweetness. I’m usually a pumpkin purest, but the cranberries taste really good in it.

Enjoy topped with a little vanilla yogurt or nice-cream.

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Vegan Cornbread

Vegan Cornbread PinThis Vegan Cornbread recipe is the best cornbread ever, vegan or otherwise! It’s moist, flavorful and delicious! And it only takes a few minutes to prepare.

We used Bow & Arrow Yellow Cornmeal and it turned out great. Amelia veganized the recipe on the back of the cornmeal bag by replacing the egg with Ener-G Egg Replacer, the butter with Original Earth Balance Butter and the milk with Califia Farms Unsweetened Almond Milk.

I really have no idea why anyone cooks the old way anymore when you can eat something this delicious without any cholesterol or cruelty. If you don’t tell people this recipe is vegan, they won’t know. In fact, they will probably ask for the recipe. It’s that freaking good!

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