Vegan Butternut Squash with Maple Cinnamon Glaze

Vegan Butternut SquashThis vegan butternut squash recipe makes a decadent side dish for your everyday or holiday meals. It also works well in place of sweet potatoes since it has the same texture and a similar flavor.

The best time to buy butternut squash in-season is in the October to December timeframe. It should have a nice uniform beige color without any green spots. It should also feel heavy for its size, which indicates it has a high moisture content. Give it a good knock and if it gives off a solid thud, you’ve got yourself a good butternut squash.

The cayenne pepper gives the squash a little kick and the maple syrup makes it sweet, so this vegan butternut squash recipe is both a little naughty and a little nice. It would pair well with our Vegan Wellington or a Gardein Holiday Roast.

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Vegan Sweet Potatoes with Maple Pecan Glaze

Vegan Sweet PotatoesThese are a fast and delicious alternative to the more labor intensive mashed sweet potatoes that often appear on holiday menus. This vegan sweet potatoes with maple pecan glaze recipe only takes about 10 minutes to prepare and they taste amazing!

Sweet potatoes may be a super food, but each serving of this decadent recipe packs more than 260 calories. It’s certainly not an everyday side dish, especially if you’re trying to lose weight, but it’s great for a special holiday treat or if you just need a little comfort food.

Enjoy these vegan sweet potatoes with our Vegan Wellington, a Gardein Holiday Roast or your other favorite holiday vegan recipes.

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Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Vegan Pumpkin PieThis vegan pumpkin pie is one of my favorite desserts. As a kid, my mom made me a pumpkin pie every year for my birthday, which falls on Halloween. I preferred a pie to a cake and still do.

I went to my parents house just before my birthday, after switching to a vegan diet. Mom took it upon herself to make me a vegan pumpkin pie. This is the pie she made and it was delicious! No one will know this pie is vegan so serve it at your next event to show everyone how great vegan food can taste.

You can buy a store bought crust to save time, or try my Mom’s Famous Vegan Pie Crust.

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Vegan Overnight Oats

Vegan Overnight Oats PinThis raw vegan overnight oats recipe is fast and easy to make, and it works great for busy morning schedules. The hardest part is remembering to prepare it the night before!

Oats are a nutritious way to start your day. According to Dr. Greger, “Oats contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant phytonutrients that can help prevent buildup in the arteries and maintain arterial function. The fiber in oatmeal binds to cholesterol, resulting in lower blood cholesterol levels. In fact, just one serving a day of oats or barley may lower cholesterol.”

Oatmeal is also great for your weight loss goals! “The soluble fiber of oatmeal forms a gel in the stomach, delaying stomach emptying. The oatmeal fiber makes people feel full for a longer period, helping with weight loss. In a double-blinded randomized trial of overweight and obese men and women, almost 90% of the oatmeal-treated subjects reduced their body weight compared to the control group that had no weight loss.”

We like vegan overnight oats because it’s a hearty breakfast that you don’t have to cook in the morning. This recipe makes enough for 4 servings so for us, we can eat it on two different mornings. I don’t recommend keeping it more than two days, though, so you’ll need to finish it quickly.

If you love oats like we do, you might also enjoy our raw Rolled Oats Breakfast recipe.

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Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Peanut Butter Protein BallsThese Peanut Butter Protein Balls are a simple and delicious snack that also satisfies your chocolate cravings. Just remember that each ball has 114 calories so don’t go crazy and eat them all in one sitting if your goal is weight loss.

Amelia and I like to keep a sealed container of these in the refrigerator so we have healthy chocolate snacks available when our chocolate cravings hit. As a kid, Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups were my favorite candy and these protein balls have a similar chocolaty-peanut butter taste in a vegan, protein rich package.

You can substitute the peanut butter with cashew butter, almond butter or your favorite nut butter if you prefer something else.

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Vegan Pancakes

Vegan PancakesThis Vegan Pancakes recipe tastes like it has dairy and eggs, but doesn’t. The pancakes are light and fluffy, and fast and easy to make. This is another recipe that falls into the category of “if you don’t tell them, they won’t know it’s vegan.”

We like to cook our pancakes on an electric griddle so they cook more evenly and we can cook several of them at one time. But you can cook them in a large skillet or square pancake griddle on the stove, too. It just takes longer. That’s how my mom has always done it.

Enjoy topped with organic maple syrup or your favorite fruit preserves. Goes great with Veggie Sausage. Makes about 24 – 3″ diameter pancakes.

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Breakfast Quinoa

Breakfast QuinoaThis Breakfast Quinoa is packed with fiber and protein so it’s a great way to kick-start your day, especially with some fruit and non-dairy milk. You can make the quinoa ahead of time and then heat it up or eat it cold, whichever you prefer.

Quinoa has been a staple in the native South American diet for 3 to 4 thousand years. The Inca’s believed it was a sacred food that they called the “mother of all grains.” [source]

There are several kinds of quinoa so try them all to see what you like best. Each one has a little bit different flavor but they all cook up the same way.

If you like this recipe, you might also like our Vegan Overnight Oats.

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