Easy Vegan Stroganoff with Mushrooms

vegan beef stroganoffThis classic comfort food is easily made without the beef. And, for you crazy non-fungi lovers, my hubby claims it’s just as good without the mushrooms! I also make him mashed potatoes, and to avoid being carb-heavy, I make mashed cauliflower for me.

A word about the ingredients:

vegan ingredientsHopefully you can find eggless noodles at your local grocery store. My Kroger stores carry an eggless dumpling noodle and I’ve also found eggless noodles at the dollar store. The cook a lot faster than other noodles so check them often to avoid overcooking.

The “beef” broth I use is Edward & Sons Not Beef Bouillon. I get mine at Earth Fare, but you can also get it online at Vegan Essentials, Vitacost, or elsewhere.

Make sure your Worcestershire sauce is vegan. A lot of brands use anchovies. The Kroger brand does not contain the nasty little things! If you can’t find it in a local store, you can purchase it online along with your Not-Beef bouillon – both from Edwards & Sons.

I use Gravy Master to darken the sauce a little. It gives it a browner color. If you can’t find it you can leave it out. It’s really for color only!

Ingredients:

3 cups cooked eggless noodles
1/4 cup vegan butter such as Earth Balance
1 cup water
1 1/2 cup non-dairy milk. I use Rice Milk Original (do not use vanilla flavors)
2 Edwards & Sons Not-Beef Bouillon cubes
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 teaspoon Gravy Master
1/2 cup all-purpose flour

If using mushrooms:
1 1/2 cups sliced portobello mushrooms
1/8 cup finely diced onion
1/4 tsp black pepper

Directions:

In large sauce pan, cook noodles until tender, being careful not to overcook. Drain, and set aside in saucepan away from heat.

In skillet, melt butter. Stir in the water, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, gravy master and the bouillon cubes. Allow bouillon to melt completely.

In shaker jar add the cup of non-dairy milk and flour. Shake to combine. Whisk into gravy mixture. Heat to boiling, whisking occasionally to avoid clumping, then reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until slightly thickened.

Stir 1/2 of gravy into noodles. Or, if not using mushrooms, stir all gravy into noodles and you’re done! If you’re using mushrooms, continue on!

In skillet with the rest of the gravy, add the onions, mushrooms, and black pepper. Cook over medium heat until mushrooms are at desired tenderness. Combine mushroom gravy with noodles. Serve, eat, enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Vegan One-Pot Chicken with Pan Roasted Cauliflower and Orzo

vegan chicken and roasted cauliflower recipeBetty, Betty, Betty, why do you keep sending me emails with chicken recipes in them, don’t you know I’m vegan???? Wait… why do I even subscribe to Betty Crocker emails? Oh yeah, for times like this when they send me the (al)most perfect recipe. What would make it perfect? If it were vegan! So, I thought, if Betty’s not going to make it vegan, I will! And, voila, a delicious, one-pot vegan chicken with pan roasted cauliflower and orzo recipe… even better than Betty!

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups bite-size cauliflower florets
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 Edward & Sons Not-Chick’n bouillon cube (or sub vegetable broth and skip water)
2 pieces thawed Gardein Chick’n Scallopini, cut into bite-size pieces (optional)
1 cup uncooked orzo
1/4 cup thinly diced sweet onion
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, drained
1 cups fresh spinach, chopped

Directions:

Heat oil over medium heat in 12-inch nonstick skillet. Add cauliflower and pan-roast for approximately 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned.

Add water, bouillon cube, vegan chick’n (if using), orzo, onions, and tomatoes. Heat to boiling, then cover and reduce heat to medium. Simmer approximately 10 minutes or until orzo is tender. Remove lid.

Stir in spinach and continue cooking for about 10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir occasionally to prevent mixture from sticking to pan. Remove from heat.

Vegan Broccoli Quinoa Casserole with Stuffin

Broccoli Quinoa Casserole with Stuffing

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This easy and delicious Broccoli quinoa stuffing casserole is similar to chicken and stuffing, but better, because there’s no meat! Instead there’s tender veggies and the quinoa is a great source of protein. Use it as either a main dish or side dish at any vegan or non-vegan Thanksgiving feast.

vegan broccoli stuffing casserole recipe

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. vegan butter, I like Earth Balance Original
4 cups non-dairy milk, I like Rice Dream Original
4 heaping tbsp white flour
2 Edward & Sons Not Chick’n Bouillon Cubes
1 lb frozen broccoli florets (or cuts)
1/2 cup quinoa rinsed
6-8 servings prepared stuffing – I use Pepperidge Farms Herb Seasoned Cubed Stuffing

Optional add-ins:
1 large carrot, diced
1 rib celery, finely diced

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

If using optional add-ins, which I do recommend, there are two ways to add them. My husband and I like our carrots and celery extremely soft, to the point where they dissolve in your mouth.

steamed carrots and celeryBecause of this, I place them in a covered steamer basket on top of a boiling pot of water and steam them for approximately 15-20 minutes until they’re tender.

Or, you could just throw them raw into the casserole with the rest of the ingredients. They should cook up pretty tender in the liquids. I just don’t like to take my chances!

 

Vegan Chicken Gravy

The sauce used in this recipe is the same sauce used for my Vegan Chickenless Noodles,  my Vegan Potpie, and a basic vegan chicken gravy, which are all great Thanksgiving dishes. In a large saucepan, add the 2 tablespoons of butter. Melt over medium-high heat. In a shaker bottle or jar with tight sealing lid, add 1 heaping tablespoon of the flour and 1 cup of non-dairy milk. Shake well leaving no lumps. vegan chicken gravyAdd to saucepan with melted butter.   Do this with the remaining flour and milk – adding it to shaker bottle 1 tablespoon of flour and 1 cup of vegan milk at a time and adding it to saucepan. Add 2 bouillon cubes. Cook over medium-high heat stir semi-frequently so it doesn’t form lumps while it’s thickening. Bring to boil and cook for approximately 15 minutes to thicken.

While the gravy is cooking, spray a 9×13 pan with non-stick spray. Add frozen broccoli and 1/2 cup rinsed quinoa. Once gravy is slightly thickened, pour over broccoli and quinoa. Add diced carrots and celery if using. Stir to evenly combine.

Place in oven on 375 for 1 hour or until most of gravy is absorbed and broccoli and quinoa are done.

Meanwhile, prepare stuffing according to package directions. Be careful when purchasing stuffing. Most stuffing is NOT vegan. The only stuffing I’ve found that is vegan is Pepperidge Farms Herbed Stuffing. Or, you could make your own. I follow the instructions to make 1/2 package – 6 to 8 servings.

After 1 hour of baking, remove casserole from oven and top evenly with stuffing. Place bake in over for approximately 20-25 minutes to brown the stuffing on top, being careful not to over cook.

Serve and enjoy!

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Vegan Lasagna Rolls with Tofu Ricotta

Easy Vegan Lasagna Rolls

Easy Vegan Lasagna Recipe | Easy Tofu Ricotta Cheese Recipe
Easy Vegan Lasagna Recipe with Tofu Ricotta Cheese

Who says vegans can’t enjoy lasagna? These vegan lasagna rolls, or lasagna roll-ups, using tofu ricotta cheese, make a vegan lasagna the whole family will love!

I like lasagna with veggies, the hubby likes his without… lasagna rolls makes it easy to please us both without having to make two separate pans!

easy vegan lasagna rolls with tofu ricotta cheese recipe
Lasagna rolls with or without veggies! 

Here I used zucchini and mushrooms, but you could also use spinach, chopped carrots, chopped broccoli, and/or chopped kale…or any of your other favorite veggies.  Just make sure to cook the veggies first! I cook mine using pam cooking spray with garlic, black pepper, and oregano and a some of my vegan parmesan cheese.

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 8 lasagna noodles, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 jar of your favorite marinara sauce or homemade tomato sauce
  • 1 recipe tofu ricotta (see below)
  • favorite cooked veggies (optional)
  • vegan parmesan cheese (optional)

Tofu Ricotta:

  • 1 package firm tofu, drained
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions:

Combine all ingredients for tofu ricotta in food processor and pulse until mixture is smooth.

Spread each noodle with 2 heaping tablespoonfuls of tofu ricotta. If you’re using veggies, add them now. Drizzle some marinara sauce on top then starting at a short end, roll up each noodle.

Add a small layer of marinara sauce to the bottom of a shallow baking dish. Place lasagna rolls in dish and pour remaining sauce over noodles. Bake in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until heated throughout.  Sprinkle with vegan parmesan cheese (optional).

 

Easy Vegan White Chili Crockpot Recipe

Easy Crockpot Vegan White Quinoa Chili Recipe

Easy Vegan White Chili Crockpot Recipe
Easy Vegan White Chili

If you’re from the midwest, you may be pretty sick of seeing the “white stuff”! I know I am. But, after a harsh winter and trying to keep warm in front of the fire with a bowl of chili, I was ready for something a little different… not too different though because I do LOVE chili! So, I thought I’d switch it up with a white chili to go with all the “white stuff” we’ve had this year!

This easy vegan white chili has an added protein boost with the addition of quinoa and lentils. There’s no need to pre-cook the quinoa or lentils, just throw them in and let them cook with the rest of the ingredients!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 medium carrots, diced
  • 5 (14.5 ounce) cans great Northern beans, undrained
  •  2 (4 ounce) cans canned green chopped chile peppers
  • 4 cups vegan “chicken” broth – I like Edwards & Sons No-chick’n bouillon
  • 2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 2/3 cup lentils (optional), uncooked
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoons ground oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 dashes of cayenne pepper (or more if you like it hot!)
  • 2 bay leaves

Directions:

Add water, garlic, and carrots to medium pan and cook over medium heat until carrots are tender. Add more water if necessary to keep them from burning to the bottom of the pan.

Meanwhile, add 1 can of beans and 1 can of water to blender, blend on medium about 10 seconds until well blended. This will serve as a thickener for the chili. Add blended beans and remaining ingredients, including cooked carrots & garlic to crockpot.

Cook on high until quinoa is done, approximately 30-45 minutes depending on crockpot.

Variation: add more veggies! Try onions, chopped kale, chopped spinach, diced zucchini and diced red bell peppers!

Vegan Fettuccini Alfredo

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Looking for a great vegan Alfredo sauce? This cashew cream sauce is not only delicious but incredibly easy!

The cream sauce can also be used as a base for cream based soups such as cream of broccoli.

1 cup raw cashews
2 cups water
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 Edward & Sons No-chicken bouillon cube
2 tbsp flour or cornstarch
1.5 cups non-dairy milk
2 tbsp vegan butter

Directions
1. Place first 6 ingredients in blender and blend on high until smooth

2. Melt butter in saucepan over medium high heat. Pour cashew sauce into sauce pan. Add 1.5 cups non-dairy milk to blender. Swish around to get remaining sauce. Add to saucepan.

3. Cook over medium high hear stirring consistently to avoid lumping. Cook until desired consistency.

4. Mix sauce with cooked noodles and add your favorite veggies such as sautéed mushrooms, sliced bell peppers, green peas, spinach, broccoli, or all of he above!

Vegan French Toast Casserole

Me & my momma!
Me & My Momma!

For Mother’s Day this year the family decided to do brunch for the first time ever! I was really excited about this because that meant less meat at the table! Actually, I was surprised to find out that there was NO meat at the table! No bacon, no sausage, no meat!

My mother asked me to make the pancakes so my husband & I would be sure to have something vegan that we could eat. She said my sister would be making french toast casserole… non-vegan of course. What?!?! I want french toast casserole too!!! So, I guess I’ll need to make it myself! I asked my sister for her recipe and proceeded to veganize it! Yep, anything you can eat, I can eat vegan!

The vegan french toast casserole was AMAZING, cholesterol free and lower in fat in calories! But, don’t get me wrong, this is no healthy breakfast dish!

It was really easy to make… just make sure to start it the night before for best results. You want to give the liquid time to soak into the bread!

Part 1
1.5 cup non-dairy milk (I used Almond Milk)
1/3 cup flour or ground flaxseed
2 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1.5 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
10-12 slices bread, 1 inch think (I like used french bread)

Part 2
TOPPING:
3 tablespoons vegan butter (I use Earth Balance)
1/2c brown sugar
2/3c maple syrup
2c chopped pecans

Spray 13×9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and layer bread slices into dish.
Mix together the rest of the ingredients from part 1 and evenly pour on top of bread.
Cover and refrigerate overnight or for at least an hour. Turn bread slices half way through.

Preheat oven 350*

Melt butter and add remaining ingredients from part 2. Pour over bread and bake 45 minutes – 1 hour. It should be golden brown and bubbly. Allow to sit for 10 mins before serving.