Cheesy Vegan Low-Fat/Low Calorie Taco “Meat” Filling
Holy (Non) Cow!

Honestly, this filling is a rave and impossibly healthy.  Not only is it made with no oil, but no calorie-dense ingredients like nuts.  It is made from what virtually everything I make is made from nowadays: riced vegetables, but you would NEVER know it.  Rich, thick, and beautifully spiced, this filling can be used in tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and quesadillas or spooned over nachos.

1/2 large yellow onion, diced

2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced

2 cups riced vegetables (I used a hash made of cauliflower, broccoli, and carrot, but any single or combination of these vegetables would work great)

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon dried cilantro (or 1 tablespoon fresh, finely chopped)

1 vegetable bouillon cube (the size to make 8 ounces broth) or 1 teaspoon vegetable broth base

1/2 to 1 teaspoon sauce from a can of Chipotle Chilies in Adobo Sauce (it is very spicy, so you might want to start with the smaller amount)

Sea salt to taste

1/2 cup my Luscious Vegan Low-Fat/Low-Calorie Cauliflower Cheese Sauce

Add water to a large skillet just to cover the bottom.  Heat over medium to medium-high heat.  Add onion and garlic and saute for a few minutes, stirring frequently, until tender.  Add riced vegetables and enough water to not quite cover.  Cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables are tender and moisture is mostly evaporated.  Stir in cumin, smoked paprika, cilantro, bouillon cube, Adobo Sauce, and sea salt to taste.  Stir in cauliflower cheese sauce and heat through.  Serve immediately.

Serving note: I love it spooned over a brown rice cake and topped with a dab of vegan sour cream, a spoonful of pico de gallo, and two or three halved cherry tomatoes.  A sprig of cilantro would be just right, but I didn’t have any for the photo shoot.

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Luscious Vegan Low-Fat/Low-Calorie
Cauliflower Cheese Sauce

This rich, thick and creamy cheese sauce–which contains no added fat and is ridiculously low in calorie–owes a debt of gratitude to Susan Voisin.  I consulted her recipe, but then tweaked the flavor to suit my taste.  It instantly became a staple in my home.

Angela Phillips, my friend and the owner of the yoga studio where I can be found every Saturday and Sunday morning, came over for happy hour on Wednesday evening, bringing with her some lovely baby Romaine.  So, instead of serving the sauce with a spoon as I’d threatened, I served it with Romaine leaves and waffle-cut carrot slices.  So pretty and delicious.  And Angela, who is not a vegan, loved it, reporting this morning when I saw her at the studio, that the leftovers with which I sent her home were delicious with plain broccoli last night.

Our happy hour would have been practically virtuous except that Bob decided to make some of our famous French fries.  Angela and I allowed ourselves a very few and, boy, were they good dipped in this cheese sauce!  I’m quite sure there is not much that wouldn’t be improved with some of this addicting sauce, perfect in taste and texture.  And so easy to boot.

4 cups cauliflower florets

4 cups lightly salted water

Juice of 1/2 medium-large lemon

1/2 cup nutritional yeast

2 tablespoons yellow miso paste

1 teaspoon stone ground mustard

1 teaspoon Liquid Aminos

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

In a large bowl, combine cauliflower and water.  Microwave for about 10 to 15 minutes or until very tender.  (Alternatively, you may simmer, partially covered, in a large saucepan over medium to medium-high heat.)  Transfer cauliflower and about a half cup of the water into the bowl of food processor.  Save remaining water.  Process until cauliflower forms a thick paste.  Add all remaining ingredients to the bowl of the processor and process until very smooth.  Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. Transfer to a large saucepan and simmer over medium heat until desired consistency is reached, adding remaining water a half cup or so at a time.  Serve immediately as you would any cheese sauce.  It is delicious for dipping, drizzling, or stirring into casseroles and fillings.  Or…eaten with a spoon.

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Vegan Sage and Vegetable Stuffing
with Dates and Toasted Almonds
a low-calorie sensation!

Yield: 8 servings

I will put my new Vegan Sage and Vegetable Stuffing with Dates and Toasted Almonds up against ANY stuffing, vegan or not.  Plus it is low calorie with no added oil.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Oil an 8 or 9-inch casserole dish. Simmer 1/2 large yellow onion and 16 ounces riced cauliflower, broccoli, and carrot in 2 cups vegetable stock with 1 bay leaf, 1 tablespoon rubbed sage, 1 teaspoon dried tarragon, and 1 teaspoon powdered rosemary until most of moisture is evaporated.  Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons cornstarch and stir to combine.  Turn off heat. Remove bay leaf and stirrin 1/4 cup my Blooming Platter Mayo (think slightly tangy white sauce at only 10 calories per tablespoon), 6 ounces toasted bread cubes, 2 tablespoons chopped dates and 1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds.  Spoon into greased casserole dish, and bake 20 minutes. Serve garnished with fresh sage sprigs.

Note: I love a lot of herbs, but you might start with a smaller amount and adjust to suit your taste.

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The Best Vegan Hot Broccoli-Cheese Dip
(or soup)

Yield: 4 cups  (about 60 calories per quarter cup)

Broccoli-Cheese Dip is everyone’s favorite that needs no preamble, except this: my dairy-free version is rich and creamy but the flavor of broccoli and cheese shines through.  Serve it a little thinner, and you have the tastiest soup with no tongue-coating, flavor-masking dairy.  Just the perfect savory balance of aged and smoky cheddars, aromatic onion and garlic, and fresh, herby broccoli.

I medium-large onion, diced
2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups vegetable broth or stock
16 ounces riced broccoli, purchased or homemade in food processor (I buy at Whole Foods)
2 cups grated vegan cheddar
4 slices–or 4 ounces–vegan smoked gouda, torn into small pieces
Optional: if you like a bit of tanginess, 2 tablespoons vegan Parmesan with other cheeses
2 tablespoons 10-calorie/tablespoon Blooming Platter Mayo (at TheBloomingPlatter.com) or your favorite creamy base, e.g. vegan mayo, vegan cream cheese, cashew cream, etc.
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Accompaniments: raw veg, chips, crackers, or bread

Place onion, garlic, and garlic powder in a large skillet. Add enough broth just to cover bottom of skillet.  Saute over medium heat, stirring, for 3 or so minutes until onion is tender.  Add broccoli and remaining broth, and simmer 5 to 7 minutes or until very tender.  Reduce heat to low, add cheeses, and stir frequently until melted.  Stir in Blooming Platter Mayo or favorite creamy goodness.  Season to taste with sea salt and pepper. If serving as a dip, continue cooking until desired consistency is reached. You may also bake at 350 for 20 minutes with or without additional grated cheese on top. Serve with the accompaniments of choice.  If serving as a soup, add additional vegetable broth, if desired, and heat through.

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Vegan Stuffed Southwestern Acorn Squash

This was my delicious, lo-cal dinner on a recent autumn evening.

No real recipe, but one big secret: while my acorn squash roasted, I cooked a few french lentils and mixed them with sauteed onions, carrots, and, wait for it… shredded cabbage(!), all seasoned up with cumin, smoked paprika, and sea salt. Yummm!!!!!

Lentils are somewhat high in calories because they are nutrient dense, so I added additional bulk, nutrition, fiber, texture, and flavor with almost no-calorie cabbage.

I topped the beautiful little mound with pico de gallo and a dab of vegan sour cream. What a beautiful meal enjoyed on the deck in this cool weather with a glass of even cooler Prosecco.

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Vegan Grilled Cheese
from decadent snack to healthy meal

Bob made me a PERFECT half vegan grilled swiss cheese for dinner last night.

He insisted that I soften the cheese first in the mic before giving it to him saying that “vegan cheese doesn’t melt.” He was right, it was more perfect than usual.

And he said that my vegan butter “smells like fish” and was appalled that I topped the sandwich with cauliflower pearls and pico de gallo for almost no-calorie nutrition bulk, fiber, texture, flavor, and color. But I wouldn’t change a thing.

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Vegan Fried Pita–Restaurant Quality

Inspired by fried pita we had last night at a local “fun dining” restaurant and bar called Twist with a good friend, Bob thought he knew what would work for a homemade version.

He was exactly right! Yowza.  We cut some pita we had on hand into 6ths, fried it in our cute little Cuisinart deep fryer for 30 seconds–turning after about 20–and drained it on a paper towel-lined cookie sheet.

We both enjoyed ours with hummus.  He likes roasted garlic, and I love a smoky roasted eggplant variety, both from Kroger. Of course, to bulk mine up, I top it with cauliflower pearls and some carrot planks.

The fried bread is addicting and will only be an occasional splurge. We even thought it would be good sprinkled with powdered sugar in place of donuts.

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Vegan Butternut Squash Crinkle Fries

Chicken tenders? H*** no! These are my brand new vegan butternut crinkle fries.

I purchased the crinkle vut butternut squash at Whole Foids.  Then I used the old dry, wet, dry method of seasoned flour with just a hint of baking powder, and vegan buttermilk made with soy milk curdled with vinegar. Just a minute and a half in the fryer and they were perfect!

Of course, as you all probably know, I topped them with raw cauliflower, broccoli, and carrot pearls and just a hint of a cilantro mint sauce with a faintly Indian flavor, both very low in calories.

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Vegan Chewy Pumpkin Spice Cookies

The moment pumpkin lovers have all been waiting for: a pumpkin cookie that is chewy rather than cakey or crisp!

Vegan Chewy Pumpkin Spice Cookies!

Long on a mission to create a pumpkin cookie that is a bit chewy rather than cakey or crisp, I recently had a brainstorm which was to take my veganized version of my dear friend Allison Price’s Lemon-Ginger Cookies–one of my favorite all-time cookies (besides my grandmother’s) which I have shared here prebiously–and tweak it. It worked beautifully and I am so excited to share on this very autumnal day.

Yield: 24 regular cookies or 10 to 12 large

3/4 cup vegan butter
1 cup natural sugar plus 1/2 cup, divided
1/4 cup dark molasses
6 tablespoons pureed pumpkin
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour (I use white whole wheat)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with  Silpat or waxed paper.  You may use a baking stone if you prefer. Place 1/2 cup sugar in small bowl and set aside. With an electric mixer, cream together butter and remaining 1 cup sugar until fluffy. Beat in molasses, pumpkin, pumpkin spice, and baking powdet just until well combined. With mixer on its lowest speed, mix in flour 1/2 cup at a time. If making regular cookies, scoop up dough by tablespoons, roll into balls, roll in remaining sugar, and place about 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheet. If making large cookies, follow the same procedure, only scoop up dough by ice cream scoopfuls to make about 10 to 12. Also, if making large cookies, use the bottom of a glass to press the balls to about 1/2 tall. Bake regular cookies 10 minutes and large ones 20. Allow cookies to cool on their sheet on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container.

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Vegan Pumpkin Cake Bars

Vegan Pumpkin Cake Bars
Yield: 16 servings (app. 150 calories each)

Somewhere between what we used to call a snacking cake and a bar, this vegan treat is quick, easy, moist, and delicious.  The texture and rise are just right and, though it needs nothing, not really even a dusting of powdered sugar, it would be decadent with a vegan cream cheese, caramel or praline frosting.

2 cups all-purpose flour (I use white whole wheat)
3/4 cup natural Demerara sugar
1 teaspoon molasses
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1-15 ounce can pureed pumpkin
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 to 2 tablespoons water, if necessary

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease 8-inch pan.  In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.  Add pumpkin, oil, and water, if desired, for a smooth consistency, and stir together just until completely combined. Transfer to prepared pan and gently smooth top. Bake about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack, slice, and serve. Keeps well tightly covered.

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