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Fiona’s Fabulous Turkey, Bacon and Avocado Club Sandwich

best club sandwichWhat better way to celebrate Meatless Monday and all of our wonderful turkey friends than with a super simple, delicious Vegan Club Sandwich? Inspired by Fiona the Turkey who I had the pleasure of meeting on my recent visit to Peace Ridge Farm Sanctuary , this sandwich is stacked and packed with so much traditional flavor I guarantee you’ll never miss the turkey, bacon and cheese!

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Makes three triple deckers

1-2 tablespoon of oil, olive or vegetable

9 slices whole grain bread, lightly toasted

1 package (15 slices) Deli Style Tofurky Oven Roasted Turkey

1 package (14 slices) Litelife Smart Bacon or tempeh bacon

2 vine ripened organic tomatoes, sliced

2 avocados, sliced

8 leaves organic green lettuce leaves, washed and dried

¼ red onion sliced into thin rings (optional)

¼ cup vegan mayo (or sandwich dressing of choice)

3 teaspoons Dijon mustard

 

Heat a skillet on medium. Add the oil and spread evenly into the pan. Use a little more as necessary. Next add the bacon and fry on both sides until lightly crisped. Drain on paper and set aside. Begin assembling the sandwiches. Lay out three columns of three slices of bread. Spread mayo on the first and last slices. Spread mustard on the center slice. On the bottom slices begin with a layer of lettuce followed by the tomato and onion. Cover those with the center slices of bread. Layer on your turkey, then your bacon and finish with the avocado. Season if desired with a little fresh ground black pepper. Top with the last slice and cut in half or cut into the traditional diagonal quarters.

 

Note# Want a great sandwich fast? Sometimes store bought prepared quality ingredients are the way to go, especially when time is of the essence! Shop wisely for packaged goods that have ingredients in them you can read! For these sandwiches, the overall cost of the turkey, bacon, tomato and avocado is about $11.00, or roughly $3.60 per serving. Generous, healthy , delicious and VEGAN!

Raspberry Crumble Pizza

By Julie Hasson Recipe from Vegan Pizza: 50 Cheesy, Crispy, Healthy Recipes by Julie Hasson, Andrews McMeel Publishing 2013

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Serves 2-4                                                  Time: 25 minutes

If you can imagine a dreamy dessert being a love child between a cookie bar and pizza, this would be it.

Makes 2   8” to 9” pizzas

Crumble

3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) vegan, non-hydrogenated margarine, softened

1/2 batch Easy-Peasy Pizza Dough

About 1/2 cup raspberry jam

Confectioners’ (powdered) sugar, for garnish

 

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2. To make the crumble, mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Using your fingertips, mix softened margarine into the flour mixture, squeezing until a nice crumbly mixture forms.

3. Using half a recipe of the Easy-Peasy Pizza Dough on a lightly floured surface, stretch or roll out your dough into two 8 to 9-inch rounds. The dough for this recipe is rolled a little thicker, to hold up to the berry filling.

Don’t worry if your dough tears. Simply patch it back together with your fingers. Lightly dust with additional flour if dough is too sticky. Try not to use too much, or your crust will be very dry. This is a fairly wet and sticky dough.

 Spread the jam evenly on the pizza, leaving a 1/4-inch border around the edge. Sprinkle the crumble evenly over the filling.

4. Carefully transfer the pizza to the pizza stone, if using. Otherwise, place the pizza on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place in the preheated oven. Repeat with remaining pizza. Bake for about 10 to 15 minutes, then check it. You want the crumble topping and crust to be nicely browned.

Let the pizza cool for about 5 minutes before slicing and serving. This is a rich pizza, so cut into smaller slices than you customarily would for savory pizza. Dust with the confectioner’s sugar and serve.

 

Tip: This pizza is best eaten the day that it is made.

 

 

Easy-Peasy Pizza Dough

Makes 2 large (14- to 15-inch) or 4 personal thin-crust pizzas                        Prep and Rise time 2 to 3 hours

Recipe from Vegan Pizza: 50 Cheesy, Crispy, Healthy Recipes by Julie Hasson, Andrews McMeel Publishing 2013

 

I have been making a version of this no-knead pizza crust for more than 20 years. It never lets me down! It can keep in the refrigerator for up to five days, so it can be made on the weekend and kept for quick weeknight dinners.

3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon fine sea salt

2 teaspoons instant yeast, at room temperature

1 1/4 cups warm water (110 to 120 degrees)

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons agave nectar or 2 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar

 

1. In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt, mixing well with a fork. Sprinkle the yeast on top of the dry mixture, and add the warm water, olive oil and agave nectar or brown sugar. Stir with a fork until everything is well combined and there are no traces of flour left. If the dough seems dry, add a little more water as necessary to make a soft, moist dough. There is no need to knead this dough.

2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a fitted lid and set aside in a warm place to rise for at least 2 to 3 hours (or up to 6 hours). At this point, you can refrigerate it, covered, for up to 5 days, or divide the dough into two or four pieces and freeze them in a sealed plastic bag (with room for dough expansion) for up to 2 weeks. Let the frozen dough thaw overnight in the refrigerator before shaping.

3. Shape and bake the pizza according to the recipe instructions.

 

Smoky Hazelnut and Black Bean Burgers

by Toni Fiore, the author of the Totally Vegetarian cookbook

Black Bean BurgersServes 4-6                     40 minutes

3 to 4 slices whole grain bread lightly toasted and coarsely processed (use oats for GF)
1 cup hazelnuts, finely chopped and toasted
12 ounces crimini or baby bella mushrooms, coarsely chopped
4 to 6 tablespoons refined coconut or olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
15 ounce can of low sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
1 chipotle pepper in adobe sauce or 1 tablespoon of chipotle sauce
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon coriander
1/2 to 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 to 3 tablespoon water
2 teaspoons salt

Toast the bread and using a processor, chop into coarse bits. Place into a large bowl. Pulse hazelnuts in the food processor until coarsely chopped but not ground into a paste.

Heat a skillet on medium. Add the chopped nuts to the heated pan and carefully toast them, stirring or shaking frequently until fragrant, about 4 minutes. Drop the nuts into the large bowl of crumbs and set aside.

Re-heat the skillet on medium and add 2 tablespoons of the oil. As soon as the oil is warmed add the onions and sauté for five minutes or until the onions are soft and glassy. Add the mushrooms and continue sautéing until the mushrooms brown, about 5-7 minutes. Quickly pulse the cooked mushrooms and onions in the processor. Then add the drained beans, cilantro and all seasonings. Quickly pulse making sure to retain some texture.

Combine the vegetable-bean mixture with the nuts and breadcrumbs. Add water and, using your hands, mix until you’re able to form the mixture into 4 patties. Be careful not to make them too thin – you want a hearty thick pattie.

Re-heat your pan on medium, add 2 tablespoons of your remaining oil. Place burgers into the hot oiled pan and cook until golden brown – for best results these burgers should be cooked slowly, so don’t hesitate to lower the heat if needed. Prepare buns with your favorite burger toppings, or serve on a bed of lettuce. Enjoy!

Tunno Sandwiches

Recipe by Toni Fiore, the author of the Totally Vegetarian cookbook, and host of the Totally Vegetarian TV show,  also on Roku.Tunno Sandwich72
makes 2 cups 4-6 sandwiches
Ingredients:
14 oz. can artichoke hearts, drained and squeezed fairly dry
1 cup cooked chickpeas rinsed and drained
½ small onion, finely chopped
1 stalk of celery, finely chopped
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1-2 teaspoons kelp granules
1 ½ teaspoons soy sauce
1-2 teaspoons unseasoned rice wine vinegar
4-5 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise
Salt and black pepper to taste
To prepare:
Place drained and squeezed artichoke hearts into the bowl of your food processor and pulse to chop, being careful to retain the flaked tuna-like texture – you don’t want a paste! Remove and set the chopped artichokes into a bowl.
To the processor, add the chickpeas and pulse until they have a “mealy” crumbly texture. Add the chopped chickpeas to your bowl of artichokes, then the remaining ingredients and blend well to combine.
Heap onto whole grain bread cover with a crunchy piece of lettuce, and serve.
Total prep: 30 min
Gluten free option, roll salad in lettuce or collard
Pear Ginger Sanp Smoothie

Pear Ginger Snap Smoothie

by guest Chef Elizabeth Fraser  Creator of Girl Gone Raw

Elizabeth is a good friend of the show, and also resides in Portland, Maine. She is so full of positive energy, when she’s not creating delicious raw recipes, she’s in her Art Studio painting away. And of course, she always starts her day with a Green Smoothie.

In a high speed blender, add the following ingredients. And whiz it up. It only takes a minute.

Makes two hearty smoothies.

2 c. almond milk

4 c. dark leafy greens (spinach and dandelion or your favorite)

Handful of cilantro, with stems

2 ripe pears

1/4″ slice of fresh ginger

1 frozen banana

If your blender is not a high speed blender cut your fruit into smaller pieces. Blend for 30-60 seconds on high.

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Raspberry Corn Sunburst Muffins

by Terry Hope Romero

Check out her new cookbook Vegan Eats World

Watch this recipe on Delicious TV’s Vegan Mashup

It’s the middle of a blizzard in February, but writing about these crunchy, corny fruity muffins has me hoping for spring.

Sunny sweet corn and bright juicy raspberries join forces that will pour buckets of sunshine into your morning. Use fresh organic raspberries when possible, but frozen organic berries work just as well before and after the too brief raspberry season; never thaw frozen berries for baking, just fold them directly in the batter before filling the muffin tins and slide into a preheated oven immediately.

Baking tip: White whole wheat flour is a delicate whole wheat flour with a lighter flavor and texture than standard whole wheat flour, but with all the germ and bran of the old fashioned stuff.

1 ⅓ cups white whole wheat flour

¾ cup cornmeal

2 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon sea salt

1 ⅓ cup almond milk

2 teaspoons lime juice

3 tablespoons ground golden flax seed

3 tablespoons vegetable oil, preferably olive or canola/olive blend

1/3 cup dark agave nectar

1 ½ cups frozen raspberries, keep frozen until ready to add to batter

¼ cup chopped pecans

 

1. Preheat oven to 350 F and lightly grease a 12 cup muffin tin, or line the cups with muffin papers.

 

2. In a large bowl stir together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt and form a well in the center. In a small bowl stir together almond milk and lime and set aside for 1 minute to curdle. Whisk in juice, flax seed, oil and agave nectar.

 

3. Pour the liquids into the flour mixture and stir only just enough to moisten the ingredients, but don’t overmix. Fold in the raspberries and use an ice cream scoop to distribute the batter equally into the muffin cups. Bake immediately for 26 to 28 minutes or until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out mostly clean.

 

4. Cool for 5 minutes in the muffin tin, then gently transfer to a cooling rack.

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Introducing the Tofu bacon BLT

Tofu bacon BLT by Miyoko Schinner    Courtesy of the Booking Publishing Company ©2001 from The New Now and Zen Epicure. Watch this recipe being made on Delicious TV’s Vegan Mashup.

This is an all-time favorite of every kid and teen that has ever been to our house – in other words, it’s tried and true. Even non-vegetarians love it. BLTs are a natural with these, but don’t forget that they make a great addition to salads, quiches (yes, think quiche lorraine!), and as a topping for soups.

8 oz pre-pressed or firm tofu

1 T oil plus non-fat cooking spray

3 T nutritional yeast flakes

2 T soy sauce

1t liquid smoke

Slice tofu into 1/8” pieces about the width of bacon. Heat the oil in a skillet preferably non-stick and cook tofu slices over medium –low flame until golden brown and crispy on one side. Flip and cook the other side until browned.

The tofu should be very brown and crispy. Sprinkle with nutritional yeast, then add the soy sauce and liquid smoke, and stir quickly to coat the tofu slices evenly

Cook for another moment and then serve.

 

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Tempeh Chorizo Soft Tacos with all the fixin’s

by Terry Hope Romero    Check out her new cookbook Vegan Eats World

Watch this recipe on Delicious TV’s Vegan Mashup

 

For the Chorizo Tempeh Crumbles

Replace the marinade with the following for spicy chorizo-flavored crumbles for use in Mexican dishes. Prepare saucy chorizo tempeh for eating with rice and beans, or let it simmer for a drier tempeh for use in tacos or quesadillas.

8 ounce package tempeh

2 tablespoons peanut oil

1 ¼ cups vegetable broth

3 cloves garlic, grated or ground into a paste in a mortar and pestle

3 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 teaspoons smoked sweet or hot paprika

1 1/2 teaspoons Mexican chile powder (see page XX)

½ teaspoon liquid smoke

1. Dice the tempeh into 1/2 inch chunks. In large skillet, preheat the peanut oil over medium heat. Stir in the tempeh and fry for 3 minutes or until the edges of the tempeh are lightly browned.

2. In a 2 cup liquid measuring cup whisk together the remaining ingredients. Pour into the skillet, increase the heat to medium high and bring the liquid to a rapid simmer. Cover the pan and simmer for 5 minutes. Uncover the pan and continue to simmer the tempeh, stirring occasionally, for another 5 to 8 minutes. Depending on how saucy you prefer the chorizo tempeh, serve it when it’s saucy and moist or continue to simmer until the liquid has been absorbed by the tempeh for drier crumbles.

The fixin’s

Corn or wheat tortillas

Guacamole

Cashew lime crema: soaked cashews, lime juice, water, salt, garlic

Diced tomatoes, onions, shredded lettuce or cabbage

Add tortillas to a skillet on low heat (you can wrap up to six in some foil and heat them in the skillet or oven at 250 degrees.
Spoon the chorizo tempeh and fixin’s on your tortilla, or better yet let your guest fix their own.

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Orange Fennel Salad with Toasted Fennel Vinaigrette

by Toni Fiore, the author of the Totally Vegetarian cookbook, and host of the Totally Vegetarian TV show,  now online.

Watch this recipe being made on Delicious TV’s Vegan Mashup.

Fennel has such a lovely flavor it’s a shame it isn’t used more often. I love it roasted and raw and paired with just about anything! Fennel becomes soft and sweet when roasted yet maintains it’s crunchy texture in salads longer than just about anything! For kids, or anyone really, new to fennel a simple fruit salad like this is a great place to start. Fennel pairs amazingly well with sweet oranges. I prefer a lighter dressing like the vinaigrette in this recipe, however feel free to use your own favorite.

Ingredients:

2  Oranges

1 t. Fennel Seeds

3 T Olive Oil,

1 T white wine vinegar

1/2 t Sea Salt, or to taste

1 medium Fennel Bulb

to prepare:

Thinly slice the fennel bulb. Reserve fronds.

A few rings of thinly sliced red onion, or chopped fresh parsley(optional)

Slice the rind and pith completely off of the oranges. Next slice the oranges 1/4″ thick.

Toast the fennel seeds for a few minutes until the aroma is nicely released and they change color slightly.  Crush well in a mortar & pestle or grind in a small spice grinder or coffee grinder.

Combine ground fennel seeds, olive oil, vinegar, and sea salt in a small bowl and whisk to mix.

Layer orange slices and sliced fennel bulb on serving plates.  Quickly re-mix vinaigrette then dress oranges and fennel. Garnish with arugula.*

Another option for salad – Layer in a lot more arugula to have a more greens-heavy salad. The peppery taste of the arugula compliments the sweet oranges and anise fennel.

Edamame Apple Salad

Typically soybeans in their dried form must be cooked at length in order to become digestible. But edamame (or green soybeans) are harvested at the peak of ripeness, which makes them soft, chewy and ready to eat in just minutes.

The word edamame means “Beans on Branches,” since they grow in clusters on bushy branches. If you take a closer look at the pods, they’re quite fuzzy. To retain their fresh, natural flavor, they are typically parboiled and quick-frozen.

Soybeans are a major source of protein in Asia and are rapidly gaining in popularity in the US. I see them served in restaurants and have them offered me at dinner parties. Edamame are often consumed as a snack, used in side vegetable dishes or in soups. Children like them for their wonderful chewy texture and mild, somewhat sweet flavor. Another reason why they’re so popular with children is that they’re a fun finger food.

To prepare whole Edamame pods, simply cook the whole bean pods in salted water, drain, top with a sprinkle of coarse salt and then squeeze the beans directly from the pods into your mouth. If you’re buying them frozen, follow the package directions because many are sold already partially cooked and they simply need a quick reheating.

These days edamame are available pretty much everywhere, either in the pod or shelled and ready to use. If your children like them, incorporate them into their diets in as many ways possible. Edamame in any form are incredibly nutritious, loaded with protein, high in fiber, and relatively low in carbs. Below is a quick and flexible salad recipe that can be adapted as you wish.

Ingredients:
1/4 c. seasoned sushi rice vinegar
1 T. light vegetable oil
1/4 t. salt
1/8 t. freshly ground black pepper
1 pkg. (about 16 ounces) frozen, shelled edamame
1 Granny Smith apple, cut into 1/4 inch dice (Jicama or radish can be substituted)
1/2-1 c. lightly packed chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

To prepare:
Mix the oil, vinegar, and seasonings in a large bowl. Cook the edamame according to the package directions, then place in the bowl with the chopped apple and the cilantro and toss to coat the vegetables with the dressing.