Category Archives: Vegan Cheese

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!

Fiona at peaceridgesanctuary
Fiona

 

 

 

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!

Cashew Mascarpone with Smoked Sundried Tomato Pesto

by Toni Fiore, the author of the Totally Vegetarian cookbook

This is a luscious cheese that is so easy to make it. And you can reap the rewards 24 hours later.

Serves 4   2 hour soak time   15 prep time    Refrigerate 24 hours

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For the Cheese: 

  1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked for 2-3 hours, drained

   1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

   1 ½  tablespoons water (additional if needed)

   2 tablespoons refined coconut oil

   1 teaspoon coconut (or raw apple cider) vinegar

   Pinch of salt

For the Tomato Pesto:

  6 oven or sun dried tomatoes packed in oil

  1 garlic clove

  Handful of fresh basil

  1 tablespoon of finely minced fresh basil, divided in half

  1-2 tablespoons oil from tomatoes or olive oil

  1-2 drops liquid smoke (optional)

  Salt and pepper to taste

  Fresh mixed herbs ( dill and chives) for lining the ramekin and for garnish

 Directions;

Place the pesto ingredients in a food processor and pulse until well combined with a light texture. Set aside.

Line a small lightly oiled ramekin with plastic wrap or cheesecloth. Sprinkle half of the minced basil, a sprinkle of mixed herbs and fresh ground black pepper into the bottom of the ramekin. Set aside. In a high-speed blender blend cheese ingredients until very smooth, about 45-50 seconds at high speed. Spoon half of the mixture into the lined seasoned ramekin. Top the cheese with a spoonful of the pesto in small dollops around the cheese. Next sprinkle on the remaining minced basil. Cover with the rest of the cheese. Gently pull up the sides of the wrap to cover the top and refrigerate 12 hours or overnight. The cheese should feel firm to the touch.

Once it’s firm, place the ramekin top down onto a serving plate. Gently and lift off the ramekin and carefully remove the wrapping.  If desired sprinkle with additional fresh minced herbs and a light drizzle of olive oil.  Serve with toasted crostini or crackers.