Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sweet Potato Baked Ziti with Caramelized Onions and Sage Crumb Topping

Sweet Potato Baked Ziti with Caramelized Onions and Sage Crumb Topping

I really need my photographer back but she just started 7th grade and has been a little busy. So, the photo wont do the dish an justice. It was a Delicious fall dish that we all enjoyed. It is creamy yummy vegan comfort food. The original recipe from Veganomicon uses pumpkin but we only had sweet potatoes on hand.  Gluten-free, vegan, contains cashews and soy.

Sweet Potato Baked Ziti with Caramelized Onions and Sage Crumb Topping

3/4 lbs uncooked (gluten free or whole wheat) ziti or penne pasta
2 onions, sliced very thinly
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
white pepper and cayenne
2 cups pureed sweet potato or pumpkin or 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
1/4 cup vegetable broth

Sage Bread Crumbs:
2 1/2 cups gluten free or whole wheat bread crumbs, preferably fresh and homemade
1/3 cup walnut pieced chopped in a food processor until resembling coarse crumbs
1/4 cup Earth Balance
2 tsp dried, rubbed sage
1 tsp dried oregano leaves
1/2 tsp ground paprika
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Cashew Ricotta:
1/2 cup raw cashew pieces soaked over night in water is best (approx 4 oz)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves fresh or roasted garlic
1 lb firm tofu, drained and crumbled
1 1/2 tsp dried basil
1 1/2 tsp salt


To make the Cashew Ricotta: In a food processor, blend together the cashews, lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic until a thick creamy paste forms. Add the crumbled tofu to the food processor, working in two or more batches in necessary, until the mixture is thick and well blended. Blend in the basil and salt.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9 x 11-inch lasagna type baking pan with olive oil, or use two smaller pans.

Prepare the ziti according to the package directions, about 10 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water and drain again. Set aside.

While the paste is cooking, make the caramelized onion: preheat a large heavy-bottomed pan, preferably cast iron, over medium heat. Saute the onions in oil until some onion bits are very brown and caramelized, 12 to 15 minutes. Set aside.

Place the Cashew Ricotta in a large bowl and fold in the sweet potato or pumpkin puree, brown sugar, nutmeg, white pepper, cayenne, and vegetable broth and mix. Add the cooked ziti and caramelized onions, stirring to coat the pasta. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan and press lightly with a rubber spatula to level it.

Make the sage breadcrumbs:
Melt the Earth Balance in large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Stir in the bread crumbs, walnuts, dried herbs and paprika, and season with salt and pepper. Stir constantly until the mixture is lightly coated, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and sprinkle evenly over the ziti.

Bake for 28 to 30 minutes, until the top of the ziti is golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Vegetable Pot Pie


This was my first attempt at a vegan gluten-free pot pie. I must say it was an utter success. I looked at a few recipes online and made some adjustments to veganize it and take the wheat out.  You don't have to stay with the traditional vegetables. I added some cubed butternut squash in there. They are not in season right now so I used some from the freezer. Butternut squash provides an abundance of vitamins and nutrients known for preventing a wide variety of diseases. Its deep, golden color is a sign that it is packed with carotenes, an important antioxidant that can help reduce the risk of a number of life-threatening conditions. These winter squashes are easy to cook, making them an even more of appealing part of healthy diet.

It was a very comforting healthy meal.  Gluten-free, vegan, soy-free, nut-free

                                                              they're all in there

                                                                 Vegetable Pot Pie

1 medium onion, diced coarsely
2 large carrots diced
2 large potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch chunks (I used Russet potatoes; I washed them, but I only peeled one)
1 cup diced butternut squash
1 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp ground thyme
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp peppercorn medley, ground
2 1/2 cups gluten-free vegetable broth
1 cup frozen baby peas
1 cup diced celery
2 tbsp earth balance divided
1/3 cup gluten-free flour mix (or whole wheat)
1 cup milk substitute (I used almond milk)
1 cup gluten-free flour mix (or whole wheat)
3/4 tsp sea salt
1 1/4tsp baking powder
slightly less than 1 cup milk or non-dairy milk (I used full-fat coconut milk)

In large, deep skillet or Dutch oven, or wok heat cooking spray and add the onions, carrots, celery, squash, potatoes, parsley, thyme, oregano, sea salt, and pepper. Allow to cook on medium-low or medium heat until vegetables are softened.
Add  broth and bring to a boil. Allow it to simmer about 2 minutes, then add peas and cook until tender.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Meanwhile, in a saucepan, mix the 1/3 cup flour and 2 tbsp earth balance until blended, and heat on medium-low a minute or two until thickened. Add the milk gradually to make a white sauce. When the mixture is almost thickened, add to the vegetable mixture. When all is thickened nicely, pour into a greased casserole dish or pie plate. (I used a glass deep-dish casserole dish.)

In same saucepan, whisk together crust ingredients: flour, salt, baking powder, and milk. Pour over top of filling in casserole dish or pie plate.  Even out the topping with a spatula, not quite going to the edge of the dish (leaving this space allows venting, if needed). Place pot pie into preheated oven and bake for 30 – 45 minutes, until crust is lightly browned.


Easy Red Beans and Rice with Cornbread


      Coming back from our last minute camping trip we made this dish for lunch. It does have a little spice but my kids gobbled it up anyway. I like adding a little extra spice. I cooked the beans from dry after a quick soak. If you have never tried slow cooking beans, you need to! They have a really delicious taste when fresh.

  Beans are an excellent source of fiber, protein and other healthy substances. They should be a part of every one's diet whether that diet is a vegetarian one or not. Opening a can of beans is easy and inexpensive, but cooking dried beans is even less expensive. The health benefits of dried beans exceed those of canned beans, also. Canned beans have more sodium, less fiber and may contain sugar in the form of corn syrup. Whenever possible, cooking dried beans is the healthiest way to go.  In addition to its beneficial effects on the digestive system and the heart, soluble fiber helps stabilize blood sugar levels. If you have insulin resistance, hypoglycemia or diabetes, kidney beans can really help you balance blood sugar levels while providing steady, slow-burning energy.

This recipe is gluten-free, vegan, nut-free, contains soy

Easy Red Beans and Rice with Cornbread

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4

* 1 1/2 cups of cooked brown rice

* 1 can of red kidney beans

* 1/2 soyrizo

* 1 TBSP gluten-free vegan Worcestershire (i like pick a pepper sauce)

* 1 TBSP liquid smoke

* 1/2 diced onion

* 1/2 diced green pepper

* Vegetable stock

*2 chopped celery stalks

Spray  a large skillet. Add the onion, celery and pepper over medium heat. Saute the mixture for 3 minutes. Reduce heat to a simmer. Add Worcestershire and liquid smoke to the pan and stir into the vegetables. Add the rice, beans, and chorizo to the pan. Add vegetable stock in splash increments if it seems too dry for you liking. You may also add dabs of liquid smoke depending on how Cajun you like it. Cook the mixture on low for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Top with some hot sauce. YUM!


For the cornbread we used Bob Red Mills and cooked as directed. I replaced the egg with egg replacer powder and the milk with almond milk.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Mac and Cheese with Greens

Mac and Cheese with Greens

We were out all day running errands and I lost track of time. We had to run home real fast for lunch before piano practice. I made This with some new gluten-free penne pasta corn/brown rice blend. I wanted to try with a quick and cheesey sauce. I threw some mixed greens in there for good measure .
Eating more of these dark, leafy greens means you will get more vitamins A, B, C, E and K. Vitamin A helps with your vision, B increases metabolism, C with your immune system, E reduces free radicals, and K can help with osteoporosis just to name a few benefits. It was a simple in a rush lunch. I'm thinking this would also work well in lunch boxes when school starts. It is Gluten-free, vegan, soy-free, nut-free   

 Cheese Sauce  Recipe
•1/4 cup nutritional yeast
•1/4 cup gf flour (i used bob mills gf blend) or unbleached wheat flour
•1/4 tsp garlic powder
•1/4 tsp onion powder
•1/8 tsp ground mustard
•1/4 tsp sea salt
•1 cup water
•1 tbsp vegan margarine (ex. Earth Balance)
To Prepare:  Mix all dry ingredients together in a small saucepan (except water and butter).  Mix water and butter together and microwave for 2 minutes to melt and combine.  Slowly pour water and butter into saucepan with dry ingredients while whisking (to avoid lumps).  Heat saucepan on the stove top over medium heat until thickened – keep whisking!
Pasta:1 12oz package of pasta cooked as directed. I used Heartland gluten free penne pasta. When Pasta is almost finished stir in a good handful of dark leafy greens. I used Southern mixed greens which had mustard greens,  kale and collard greens. Drain pasta and greens and add the cheesey sauce. Mix well. Enjoy!                                                                                                                                          

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Creamy Zucchini and Basil Soup

Creamy Zucchini and Basil Soup

We are still happily chipping away at the monster zucchini. This recipe was very simple. I had almost everything on hand so we decided to try it out. It seemed like a fresh and simple recipe. I guess my expectations weren't very high. I was so wrong! This soup was loved by my even pickiest of eaters. We will definitely make this soup again. Perhaps for lunch today :) This recipe is from fatfreevegan.com. I made no adjustments to this recipe. It is gluten-free, vegan, soy-free, contains cashews.              

                                                     Creamy Zucchini and Basil Soup

2 pounds zucchini (about 5 small to medium)
1 large Vidalia onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3 cups vegetable broth
1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, packed
3 tablespoons raw cashews
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
additional salt & pepper, to taste
Set aside one of the zucchini; trim and coarsely chop the rest.
Cook onion in a large saucepan for about 5 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Stir in the chopped zucchini, salt, and pepper and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add the broth and simmer until zucchini is tender, about 15 minutes.
Pour into a blender (in 2 batches, if necessary) taking care to avoid burns by not filling the blender more than halfway. Add the basil, cashews, and nutritional yeast and blend until smooth.
Return soup to the pot, season with salt and pepper to taste, and keep warm. Shred the remaining zucchini with a spiral slicer, mandolin, or grater. Pour soup into bowls and sprinkle grated zucchini over top.
Servings: 6
Yield: 4-6 servings
                                                        Our picky eater chowing down

Monday, August 15, 2011

Vegan "Crab" Cakes

                                                          Vegan "Crab" Cakes

I'm trying to make a dent in the 3 lb zucchini we got from the market so I added some into this recipe and WOW it was amazing. My daughter took pictures but her camera is having issues right now so I had to borrow this photo. Ours looked awesome too. These crab cakes use tempeh, which I normally am not a big fan of. I guess I wasn't using it right because these were so good. It freaked my husband out a little because the texture and taste was so similar to crab. Every one of my kids loved these.

One serving of tempeh contains more fiber than most people consume in one day. Fiber is essential for a healthy digestive tract as well as preventing many chronic diseases Rhizopus moulds produce natural, heat-stable antibiotic agents against some disease-causing organisms. Indonesians who eat tempeh as a regular part of their diet recognize it as a medicine for dysentery and rarely fall victim to the intestinal diseases to which they are constantly exposed. In addition, tempeh had calcium, protein and iron. BTW tempeh is made from soy beans. We get ours at Trader Joe's or Whole foods.

These are gluten-free (when using gf bread crumbs), vegan, nut-free, contains soy. We served these with some roasted garlic smashed potatoes and some lightly steamed southern greens.

10 cakes
For the Cakes:

1/4 cup shredded zucchini
8 ounces tempeh (use the nori tempeh if you can find it, but plain soy tempeh is fine, too)
1 cup water
1 tablespoon braggs, gf tamari or soy sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon old bay
1 bay leaf
3 tablespoons Vegenaise
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard (stone-ground Dijon works, too)
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/4 cup very finely chopped red bell pepper
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fresh black pepper
1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs or your favorite Gluten-free crumbs, plus extra for dredging
1 finely chopped nori sheet or 1 tablespoon kelp granules (optional, if you like a little fishiness, which I do)
Oil for panfrying
For the Remoulade:
2 tablespoons Vegenaise
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard (stone-ground Dijon works, too)
1 tablespoon hot sauce
2 teaspoons capers (try not to get too much brine)
For Serving:
Lemon wedges
Make ahead: Make the entire mixture and the remoulade the night before. In the morning, form into cakes and panfry.
First we’re going to steam the tempeh to get the bitterness out and also to give it some flavor with the soy sauce. Crumble the tempeh into a saucepan in little bits. Add the water, soy sauce, oil, and bay leaf. The tempeh won’t be fully submerged, but that’s fine. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, let boil for 12 to 15 minutes, until most of the water has evaporated. Stir once during boiling.
Transfer contents to a mixing bowl, remove the bay leaf, and mash with a fork. Let cool for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to hasten the cooling process. Make sure the tempeh is barely warm before you proceed, or the cakes may fall apart when you cook them. Add the zucchini, Vegenaise, mustard, hot sauce, vinegar, bell pepper, ginger, oregano, old bay, salt, and pepper and mix well. Add the breadcrumbs and nori, if using, and use your hands to incorporate.
Once you are ready to form the cakes, preheat a thin layer of oil in a heavy-bottomed, nonstick skillet (cast iron is great) over medium heat. Pour a few tablespoons of breadcrumbs into a bowl. Scoop a little less than 1/4 cup batter into your hands and form into a ball. Flatten between your palms and then roll the sides gently to smooth them. You should have ten 2 1/2- to 3-inch patties. Press them into the crumbs to lightly coat. They don’t need to be thoroughly covered, just a little bit for some texture.
Fry a batch of five cakes for 4 minutes on one side and flip when dark golden brown. Fry for 2 minutes on the other side and transfer to a paper towel or paper bag to drain. Do your second batch and in the meantime make your remoulade by mixing all the ingredients together in a bowl.
Serve with lemon wedges.
Adapted From the book Vegan Brunch by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Cheesy Squash and Potato Casserole

                                               Cheesy Zucchini and Potato Casserole

This recipe is probably the epitome of vegan comfort food. It is not a low-fat dish but, at least there are vegetables in there right? Also.. 0 cholesterol. It has a mix of green and yellow zucchini. I love getting a few at the market each week and finding new ways to prepare them.Zucchini contains Vitamin C and lutein, both of which are known to be good for the eyes.The vegetable is a good source of vitamin B6, riboflavin, manganese and a lot of other nutrients. Eating zucchini is known to help the body in supporting the arrangement of capillaries. Regular consumption of the vegetable can help protect the body against colon cancer. I added some Kale into this too. You can really add whatever vegetables you have on hand and the cheesy sauce will compliment it well. I want to try broccoli next time.This recipe was adapted from  onesweetvegan.com. Gluten-free, vegan, nut-free. Contains Soy

Cheesy Squash and Potato Casserole

1 lb. squash (I use a combination of zucchini and yellow squash)
1 lb. red potatoes
1/2 cup red onion
1-2 handful of torn up kale or whatever greens you have on hand
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
3/4 cup vegan mayonnaise (i.e.Vegenaise)
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 cup shredded vegan Cheddar cheese (Daiya or vegan gourmet)
1/3 cup vegan butter, melted (i.e. Earth Balance)
2 cups organic corn flakes

Dice potatoes and boil oil until soft.
 Slice squash into bite-sized pieces and dice onion (plus any other veggies you might want to add). Steam together until soft (5-8 minutes)
To make the sauce, mix  together vegan mayo, salt, pepper, garlic powder and nutritional yeast in a bowl until blended.
Pour cooked onion, squash, and drained potatoes into a 9 x 13 casserole dish. Pour bowl of sauce on top, along with 1/2 cup shredded vegan Cheddar. Stir together until the vegetables are coated.
 In a separate bowl pour corn flakes in and add melted vegan butter. Stir until the corn flakes are coated.   Spread the corn flakes on top of the vegetable mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 350 F for 30 minutes.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Ricotta Stuffed Baked Squash Blossoms

                                             Ricotta Stuffed Baked Squash Blossoms

I think I have a new favorite dinner! I was so happy to see these beautiful edible flowers at our local fresh52 farmer's market. I have never eaten or tried making them before so, it was a new and exciting experience. I had to put a few different recipes I found together and they turned out amazing! The flowers really don't have a strong taste but it is a nice way to make a ravioli type dish. Plus it is fun to tell your kids they are having flowers for dinner. The ricotta is so delicious. It is made from soaked raw cashews. Cashews are rich in iron, protein, magnesium ( beneficial for bone growth),  antioxidants, copper (good for flexibility in bones, joints and blood vessels), they also have been proven to protect against heart disease. I served this over quinoa pasta shells with a light tomato sauce. Any type of pasta would work . Gluten-free, vegan, contains cashews and  soy.

Batter Ingredients:
1. 2 cups Gf or wheat bread crumbs
2. 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
3. sea salt and black pepper to taste

The Filling: Ricotta nut cheese
Vegan Ricotta Cashew Nut "Cheese" by: kblog.lunchboxbunch.com
makes 2 1/2 cups

2 cups of soaked raw cashews/pinch of salt, drained
2 tsp garlic powder or 3 fresh garlic cloves
1 1/2 Tbsp EVOO
1/4 cup plain soy milk or soy creamer (for richer flavor)
3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar OR lemon juice
*you can also use red wine or balsamic vinegar's if you prefer those flavors
1 Tbsp dried Italian herb blend
1 Tbsp agave or maple syrup (or honey)
1/3 cup fresh chives or 1 green onion
1 tsp black pepper
salt to taste (about 1/4 tsp minimum)
garnish: handful of fresh chopped chives or 1 green onion


1. Add raw cashews to a big bowl of water, add a pinch of salt. Soak in fridge overnight or at least for about 2-4 hours. More soaking, smoother texture.

2. Drain soaked cashews. Add them to a food processor.

3. Add in the vinegar or lemon juice, soy milk or creamer, agave and EVOO.

4. Blend on high until smooth. This may take a few minutes depending on the strength of your food processor. If your ricotta is looking too dry, add more soy milk and/or more EVOO. I used soy creamer which made my ricotta nice and creamy.

Batter Ingredients:
1. 2 cups Gf or wheat bread crumbs
2. 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
3. sea salt and black pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 350. Take your cheese mixture and pipe it into each blossom gently ( I used a pastry filler). With your fingers or tongs, carefully dip each flower in non-dairy milk of choice then into the bread crumbs with salt and pepper. Repeat until all of your blossoms are filled and breaded. I had 10 with left over cheese. Spray a baking pan or use parchment paper under the blossoms. Bake at 350 for 12-15 mins. Serve over your favorite pasta with a drizzle of warm marinara. I made my own sauce with the recipe below.

Tomato sauce:
1 clove chopped garlic
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tbs olive oil
1 1/2 tomatoes finely chopped
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp sugar

Cook garlic and red pepper flakes in a 2 quart sauce pan over medium heat, stirring until garlic is golden, about 30 seconds. Add all other ingredients and cook until sauce has thickened (around 25 mins).

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Kale Chips

                                                                  Kale Chips

Don't be afraid of little green things! These chips are so tasty. You may find yourself eating a whole batch (like we did). That's okay... they are really good for you. Kale is an excellent source of calcium, lutein, iron, and Vitamins A, C and K. The Icing on the Kale" is the naturally occurring all important phyotochemicals which research suggests may protect against cancer. All in a light crispy chip. They are so easy to make too! Gluten-free, vegan, nut-free, soy-free.

1 bunch (around 6 ounces) kale
1 TBS olive oil
Sea salt to taste (don't over do it you can always add more after they bake)

Preheat oven to 300. Rinse and dry the kale, then remove them stems and tough center ribs. Cut into large pieces, toss with olive oil and salt. Arrange leaves in a single layer on a large baking sheet.  Bake for 20 minutes. Enjoy!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Chipotle Hummus

I love hummus! On sandwiches, burgers, raw veggies or corn chips. Here are two recipes. One traditional and one chipotle. You can cook your chickpeas from dry or use canned. It tastes much better to use freshly cooked chickpeas. If you use canned use water in place of the cooking liquid. These hummus recipes are my favorite from melomeals.blogspot.com Gluten-free, vegan, soy-free contains sesame seeds

Chipotle Hummus
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1 t Tony’s creole seasoning
  • ¼ t cumin
  • ¼ t coriander
  • 2 c HOT chickpeas (reserve ½ c cooking liquid)
  • 1-2 canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 4 T tahini or peanut butter
  • 2-4 T chickpea cooking liquid as needed or Olive Oil if you aren't watching  your calories
  • Juice of 2 limes ( around 3 T )
  • ¼ c chopped cilantro (optional)
  • Salt/pepper to taste

  1. Pulse garlic and tony's in food processor until garlic paste is formed
  2. add the rest of the ingredients and puree until totally smooth
  3. Taste and adjust seasoning. Add more lime juice if needed. 

8 cloves garlic
2 t salt
1 t chili powder
4 c hot chickpeas
¼ c tahini
1/3 c lemon juice
Chickpea cooking water to thin if necessary

Method: Cook chickpeas and reserve cooking water.
In a food processor, add the garlic, salt and chili powder. Pulse until garlic is a paste. Now add the chickpeas, tahini and lemon juice. Puree until totally smooth. Add chickpea cooking water to thin mixture if desired.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Chocolate Covered Banana Sandwich

                                                     Chocolate Covered Banana Sandwich

I found this yummy chocolate flavored peanut butter at Fresh and Easy. It is all natural! It also works well with sliced strawberries or raspberries. Fresh fruit > Jam. Gluten-free, vegan, soy-free, contains peanuts.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Chickpea Salad Sandwich


                                                           Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Don't ask me how this works but, somehow smashed up chickpeas dressed as tuna salad is amazing! You don't really need a recipe for this because you can add whatever you usually add to your tuna salad. I made mine with some low-fat vegan mayo, brown mustard, relish, celery and cucumber. I drain then pulse a can of chickpeas together with the other veggies and then add the wet ingredients. Add lettuce, tomato, onion (whatever you prefer) and make it a sandwich. It works well stuffed in a bell pepper, a hollowed out cucumber or a lettuce wrap. It is so easy and the kids love it. Gluten-free, vegan, soy-free, nut-free.

 2 slices whole wheat bread or hollowed veggie
 1 can  drained chickpeas
 1 tsp brown or yellow mustard
 1/3 cup (or less)  vegan mayonnaise
 2 tbs pickle relish
 1 rib chopped celery- optional (cucumber, green,onion or mix of all)
    lettuce, optional- i like the spring greens mix
    tomato slices, optional
    fresh ground pepper

Monday, August 1, 2011

Sloppy Joes

My 10 year old son requested Sloppy Joes for dinner. I was reluctant but decided I was up for the challenge. They turned out great! My husband and I ate ours in a lightly roasted red bell pepper with a drizzle of non dairy cheese sauce. They are made with textured vegetable protein. This stuff has a great texture and is very similar to ground meat. Gluten-free, vegan, contains soy.

•2-3 tbsp olive oil or olive oil spray
•1 onion, diced
•1 green or red bell pepper, diced
•1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
•1 cup gf bbq sauce
1 cup ketchup
•1 tbsp chili powder
•1 tbsp gf soy sauce
•dash hot sauce or tabasco sauce (optional)
•1 tbsp sugar
•1 1/2 cups TVP
•salt and pepper to taste
•5-6 hamburger buns
In a large skillet, sautee the onion and peppers in olive oil for 3 to 5 minutes, or until onions are soft.
Reduce heat to medium low and add the remaining ingredients (except buns) and stir well to combine. Allow to simmer for at least 15 more minutes.
Spoon onto hamburger buns or roasted bell pepper and serve hot. I roasted a bell pepper cut in half @ 350
 for 10 minutes with a little water in the pan.

Nutritional Yeast Cheese Sauce  Recipe By: dailygarnish.com
•1/4 cup nutritional yeast
•1/4 cup millet flour (gluten free) or unbleached wheat flour
•1/4 tsp garlic powder
•1/4 tsp onion powder
•1/8 tsp ground mustard
•1/4 tsp sea salt
•1 cup water
•1 tbsp vegan margarine (ex. Earth Balance)
To Prepare:  Mix all dry ingredients together in a small saucepan.  Mix water and butter together and microwave for 2 minutes to melt and combine.  Slowly pour water and butter into saucepan with dry ingredients while whisking (to avoid lumps).  Heat saucepan on the stove top over medium heat until thickened – keep whisking!