Butternut Squash and Sage Macaroni

Are you guys ready for another amazing 15 minute dinner recipe?!? I don’t think you’re ready….. Ok, here it is; butternut squash and sage mac n’ cheese. Mac n’ cheese is the epitome of comfort food and this home cooked version makes it that much more comforting. Butternut squash makes an awesome vegan ‘cheese’ sauce plus it’s high in antioxidants, fiber and potassium making this the healthiest mac n’ cheese out there!! The butternut squash sauce is so good, you’ll want to drink it like a smoothie…hey, feel free, I won’t judge ya!!!!

Prep time: 5 min          Cook time: 15 min       Serves: 4

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Ingredients

  • 1 small butternut squash
  • 7 oz pasta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 3/4 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 tsp dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  • Bring large saucepan of water to a boil. Carefully add the squash and cook over medium heat for 11 minutes until very soft. Drain and set aside
  • Place the pasta into boiling water and cook for 10 minutes until al dente. Drain and keep warm
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan and add diced onion and garlic. Sprinkle in the dried sage and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes until softened.
  • Spoon the contents of frying pan into food processor along with the butternut squash. Pour in vegetable stock and blend on high until completely smooth
  • Pour sauce over pasta and stir to mix completely. Season with salt and pepper

RAW VEGAN Strawberry Cheesecake

It’s raw, its vegan, it’s beyond delicious, and it is beautiful!!!! This vegan cheesecake will be sure to have everyone at your next family gathering begging you for the recipe! It’s hard to believe only a handful of vegan ingredients can combine to make this stunning dessert, all while maintaining ZERO refined sugars. It does need to freeze for about 3 hours, so make it before dinner so it can chill and set while you eat. It was so hard to wait, but so worth it! Besides freezing, it takes about 15 minutes to make. It really can’t get any better. This is the perfect recipe to bring to  Mother’s Day brunch tomorrow, especially if you’re looking for a last minute gift idea! When in doubt, go with vegan strawberry cheesecake!!!!

Prep time: 15 min (does not include soaking cashews or freezing)       Serves: 8

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw cashews soaked overnight then drained
  • 2 cups strawberries plus more for decorating
  • 2 kiwis
  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 1 cup dates divided
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • In food processor, combine the pecans, oats, salt and 1/2 cup dates. Blend until the mixture is soft but grainy. Press the mixture into the bottom of a large tart pan
  • Again in the food processor, combine the strawberries, cashews, dates and maple syrup. Blend until smooth and creamy. Add on top of the crust and smooth out. Decorate with strawberry and kiwi
  • Freeze at least 3 hours to set then slice and serve

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VEGAN Coconut Crusted Tofu with Sweet Chili Sauce

These cute little coconut crusted tofu triangles are the perfect treat for dipping in the sweet chili sauce. They make a great finger food for your little ones too! The tropical yet not too sweet flavors of coconut and pineapple in the sweet chili sauce make this recipe perfect for any season. Tofu is a great source of protein, iron, calcium, and also contains all 8 essential amino acids. It’s one of the best meat substitutes in my opinion because of how versatile it is. I also learned a valuable lesson the hard way while making these for dinner, coconut is extremely flammable! I had a miniature bonfire in my kitchen for a couple seconds but it was all worth it in the end! So worth it.

Prep time: 45 min       Cook time: 20 min     Serves: 4-6

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Ingredients

  • 14 oz extra firm tofu
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp cold water
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (for frying)

Sweet Chili Sauce

  • 1/2 cup coconut cream (from 15 oz can full-fat coconut milk)
  • 2 tbsp pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp chili garlic sauce

Instructions

  • Press the tofu for at least 30 minutes
  • To prepare the marinade, combine the soy sauce and coconut sugar in small mixing bowl. Microwave in 15 second intervals mixing in-between
  • Transfer the tofu to a shallow baking dish and pour in the marinade. Move tofu pieces around so each piece is completely coated. Let tofu marinate while you prepare the batter
  • Combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder and water in medium mixing bowl and whisk to combine
  • Pour panic and shredded coconut onto large plate and mix well with your hands
  • Heat the coconut oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Take the first piece of tofu and dip into batter. Shake gently to remove any excess then dredge through shredded coconut and panic mix so all sides are coated. Carefully place in skillet
  • Cook tofu about 2-3 minutes on each side until golden and crispy working in batches. Transfer cooked tofu onto paper towel-lined plate to absorb any excess oil. You may want to switch out the oil halfway through the batches if there is a lot of debris floating around in skillet!
  • While the tofu cools, prepare the sauce. Flip the can of coconut milk upside down and open from the bottom. Pour off the liquid and scoop 1/2 cup of the solid coconut cream into the blender. Add pineapple juice and chili garlic sauce. Blend until smooth
  • Serve tofu warm with a drizzle of sweet chili sauce

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VEGAN Corn Chowder

It literally went from freezing temperatures to scorching hot overnight!! But summertime means a whole new selection of seasonal fruits and vegetables! First up on my list, corn! I love corn so much I will eat it raw off the cob…and before you gag, it is so sweet and crisp I’ll bet once you try it you’ll never look back! The possibilities really are endless with corn from salsas and salads to soups and stir-fry! My all time favorite however is corn chowder. Even in the summertime heat, sweet and crisp corn always cools me down. This vegan recipe is so simple and hassle-free and totally toddler approved!

Prep time: 5 min    Cook time: 25 min       Serves: 4

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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 2 stalks of celery diced
  •  1 potato peeled and diced
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup almond milk or dairy-free milk of choice
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 4 ears corn, shucked
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  • In large pot heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, red pepper, and celery and saute until soft
  • Add diced potato and mix well. Add in flour and stir to coat vegetables. Add in almond milk and vegetable broth
  • Add seasonings, continue to stir well and bring to a boil. Once at a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover with a lid and let simmer gently for 15 minutes, or until potato is tender
  • Add in shucked corn once potato is tender and stir to combine. Cook for another 10 minutes until corn is tender to your liking
  • Transfer 1/3 of soup to food processor and blend until smooth. Pour back into the pot and stir well then serve hot

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