2 small zucchini, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 medium eggplant, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 yellow onion, sliced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon olive oil
olive oil cooking spray
14 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
4 plum tomatoes, seeded and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced in half
1 1/4 teaspoons sherry wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
Cooked pasta, optional

Preheat oven to 450°

In a large bowl, toss zucchini, eggplant, bell pepper and onion with thyme, rosemary, 1/4 teaspoon salt, black pepper, 2 tablespoons water and oil. Fit a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and coat it with cooking spray.
Spread vegetables in a single layer in the pan; roast, stirring once, for 25 minutes.
In the same bowl, combine chickpeas, tomatoes, garlic, tomato paste and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Add to pan with the vegetables; roast 10-12 minutes more.
Toss roasted vegetables with the vinegar.
Sprinkle with basil

Serves 4

Note: Can be served over cooked pasta for a more heartier meal.

eggplant meatballs

 

 

 

 

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 pound eggplant, peeled or unpeeled, cut into 1 inch cubes
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced, equals approximately 1 tablespoon
1 cup cooked or canned white beans
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, leaves only
1 cup breadcrumbs
2 cups marinara (pasta sauce)
Pinch of red chile flakes (optional)

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Use 1 tablespoon olive oil to grease a large rimmed baking sheet fitted with parchment paper. Put 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add eggplant and 1/4 cup water. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until eggplant pieces shrivel a bit and are tender and beginning to color, approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer eggplant to the bowl of a food processor.
Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to the skillet along with the onion and garlic and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently until onions are soft and translucent.
Drain the cooked beans. If using canned beans, drain and rinse them. Add the beans and parsley to the eggplant and pulse until well combined and chopped, but not pureed.
Place the eggplant mixture in a large bowl. Add the onion and garlic and toss. Then add the breadcrumbs and red chile flakes, if using and mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings. Roll mixture into approximately 12 balls, about 2 inches in diameter. Transfer meatballs to the baking sheet. Bake undisturbed, until they are firm and well-browned, 25 to 30 minutes.
Warm the pasta sauce. Serve the meatballs, hot or at room temperature along with the pasta sauce.
Serve over pasta, rice, quinoa or steamed greens.

Serves 4-6

Note: Meatballs can also be added to and warmed up in the pasta sauce.

16 ounce package ground vegan “meat”
1 jar salsa (any brand will work)
15 ounce can kidney beans or pinto beans, drained
1/2 cup chopped green peppers
1/2 cup chopped onions
jalapeno peppers, chopped, if desired.

Mix all of the ingredients together in a pot. Heat until hot.

Serves 2-4

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large bunch broccoli, stalks and flowerettes, finely chopped
16 ounce bag baby carrots, chopped
16 ounce box lasagna noodles
1 container silken tofu
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
salt to taste
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, vegan
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, vegan
2 – 24 ounce jars tomato sauce, divided

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large skillet, heat olive oil on medium heat and saute chopped broccoli and carrots until tender, about 7 minutes.
Place in a large bowl and refrigerate until cool.
Cook noodles, drain, and lay flat until cool.
Mix ricotta cheese with garlic powder, oregano, basil and salt.
Add ricotta mixture, Parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese to the bowl of broccoli and carrots, mix well.
Using a spatula, spread 1/2 cup of the filling onto length of each lasagna noodle, leaving 1/2 inch space at each end so roll-ups do not overflow.
Roll each one up tightly.
Spread 1 jar of the tomato sauce on the bottom of a deep baking pan.
Place roll-ups seam side down.
Cover pan with tin foil and bake in oven for 45 minutes.
Remove from oven and top with the remaining tomato sauce.
Bake uncovered for 15 more minutes.

Serves 4

3 tablespoon ketchup
2 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon chili oil
2 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
10 ounces fresh plum tomatoes, peeled and diced (can use canned tomatoes)
2 tablespoon chopped crystallized ginger
14 – 16 ounce firm or extra firm tofu, cut in 3/4 inch pieces
Cooked brown rice

Mix together in a bowl, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, chili oil and chili garlic sauce. Set aside. In a saucepan, stir on high heat for 2 minutes, olive oil, plum tomatoes and crystallized ginger.
Add the sauce and tofu, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer a few minutes more until tofu is heated through. Serve over brown rice.

Serves 4

Note: Have plain yogurt available to balance the spicy flavor. For a bit of green try adding peas or spinach.

14 ounce package tofu, drained
2 cups mozzarella style vegan cheese shreds
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon garlic powder, or 2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced (added to the marinara sauce)
Salt and pepper to taste
2 – 25 ounce jars vegan marinara sauce
3 bell peppers, cored, seeded and chopped (a mix of red, yellow and
orange is a nice presentation)
12 no-boil lasagna noodles
Cooking spray
Can add sliced mushrooms or any other chopped vegetables to the sauce.

Preheat oven to 350°F
.

Lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch glass baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
Wrap tofu in 3 or 4 layers of paper towels and gently press out as much
liquid as possible, changing paper towels once or twice as needed.
In a medium bowl combine pressed tofu, yeast, garlic powder, if using, salt and pepper and mash with a fork.
Set tofu mixture aside. Put marinara sauce into a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add peppers, minced garlic, if using (and any other chopped vegetables) and continue simmering until peppers are tender,
about 10 minutes.
Spoon enough sauce into prepared dish to cover bottom, then arrange 4
noodles on top. Spread 1/3 of tofu mixture onto noodles and sprinkle
with 1/3 of vegan cheese shreds, then spoon more sauce over the tofu
and vegan cheese shreds. Repeat the process 2 more times, ending with
sauce. Cover with foil and bake until noodles are tender, 45-60 minutes.
Let the lasagna rest for 10 minutes and then serve.

Serves 4

Note: Can use regular lasagna noodles.

4 portobella mushrooms
2 tablespoons spicy mustard
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
½ cup olive oil
Dash of hot pepper sauce
Freshly ground black pepper

Mix together the mustard, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, hot pepper sauce and black pepper.
Brush mixture over both sides of portobella mushrooms. Grill or broil 4-5 minutes on each side.
Serve on a bun with fixings of your choice (tomato, lettuce, pickles, pesto, red onion, etc.)

Serves 4

1 green pepper, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 – 2 yellow and/or green squash, chopped
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, diced
1 jalapeño pepper, diced
1 cup cooked brown rice
15 ounce can organic refried beans
Vegetarian ground beef, optional
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 – 8 tortillas – whole wheat, gluten-free, rice, or corn

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Sauté the vegetables in olive oil on medium heat until soft. Mix in the brown rice, refried beans and “smart ground” until mixture is hot. Place some of the mixture in each of the tortillas. Roll them up and place them in a baking pan and cook them until brown, about 15 minutes. Top with your favorite toppings.

Yield approximately 6-8 burritos

Note: Leftover filling can be stored in the refrigerator. When ready to use, place mixture on a fresh tortilla, roll it up and microwave until hot.

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
3 cups canned vegetable broth
1 cup lentils, rinsed
8 ounces red-skinned potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (grated lemon peel)
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
6 ounces fresh spinach leaves, to (about 8 cups)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
Salt and pepper

Heat olive oil in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and stir 30 seconds. Add vegetable broth and lentils; bring to boil. Reduce heat,
cover and simmer 10 minutes. Add potatoes; cook uncovered until potatoes and lentils are tender, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.
Add lemon zest, lemon juice, spinach and cayenne pepper to stew.
Cover and simmer stew until spinach wilts and is cooked through, about 2 minutes. Mix in mint. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Spoon stew into large soup bowls.

Serves 4

Note: Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Re-warm over low heat before serving. Recipe can be doubled.

1 1/4 cup dried kidney beans
1/2 cup dried black beans
1 large onion, chopped
2 – 3 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 can diced tomatoes (giant sized can, 6 pounds 6 ounces)
1/2 bag frozen corn (12 ounce size)
Salt, pepper, sugar, chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper to taste

Let beans soak overnight in several inches of water.
Rinse and drain.
Place beans in the crockpot (slow cooker). Cover beans with 1-2 inches of water.
Cook on high for 3-4 hours.
Add onion, garlic, tomatoes, and corn.
Add seasonings to taste.
Cook for 3-4 more hours on high or till beans are soft.

Note: Make another batch with the leftover tomatoes and corn to freeze for
later.
Goes great with cornbread.

Serves 4