Polenta Shepherds Pie

When the temperature drops we just want warm and cozy foods (yet I am always happy with a Kale Salad!).  This one was great and warmed us right up!

Michael has always apprecaited a good Shepherds Pie so I have made a few Veg variations on them over the years. This one was super good because of our shared love of polenta!

Polenta Shepherds Pi

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Polenta Shepherds Pie

Filling
1 lb veggie crumbles
1 onion, chopped
3 cups mushrooms, chopped
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
2 cups mushroom gravy – recipe below
cumin, salt & pepper, to taste

Polenta

1 1/2 cup water
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup polenta
1 tablespoon Earth Balance
2 tablespoons fresh herbs (I used basil, parsley, oregano)
salt, to taste
havarti or parmesan cheese (optional)

  1. Saute onion until translucent, then add veggie crumbles and mushrooms and cook 5 more minutes.
  2. Add frozen veggies and cook until thawed. Add cumin, salt & pepper and gravy.
  3. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low.
  4. Meanwhile begin polenta, bring almond milk, water, earth balance and herbs to a boil.
  5. Slowly whisk in the polenta and continue to stir until thick, a few minutes. Remove from heat. If adding cheese do so now, stirring till melted.
  6. Oil a casserole dish and pour filling mixture in.
  7. Top with polenta and smooth with a spatula.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes in a 350 deg oven. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Mushroom Gravy

3/4 cup white or button mushrooms, chopped
1 yellow or white onion, chopped
1/4 cup earth balance
2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons tamari
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp each of sage, thyme and marjoram
salt and pepper, to taste

  1. In a large skillet, melt the earth balance and add onion and mushrooms. Saute for just a minute or two over high heat.
  2. Reduce heat to medium and add vegetable broth and tamari. Slowly add flour, stirring well to combine and prevent lumps. Bring to a simmer and then reduce heat.
  3. Add spices, salt and pepper, stirring regularly for 8-10 minutes until gravy thickens.

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Mushroom and Crumble Stroganoff

Here is another Stroganoff recipe. The first one was such a hit but I still always love to experiment. I whipped this one up super fast and it was great! It was very different from the first one since I included the crumbles and vegan sour cream. Try both and see which one you like best 🙂

Mushroom and Crumble Stroganoff
Makes 4 servings

1-lb. pasta
1 onion, chopped
1 tablespoon canola oil
1-lb. pkg. Morningstar burger crumbles (or your favorite soy crumbles)
1 cup vegan (I used Hain Pure Foods Vegetarian Brown Gravy Mix)
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 ounces vegan sour cream (I used Tofutti)
3/4 cup white cooking wine

  1. Cook the pasta in boiling water.
  2. While pasta is cooking, in a large skillet, heat the oil and cook the onions and mushrooms until soft, about 4 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, stir, and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes.
  3. Drain the pasta, and serve the sauce over the noodles.

Veggie and Tofu Moo Shu

This was super yummy, quick to make and very low in fat, which is always lovely! Perfect weeknight meal! Deelish!

Veggie and Tofu Moo Shu
Makes 8 wraps

8 – Whole Wheat Tortilla Wraps
12-oz. bag dry broccoli slaw mix
8 ounces mushrooms, chopped
1 block tofu, cubed and crumbled (or vegan crumbles)
1 cup water chestnuts
1 can bamboo shoots, drained and chopped
3 tablespoons tamari
3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
dash white pepper (black is fine, if you don’t have white)
hoisin sauce

  1. In a small bowl, combine tamari, vinegar, garlic, cornstarch, and pepper. Mix well and set aside.
  2. Heat a wok to medium-high heat. Add tofu and cook, 2 minutes.
  3. Add broccoli slaw and mushrooms to wok and, stirring occasionally, cook for 3 – 4 minutes, until veggies are soft.
  4. Add bamboo shoots, water chestnuts and sauce to the pan, mix well, and cook for an additional 3 – 4 minutes, until entire dish is hot.
  5. Remove from heat and transfer moo shu mixture to a serving dish. Set aside.
  6. Serve tortillas and hoisin sauce alongside moo shu mixture. Spread hoisin sauce on tortilla and spoon moo shu mixture and wrap.
  7. Enjoy!

OH MY Vegan Lasagna!!

This is insane!! I love Daiya Vegan Cheese, amazing! The “ricotta” is beyond creamy and delicious. This is the Ultimate of all Comfort Foods! Both Michael and I were loving this. I have a feeling the next time we have company this is what I will make 😉 I am sure my guests will agree just how yummy this is! This is a crowd pleaser for vegans and carnivores alike!!

This is a perfect example of not only how easy living a vegan life is, but also how truly delicious and satisfying it can be!!

P.S. We are having a 2lb Chia Seed Giveaway that ends at Midnight on 4/2 – so don’t forget to enter HERE!!!

Amazing Vegan Lasagna

  • 1 box no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 12 oz. bag of soy crumbles
  • 18 oz jar of marinara sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 cup shredded vegan cheddar (preferably Daiya!!)
  • 1 cup shredded vegan mozzarella (preferably Daiya!!)
  • 1/2 – 1 tub lite firm tofu
  • tub of vegan cream cheese
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • few squeezes of lemon juice
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In skillet, saute soy crumbles with olive oil, onion, and garlic. Once browned, add marinara sauce, basil and oregano.
  3. In food processor, make “ricotta.” Put tofu, cream cheese, olive oil, and lemon juice. Pulse until mixed. Try to maintain coarser texture.
  4. In a 9x13x3 glass dish, layer bottom with noodles, then soy crumbles, then “ricotta”, then “cheeze”on top. Repeat layering process 2-3 more times. Top with oregano. Cover with foil and bake for about 45 minutes. Remove the foil and put back in the oven for 10-15 more minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes or so before serving.

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Vegan Sloppy Joes

Although I eat primarily raw I still enjoy a fabulous home-cooked vegan meal every now and then. This is one that I made sure to partake in and I was so glad I did! I can’t say I have ever had a ‘real’ sloppy joe, but so far I have never met a vegan one that I didn’t love! This was so comforting and warm and most importantly yummy!! You can serve it on buns for a more authentic take, but I didn’t want all that bread and the wraps really did the job. This dish was surprisingly super quick and easy in the kitchen 🙂 Enjoy!

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Vegan Sloppy Joes

1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
16 ounces of veggie soy crumbles (I used Morningstar)
6-8 ounces of tomato paste
1/4-1/2 cup water
2 heaping Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 onion, chopped
2 roma tomatoes or 1 large tomato, chopped
1 tsp. Dried Oregano
1 tsp. Chili Powder
2 Tbsp. organic ketchup
1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
Salt and Pepper, to taste
buns or tortillas

  1.  Heat olive oil in a (non teflon) saucepan and add the soy crumbles to let brown. Stir for 2 minutes to prevent burning.
  2. Add the brown sugar and tomato paste and mix well, adding water to bring to thick but smooth consistency.
  3. Mix in the mustard, onion, and tomatoes.
  4. Once well combined add the oregano and chili powder, ketchup and rice vinegar and stir.
  5. Season with the salt and pepper.
  6. Serve on toasted sandwich buns or in heatede tortillas.

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