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Fettuccini Alfredo
This easy pasta dish, traditionally made with cheese, milk, butter and oil, has been given a healthy makeover, using cashews and white beans to create the creamy white sauce. The cashews add richness while the white beans help keep the calories down.
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Apple Crisp
A perfect “anytime” dessert; vegan, no added salt, oil or refined sugar.
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Tandoori Soup
Tandoori seasoning—a blend of coriander, cumin, garlic, paprika, ginger, cardamom, and saffron—combines with shiitake mushrooms, sweet yams, and fresh tarragon for a soup that is earthy yet exotic. This is one of my favorite soups.
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Favorite Holiday Recipes
Holiday Recipes: These recipes are my favorites for the holidays. Some are traditional and others are not, but I thought they would be appropriate for a holiday feast. Enjoy! 100% plant-based (vegan), so added sugar, salt or oil.
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Raw Cranberry-Persimmon Relish
This Raw Cranberry-Persimmon Relish is perfect for the holiday table and is easy to make. It is not overly tart, and calls for NO refined sugars.
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Sweet Potato-Pecan Pie
Sweet Potato-Pecan Pie: This delicious pie is similar to pumpkin pie but is made with sweet potatoes (or yams) instead, and uses dates instead of refined sugar. (100% plant-based and salt-, oil-. and sugar-free)
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Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies
Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies: Plant-based, no refined oil, sugar or salt. Dates and almond butter stand in for the more traditional ingredients of butter, eggs, and refined sugar.
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Mushroom Risotto: Even without the addition of traditional oil, butter, cheese, and salt, risotto can be very satisfying and delicious. This classic Italian rice dish is creamy and hearty, getting its big flavor from a variety of mushrooms, as well as shallots, garlic, balsamic vinegar, and fresh tarragon. (vegan, SOS-free)
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Beefless Stew
Beefless Stew: This hearty stew has everything you love about beef stew, but without the beef! It has large chunks of potato, carrot, celery, and onion, and portabella mushrooms stand in for the beef. Garlic, paprika, and fresh rosemary provide excellent flavor.
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Black Bean & Yam Salad
Black Bean & Yam Salad: Black beans, yams, and quinoa come together beautifully in this filling and colorful salad. Onion, bell pepper, garlic, lime juice, cilantro, and Mexican seasoning team up to provide the lively flavors. A crowd-pleasing dish, perfect for parties and potlucks!
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Tomato Rice Soup
Tomato-Rice Soup: Tomatoes and rice are a famous combination, and are complemented nicely in this soup by white beans, greens, and fresh basil. This hearty soup can be a meal all on its own, or serve it with a side of homemade, oil-free corn chips.
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Oil-free Granola: Finding a granola that doesn’t contain oil is nearly impossible. This is another food that can be perfectly delicious (and still crunchy) without added oil. Making your own homemade granola is very easy, and you don’t even need a food dehydrator. (vegan, salt-, sugar-, and oil-free)
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Oil-free Hash Browns
Oil-free Hash Browns: Eliminating the oil is easy when you use a non-stick pan and know the best way to cut the potatoes.
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Almond-Poppy Seed Cake
Almond Poppy Seed Cake: This festive and hearty cake is not only delicious, but very fragrant. Its few ingredients and steps make for easy preparation, and it may be served plain or with Lemon Frosting. It uses no oil, and still bakes up moist without being greasy. (plant-based, salt/oil/sugar-free from
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Straight Up Food - Healthy & Delicious Vegan Recipes
Tu-no Casserole: This hearty casserole calls for garbanzo beans instead of tuna, and mushrooms instead of the traditional can of Cream of Mushroom Soup. Perfect for “comfort food” night. No-nut option as well. (From Straight Up Food: plant-based recipes without salt, sugar and oil.)