A Cruelty-Free Holiday Feast

Nut Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

INGREDIENTS (serves 4)
2 tbs vegan butter (such as organic Earth Balance) or olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 tsp saltmushrooms
1 tbs chopped fresh sage
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup chopped pistachios
1/3 cup chopped almonds
1/3 cup chopped pine nuts
(or raw cashews)
1/2 cup flax “egg”*
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
4 portobello mushrooms stems removed

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Melt vegan butter or olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic, and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft, about 3 minutes. Stir in sage and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
2. In a large bowl, combine nuts, onion, flax, 1/2 nutritional yeast. Divide stuffing among mushroom caps, and bake until tender when pierced with a fork and tops are browning, about 30 minutes.

Stuffing can also be used for stuffing squash, such as acorn, delicata, butternut or as an appetizer using small button mushrooms or baby bellas!

*How to make flax egg: add two tbs flax seeds to half cup of water in sauce pan. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for a few min and pour through strainer into a bowl. As it cools it will create an egg-white consistency that’s perfect for vegan baking as a binding agent.

Salad with Roasted Fennel, Cranberries and Pumpkin Seeds

INGREDIENTS
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1 bag organic mixed greens
2 fennel bulbs
1/4 cup pepitas (pumkin seeds)
1/2 cup cranberries
olive oil
sprinkle of rosemary
dash of salt

Dressing
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup braggs apple cider vinegar
1 tbs agave
1 tsp dill

DIRECTIONS
1. Trim stalks of fennel bulbs and slice lengthwise into 4 quarters then half those. In a bowl toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and rosemary. and bake at 350 for 20-25min.
2. I’m a fan of less dishes so you can use the same bowl you tossed the fennel in. Add arugula, cranberries, pumkin seeds and roasted fennel (after baking).
3. Combine dressing ingredients in a jar with lid and shake well. Toss salad with dressing just before serving.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

INGREDIENTS
Garlic Mashed Potatoes (4-6 servings)
8-10 medium red potatoes washedmashed_potatoes
1 cup vegetable broth
1 bulb roasted garlic
(or crushed sauteed garlic)
1-2 tbs vegan butter (optional)
handful of chopped chives
salt & pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS
Boil potatoes in large pot until easily poked with fork. about 20 min. To speed up cooking time you can cut potatoes into smaller pieces. Drain and mash well. Add veggie broth, vegan butter and roasted or crushed sautéed garlic. Stir in chives and sprinkle on top just before serving.

Vegan Gravy

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup non-gmo vegetable oil or safflower oil
3 cloves crushed garlic
2 slices of brown or yellow onion chopped
4 tsp nutritional yeast
3 tbs organic soy saucevegan_gravy
2 cups water or broth
1/2 tsp sage
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup rice flour
5 -6 white mushrooms chopped

DIRECTIONS
1. Pour the oil in a saucepan and heat.
2. Add garlic onions and mushrooms and saute 5 minutes.
3. Add the flour, nutritional yeast, and soy sauce, stirring constantly until it makes a thick sauce.
4. Gradually stir in the water or broth and add spices.
5. Serve hot over mashed taters!

Green Beans with Lemon and Dill

INGREDIENTS
1 lb  green beansggreen_beans
squeeze lemon juice
handful fresh chopped dill
drizzle of olive oil (optional)
Salt to taste
Capers (optional)

DIRECTIONS
Remove stems from green beans. Steam for 5-10 min or until crisp tender. In a serving dish toss beans in lemon juice, salt, dill and olive oil and capers (if using).
Garnish with lemon slices.

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