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No-Bake Pineapple Tart (Vegan)

This chilled tropical dessert is sweet and tangy and perfect for summer. Best of all, this tart has a no-bake crust, so your kitchen can stay cool while you work. We hope you enjoy this recipe.

Ingredients:

1 5.4oz can of coconut cream
1 ½ cup pineapple (canned or fresh)
¼ cup sugar
2 T cornstarch
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the crust:

1 ½ cup almond flour
⅓ cup brown sugar
⅛ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup vegan butter

Optional decoration:

Cut pineapple wedges

 

Instructions:

Add your almond flour, brown sugar and salt to a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine.

Melt your vegan butter. Add your vanilla extract and melted vegan butter to your dry ingredients, mixing until a loose dough forms.

Transfer your dough to an 8-inch pie dish or tart pan. Press the dough into the pan and up the sides until it’s firm and spread evenly around the pan. Set it in the fridge while you assemble the filling.

Blend your pineapple until it’s smooth. Set aside.

In a large pot over medium heat, add your can of coconut cream. Stir until the coconut cream is smooth and is at a low boil.
Add your blended pineapple, vanilla extract, sugar and cornstarch to the coconut cream. Stir constantly for 15 minutes, until most of the cornstarch has dissolved and the mixture is thick.

Pour your pineapple filling through a sieve or a fine strainer and into another bowl. This will remove the pineapple fibers or any undissolved cornstarch and make your tart filling smooth.

Gently pour your pineapple filling into your tart crust, spreading evenly.

Put the tart in the fridge to set, covered, for at least 8 hours before serving. Enjoy!

Carne Asada Seitan (Vegan)

This dish is a plant-based twist on the classic taco filling, carne asada. Did you decide to eat less meat in the new year? Whether you’re trying to stay true to your resolution or you’re a plant-based eater looking for a change of pace, this recipe might be exactly what you’re looking for. It’s deliciously reminiscent of your favorite taco stand and fills you up with plenty of protein. Inspired by a dish my partner makes quite often, this recipe is tried-and-true, and I hope you’ll enjoy it too!

 

Ingredients for seitan:
¾ cup vital wheat gluten flour
¼ cup flour
¾ cup water

 

Ingredients for marinade:
1 lime
2 cloves garlic
1 orange
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
¼ cup olive oil
1 T cumin
½ T paprika
½ T chili powder
½ T italian herbs

 

Instructions:

In a medium mixing bowl, add your vital wheat gluten, flour, and water. Mix until a dough forms and knead with your hands for at least 3 minutes. Allow it to rest for 5 minutes before kneading it again for another 3 minutes. Set aside while you prepare to steam the dough.

Bring a large pot of water, about ¼ of the way full, to a boil. Find a metal colander or steamer basket that will fit on top of the pot without falling inside. If you have a pot with a steamer attachment, that appliance will also work. Spray your colander or steamer basket with non-stick cooking spray and place it on top of your pot.

Put your seitan dough into the steamer basket or colander. Cover it and allow it to steam on medium-high heat for 35 minutes. Check on it occasionally to make sure the water in the pot has not boiled off.

While your seitan is steaming, you can make the marinade.

In a small mixing bowl, add your chili powder, paprika, cumin, italian herbs, salt, black pepper, and olive oil.

Mince your garlic cloves and chop your cilantro. Add them to your mixing bowl.

Add the juice from your orange and lime into the mixing bowl. If you don’t own a citrus juicer, I recommend cutting them into 4 segments and squeezing them with your hands.

Stir your marinade until it is well combined. Set aside until your seitan has finished steaming.

Once your seitan is done steaming, allow it to cool down before you prepare it.

When your seitan has cooled, cut it into strips of your desired thickness. I recommended cutting it into ½ inch strips and cutting those strips in half.

Add your seitan to your marinade and stir until every piece is covered in the marinade. Allow it to rest in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Remove your seitan from the marinade and cook it in a skillet on medium heat until all the liquid cooks off and it becomes crispy, about 10 minutes.

Serve over rice or soft taco shells and enjoy!

 

Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad (Vegan and Gluten Free)

Sweet potatoes are a well-loved staple in fall, particularly at Thanksgiving dinners. We’ve reimagined the classic side dish into a sweet-and-savory salad that is the perfect side dish for any autumn occasion. This dish is also vegan and gluten free, so everyone at the dinner table can enjoy it together.

 

Ingredients:

2 medium sweet potatoes
1 lime
1 (14 ounce) can of black beans
3 T cilantro
3 T sunflower oil (or neutral oil of your choice)
1 T salt
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp paprika

 

Instructions:

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

Wash and peel your sweet potatoes.

Put your sweet potatoes in the boiling water and allow them to cook until tender, about 30 to 40 minutes depending on the size of your potatoes.

While your sweet potatoes are boiling, you can prepare the other ingredients.

Separate your cilantro leaves from the stems. Roughly chop the cilantro leaves and set them in a large mixing bowl.

Drain the liquid from your canned black beans and rinse them in water. Allow the water to drain before you add the black beans into your mixing bowl.

Cut your lime in half and squeeze the juice into the bowl.

Add your oil, cumin, salt and paprika into the bowl and mix.

When your sweet potatoes are cooked, allow them to cool slightly before chopping them into about 1 to 2 inch squares. Add them into your bowl and mix to combine.

Allow the dish to chill in the fridge overnight, or for at least 8 hours before serving. Enjoy!

Ginger Cookies (Vegan)

We’re ready to welcome the flavors of fall with these ginger cookies. These treats are great to make with family and friends, or as an activity with your kids. They’re also vegan and can easily be made gluten-free, so everyone can enjoy them.

 

Ingredients:

2 ¼ cups flour
¾ cup neutral oil (canola, sunflower)
1 cup brown sugar
¼ cup molasses
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt
3 T water
1 T flax seed
Demerara sugar for topping

 

Instructions:

Blend your flax seeds in a blender or food processor. Add your water and allow the mixture to sit in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. This will make a “flax egg” for your recipe.

Preheat your oven to 375°.

Prepare 2 large baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper. Set them aside.

Add your flour, spices, baking soda, and salt into a medium sized bowl. Stir it to combine the ingredients and set aside.

In a large bowl, add your sugar, molasses, oil, flax egg, and vanilla extract. Stir until they are combined.

Add your dry ingredients to your wet ingredients and stir until combined.

Pour some of your demerara sugar in a small bowl.

Form your cookie dough into balls about 1 inch wide and press the top of the cookie into the demerara sugar.

Set your cookies on your prepared baking sheets as you go, about 2 inches apart from each other.

Bake your cookies for 9 minutes and allow them to cool completely before serving. Enjoy!

 

Greek Chickpea Salad (Vegan)

This chickpea salad is perfect for packing into lunchboxes or to make when it’s just too hot outside to cook. It’s flavorful and packed with nutrients to make you feel full and satisfied. This salad is also vegan, which makes it perfect as a refreshing side dish for dinners and get-togethers.

 

Ingredients:

1 15 ounce can of chickpeas
1 can or jar of kalamata olives
1 cucumber
½ of a red onion
3 T parsley
2 cloves garlic
3 T olive oil
3 T balsamic vinegar
2 T salt (or to taste)
½ tsp black pepper

 

Instructions

Drain and rinse your canned chickpeas. Put them in a large mixing bowl and set aside. You will continue to add ingredients to the bowl as you go.

Drain your kalamata olives. Cut them in half lengthwise and add them to your mixing bowl.

Peel your cucumber and remove the seeds. Dice it into small pieces and add it to your bowl.

Dice your red onion. Add it to your bowl.

Mince your parsley and add it to your bowl.

Finely mince your garlic cloves and add them to your bowl.

Add your olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and black pepper to your bowl and mix until well combined.

Chill for 1-2 hours in the refrigerator and serve cold. Enjoy!

PB&J Cookie Bars (Vegan)

The classic peanut butter and jelly gets reimagined for dessert. These cookie bars are chock-full of rich peanut and sweet fruity flavor, just like your favorite childhood sandwich. These dessert bars can be made vegan for everyone to enjoy and they’re sure to fly right off the plate.

 

Ingredients:

9 T unsalted butter (vegan or regular)
⅔ cup peanut butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 ¼ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 ½ cups flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder

 

For the topping:

4 sheets of graham crackers
1 T butter
1 T peanut butter
1 jar of jelly or jam

 

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350°

Grease an 8×8 or 9×9 pan with butter or line it with parchment paper

Melt your butter in a small pot over medium heat.

When your butter has melted, add the peanut butter, and mix until combined.

Transfer your mixture into a large bowl.

Add your brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla extract to the bowl and stir until combined.

In a separate smaller bowl, add your flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix until combined.

Pour your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients and stir until they’ve just come together. Be careful not to overmix.

Pour the batter into your prepared pan and create an even layer of batter with a spatula.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the sides become golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow it to cool for 10-15 minutes before adding any toppings.

While your cookie is baking, you can make the topping.

Heat a tablespoon of butter in a small bowl or saucepan. You can use a microwave or a stovetop.

Crush your graham crackers into crumbs and add them to the bowl.

Add a tablespoon of peanut butter to the bowl.

Stir the ingredients to combine them. This can be done with a fork or spoon, but it’s much easier when done with your hands.

Once your cookie has cooled, you can begin topping it.

Spread an even layer of jelly or jam over the top of the cookie, about ½ an inch thick.

Sprinkle a layer of your graham cracker topping on top of the jam, making sure to cover all the visible jam.

Cut it into squares and enjoy!

 

Peach Icebox Cake (Vegan)

Refreshing cold desserts are a great relief from the summer heat. This peach icebox cake can help you beat the heat and satisfy your sweet tooth. Using locally grown peaches and just a few ingredients from your pantry, this treat is simple to make and easy for everyone to enjoy.

Ingredients:

8 peaches
1 box vegan graham crackers
1 (15 oz) can of full-fat coconut milk

For the pudding:

Coconut milk + 2 T coconut cream
¼ cup sugar
½ T cornstarch
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the whipped cream:

Coconut cream
¼ cup sugar
1 T vanilla extract
1 tsp cornstarch

 

Put your can of coconut milk in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours before making your icebox cake. This will separate the coconut milk and coconut cream.

Peel, pit and slice your peaches. Set them aside.

Open your can of coconut milk. There will be a distinct layer of coconut cream at the top of the can. Scoop the coconut cream into a separate bowl and pour the coconut milk into a small pot. Take 2 tablespoons of the coconut cream and put it in the coconut milk, stirring to combine.

Set your coconut cream aside in the refrigerator.

Cook your pot of coconut milk over medium heat. Add the sugar, vanilla, and cornstarch to the pot. Whisk it constantly to dissolve the cornstarch and it thickens to pudding consistency. This will take 10-15 minutes.

Remove your coconut cream from the refrigerator to make your coconut whipped cream.

In a medium mixing bowl, add the coconut cream, sugar, vanilla extract, and cornstarch.

Whip the coconut cream using a hand mixer until soft peaks form.

Gather your coconut whipped cream, peaches, pudding, and graham crackers to assemble your cake.

In an 8×8 pan, add a layer of graham crackers to the bottom.

Pour your coconut pudding on top of the graham crackers.

Add a layer of peaches, saving some for the decoration on top.

Place another layer of graham crackers on top of the peaches.

Smooth the coconut cream on top of the graham crackers.

Top the cake with peaches and crumbled graham cracker pieces.

Refrigerate your icebox cake for 2 to 3 hours before serving. Enjoy!

 

Vegan Sloppy Joes

Sloppy joes remind us of summer cookouts or lazy dinners on the back porch when the heat of the day has faded away. We’ve recreated this classic dish using textured vegetable protein, a vegan protein that’s tasty and affordable, so everyone can have a bite. It comes together in just 20 minutes and goes great on your favorite sandwich bread. I hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

6 ounces of dry TVP (textured vegetable protein – find it in the grocery aisle)
6 ounces of water
15 ounce can of tomato sauce
1 bell pepper (any color)
½ of a white onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 T olive oil
1 T salt
1 T ground pepper
3 T brown sugar
4 T chili powder
1 ½ T dijon mustard
2 T worcestershire sauce

 

Instructions:

Measure out 6 ounces of dry TVP and put it in a medium sized bowl.

Measure 6 ounces of boiling water and add it to your TVP. Cover it and set it aside. Your TVP should almost triple in size as it absorbs the water.

Mince your garlic cloves and dice your onions. Dice your bell pepper.

Cook your onions, bell peppers and olive oil in a medium sized pot until the onions are translucent. Add your garlic and cook until fragrant.

Add your tomato sauce, dijon mustard, worcestershire sauce and brown sugar into the pot. Stir over medium heat until combined and allow it to cook for 2-3 minutes while stirring occasionally.

Scoop your TVP into the pot and stir to combine it with your sauce.

Add your salt, pepper and chili powder to the sauce and stir to combine.

Allow the mixture to simmer on medium heat before serving.

When you’re ready to serve, spoon your TVP sloppy joes onto your favorite bun and enjoy!

 

Bean and Cheese Dip (Vegan)

Summer is in the air and outdoor get-togethers are a wonderful way to enjoy the company of friends and family. This bean and cheese dip is easy to make and it’s a tasty crowd-pleaser everyone can enjoy. Serve it alongside tortilla chips and dig in!

This recipe is easy to make vegan by using dairy-free cheese on top of the beans. We used Field Roast™ Chao vegan cheese in this dish and it came out wonderfully. When melting the vegan cheese, it may not melt at the same rate as regular cheese so use your own judgement to determine when yours dip is ready. You can also make this recipe ahead of time if needed. Instead of melting the cheese on top of the beans, simply store it in the fridge and bake the dip for 30 to 35 minutes before serving. I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Ingredients:

15 oz can of black beans
½ cup vegetable stock
¼ white onion
1 garlic clove
2 T fresh cilantro
½ T lime juice
½ T olive oil
¼ Tsp chili powder
¼ Tsp cumin
¼ Tsp salt (or to taste)
5 oz shredded cheese (vegan or regular)


Instructions:

Drain and rinse your black beans. Set them aside using the empty can or a separate bowl.

Finely mince your onion and garlic.

Pick the leaves off your cilantro, avoiding the stems. Mince the cilantro leaves and set them aside.

Add your olive oil, onion, and garlic to a medium sized saucepan. Cook on low to medium heat until your onions are translucent, and the garlic is fragrant.

Add your cumin and chili powder to the saucepan and stir to combine for one minute. This will allow the spices to release more flavor.

Add your black beans and vegetable stock and stir.

Cover the saucepan and allow the beans to cook on medium heat for 6 minutes.

Uncover the beans and smash them until they become soft and spreadable. You can do this using a fork, a large spoon, or a potato masher.

Add your minced cilantro, lime juice and salt.

Cook the beans uncovered for 2 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Transfer the beans to your desired serving dish and spread it evenly on the bottom.

Sprinkle your shredded cheese on top in an even layer.

Melt the cheese in the oven by baking it for 15 to 20 minutes at 250°.

Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!

 

Strawberry Shortbread Sandwich Cookies (Vegan)

Local strawberries have arrived at the Co-op and the possibilities for scrumptious strawberry desserts are endless. We decided to make these adorably delicious sandwich cookies using freshly sliced strawberries and vegan ingredients so everyone can have a bite. Serve them for dessert or as a sweet treat on a sunny afternoon

 

Ingredients:

For the cookies:

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cups powdered sugar
1 ¼ cups softened vegan butter (unsalted)
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 T water

 

For the filling:

½ cup vegetable shortening or soft vegan butter (unsalted)
2 cups powdered sugar
1.2 tsp vanilla extract
½ T water
10-12 thinly sliced strawberries

 

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 325°. Prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, add your flour and powdered sugar. Mix them to combine.
Add your softened vegan butter and vanilla.

Mix the dough with a hand mixer on medium speed until the dough is blended together. It will be
crumbly but just barely stick together.

Add your tablespoon of water. This will help prevent the dough from crumbling too much when you roll it and cut out your cookies.

Roll out your dough into a ¼ inch thick sheet. Make sure your rolling pin and surface are floured well to keep the dough from sticking. You can also roll the dough between two sheets of parchment paper if desired.

Use the cookie cutter of your choice to cut out your cookie shapes. Place your cookies on the prepared baking sheet.

You may continue rolling and cutting out cookies using the leftover dough. Depending on the size of your cookie cutter, you should have about 24 cookies. Make sure you have an even number of cookies to sandwich them in the final step.

Bake the cookies for 14-16 minutes, or until the bottom of the cookies are slightly golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool for 30 minutes.

While your cookies are cooling, you can make your filling.

In a medium sized bowl, add your powdered sugar, vanilla extract and water.

With a hand mixer, mix them on low speed until combined. Set aside.

Slice your strawberries and set them aside.

To assemble your sandwich cookies, spread about a tablespoon of frosting on the inside of each cookie. You can do this using a butterknife or a pastry bag.

For half of the cookies, place 2-3 slices of strawberry on top of the filling to create a layer.

Gently press another cookie on top of the cookies with strawberries inside. The filling will create a glue to hold the cookies together and keep the strawberry in place.

After you’ve assembled your cookies, place them in the refrigerator to help the filling set.

These cookies will hold up for 24 hours in the refrigerator if made ahead. Enjoy!