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Hearty Caesar Salad with Tofu Croutons (vegan, gf)

Hearty Caesar Salad with Tofu Croutons (vegan, gf)

This Caesar salad has replaced the much-loved Quinoa, Tempeh, and Avocado Bowl around here as our work-night go-to dinner. It’s easy, quick, super healthy, filling, and full of protein, healthy fats, and dark leafies (including a good bit of semi-hidden kale).

The croutons here are made with extra-firm tofu, but you are welcome to sub half with 1/2-inch chunks of baguette, or just eat the baguette on the side. The directions work for both, although for super crunchy croutons, start with stale bread or stick them in the toaster oven for a few minutes. Either way, it’s a perfect 1-bowl dinner. 

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Winter Butter-Nut Bowl (gluten-free, vegan, raw)

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I am always too busy to make lunch; this is a great healthy option that you can throw together for a sweet snack or meal. Winter-themed, it is based around a sweet butternut squash purée, so creamy and filling it’s almost like yogurt. Nuts are essential for both protein and crunch. Apples — my favorite winter fruit — are crisp and juicy, perfect with the squash. Dates bring some chewy sweetness – add in a couple extra if you love them like I do. A drizzle of blackstrap molasses rounds out the flavor with a nutrition-packed sweetness that keeps up those iron stores that allow you to feel energized and awake – plus, it’s got a low glycemic index so it won’t give you a sugar buzz and then let you crash.

Feel free to sub in your favorite nuts, dried fruit or spices and make this recipe your own. 

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Apricot-Apple Pie with Pine Nuts and a Rosemary Crust (vegan)

Vegan

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My mom makes the best pies. Her specialties are apple and raspberry. Our family has always loved apples, and as soon as Pavlus Orchard down the road was open for business in the fall, we would stop for pecks of all sorts of apples along with apple cider and rock candy. Sometimes apples didn’t get eaten quick enough and my brother and sister and I were recruited to peel and chop the ones that were getting soft. We would gather the apples, cool from being kept in the backroom, and set to work in front of a big pile of newspaper to catch the peels and cores. Our work would be rewarded with Mom’s cinnamony, glorious apple pie. 

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