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Vegan Manicotti with Italian Sausage Field Roast

Mmm…Manicotti!
Meat-free. Dairy-free. Egg-free. It’s definitely not taste-free! 🙂

This is my second veganized version of the manicotti that I grew up eating. Eric said this is the best manicotti I’ve ever made! This goes together pretty quickly. The cashews don’t need to soak for very long and the tofu can drain while you’re mincing veggies.

(My first veganized manicotti recipe can be found here.)

INGREDIENTS TO PREP

1 box manicotti noodles, uncooked

1/2 of a 15.5 ounce twin pack (or 1/2 of a standard block) extra firm or firm tofu, drained, then mashed with a fork or potato masher

1 T avocado oil (or oil of your choice)
1/4 C onion, minced
1/3 C carrot, minced
large clove garlic, minced

1 T dried parsley
1/2 T Italian seasoning blend
1 t dried basil
1/4 t garlic powder

1/2 C raw cashews, soaked in 1/2 C water for at least an hour
2 T nutritional yeast
generous dashes of salt and pepper

2 links Field Roast Italian Sausages, chopped
1 t balsamic vinegar

1 C Daiya mozzarella style shreds (or comparable brand)

1 jar (24 oz) vegan spaghetti sauce of your choice
1 C diced tomatoes, pureed with 1/2 C water (**See note)

**NOTE: If you prefer, use part of a second jar of spaghetti sauce OR use tomato sauce instead of the diced tomatoes/water. I used the diced tomatoes because that’s what I had in the house, and I realized that I should have bought 2 jars of spaghetti sauce. The idea is to have enough sauce to fully cover the noodles during baking. You won’t need 2 full jars of sauce, but 1 jar won’t be enough. HISTORY: Back in the 1980’s, when my mom used to make manicotti, the spaghetti sauce jars were a lot bigger. I think they used to be 32 ounces. Over time, the price stayed the same, while the jars got smaller and smaller. The food companies think people don’t notice, but some of us do!!

Vegan manicotti ingredients

ASSEMBLY:

1. Open box of noodles and set aside.

2. Set aside your glass 9″ x 13″ baking pan and a piece of aluminum foil.

3. Place your drained, mashed tofu in a large mixing bowl and set aside.

4. In a saute pan on medium heat, sizzle the oil, onions, carrots, and garlic. Remove it from the heat and stir in the parsley, Italian seasoning blend, basil, and garlic powder. Add all of it to the mixing bowl. Stir.

5. In a Vitamix blender, whiz up the cashews, soaking water, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper. Pour into the mixing bowl. Stir.

Mashed tofu with veggies/herbs and cashew sauce

6. In a small bowl, drizzle the balsamic vinegar over the chopped Field Roast Italian sausages, and stir. Add them to the mixing bowl.

Chopped Field Roast with balsamic vinegar mixed in

7. Add the Daiya shreds to the mixing bowl. Stir.

All ingredients for stuffing into the noodles

8. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

9. Pour enough spaghetti sauce into the bottom of the glass baking pan to coat the bottom. Stuff the noodles with the yummy mixture and line the noodles up in the pan. (I didn’t end up using the last 2 noodles.)

10. Pour the rest of the spaghetti sauce and the pureed tomatoes/water into the bowl that had the stuffing mixture. Stir.

Spaghetti sauce and pureed tomatoes/water

11. Pour the sauce blend over the noodles and then make sure each stuffed noodle is fully surrounded by sauce.

Vegan manicotti, before baking

12. Bake at 400 degrees, covered with foil, for 45 minutes.

13. Remove foil, turn off the oven, and leave in the oven for another 10 minutes. If desired, during this time, sprinkle extra vegan cheese shreds on top.

14. Remove from oven and let sit for another 10 minutes before serving.

Vegan manicotti, after baking

ENJOY!

Veganized BRM GF Brownie Pie

Ah…it’s the weekend! Time for some more quick, easy baking. I pulled out my BRM GF Brownie Mix to try…

BRM GF Brownie Mix

The ingredient list on the bag says…

1 package BRM GF Brownie Mix
3 eggs
1/2 C butter, melted

My new, improved, veganized recipe looks like this:

1 package BRM GF Brownie Mix
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 C Earth Balance, not melted
1/4 C sunflower seed butter (creamy)
3/4 C organic soy milk (EdenSoy Extra Original)
1/2 t vanilla extract
Powdered sugar, for dusting

Wet ingredients

ASSEMBLY: 1) Combine the wet ingredients; 2) Stir in the dry mix; 3) Grease a glass pie pan with Earth Balance; 4) Bake at 350 degrees; 5) Check at ~35 minutes, then add time by 5-10 minute increments until a knife in the center comes out clean (mine took 50 minutes); 6) Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a plate; 7) Dust with powered sugar when completely cool.

In the pie plate, the edges got a little crispy/crunchy, while the center was gooey and fudgey…the perfect combination, in my opinion.

And…this dessert begs for some non-dairy vanilla ice cream!

Brownie pie, right out of the oven

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