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WET INGREDIENTS:

1-2 cloves garlic, minced
chopped onion (~1/4 to 1/3 cup)
chopped red pepper (~1/4 to 1/3 cup)
1- 15 oz can organic Cannellini (white kidney) beans, rinsed & drained
1 T tahini
1 T balsamic vinegar
1 t capers

DRY INGREDIENTS:

1/4 C ground sunflower seeds
1/2 C oat flour (GF)
dash garlic powder
dash salt
1/8 t crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 t fennel (crushed with mortar & pestle)
1 t dried basil
1 t Italian seasoning blend
1 T nutritional yeast

ASSEMBLY:

Use a small food processor to puree the wet ingredients.

In a large bowl, combine the wet puree with the dry ingredients.

Divide the burger “dough” into 4 balls.  Pour a drop of olive oil on your hands to handle it easier.  The burger dough will be sticky and soft– don’t panic!!  Create 4 patties.  You can just drop the ball right onto parchment paper and then flatten into a patty.

Refrigerate the patties on parchment paper for at least 30-60 minutes before cooking.  The time will allow the excess moisture to soak into the oats, which will bind the burgers.  Trust me!

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Cook the patties on medium heat in a saute pan using the oil of your choice (I use coconut oil).  It should take about 10 minutes per side.  Shake the pan periodically to make sure they aren’t sticking.

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Serve these burgers with a dollop of spaghetti sauce.  If you want to dress it up more, add vegan cheese, kalamata olives, and fresh basil.

THANK YOU for not eating animals.

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Without question, my all-time favorite childhood meal was my mom’s manicotti.  It was one of my first meals:  my mom pureed it and fed it to me when I was a baby.  I grew up a typical omnivore.  I loved cheese!

Unfortunately, the manicotti from my childhood features not much more than sauce and noodles with cheese (cottage), cheese (mozzarella) and more cheese (parmesan).  It also has egg in it.  Not vegan!

After I went vegan, I set out to veganize my mom’s manicotti.  I think I did a pretty great job!  This recipe is my own except please note that the Powdered Cheez Blend is not my recipe (I forgot where I got it from).

STEP 1:

Saute in 1-2 T OLIVE or COCONUT OIL:

4 chopped SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS
about 1/4 of an ONION, chopped
several cloves GARLIC, minced
about 1/3 of a bunch of SPINACH, chopped
4 SUN-DRIED TOMATOES, chopped (oil-packed or dried & re-hydrated)
2 T ITALIAN SEASONING blend
1 T DRIED PARSLEY
1/2 t FENNEL SEEDS
1/4 t CRUSHED RED PEPPER FLAKES
dash SALT
dash PEPPER

Remove from heat then add 1/2 T BALSAMIC VINEGAR and set aside.

STEP 2:

With a fork, crumble 1/2 a block (7 oz) of drained FIRM TOFU.

Heat 1/4 C of POWDERED CHEEZ BLEND (see recipe below) in 1/2 C water in a small saucepan until it thickens, then remove from the heat.  Combine the tofu & this cheez sauce.

Set aside about 1/2 a package of DAIYA MOZZARELLA STYLE SHREDS.

STEP 3:

In a large bowl, combine the sauteed veggies, the tofu/cheez sauce blend, and the Daiya.

Stuff filling into 1 pkg MANICOTTI NOODLES and add stuffed noodles to a 9”x13” pan.

To ‘clean’ the bowl that had the filling mixture in it, add the sauce ingredients:  1-25.5 oz JAR SPAGHETTI SAUCE, 1-14.5 OZ CAN DICED TOMATOES, and 1/4 cup water.  Add sauce over the noodles.

Bake covered at 400 degrees for 45 minutes, then 5-10 minutes uncovered.  Wait 10 minutes before eating (that’s the hard part!)

POWDERED CHEEZ BLEND

Process the following in a food processor until finely ground:

3/4 C raw cashews or almonds
1/2 C rolled oats
1/4 C raw sunflower seeds
1 C nutritional yeast flakes
2 T arrowroot
2 t dry mustard
1-2 t garlic powder (I use the lesser amount of garlic & onion, and I use less salt, too)
1-2 t onion powder
2 t sea salt
1 t paprika or chili powder

Store in fridge for up to 2 months. To prepare sauce, whisk 1 part blend to 2 parts water or non-dairy milk in a saucepan, medium heat until it thickens, 2-3 minutes.

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