Moderate Recipes

Dark Chocolate Strawberry Truffles

Why not make some home made candy for Mom for Mother’s Day instead of buying her a box of chocolates. The truffle recipe I am sharing with you today is perfect for Mother’s Day with Spring strawberries and dark chocolate. They are actually gluten free, vegan and refined sugar free too, so you can feel good about giving them as a gift.  Not only that, they are delicious as well, and pretty easy to make, so you might even want to make a batch for yourself too!

Dessert Intermediate Moderate Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Vegan Vegetarian

Vegan Italian Meatballs

Sometimes for Christmas, you just want classic comfort food. If you are a vegan or vegetarian or maybe just a family trying to cut down on meat consumption, then this recipe is perfect for you!  Classic Italian meatballs, completely plant based!  I have made these quite a few times, and served them to my other family members who are not vegan and they loved them.  Some of them even said that they preferred it to real meatballs.  The secret to the delicious texture that mimics the real thing?  Lentils and walnuts. They happen to add protein and fiber too, so this is also a balanced meal if served with some pasta. I make a rich flavorful red sauce to combine them with and they taste delicious!  The meat balls and sauce can be made ahead, just don’t combine them with the sauce until you are ready to serve.  If you are doing that, I suggest heating the meatballs on a sheet pan in the oven (at 350F degrees for about 20 minutes if they are cold) and the sauce on the stove in a saucepan.

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Mini Pecan Pies (GF, V)

Pecan pie is a classic Thanksgiving dessert!  It was always one of my favorites, and I only got to enjoy it on Thanksgiving every year as a child.  I make my own version as an adult, but when I am serving it to people, I sometimes like to make little individual ones so there is no cutting required when it comes to enjoying it.  You just set it out and it is all set to go!  Not only that, the mini pie portions are perfect for Thanksgiving when you are already pretty full from the rest of your meal.  Bonus, these pies are vegan and gluten free!  But you would never know because they are so delicious.

Dessert Intermediate Moderate Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Heart Healthy Vegan Vegetarian

Vegan Faux Chicken Filets with Gravy

If you are a vegetarian or vegan, it can be tough sometimes trying to figure out what to make for Thanksgiving.  You can eat lots of side dishes if they don’t contain animal products but it is nice to have a main dish as well to replace the turkey.  The recipe I am sharing with you today for faux chicken filets is perfect for that!  They are made out of chickpeas, but you would never know because they are delicious and mimic poultry well.  They are also packed with protein and fiber, so you can feel good and satisfied after eating them.  I serve them with a mushroom gravy, because who doesn’t love gravy on Thanksgiving!

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Dairy Free Gluten Free Apple Pie

There is nothing more comforting than a warm apple pie in the Fall.  Which is why whenever apples come into season I have to bake one!  The streusel topped ones are my favorite, and that is the type I am sharing with you today.  It is actually gluten free, and although the method for making it is a little unconventional (the crust being cooked partially separate from the filling), this is what makes it cook faster and turn out just right!  Also, it is refined sugar free, and dairy free as well, but you would never know because it is so good.  This is perfect served warm with some So Delicious dairy free coconut milk ice cream.  So, now if you get some delicious fresh local apples, you know what to make with them!

Dessert Intermediate Moderate Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Heart Healthy Vegan Vegetarian

Peach Cobbler (GF, DF, V)

Peach cobbler is a classic American dessert!  But the usual recipes contain lots of refined sugar, flour and dairy.  I enjoy it, so I came up with a vegan and gluten free version that is even better than the original!  It doesn’t need much sweetener if the peaches are ripe, delicious and in season.  For the biscuits I use gluten free flour plus hazelnut flour to make a rich dough with coconut oil and milk to bind it together.  They end up tasting like the most delicious scones.  This smells wonderful while baking, and it is best served warm topped off with coconut milk ice cream.  You can still eat plant based and gluten free and enjoy delicious desserts!

Dessert Intermediate Moderate Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Vegan Vegetarian

Brown Sugar Chili

When I was a little girl my dad would make up big batches of his famous brown sugar chili and everyone loved it! I’ve made it many times over the years and people always ask me for the recipe because the chili is a perfect balance of sweet and heat. I decided to make this famous chili but I wanted to try to make it my own by adding one simple ingredient. The original recipe was made with ground beef and bacon but I wanted to amp it up a little by adding some beef stew meat to make it extra hearty! Other than adding the beef stew meat the rest is the original recipe and I think it turned out great and I even got approval from the original master himself, my dad! I hope you enjoy this family recipe as much as we do.

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Looking for an easy and delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner idea? A frittata is the perfect meal any time of the day! The great thing about frittata’s is that the possibilities are endless. You can add any meat or vegetable combination to create a tasty well-balanced meal or to use up leftovers from the night before!

Breakfast Moderate

Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

Since I am a vegan, I am not thinking about turkey at Thanksgiving, but rather creating a substantial and delicious dinner filled with veggies!  Yes, you could combine all of the traditional sides, buy some Tofurky and call it a meal (which there is nothing wrong with by the way), but since I have a small family, and I am only cooking for a few people, and don’t have a lot of time, I like to make one main dish and serve it with a light salad or just on its own.  Last year I made shepherd’s pie, and it was a hit!  You get your mashed potatoes, veggies and protein all in one!  I used lentils instead of the classic beef in mine to veganize it, and it turned out wonderful!  This is a recipe I like to make when serving guests, and serve it in individual dishes.  It can be made ahead of time as well, and reheated in the oven (and in fact it is even more flavorful that way).  It is also gluten free, so suitable for those with wheat allergies.

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Quinoa and Root Vegetable Soup with Tofu

If you are trying to eat less meat and more veggies, and also want a hearty meal, do I have the soup for you.  It has vegan protein in two forms, tofu and quinoa.  You do not often see quinoa in a soup, but it is a wonderful thing to add in at the end instead of rice or other starch.  This soup is super flavorful thanks to the broth, and the sweet root vegetables that are also included. I add in some greens at the last minute as well to give it some extra nutrients, and it becomes a colorful delicious bowl of goodness.

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