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Tu-no Casserole

This hearty casserole calls for garbanzo beans instead of tuna, and mushrooms instead of the traditional can of salt-heavy Cream of Mushroom Soup (has over 1,000mg sodium per can). Perfect for “comfort food” night. No-nut option as well. Ingredients Sauce: 2½ cups unsweetened, non-dairy milk ½ cup unsalted cashews (2 oz.) 1 teaspoon granulated onion…

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Creamy Mushroom Gravy

This gravy is delicious with mashed potatoes or Lentil & Rice Loaf. It’s rich and flavorful even without the typical processed ingredients found in vegan gravies, such as soy sauce, non-dairy butter, flour, and cornstarch. Ingredients 2 cups water ¼ cup raw unsalted cashews (1½ ounces) 6 medium white or brown (cremini) mushrooms (6 ounces)…

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Curried Sweet Potato Salad

If traditional Potato Salad was in a midlife crisis and its therapist asked, “What would you be if you could be anything in the world,” it might say “Curried Sweet Potato Salad!” It’s distinctive, daring, and delectable, not to mention, attractive! Ingredients Dressing: 1/2 cup raw, unsalted cashews (2 ounces) 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup…

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Creamy Coleslaw

There are countless variations of this popular side dish; my recipe is inspired by my mom’s, which includes apples and raisins. I use a cashew-based dressing instead of oily vegan mayo, but you can easily forego the cashews for a lighter dressing. Dressing Ingredients ½ cup water ⅓ cup raw, unsalted cashews (about 2 ounces)…

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Caesar-y Salad

Some may call it blasphemy to leave out the cheese, oil, eggs and anchovies in Caesar dressing, but this concerns me less than living life without any type of Caesar dressing at all. This creamy, garlicky, and healthy “Caesar-y Salad” is just the ticket! In addition to leaving out oil, cheese, eggs and fish, I…

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Macaroni Salad

This summertime macaroni salad is egg- and oil-free. And while most macaroni salad recipes call for sugar in the dressing, in this recipe a couple of dates take its place, resulting in a dressing that is reminiscent of Thousand Island. Ingredients 2 cups dry whole-grain macaroni pasta (brown rice or quinoa are good) water for…

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Persimmon Bars

These bars are lighter than traditional fruit and nut bars, and make a great traveling or backpacking snack—or a dessert cake when a bit of frosting is added. Refined sugar is replaced by dates, which have a brown sugar flavor that complements the persimmon and spices. Clockwise from top: Creamy Cashew Frosting, Lemon-Tofu Frosting, no…

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