Enchilada Casserole from StraightUpFood.com

Enchilada Casserole

This hearty casserole is easier to make than enchiladas since you don’t need to roll tortillas or make a separate sauce. Corn tortillas are added in with the beans and vegetables to thicken the casserole; a dish that everyone at the table will enjoy! Ingredients 1 medium yellow onion, chopped (about 2 cups) 1 medium…

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Polenta Pizza: Vegan, salt- and oil-free. Now you can have your pizza and feel good, too! (StraightUpFood.com)

Polenta Pizza

Pizza is the ultimate comfort food, and this pizza delivers! The herbed polenta crust is topped with easy-to-make sauce, as well as onions, mushrooms, zucchini, tomatoes, garlic, and rosemary. Now you can have your pizza and feel good, too! I hesitate to say that this pizza is “easy,” since you need to prepare three recipes:…

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Pesto Pasta

Ah, lovely pesto! Summer is here and so is the fresh basil. “But don’t you need oil and cheese to make pesto?” No way! These ingredients are traditional, but they can be simply omitted, resulting in a sauce that is much lighter and fresher in taste. Pesto is an Italian oil-and-herb sauce, with garlic, pine…

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Zucchini Bread

Traditional zucchini breads are rich and dense due to their refined oil and sugar, but these ingredients are not necessary, or health-promoting. This bread gets its moistness and heartiness from zucchini, apples, dates, and millet and oat flours. I have happy memories of my mom’s zucchini bread made from the squash in our garden. And…

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Creamy Mushroom Soup

If you have fond memories of Cream of Mushroom soup from the can like I do, you will enjoy this soup—even more so than the canned, whose appeal is largely due to its high salt content. This recipe leaves out the salt but not the flavor. Mushrooms are one of my favorite foods, and there…

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Breakfast Burrito Bake

Despite “breakfast” being in the title, this makes an ideal breakfast, lunch or dinner meal. Grated potatoes are added to the vegetables and beans to give some “grip” to the dish, and more grated potatoes mixed with a little nutritional yeast create a cheesy-looking finish. This makes a lot of food—perfect for leftovers! Ingredients water…

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Minestrone Soup

Minestrone is known in Italy as “the big soup” since it is thick with colorful ingredients. It has no set list of “must have” ingredients, but vegetables in tomato broth with beans and pasta is common. In this version, fresh fennel and fennel seeds are added for even more Mediterranean flair. Ingredients: ½ cup water…

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Curry Vegetables & Rice

This sweet and mildly spicy curry sauce is great on vegetables and rice, as well as on baked potatoes. Instead of richness from oil, butter or coconut milk, this sauce calls for ground sesame seeds. While you can buy curry powders pre-made, for this recipe we will make our own. 1 cup water (for sautéing)…

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Marinara with Zucchini Noodles

This is a simple vegetable version of traditional spaghetti, but with a twist; instead of using grain pasta, we’ll make our own fresh zucchini “noodles.” Ingredients 1/4 cup water 1 yellow onion, diced 1 medium red bell pepper, diced 1 medium yellow bell pepper, diced 8-10 cremini mushrooms, sliced 1 box Pomi brand crushed tomatoes…

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Roasted Vegetable Salad with Dill Dressing

This warm salad incorporates a variety of roasted and raw vegetables, and is finished off with a creamy dressing made with fresh dill, green onions and tofu. Salad: 6 small golden beets, skins on and washed 1 red onion, quartered 2 zucchinis, each cut into 12 pcs 1 yellow/red bell pepper, sliced 10-15 cherry tomatoes…

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