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Sweet Potato Pie - Vegan Thanksgiving

I really wasn't sure how this would work out, because I had never made a sweet potato pie without eggs and evaporated milk, but it really turned out well.



Ingredients

4 cups sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 tsp canola oil
1¼ cups coconut milk
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Tbsp Earth Balance Spread, melted - Optional
2 Tbsp Corn Starch
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground Ginger
1/4 tsp Nutmeg, freshly grated
1/4 tsp Salt
2 Tbsp Sweetened Coconut

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and put the cut sweet potatoes, which have been tossed in the oil into the oven for 30-35 minutes, just until they are soft and just beginning to brown on the edges. Be careful not to burn them. Remove from the oven and let them cool.

In a food processor, combine the cooked sweet potato, coconut milk, melted Earth Balance, vanilla, sugar, corn starch, cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Pulse until smooth.

Pour it into your pie crust and sprinkle your sweetened coconut over the top and lightly pres…

MaPo Tofu- My Favorite Sichuan Dish

This has always been a favorite dish of mine and I wanted to find a way to make it without the ground pork. I made it for friends last night and it was really good. It has all of the flavor I love, without the heaviness and greasiness of the pork.

It has a few critical ingredients, which might take a bit to find, but once you have them you will have enough to make it many times. I have divided it into four steps to make it easier to follow. As with all Asian food, make sure to prepare all ingredients before you start cooking.


Ingredients

Step One
Combine these ingredients into a small mixing bowl and mix thoroughly, and set aside.

½ cup Vegetable Broth
1 Tbsp Chili and Garlic Paste
2 tsp Dark Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp Toasted Sesame Oil
2 tsp Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Cornstarch

Step Two
Preheat your wok until hot and then add 3 Tbsp of oil and stir fry the garlic, ginger, mushrooms and green onions until just slightly softened.

3 Tbsp Oil
4 cloves of Garlic, minced
1 inch piece of fresh Ginger root,…

Thanksgiving Side Dishes- Vegan

As promised, I have reworked some of my favorite side dishes to be healthier and vegan. It really isn't difficult and I know you will love them. I can particularly recommend the Jansson's Temptation. It is a show stopper.



Jansson’s Temptation 
This is a dish that I first tried in Sweden at a traditional Swedish Christmas table. Leading up to Christmas, restaurants and homes all over Sweden create these amazing tables filled with food of every description; however, this is one dish that you will find on almost every one.
It is rich, indulgent and just fabulous as a side dish.
Ingredients

2 ¼ lbs. of potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced. This is the perfect time to get out the mandoline. I particularly like Yukon Gold for this recipe 2 Large onions, thinly sliced 2 Tbsp. of Earth Balance 5 oz chopped Porcini Mushrooms or Shitake Mushrooms 13.5oz. of Silk creamer 2 Tbsp. of breadcrumbs
In a shallow oven proof-baking dish, arrange alternating layers of potatoes, onions, mushrooms and Earth Ba…