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Fat-Free Vegan Pumpkin Pie (Crustless)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

As promised, here is my recipe for fat-free (healthy!) vegan pumpkin pie. I am in LOVE with this recipe. It's from my upcoming cookbook but I'm sharing it now so you can try one of these tasty delights this holiday season. It will seriously blow your mind!

Mmm...now I kind of want a slice. Pumpkin pie for breakfast? Well I guess I could settle for the more appropriate pumpkin pie smoothie...

Recipe:Pumpkin Pie (Crustless)

Description

This pie is incredible. It's totally crust-less but still firms up like the real deal so you can cut individual slices without it falling apart. It's like a little tofu miracle. You can use Mori-Nu (any firmness) or silken tofu. The tofu must be the soft kind -- like a pudding... not the firm block kind of tofu.

Ingredients

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9” shallow glass pie dish, set aside. In a blender or food processor, blend tofu, non-dairy milk, cornstarch and vanilla until smooth, stopping to scrape sides periodically. Add remaining ingredients and blend for about a minute more, until the mixture is uniform and well combined. Pour the mixture into the pie dish and bake for 1 hour. Allow the pie to cool on the counter, away from the hot oven, until room temperature. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours.

Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Holiday

When you are a vegan or vegetarian, Thanksgiving is probably one of the issues you've been asked about... "So, like, you don't eat turkey... even on Thanksgiving?" "Why no, friend! I don't eat Turkeys any day!" 

Though, just because we're veg-heads doesn't mean we want to double up on the vegetable side dishes. We love good, stick-to-your-ribs food, too! We want something besides the leftover mashed potatoes (though, admittedly I do love me some mashed potatoes!)

So for this Top 10 Tuesday, I'm sharing a few recipes that kick the pants off leftover steamed carrots at Thanksvegan...er, Thanksgiving. 

(This is also where I tell you I have some *amazing* Thanksgiving recipes in my cookbook—faux turkey, Thanksgiving gravy, two types of stuffing, cornbread...the works! But alas, the book is still on a boat from China.)

However, since we are embarking on the holiday season (and I'm in the mood to give as such), I'll be sharing my recipe for fat-free vegan pumpkin pie here on the blog tomorrow!

In the meantime:

Top 10 Tuesday: Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

I always like to start Thanksgiving with a seasonal soup, such as Acorn Squash & Apple SoupCelery Root Soup or Curried Sweet Potato Soup. (I like to serve African Kale & Yam Soup closer to Christmas/Kwanzaa, but it will complement your Thanksgiving menu as well).

For the main event, I like to serve a variety of foods, but in years past I've also served just one large dish with a side or two. For example, my extended family is Italian and, as such, we always ate lasagna on Thanksgiving rather than turkey or ham. So, if I'm in the mood to honor my familial traditions, I'll make vegetable lasagna or lasagna rolls. And if I'm honoring Scott's Southern traditions, I make pot pie, but with seasonal veggies.

Still, perhaps my favorite menu is mock meatloaf (or try: hippie loaf), mashed potatoes (this year: cauliflower mashed potatoes), brown gravy, cranberry sauce, maple-cornbread biscuits and maple-glazed vegetables

Then I end the meal with my fat-free pumpkin pie (recipe tomorrow!) or pumpkin-raisin oatmeal cookies for the kids.

If you are going to a Thanksgiving meal, my skillet green bean casserole is a vegan version of the traditional green bean casserole and can serve as a hearty meal if you have no other options. Sweet potato biscuits are also a great crowd-pleaser!

Hello from St. Maarten!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

Just a quick post to let you know that we made it! 

This is the view from our front patio where I had breakfast (bananas, oats and coconut milk yogurt) this morning. We're still settling in, but I'll post pictures of the island and our new condo soon. 

The flight down was fine. Jet Blue far exceeded our expectations and proved to be a very dog (and vegan!) friendly airline. Here the pugs are at the gate before the flight. 

Aside from some initial barking at the engine, Quaid slept like an angel (if I was to bet either dog would misbehave, it would have been Quaid, king of temper tantrums!) Lily Bean, my usually cool, zen and chill pug, however, was the misfit. She whimpered for the first 30 minutes, something we've never heard her do, but I'm inclined to think she was having separation anxiety from her brother.

Sigh, but we're all here...we made it! Yahoo!