The sun is finally shining and the daffodils have begun to bloom, it is officially Springtime! In Spring we see the return of delicious fruits and vegetables that have been missing from our Winter diets.  The farmers markets are beginning to carry items like strawberries, asparagus, cherries, and fresh greens. We love all these fruits and veggies, however, we must say our favorite Spring veggie making a triumphant return is the artichoke.  Artichokes are delicious steamed, added into dishes, and of course in dips! With parties moving outdoors and Spring holidays such as Easter on the horizon, our recipe today: Creamy Artichoke Dip will meet all your needs! This recipe celebrates Spring and it makes the perfect appetizer or snack!

 

Vegan Creamy Artichoke Dip

Prep Time: 15 Minutes  Bake Time: 15-20 Minutes

8 oz Jar of Organic Marinated Artichoke Hearts
1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast
1 Glove Organic Garlic
1/2 Tsp Paprika
1/4 Tsp Salt
1/4 Tsp Black Pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Chop the garlic finely and set aside.  Drain the artichoke hearts and mash them in a large mixing bowl. Set aside a small amount of the nutritional yeast and paprika (enough for garnish).  Add in the cream cheese, Vegenaise, nutritional yeast, garlic, paprika, salt and pepper.  Mix all ingredients until smooth and creamy and pour into a round casserole dish. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle the top with the left over nutritional yeast and paprika. Serve immediately  with chips, pita chips or bread, sourdough bread, or crackers.

Summer is right around the corner and cool dinners are perfect to help you cool down in the heat. There is nothing better than eating a cold salad on those simmering days.  Also, side salads are a great item to bring on a picnic in the park, to a BBQ, or to serve at a party.  Everyone loves Coleslaw and we have put together one of our favorite recipes for you.  This is a quick and easy salad to throw together which makes it that much more appealing on a hot day. So sit back, relax, and cool off with our Vegan Coleslaw Recipe

Organic Vegan Coleslaw

Prep Time: 10 Minutes    Cool Time: 20-30 Minutes

2 Cups Organic Green Cabbage
2 Cups Organic Red Cabbage
1 Cup Organic Carrots
1/4 Cup Organic Onions
2/3 Cup Organic Vegenaise
2 Tbs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tb Organic Olive Oil
1 tsp Organic Black Pepper
1 tsp Organic Salt
1/2 tsp Organic Celery Salt
1/2 tsp Organic Garlic Powder

Shred both types of cabbage into thin strips and set aside in a large mixing bowl. Grate the carrots and onions and add to the mixture. Toss the salad with prongs or just your clean hands. Add in the oil, apple cider vinegar, and Vegenaise. Next add in all spices and mix until all ingredients combine. If the mixture looks a little oily or too wet, add a more cabbage and carrots in until it looks nicely mixed.  For a fun twist and a little crunch add in 1/2 Cup Sliced Almonds. Once you have mixed up the salad, place in the fridge to cool for about 20-30 minutes and serve.

Easter Sunday is fast approaching and when one thinks of traditional Easter food, eggs of course come to mind! But of course for vegans this is not an option. To read more about why vegans refrain from eating eggs, check out our previous blog titled The Truth About Eggs. Most vegans are used to traditional foods served for holidays including Deviled Eggs. We have put together a tasty alternative to traditional Deviled Eggs with our Eggless Deviled Bites. These are a terrific appetizer and wonderful to bring along to family events. Who knows you might encourage friends or family to eat vegan. Enjoy this tasty traditional recipe and Happy Easter from all of us at Autonomie.

Vegan Eggless Deviled Tofu Bites

Prep Time: 30 Minutes Makes: 16-20 Bites

1 lb Organic Firm Tofu
1/2 lb Organic Silken Tofu
2 Cups Warm Water
1/3 Cup Organic Vegenaise
2 Tbl Organic Yellow Mustard
2 Tbl Organic Relish (dill works best)
1 Tbl Onion, finely minced
1 Glove of Garlic, finely minced
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Tumeric
Paprika, for garnish
Organic Cherry Tomatoes, for garnish (optional)

Drain and rinse the firm tofu and slice in half vertically. You can then cut into 1 inch squares or if you are feeling creative, cut into oval shapes with a pairing knife. The ovals will give it more of an authentic “egg” look but the squares will do just fine. In a large bowl combine warm water and only 1 teaspoon salt. Place your tofu cubes or ovals into the water and allow them to marinate while you prepare the filling. Finely mince the onion and garlic and set aside. In a large bowl combine the silken tofu, vegenaise, mustard, relish, onion, garlic, remaining salt, pepper, and tumeric. Mix this thoroughly until smooth. Drain the tofu ovals or squares and arrange on a plate or serving platter. Use a paper towel or cloth to soak up any excess water on the ovals/squares. With a spoon or scoop, place a dollop of the filling mixture from the bowl on top of each bite. Sprinkle the bites with paprika and place a cherry tomato in the center, if you choose. Any left over filling can be used as a cracker dip or sandwich filling. You can serve immediately or keep in the fridge to harden.

BBQ season is fast approaching and its time to dust off those grills and pull out the side dish recipes! This week’s recipe is the Great American BBQ Classic known as Macaroni Salad. I am not sure of the history of this salad, but know it often played a part in my summer gathering Americana. And if you are unfamiliar with Macaroni Salad, it makes for a great side at any BBQ, party, or even just on the dinner table. So as the summer approaches, be sure to get your hands on this very tasty and very vegan Macaroni Salad!

Vegan Macaroni Salad

Prep Time: 15 Minutes     Cool Time: 3 Hours

1 24oz Bag of Elbow Macaroni
1 cup Vegenaise
2 Tbsps of Yellow Mustard
1 Tbsp Vinegar
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
2 Stalks of Celery
1 Yellow or White Onion
1 Green Bell Pepper
1 Carrot (optional)
1/2 Cup Sweet Relish (optional)

In a large pot boil water to cook the pasta. Once the water is at a rolling boil, add in the entire bag of pasta. Cook for about 10 minutes or until soft. While the noodles are cooking chop up the celery, onion, bell pepper, and carrots (if using) into small pieces. Drain the pasta and run cool water over it a few times, to cool the noodles down. In a large bowl, add in the chopped veggies and stir. Next add in the Vegenaise, vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper, and relish (if using). Mix all ingredients up until it is well combined. You may need to add more salt or pepper, depending on your taste buds. If you need to serve immediately, place the bowl in the freezer for 5 minutes and it should be cool enough. But if you have planned ahead place the salad in the refrigerator and let it cool for about 3 hours.

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