Balsamic Dijon Tempeh. Vegan.

Balsamic Dijon Tempeh.

Balsamic Dijon Tempeh || Knead to Cook.

Tempeh is one of my favorite vegan proteins.  I know, originally, I was terrified of it but once I learned that it is similar to cooking traditional chicken or pork – I switched my mindset and went with that for seasonings etc.  The first thing that’s a must is steaming it to take away the bitter flavor.  This recipe I marinated for 2 days, actually forgot about it until last night.  It was perfect atop our arugula greens and is such an easy and tasty protein.  Super easy dinner and great for leftovers.  Plus crumbling it works great too!
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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Madagascar Vanilla Frosting. Vegan and Gluten Free.

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Madagascar Vanilla Frosting.  Vegan and Gluten Free | Knead to Cook.

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Madagascar Vanilla Frosting. Vegan and Gluten Free | Knead to Cook.

Yesterday was pretty close to perfection in my food world.  I was at my favorite health food store and stumbled upon Bob’s Redmill’s gluten & dairy free 1 to 1 baking flour that they just released.  This is like winning the lottery for me as I’ve been dying to try it but have been too busy to order it online. Then once I got home, I received two containers of a vegan/gluten free icing that I was asked to sample.  Dollop Gourmet and I met up on Instagram and it was instantly love.

Today I had NO appointments. A rare day.  I’ve been planning and plotting my Thanksgiving menu (well the vegan/gf options) and these will undoubtedly be on the dessert menu. The flour is heavenly!  I’m not exaggerating.  It doesn’t have the weird gluten free aftertaste. It tastes like regular all-purpose, NORMAL flour!  You have no idea how happy this makes me.  Plus its a one-to-one conversion so I can take my normal recipes and go for it.  I’m smitten.

Now to pair that awesome flour up – these pumpkin cupcakes HAD to have some icing.  I topped them off with the Madagascar Vanilla icing.  Unbelievable!  It is so good that I had to walk away!  I think I could sincerely eat all 10 cupcakes I made if I didn’t have some will power.  If I ran 10+ miles I may have given myself a pass but I didn’t today so it wasn’t happening.  And I did make these for my oldest and I know she is going to love them.  Both reviews are NOT being sponsored.  These are both products that I will stock my pantry with and use daily!

Now onto this yummy recipe…
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Vegan and Gluten Free Sweet Potato Casserole.

Vegan and Gluten Free Sweet Potato Casserole.

Vegan and Gluten Free Sweet Potato Casserole | Knead to Cook.

This Thanksgiving my husband is vegetarian.  I’m vegan.  My oldest is dairy and gluten free.  I started to think about our Thanksgiving menu, because we host, and I knew I had to revamp my sweet potato casserole recipe because its the one dish my kids clammer over.  Today I opted to do a test run of subbing out the dairy and flour to make sure they love it and that everyone else will too.  I take some heat about my vegan diet and I don’t want anyone to feel like my dishes are boring and flavorless because they are vegan.  Vegan food is so flavorful!  No one will miss the decadence with this dish… it is so good.  #thankful

I served this for dinner last night and my family loved it.  So thankful for no complaints (especially from my youngest).  The revamp was a success!

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Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce. Vegan.

Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce. Vegan.

Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce. Vegan. Knead to Cook.

You don’t have to give up rich, creamy sauces when opting to eat a vegan diet.  This sauce would rival any dairy cream sauce but is a healthier, protein-packed version.  I made this sauce to top pasta but it could easily be used for a dip for veggies, crackers or chips.  My husband also used this as a spread on his sandwiches.  You an even top your salad greens with it.  The uses are endless.  You adjust the spices so it is totally customizable.  Meatless Monday just got a whole lot easier. Prep this sauce (soaking your cashews) and store in the fridge all week and use in various ways throughout the week.
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Vegan and gluten free protein blondies.

Vegan Gluten Free Blondies

Vegan Gluten Free Blondies | Knead to Cook.

These blondies have been a favorite of my girls for about 3 years.  I normally make them during swim season for a protein-packed snack post swim practice.  Today, I revamped a bit by adding additional protein, thanks to Vega these are even better now and a great protein source from the chickpeas, nut butter and the vegan protein.  My kids have NO idea whats in these and don’t care.  They just devour and I stand back and smile.  I made the batch half and half.  Half with vegan Enjoy Life chocolate chips and half without for my husband who is allergic to cocoa.  They are moist and delicious.  The perfect after-school, after-practice or after-dinner dessert.
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Rustic Oatmeal Cookies. Vegan and Gluten Free.

Rustic Oatmeal Cookies.  Vegan and Gluten Free.

Rustic Oatmeal Cookies. Vegan and Gluten Free.

I recently purchased Cara Reed’s Decadent Gluten Free Vegan Baking Cookbook.  I’ve tried several recipes and gave her Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies a try but with a few modifications.  Also, her recipe didn’t yield a cookie “dough” for me more of a granola type texture so I adapted the added fat to make it work better.  This is one gluten free recipe that the dough tastes as good as the finished product.  The dough is safe to eat because there are no raw eggs in this batter.  These would be perfect for the upcoming holiday season. By adding some dried, tart cherries or dried cranberries along with some pistachios would be a fun red/green cookie.
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Smashed vegan baked potatoes.

Smashed vegan potatoes.

Smashed vegan potatoes | Knead to Cook.

Potatoes.  I have a love affair with them.  Smashed.  Mashed.  Roasted.  I’m not picky, I’m just being honest here. I do love smashed potatoes for the mere reason that there is more surface to be crunchified (yes, making up words again) and I’m all over crunchy food. These are the perfect side dish for breakfast to dinner.  Kids love them. Adults love them. You just can’t go wrong. Also, these are perfect for the holidays – because you can pre-boil and then just broil when needed for a few minutes.  Easy is good! Let’s get to it!  These also would serve as a fun side dish for Thanksgiving if you don’t want to do the whole mashed potato thing…
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Dinosaur Kale Smoothie. My daily vegan breakfast.

Dinosaur kale smoothie.

Dinosaur kale smoothie | Knead to Cook.

This is my smoothie I have post run or workout 6 days a week. One morning, typically Saturday my husband and I go out for a date breakfast so that’s the odd day I don’t partake.  This smoothie has morphed over the weeks/months and I love it.  It’s packed with protein, vitamins, minerals, calcium and I totally get lots of greens first thing in the morning.  I’m totally a creature of habit and never sour of this tall green beauty. I love dinosaur kale aka Italian kale for its deep flavor.  You can use regular curly kale and more or less of it depending on your taste.  Seriously love this one!

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The Best Cinnamon Cookies. Vegan and Gluten Free.

Cinnamon Cookies. Vegan and Gluten Free | Knead to Cook.

Cinnamon Cookies. Vegan and Gluten Free | Knead to Cook.

I know, I know… it’s not Thanksgiving yet and I’m posting a picture of Santa.  I hate that but my reasoning is simple – I’m thinking these cookies would be perfect for the holidays. They are cinnamony (yes, I made up that word) and perfect. Crunchy on the outside and chewy in the center.  Gluten and nut free and vegan.  Yummm.

A little background on how these cookies came to be.  I had an eye appointment on Tuesday and stopped at my favorite, larger grocery store, up by my doc’s office that I rarely get to go to.  I stumbled upon this magnificent beauty and started thinking about what wonderful creation could emerge from the use of this find.  These cookies are the perfect culmination of ingredients.  I don’t normally eat cookies but did tap into the stash quite a few times this week.  Ooooopps!

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Balsamic Dijon Brussels Sprouts.

Balsamic Dijon Brussels Sprouts

Balsamic Dijon Brussels Sprouts | Knead to Cook

My very first post on my new blog.  I hope you love the format and style.  Peanut Butter and Jenny and I worked tremendously hard on every single aspect of what you see.  I swear it’s like building a house. Okay so back to business.  I made this side dish on Sunday and proceeded to eat it all. I’m embarrassed but maybe not. I do this all the time. So I’m way behind on posts so let me get to it!

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