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    It’s Meatless Monday-Tofu and Mushroom Stew with Herbed Mashed Potatoes

      About this time of the year I begin craving soups and stews. However, I’ve often found vegetarian stews to be lacking in flavor and substance. My goal for this recipe was to have a thick flavor packed gravy that would cling to a comfort food like mashed potatoes. The key is three ingredients and one cooking technique. Slow cooking of the vegetables and then tomato paste, soy and Worcestershire sauce…and yes there is a vegetarian Worcestershire sauce. I used already cubed tofu that you can buy just about anywhere now but regular block tofu works too, just cut it into bite size cubes after it’s been through the usual…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Roasted Carrot Soup with Cumin and Garlic Crostini

    My upcoming cookbook contains a recipe for carrot soup. However, after reading the article about foods you can eat when you’re broke (and seeing that item on the list), it inspired me to create another one. This time I slow roasted the carrots in the oven and instead of adding croutons made crostini to serve as hearty garnish. For the Soup 4 large carrots, washed, peeled and cut into one inch pieces ½ onion, peeled and diced into one inch pieces ½ teaspoon coriander ½ teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon dried thyme Salt and pepper 4 tablespoons oil 3 cups vegetable stock 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk For the Crostini 8…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Stuffed Acorn Squash

    Stuffed Acorn Squash Acorn squash is on sale now and while I love to roast it and use it as a side dish, it also makes a pretty good Meatless Monday meal. For this one I used dried sweetened cranberries combined with feta cheese and a pre-packaged Ancient Grain blend although you could use a mix of brown and white rice, or even wild rice. 2 Acorn squashes, washed, seeded, halved lengthwise 1 ½ cups of grain or rice blend, cooked ½ cup crumbled feta cheese (divided) ½ cup sweetened cranberries Salt and pepper Oil for roasting Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle the squash with salt and pepper and…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Smoky Black Bean Nachos

    One item that’s a staple in my pantry is black beans. I think they have a better consistency and taste than lots of other varieties which makes them perfect for vegetarian recipes. In this Meatless Monday meal I’ve used them as a topping, along with a cheese sauce to make nachos. The smoky flavor comes from a combination of three things, liquid smoke, chipotle pepper, and smoked paprika, all three of which can be found at most grocery stores or online. About 6-7 ounces of tortilla chips or strips (About half a 13 ounce package) 2 14 ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed 1 14 ounce can stewed tomatoes,…

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    September Savings

      Georgine tells us about lots of items going on sale now that summer’s winding down- September already! Where did the summer go? While we’re still enjoying the remaining warm days, if you want to get out and exercise, bikes are on sale. Throughout the fall you will get some great prices especially on last year’s models. If you want to plan ahead for a holiday gift, now would be the time to buy. Other summer staples to keep your eyes opened for are sales on grills and lawn mowers. Stock up on reduced utensils, charcoal, and lighter fluid that you can save for next year. If you’re into gardening…

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