November 27, 2008

Vegan Maple Pumpkin Pie

What is Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie? This is a vegan recipe that will satisfy your vegan and non-vegan guests. A hint of maple syrup does the trick.

1 frozen 9" pie crust (deep pie dish)
1 box silken tofu (14 oz.)
1 can pumpkin puree (15 oz. or about 2 cups)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon maple syrup

Cream pumpkin puree and sugar with a hand mixer. Add mixture into a blender and blend with tofu. Add salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and maple syrup. Blend until mixture is smooth. Add some water if it is too dry. The consistency of the mixture should be that of a thick smoothie.

Preheat oven to 425 °F. Pour mixture into the frozen pie shell. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn temperature down to 350 °F and bake for another 45 minutes.

Chill and serve with soy whipped cream or as is.

November 26, 2008

Easy Cranberry Sauce

This is an easy cranberry sauce made from fresh cranberries, orange and sugar. It has no gelatin so it's vegetarian and vegan friendly. After making this, you'll never go back to those canned jellied ones. I'm pretty much known in the family for this cranberry sauce.

1 bag cranberries (12 oz.)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Let it sit for at least 12 hours or more in the refrigerator before serving.