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Another great summer salad. The original called for goat cheese, which I am quite sure must have tasted delicious. Instead, to make this nondairy, I grated some soy mozzarella before tossing. There was a lot of salad left over for lunch the next day (this recipe is enough for 8 servings) – still fresh tasting and the orzo added the right chewiness.

Chicken orzo salad (modified from My Recipes)

1 1/4 cups uncooked orzo

3 cups grilled chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces

1 1/2 cups baby arugula

1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

2 tablespoons fresh chopped oregano

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

6 tablespoons shredded soy mozzarella

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain well.

Combine pasta, chicken, and the next 5 ingredients (through oregano) in a large bowl; toss well.

Combine vinegar, oil, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle vinegar mixture over pasta and toss well to coat. Sprinkle with cheese.



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I made this in the summer, but I really missed having a pasta meal with red gravy. This was easily adaptable to use nondairy cheeses. It was great.

Baked parmesan spaghetti (from How Sweet It Is) with my own nondairy adaptations

3/4 pound whole wheat spaghetti

1/2 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 1/4 pound ground turkey breast

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

10 – 12 basil leaves, chopped

2 cups of your favorite pasta sauce

1 cup shredded soy mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup grated soy parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook pasta in boiling water for 7 minutes instead of 10, as it will be going into the oven. Drain.

Heat a skillet on medium heat and add olive oil. Add onions with a sprinkle of salt and pepper and saute until soft, about 5 – 6 minutes. Add garlic and stir for another minute. Season ground turkey with rest of salt and pepper and add to skillet. Break apart with a wooden spoon and brown on both sides, about 5 minutes.

Stir in 1 cup of pasta sauce and half of the chopped fresh basil. Mix to combine. Spray a casserole dish, add half of the spaghetti mixture to the dish, then top with 1/2 cup tomato sauce, rest of basil, and half of each cheese. Add the remaining spaghetti and top with the rest of the sauce and cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly. Makes 4 – 6 servings.

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Inspired by this recipe, I realized that I was out of pearl barley, which was the grain called for. I subbed faro for it instead, and the results were excellent.

Roasted vegetable and faro salad (made nondairy by me – I used grated soy mozzarella instead of goat feta cheese)

1 1/2 pounds eggplant, diced

4 cups grape tomatoes, halved

1 orange or yellow bell pepper, chopped

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 onion, chopped

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste

1 1/4 cups faro

3 1/2 cups water

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic

1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar

1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

1/2 cup grated soy mozzarella, or soy feta

arugula or baby spinach leaves, a few handfuls

Put rack in middle of oven and preheat to 425 degrees F.

Toss eggplant, tomatoes, and bell pepper with 2 tablespoons oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt on a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast veggies until eggplant is golden brown and tender and tomatoes are shriveled, stirring halfway through, about 25 minutes.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 3 – 4 quart heavy pot over moderately high heat. Add the onion and cook til softened. Add the cumin, coriander, cayenne, and 1/2 teaspoon salt, stirring until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add faro and cook, stirring until well coated with oil for 1 minute more. Add water and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until all of the liquid is absorbed and faro is tender, 30 – 40 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for about 5 minutes. Transfer barley to baking pan with roasted vegetables and spread to cool, about 20 minutes.

Whisk together lemon juice, garlic, honey, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and oil. Pour over the faro and veggies, along with the basil and cheese. Mix together, and transfer to a serving bowl or platter. (Arrange some arugula or spinach leaves on the platter before piling on the faro mixture). Makes 6 servings.


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Delicate and delicious. A light summery pasta.

Asparagus carbonara (from Chaos in the Kitchen, made nondairy by me)

1 pound asparagus spears

1 pound spaghetti noodles (I used whole grain)

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 ounces turkey bacon, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 eggs

1 cup grated soy parmesan

1/2 cup pasta water

fresh ground pepper

Chop asparagus spears into 1″ pieces. Steam or boil for about 5 minutes or until tender.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add several tablespoons of salt. Add the noodles and cook til al dente while preparing sauce. Do not allow noodles to cool since their heat is needed to cook the egg sauce.

While noodles are cooking, heat oil and saute bacon pieces until crisp. Add drained asparagus spears and garlic and cook until soft, while noodles finish.

Whisk together the eggs, cheese, and 1/4 cup water from your pasta pot while stirring constantly to temper (warm up) the eggs without cooking them.

Add hot noodles to hot skillet and coat in bacon fat. Stirring quickly to coat, add egg mixture to hot noodles. The eggs and cheese will thin and create a velvety sauce that coats the noodles. Stir in more pasta wataer if you want it saucier. Add fresh ground black pepper to taste and serve fresh and hot. Makes 4 – 6 servings.


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Pretty to look at, fun to make, goes down easy. Keep room for seconds.

Summer vegetable torta (modified to be nondairy by me, from Dream About Food blog)

3 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 medium onion, chopped

8 ounces mushrooms, sliced

3 medium zucchini, sliced 1/4″ thick

2 red peppers, sliced into 1/4″ strips

8 ounces soy cream cheese, softened

6 large eggs

1/4 cup soy cream

2 garlic cloves, minced

3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

2 cups shredded nondairy cheese (I used cheddar)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and brush bottom and sides of a 9″ springform pan with oil. Line bottom with parchment and brush parchment with oil. Wrap outside of pan with aluminum foil.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, mushrooms, zucchini, and fresh peppers. Saute until vegetables are just tender, about 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in eggs until combines (it’s okay if it’s a little lumpy). Beat in cream. Stir in garlic, basil, salt and pepper. Using a slotted spoon to drain off liquid, add sauteed veggies to egg mixture. Add shredded cheese. Stir with a rubber spatula to combine.

Spread mixture in a prepared pan and set pan on baking sheet. Bake for 1 1/2 – 1 3/4 hours or until top is puffy and golden brown and the center no longer jiggles when shaken. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes in pan, then run a sharp knife around edges of torta to loosen. Gently remove pan sides. Serve warm, room temperature, or cold. Makes 8 servings.


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Here’s a delicious pasta salad that was easy to adapt to nondairy. I went to my local health food store, where they sell frozen soy ravioli, but this would also taste good with gnocchi, which is usually made nondairy also. Instead of feta cheese, which was called for, I grated some soy mozzarella. The flavors blend nicely in this dish – it’s not over-powering zing; just nicely seasoned and spiced.

Spinach, artichoke, and soy ravioli pasta salad (inspired by this recipe)

20 ounces soy ravioli (I used frozen), or gnocchi

2 tablespoons oil


8 ounces fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped

2 tablespoons jarred roasted red pepper, minced

1 14-ounce can baby artichoke hearts, quartered

1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

zest of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, minced

black pepper, to taste

1/4 cup oil-packed sun dried tomatoes, julienned

1/4 cup soy mozzarella, grated

Boil a large pot of water. Add oil and salt to water. Add ravioli and boil 4 – 5 minutes or until tender but still firm. Drain pasta and spread out on a rimmed cookie sheet to cool.

In a large bowl, add chopped spinach, red pepper, artichoke hearts, and olives. Toss.

On a cutting board, sprinkle minced garlic with coarse salt. Mash garlic with the flat of your knife, scraping back and forth until garlic becomes a paste. Scrape up the garlic paste with your knife and add it to a small jar. Add red wine vinegar, lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, thyme, and black pepper. Shake or whisk to combine.

Pour dressing over spinach. Toss well. Add cooled pasta, tomatoes, and cheese. Toss again and refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes 12 cups.


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Chock full of veggies, this frittata was an easy nondairy adaptation. From SFGate.com

Vegetable frittata

1 small zucchini

1/2 bunch chard

1/2 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup chopped onion

kosher salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon minced fresh dill

1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

8 large eggs

2 teaspoons soy cream (optional)

1/2 cup chopped canned plain artichoke hearts, rinsed and drained

2 green onions (green part only), thinly sliced

1 cup grated soy cheddar or mozzarella

1/4 cup soy sour cream (I used Tofutti brand)

several grape tomatoes

Cut the zucchini lengthwise and then into 1/4″ thick half moons; set aside. Cut the tough rib from each chard leaf, then cut enough leaves crosswise into 1/4″ thick ribbons to make about 2 cups. Rinse and drain well.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Heat oil in a 10″ ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until it starts to soften. Add the chard and zucchini. Season with salt and pepper. Saute until the vegetables are cooked and the moisture has evaporated. Stir in 2 teaspoons of the dill and 2 teaspoons of the parsley. Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs and soy cream in a medium bowl.

Add the artichokes, green onions, and about half the cheese to the vegetables in the skillet. Pour in the eggs and stir lightly. When the eggs start to set, use a heat-resistant plastic spatula to lift the edges of the frittata, tilting the pan so the uncooked egg flows under the edge. When the eggs are almost fully cooked, sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top and place in the oven until the frittata is done and the cheese is melted and lightly browned, about 5 – 7 minutes.

Divide into portions, top each portion with an optional tablespoon of sour cream and tomatoes and remaining chopped herbs. Makes 4 – 6 servings.


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