Kathy Hester

Steel-Cut Oat Sausage Crumbles

Vegan sausage crumbles

This is one of my favorite staples and I keep some in the freezer all the time for last minute pizzas.  The spices give these vegan crumbles a traditional Italian sausage flavor. The oats give it a chewy texture and the spices even turn the oats the color of sausage. Its at home on a pizza or sprinkled over biscuits and gravy. This is gluten-free, soy-free, oil-free. From OATrageous Oatmeals by Kathy Hester; photos by Kate Lewis. Reprinted with permission of Page Street Publishing, ©2014. more→

8 Amazing Vegan Cheese Recipes

Smoky vegan cheddar cheez recipe

There’s no dairy in these vegan cheese recipes, but even your dairy-eating friends will be amazed by them! A good vegan cheese seems impossible, but certain ingredients lend a cheesy flavor. One of my favorites is nutritional yeast. It tastes good, and it’s good for you. Cashews, which are delicious just plain by the handful, create a magical texture that is reminiscent of goat cheese. Make sure to scroll to the end to see each one of these 8 vegan cheeses, all of which will knock your socks off!

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Cherry Basil Crumble Bars

Cherry Basil Bars Kathy Hester

It’s beans that allow the crust to be oil-free, but it’s the cherries and basil that make them extra special. This unusual dessert has a crust made healthy and high-protein with a secret ingredient — white beans. It also has easy gluten-free options. Recipe and photo reprinted by permission, from The Great Vegan Bean Book* by Kathy Hester ©2013, Four Winds Press. Photo by Renée Comet.

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Four-Layer Bean Dip

Vegan 4-layer bean dip

Sometimes you need a quick and dip for a party or as an easy appetizer. This is simple to make, but dressed up with a little rum in the beans, some chile in the vegan sour cream, and topped with multicolored heirloom tomatoes, it makes an appealing presentation. Recipe and photo from The Great Vegan Bean Book* by Kathy Hester ©2013, Four Winds Press. Photo by Renée Comet. Reprinted by permission. more→

Sloppy Buffalo Beans

Sloppy buffalo beans from The Great Vegan Bean book by Kathy Hester

This Sloppy Joe variation can be as spicy or mild as you’d like. If your family members aren’t fans of spicy dishes, use less hot sauce or use a milder sauce in its place. From The Great Vegan Bean Book by Kathy Hester. @2013 by Fair Winds Press, reprinted by permission. Photo © 2013 by Renee Comet.  more→

From-the-Pantry Pot Pie

Vegan pot pie - slow cooker

This recipe is a great way to use up what you have on hand. You can also incorporate leftover veggies, sausage, or beans. Recipe from The Vegan Slow Cooker* by Kathy Hester, reprinted by permission of the author. Photo by Cara Lyons of Cara’s Cravings.

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Italian Eggplant Casserole with Cashew-Tofu Ricotta

Slow-Cooker Italian Eggplant Casserole

This is my healthy, gluten-free substitute for eggplant parmigiana. Not frying the eggplant saves time and calories, and both of those can be at a premium. Its very saucy and perfect over pasta. Recipe from The Vegan Slow Cooker* by Kathy Hester, reprinted by permission of the author. Photo by Cara Lyons of Cara’s Cravings. more→

Slow Cooker Maple Pear Walnut Cake Oatmeal

Maple Pear Oatlmeal

This one is a comforting bowl of oatmeal. If you don’t have maple extract just use maple syrup as your sweetener to add that maple flavor. The maple really makes you think of the autumn leaves, the pear adds a little tart and a little sweet, and the walnuts add just the right amount of crunch. This is soy-free and gluten-free. This recipe uses a smaller slow cooker (1 1/2 to 2 quarts). more→

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