Poached Pears with Hazelnut Date Topping – Vegan MoFo

Pears are one of my favorite fruits, so this time of year makes me smile. Poaching them brings out their tender sweetness. Serve them warm for a lovely treat during blustery autumn nights.IMG_20130926_164019

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Apple and Walnut Pie – Vegan MoFo

I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and the varieties of fruit grown here are my favorites. All sorts of berries, cherries, pears, peaches and plums. All I can say is yum! Cooked apples remind me of my childhood. We had several different apple trees in our back yard, including Gravenstein. My mom could make the kind of apple pie that everyone raved about.

This is not her pie. I just want to make that clear. But, I know she would still love it. In fact, I think I will make this one for our next family gathering. It’s perfectly sweetened with maple syrup and has a walnut crust. I like my apples soft but firm and a little crunch in the crust. That’s my idea of perfection.

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Sweet Vegetable Saute with Fried Tempeh – Vegan MoFo

Late Summer and Autumn is the perfect time for a sweet root vegetable dish. Adding fried tempeh is a great way to give your children some hearty and satisfying vegan protein in a way that is both strengthening and energizing for their active lives.

I originally made this dish for a friend who needs strengthening food that is easy on her digestive system. The moment I finished it, though, I knew it would be a hit with a younger crowd as well.IMG_20130912_125427

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Broccoli Black Beans – Vegan MoFo

If your child loves beans, they can be a great base for more vegetables. Pinto beans with carrot and onion. Aduki Beans with Squash and Kombu. White beans with greens. These are some of our favorites.

This was not my idea to add broccoli to black beans. It was my friend, Betsy’s. She once told me it was the only way her son would eat broccoli. Continue reading

Carrot and Currant Rice Pudding – Vegan MoFo

Recipes that use up leftover grains are super helpful when you are trying to feed your family a predominately whole grain and vegetable diet. I often make extra rice just so I can make rice pudding. This one sneaks in a vegetable as well. Continue reading