Vegan Orzo Sausage Soup

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Vegan orzo sausage soup

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 package Beyond Meat hot Italian sausage
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasonings
  • 1 tsp. each: garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, pink salt
  • 1/2 tsp. each: pepper, red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1 28 oz. can of crushed, fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 3 cups broth (more if you want it thinner)
  • 1 cup orzo (uncooked)
  • 2 cups spinach

Directions

  1. Sauté the onion and garlic in a little avocado oil for five minutes. 
  2. Remove casing from sausage and add to the pan. Break down with a wooden spoon for about five minutes on medium heat, stirring frequently.
  3. Add spices, nutritional yeast, tomatoes and broth. Bring to boil, add orzo, lower heat to medium and cook for about seven minutes, stirring, so the orzo doesn’t stick.
  4. Stir in spinach and let wilt, then serve!

Serves: 6 


Antipasto salad

Ingredients

  • 2-3 hearts of romaine, chopped
  • 1 cup green beans, trimmed/steamed
  • 1 can white beans, drained/rinsed
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 can hearts of palm, sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup black olives, sliced
  • 1 can artichoke hearts, quartered
  • ½ red onion, sliced
  • ½ cup sliced roasted red peppers
  • 10 basil leaves, slivered

Dressing

  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. Braggs Apple Cider vinegar
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. garlic granules
  • ½ tsp. pepper

Directions

  1. Whisk up dressing in a small bowl.
  2. Add all salad ingredients to a large bowl and toss with dressing!

Serves: 6


Baked ziti

Ingredients

  • 12-16 oz. pasta 
  • 1 jar marinara sauce (or 16 oz. home-made)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 carton mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tbsp. each: balsamic and tamari soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. each: oregano, onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. smoked paprika
  • Shake of red pepper flakes

Cheese Sauce

  • 1 cup coconut milk (canned)
  • 3 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp. arrowroot powder
  • ½ tsp. each: pink salt, onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder 
  • Pinch of smoked paprika

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cook pasta.
  2. Sauté mushrooms and garlic for about five minutes. Add balsamic and soy sauce.
  3. Put all ingredients for cheese sauce in a pot and stir with a whisk. Bring to a boil while stirring, then simmer for one minute. Remove from heat.
  4. Drain pasta and put back in the pot. Add mushrooms, marinara, spices and cheese sauce. Stir well to combine. Transfer to a baking dish.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes. (or you can skip baking and serve while warm).

Serves: 6