Dinner Archives - Plant Based, Family Friendly Meal Planning by Stephanie Dreyer, Los Angeles

November 4, 2017
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Crisp and cool Fall weather this time of year makes me crave heartier food. This rich and savory Sourdough Stuffing Vegan Meatloaf is a delicious option for a weeknight dinner or special Friday night meal. It’s also a great plant-based alternative to turkey on Thanksgiving. Mixed with an herb and mushroom sourdough stuffing, it tastes like Thanksgiving.

A savory stuffing is combined with the Beyond Meat Beyond Burger for this Sourdough Stuffing Vegan Meatloaf. #dairyfree #meatless #vegan #plantbased

Traditional meatloaves combine breadcrumbs and meat. I experimented by swapping out a traditional stuffing for breadcrumbs, and used Beyond Meat’s Beyond Burger instead. I loved the results and hope you will too.

A savory stuffing is combined with the Beyond Meat Beyond Burger for this Sourdough Stuffing Vegan Meatloaf. #dairyfree #meatless #vegan #plantbased

I am also sharing a quick and easy golden gravy recipe that tastes divine drizzled on top. Make a pot of mashed potatoes and roast a tray of Brussel Sprouts for a holiday-esque meal to celebrate!

A savory stuffing is combined with the Beyond Meat Beyond Burger for this Sourdough Stuffing Vegan Meatloaf. #dairyfree #meatless #vegan #plantbased

A savory stuffing is combined with the Beyond Meat Beyond Burger for this Sourdough Stuffing Vegan Meatloaf. #dairyfree #meatless #vegan #plantbased
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Sourdough Stuffing Vegan Meatloaf

Ingredients

  • 2 celery stalks finely diced
  • 2 garic cloves minced
  • 1 small yellow onion finely chopped
  • ½ cup cremini mushrooms finely diced
  • 5 slices sourdough cut into ½ inch cubes
  • ¼ cup vegetable broth
  • 3 packages Beyond Meat Beyond Burger 6 patties total
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste

Quick and Easy Gravy:

  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute the celery, garlic and onion for about 5 minutes until slightly translucent and aromatic.
  3. Stir in the cremini mushrooms and cook for 3 more minuts.
  4. Add in the seasonings. Stir to combine.
  5. Add the bread cubes to the vegetables. Stir to combine and pour in the vegetable broth. Stir well until the broth is mixed throughout. Remove from the heat.
  6. Combine the meatloaf and the stuffing in a large bowl. Mix well with your hands. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if necessary.
  7. Spread the meat/stuffing mixture into a loaf pan.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and let stand 10 minutes. Slice and serve with gravy.

Quick and Easy Gravy:

  1. In a saucepan on high heat, whisk the yeast and the flour together.
  2. Whisk in the soy sauce and garlic powder and continue until smooth.
  3. Slowly pour in the broth. Whisk constantly until smooth.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer 3-5 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

 

A savory stuffing is combined with the Beyond Meat Beyond Burger for this Sourdough Stuffing Vegan Meatloaf. #dairyfree #meatless #vegan #plantbased

 

 

 

 


November 4, 2017
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I can’t believe it’s November and officially the beginning of the holiday season. The weather is cool and crisp in sunny SoCal, and it’s finally feeling like Fall. As Thanksgiving draws near, my mind has been drifting to what I will cook for this year’s holiday menu. I have been obsessed with Beyond Meat’s Beyond Burger and the infinite possibilities I can create for the festive feast – namely meatloaf! Nut and vegetable loaves are very popular on plant-based Thanksgiving menus, so I thought I’d test my own recipe with my favorite plant meat. The results were so delicious that I created two recipes!

This three layer vegan holiday meatloaf is layered with all the flavors of Thanksgiving and topped with a luscious gravy. #dairyfree #meatless #vegan

This Three Layer Vegan Holiday Meatloaf has all the flavors of Thanksgiving. Creamy dairy-free mashed potatoes and savory sourdough stuffing are layered between seasoned Beyond Meat, and topped with a luscious brown gravy. Make extra batches of the layers and serve as sides. This golden loaf makes a festive and mouth-watering presentation. I hope you enjoy this delicious plant-based option for the main attraction on your holiday menus this season.

This three layer vegan holiday meatloaf is layered with all the flavors of Thanksgiving and topped with a luscious gravy. #dairyfree #meatless #vegan

 

This three layer vegan holiday meatloaf is layered with all the flavors of Thanksgiving and topped with a luscious gravy. #dairyfree #meatless #vegan
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Three Layer Vegan Holiday Meatloaf

Ingredients

For the mashed potatoes layer:

  • 2 large Yukon gold potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons dairy-free butter
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons dairy-free sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary

For the stuffing layer:

  • 2 celery stalks finely diced
  • 2 garic cloves minced
  • 1 small yellow onion finely chopped
  • ½ cup cremini mushrooms finely diced
  • 5 slices sourdough cut into ½ inch cubes
  • ¼ cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste

For the meatloaf:

  • 3 packages Beyond Meat Beyond Burger 6 patties total
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Quick and Easy Gravy:

  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

For the mashed potatoes layer:

  1. Peel and cube the potatoes. Cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook 10 minutes.
  2. Drain the potatoes and place in a bowl with the butter, sour cream and seasonings.
  3. Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes until smooth and creamy (or desired texture).

For the stuffing layer:

  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute the celery, garlic and onion for about 5 minutes until slightly translucent and aromatic.
  2. Stir in the cremini mushrooms and cook for 3 more minuts.
  3. Add in the seasonings. Stir to combine.
  4. Add the bread cubes to the vegetables. Stir to combine and pour in the vegetable broth. Stir well until the broth is mixed throughout. Remove from the heat.

For the meatloaf:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Combine the Beyond Meat patties and seasonings in a bowl. Mix well with your hands until combined.
  3. Spread the stuffing into the bottom of the pan, smoothing it out to form a consistent layer.
  4. Next, spread the meatloaf mixture on top of the stuffing.
  5. Last, spread out the mashed potatoes over the meatloaf.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand 10 minutes.
  7. Slice and serve with gravy.

Quick and Easy Gravy:

  1. In a saucepan on high heat, whisk the yeast and the flour together.
  2. Whisk in the soy sauce and garlic powder and continue until smooth.
  3. Slowly pour in the broth. Whisk constantly until smooth.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer 3-5 minutes.
  5. 10. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

This three layer vegan holiday meatloaf is layered with all the flavors of Thanksgiving and topped with a luscious gravy. #dairyfree #meatless #vegan

 

 

 


November 1, 2017
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Fall is here and I am loving the varieties of squash that greet me at my local Trader Joe’s. Just seeing those unique shaped beauties puts me in a fall state of mind. I didn’t particularly like squash when I was kid. I mean, it’s scary looking, and the texture can be off-putting to picky palates. As an adult, however, I crave the comforting taste of a sweet and savory stuffed delicata squash or the fun “pasta” dinner made with spaghetti squash.

This plant-based Taco Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe is reminiscent of the flavors of Fall with the spicy taste of Taco Tuesday! #vegan #dairyfree #meatless

Acorn squash is one of my favorites. It is the perfect vessel for stuffing or turning into a “bowl” of some kind. It’s subtle sweet flavor combines well with savory flavors, and is the star ingredient in a happy experiment that came to be this Taco Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe.

I was making myself lunch last Wednesday and opened the fridge to find some baked squash that I had batch cooked over the weekend. Sitting next to it was some leftover taco filling from the night before. I added my homemade pico de gallo, and came up with a quick and easy smoky, chipotle avocado sauce…and lunch was served!

This plant-based Taco Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe is reminiscent of the flavors of Fall with the spicy taste of Taco Tuesday! #vegan #dairyfree #meatless

This meal is very satisfying, but doesn’t leave you filling heavy. It is reminiscent of the flavors of Fall with the spicy taste of Taco Tuesday! I hope you’ll try it and let me know what you think.

This plant-based Taco Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe is reminiscent of the flavors of Fall with the spicy taste of Taco Tuesday! #vegan #dairyfree #meatless
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Taco Stuffed Acorn Squash

Ingredients

  • 2 acorn squashes skin washed, cut in half lengthwise, and seeds and string removed

For the filling:

  • 1 package of meatless ground “beef”
  • 1 can black beans drain and reserve half the liquid
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons taco seasoning or more, if desired
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ½ cup water

For the pico de gallo:

  • 2 Roma tomatoes finely chopped
  • ½ yellow onion finely chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro finely chopped
  • ½ the juice of 1 lime or more if desired
  • Salt to taste

For the Smoky Avocado Sauce:

  • ½ -1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 1 avocado
  • ¼ cup water
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Drizzle each squash half with ¼ teaspoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place cut side up on a baking pan and roast 25-30 minutes, until tender. Set aside.
  2. While the squash roasts, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion. Saute for five minutes, until translucent.
  3. Add in the meatless ground “beef” and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the beans with the liquid
  4. Add in the taco seasoning and water. Stir well to combine. Reduce to simmer and allow to simmer 10-15 minutes until the filling becomes thick and the water is cooked through.
  5. While the meat is cooking, prepare the pico de gallo. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  6. Place all of the ingredients for the Smoky Avocado Sauce in a food processor. Pulse on low until combined and creamy. Add salt to taste.
  7. To assemble, scoop a generous amount of filling into the middle of each squash half. Top with the pico de gallo and a dollop or more of Smoky Avocado Sauce.

This meal is very satisfying, but doesn't leave you filling heavy. It is reminiscent of the flavors of Fall with the spicy taste of Taco Tuesday! I hope you'll try it and let me know what you think.

 

 


October 4, 2017
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Beyond Meat Beefy Crumbles are one of my favorite plant-based products on the market (and I promise, they aren’t paying me for this post!).  The texture is just like real beef and the flavor is fantastic.

 

These vegan beef and black bean tacos are meaty without the meat! Beyond Meat Beef Crumbles stand in for a delicious meatless taco.

I make these tacos every week for my family and they never miss the real beef. I love to serve these tacos topped with homemade pico de gallo and guacamole, (my son makes a delicious batch for us every week). They meat and bean mixture is scrumptious in a fried corn shell, but equally mouth-watering eaten in a crisp romaine leaf.

These vegan beef and black bean tacos are meaty without the meat! Beyond Meat Beef Crumbles stand in for a delicious meatless taco.

For more “meaty” recipes with Beyond Meat, check out my Beef Nachos, Beef and Cheese Taquitos, and Fiesta Dip.

 

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Vegan Beef & Black Bean Tacos

Ingredients

  • 1 package Beyond Beef Beefy Crumbles
  • 1 can black beans with liquid
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 3-4 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1/2 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a saute pan and add onion.  Cook about 5 minutes until softened.
  2. Add in the Beyond Beef Beefy Crumbles.
  3. Drain half the liquid from the can of black beans and stir them into the beef mixture along with the remaining liquid.
  4. Sprinkle in the seasoning and mix to combine. Stir in the water.
  5. 5.Simmer on low for about 10 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed.
  6. Serve warm inside corn tortilla shells, topped with your favorite taco fillings.

These vegan beef and black bean tacos are meaty without the meat! Beyond Meat Beef Crumbles stand in for a delicious meatless taco.

 


June 12, 2017
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My post last week regarding my love affair with Gardein prompted me to cook up one of my favorite “elegant” vegan dishes. It just so happens that Gardein’s Chick’n Scallopini is the star ingredient in the dish. I like to serve it over pasta, but it also works well over mashed potatoes. Steamed broccoli makes a great side dish. I hope you enjoy it!


May 31, 2017
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I recently discovered Gardein’s Golden Fishless Fillet and can’t believe how much it tastes like the real thing.  Well done, Gardein, although I am not surprised as every product they put out is high quality and tastes delicious.  I typically don’t eat these faux meat products often, but I will make an exception for these fillets!  Not only are they eerily tasty, but they are also flaky and consistent from a texture perspective too.  They’d make a great “fish and chips” dinner, but I decided to have some fun and turn them into tacos!

Upon my discovery of these fishless fillets, I also discovered Follow Your Heart’s Tartar Sauce.  Truth be told, I have been eyeing the jars of this sauce in my Whole Foods for months now, but didn’t have anywhere to use them…until now.  The creamy topping on these tacos is indeed, this tartar sauce.

This recipe is so simple that I am not sure I can even call it a recipe.  It’s really just opening a bunch of packages and jars, chopping, and then tossing them with a few things.  It’s a great meal solution for a busy weeknight after sports or activities and you only have about 30 minutes to get dinner on the table with no time to prep.  Try this recipe!

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Vegan Fish Tacos with Cabbage Slaw & Tartar Sauce

Ingredients

  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 package Gardein Golden Fishless Fillets
  • 1 jar Follow Your Heart Tartar Sauce
  • 1 package shredded cabbage
  • 1 tomato , chopped
  • 2 green onions , thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • Juice of 1-2 limes
  • 2 avocados , sliced
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Prepare Fishless Fillets according to package directions (bake 10-12 minutes at 425 degrees).


  2. While fillets bake, prepare the slaw: Toss the cabbage, carrots, green onions, tomato and the juice of 1 lime in a bowl. Sprinkle with salt and taste for seasonings.


  3. When fillets are ready, heat one tortilla at a time on a stove burner, until the tortilla becomes pliable. Chop the fillets into small pieces. Spoon some of the slaw into each tortilla with about half of one fillet. Add in a few avocado slices, and top with a dollop of the tartar sauce.


May 31, 2017
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Tropical Tempeh Kebobs and Macadamia Nut Rice

Ingredients

For the kebabs

  • 2 packages soy tempeh (I like Light Life)
  • 1 red bell pepper , cut into 2″ squares
  • 1 orange bell pepper , cut into 2″ squares
  • 1 pineapple , core removed and cut into chunks
  • 1 jar Soyaki Teriyaki sauce (available at Trader Joe’s)
  • 8 bamboo skewers (soaked in water at least 15 minutes)
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil

For the rice

  • 1 package organic frozen basmati rice (Trader Joe’s freezer section)
  • 1 package organic frozen brown rice (Trader Joe’s freezer section)
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/4 cup macadamia nuts , coarsely chopped

Instructions

For kebabs

  1. Cut each tempeh block into about 12 1 1/2″ chunks. Place in a bowl and pour half the bottle of marinade over the tempeh pieces to cover. Allow to marinate at least an hour.
  2. Stack skewers with first, a pineapple chunk, followed by a tempeh cube, then a red bell pepper, a tempeh cube, a pineapple chunk, an orange bell pepper, then a tempeh cube, followed by a pineapple chunk.
  3. Heat oil in a grill pan. Place skewers in pan and grill on each side approximately 3-4 minutes. Baste with reserved marinade before turning the skewers.

For rice

  1. Cook rice in microwave according to package directions.
  2. Heat oil in pan. Add garlic and saute 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add rice to pan and add vegetables. Cook about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Heat a separate pan with no oil. Add nuts. Toast nuts until golden brown, approximately 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from pan and stir into rice.

May 31, 2017
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I created this recipe while wanting to reinvent a recipe that was passed down to my mother from my great aunt, Peggy. It has been in the family forever it seems. When I got married, my sister and mother put together a recipe book filled with family recipes on old school style recipe cards. The rigatoni recipe was one of my favorites. She made it at every holiday meal. It is the most requested staple at our holiday dinners. Since going vegan, I have veganized her traditional recipe and it was okay, not great. Swapping out the mozzarella with Daiya shreds was fine and got the job done, but it didn’t bring the comfort and pasta joy that the old dish did. So…I reinvented it and created this three cheese rigatoni. I have several favorite dairy-free cheeses, but three top my list when it comes to Italian cooking:


May 31, 2017
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I love tofu scrambles. When I first went vegan and discovered I could use tofu instead of scrambled eggs, a whole new breakfast world was opened up for me. I make a tofu scramble at least once a week. This bruschetta scramble is a family favorite. I originally created this recipe as a test for my kids when I was trying to add some variety to their breakfast meals. I wanted to add more protein to their morning meal and thought a tofu scramble would be perfect, but couldn’t get them to eat one. That was until I thought to combine the bruschetta and kalamata olives together – two of their favorite things. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of it sooner! It was a success and it has become a constant on our weekly breakfast menu ever since.


May 10, 2017
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My family loves Mexican food. Taco Tuesdays are a tradition every week in my household, and burritos and tacos make it on our breakfast and lunch menu at least once a week. Because I always cook more food than anyone can eat, I typically have leftover taco filling from Tuesday night that I eat the rest of the week in vegan taco bowls or the breakfast burritos I mention above.


May 10, 2017
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I have worked and worked to create the perfect lentil burger. I have tasted and tried dozens of other people’s lentil burgers, studying their methods and scrutinizing their ingredients list. I started experimenting with my own recipe creations for the perfect lentil burger over a year ago. I have had many fails. They were flavorless, or fell apart too easily. They were too fussy to make. I couldn’t get the seasoning blend right. Finally, I think I did it. To me, this lentil burger is perfect.


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