Blueberry-Balsamic Meatball Sandwiches w/Mashers, Mushroom Gravy & Pumpkin Pie

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Blueberry-Balsamic Meatball Sandwiches w/Mashers, Mushroom Gravy & Pumpkin Pie ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“From a man who’s eaten his fair share? I think it’s all about the… Jesus, what’s the secret to a good meatball? I have no idea. I like a lumpy ball, personally.” Daniel Holzman, Meatball Chef

When we saw the recipe for Blueberry-Balsamic Meatball Sauce with Rosemary in The Vegan Slow Cooker cookbook, page 170, we just had to try it! This is like a slow-cooked, blueberry and red wine sweet-and-sour sauce. What could be better?

We made sandwiches from Nate’s Meatless Meatballs sauteed in the sauce and served on toasted ciabatta with a side of garlic mashed potatoes absolutely drowning in Mushroom Gravy, from The Real Food Daily Cookbook, page 69.

We also had a ton of fresh pumpkin left over after making Fall Harvest Fruit Butter, so we filled a store-bought graham cracker crust with the yummy Pumpkin Pie filling recipe from The Joy of Vegan Baking, page 104, and we baked ourselves a pie.

Tempeh Meat Loaf w/Garlic Mashers & Salad

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Tempeh Meat Loaf ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

The other night we made this comfort food dinner of tempeh meat loaf with cheesy garlic mashed potatoes (we added some nutritional yeast for a tasty cheesy flavor) and a side salad with home made gluten-free croutons. The satisfying tempeh meat loaf recipe is from The Real Food Daily Cookbook, page 177. We used my favorite vinaigrette recipe on the salad, which is from The Inspired Vegan, page 8. This vinaigrette is lemony and fresh, and the ingredients called for are basic ones that we always have on hand. We made the croutons form some gluten free bread that we had in the freezer. We just thawed out the bread, cut it into cubes, tossed the bread cubes in a bit of olive oil, garlic and oregano, and baked them in the oven at 350° for 20 minutes. We couldn’t find any store-bought croutons that were gluten-free and I’m so glad we made our own!

Una Fiesta Bonita!

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Una Fiesta Bonita! - from Vegetate, Vegan Cooking and Food Blog

Tortilla soup with pico de gallo and spicy tortilla strips from The Real Food Daily Cookbook, pinto beans with homemade guacamole, and sassy virgin margaritas from I Am Grateful: Recipes and Lifestyle of Cafe Gratitude.