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A Made By Anthony Bourdain Recipe For AFC INTERNATIONAL

A Made By Anthony Bourdain Recipe For AFC INTERNATIONAL

Eggplant And Cauliflower Tomato Provençale!

Serves The World In 14 cups

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Posted in HOLIDAY FEAST, MAINS, MY ITALIAN, PASTA

Batali Meets Gardein

BATALI MEETS GARDEIN

Mario Batali’s Bronze Extruded Tortiglioni tossed with a Pasta Rub of Pumpkin Seed Snow, smoked paprika and garlic. Tossed with a saute of Gardein Chick’n with peppers and red onion in a smokey tomato marinara and peas with a splash of orange! And it’s all cooked up in Guy Fieri’s non-stick cast iron fry pan! Oh, and a fresh basil garnish!

Makes 15 cups pasta w/sauce

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Posted in AFC CHEESE PRODUCTS, MAINS, MY ITALIAN, PASTA, TOFU, TOFUTTI Brand Inc.

BAKED VEG CHEESE AND VEAL CANNELLONI

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BAKED VEG CHEESE AND VEAL CANNELLONI

We use the other white plant meat for this fine American-Italian casserole. Veg veal! I think I’ve had veal once or twice aside from a luncheon sandwich meat called veal loaf back in the long ago days. I recall it not having much flavor – not the loaf that tasted more like bologna, but the fresh pounded cutlets.

Mild in flavor, soft when ground, which is what we did here. We, meaning me. I figured I must have had some divine or other intervention help on this one, since I nailed it first time. On my birthday too! Had no idea I’d be cooking today. Must be that Alpha Lipoid Acid I’m taking that fixes fatigue. It works.

What a treat. OMGod does this have meat in it? And the sauce!! All so rich, all so wonderful!

Makes 14 stuffed cannelloni

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Posted in MY ITALIAN, SAUCES AND GRAVIES

MARINARA MARINARA

MARINARA MARINARA

The perfect sauce for lasagna, manicotti and all other pasta shapes! Also good on hot subs, over rice, mashed potatoes and veggie meats! Or serve it in appetizer bowls with hot toasted bread strips!

Makes 5-1/4 cups

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SHARON’S MANICOTTI

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SHARON’S MANICOTTI

This has been a long time in the planning and waiting stages – mainly to get the filling right absent any animal products. It’s a success I waited three decades to achieve.

Makes 11 stuffed pasta and 5-1/4 cups sauce

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Posted in MAINS, MY ITALIAN, MY SPINACH & GREENS, PASTA, SAUCES AND GRAVIES, TOFU, TOFUTTI Brand Inc.

ROASTED GARLIC SPINACH PESTO

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ROASTED GARLIC SPINACH PESTO

This is the best of alfredo and pesto. Lots of flavor, and creamy texture throughout. Tastes good at room temperature. You’re going to love this one!

Pesto makes  4 cups; pasta dish serves 8-10

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Posted in APPETIZERS, MY ITALIAN, NEW YEAR, SPREAD-DIP, TOFU, TOFUTTI Brand Inc.

EGGPLANT TOMATO CREAM SPREAD

  EGGPLANT TOMATO CREAM  SPREAD
Looks rustic, tastes elegant, feels luxurious!
Makes 2 cups

4 T. extra virgin olive oil

4 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped

1 med. eggplant (a little more than 1 lb.), unpeeled, cut into 3/8 inch cubes (no larger)

salt and black pepper to taste

4 fresh Italian (Roma) tomatoes, seeded and diced

2 t. dried basil

1/4 t. dried oregano

1 t. smoked paprika

very light sprinkling red cayenne pepper

1 t. fresh lemon juice

1/2 c. Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese

salt and pepper

1 French baguette (long, narrow loaf French bread), thinly sliced and broiled on one side till golden, then brushed with extra virgin olive oil

additional smoked paprika


In large skillet, over low heat, heat oil. Add garlic, then cook till softened, being careful not to brown it. If you do brown it, it’s okay, as long as it isn’t burned.

Add eggplant cubes all at once. Salt and pepper, then stir to coat with oil. Raise heat to medium and keep stirring till eggplant begins to shrink a little. Cook 15 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally (much of eggplant will be soft at this point).

Add tomatoes, basil, oregano, smoked paprika, red cayenne pepper and lemon juice. Stir well, then cover and cook on low heat for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Adjust for salt as you cook. When done, eggplant and tomato will be very soft & mushy–like a spread.

If after 45 minutes there is still liquid in the skillet, raise heat back to medium or medium-high and cook, stirring often till all liquid evaporates and spread is as dry as possible.

Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Add Tofutti Cream Cheese. Stir to completely incorporate, salt and pepper to taste, then cover and refrigerate till ready to serve.

Transfer spread to serving dish. Serve with slices of French baguette, broiled on one side, then brushed with extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle entire presentation with a little smoked paprika.


Notes: Purchase ripe eggplant – one that gives in to pressure when squeezed. Cut into small cubes; large cubes will require longer cooking time and will not soften properly.

You only need 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice – any more will make it too acidic. The temptation is always to use more, or to use what you squeezed.

If taking this spread on a picnic where you’ll be grilling out, toast oiled baguette slices on grill for an added charred treat.

Although you can serve this immediately upon making it, it textures thicker and creamier when refrigerated a few hours before serving. Great both ways!

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PORTOBELLA SHITAKE PASTA

PORTOBELLA SHITAKE PASTA

I use mushrooms in a lot of different dishes. In this dish it’s all about the mushrooms. It needs nothing more than salt, pepper, garlic and wine. Over pasta? Yes. Big mushroom flavor is the result!

Serves 2-4

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Posted in AFC CHEESE PRODUCTS, MAINS, MY ITALIAN, PASTA, TOFU

ITALIAN MAC & CHEESE

ITALIAN VEG MAC & CHEESE

ITALIAN MAC & CHEESE

Tortiglioni pasta cooked with garlic and black pepper, then layered with a garlic, ginger, mushroom and sweet onion tomato sauce and a blend of three veg cheeses. Baked till steaming hot! Taste the pleasure!

Serves 12 and makes 9 cups sauce

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Posted in AFC BURGERS, BURGERS-FRANKS, MY ITALIAN, SANDWICHES

AFC BLOOD RED ITALIAN SAUSAGE BURGER

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AFC BLOOD RED ITALIAN SAUSAGE BURGER©

Hamburg is soft-textured. It’s not hard – even when cooked. These burgers replicate that texture. Isn’t it convenient to be able to take some dough from the refrigerator, form a patty and fry it? You can also bake the patties and refrigerate till ready to reheat and serve! Perfectly textured and flavored!

Makes 6-1/2 cups burger dough

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Posted in MAINS, MY ITALIAN, MY SPINACH & GREENS, PIZZA

MUSHROOM PIZZA SAUCE – PALETTE PIZZA

MUSHROOM PIZZA SAUCE

MUSHROOM PIZZA SAUCE

An all-purpose, basic pizza sauce with mushrooms. Light and tangy – just how a pizza sauce should be! The smoked paprika, allspice and fennel seed provide the meaty flavor that might otherwise be missing in the toppings! 

Makes 2-3/4 cups

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Posted in APPETIZERS, CONDIMENTS, HUMMUS, MY GREEK, MY ITALIAN, NEW YEAR

CAPONATA BABAGANOUSH

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CAPONATA BABAGANOUSH

Roasted eggplant combined with a mushroom, red wine and garlic reduction. Finished with toasted sesame seed, tomato and Gia Russa Balsamic glaze! Served with grilled pita bread and/or sliced French baguette and sides of capers and/or chopped Kalamata olive!

Makes 3-1/2 cups

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Posted in AFC PLANT DAIRY, CONDIMENTS, MY ITALIAN, TOFU

ITALIAN TOMATO ‘BUTTER’

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ITALIAN TOMATO ‘BUTTER’

Tofu, margarine, tomato paste and extra virgin olive oil whipped into a mousse with Italian seasoning. Wonderful!

Makes 3 cups

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Posted in BURGERS-FRANKS, CONDIMENTS, MY ITALIAN, SANDWICHES, SAUCES AND GRAVIES

MULTI-PURPOSE PINE NUT CILANTRO PESTO

PINE NUT CILANTRO PESTO

MULTI-PURPOSE PINE NUT CILANTRO PESTO

Fresh cilantro, pine nuts, extra virgin olive oil and white Balsamic vinegar blended with fresh lemon and garlic!

Makes 1-3/4 cups

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Posted in ANIMAL-FREE MEATS, MAINS, MY ITALIAN

VEGGIE CHIK’N SCALLOPINI FETTUCCINI

VEGGIE CHIK’N SCALLOPINI FETTUCCINI

Pan-fried Gardein Chick’n Scallopini served over fettuccini with caramelized mushrooms, peppers and onion in a mustard tarragon red wine sauce!

Serves 4 with extra pasta

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Posted in 1st COURSE, APPETIZERS, MAINS, MY ITALIAN, STUFFING

BLACK & WHITE BAKED STUFFED ARTICHOKES

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BLACK & WHITE BAKED STUFFED ARTICHOKES

Black and white fresh breadcrumbs mixed with cashew crumbles, garlic and lemon. Stuffed in pre-cooked fresh, whole artichokes and baked till steaming hot!

Makes 2

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Posted in AFC CHEESE PRODUCTS, ANIMAL-FREE MEATS, MAINS, MY ITALIAN, TOFU

EGGPLANT MEATLESS MEAT LASAGNA

EGGPLANT MEATLESS MEAT LASAGNA

This is an old school lasagna – meaty and dry!

12 Servings

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Posted in BEAN, MY ITALIAN, SOUPS

FRESH BASIL SPLIT PEA AND ORZO SOUP

FRESH BASIL SPLIT PEA AND ORZO SOUP

A creamy split pea soup with fresh basil, garlic and smoke. Topped with salty orzo pasta that tastes and textures like mozzarella cheese! 

Makes 5-1/2 cups

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Posted in MAINS, MY GREEK, MY ITALIAN, PASTA

FRESH BASIL & HUMMUS FETTUCCINE

FRESH BASIL & HUMMUS FETTUCCINE

A creamy alfredo-type sauce made from fresh basil, classic hummus and garlic. Spooned over fettuccine pasta. Topped with chopped Kalamata olive and fresh tomato! Delicious!

Makes 2 cups sauce for 4 servings pasta

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Posted in MY ITALIAN, SAUCES AND GRAVIES

MEATLESS MEAT SAUCE FOR PASTA

MEATLESS MEAT SAUCE FOR PASTA

A light, flavorful, ‘rich to the palate’ mushroom tomato sauce with soy bacon bits used as the meat texture! It will fool everyone! Serve over your favorite pasta!

Serves 6

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ZUCCHINI LASAGNA

 ZUCCHINI LASAGNA

No need for noodles in this lasagna! Lots of zucchini though. Pan-fried planks substitute for the noodles, and as if that weren’t enough –  4 cups grated zucchini go into the sauce. Gentle Italian flavors permeate the custard-like texture of the Tofutti cheese in this once in a life-time experience of walk on air delight! A glass of your favorite red wine will be thankful for the company!

Makes 9 servings

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Posted in MAINS, MY ITALIAN, PIZZA

VEGAN MUSHROOM AND PEPPERONI FLATBREAD PIZZA

VEGAN MUSHROOM AND PEPPERONI FLATBREAD PIZZA

Artisan flatbread spread with a smoky garlic, fennel and basil tomato sauce. Topped with chopped mushrooms, sliced onion, Yves vegan pepperoni and fresh garlic crumbles, and Follow Your Heart Vegan Mozzarella Shreds. Baked till piping hot, then sprinkled with sliced fresh basil. Wow! Tastes just like pizza!

Makes 6 flatbread pizzas or 12 large servings

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Posted in MAINS, MY ITALIAN, PASTA

BABY MUSHROOM LINGUINI BOLOGNAISE

BABY MUSHROOM LINGUINI BOLOGNAISE

Baby Portobello mushrooms and baby shitake mushrooms in a tomato sauce seasoned with fennel, basil and garlic. Served over linguini pasta with a side of  broiled French baguette with extra virgin olive oil and garlic!

Serves 6 with enough sauce leftover for another small meal

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Posted in APPETIZERS, BITES, MY ITALIAN

MARSALA MUSHROOM PATE

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MARSALA MUSHROOM PATE

Finely diced mushroom sauteed with roasted eggplant, sweet onion, garlic and Marsala wine. Served cold with French baguette slices, Marsala spicy brown mustard and sliced dill gherkin pickles.

Makes 2-1/4 cups

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Posted in MAINS, MY ITALIAN, SAUCES AND GRAVIES

TRULY TOMATO KALAMATA OLIVE BOLOGNAISE

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TRULY TOMATO KALAMATA OLIVE BOLOGNAISE

Garlic-flavored textured vegetable protein (TVP) creates the meaty texture, and the Kalamata olives combined with spices and herbs provides the meaty flavor/texture plus the wine flavor, absent the wine, in this special veggie version of Bolognaise, a classic Italian dish of meat, sauce, garlic, wine and pasta.

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Posted in APPETIZERS, BITES, MY ITALIAN, NEW YEAR, TOAST

TRULY TOMATO BRUSCHETTA

TRULY TOMATO BRUSCHETTA

Dei Fratelli’s Truly Tomatoes cooked with caramelized onion, garlic and Kalamata olives. Seasoned with fennel, smoke and allspice. Spread on Artisan baguette slices. Broiled, then drizzled with extra virgin olive oil!

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Posted in MY ITALIAN, MY SPINACH & GREENS, SIDE DISHES, TOFU

IMPERIAL CREAMED SPINACH

IMPERIAL CREAMED SPINACH

A basic white sauce flavored with garlic, tarragon and nutmeg folded into fresh cooked, squeezed spinach, sauteed mushroom and sweet roasted pepper. The empress of all creamed spinach!

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Posted in MAINS, MY ITALIAN, POTATOES, SAFFRON, SAUCES AND GRAVIES, TOFU, TOFUTTI Brand Inc.

SAFFRON ROASTED PEPPER CREAM SAUCE

SAFFRON ROASTED PEPPER CREAM SAUCE

with sauteed mushroom, onion, and tarragon. Served over saffron and white truffle oil instant mashed potatoes! Easy and elegant! Out of this world delicious!

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RED AND WHITE LASAGNA

RED AND WHITE LASAGNA

Lasagna noodles layered with a Tofutti ricotta and cream cheese filling, sweet roasted peppers, and a garlic, tarragon and fennel tomato pepper sauce. The best of white and red in one casserole! Has a sharp cheese flavor the whole world will love!

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VEGGIE MAC AND CHEESE FLORENTINE

VEGGIE MAC AND CHEESE FLORENTINE

Tofutti ricotta, cream cheese, sour cream and mozzarella singles combined with herbs and spices, fresh spinach and veggie elbow macaroni. Topped with fresh breadcrumbs flavored with olive oil and garlic, garnished with roasted pepper and baked till piping hot and crisped!

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GRAIN SAUSAGE AND PEPPERS WITH BOW TIE PASTA

GRAIN SAUSAGE AND PEPPERS WITH BOW TIE PASTA

Sauteed peppers and onion with pan-fried Field Roast Italian Grain Sausage. Simmered in a stewed tomato, garlic and basil sauce. Tossed with bow tie pasta!

Serves 8-10

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Posted in MY ITALIAN, SAUCES AND GRAVIES

FAT-FREE MEATLESS SPAGHETTI SAUCE

FAT-FREE MEATLESS SPAGHETTI SAUCE

Stewed tomatoes, sweet red roasted peppers and pumpkin!  Nobody will guess there’s pumpkin in it! Serve over, or tossed with, your favorite pasta! Great for the whole family!

Makes 6 cups sauce

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Posted in MAINS, MY ITALIAN, PASTA

ROASTED PEPPER SAUCE OVER ANGEL HAIR PASTA

ROASTED PEPPER SAUCE OVER ANGEL HAIR PASTA

Sweet red roasted peppers blended till smooth. Combined with non-dairy creamer and a little nutritional yeast for a subtle cheese flavor. Ladled over angel hair pasta and topped with chopped Kalamata olive! Surprise!

Makes 2-3/4 cups sauce

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Posted in APPETIZERS, MY ITALIAN, NEW YEAR, PLANT MEAT, TOFU, TOFUTTI Brand Inc.

MEATLESS PEPPERONI SOY CREAM CHEESE SPREAD

MEATLESS PEPPERONI SOY CREAM CHEESE SPREAD

with green scallion and fresh sweet red pepper! Served with Caramelized Onion Ritz Crackers!

Makes 1-3/4 cups

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Posted in MAINS, MY ITALIAN, MY MEXICAN | SPANISH, PASTA

MEXICAN ITALIAN HAT DANCE

MEXICAN-ITALIAN HAT DANCE

Caramelized onion, green pepper and mushroom combined sweet red roasted peppers and a salsa-marinara seasoned with garlic, basil and coriander! Tossed with orecchiette (hat) pasta and fresh cilantro. Get ready to party!

6 servings for main dish, 12 servings on a buffet

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Posted in 1st COURSE, APPETIZERS, MAINS, MY ITALIAN, STUFFING, VEGETABLES

BAKED STUFFED ARTICHOKES

BAKED STUFFED ARTICHOKES

Artichokes stuffed till bursting with an aromatic Kalamata olive, garlic, pine nut and lemon bread stuffing, then baked till steaming hot!

Makes 2

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EGGPLANT BREAD STUFFING

EGGPLANT BREAD STUFFING

A sage and oregano seasoned eggplant bread stuffing with sauteed celery and onion in extra virgin olive oil!

Serves 6-8

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Posted in MAINS, MY ITALIAN, RICE

PINE NUT PESTO RISOTTO

PINE NUT PESTO RISOTTO

Pine nuts blended with fresh basil, garlic, coconut milk, extra virgin olive and a little Grade A maple syrup. Combined with long grain golden rice, steamed zucchini sticks and fresh ripe tomatoes. Elegant!

Makes 11 cups

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Posted in MY ITALIAN, SAUCES AND GRAVIES

MARSALA WINE SAUCE

MARSALA WINE SAUCE

Fresh baby bella (portobella) mushrooms, sweet onion and green pepper sauteed till caramelized, then cooked in a veggie broth with Marsala wine, fresh garlic and rosemary! A versatile sauce to serve over mashed or baked potatoes, rice, noodles, pan-fried tofu, pan-fried animal-free burger or chicken patty, or toast!

Serves 6-8

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Posted in BEAN-RICE, MY ITALIAN, MY SPINACH & GREENS, SALADS

OVEN-ROASTED PEPPERS AND EGGPLANT RICE SALAD

OVEN-ROASTED PEPPERS AND EGGPLANT RICE SALAD

Savory rice combined with oven-roasted red and green peppers, eggplant and zucchini along with fresh cooked spinach. Mixed with a creamy Balsamic, fresh basil and garlic dressing!

Makes 14 cups

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