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Sneaky Wheat Vegan Cinnamon Rolls - Tall or Potluck Sized

These cinnamon rolls are what holiday baking is all about: a rare treat that lets you play in the kitchen and create something that shows your love. This recipe takes more time and effort than any of my recipes, but it is still probably easier than clawing your way to a Cinnabon at the mall. I like to make one pan for my family and one to give away, but you can also bake all the tall rolls in one big casserole dish. My book club gave good reviews to the "potluck" sized cinnamon rolls made by cutting the rolls half as high.

Like my Good Whisk Bread, this recipe adds wheat germ to a mix of all-purpose and white whole wheat flour. You'll get the nutrition of whole wheat flour without "healthy" taste that makes some kids recoil and some relatives snort. Walnuts add crunch and raisins add sweetness and texture with a minimal amount of sugar.

Tall Sneaky Wheat Vegan Cinnamon Rolls from Cook for Good

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Curried Lentils with Cranberries

Enjoy this quick, healthy dish between splurges to stay at the peak of your game this holiday season. Serve it with easy, homemade whole cranberries for a bright zing of flavor.


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Homemade organic cranberry sauce - intense or saucy

Make homemade organic cranberry sauce in just 3 minutes. It's best as a make-ahead dish, thicker and with a more even flavor after a night or three in the fridge. But you can serve my Intense Cranberry Sauce warm in under 15 minutes if you don't mind tart berry skins. My Saucy Cranberry Sauce has more water and sugar, so allow time for it to chill and thicken. See note for preparing whole cranberries for salads or garnish.

homemade organic cranberry sauce is just 41 or 32 cents a serving

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Flavorful Friendly Black Beans with no garlic or onions

Make a slow cooker full of these flavorful black beans to welcome your friends and family who eat gluten free, fat free, vegetarian, or vegan meals. They have no garlic or onions either despite the rich taste, so even more of your extended tribe can enjoy them. I had these beans for dinner last night on a baked sweet potato and will serve them in baked acorn squash halves for satisfying meatless Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners (see picture below the recipe).

Flavorful Friendly Black Beans for welcoming vegan, gluten free, fat free meals with no onions or garlic

Cook dried beans now and freeze them for better flavor than canned. You'll get almost the same convenience at a much lower price. Mother Earth will thank you for ...

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Pumpkin Pie Bars with Powdered-Sugar Leaf Stencils

Make elegant Pumpkin Pie Bars in under 20 minutes, including the fun of decorating them! I used maple leaves as a natural stencil but you can use real leaves of your choice or cut leaves from paper. This something-for-nothing recipe uses pumpkin puree made from my Halloween Jack o' Lantern, but you can use canned pumpkin puree.

Pumpkin Pie Bars with powdered sugar leaf stencil make an elegant vegan Thanksgiving dessert

Active time: 20 minutes. Total time: 55 minutes. Serves 6. ...

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