Spring Quinoa Vegan Salad

Vegan Quinoa Spring Salad

This is the perfect vegan quinoa spring salad brought to you by our BFF Silvia, is delicious and nutritious.  This salad is packed with greens and protein dense Toby’s Tofu that should fuel you through your longest days. The best part is that it’s completely vegan.

Spring Quinoa Vegan Salad

Quinoa is a fantastic source of protein to add to a salad.  It allows for those of us that are vegan and gluten free to get all the protein we need to fill us up and gives the benefit of acting like a carby filler.  It’s a great source of fiber and aside from that it tastes great! Add pumpkin seeds to it or a little garlic and even some bruschetta and you will have a versatile protein source that can pair with breakfasts, lunches and dinners, check out more quinoa recipes here.

We might be a little biased but the tofu is our favorite part of this recipe! One for the taste and two for its nutritional value. For those of you that are counting calories, note that this recipe has our lite tofu, so fewer calories but with all the protein you need to fuel you through your day.  Enjoy notes of lemon and dill when adding this to your salad!

If you enjoy salads like this one check out the rest of our recipes for more vegan and vegetarian recipes.

Vegan Quinoa Spring Salad

Enjoy crafting this easy and delicious Vegan Quinoa Spring Salad with these savory and sweet simple ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups quinoa, cooked
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 cup cucumber, chopped
  • ½ cup Toby’s Lite Tofu
  • ½ cup garbanzo beans
  • 1 clementine
  • ½ tomato, chopped
  • ½ cup mushroom, sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of lemon pepper

How – To:

1.  Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Let cool. Add quinoa and the rest of the ingredients to a bowl, toss until all ingredients are mixed.

Enjoy!

Spring Quinoa Vegan Salad

WinterLiteBlueSalad

Winter Lite Blue Salad

What makes the holidays better? Simple recipes. Well, I guess we have that mentality all year round here at Toby’s. Simple recipes just make life better. Of course, this Winter Lite Blue Salad is no different. Simple recipe, delicious food, life better.

It’s hard to go wrong with apple, candied pecans, blue cheese, and greens. Another new favorite winter ingredient for us: tangerines. Add that to the mix and impress your holiday eaters! We love this recipe – and we hope you will too.

WinterLiteBlueSalad

It’s really entirely unnecessary to walk you through the steps of making this salad, so we’ll make this quick. Start with your spinach greens. Thinly slice an apple (we recommend an apple like a gala or fuji – they have a nice sweet crunch).  Toss with candied pecans and a peeled and separated tangerine. Toss! Drizzle with Toby’s Lite Blue Cheese Dressing.

The Lite Blue Cheese is an important factor here because it drizzles just so much easier than the regular, thicker Blue Cheese. And, it’s an easy swap to make for a healthier holiday meal.

Winter Lite Blue Salad

This Winter Lite Blue Salad is a healthier holiday option without sacrificing any of the good stuff. Made with spinach, apples, pecans, tangerine and Toby’s Lite Blue. Go lite for dressing, and you’ll save half the calories and fat. Easy swap and same delicious taste!

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces spinach
  • 1 apple, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup candied pecans
  • 2 tangerines, peeled and separated
  • Toby’s Lite Blue Cheese Dressing

How-To:

  1. Combine ingredients, drizzle with dressing, serve immediately!

WinterLiteBlueSalad

TobysCucumberRolls

Toby’s Cucumber Rolls

We’ve tried making cucumber rolls before, and they always come out delicious, but nothing really special or worth sharing with you. That is, of course, until our friend Silvia steps in and takes them to the next level! These cucumber rolls, photo & recipe by our friend Silvia, are the perfect example of an easy appetizer that looks beautiful, tastes amazing, and is super easy.

And, now that she pulled them together so beautifully, I can finally see what the big difference was (besides her magically Silvia touch). The toothpicks! Opt for fancy spears, and your wraps well easily come together like this.

The herb garnishes make a big difference too. Toby’s Lite Tofu Spread paired with dill and pepper – plus the crunch of a cucumber – is nothing less than a crowd pleaser and enhances the taste of the already delicious tofu spread!

TobysCucumberRolls
Cucumber Rolls

These cucumber rolls are easy to put together, and an easy vegan, crowd-pleasing appetizer.

Ingredients:

  • 1 English Cucumber
  • ¾ cup Toby’s Lite Tofu
  • Handful of dill, chopped
  • Pinch of black pepper

How-To:

  1. Use a potato or vegetable peeler to shave long, thin slices. Place slices on a paper towel to remove moisture.
  2. Spread a layer of Toby’s Tofu, about 1 tbsp, on a slice along with some dill. Roll up and secure with a toothpick. Do the same to the rest of the slices.
  3. Place on a plate, sprinkle with pepper and serve. Enjoy!

TobysCucumberRolls

Avocado and Tofu Crostini

Avocado and Tofu Crostini

Pomegranates are in season from fall through the winter, perfect for the holidays, so deep in color, delightfully tart, and perfectly crisp yet juicy. And, if there’s one thing we’ve learned from Silvia recently: pomegranates are the new essential holiday ingredient. They just scream December!

We love crostinis as appetizers. They’re the perfect canapé – crunchy, bite-sized, and tasty. For the holidays, they’re easy to make. They don’t take any room up in the oven (unless that’s how you toast them), and they’re easily transportable. Plus, you get the benefit of looking like you slaved away over these little beauties when really it’s just a fancy mini, open-faced sandwich. They don’t even need to be served warm!

Avocado and Tofu Crostini

Silvia is at it again. These Avocado and Tofu Crostinis we just can’t stop drooling over! So, even better, these crostinis are vegan.

Take a half french baguette and slice into pieces. Toast your pieces of bread until just slightly browned. For each piece of toast, generously spread Toby’s Lite Tofu Spread & Dip and top with a slice of avocado. Repeat for each piece of toast. Arrange on parchment paper or a cutting board. Sprinkle your pomegranate seeds and chopped chives on the baguette slices. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

And seriously, that’s all!

Avocado and Tofu Crostini

Avocado and Tofu Crostini

Recipe by: Silvia at The Tiny Avocado

Avocado. Tofu. Crostini. It’s seriously a dream canapé, perfect for the holidays. The pomegranate seeds just take this to another level, drizzled with balsamic… We’re just never going to be able to do better than this! YUM. Silvia wins the award for best everything. Always. Yum.

Ingredients:

  • ½ french baguette, sliced
  • ½ cup Toby’s Lite Tofu
  • ½ avocado
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate seeds
  • 1 tbsp chives, chopped
  • Drizzle of balsamic vinegar

How-To:

  1. Toast bread until slightly browned. Top with Toby’s Tofu, avocado, pomegranate seeds and chives. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Serve. Enjoy!

Avocado and Tofu Crostini

Festive Mandarin Pomegranate Salad

Holiday meals call for festive salads. From easy to extravagant, there’s always room for another dish with veggies on the holiday table.

This Festive Mandarin Pomegranate Salad falls slightly to the more extravagant side and combines all the bright fall colors like pomegranate seeds, mandarin oranges,  and bright spinach greens. The best part is, it’s still really easy to throw together (no one needs to know that).

Festive Mandarin Pomegranate Salad

Personally, I like to use Toby’s lite dressings on salads when I’m using a blue cheese or a ranch. The lite dressings are made with yogurt instead of thicker sour cream and buttermilk, so they pour easier and coat the greens better. They’re also half the fat and calories (because of the yogurt swap) so they tend to be a little healthier when you’re dressing up a salad.

The Ranch and Blue Cheese Dressings I prefer for dipping or using as a condiment, but if you like a thicker dressing, you can definitely use the Ranch in place of Lite Ranch in this recipe.

Festive Mandarin Pomegranate Salad

This festive salad for those special holiday meals is easy to make, and combines the bright fall flavors of cranberries, orange, glazed walnuts, and blue cheese. Toby’s adds an elegant touch. And, this Festive Mandarin Pomegranate Salad comes together beautifully.

Festive Mandarin Pomegranate Salad

Ingredients:

  • 5 oz baby spinach
  • 2 mandarin oranges
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces
  • Toby’s Lite Ranch

How-To:

  1. Peel and segment the baby mandarin oranges. Dice the avocado. Combine all ingredients except dressing.
  2. When ready to serve, generously drizzle Toby’s Lite Ranch across the salad to make for a nice presentation!

 

 

 

Fresh Vegan Brushetta made with Toby's, tomato, basil and a few spices.

Fresh Vegan Brushetta

The making of great holiday appetizers:

  1. Looks pretty and festive
  2. Must be easily eaten in one or two bites
  3. Is delicious
  4. Easy to make (The main dish is what’s supposed to take so much time!)

This Fresh Vegan Brushetta? Our BFF Silvia created it, so obviously it’s festive and beautiful. Check. We’re pretty sure this would get gobbled up in seconds. Check. Toby’s + fresh basil and tomatoes – how can you go wrong with those flavors?! Check. Chop up a few ingredients, spread Toby’s on toast and serve. Sounds easy enough. Check. We’d say it meets all the criteria for a great holiday appetizer for sure.

 

Fresh Vegan Brushetta made with Toby's, tomato, basil and a few spices.
In case you needed more convincing this recipe was nothing but yumyumyum

It’s always nice to have a vegan appetizer at your own holiday festivities. If not just to satisfy dietary needs, to get some much needed greens, veggies, and fresh deliciousness to your holiday meals.

And, if you’re following a vegan diet, it’s the perfect thing to bring to a dinner or potluck (because no one will know it’s vegan, they’ll just happily enjoy).

Fresh Vegan Brushetta made with Toby's, tomato, basil and a few spices.
Like we said, as usual, her recipe is drool worthy. Can we eat this right now?

We love the idea of decorating the plate with basil leaves, too. Almost looks like holly! Especially with the splash of red underneath – it’s all about dressing them up (and fooling your friends and family that your favorite recipes are really holiday recipes). 

Side note – We really shouldn’t just limit it to the holidays because it’s delicious any time of the year, perfect for a light snack or brunch!

But really, we love this recipe for the holidays because it’s a much needed light addition to the heavy food traditions of the holidays.

Fresh Vegan Brushetta

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Ingredients:

  • 1 french baguette, sliced
  • 4 large tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾  cup Toby’s Lite Tofu (Original works too, if you don’t need/want a vegan version)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • Pinch of salt

How-To:

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients but bread and Toby’s Tofu. Toss gently.
  2. Slice bread and toast until slightly browned. Top with Toby’s Tofu and tomato mix and serve immediately. Enjoy! 
Cranberry Almond and Kale Salad

Cranberry Almond and Kale Salad

This cranberry almond and kale salad exudes wintertime deliciousness. Crisp kale, tart cranberries, crunchy almonds all go into making this salad irresistible. Add Toby’s Tofu Spread for a bit of protein to hold you over. Plus, pomegranate seeds, lemon juice, olive oil and garlic as light dressing. Silvia has done it again – blowing us away with her yummy creations.

It’s perfect for literally anything – serving at holiday parties, bringing to potlucks, or just to chow down on for lunch or dinner.

Cranberry Almond and Kale Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch kale, chopped
  • 2 tbsp green onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ cup cranberries
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
  • ⅓ cup Toby’s Lite Tofu
  • Pinch of salt and black pepper

How-To:

  1. Mix all ingredients but Toby’s Tofu in a large bowl. Toss until combined.
  2. Add tofu on top and sprinkle with black pepper. Enjoy!

Cranberry Almond and Kale Salad

9 Easy Football-themed recipes & other game day essentials

9 Easy Football Recipes

The big game is coming this weekend – and we’ve put together some of our favorite winning football recipes! They’re super easy, delicious and fun to eat and share. Plus, you’re totally going to impress your friends with your football recipes!

9 Easy Football-themed recipes & other game day essentials

 

Wings & Dip

First up, wings and dip. Who can resist this on game day? While it isn’t really a recipe, it is staple game day food. Pair wings with a little ranch or blue cheese, depending on your flavor of wing sauce. Serve up veggies on the side to go with the wings!

Chicken Wings & Dip | 9 Easy Football-themed recipes & other game day essentials

Buffalo Chicken Cups

These Buffalo Chicken Cups are perfect for this weekend’s football watch parties. Seriously delicious finger foods with creamy Blue Cheese Dressing! We love the swirl of Blue Cheese Dressing and buffalo sauce here.

Buffalo Chicken Cups | Easy Football Themed Recipes - perfect for football watch parties!

 

The rest of our winning football recipes are all vegetarian-friendly. Eat up!

Sweet Potato Fries

We’re on a sweet potato kick here, and admit it, sweet potato fries just are a little more fun than your standard french fry! We like this recipe – it gives your the trick to crispy, oven-baked Sweet Potato Fries! Pair with Toby’s Ranch and you’re all set. Easy easy easy.

Sweet Potato Fries | 9 Easy Football Recipes to put together!

Sweet Potato Tots

Also another delicious pair to ranch, and lower calorie/less mess than dealing with deep frying tots. Again, feeding our sweet potato obsession. Try these Sweet Potato Tots and serve them up as easy game day finger foods. Perfect addition to your football recipes.

Sweet Potato Tots

Loaded Smashed Potatoes

We had to put together at least one regular potato recipe, and this goes way beyond your standard baked potato. And, it’s great finger food! Try these smashed potatoes – drizzle with ranch and watch them disappear.

Loaded Smashed Potatoes | Easy Football Themed Recipes - perfect for football watch parties!

Cauliflower Buffalo Chicken

If you’re looking for a vegetarian chicken wing substitute for your game day parties – try this roasted cauliflower buffalo “wing.” It’s a delicious side perfect for carnivores and vegetarians alike. I served them last year at my watch party, and everyone loved them. Hardly even missed the traditional chicken wing! Get the recipe.

VegetarianBuffaloWings | 9 Easy Football Recipes to put together!

Toby’s Stuffed Mushrooms

We created this Stuffed Mushrooms recipe a few months back, in the prime time of Oregon Duck football season. It’s an easy one to put together, and a perfect crowd pleasing recipe. Just don’t tell the guys it’s tofu and no one will ever know about a healthier swap. You could also try this with Toby’s Jalapeño Tofu Spread & Dip. If you are looking for a little spice, try tossing a little hot sauce on top after broiling.

Tobys Stuffed Mushrooms | 9 Easy Football Recipes to put together!

Tofu Jalapeño Poppers

This easy Jalapeño Popper recipe is a healthier spin on your classic Jalapeño Popper. Cut the fat and calories, ramp up the nutrition (protein from the tofu). Please all your guests. It almost sounds too good to be true. This one is a keeper for sure! They disappeared so fast at my house last year. And, great tip for reducing the jalapeño spice.

TofuJalapenoPopper

Football Deviled Eggs

These are the easiest to put together – and perfect for football watch parties! Cut up chives to look like baby football laces, and follow this recipe for a healthier spin on Deviled Eggs.

Football Deviled Eggs Loaded Smashed Potatoes | Easy Football Themed Recipes - perfect for football watch parties!

 

And one last round-up of our football recipes because we can’t wait for the game day feast!!

9 Easy Football-themed recipes & other game day essentials

Buffalo Chicken Cups - Dip in this Blue Cheese Dressing. IT IS SO GOOD!

Buffalo Chicken Cups

We are getting closer to Super Bowl weekend and what’s a better way to cheer on your favorite team than by enjoying some classic appetizers? Around here, we like to get creative in our cooking and our football party spreads, so we whipped up these Buffalo Chicken Cups with Toby’s Blue Cheese. They’re tangy, easy to put together, and really REALLY delicious.

Buffalo Chicken Cups - perfect for football watch parties (Super Bowl coming up!) or just some delicious finger foods with creamy Blue Cheese Dressing!

As you might already know we’ve been sharing our favorite appetizer recipes all week long and I promise, they just keep getting better and better!

While chicken wings will always be a go to game day appetizer we thought we would get creative and whip up something even better. These buffalo chicken cups have the same great taste as wings, but are not as messy to eat and a more fun and creative way to enjoy buffalo chicken! And with Toby’s Blue Cheese Dressing you can’t go wrong!

Buffalo Chicken Cups with Toby’s Blue Cheese

I said it already, but you’re going to love these Buffalo Chicken Cups. They’re made with wonton wrappers, chopped veggies and chicken mixed in with Buffalo Sauce. Dip in Toby’s Blue Cheese. Swirl our Blue Cheese Dressing with buffalo sauce to make an even more impressive spread (without much work!).

Buffalo Chicken Cups | Toby's Family Foods

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of chicken breast tenderloins
  • 1 package of wonton wrappers
  • ½ cup of buffalo sauce
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • Chives, chopped
  • Toby’s Blue Cheese Dressing

How-to:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cook chicken on stove top. Once finished, remove from pan and shred.
  3. Combine shredded chicken, diced celery and half a cup of buffalo sauce. Mix together and set aside.
  4. Place wonton wrappers into a muffin tin (we used a mini muffin tin and they came out as the perfect bite-sized appetizer!). Scoop a tablespoon size of the buffalo chicken mixture into each wrap.
  5. Place in oven for 5-8 minutes. Remove and sprinkle cheddar cheese and then place back in oven until cheese is melted.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool. Plate and garnish with chopped chives. Serve with Toby’s Blue Cheese Dressing.

Buffalo Chicken Cups | Save this recipe - Delicious for football/game day watch parties, or basically anything where you need a finger food!

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Loaded Smashed Potatoes - Easy to make, delicious, and drizzled in the best Ranch!

Loaded Smashed Potatoes

The big game is this weekend! We’ve been busy in the kitchen testing out perfect recipes for the day. While we’re still a little bitter about the Seahawks loss, we’ll still be watching for at least the commercials. And of course, probably most importantly, we’ll be there for all the delicious finger foods, like these Loaded Smashed Potatoes.

Loaded baked potatoes are a classic dish but they weren’t quite the finger food we were looking for. Instead, we scaled it down to create the perfect, bite-sized appetizer: Loaded Smashed Potatoes! And what goes better with baked potatoes or smashed potatoes than Toby’s Ranch? Nothing.

Loaded Smashed Potatoes - Easy to make, delicious, and drizzled in the best Ranch! Perfect for the game day watch parties coming up

This game day appetizer has all of the flavor of a loaded baked potato in just one little bite. Top it off with Toby’s Ranch Dressing there is nothing better! Loaded Smashed Potatoes are simple to make and perfect for any game day watch party.

Loaded Smashed Potatoes with Toby’s Ranch Dressing

Loaded Smashed Potatoes have all the goodness of a loaded baked potato in bite-size form. Slathered in Toby’s Ranch Dressing – you can’t really do any better.  These are easy to make and perfect for any game day appetizer. Cook them up this weekend for the Super Bowl or all season.

Loaded Smashed Potatoes - Easy to make, delicious, and drizzled in the best Ranch!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound new potatoes (about 8-10)
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chives, chopped
  • Bacon (optional, omit for veggie-friendly version)
  • Toby’s Ranch Dressing

How-To:

  1. Start by boiling your potatoes for about 15 minutes or until they are fork tender.
  2. Drain potatoes and place onto a greased (with olive oil) baking sheet.
  3. Smash the potatoes using the bottom of a cup or with a potato masher.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and cheddar cheese.
  5. Place pan under the broiler until cheese is melted.
  6. Remove from oven and plate. Top with chives and crumbled bacon (optional) and drizzle with Toby’s Ranch Dressing.

Keep checking our blog and Facebook page for more awesome game day-themed recipes!

Loaded Smashed Potatoes - Easy to make, delicious, and drizzled in the best Ranch!