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.

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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!

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Christmas Pinwheel Wrap

Christmas Pinwheel Wrap

You know when you’re hungry, festive, and still want to be healthy? If you can relate, this Christmas Pinwheel wrap is for you.

But seriously, this is the cutest wrap we’ve ever seen! It deserves its own recipe page because its just so festive. Thanks to Silvia for the amazing photo, creativity, and this beautiful Christmas Pinwheel Wrap.

Have it for lunch and be the envy of all your coworkers. Pack it for your kiddos and they’ll have the most festive lunch in the cafeteria. We promise!

Christmas Pinwheel Wrap

First up, chop and slice all the delicious veggies packed into this wrap. Then, lay out your tortillas (you could use spinach tortillas here to really make it green!) and spread your selected Toby’s Tofu Spread generously. Next, add half the veggie ingredients on to one tortilla. Roll and slice. Repeat for second tortilla.

Garnish with remaining veggies – Cabbage for the trunk and star, cut outs of peppers for the festive lights!

Christmas Pinwheel Wrap

Get festive and stay healthy with this Christmas Pinwheel Wrap. It’s a vegan wrap, arranged as a Christmas tree and decorated with veggie ornaments. Of course, the Christmas arrangement is optional and you’d still have a delicious wrap. It’s just not as fun that way!

Ingredients:

  • 2 large tortilla wraps
  • ¾ cup shredded red cabbage
  • ½ red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • ½ cup Toby’s Lite Tofu
  • ¼ cup shredded carrots
  • Handful of fresh spinach
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds  

How-To:

  1. Spread Toby’s Tofu Spread & Dip on each tortilla.
  2. Add about half of the rest of the ingredients to each tortilla, roll up and slice into ¾” pieces.
  3. Do the same for the second wrap and place on a plate, in the shape of a tree. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve. Enjoy!

Christmas Pinwheel Wrap

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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!

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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!

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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

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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! 
Christmas Cucumber Canapes

Cucumber Canapés

These Cucumber Canapés, made with Toby’s Tofu Spreads, pomegranate seeds, and fresh herbs are easy to make, delicious, and perfect for the holidays! Or, just for a festive snack. Our friend Silvia made these beauties, and we can’t wait to try them out at our own holiday parties this season because how cute are they?! They look just little, healthy, edible ornaments.

Basically, irresistible. We love Silvia’s addition of red to the plates and napkins, too. Brings out that holiday cheer!

Christmas Cucumber Canapes

Ingredients:

  • 1 english cucumber
  • ¾ cup Toby’s Tofu, Lite Jalapeno
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate seeds
  • Handful of fresh dill

How-To:

  1. Slice cucumber into bite size pieces, about ½”.
  2. Scoop out middle part of the cucumber with a small spoon.
  3. Add a spoonful of Toby’s tofu to each cucumber and top with pomegranate seeds and dill. Enjoy!

Be sure to follow her on Instagram for even more delicious vegan inspiration. You can find us on Instagram and more recipes on Pinterest, too.

Christmas Cucumber Canapes

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Winter Apple Honey Mustard Salad

Certain things were meant to go together. This Winter Apple Honey Mustard Salad brings together a few of those things: apples, walnuts, dried cranberries, and Toby’s Honey Mustard Dressing. Mix in some mixed baby greens, and you have a delicious salad basically ready to go. Beautiful, delicious, and super easy. Just as salads should be.

The apples and cranberries give the salad a nice balance of sweet and tart. The walnuts add just the right amount of crunch. And, the mixed greens bring in another layer that just spinach or romaine wouldn’t. Simple recipe making at its finest.

This salad is great for holiday meals and fall gatherins, but it’s great for a side or a lunch too. Pair with your choice of protein, and you’ll really be all set.

Winter Apple Honey Mustard Salad

Toby’s Honey Mustard Dressing is dairy free – something people don’t usually realize. Unlike our other dressings, this is something those dairy-free folks can enjoy! t does contain mayonnaise, so there are eggs.

Check out some other recipes with our Honey Mustard dressing – an underrated gem in the Toby’s line up, essential for the holidays and for taking your winter salads to the next level. Keep scrolling for the recipe!

Winter Apple Honey Mustard Salad

Winter Apple Honey Mustard Salad

Certain things were meant to go together. This Winter Apple Honey Mustard Salad brings together a few of those things: apples, walnuts, dried cranberries, and Toby’s Honey Mustard Dressing. Mix in some mixed baby greens, and you have a delicious salad basically ready to go. Beautiful, delicious, and super easy. Just as salads should be.

Ingredients:

How-To:

  1. Add ingredients to large salad bowl in order listed. Drizzle with honey mustard dressing and serve immediately.

Winter Apple Honey Mustard Salad

Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms - easy & perfect for the holidays! #FallingForTobys

Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms

These Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms, made with Toby’s Tofu Spreads, are easy to make, delicious, and perfect for the holidays! Join in with your creations: #FallingForTobys

Our friend Silvia made these Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms with Spinach, Toby’s Lite Tofu Spread & Dip topped with whole wheat breadcrumbs. Get the full recipe below or here on Silvia’s blog: www.thetinyavocado.com These are a perfect side dish for any Vegan Thanksgiving, fall spread, or potlucks. We tried something similar last year for a Game Day watch party.  They were delicious, but we’ve definitely been out-done (once again) by the amazing Silvia!

Be sure to follow Silvia on Instagram for even more delicious vegan inspiration. You can find us on Instagram and more recipes on Pinterest, too.

Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms

These Vegan Mushrooms were created as part of our #FallingForTobys giveaway & contest happening now. It’s the perfect way to test out Thanksgiving goodies before the holiday – we all know we’ll want it to be perfect for the big day!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 mushrooms
  • ¾ cup Toby’s Lite Tofu Spread & Dip
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne powder
  • 1.5 cups packed fresh spinach, chopped
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat bread crumbs

How-To:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Clean mushrooms carefully under running water or with a damp paper towel. Gently break stems off. Cut off the bottom part of the stem and chop the rest very finely.
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil under medium heat. Add garlic, chopped mushroom stems, paprika and cayenne powder. Cook for 3 minutes then add tofu and spinach. Cook for another minute or until spinach is wilted.
  4. Fill each mushroom cap with the tofu mix and sprinkle with breadcrumbs.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until slightly browned.
  6. Remove from oven and let cook for a minute or two.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms - easy & perfect for the holidays! #FallingForTobys

Jalapeño Ranch tofu enchiladas!

Easy Cinco De Mayo Recipe Ideas for Everyone

This Cinco De Mayo go further than just your standard plate of chips & salsa. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite recipe ideas – from tacos and taquitos to salads and nachos we’ve got easy Cinco De Mayo recipe ideas for everyone. I promise there’s something for everyone’s taste buds and diets in here!

Jalapeno Ranch Taquitos

These are a great appetizer or main course item. Usually we’re just snacking at Cinco de Mayo parties, so serve these and watch them disappear. You could get pre-made taquitos and drizzle Jalapeño Ranch on top. Or, you could make them yourself. We rolled up flour tortillas with a mixture of extra firm tofu, beans, veggies, and lots of spices inside. Topped with cheese, a cilantro lime hot sauce and some diced peppers! Pretty presentation and yummy foods.

Jalapeño Ranch tofu enchiladas!

 

Tacos!

Jalapeño Ranch Sweet Potato Tacos

These tacos are vegetarian-friendly, made with sweet potatoes and black beans. The Jalapeño Ranch Dressing is the perfect pair to liven your veggie tacos up! Get the complete how-to here.

Jalapeño Ranch Sweet Potato Tacos!

 

Black Bean & Corn Tacos with Jalapeño Ranch

If sweet potatoes aren’t your thing, we suggest these corn & bean tacos drizzled with our Jalapeño Ranch Dressing. I pan fried some leftover corn, black beans and onions with salt and pepper until everything was cooked through. Shredded some cabbage and added diced tomatoes. It tastes most like a fish taco, minus the fish. But, fish would make a delicious addition here, too!

Jalapeño Ranch bean & corn tacos!

Toby’s Tofu Tacos

Not into the Jalapeño Ranch? We’ve got a less-spicy option for you. Try Toby’s Original Spread instead of beans or meat as the protein. Top with greens, cheese, and a salsa verde sauce. Perfect mild-heat, and a delicious combo with our Original Spread.

Tofu Tacos!

Vegan Tacos

Looking for a vegan Cinco de Mayo recipe idea? Try out these vegan tacos, courtesy of our friend Daneka. She’s a huge fan of our lite tofu spreads and makes the most delicious recipes! (She’s got another one down below! Keep scrolling!)

VeganTacos - with toby's tofu

Tacos! I love quinoa taco! And subbed @tobysfoods lite jalapeno tofu spread for the cheese. Vegan tacos for the win!

Photo from @ddaakarma

Nachos!

Everyone has their own special way of making nachos, but no better topping than Toby’s Jalapeño Ranch Dressing. Seriously! Just in case you don’t already know, here’s a 30-second fool proof guide to your perfect nachos.

Salads!

Jalapeño Ranch Taco Salad

A stand-by favorite recipe for sure. Serve it in a big bowl, like in the original recipe, or get fancy with it and serve on top a wedge of iceberg lettuce. Full recipe details here.

Jalapeño Ranch Wedge Salad!

Vegan Mini Pepper Salad

Vegan Mini Pepper Salad

Salad? Appetizer? Mini peppers with @tobysfoods lite jalapeno vegan tofu dip with avocado and stuff!
Photo from @ddaakarma

Need some tasty tequila cocktails to go along with your deliciousness? Try these from Genesis Juice.