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I think tofu gets the short end of the stick when we talk about healthy food. Tofu is to food as rap and country are to music. I often hear people say, “I like all music except rap and country (and I live in Nashville). It’s the same with tofu. Rarely do we hear anyone going on about their love of tofu. However, just like rap and country, I think if you give it a try and know what to make, you might really enjoy it.
I think Eminem said it best in the into of his Oscar-winning song “Lose Yourself”
Look, if you had one meal…one recipe,
to seize everyone’s taste buds in one dinner,
would you cook it?… or just get take out? … and the hook…
You better lose the fear of the bean curd, the soy bean. Just cook it! It doesn’t have GMO’s.
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to prove that tofu’s an ingredient that begs to be used!
At least that what I think he said:)
Or that famous country song,”She thinks my tofu’s sexy”?
Anyway…on to the tofu recipes. I used one block of tofu to make all three of these recipes. Make sure you buy organic tofu, it is not expensive, so as to avoid those pesky GMO’s.
The first recipe is a Double Broccoli Quinoa. This meal was fabulous, creamy, hearty, comforting and full of protein, fiber, antioxidants, good carbs…You name it, it’s here.
I am not posting recipes for the next two meals, because they are fairly self explanatory. I had some leftover broccoli pesto and 3/4 of the block of tofu leftover from the above meal. I decided to add to the pesto and make some tofu ricotta (recipe below). I used this tofu ricotta in the next two recipes. The first being a gluten-free white pizza with artichokes, sautéed spinach and the remaining roasted broccoli from the quinoa dish. Just buy a pre-made whole grain pizza crust or make your own (I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust mix), these are easy to find at any grocery store. The next meal was really easy. I made some pasta and dumped the remaining ricotta and all of our leftover pizza toppings into the pasta, it was awesome and took maybe 15 minutes.
I am adding a bonus tofu recipe as well that is sure to please everyone! I call it Tofu Pie, but you should not call it that. Maybe, Chocolate Mousse you’d never know it’s made of tofu but it is, pie? This recipe is beyond easy and has the added bonus of being full of protein.
Double Broccoli Quinoa
4 Cups Broccoli Florets
3 Cups cooked quinoa
1 quarter block of extra firm tofu
1/2 cup almonds
juice of half a lemon
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
3 Garlic Cloves
1/4 cup nutritional yeast (optional, but easy to find at Kroger or Whole Foods)
Salt to taste
Cook Quinoa according to box instructions
Lightly steam half the broccoli
Roast the remaining broccoli at 400 (spray with a bit of non-stick cooking oil and salt) until crispy
Put steamed broccoli, tofu, red pepper, garlic, almonds, lemon juice, nutritional yeast and salt in a blender or food processor and process until smooth.
Taste and adjust seasoning then stir the sauce into the quinoa.
Top with the roasted broccoli and some of the slivered almonds (avocado would be great as well)
This dish is full of protein, fiber and creamy goodness!
1 block extra firm tofu (remove, drain and squeeze the as much water as you can from tofu) crumbled
1/4 – 1/2 cup Nutritional Yeast
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
Salt and Pepper
You could also add chopped spinach or fresh basil to this.
Add all ingredients to a food processor, a blender or a bowl and mix. Lightly process if using a food processor or blender until it is the consistency of ricotta cheese. If mixing by hand just use a fork to mash and blend all ingredients together.
I have several friends who have successfully tricked their husbands with tofu ricotta:)
Tofu Pie (AKA, you will never guess there is tofu in this pie, pie)
1 Block Silken Tofu (this is the tofu that is in a cardboardish box, not the kind in the produce section)
1 Bag dairy free chocolate chips ( I like Trader Joes Brand)
Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler
Combine the tofu and chocolate chips in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.f
Transfer to pie crust and chill in the refrigerator until pie sets. You could also just eat this as pudding.
You can put this in any crust you desire, I make the one below;
Easy Oat Pie Crust
1 1/2 cups Oat Flour (you can make your own by processing oats in the food processor) – I buy gluten-free oats and oat flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp Coconut oil (melted)
4 Tbsp Water
Optional add ins here could be cocoa powder and agave or honey.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl (adding the water as you combine) mix with a fork
Transfer to a pie plate and press it into the mold with your fingers
Poke several holes in the bottom of the crust with a fork and bake for 18 minutes at 350.
I hope you enjoy these recipes while listening to your favorite rap or country music.
Your Vegan Friend
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I am writing this post in my fuzzy robe and fuzzy socks. I love fuzzy sock weather. There is something so comforting about a warm blanket and cozy clothing. Maybe it’s because we know that wonderful fall/winter activities are on the horizon. Who can resist the pumpkin patch, warm apple cider, that crisp cool air filling your lungs, running or walking outside without feeling as if you may melt? Fall is magical, beautiful and filled with delicious food!
As soon as the temps started to drop I started craving chili. It’s easy, quick, inexpensive and lasts for days. It’s the perfect no fuss weekend meal when you want a dinner, lunch and dinner again kind of recipe. I make mine as easy as possible by using canned beans. Soon and very soon I plan to venture into the land of dry beans. This is not as daunting as it may seem, just requires some additional time and planning.
I also wanted to include that other fall staple, pumpkin, in my meal. My goal was to get a bit creative. I came up with pumpkin cornbread. Truth be told, I am not a huge cornbread fan. I always think it to be a rather dry, boring buttery spread vehicle. So my mission was clear. Make a flavorful, sweet, not dry cornbread…that is also gluten-free. Baking is not my forte so feel free to tweak this recipe as you see fit. I was pretty pleased with my first attempt. It tasted good on its own and also dunked in the chili, yum!
Easy Veg Chili
1 package frozen onion and pepper medley (mine had onion, red, yellow, green peppers)
2 cloves fresh garlic diced
1 jalapeno (diced, I seeded half of mine)
1 sweet potato peeled and diced
1 28 oz Can stewed tomatoes plus 1 14 oz can diced or stewed tomatoes
1 can black beans (drained)
1 can red beans (drained)
1 can kidney beans (drained)
1 cup frozen corn kernels
1 cup frozen greens (I used turnip, you could also use collards)
3 Tbsp Chili Powder
3 Tbsp Cumin
1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
A dash or two of Cayenne (more for extra heat)
Salt to taste
Spray the bottom of a large pot with non-stick cooking spray and saute the onion/pepper combo, garlic and jalapeno until the onions are translucent.
Add your spices and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Add the remainder ingredients and bring to a boil, stir, then reduce to a simmer. Let simmer until the sweet potatoes are tender and salt to taste along the way.
3/4 cup yellow corn meal
1 1/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pancake Mix (if you don’t need to be gluten-free, I’m sure you could use busquick)
3 tbsp agave nectar ( you can use maple syrup, or 1/4 cup of sugar as well)
Flax Eggs ( 2 tbsp milled flax-seed mixed with 3 or 4 tbsp water, set aside until a gel forms and add to recipe)
3/4 cup frozen corn kernels
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup to 1 cup almond milk (or non-dairy milk of choice… I would avoid rice since it has a watery consistency)
Mix all ingredients leave the milk for last and adjust for moisture. The batter will be quite thick. Since we are not using any raw animal ingredients you can taste the batter for sweetness and adjust to your taste.
Pour batter into a cake pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray and bake at 400 degrees until a knife or toothpick come out clean.
I hope you will enjoy these recipes as much as my family did.
My kids are on fall break this week so finding time to write is more difficult! I will be sharing my 3 tofu recipes as well as homemade veggie burgers (so easy) and Meatless meatloaf in future posts. Stay tuned my friends!
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When I read the very sad news that we were on the cusp of a national bacon shortage I was shocked, saddened…Oh, the humanity!!! Nope, not really at all what I felt:) However, I had to do something. Give the people what they want, right?
I have been wanting to try and make my own version of tempeh bacon and this was the perfect opportunity. I had already planned to make a new version of Potato Leek soup, with cauliflower instead of the potato and a “B”LT was just the accompaniment my soup needed.
I could eat soup and soup alone all day, I love fall, I love that soup can once again rejoin my weekly rotation of food. You will be seeing many soup recipes in the near future. It amazes me that a bunch of ingredients thrown in a pot with some water and seasoning can be so comforting and delicious. My husband however, needs a sandwich to go with it. Feeding him soup and soup alone makes him very sad and I don’t like to make people feel sad about food!
So, on to the tempeh. Tempeh is a fermented soy product that is high in protein and has a much “meatier” and denser consistency than that other soy staple, tofu. Like tofu, tempeh will take on the flavors you marinade it in. It is inexpensive and very easy to prepare. Now, will this tempeh fool anyone into thinking it’s bacon? He** to the no!! The point is to have a savory, crisp, flavorful alternative. I have said it before, “Tofu, tastes just like chicken!…except it doesn’t”.
My husband loved this sandwich, he could have cared less that bacon was not present. My kids after smelling it baking couldn’t wait to try it and they loved it too. I am planning to tweak this recipe and try adding some liquid smoke and some other flavor combo’s.
As for the soup, I wanted a less starchy way to make a creamy comforting soup. I use cauliflower in place of potatoes quite a bit (Potatoes are a sometimes food) so I thought this could work. You can make a mean mashed cauliflower (this actually has faked my husband and others out on several occasions). This soup is remarkably easy and cheap! Veggies in a pot, seasoned and puree. We also have a good amount leftover for lunch today:)
Here are the recipes:
I sliced the tempeh in thin strips. Then steam the tempeh for about 10 minutes. You can skip this step but I find that the tempeh tastes a little bitter if you don’t steam it first.
I prepared a marinade:
1/4 cup tamari (gluten-free) soy sauce
2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tbsp Agave Nectar (you could sub maple syrup or brown sugar)
2 crushed garlic cloves
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
You could also add 2tsp of liquid smoke ( I didn’t have any on hand, but it would make for that smokey bacon taste)
Add your tempeh strips to the marinade, cover and refrigerate until ready to use (at least 15 minutes), I marinated mine for a few hours.
When ready to bake pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
Spray a baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and add the tempeh to the baking pan. Spray the tempeh with cooking spray.
Bake around 6 minutes on each side but watch closely since oven temps and times vary.
Build your sandwich and enjoy!
Cauliflower Leek Soup
1 head Cauliflower
2 leeks (chopped white and light green portion)
2 small carrots, diced
2 ribs celery diced
2 garlic cloves sliced
4 cups Vegetable Broth or water
Salt to taste
Pepper for garnish
(I added a healthy dash of cayenne because I like some heat)
Saute the leeks, carrots, celery and garlic until the leeks are a bit translucent.
Add veg broth or water and the cauliflower and seasoning.
Bring to a boil then reduce to Medium heat. Cook until cauliflower is tender.
Transfer to a blender or use an immersion blender and blend veggies until smooth and creamy.
I hope you will try, and enjoy these very pig friendly recipes. If there are recipes you would like to see on the blog or dishes you would like me to “veganize” please comment below or shoot me and email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once again, thanks so much for reading!
Your Vegan Friend
I just returned from a fabulous girls beach vacation with eight of my girl friends. It was refreshing, relaxing, fun and inspiring. Nothing like a few days away to renew your mind and heart.
Yesterday was my first full day home and I didn’t have much time (or motivation, for that matter) to go through the pantry and make a grocery list. We still had to eat something for dinner so this is what I came up with.
I had half an onion that was wrapped in foil, some garlic cloves, sweet potato, canned diced tomatoes, canned black-eyed peas and some frozen collards and corn. Along with some spices I decided to make a black-eyed pea and collard green soup with baked sweet potato fries. I didn’t have quite enough frozen collards so I added the corn in for some extra bulk.
I simply sautéed the onion and garlic over medium heat, then added all of the other ingredients. A teaspoon of turmeric, a dash of cayenne and some salt to taste. Bring to a boil and simmer until collards are tender (maybe 10 minutes).
For the sweet potato fries, cut the potatoes in to fry like wedges, spray with cooking spray and season as desired. I use Spike, it’s a low sodium all-purpose seasoning that can be found in most grocery stores. It adds great flavor and has far less sodium than any conventional fry would. Bake at 400 degrees for around 15 minutes, turn once at around the 7 minute mark.
Voila! A pantry dinner in around 30 minutes that is healthy, inexpensive and satisfying.
Some of my best meals come from the simplest ingredients. I will write more about my trip and the yummy pasta meal we shared later this week. Until then, enjoy the crisp fall weather!
Your Vegan Friend