Somen Noodle Soup

Somen Noodle Soup with Marinated baked tofu and veggies and homemade broth

For the broth
Zest of 1 lime
2 garlic cloves, smashed
2-inch piece ginger, cut into coins
½ of a large red onion, sliced
sprigs of fresh herbs
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and sliced (i left this out)
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp. Bragg’s or soy sauce
1 tbsp. light brown sugar

For the tofu
Juice of 1 lime
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. rice vinegar
1 tbsp. sesame oil
2 tsp. hoisin sauce
2½ tsp. light brown sugar (if it’s dark, use less)
1-inch piece ginger, peeled and grated or finely minced
1 pound extra firm tofu, blotted dry – drain as much water out with breaking the loaf… (I can teach you how.. just reply) and cut into small cubes

For the soup
6 ounces somen noodles
Vegetable oil
½ red onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely diced (again, I didn’t use this)
1 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated or finely minced
2 medium carrots, sliced
1 celery stick
5 – 10 Brussels sprouts, cut into four

Make the broth
Put all ingredients except for the soy sauce and brown sugar in a large saucepan.  Pour in 8 cups of water and add a large pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.  Cool slightly, then strain out and discard the solids.  Stir in the Bragg’s or soy sauce and brown sugar.  Adjust seasoning as necessary.  Keep warm over low heat.

Make the tofu
Preheat the oven to 400ºF.

Mix together the marinade in a medium baking dish.   Stir in the tofu, coating well with the marinade.  Allow to sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes, tossing occasionally to make sure the tofu is coated with the marinade.  Place in the oven, uncovered, and allow to bake until all the marinade is absorbed and the tofu is getting a slight crisp to it, about 35 minutes.  Toss the tofu once or twice in the baking process so that all the pieces come into contact with the pan.  Remove tofu from the oven and allow to cool.

Make the soup
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Add the somen noodles and give a good stir.  Cook the noodles until they are almost done, with just a slight bite, and drain.  Rinse well with cold water, drain, and set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Add just enough vegetable oil to coat the bottom of the pan.  Add the red onion and sauté until starting to soften, about 5 minutes.  Add the garlic, jalapeño pepper, and ginger and cook for another two minutes, stirring constantly.  Add the veggies and continue to cook, stirring often, until the green vegetables are crisp tender, about 5 minutes.

Place some noodles in the bottom of a deep soup bowl.  Ladle on the broth.  Add tofu and vegetables.

Enjoy… you may garnish with herbs, scallions and slice of jalapeño pepper.

Inspired by another recipe post.

Chinese Potstickers

Chinese Potstickers

Ingredients:

  • 8oz tofu crumbled
  • one carrot, peeled and chopped
  • one zucchini, chopped
  • a couple of button mushroom, chopped
  • one celery, chopped
  • handful of broccoli, chopped
  • fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp of soy sauce or BRAGGS
  • 1/2 tbsp vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast

Mix ingredients for the filling in a bowl. Place a spoon full in the mix into the center of the pot-sticker. wet the sides and gentle press together.

Fry: heat 2 tbsp of oil in a large skillet. Add closed pot-stickers. brown on each side. Pour 1/3 of water and cover lid. lower the flame and wait until all the water has been absorbed.

Serve while hot with your favorite sauce.

AWESOME vegan Veggie Pasta BAKE excellent recipe

Oh my goodness… I was not at all in the mood to cook tonight, but I found myself motivated by the idea of a baked pasta… I looked into my fridge to see what we had in the veggie bin… and the idea hit me… this is what I did…

Ingrediants:

  • pasta
  • olive oil
  • chopped tomatoes with juice.. 2-3 tomatoes
  • 1 pepper if you like – I don’t because my kids eat it..
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 onion
  • a bit of cauliflower
  • one stick of celery
  • a bit of broccoli
  • a zucchini / squash
  • garlic – I use 5 cloves.. but that’s a lot
  • herbs: fresh thyme, oregano, sage, parsley, basil, garlic chives (whatever you have)
  • tofu – one block – FIRM or Extra FIRM
  • red wine vinegar
  • pinch of sugar

I cook my pasta with boiling water salt and a bit of oil.. drain pasta when ready and wash with cold water.. set aside

wash your veggies and cut them into bite sized pieces..

Heat the oven to 425

on the stove: Add oil to pan and saute onion and garlic for 2 minutes then add all other veggies…

cook for 5 minutes.. about maybe 8-10

add tomatoes with juice, sugar and vinegar.. saute for another 15 minutes. Then, add tofu cubes. Mix.

add veggie stock or water if it gets dry

Add pasta to the veggies… mix.. cook for 2-3 minutes..then add herbs

transfer to a baking dish.

bake at 425 for 10 minutes and lower heat to 320 and cook for 25 more minutes…..don’t let it burn!

add fresh parsley on top.. and serve..

Baked Marinaded Tofu Steaks with Brussels Sprout, Zucchini & Shallots with Rice & Gravy Recipe (Vegan)

Baked Tofu with Marinade with Brussels Sprouts, Zucchini and Shallots with Rice

Baked Tofu:

One 14 oz block extra firm tofu, drained
1 tiny garlic clove, peeled

For the marinade

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 tablespoons light soy sauce
2 garlic cloves – sliced
A pinch of dried Italian seasoning – optional
Cracked black pepper

Cut the tofu vertically in half. Then cut each half widthwise into two pieces. You will have 4 tofu pieces. Using a kitchen towel, pat the tofu pieces to absorb as much moisture as you can.

Make 2 small slits on top of each tofu piece. Thinly slice the garlic clove into 8 slices. Insert one slice of garlic into each slit on the tofu. Skip this step if you don’t like garlic.

Whisk together all marinade ingredients and pour into a dish. Place the tofu slices in the dish with the marinade. Carefully flip the tofu pieces so they are covered all over by the marinade. Let the tofu marinade for about 15 minutes.

Pre heat oven to 350f

Remove the tofu pieces from the marinade and place on a non-stick baking dish. Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, flipping the tofu pieces every 20 minutes. Cooking times will vary depending on your oven and thickness of tofu slices.

Tofu is done when it is firm and browned all over.

Brussels Sprouts and Zucchini

1 lb Brussels sprouts
2 small shallots ( or substitute yellow onions)
2 medium zucchini
3 small carrots pealed and chopped
1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast
good quality olive oil
salt and pepper
Wash the Brussels sprouts and remove any loose leaves. Trip the stem ends if needed and if leaving them whole, make a small cross-cut in the stem. If you have rather large sprouts, cut them in halves or quarters.
Slice the shallot very thin. Cut the zucchini into slices.
Heat the pan with the olive oil and shallots, and sauté over a medium-low heat until the shallots are wilted. Turn up the heat and toss in the sprouts and add nutritional yeast and mix.
Cook for a couple of minutes then add the zucchini and carrots.
Sauté until the sprouts are a very bright green and tender-crunchy, and the zucchini is just a bit limp. Maximum cooking time should be around 10 minutes

Enjoy!


Vegan Veggie, Tofu & Rice Cabbage Rolls with Tomato Dill Sauce Recipe

Veggie, Tofu & Rice Cabbage Rolls with Tomato Dill Sauce

Ingredients:

Cabbage Rolls:

- one head of cabbage

- 1 cup of cooked rice

-1 cup (package) of cooked (fried) tofu – spiced up with favorite spices (garlic, salt, pepper)

- A few carrots chopped to bite size

- 1 zucchini chopped to bit size

- one mushroom, chopped

- 1/4 cup of red onion, chopped

- garlic cloves, chopped (or minced)

Sauce:
- 2 tins of low sodium tomato sauce (the kind with just tomatoes…nothing fancy)
- 1 the juice of one large lemon
- 1 tsp of fresh dill
- 2 tbsp of maple syrup
- pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp of garlic powder
First boil the head of cabbage until layers come off easily, then soak layers in cold water until ready to use.
Take your veggies, onions and spices and fry in an oiled skillet just brown on both sides
combine cooked veggies with cooked rice and cooked tofu.
Spoon desired amount for each cabbage up and tuck and roll until finished.
Place the cabbage rolls in an oven sake container and cook in a preheated oven: 350 degrees for 40 minutes
for sauce:
Combine all ingredients and heat on low heat until ready – poor on top

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Vegetable and Tofu Breakfast Scramble Recipe

Vegetable and Tofu Breakfast Scramble

Vegan, Organic and Local

Ingredients:

- Tofu, crumbled

- Zucchini – bite sized

- Carrots – bite sized

- Baby Portabello mushrooms – Bite sized

- Broccoli – bite sized

- 3 cloves of garlic – roughly chopped

- cooking oil – olive oil

- tamarack seasoning (for yellow ‘egg’ color)

- salt and pepper to taste

- Vegetable Sourdough bread – Old Town Baking Co. www.oldtownbakingco.com

Directions:

Crumble tofu in a bowl and add tamarack, salt & pepper.  Heat oil on medium heat in a pan that can be covered. Once oil is hot flatted tofu lightly on the bottom of skillet.

Add mixed vegetables and garlic. just on top and cover. Cook like that for 15 minutes, then uncover mixed well and cover again until veggies are just right. Just a bit crispy.

Enjoy!

get all of our organic fruits, vegetables and bread from our local Farmers Market – Downtown Riverside on Saturdays 9-1 by the Mission Inn….

I recommend all organic eating and local buying and as less corporate buying as possible.

Thank you,

Krista

Time with my SoyQuick Premier Milk Maker 930P

soyquick-premier-930PHi all. Well if you are reading this, you must be interested in soy milk and you just might like to read this.

A few months ago, I was lucky enough to win the SoyQuick Premier Milk Maker 930P, thru a sweepstakes from www.soymilkquick.com. I was and am just delighted. In our household, we do not drink regular cows or animal milk. Soy milk is our way, plus the occasional almond, hemp and rice milk. To get this gift, was such a blessing. With all the increasing costs of soy beans, being able to make the soy milk at home was a trill. First, it’ll save money, second, FRESH SOY MILK every morning!!!!!, not to mention, making the milk with your own hands handmade and with love. I couldn’t wait to get started.

I first went out and bought a huge bag of soy beans from our local Li’l Saigon..however, you are provided with a small bag of soybeans with the machine to start off with.

My first few attempts to make soy milk worked but there is a little bit of an art to it. However, its easy and enjoyable.

If you are looking at buying this item, I highly recommend it.

However, two things you must be aware of,

One: it’s a commitment. The fresh soy milk doesn’t last very long, so, in my experiences, I make soymilk every morning or every other morning. It takes about 15 minutes to make..however you have to wait for the milk to cool down before using it. It’s very hot at first.

Second: Be careful with the machine. The sensor inside is sensitive. I had to return my first machine and get a new one. The company is wonderful, excellent communicator and sent me another one free of charge.

The machine comes with everything you’ll need to make soy milk, tofu and it even comes with cleaning supplies. It is important to read the warnings in the manual provided.

This machine makes, almond milk, tofu, okara, soy milk and many other milks and drinks. Java Soy, Fruit Soy…really anything. It’s fantastic. I have only perfected soy milk at this point. I will post more recipes, ideas and experiences as I go along.

Thank you for reading. Check out their website: www.soymilkquick.com

If you have questions, recipes or ideas, please let me know.

thank you,

Krista

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