VEGAN “CHICKEN” & Broccoli CASSEROLE recipe

VEGAN “Chicken” & Broccoli CASSEROLE
Serves 4

2 lbs. fresh broccoli crowns, cut into spears
2 cups of “cheeze” melted and mixed with veggie broth – please ask me if you have questions.. (or if not vegan, any cheese sauce)


3-4 cups strips of any vegan “chicken” or “turkey” substitute, soaked in a HOT “chickeny” broth
6 cloves garlic, chopped

fresh cut herbs
salt and freshly ground pepper
2 cups or so of cooked alphabet pasta – FUN for the KIDS!
1 T. lemon juice-  add to the cheese mix
2 cups bread crumbs

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Spread the chopped broccoli in the bottom of 1/9 x 13″ baking pan. Cover that with the “chicken” sub and pasta. Sprinkle with salt and grind pepper, garlic, onion salt.. any other spices that you like over that to taste add fresh cut herbs to the mix.

Spread the vegan “cheese” over the top

Sprinkle evenly with the breadcrumbs and then spread and push down so some of the breadcrumbs are in the “cheese”.

Bake for 20 minutes and serve hot.

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.

Krista’s Mushroom Potato Stew – Slow Cook’n

Krista’s Mushroom Potato Stew – Slow Cook’n

Ingredients:

1 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
5 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
4 large potatoes, scrubbed and cubed
2 carrots, pealed and chopped
1 (8 ounce) sliced organic button mushrooms
2 bay leaves
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
2 cups water
2 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire sauce
3/4 teaspoon fresh thyme
3/4 teaspoon fresh oregano
1 teaspoon black pepper, divided
1 cup of peas… add later..

Directions:

1. Line the bottom of slow cooker with the onions. Add the garlic on top of the onions, but be sure the layer of onions is thick enough for the garlic not to fall through.

2. Add potatoes and carrots. Add the mushrooms to the top of the other vegetables. Add the bay leaves. At this point, mix in a bowl….the tomato sauce, water, Worcestershire, thyme, oregano and 1/2 the pepper in bowl. Stir well and pour over veggies.

3. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. At the end of that time, stir cooker contents; add peas and the remaining black pepper.

Teriyaki Glazed Seitan with Green Garlic Veggies and Rice Recipe

Picnic Style….

Our nights are becoming just perfect for our outside dinners. Quite casual and laid back.

Yesterday, I made some home made Seitan and today I cooked up a few pieces of it and glazed it with some ingredients I had laying around the kitchen.

ingredients:

  • seitan cutlets cut into little bite-sizes pieces
  • olive oil

Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce – vegan
  • 1/4 cup Braggs or a soy sauce of some sort
  • 1/2 brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup garlic seasoned rice vinegar or regular
  • Rice – I used brown

Veggies:

  • garlic – pressed or minced
  • vegan butter
  • broccoli – all veggie bite-sized
  • green beans
  • mushrooms
  • zucchini
  • salt and pepper
  • Then, a salad of whatever you want

Directions:

Sauce: Mix all the sauce ingredients together over the stove and simmer for 20 minutes… do not burn… as the liquid cools, it’ll thicken (glaze)

Seitan: Heat oil in pan, and sear both sides until browned. Once sauce is ready, add the seitan…only cover slightly…glaze.

Rice: directions on package or quick search on the internet

Veggies: heat butter and garlic in pan for about 5 minutes on medium heat. Add Veggies, mix. Add a bit of water (veggie broth..liquid) and cover. This takes about 5 minutes.

Put it all together how you want and enjoy!!!

Spinach-Vegetable Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Home-made Italian Dressing Recipe

Portobello Mushrooms are the meatiest of the mushrooms and a favorite in my family. When stuffed with veggies, tofu, TVP, couscous, quinoa, they make an excellent nutritious dinner.

This recipe is quick, easy and so yummy!!!

Tip on cleaning your mushrooms:

As with most other mushrooms, portobello mushrooms should not be washed.  Simply tap them on the counter to loosen any growing medium. You can twist the stem to remove it but use caution as you could break the mushroom cap.  You may alternately use a small sharp knife and cut the stem even with the inside of the gills.

  1. Twist or cut off stems from mushrooms. Chop stems; set aside.
  2. Use a spoon or sharp knife to scrape out the gills from mushroom caps; compost gills.

Vegan Spinach-Vegetable Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Ingredients:

  • 4 large portobello mushrooms (about 1 lb.), cleaned
  • 1/2 cup Italian Dressing (I make my own- Recipe below)
  • 1/4 cup red pepper, chopped
  • 1 carrot, pealed and chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 20 oz. fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup grated vegan parmesan ‘cheese’

Home-Made Vegan Italian Dressing

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried tarragon
  • 1 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar

Dressing Preparation:

Combine all the ingredients in a container with a tight lid. Shake the jar well and let stand for one hour at room temperature, then chill. Shake well before serving.

Meal Preparation:

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Brush 1 Tbsp. of the dressing onto rounded sides of mushroom caps; place, rounded sides down, in foil-lined baking pan.


Heat remaining dressing in sauce pan on medium-high heat. Add mushroom stems, red pepper carrots, onion and garlic; cook and stir 4-5 min.

Add spinach.

Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 4 min. or until spinach is wilted, stirring after 2 min.

Spoon evenly over mushroom caps; sprinkle with “cheese”.
Bake 18 to 20 min. or until mushrooms are tender. Meanwhile, Boil some corn in water.

And Serve…

Peach Cobbler Recipe

This has to be the best peach cobbler I have ever had and I love peach cobbler. Not only is this recipe fantastic, it’s also VEGAN. How great is that?

You do not need much time for this. It’s easy and quick. Yet, it’ll seem like you spent a lot of time on it. Make sure you have a glass of soy milk with it. The two go together beautifully.

Rock’n Peach Cobbler:

Sliced 3 cups of fresh organic peaches and place them in a bowl.

Mix together these ingredients ans stir into the peaches

  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 t almond flavoring
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 t grated lemon peel

Put the peaches in a 8×8 pie pan, or whatever you have that might work.

Mix and top with:

  • 1 ½ c flour
  • ½ t salt,
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1/3 c vegan shortening like Crisco ( I used Earth Balance Vegan Shortening)
  • 1/2 c vanilla soy milk

Top with 2 T sugar
Bake 400 35-40 min

So Yummy. Tell me what you think?

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