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.

Excellent Vegan Mayonnaise Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsps apple cider vinegar
  • 1 (12 oz) package silken tofu
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1-2 tbsp luke warm water
  • 1/2-1 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Directions:

    1. Process everything together in a mixer until smooth & creamy (the longer you mix, the smoother it will be).
    2. Thin down with a little warm water if liked.
    3. Enjoy the Vegan Mayonnaise recipe

      Vegan Irish Soda Bread

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      IRISH SODA BREAD

      Ingredients:

        1 1/2 cups (360 ml) plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened soymilk
        1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons vinegar4 cups (960 ml) whole-wheat pastry flour
        1 teaspoon baking soda

        1 teaspoon salt

      1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees (Gas Mark 3) and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
      2. Combine the soymilk and vinegar in a small bowl and set it aside.
      3. Sift the pastry flour, baking soda, and salt into a large mixing bowl. Form a well in the center, and add the soured soymilk, stirring with a large spoon until the mixture forms a dough firm enough to shape into a ball.
      4. Place the dough on the parchment paper and form into a circle 8 inches in diameter and about 1 1/2 inches (3.5 cm) thick. Using a knife, make cuts into the bread about 1/2 inch deep. These cuts will make it easier to break the baked bread into portions.
      5. Bake the bread 40 to 45 minutes or until the bread forms a golden brown, firm top and bottom crust. Serve immediately or warm gently to serve later.dsc02194

      Vegan Garlic Rosemary Bread

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      Ingredients

      • 3 c bread flour
      • 1/3 c olive oil
      • 1 packet active yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
      • 1 1/2 c lukewarm water
      • 1/4 c chopped fresh rosemary
      • 3 – 6 cloves minced garlic
      • 1 tsp salt
      • 2 tsp kosher salt (or sea salt)
      • 1 tbsp sugar


      Directions

      1. In bowl, mix the water, yeast, sugar and half of rosemary.
      2. In separate bowl, add 1 tsp salt to flour, mix, then add flour to yeast mix, slowly, until dough is able to form ball.
      3. Knead on floured board for 10 mins.
      4. Place dough in oiled bowl, cover, let sit in warm place until doubled in size (about 1 hour).
      5. Mix oil, rosemary and garlic.
      6. Punch dough down, knead a few times to make easy to handle. Shape dough into 2 loaves, place several inches apart on baking sheet.
      7. Score loaves, pour oil mix on top. Sprinkle each loaf with kosher salt. Preheat oven to 350. Allow to rise for 30 minutes.
      8. Bake for 15 minutes, until golden.
      9. Tip: place a bowl of cold water in oven to make it steamy and keep things moist.

      Quick Homemade Gluten – Seitan Healthy “Meat Alternative”

      Ingredients:

      • 2 cups gluten flour
      • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
      • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
      • 1-1/4 cups vegetable stock
      • 3 Tablespoons lite tamari, Braggs liquid amino acids, or soy sauce
      • 1-3 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

      Directions:

      Add garlic powder and ginger to flour and stir. Mix liquids together and add to flour mixture all at once. Mix vigorously with a fork. When it forms a stiff dough knead it 10 to 15 times.

      Let the dough rest 2 to 5 minutes, then knead it a few more times. Let it rest another 15 minutes before proceeding.

      Cut gluten into 6 to 8 pieces and stretch into thin cutlets. Simmer in broth for 30 to 60 minutes.

      Broth:

      • 4 cups water
      • 1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce
      • 3-4 minced ginger

      Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring broth to a boil. Add cutlets one at a time. Reduce heat to barely simmer when saucepan is covered. Seitan may be used, refrigerated, or frozen at this point.

      Herb Bread Recipe

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      Herb Bread

      Ingredients:

      • 6 cups unbleached flour, divided (you may subsitute 3 cups of white flour for whole wheat flour)
      • 2 Tbsp sugar
      • 2 tsp salt
      • 2 1/2 Tbsp dry active yeast
      • 3 Tbsp fresh rosemary
      • 2 tsp dried thyme
      • 1 tsp or more of rubbed sage
      • 2 Tbsp vegan butter

      Directions:

      Combine 4 cups of the flour, sugar, salt, yeast, and 2 1/2 cups of very warm water (120 – 130 degrees) in a large bowl.dsc00538

      Add herbs and stir until well blended.dsc005391

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      Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes. (I put the bowl on my dryer while drying clothes)

      Grease 2 9×5 inch loaf pans.

      Stir dough for 25-35 strokes.

      Divide between the prepared pans. Cover and let rise again for 30-45 minutes.dsc005453

      Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

      Bake loaves for 30 minnutes. Reduce heat to 150 and bake for another 15 minutes. However, the last 10 minutes, cover with foil to prevent to much browning.

      Remove from pans immediately abd brush with melted vegan butter.dsc005471

      Cool on a wire rack or whatever you might have.

      Beautiful job….! Now, Enjoy!

      Krista’s Christmas Granola Recipe

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      Krista’s Christmas Granola Recipe

      Ingredients:

      • 8 cups rolled oats
      • 1 1/2 cups wheat germ
      • 1 cup sunflower seeds
      • 1 cup finely chopped almonds
      • 1 cup finely chopped cashews
      • 1 cup finely chopped pine nuts
      • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
      • 1/2 cup brown sugar
      • 1/4 cup maple syrup
      • 3/4 cup agave nectar
      • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
      • 1/2 cup apple sauce
      • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      • 1 cup raisins
      • 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
      • 1/2 cup dried dates

      Directions:

      • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment.Combine the oats, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews, and pine nuts in a large bowl.
      • Stir together the salt, brown sugar, maple syrup, agave nectar, oil, apple sauce, cinnamon, and vanilla in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then pour over the dry ingredients, and stir to coat. dsc00459
      • Spread the mixture out evenly on the baking sheets.
      • Bake in the preheated oven until crispy and toasted, about 20 minutes.dsc00468
      • Stir once halfway through. Cool, then stir in the dried fruit.dsc00471
      • Store in an airtight container.

      “Chicken” Fried Seitan, Mushroom – Celery Gravy, Fried Onions & Mash Potatoes Recipe

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      Vegan “Chicken” Fried Seitan with Mushroom – Celery Gravy

      Mash Potatoes and Fried Onions

      Ingredients:

      • Seitan Patties/Steaks – I made my own Seitan, and then cut into patties instead of ‘meat’ chucks
      • oil for frying

      Breading:

      • 1 cup bread crumbs
      • 1 teaspoon thyme
      • 1 teaspoon oregano
      • dash of salt & pepper
      • 1/2 cup soy milk
      • flour (enough to coat all the steaks)

      Gravy:

      • 1 medium onion, sliced
      • 1 cup of sliced mushrooms
      • 1 stack of celery, sliced and diced
      • 3 tablespoons flour
      • 1-1/2 cups soy milk
      • 1 tablespoon vegan margarine
      • pinch of thyme
      • salt and pepper

      Fried Onions:

      • 2 Medium Onions, sliced thinly
      • 2 Cups soy milk
      • All-Purpose Flour
      • Oil for frying
      • Salt

      Vegetable:

      • Green Beans, cut ends off and wash clean
      • pot of water with a dash of salt added

      Mash Potatoes:

      • 4 red potatoes, cubed
      • pot of water for boiling, with dash of salt
      • 2 tablespoons vegan margarine
      • 1/2 cup of soy milk

      Directions:

      First Fried Onions:
      Cut the ends off the onions, peel them, and slice them in half lengthwise. Slice them thinly into half-moons. Try to keep your slices all the same width so that the onions cook evenly.

      Soak the onions in 2 cups soy milk for at least 10 minutes.

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      Heat oil over medium heat in a wok or other pot to a depth of 1-2 inches.

      Grab a handful of onions from the soy milk, shake them off a little, and place them in a bowl. Coat with flour completely, tossing with two forks to keep your hands clean. Use enough flour so that they’re not soggy.

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      Test the oil by putting one onion in, if it bubbles up, it’s ready. Guard against the oil being too hot – it should take 7-9 minutes before the onions start to turn golden brown!

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      Fry for 7-9 minutes a batch, turning occasionally, until the onions are very crispy and caramelized. The onions themselves should be a very rich golden brown, beautifully caramelized, and the breading a light golden brown. Drain on a paper towel or cloth, and sprinkle with salt to season.

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      If making ahead, store in an airtight container until ready for use.

      Prepare Seitan Steaks..

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      In a bowl, combine the bread crumbs, basil, and oregano.  Add salt and pepper if you wish.  Then, pour soymilk into a second bowl, and place flour into a third bowl.  I like to have these set up right next to each other, to make breading simple.

      One at a time, coat each steak with flour, then dip the steak in the soymilk, then coat it with the breadcrumb mixture.  Repeat until all steaks are breaded.

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      Pan fry the breaded steaks in vegetable oil over medium heat until brown and crispy.  Place the fried steaks onto a plate covered with paper towels to absorb the excess oil.  Reserve the frying oil when you are finished to make the gravy.

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      Gravy:

      After frying all the steaks, add onion to the pan, and fry in remaining oil over medium heat until soft (you may want to add a little more oil if there is not enough left).  Add 3 tablespoons flour and stir until mixed.  Slowly add the 1-1/2 cups soy milk and 1-2 tablespoons vegan margarine to the pan, stir well.  Cook and stir until gravy bubbles and thickens.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

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      Mash Potatoes:

      Placed cubed potatoes into a pot of water, covering the potatoes about an inch. Boil until potatoes are softened.

      Strain potatoes and place in a bowl with vegan margarine and soy milk. Mix until smooth and keep covered until ready to serve.

      Green Beans:

      Blanch beans in salty boiling water for two minutes.

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      ENJOY!!!


      Homemade Seitan (Meat Alternative) Wheat Gluten – Recipe –

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      Homemade Seitan – Wheat Gluten

      prep time: 15 minutes / Cooking time: 1 1/2 hours – 2 hours / makes about 4-5 cups

      Ingredients:

      1 1/2 cups vital wheat gluten flour
      1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes

      1 cup cold vegetable broth
      1/2 cup Braggs Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce)
      1 tablespoon tomato paste
      2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
      1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

      Simmering Broth
      10 cups water or vegetable broth

      Directions:

      In a large bowl, mix together Vital Wheat Gluten Flour and nutritional yeast flakes.

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      In a separate bowl, mix together remaining ingredients: vegetable broth, Bragg’s, tomato paste, garlic, lemon zest.


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      Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and combine with a wooden spoon, knead dough for about 3 minutes until a spongy, elastic dough is formed.

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      Let dough rest for a couple of minutes and prepare your broth, but don’t start boiling it.


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      Now roll your dough into a log shape about 8 inches long and cut into 3 equal sized pieces. Place the pieces in the broth. It is important that the water/broth be very cold when you add the dough, it helps with the texture and ensures that it doesn’t fall apart. Partially cover the pot (leave a little space for steam to escape) and bring to a boil. dsc00358

      When the water has come to a boil set the heat to low and gently simmer for an hour, turning the pieces every now and again.

      Now you’ve got gluten. Let it cool in the simmering broth for at least a half an hour. It is best if it cools completely.

      What you do next depends on the recipe you are using. If it calls for gluten use it as is. If you want to store some of it for later use put it in a re-sealable container covered in the simmering broth.

      If your recipe calls for seitan cut your pieces up as desired. I prefer to use a cast iron skillet for the frying because it produces the best flavor and texture. Use as little oil as possible to coat the bottom of the skillet, 1 teaspoon may suffice. Heat the skillet over medium high and add your gluten. Cook for about 20 minutes, turning the pieces occasionally. And there you have it. Yummy Seitan. Enjoy!

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