ginger crunch salad



Overview

Time: 30 minutes
Dishes: skillet, measuring cup, salad spinner

Heads Up! mandarin oranges and chow mein noodles


Hello, hello Dear Readers!

The crunch for this salad comes in the form of the chow mein noodles, cashews and vegetables. The marinade is made with molasses, which is a good source of iron and the mandarin oranges provides the vitamin C to help absorb the iron. Overall, the ingredients work together not only in flavor, but nutrition, as well.

The molasses offers a slight sweetness and nothing overpowering. If you like a little spice, remember to add the cayenne - it'll give it a little kick! 

If you want to make the dressing have more "body," add a few tablespoons of neutral oil to the marinade. As it is, I left it at a single tablespoon of toasted sesame seed oil because I like my foods with less oil. As always, cook to your own taste! 

Enjoy!





Speedy Cooking Tips:

  • Press the tofu while making the marinade.
  • Marinate the tofu while preparing the salad ingredients.
  • Marinate the cashews while tofu bakes.
 


Ginger Crunch Salad

Makes 4 servings 

moderate 

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 Preheat air-fryer to 400-F or oven to 450-F

1. Marinade: Combine the marinade ingredients:

1 tablespoon toasted sesame seed oil

1/4 cup molasses

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon grated ginger

1 tablespoon tamari

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon cayenne (optional)

 

2. Tofu: Press the tofu for 5 minutes. Cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Add to the Marinade. Set aside for 10 minutes.

1-pound regular tofu

3. Bake: Add the Tofu (without the marinade) to the air-fryer basket. Cook for 10 minutes. If baking in the oven, add to a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

4. Cashews: Add the cashews to the marinade while the tofu bakes. When 10 minutes is up, add the cashews to the basket with the Tofu and bake for another 5 minutes (same for the oven). Set the Marinade aside as dressing.

 3/4 cup cashews

5. Salad: Serve Salad ingredients with the Tofu/Cashews and leftover Marinade as dressing:

4 cups shredded lettuce

4 cups baby spinach

1 cup shredded cabbage

3 scallions, sliced

2 carrots, shredded

1 (10-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained

2 cups chow mein noodles






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creamy vodka sauce pasta


Overview

Time: 30 minutes
Dishes: medium pot, pot for pasta, immersion blender, stand or personal blender 

Heads Up! Nut milk bag and almonds 


Hello, hello Dear Readers!

This is a family favorite, for sure. The creamy tomato sauce over a hearty pasta is pretty terrific and I would classify this as comfort food. 

I also classified this as easy, but there is a caveat: the nut milk must be made fresh. No processed milk will do this justice, or thicken. Freshly made nut milk thickens as it is heated and gives this sauce amazing body. 

This is the nut milk bag I recommend HERE. It is cotton and leaves all nut meal in the bag.

When you strain the milk, twist the top closed and strain right into the sauce (unless this is your very first time - then strain into a bowl to avoid burning yourself). 

With the top twisted closed, start twisting more, as the bag starts releasing the milk. You can massage the bag so you don't tear it with all the pressure. Once you do this a few times, I promise it gets very easy and intuitive. Think: massage and twist. 

And that right there is the most difficult part of the recipe. I used jarred pasta sauce here because it was more economical at the time. In essence, I doctored it. You can use pasta sauce already prepared, or use canned/jarred whole or diced tomatoes. 

When using whole or diced tomatoes, you don't need a lid, but with sauce that is already blended, use a lid ajar, otherwise sauce will splatter everywhere.

Once the nut milk is added, you simmer it until it thickens. Well worth the forage into the skills of nut milking.

Enjoy!




Speedy Cooking Tips:

  • Start the water for the pasta first. The water needs to boil and the pasta will take about 10 minutes to cook.
  • Then start the sauce. 
  • While the sauce cooks, blend the nuts. Strain it into a bowl if this is your first time doing this; it'll avoid mishaps and give you plenty of time to learn to press milk through a bag.
 


Creamy Vodka Sauce Pasta

Makes 4 servings 

easy

Serve with baked tofu and/or garlicky greens

1. Pasta: Cook the pasta in a medium pot of salted boiling water, until   al dente. Drain the pasta:

12 ounces pasta (rigatoni is good)

2. Sauce: Add the ingredients to a medium pot and cook over medium heat, 15 minutes:

1 medium carrot, shredded

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon garlic powder

2 teaspoons dried basil

1 (28-ounce) can diced or whole tomatoes

1/2 cup vodka (optional)

3. Use an immersion blender to blend the Sauce.

4. Cream: Blend the nuts and water very well. Strain the Cream using a nut milk bag. Strain right into the Sauce. Compost the nut meal.  

1/2 cup raw almonds

3/4 cups water

5. Return Sauce to a simmer to thicken, about 5 minutes, and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

6. Serve: Serve the Sauce with the Pasta.  





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chilaquiles


Overview

Time: 30 minutes
Dishes: air-fryer or oven, blender, large skillet, medium skillet


Hello, hello Dear Readers!

Consider this vegan, vegetarian and meatless recipe more of a template than an absolute recipe (whatever that means, at dinner time!)  It is a traditional dish in the sense that you adjust it to whatever you have handy and go with the flow.

The sauce is a standard recipe you should use, but it is simply broth, tomato, onion, garlic and bell pepper. I used Anaheim pepper, but use whatever pleases you.  Once the sauce is reduced a bit, you add old tortillas (typically fried in oil - but here, air-fried - oven works, too). I've even seen tortilla chips used, but haven't tried that, yet. The sauce is thickened a bit more with the added tortillas, though not much. It's more of a vehicle for the filling.

For the filling this time, I have beans, zucchini and spinach, but, here again, add what you have available. If that is a link of leftover vegan sausage or ready to turn vegan tofu eggs, add them. If you have a cup of pinto beans, add that. Seriously, whatever is handy, needs to go or is leftover. 

This meal is also pretty fast, so it is perfect for weeknights! If you have an avocado, fresh cilantro or vegan cheese, it's a great way to finish the dish.

Enjoy!


On A Separate Note:

I have compiled the past 16 recipes into a booklet, Zsu's Summer 2020 Vegan Recipes . To print, download it and choose print. Choose Booklet and (if an option) check Front Only. Print and flip the pages. Check Back Only and Print again. Email me if you have any issues.  

At the very bottom (below the Pinterest image) is the image link or here is the PDF link.

~ Zsu



Speedy Cooking Tips:

  • Prepare the tortillas first.
  • Prepare the sauce next.
  • Prepare and cook the vegetables.
  • Few minutes before tortillas are ready, heat the sauce; this is about the time the beans and spinach are added to the vegetables.
 


Chilaquiles

Makes 4 servings 

easy 


1. Tortillas: Slice the tortillas into strips. Spray with oil and air-fry until golden, 10 to 15 minutes.

12 corn tortillas

oil spray

2. Sauce: Add the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Add to a large skillet and set aside.

1 1/2 cups vegetable broth

1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes, lightly drained

1/2 small onion, quartered

1/2 Anaheim pepper (the other half in the Beans)

2 garlic cloves

3. Vegetables: Add to a medium skillet over medium heat and cook until golden, about 8 minutes, using a lid. Season with salt:

spray of oil

1 medium zucchini, chopped

1/2 Anaheim pepper, chopped

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

4. When the zucchini is golden, heat the Sauce over high heat until boiling. Reduce to simmer and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Add the Tortilla strips a few minutes before serving and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the strips are softened. Season with salt and pepper.

5. Add the beans and spinach to the Vegetables. Cover and cook until the spinach is wilted. 

1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

4 to 5-ounce baby spinach (about 4 cups)

6. Serve: Add some Tortillas with the Sauce to a plate, top with the Vegetables and Beans and avocado or vegan cheese. Season with salt:

1 diced avocado or shredded vegan cheese (optional)


 



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green curry



Overview

Time: 30 minutes
Dishes: large pot

Heads Up! basil or cilantro, green curry paste, 2 light coconut milk 


Hello, hello Dear Readers!

Today's vegetarian, vegan and meatless dish is really easy and fast and tastes amazing! When we lived in Austin, there was a Thai place that made curry that was more of a soup and I've been wanting to recreate that for ages. 

Here it is! As great as I remember it!

I used jarred green curry paste (check for shrimp paste in the ingredients), but you can make your own with little fuss, but even that was too much for me on a weeknight.

Cooking Tip: cook your paste in 1/4 cup coconut milk (not oil) until the paste releases its flavors, before adding the rest of the milk. (I was low on green curry paste so I added a tablespoon of red to my dish - you know, whatever it takes!)

An aside: Please be aware that there are brands of coconut milk (Arroy-D and Chaokoh) that use and abuse monkeys to pick their coconuts (as of 9/2020). Please choose a more compassionate brand of coconut milk. Source

This curry has tofu, peppers, zucchini and spinach, but feel free to add Gardein scallopini if you want, or just extra vegetables - that never fails! Keep in mind you will need fresh herbs at the end - either basil or cilantro, depending on the diners. 

Add a squeeze of lime at the end and enjoy!



Speedy Cooking Tips:

  • Prepare your rice right away (if using).
  • Get all the ingredients out and prepare the pot.
  • Press the tofu for 5 minutes.
  • Cook the curry paste with 1/4 cup of coconut milk.
  • Chop the vegetables while the paste cooks; add as it is ready.
 


Green Curry

Makes 4 servings 

easy

Serve with rice

1. Base: Cook the curry paste and the 1/4 cup coconut milk in a large pot over medium heat. Stir and cook until the paste has released its aroma, about 3 minutes.

3 to 5 tablespoons green curry paste

1/4 cup of (14-ounce) can light coconut milk**

2. Soup: Add the rest of the liquid ingredients to the Base. Bring to light boil over medium-high heat and reduce to simmer over medium heat:

1 (14-ounce) can light coconut milk**

remainder of other can light coconut milk**

2 cups vegetable broth

2 tablespoons tamari

3. Vegetables: Add the vegetables to the soup as they are ready. Cook the soup until the vegetables are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes:

1-pound regular tofu, pressed 5 minutes, cubed

1 bell pepper, sliced

1 zucchini, sliced

3 scallions, sliced

zest of a lime

4. Greens: When the vegetables are tender add the spinach and cook to wilt:

4 to 6 cups baby spinach

5. Serve: When the spinach is tender add the herbs and lime and serve:

1/2 cup cilantro or basil, chopped

juice of the lime zested

 

 

 

** Need a total of 2 (14-ounce) cans of light coconut milk.

 

 



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making savory broth mix


Welcome to Making Mondays, dear Readers! 


Today's Making Monday recipe is this meatless, vegetarian, and vegan Savory Broth Mix. This is a chicken-style broth mix that I've adapted from Everyday Vegan Eats; it is faster to make and uses less ingredients. 

This is a broth mix that you can use to rehydrate Soy Curlz , Dixie Diner strips, make Savory Tofu, use as soup base or make seitan. I will be linking recipes to this mix.

It will keep for months, stored in an air-tight container (think mason jar) and away from light (in a cabinet), to keep the B12 as viable as possible.

This version uses half the amount of nutritional yeast, so if you think you would like some more, either (1) make it with twice the nutritional yeast or (2) add an equal amount of nutritional yeast to your recipe (for instance, if using 1 tablespoon of the mix, add 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast to the recipe, as well).

If I think the extra nutritional yeast is needed in a particular recipe, I will add it as an ingredient, so no guesswork needed when using my recipes.

If you have a flat blade to blend the ingredients, use that because it does a faster and more efficient job. If you have the regular blade, make sure all the ingredients are well ground - no pieces of thyme and such visible.

This doubles easily (even quadruples), so make it, taste it, cook with it. Then make plenty for future use. Other Making Monday recipes that will be using this are: Savory Tofu, Seitan Loaf, Seitan Cutlet, Holiday Roast and whenever you need a vegetable/chicken-style broth mix in a soup. 

Below is the step by step.

Enjoy!



Making Vegan Savory Broth Mix

Makes 1/2 cup; doubles easily 

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1. Blend: Add the ingredients to a blender. Use the flat blade, if possible:

1/2 cup nutritional yeast

3 teaspoons onion powder

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons dried sage

2 teaspoons paprika

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon dried oregano 

2. Blend well into a powder. Transfer to an air-tight container and store away from light.

3. Use: Add 1 teaspoon to 1 cup of water. Mix well. 

4. Optional: add an equal amount of nutritional yeast to the recipe. For instance, if making a cup of broth, add 1 teaspoon of Savory Broth Mix to 1 cup water PLUS 1 teaspoon of nutritional yeast. 




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chicago deep-dish pizza - as easy as it gets


Overview

Time: 75 minutes
Dishes: bowl, large cast iron pan or springform pan


Hello, hello Dear Readers!

I really love deep dish pizza but it has always been such a chore, for some reason. This meatless, vegetarian, and vegan pizza, however, took me about 20 minutes to assemble, including the relaxing time for the dough. 

The breakdown of the difficulty is as such: 
  • If you use a store bought dough, it's easy.
  • If you make the dough, it's moderate, but 
  • In either case it needs to bake for an hour, so difficult? 

Not sure how to classify something when you don't actively do anything to it, but I'm going with moderate in this case, assuming you make the dough.

Letting the dough relax in the pan for about 15 minutes allows you to be able to stretch it so that it reaches up the sides, otherwise it just springs back down. Drape the dough over the side, use a knife or a fork to hold it there (if it's relaxed, that's all that it will take) and then when it is layered, allow it to gather and scrunch up on the sides, as in the picture below.

I made this with Beyond Meat sausage, which is really tasty, but improvise: add all vegetables (zucchini and pepper are great), add seitan, add homemade sausage - you decide. I went traditional with vegan sausage and spinach. 

Enjoy!




Speedy Cooking Tips:

  • If making the dough, prepare it when you have time and put it in the fridge.
  • While the dough is relaxing/warming, thaw the spinach in water and squeeze dry. 
  • Prepare any other ingredient and preheat the oven while dough is relaxing.
 



Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza

Makes 4 servings 

moderate

Preheat oven to 450-F

1. Dough: Combine the ingredients in a bread machine or food processor with plastic blade. Knead the dough until smooth, Dough cycle for bread machine and 2 to 3 minutes for food processor. Leave in bread machine or remove and set in a bowl to double, about 1 hour.

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoon water

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon sugar

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 1/4 teaspoons yeast (1 package)

2. Add the Dough to an oiled 12-inch cast iron pan. Spread out to the sides and set aside to relax 15 minutes. Then press the dough up the sides of the pan.

3. Layer the ingredients on top of the Dough in order:  

6 to 10 slices vegan white cheese

4 links Beyond Meat sausages, crushed with hands

1 (16-ounce) bag frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed well

1 tablespoon pizza seasoning**

1 (28-ounce) can crushed fire-roasted tomatoes

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

4. Arrange the edges of any dough hanging over the pan so it looks nice. Brush any visible dough with olive oil. Bake in the oven for 50 to 60 minutes, until the pizza is bubbling or internal temp is 165-F. Cover the pizza with a silicone mat when the dough is getting too brown. Remove from the oven and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Serve.

 

 ** Pizza Seasoning: blend of dried garlic, onion, chili flakes, salt, basil, oregano. Substitute with 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder, onion powder, basil, oregano and chili flakes and 1/2 teaspoon salt.





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