Jan 11, 2021

making savory tofu




Welcome to Making Mondays, dear Readers! 


Today's Making Monday recipe is this meatless, vegetarian, and vegan Savory Tofu. This is an easy take on my Marinated Tofu recipe that is from Everyday Vegan Eats; it is adapted to use the Easy Savory Broth Mix.

This tofu can be fried in the air-fryer or pan sautéed. It is perfect for any place you would like a chicken-style flavor and bite. Since the tofu is not marinated overnight or for a long period of time, it can be ready for use in a dish anytime.

The tofu can either be stored in the marinade for later frying or fried up and stored. It is perfect for snacking or adding to salads. 

This recipe takes a neutral tofu and transforms its texture and flavor in no time. It is easy and fast to make, so anytime you need a flavorful protein, head to this recipe. 

Below is the step by step.

Enjoy!





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Making Savory Tofu

Makes about 2 1/2 cups; doubles easily 

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1. Tofu: Press the tofu for 15 minutes, up to overnight. Cut into 1/2-inch cubes.  

14-ounces firm or extra firm tofu

1. Liquid flavoring: Add the ingredients to a medium pot, bring to boil, add the Tofu and reduce to simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set the tofu aside with the liquid for 10 minutes, or store the tofu with the liquid for up to 5 days. Keep in the refrigerator once cooled. 

2 cups water

1 tablespoon Easy Savory Broth Mix

1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

1/4 teaspoon salt

2. Sautee: Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the drained Tofu and cook, stirring as needed, until golden, about 10 to 15 minutes. Alternatively, spray with oil and air-fry 400F for 5 to 10 minutes. Use in recipes or serve as is. If storing for later use, store in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.

1 tablespoon olive oil






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Jan 9, 2021

tex-mex tortilla bake - dump dinner

 

Overview

Time: 40 minutes
Dishes: 9x13 baking pan, jumbo bowl, strainer 


Hello, hello Dear Readers!

I bring you another easy meatless, vegetarian and vegan dump dinner to prepare (about 5 minutes prep time). This is a Tex-Mex variation that includes corn, tortillas, beans and tomatoes. The flavors are helped out by my Easy Savory Broth Mix, but Better Than Bouillon or your favorite broth mix will do. 

This dish has black and pinto beans and diced tomatoes. If you can find the tomatoes with added chilies, so much the better. If not, don't stress; it'll still taste great.

I added about 1 1/2 cups nondairy cheese, but using the nondairy milk adds some creaminess on its own, so you can use as much or as little as you like.

I started mixing this in a medium/large bowl, but had to transfer it to a jumbo bowl, so keep that in mind. I tend to underestimate the size of bowls I need to mix in, thinking I will cut down on the dishes. Instead, I wind up having to wash two bowls, instead of one - or wind  up making a huge mess. Don't be me.

This was very fast to prepare and got some great reviews at home. I added vegan sour cream, jalapenos and cilantro for garnish, but, as always, customize to your taste.

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Enjoy!



Speedy Cooking Tips:

  • Gather your ingredients.
  • Preheat the oven.
  • Use a jumbo sized bowl to mix ingredients.
 


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Tex-Mex Tortilla Bake

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Makes 4 servings 

easy

Preheat oven to 425-F

1. Bake: Combine the tomato, beans, corn, milk, tortillas, cheese, chili powder, broth mix and salt in a large bowl. Mix well and add to a 9x13 baking dish (or equivalent). Cover and bake for 20 minutes. 

1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes (with chilis, if available)

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

1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained

2 cups frozen corn

1 cup nondairy milk

12 corn tortillas, chopped

3/4 cups shredded yellow or orange nondairy cheese**

1 tablespoon chili powder

2 teaspoons Easy Savory Broth Mix or Better than Bouillon

Salt to taste

2. Finish: Uncover, add the rest of the nondairy cheese and bake until cheese melts, about 5 to 10 minutes.  

1/2-1 cup shredded yellow or orange nondairy cheese**

3. Serve: Garnish the dish with nondairy sour cream, onion and cilantro, if using. 

1/2 cup vegan sour cream (optional)

1/4 cup diced red onion (optional)

1/4 cup minced cilantro (optional)




** Need a total of 1 1/4 - 1 3/4 cups shredded yellow or orange nondairy cheese





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Jan 2, 2021

stroganoff burrito

  


Overview

Time: 30 minutes
Dishes: large skillet, baking sheet, oven


Hello, hello Dear Readers!

As easy and fast as it is to make meatless, vegetarian and vegan Stroganoff (an excellent recipe is in Everyday Vegan Eats), I was ready to see if there was an even faster and easier way to make it. Instead of preparing pasta, I decided to roll it in a burrito.

Firstly, the Stroganoff is great - well-seasoned and flavorful. It is not as saucy as if making it for pasta, but, instead, it is perfect for filling a burrito. After rolling the filling in a warm tortilla (warmed so it does not break), I broiled it until the tortilla was crisp. 

The sauce is seasoned easily with my Easy Savory Broth Mix and a bit of Dijon mustard. The all-important vegan sour cream is added at the end, with the heat off. About 10 ingredients and lunch was ready in less than 30 minutes. 

The burrito was an excellent way to prepare this. I sautéed some Brussels sprouts on the side (another recipe in EVE) and served it with sliced apples. 

It was fast, filling and delicious. Note that this serves only 2 or 3 in large fajita-sized burritos. That is the way with mushrooms - it looks like a ton going into the pan and then you wonder where it all went when it comes time to fill a tortilla. Worth it, though. Very tasty. 


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Enjoy!




Speedy Cooking Tips:

  • Gather ingredients.
  • Heat the pan and add the mushrooms as they are sliced.
  • Chop the onion, pepper and garlic and add as they are ready.
  • Cook on high and only stir when needed to allow the mushrooms to release their liquid and brown instead of steam.
  • Be sure to turn the heat off before adding sour cream.
  • Preheat broiler before adding the sour cream. 




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Stroganoff Burrito

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Makes 2 to 3 servings 

easy

1. Mushroom: Add the oil to a large skillet, over high heat. Add the mushrooms, bell pepper, onion and garlic. Season with salt. Cook until the mushrooms are golden and the pan is almost dry, about 10-15 minutes. Stir only as needed. 

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 1/2 pounds mushrooms (button, crimini, portobello, oyster), sliced

1 small pepper, diced

1/2 small onion, diced

4 garlic cloves, minced

2. Seasoning: Add the broth mix, mustard, and tomato paste to the Mushrooms. Mix well. Cook for 1 minute. 

1 tablespoons Easy Savory Broth mix

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons tomato paste 

3. Sour Cream: Turn off the heat. Preheat the broiler. Add the sour cream to the Mushrooms. Mix well. Season with salt and black pepper.

1/2 cup vegan sour cream


4. Broil: Warm the tortillas over the stove burner or microwave for 10 seconds. Fill the tortillas with the Mushrooms. Roll and place on a baking sheet. Spray with oil and broil until golden, about 3 minutes. Serve. 

2 or 3 large burrito-size tortillas 

Oil spray






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