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Garlic Fried Rice With Tofu

1 Mar

 

 

 

Garlic Fried RiceWondering what to do with leftover rice?  Make your own Chinese take out!

Garlic Fried Rice with peas, carrots, tofu and egg!  Omit the egg if you are vegan.

Ingredients

  • Left over rice about  2-3 cups
  • 1 cup cubed firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp. olive or canola oil
  • 3 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh carrots
  • 1 egg

 

In a large wok or frying pan

  • Heat 1 tbsp olive or canola oil on low
  • Saute the cubed tofu until slightly brown add more oil if needed.
  •  add the garlic and chopped carrots and sauté with the tofu.
  • push the garlic, carrots and tofu to the side and add 1 egg to scramble
  • Add the rice, and mix to distribute ingredients.
  • Cook until the rice is warm and if needed add 1 tbsp. water
  • Add the soy sauce
  • Add the frozen peas
  • Stir the rice and veggies to mix well for 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve warm.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Vegetarian Stir-Fried Beef Served Over Steamed Rice

8 Sep

I Love take-out but not the price or the calories. Most of the time I can’t even find take-out with a meatless choice so I came up with my own by substituting a few items from a recipe I found at allrecipes.com  My recipe can be made  in as  little as 30 minutes and you will even have leftovers for lunch!

 

Vegetarian Asian Beef

What you will need

  • 3 cups cooked rice

  I like using a rice cooker because while the rice is cooking the I can concentrate on the beef strips.

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 package of  vegetarian beef strips (Trader Joe’s, Morningstar, etc)
  • 2 or 3 carrots sliced.

In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, rice wine, brown sugar, and cornstarch, and set aside.

Heat the oil in a wok or skillet over medium heat.

Stir fry the garlic until golden, add the vegetarian Beef Strips and stir fry for 2 – 3 minutes.

Add the carrots and stir fry for 2-3 more minutes.

Add the soy sauce mixture and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Lower the heat and simmer until the sauce thickens.

Serve immediately over the steamed cooked rice.

Refrigerate leftovers and eat within a few days.

 

 

 

 

Individual Vegetarian Pot Pie

31 Jan

Recently while in a restaurant enjoying dinner,  I noticed someone eating a chicken pot pie at the next table and it sure did look delicious! As you know I am vegetarian, and chicken is not served in the bungalow, however it is a food I can replicate using tofu.  I was excited to make this in the kitchen and I do say it turned out quite good!  This recipe makes 4  individual pot pies.

Vegetarian Individual Pot pies

Vegetarian Individual Pot pies

              Ingredients

1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp of pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup diced  potatoes
1 medium carrot, diced                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup of soy milk
2 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons parsley flakes
2 cups of tofu chunks or strips
1 cup frozen sweet peas, thawed
1 package pie dough,thawed                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 1/2 cup all purpose flour

              Directions

Heat oven to 400°F. Lightly coat 4  individual baking dishes (ramekins) with cooking spray.

In saucepan, heat oil and cook potatoes, carrot, celery, onion and garlic over medium heat about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender.

Stir in broth, soy milk, water, parsley, tofu and peas.

Heat to boiling stir in flour stirring constantly. Remove from heat and set aside.

Using a Ramekin Cut 4  circles from pie dough a little larger than the Ramekin

Place Ramekins on a cookie sheet. Divide  mixture evenly among ramekins. Top each ramekin with a circle of pie dough.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until pastry is puffed and golden brown. Cool 5 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

Easy Homemade Vegetable Broth

22 Dec

I love a bowl of hot broth while curled up on the couch watching a movie on a cold winter night!  You can make your own vegetable broth in these simple and easy steps to enjoy now or freeze the broth in containers for later use.  This vegetable broth is delicious and is ideal for making soups, just add your favorite ingredients such as noodles, pasta, beans, potatoes, or tofu to name a few.

vegetable broth

 You will need:                                             

  • 1 large onion chopped into large chunks
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 carrots peeled and chopped into large chunks
  • 4 celery stocks chopped into large chunks
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • left over celery tops
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 pinch salt
  1. Wash trim and chop vegetables
  2. Put all ingredients into a large pot of water, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 3 hours while stirring occasionally
  3. Remove from heat and strain the broth through a mesh strainer into quart size containers.  Freeze up to 6 months.

straining

Herb Roasted Potatoes With Baby Carrots

2 Oct

You can’t go wrong with Herb Roasted Potatoes because they are so easy to make and  taste so good. Make some on a cold day to warm up the house when the temperature drops!

Make a double batch so you have leftovers for lunch during the week!   You can add other veggies if you don’t have carrots.

Roasted Potatoes

4 large potatoes                                                                                                                                                                                                     1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
2 tbsp. herbs such thyme, parsley, rosemary, oregano, sage
3 cloves chopped garlic
1/2 med onion sliced
2 cups baby carrots

Preheat Oven to 400 degrees
*Cut the potatoes into even chunks and place in a bowl with the olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic.

*Toss until the potatoes are well coated. Transfer the potatoes to a  baking pan  and spread out.

*Put the carrots and onions into the same bowl, toss and coat with more oil if needed and set aside.

*Roast in the oven for 45 minutes or until slightly browned.

*Flip the potatoes once or twice with a spatula during cooking, for even browning.

*For the last 15 to 20 Minutes add the baby carrots and onions, bake until tender.

*Remove the potatoes, carrots, and onions from the oven and transfer to a serving bowl. Toss and add
a drizzle of olive oil along with the herbs.

**Can be refrigerated for a couple of days or frozen.

Ever wonder how baby carrots are made?

5 Sep

I bet you always wondered how those cute little carrots were made, didn’t  you?  I found this cute couple in my garden not too long ago, aren’t they cute!  Well, now you know how baby carrots are made!

Kissing Carrots

Kissing Carrots

Vegetarian Stroganoff made with Seitan

13 Mar

Here is my version for Vegetarian Stroganoff that I came up with  after seeing a picture of  Beef  Stroganoff  in a magazine.  I replaced the beef with Seitan because it has a meaty texture that can mimick beef and  I added broccoli and carrots to make it more healthy.  You can find Seitan and the Vegetarian Gravy at Whole Food’s Market and  most  Food Stores.  Trader Joe’s sells Beefless Strips which can also be used in this dish.  You can also find Vegetarian Gravy  at  your local supermarket, look  for mushroom gravy in a can, read the ingredients to make sure no animal products are used.  If you can’t find the gravy you can always make your own. I will post a recipe real soon.

  • One package of Seitan
  • 1 cup of broccoli
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • packaged vegetarian gravy
  • Noodles
  • Oil to stir fry
Ingredients

Ingredients

Cook Noodles according to package directions

Stir Fry Seitan in lightly oiled large  pan with onions, broccoli and carrots

prepare gravy according to package directions

Drain and rinse noodles

Add noodles to Seitan Mixture and mix.

Add gravy to noodles

Enjoy!

Refrigerate leftovers.

Vegetarin Stroganoff

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

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