Recipes

I think every cook should feel free to play, that’s the whole fun!  So first, some pictures for inspirations, then some recipes below… now let’s cook! :>

 

Vegan Sour Cream

This is from "The New Farm Vegetarian Cookbook", an absolute standard for vegan cooking. It was developed by an "intentional community" (read: hippies in a commune) in Tennessee in the seventies, and vegetarian cooking owes a great debt to these early pioneers, who perfected all the basics. Ingredients: 1 pack silken tofu 1/2 cup canola...

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Michigan Navy Bean Soup

Another great soup from Friendly Foods (pg. 60).  This one will warm even the Grinch's heart cockles.  :P I was guessing when shopping, and picked up "Great nothern beans", which wikipedia tells me are a type of navy bean.  Win! Ingredients: 2-3 cans Great northern beans (or soak-and-cook your own) 1/2 cup chopped carrots 1/2...

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Seitan Stroganoff

This has been a favorite for years - page 152 in Friendly Foods is the most likely page to open if you drop the book on its spine.  Totally reliable and hearty fix for a hungry gang. Ingredients: 1-2 cups of thickly-chopped onions 2-3 tsp minced garlic 2 tsp parsley 2-3 cups of thickly-chopped mushrooms...

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Steamed Kale with Lemon Miso Sauce

I tend to go for classic flavors, but sometimes it's good to offset the palate with something different.  This one has some zing to it, with ginger and lemon and radish and kale all competing.  Andrea loves kale, and ate this recipe up. Ingredients: 1-2 cups water 1/2 whole lemon, washed and cut into three...

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Cabbage onions tomato tofurky-keilbasa

Saute keilbasa and onions on high heat until nicely browned. Dump in a metric tonne of cabbage and a good pour of fresh water and let the cabbage steam through. While you still have some water in the pan, add a couple tablespoons of Vogue Veggie Base broth powder, and salt.  Swirl the powder into...

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Tom Tofu

 

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Eggplant Mushroom flatbread

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Peasant meals

I have become addicted to what I am calling peasant meals: fresh local veggies, some savory spices, all sauted and served on a bed of rice or pasta. They are too easy to describe how to make them, I'm just posting some sample pics... Local farm fresh okra and onions breaded with herbs and pan...

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Stuffed Chard Enchiladas

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Udon Noodle Salad

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Tanya’s Chili

From my good friend Tanya Merchant. Dark beer, enough said!! 1/2 lb zucchini, diced 1/2 lb cremini (baby bella) mushrooms, sliced 2 onions, chopped 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped 3-4 garlic cloves, minced 1 1/2 tsp salt 3 Tbsp canola oil 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes 1 bottle dark beer 2 Tbsp chili

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Eggplant Potato Moussaka

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Black bean Cauliflower Tacos

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Tofu Scramble with peas and potatoes

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Red bean and Pumpkin Chili

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Chickpea Avocado Carrot Burger

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Russian tea cakes

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Seitan Shish Kebabs

Originally from Friendly Foods by Ron Pickarski (pg 42), this was the perfect dish for me to obsess over when I had time on my hands. When I first made this recipe, I made the seitan from scratch. It was a labor of love but I probably won't do it again, when you can pick...

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Divine Corn Chowder

This is a fairly straightforward chowder that can really satisfy. From Friendly Foods, pg 67. Ingredients: corn oil 2 cups chopped onions 2 cups peppers (red, green, orange) minced garlic 2 cups corn (fresh is nice, or frozen+steamed) 1 tsp salt 1 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp pepper (white if possible) 2 tsp fresh chopped thyme...

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Crispy Okra Stir Fry

For this one, I combined two recipes I found online - one for plain fried okra and another for an okra "stir fry". I ended up with a dish that had crispy fried okra but wasn't dry. We served it up on brown rice. (more…)

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Seitan from scratch

Seitan is a vegan's dream-come-true, a great high-protein food you can really sink your teeth into. With it, you can turn just about any meat-lover's dish into pure vegan bliss. It can be hard to find, and it's especially hard to find cheap, but with some effort you can make it yourself (very cheaply! oh,...

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Cuban Black Bean Stew

Black beans go fast around our house - Wren is 80% black bean on the inside. If you have some time, this dish dresses them up with some nice complementary flavors. Ingredients: roasted sesame oil 2-3 cups black beans (soaked-and-cooked or canned) 1-2 cups onions 1 cup diced carrots 1 cup peppers (green, red, orange,...

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Also including some others that I want to remember...

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