Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Meal Prep, Vegan, Vegetarian

Amazing Almond Butter Tofu Bowls

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Happy meatless Monday! Look how beautiful my aunt and uncle’s kale is!? My parents just visited and flew me back some and it’s so tender and fresh. When they were gone, I kept their car and made a trip to Trader Joe’s. I picked up some creamy, no salt added almond butter (– their version is just made with nuts in their nut butters!), and it was begging to be used along with the a $2.99 whole pineapple and package of tofu (but chicken would be a great carnivore swap). Those paired with that gorgeous kale created Pineapple Almond Butter Tofu Buddha Bowls. They’re really easy to make if you prep the quinoa ahead of time and they’re deliciously different. Continue reading “Amazing Almond Butter Tofu Bowls”

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Asian, Better Than Takeout, Dairy-Free, Low Sugar, Meal Prep, One Pot Dish, Vegan, Vegetarian

Crispy, Crunchy Coconut Tofu

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You know when you go out in the summer and all you see is coconut shrimp this and coconut shrimp that? Here’s a meatless Monday take on that — Crispy Coconut Tofu Bowls. I got this idea/recipe from Well Vegan and it definitely came from a plant-based protein roundup from either SELF or BuzzFeed. (Obviously I receive biweekly emails for meal, recipe ideas and cooking tips from both.) After coming back from Sanibel Island, I was still feeling the tropical vibes during this rainy weather and this recipe seemed like the perfect solution. I definitely cut down on all of Well Vegan‘s prep time, simplified the tofu process, lightened it up by baking instead of frying and skipped their added sauce. This recipe looks way more complicated than it is and just requires a little foresight to prep the tofu ahead of time. By swapping a can of full-drat coconut milk for So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk, the quinoa still turned out dense, yet fluffy with a very subtle coconut flavor. I must say the best part about this is the toasted coconut flakes and panic that result from the baking process — pure perfection.

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Asian, Dairy-Free, Meal Prep, Vegan, Vegetarian

Protein-Packed Plantbased Stir Fry

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Happy Meatless Monday! This colorful stir fry packs 30 g of protein when using 1 egg and 3 T egg whites. Not bad for eating meatless. I got this idea for a Colorful Veggie Stir Fry with Tofu from PopSugar. I’ve realized I don’t get enough protein a day (like most women), and I’ve been trying to consciously add more protein to dishes when I can. My existing diet seems to revolve mostly around veggies and grains (not a bad thing! But hey, carbs), so I’m trying to make a transition to one of a more balanced “macro” diet, but thus, incorporating more protein. Macronutrients can be broken down into carbs or carbohydrates, protein and fat. A macro diet doesn’t focus on calories alone, but the types of calories you’re eating and the certain percentage of how those calories compare. For the stir fry, I added in eggs and tofu. I tried both a steamed veggie (less oil, i.e. fat) and stir fry veggie option. Honestly, they had about the same in flavor and the steamed option was faster and more convenient using your handy microwave. The flavor really comes from the soy sauce for the tofu and sriracha to top. My favorite method was the steamed veggies with scrambles eggs because it was just SO EASY, but I included both below. (Looks complicated, but I assure you it’s not.) I already know what I’m having for lunch the next two days. Also great for meal prepping!

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Asian, Better Than Takeout, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, One Pot Dish, Vegetarian

Tastiest Sesame Tofu Asian-Inspired “Pasta”

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Happy Meatless Monday! (Or happy meatless Friday during Lent? That works too.) Here’s a combo I’ve been playing around with since the fall and I think I finely perfected it — Sesame Spaghetti Squash with Tofu. What really make it is the sesame tofu from Whole Foods. Yeah, it’s probably fried and high(ish) in sodium, but it’s so tasty and takes this veggie dish to the next level. Not a tofu fan? Just as good with chicken. Already tasted it for you and you still have the sesame flavors from tossing everything with soy sauce and toasted sesame oil. Also, another fun fact is the smaller the spaghetti squash, the more it’s like angel hair pasta versus spaghetti.

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Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, One Pot Dish, Vegan, Vegetarian

Perfectly Spiced Tofu Scramble

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My New Year’s resolution might be to try new things because I find myself gravitating to recipes I’ve always thought about trying, but never do. Cue a tofu scramble. My only complaint is that I found myself adding copious amounts — for me “copious” is a shake or two — of salt. I rarely salt anything and it seemed strange I was even reaching for the salt shaker in the first place. I got this idea from Minimalist Baker, who is quite a genius with plant based one bowl meals, ones that are 30 min or less or with 10 ingredients or less. With that aside, the tandoori masala spice from Whole Foods was full of subtle flavor; it’s an Indian spice blend of cumin, coriander, garlic, ginger and cardamom. It seems like it would be great to coat some breakfast potatoes. The coconut oil seemed to complement the spices quite well too, as well as the mild kick from the jalapeño. What a different flavor profile for the morning! While I still like my eggs scrambled, Tandoori Masala Tofu Scramble is a savory, protein-filled, one-bowl wonder.

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Asian, Better Than Takeout, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Meal Prep, One Pot Dish, Side, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian

Craving Miso Soup: A “Green” & Spicy Version

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Ever since I got a sore throat, I’ve been craving a bowl of miso soup. Sounds weird, but sometimes chicken noodle just doesn’t cut it for me. Miso soup is Japanese soup known for its tangy, salty and unique, yet powerful flavor. The miso paste comes from fermenting soy beans. The soup is minimal, quick and easy, and quite different. My Akron family has a knack for growing beautiful kale, and my parents swung by yesterday to check in and drop off some kale, which adds a hearty addition to an already minimal soup. Drizzle with some sriracha and you have a deliciously different take on traditional miso:  Spicy “Green” Miso Soup. Happy Meatless Monday!

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Asian, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian

Sweet & Spicy Chopped Asian Salad

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Happy Meatless Mondays! In honor of such a day, I created the Colorful Asian Salad. After having its inspiration at Stephi’s on Tremont, I swapped salmon for tofu because a). last week was too hot to use the oven; b). tofu’s cheaper; and c). tofu calls for an easier prep — chop, marinade and serve. Many different textures (and colors!) come to play to make this salad. The napa cabbage is a more delicate choice from the cabbage family. It pairs well with tofu, and I’m now itching to try it in a stir fry. The juicy mango doesn’t seem like an obvious choice for a salad, but the sweetness plays off the spicy sriracha and ginger and distinct flavors from cilantro. I definitely want to make this with salmon, but I think this salad is one that’s going to pop up again and again.

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Asian, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Sizzling (Meatless) Summer Stir Fry

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Again, I’m experimenting with tofu. I’ve become a somewhat regular at a local Thai restaurant around the corner from me in Beacon Hill.  Their tofu is perfectly crispy and golden. Granted, they’re probably deep-frying it to perfection, but that’s another story. However much I simply love this indulgence, I wanted to “clean up” their Pad See You.* Think wide rice noodles, golden tofu, bean sprouts and broccoli in a sweet but spicy Thai basil sauce. Using zucchini noodles or zoodles are the main staple, I added more vegetables and a lighter sauce — the Summer Vegetable Stir Fry with Crispy Tofu was born and it’s a summer keeper.

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Better Than Takeout, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Mexican, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian

Gotta Try Sofrita Salad

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The ingredient list looks intimidating, but really the whole process is quite simple: make the sofritas, chop the salsa and assemble the salad. Easy, right? After taste-testing my mom’s Sofrita Burrito Bowl from Chipotle last fall, something about the lightness of tofu sounded great for a hot, summer day. I cooked the tofu with the same spices you would for chili and added it over chopped iceberg lettuce, avocado and red bell pepper. Throw together a homemade salsa. (You can literally throw in everything washed, whole and as is — i.e. full cherry tomatoes and cilantros with stems if you’re feeling exceptionally lazy and/or crunched for time.) Everything comes together as light and fresh for this Copycat Sofritas Salad. Happy Meatless Monday!

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Asian, Better Than Takeout, Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Meal Prep, One Pot Dish, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian

More Pho Soup Fo’ Sure

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Happy Meatless Monday! Vietnamese Pho Soup may look intimidating (or strange), but it’s so simple. You make a broth, cook the rice noodles and assemble. I originally made this with tofu because 1). I had it on hand; 2). I was pressed for time; 3). it’s easy to use and requires no prep; and 4). why not? But for you carnivores out there, you can easily convert this to a “meat lovers” version by adding chicken, beef, pork or shrimp and then substituting chicken or beef broth for vegetable. This soup is light, refreshing, just ticket on a cold day. The sriracha adds just the right amount of spice, the herbs add a freshness and the spices just the right flavor. It’s also so easy to make it your own!

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