DDD #50! – Vegan Mongolian Beef

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This dish might be one of the tastiest & easiest recipes I have ever posted!

I steamed the broccoli separately.  I recommend this highly as a way to avoid overcooking it & to keep it from turning an unsightly dark brown color from the sauce.  You can use any kind of rice you like – or put this over noodles of some kind – but try it!

This is a REALLY easy dish to make.  It made my house smell like a Chinese restaurant (in the best way) & was so shockingly good – it was all I could do not to eat the entire recipe in one sitting.  The leftovers were even better today & I wasted no time devouring them.  I think you will be blown away by how Goddamn tasty this fucker is.

Ultra Easy Vegan (or not) Spicy Mongolian Beef 

serves 2

INGREDIENTS

Steamed rice of your choice

1 (8 oz) of your choice of faux beef

1-2 TBS avocado oil (or vegetable or olive oil or oil of your choice)

Cornstarch

1 tsp – 1 TBS crushed red pepper (or sriracha or other chili paste – or hoisin sauce) – optional

1 TBS minced ginger (I used jarred)

4 garlic cloves – minced

1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce

1/3 cup water

1 heaping TBS or more (to taste) brown sugar

1/2 cup shredded carrots

4 scallions sliced

Garnish – sliced scallions, sesame seeds

DIRECTIONS

Toss the fake meat in just enough cornstarch to cover it.

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Heat 1 TBS olive oil in a large saute pan.  Add the crushed red pepper & the meat.  Fry the meat until the outside begins to brown or get a bit crusty.  Maybe 3-5 minutes.  If using real meat – cook it to your desired doneness.  Put the meat on a plate & set aside.

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Lower the heat on the pan to med-low and add another TBS (more or less) of oil  Add the garlic & ginger & let saute about a minute & then add the water, soy, carrots & sugar.  Increase heat to a boil.

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The sauce should thicken pretty quickly.  Add the cooked meat & scallions.   Add some rice to the situation & eat the two servings on your own.  Get drunk & start shit-talking on Facebook about what a badass, cooking muthafuckah you are.

It happens.  Don’t judge yourself.

 

DDD #48 – 10-Minute Spicy Vegan Sriracha Chicken & Broccoli Bowl

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This chicken & broccoli comes together faster than the rice – so – if you have warm, cooked rice ready – you can serve this in ten minutes.  None of the ingredients are particularly exotic but it is GENUINELY spicy.  I like a lot of heat & this took it to my limit – so – if you are more timid in the spice department – cut the spicy things way back or drop them completely.  I used – as always – Beyond Meat brand vegan chicken because it is absolutely the best on the market.  It comes in 9 or 12 ounce packages.

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10-Minute Spicy Vegan Sriracha Chicken & Broccoli Bowl

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

9 to 12 ounces vegan chicken – cubed

1 jalapeno – seeded & diced (optional)

Olive oil

1-5 dry red chilies – halved & seeded (VERY optional as these are VERY spicy – and if you use hem – do not chew & swallow them – but pick them out when you eat)

1/2 cup vegan hoisin sauce

1-2 TBS sriracha sauce

1-3 tsp crushed garlic (I used jarred)

1 TBS ginger (I used jarred)

Broccoli for 2 – fresh or frozen

Salted peanuts

Sliced scallions as garnish

Cooked rice for 2

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DIRECTIONS

Cook the rice.  If you are using fresh broccoli – steam it a few minutes until it is done to your taste & set aside.  If using frozen – cook it according to directions & set aside

Heat 1 TBS olive oil in a pan.  Saute the jalapeno & red chili – if using them.  When the jalapeno is softens (a few minutes) – add the garlic & ginger & saute 1 minute.  Add the hoisin & sriracha and the chicken & heat the chicken through.

Assemble the bowls with the rice, broccoli & chicken & garnish with peanuts & scallions.

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DDD #34 – Vegan Life Changing Masala with Beef & Chickpeas

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So – flipping around the internet, I came across a recipe from a blog I love.  The blog is Pinch of Yum.  I love the blog because the photographs are mercilessly lush & gorgeous.  About a year ago, she posted her “life-changing 30 minute masala sauceand the photos are so great – I just could not get the recipe out of my mind – so – I made it!  She offers the recipe for a masala paste & then how to make a sauce from the paste.  She served the sauce over her “30-minute vegetarian meatballs.”  I did not have the ingredients for the meatballs so I decided to serve my sauce over Gardein beefless tips & chickpeas.

The paste is SUPER easy.  You just whip it up in a food processor.  The sauce is super easy, too, and she is right!  It is delicious!  You could serve the sauce over any meat or meatless meat or veggie or even rice or pasta you desire.  The paste makes a lot so maybe freeze some.

I did not have onions so I used shallots & scallions.  I used two tomatoes & some tomato paste in place of her suggested 1½ cups tomato puree + ½ cup water or broth – just because that was all I had.  Worked out great!  I recommend you make this sauce & follow her blog.  It is really wonderful!

Vegan Life Changing Masala with Beef & Chickpeas

Serves 4 with rice

INGREDIENTS

9 oz vegan beef (or other vegan meat)
1 15-ounce can chickpeas – drained
for the masala paste
2 onions
5 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, crushed
3 tablespoon garam masala
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon turmeric
1 tablespoon cumin
1½ teaspoons ground cloves
2 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
a small pile of of cilantro stems
a fistful of almonds
juice of one lemon
for the masala sauce
1½ cups tomato puree + ½ cup water or broth
1 14-ounce can coconut milk
½ teaspoon salt (taste and adjust)
GARNISH – cooked rice & cilantro
DIRECTIONS
Pulse all the ingredients for the Masala Paste in a food processor until smooth.  Put it into a container for storage in the fridge or freezer – reserving only 1/4 cup of the paste for this recipe.  The rest is extra!
Heat a drizzle of oil in a skillet. Add 1/4 cup masala paste to the skillet and with a little bit of oil and stir around in the pan until fragrant (3-5 minutes).  Add the tomato puree and water and simmer until t’s a rusty-deep-red color – about 5-10 minutes.  Add the beef & chickpeas.  Add the coconut milk; simmer for 10 minutes or so until thick and creamy.  Longer simmer = thicker and better flavor.
Serve over warm rice & garnish with chopped cilantro.

Easy Vegan Thai Sweet Basil & Coconut Lentils

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Lentils are cheap, versatile, comforting & good for you.   These can be made thick & served over a grain (like Basmati rice) or made a bit thinner & served as a soup.  They freeze well, too, so why not make a fuckton – like I did – and freeze a bunch for lazy days in the future?

I used sweet basil from Bangluck Thai market in Hollywood but hot basil or regular basil will do.  Were I to make this again – I would double the basil quantity.  I used a small amount of coconut milk in this so keep it lighter & less fattening but more coconut milk would make this creamier & yummier.  I also used a combination of lentils & dal & mung beans – seen below.  You can use all one kind or any combo you have handy.

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Easy Vegan Thai Sweet Basil & Coconut Lentils

Makes a large pot full

INGREDIENTS

Coconut oil

5 cups lentils (or dal or mung beans)

1 onion – diced

2 jalapenos – chopped (optional)

1-8 garlic cloves (to taste) – minced

1-2 TBS minced ginger

5 ounces (or more) coconut milk (a 15 oz can would not be too much – I just kept it light)

2 TBS rice vinegar

6 TBS liquid aminos (or soy sauce or tamari)

8 or more cups vegetable stock

1-2 cups fresh basil

GARNISH – cooked rice & more basil

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DIRECTIONS

Melt 1 or more TBS of coconut oil (or other cooking oil) in a large stock pot.  Add the onions & jalapenos & saute until soft.  Stir in the garlic & ginger for a minute & then add everything else – (except the fresh basil) – starting with only about 6 cups of the stock.  Bring to a boil & reduced heat to low.  Cover & simmer for 30-60 minutes or until your lentils are soft.  I used & immersion blender & mashed about 25% of the lentils.  Not necessary.  Add more stock for a thinner dish or a soup.  Heat it down if it is too thin.

Stir in the fresh basil & serve with additional basil as garnish.  Serve as it is or over cooked rice.

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Easy Vegan Fried Green Tomatoes

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I had fried green tomatoes in Vicksburg, Mississippi once and I have been obsessed ever since.  The ones there were decadent & I think they had cheese on them or a remoulade and they were amazing.  Since then, I order them whenever they are on the menu.   The other day, I found genuine GREEN tomatoes – meaning – tomatoes that were not yet ripe.  In the past, I have cheated & used ripe, green heirloom tomatoes but they do not have the texture and tang of an authentic green tomato.  Despite being on a pantry strike (eating ONLY what I already have in the house & attempting to spend zero on groceries) – I put out $2.50 for these two beauties.

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Hard & shiny & bright green.

Traditionally, the slices of tomato are dipped in a milk & egg mixture & then dredged through a breadcrumb-cornmeal mixture.   Almond milk works just fine & rather than try to sub out the egg with a vegan alternative – I decided to just omit it.  The result was that the crumb mixture had less to grip – especially on the slick edges of the tomato.  But – I am cool with that.  The fried breading is lovely but also the only naughty/guilty part of these guys so – a little less fried stuff is better for my own personal girth.  I only cooked one tomato today.  Tomorrow, I will try a different method & post that but I was very happy with these.  They would go great in a sandwich – like – an avocado, lettuce & fried green tomato sandwich or a grilled cheese with fried green tomatoes.  Again – I am trying to drop a few pounds (over the holidays – right?) so I just ate these naked – but for a few splashes of Crystal – my all-time favorite hot sauce.

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Easy Vegan Fried Green Tomatoes

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

1 unripened green tomato – sliced into 1/4 to 1/3 inch rounds.

1/4 cup panko crumbs

1/4 cup cornmeal

1/4 cup breadcrumbs (or any mixture you prefer or have handy)

Cajun seasoning (to taste) or S&P

1/4 cup or so non-dairy milk

Enough vegetable oil to submerge the breaded tomato in your frying pan

Hot sauce of choice

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DIRECTIONS

Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl.  In another bowl – pour some almond milk.  Use enough oil so that your tomatoes will be submerged in it.  This way – you do not have to flip them – increasing the opportunities for the breading to fall off.  Heat your oil until it is very hot – hot enough for a few breadcrumbs to immediately sizzle when dropped into the pan.  Dip the tomato slices in the milk & then the breadcrumb mixture.  I then put each breaded slice back into the milk & crumbs a second time.  When your oil is hot – carefully put the tomato slices in the oil & fry until browned to your desire.  Drain on paper towels.  Serve with hot sauce or a remoulade.

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Easy 5-Ingredient Fresh Mint & Zucchini Pasta (Vegan or Vegetarian)

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I started this blog on about July 5, 2012.  On July 13, 2012, I posted one of my all-time favorite recipes.  It is one I got from my good friend, Naomi Priestley.  It is Zucchini & Mint Pasta with Parmesan (seen just above).  But – it is such a divine dish – I thought I would post it again with a few new options.  1) It can be made without cheese altogether or 2) without cheese but with a squeeze of lemon juice or 3) with vegan Parmesan.

Do not be thrown by the idea of mint in a pasta dish – it is delicious!  It is especially lovely when you use fresh, homemade pasta – but dry pasta is fine, too.  If you do not consider oil and S&P to be legit ingredients – this is a 5 ingredient dish & comes together in less than 20 minutes.

I bought this ridiculous $5 micro basil because it looks pretty.  It is tasty, too, but it is certainly an unnecessary indulgence.

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Fresh Mint & Zucchini Pasta (Vegan or Vegetarian)

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

1/2 lb pasta – cooked & drained

Olive oil

3-5 zucchini – either grated or spiralized or sliced (you can use as much zucchini as you like to mitigate the amount of pasta you eat or to, at least, lighten up the dish)

1-3 cloves garlic – chopped

1/4 cup fresh mint – chopped

S&P to taste

OPTIONS – Parmesan or vegan Parmesan (to taste) and or a squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Garnish: chopped mint and/or parsley and/or basil, more cheese, crushed red pepper

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DIRECTIONS

Cook & drain the pasta.

I spiralized the zucchini but you can grate or slice it.  Spiralizing is a good way to bury veggies in a spaghetti dish so your kids do not notice the veggies in there.  I sliced the ends that were too short to spiralize.

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Heat a glug or two of olive oil in a large saute pan.  Saute the garlic for about 30 seconds & then add the zucchini.  Saute a few minutes & then add mint and season with S&P.   When the zucchini is soft – add the pasta & combine.  Add cheese or vegan cheese here – if you are using it – or squeeze in some lemon – if you are going that route.  Plate & serve with cheese and/or chopped herbs (mint or basil or parsley).

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Easy Vegan Kung Pao Cauliflower

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This is simply a variation of my 20-Minute Spicy Vegan Kung Pao Chicken – seen just above.   I decided to make it even lighter by using cauliflower.  But – truth be told – I added a can of garbanzo beans AND a 9 oz bag of Beyond Meat chicken to my final result – because I had so much extra & delicious kung pao sauce over the cauliflower – I decided to stretch it out.  You can opt to add either or both of those things – or even other veggies.  It is really just all about this sauce.

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Easy Vegan Kung Pao Cauliflower

Serves 2-4 (with rice) depending on appetites & the size of your cauliflower (or if you add vegan chicken and/or chickpeas)

INGREDIENTS

1 head cauliflower – cut into florets

2 TBS olive oil

1-10 dry red chilies (these are very hot so go easy until you are familiar with how much heat they add) cut in half (throw seeds out of you hate heat) – (I used ten but I really like spicy food)

4-6 scallions (white & green parts) – sliced

1-6 cloves garlic – chopped (I used 6)

1 TBS minced fresh ginger (I used jarred)

for the marinade

2 TBS low-sodium soy sauce (or tamari)

4 tsp rice wine (rice wine – not rice vinegar)

1 TBS cornstarch

for the kung pao sauce

3/4 cup black vinegar

4 TBS low-sodium soy sauce (or tamari)

4 TBS vegetarian hoisin sauce

4 TBS sesame oil

2 TBS cornstarch

1 cup water

GARNISH – cooked rice & peanuts

OPTIONAL – a drained can of chickpeas and/or Beyond Meat vegan chicken cubes

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DIRECTIONS

Cook some rice.  I used brown basmati.

Whisk the marinade together & toss it with the cauliflower & set aside for 15-30 minutes.  I did this in a Ziplock bag.

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Whisk the sauce together & set aside.

Heat the oil in a large saute pan.  Add garlic, chilies & ginger & fry about 1 minute.

Add cauliflower, most of the scallions (save some green parts for garnish) & the sauce & cook over high heat until it s bubbling.  Add water & continue cooking until the sauce thickens & the cauliflower is tender but not mushy.

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If you are adding chickpeas or chicken – add them now.  When the sauce is thick & the contents are heated through – serve with rice.  Garnish with scallions & peanuts.

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