Spicy Vegan Sriracha Miso Cole Slaw

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This is super easy – especially if you buy some of that pre-chopped slaw mix.  And why not?  Why buy two heads of cabbage & spend time chopping & then not use all the cabbage & have two half heads in the fridge – laying a guilt trip on you until they turn brown enough to warrant tossing them?   Who needs that shit?  Cabbage likes to pop all over the place, too, like cauliflower.  So – do yourself a favor and buy a bag of cole slaw mix.  Or not – your call.

This can be served as a side or as a burger topping or, as I did last night, put on top of tacos.  Creamy, yummy & cruelty-free.

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Spicy Vegan Sriracha Miso Cole Slaw

Makes about 3 cups

INGREDIENTS

8 oz (3 cups) of chopped cabbage (I used a bagged slaw mix) & carrot shreds

1/8-1/2 cup sriracha – start small & add in increments until you reach your spice level

1/3 cup vegan mayo – (increase if you like wetter slaw)

2 TBS white balsamic vinegar (or white wine vinegar)

2 TBS miso paste

1/2 tsp sesame oil

2 TBS agave nectar

1/4 tsp salt

2 TBS chia seeds (optional but very good for you)

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DIRECTIONS

I literally put everything in a tupperware container & just shook the bejesus out of it.  You can just stir it all up in a bowl.  Increase mayo or sriracha or salt to taste.

Chill & serve!

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5-minute Sticky, Spicy, Korean BBQ Chicken with Sesame Hibachi Noodles (Vegan)

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Holy fucking shit!  This 5-minute Sticky, Spicy, Korean BBQ Chicken is AWESOME!  Honestly, the sauce on them takes 5 minutes & will blow your socks off!  The noodles are more delicate in flavor & accompany the chicken well – and will take as long to cook as the package directs but this whole thing can be don in under 20 minutes.  These noodles are probably more authentically prepared with soba noodles but I just used this spaghetti here.

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I used the best faux chicken on the market – Beyond Meat.  Click that link to find a store locator & maybe grab a coupon!  I used vegan butter & I am pretty sure that vegetarian hoisin in vegan (I am not yet 100% vegan).  If you fear it is not – substitute with a vegan teriyaki sauce.

***NOTES – I used gochujang – a Korean spicy paste.  I see it at my local grocery store in the Asian section but you might have to go to a Korean market or buy it online.  It is like a thick & spicy ketchup.  One suggestion to substitute it is:

“Per tablespoon – Make a paste of 1 tablespoon red chilli pepper flakes moistened with soy sauce and add a little sugar. This will not replicate the complexity but a similar flavor profile.

HERE is another option to substitute using sambal oelek.

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Sesame Hibachi Noodles

Serves 4 (cut this recipe in half to match the chicken quantity – or just treat yourself to leftover yummy noodles)

INGREDIENTS

1 lb noodles (your choice of spaghetti or soba or linguine etc) – cooked & drained

2 TBS vegan butter

2 TBS brown sugar

2 garlic cloves – minced

4 TBS low sodium soy sauce (or tamari)

1 TBS hoisin sauce (or teriyaki sauce)

1 tsp to 2 TBS crushed red pepper (I like shit hot – you might not – so adjust to suite your taste)

1 TBS sesame oil

Sesame seeds

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DIRECTIONS

Cook the noodles.

Meanwhile – heat the butter in a saute pan.  Add the garlic for one minute & then add sugar, hoisin (or teriyaki) and the crushed red pepper.  Bring to a boil & let it thicken a bit.  Add the sesame oil & then immediately toss with the drained, warm noodles

Sprinkle with sesame seeds & maybe extra crushed red pepper.

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5-minute Sticky, Spicy, Korean BBQ Chicken

Serves 2 (double this recipe to match the noodle quantity)

INGREDIENTS

9 oz vegan Beyond chicken – cubed

3 TBS agave nectar (or honey – if you are not vegan)

2 garlic cloves – minced

1 tsp to 2 TBS crushed red pepper (Again – I like shit hot – you might not – so adjust to suite your taste)

1 TBS gochujang (see notes above)

1 TBS low sodium soy sauce (or tamari)

Juice of 1/2 lime

2 tsp sesame oil

Scallions – sliced – as garnish

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DIRECTIONS

Thaw & cube the chicken.

Put the rest of the ingredients (not the chicken) into a sauce pan & bring to a boil  Simmer a few minutes until it thickens – less than 5 minutes.  Add the chicken & cook until the sauce is thick & clinging to the chicken – maybe even letting a few bits brown or char.  Be careful not to burn it.

Garnish with scallions & serve with the noodles.  YUM!

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Sriracha Ginger Soy Sugar Snap Peas

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These are extremely easy & quick to make.  The hardest part is cutting each of the sugar snap peas in half.  Apparently, you can break the stem end of them & pull down on the string, like a zipper, and string these guys but that didn’t work on mine.  Maybe they were not fresh enough.  I don’t know.  But – if you want to string your beans – knock yourself out.  Mine were great without that step.

I used vegetarian hoisin sauce in these but if you cannot find that (or regular hoisin) – do not be discouraged.  These are awesome without that one ingredient, too.

This really makes just one serving so increase as needed to suit your head count.

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Sriracha Ginger Soy Sugar Snap Peas

Serves ONE as a side dish

INGREDIENTS

8 oz fresh sugar snap peas – strung (see note above) and cut almost in half along the seam  (split them but not totally in half)

2 TBS soy sauce or tamari (I always use low sodium)

1 TBS sriracha

1 tsp sesame oil

1 TBS hoisin sauce (optional)

4 garlic cloves – cut in half or in thirds (you want big chunks so it doesn’t burn)

1 TBS minced fresh ginger (or 3-4 slices about the size of a quarter)

2 tsp olive oil

Sesame seeds – black and/or white as garnish

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DIRECTIONS

Whisk together the soy sauce, sriracha, sesame oil & hoisin sauce.  Set aside.

Prepare your sugar snap peas.

Have everything ready to go because these cook fast.

Heat a pan on HIGH HEAT for a minute & then add the olive oil.  Once the oil is hot, add the garlic & ginger (beware splatter).  Cook one minute & then add the sugar snap peas.  After about 2 minutes, add the sriracha mixture.  Cook on high – stirring continually so the garlic doesn’t burn –  until most of the dressing cooks off – maybe another minute.

Serve with sesame seeds.

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Spicy Thai Basil Noodles with Sesame and Garlic

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This is yet another easy one that also just happens to be vegetarian (and could easily be made vegan).  It comes together in ten minutes & it is really flavorful.  I was inspired to make this because I found these fresh egg noodles in my local Asian market – Bangluck.   This is enough for 4 and it cost $1.49.  Pretty great!

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If you cannot find this kind of fresh noodle or if you are vegan, angle hair pasta works fine.  And thin noodle would work.

I used jarred ginger & this chili oil below is available at Asian markets but also at most large supermarkets in the Asian food aisle.   Fresh ginger is available in most stores, too, if you can’t find this very convenient jarred stuff.  The real key here is the Thai basil as it packs a real flavor punch & tastes distinctly different from regular basil – but regular basil will do if it is all you have access to.

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Spicy Thai Basil Noodles with Sesame and Garlic

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

1/2 pound noodles

1 TBS sesame oil

2 TBS ginger

4 garlic cloves – minced

2 TBS soy sauce or tamari

2 TBS balsamic vinegar

1 TBS agave nectar (or sugar)

1 TBS chili oil (or another TBS of sesame oil & 2 tsp crushed red pepper)

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup Thai basil – chopped

2 scallions – sliced

a handful of crushed nuts ( I used almonds) – optional

Vegetables are optional but I added 1 carrot cut into matchsticks & a dozen or so sugar snap peas

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DIRECTIONS

Heat the sesame oil over medium-high heat & saute the ginger & garlic for one minute.  If you are using sesame oil & crushed red pepper rather than chili oil – add them to the pan, too.  Stir & pour into a bowl & whisk in the soy sauce, balsamic, agave, chili oil & salt.

Boil water for the noodles.  If using fresh noodles, add the vegetables a minute before you add the pasta.  Fresh noodles cook very quickly.  Drain & toss with the sesame oil mixture.

If using regular pasta – add the vegetables you are using in the final minute of the noodle cooking time.  Drain & toss with the sesame oil mixture.

You can let these sit for an hour & really soak up the flavors & serve at room temperature – or eat them warm.  When you are ready to eat – toss in the basil & scallions & stir well.  Add nuts & you are good to go!

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Easiest Ever Vegan Garlic Sesame Chicken (with or without Honey) for the Slow Cooker

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There is nothing easier than putting raw ingredients into a crock pot & walking away – only to return in a few hours to a home that smells yummy & food that is delicious.

This is the easiest fucking dish ever.  I used Beyond Meat’s vegan chicken but if you insist that meat be involved – just use it.

I used honey but I am not vegan.  If you are – don’t get your panties in a bunch.  Either use agave nectar or just omit it & don’t sub anything else.  I don’t think it is critical as the jam adds all the sweet this dish needs.

There are no photos of the process because there is no process.  Just dump the shit into your crock pot & go for a hike.  Come home & shove this in your pie hole.  You can thank me later.

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Easiest Ever Vegan Garlic Sesame Chicken (with or without Honey) for the Slow Cooker

Feeds 2 well with rice

INGREDIENTS

9 oz vegan chicken

6 cloves garlic – minced

1 small onion – diced

1/4 cup of some dark berry jam – I used blueberry but blackberry would be great

1/4 cup hoisin sauce

1/2 cup honey (if you are not vegan) or agave nectar (if you are) – optional

1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce

1 tsp crushed red pepper

1 TBS sesame oil

1 – 2 TBS cornstarch

For garnish:

Scallions, sesame seeds and/or Thai basil and cooked rice

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Directions

Cook some rice.

Put everything EXCEPT THE CORNSTARCH the garnishes in your crock pot.  Stir it all up.  My crock pot has no settings so I assume it is just always on high.  Leave it alone for an hour or two – stirring it if you can or want to but it doesn’t need it.

Once it was all bubbly & hot, I used a slotted spoon & took the chicken out and used two forks to sorta shred it – like a pulled pork.  I whisked about 1-2 TBS cornstarch into the sauce to thicken it & then returned the shredded chick to the pot.  I let it sit a while longer but it didn’t need it.  It didn’t REALLY need the shredding or cornstarch, either, so if it looks good to you right outta the pot au naturale – go for it!

Then I garnished it & ate some over rice.  I enjoyed it.

True story.

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Spicy Vegan Miso Sesame Chicken

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Labor Day!  September 1st – and I haven’t posted since July 31st.   I have never dropped the ball for so long and I apologize.  But – I was out of town for a few weeks – in Mississippi shooting

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and then celebrating the third anniversary of meeting the badass, Miles Miller, at Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham.

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The film promises to be fantastic & Sidewalk is always a perfect experience.

That said – back to food.

This recipe can be tweaked to accommodate a carnivore or a vegan.  Easy, quick & spicy – it is just another great way to use Beyond Meat’s amazing vegan chicken.

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Spicy Vegan Miso Sesame Chicken

Feeds 2 with rice & a steamed vegetable

INGREDIENTS

9 oz vegan (or real) chicken

1/4 cup rice vinegar

2 TBS agave nectar (or honey – if you are not vegan)

3 TBS miso paste

2 TBS sambal oelek (or other hot sauce)

4 garlic cloves – minced

2 TBS toasted (or other) sesame oil

Cooking spray or olive oil

cilantro or scallions or micro greens for garnish

cooked rice

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DIRECTIONS

Steam some rice.  I used brown Basmati.  I also added some broccoli to the cooking rice in the last 5 minutes.

Mix the rice vinegar, agave or honey, miso paste, hot sauce, garlic & sesame oil in a bowl & pour over the chicken.  I did this right in the bag the chicken came in.  Marinate for an hour or more, if you can – but that isn’t totally necessary.

Remove the chicken from the marinade & put the marinade in a pan & heat over high heat until it thickens – maybe 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, treat a pan with cooking spray or olive oil & cook the chicken until it browns.  If using real chicken – be sure to cook it through.

Now – simply serve the chicken over some rice & drizzle with the glaze or add the chicken to the pan with the glaze & then put some on the rice.  Your call.

Garnish with scallions or cilantro or some greens.  Eat it up!

HAPPY LABOR DAY!!!!!!!

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Roasted Sesame Garlic Broccoli

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Meanwhile, a gal still has to eat.  Last night, I made this delicious roasted broccoli.  It came out a tad overcooked for my taste but I am having oven issues & cannot really be sure whether the cooking was a result of my oven being hotter than I thought or maybe my timing was off.  I will recommend only that you check yours as it cooks to avoid overcooking.

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Roasted Sesame Garlic Broccoli

INGREDIENTS

1 head broccoli – cut into florets (cut the florets in half for even faster cooking)

4 garlic cloves – minced

1 TBS olive oil

1 TBS soy sauce

1 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)

Sesame seeds – toasted until fragrant in a dry pan (maybe 1-2 minutes) – optional as garnish

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DIRECTIONS

Heat the oven to 450.

Prepare a cooking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment.

Whisk the olive oil, sesame oil, soy sauce & crushed red pepper together.  Toss the broccoli in this until it is well coated.  Arrange on the cooking sheet & roast for 5 minutes.  Remove it from the oven & toss in the garlic.  Roast another 5 minutes & test to see if the broccoli is done.  If not – not more than another 5 minutes should do it.

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