This time, I followed directions. The second product I picked up with the coupons VegeUSA sent me was the Citrus Sparerib Cutlets. And I just followed the easy microwave directions. Combine with rice and steamed broccoli and Boom! dinner! Oh, and I sprinkled mine with gomashio because I do that.
The sweet, chewy nuggets are mostly soy based which is nice if you have issues with eating a ton of wheat gluten. The texture was fine microwaved, but I’ve also had these pan fried in the past and you can get a little crispy edge to them when you do that, but you also sacrifice some of the sauce.
The package ambitiously says there are 2.5 servings inside, but not in this house. It was a solid two servings for us though. The main downside to these is the price. At around $7, it’s more than I would normally pay for a fake meat for 2, but it’s still cheaper than ordering out. And I know there are a ton of people out there that don’t cook like I do and rely on prepared foods or eating out. So you might find this handy. In Atlanta, I found these and the pepper steak at Whole Foods on Ponce.
In May, we picked up a few herbs and planted them outside the kitchen door: cinnamon basil, regular basil, lavender and stevia. And we already had mint plants going. The basil has really taken off and they were little bushes when we got back from vacation. They have already paid for themselves and are still going strong. Gee, it’s so much easier to take care of plants when it actually rains every once in a while.
So, time to use up some basil. How about Broccoli Pesto Pasta from The Happy Herbivore? I used whole wheat pasta and a mix between the regular and cinnamon basil. I might’ve added a little bit of olive oil because pesto doesn’t seem quite right without it. But only like a tablespoon for the whole batch. So it’s not like I totally fatted it up. The silken tofu seemed to make it really filling. This is easy and pretty quick to make. Would be a great recipe to recommend to new cooks and new veg*ns.
Last time I made a batch of brown rice, I froze the extra to use for quick meals. When making out my grocery list for the week, I ran across Korean Broccoli Fried Rice in World Vegan Feast.
The recipe calls for leftover tofu scramble. I was just going to skillet fry tofu, but the tofu I had went bad. So I used some May Wah chicken nuggets I had hanging out in the freezer instead, baked them, then chopped them up. We don’t eat a ton of fake meat products at home, but they are kind of nice every once in a while.
It doesn’t sound like there’s much by way of seasoning in the recipe, but it turns out great. Of course, sesame oil in anything usually pops it into the delicious category for me. Mine is also sprinkled with the gomashio that I keep on hand to sprinkle on whatever I can and a pretty squirt of sriracha. And at about 2 o’clock you’ll see a little pile of “seasoned parched seaweed” I found at Your Dekalb Farmers Market. It’s a little oily so I use it sparingly but it adds a great flavor punch. Oh, and it’s pretty good for you, or something.
For the season opener of Game of Thrones, the Gunns kindly hosted a watching party. And Jeff made his famous lasagna. Delicious! So we didn’t have to feel too bad about it, I brought roasted broccoli. Why haven’t I roasted broccoli before? It’s amazing. Oh, and chocolate chip cookies. Because, cookies. Look, we had salad too and nommy garlic bread. There may have been adult beverages too.
But the Creamy All-In-One Bowl didn’t look too terribly waist expanding, so I gave it a go. Tofu, broccoli and pineapple in a creamy peanut butter dressing over brown rice. Look, bonus fruit serving! And it was really good. The dressing had a nice tang.
The tempeh wings from the Don’t Eat Off the Sidewalk zine are always popular around here. They’re much better for you than the processed wings you can get. I’ve successfully cut back on the Earth Balance in the sauce before, but didn’t bother this time. I like my sauce on the side so the wings stay crispy. On the side we’ve got some leftover breakfast potatoes and steamed broccoli.
When you do your grocery shopping once a week, you learn to have some meals with ingredients that will make it to the end of the week, or even beyond if need be. Things happen and you can’t always cook everything when you want. This Fettuccine Alfredo from The Happy Herbivore works well as that dish. And broccoli is one of my go to sturdy vegetables. Other great back-ups are frozen peas and frozen greens.
This turned out creamy and a little tangy from the nutritional yeast. It even made an abundance of sauce so there was a little extra to drag my broccoli through. Oh, and this fits in great with a lazy vegan lifestyle. I also used that Good Karma Flax Milk again with good results. Sprinkled on top is the Vegan Parmesan from Yellow Rose Recipes. I like it better than Parma.
Viva Vegan! has been in my possession for a while, but I really haven’t made much out of it yet. So when planning the weekly shopping recently, I picked out two recipes to make. The Sweet and Spicy Seitan-Potato Empanadas was the first one. I’d already stocked the freezer with a couple of packages of vegan empanada wrappers so these went a little faster than if you had to make those too.
Kevin doesn’t like olives, so I left those out. Instead of making seitan, I just rehydrated some beefy TVP chunks. They worked beautifully. The more you cook, the more you get a feel for easy substitutions.
Just a little steamed broccoli on the side to round out the meal. This was lunch. The seams held up really well. Only a couple leaked.
I’ve been craving this kind of food lately. Simple, healthy. Steamed broccoli, baked beans, brown rice and tofu sprinkled with gomashio and Bragg’s. It would’ve been a greener plate but lunch was a giant bowl of kale salad. The tofu was just sautéed in a pan, beans and broccoli cooked in the microwave and rice in the rice cooker. A healthy tasty meal doesn’t have to involve a ton of work or destroying your kitchen. It can be this simple.