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Moe’s Southwest Grill Style Tofu

6 Jan

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I have a big problem with burritos. Actually, I have a big problem with Moe’s burritos. They have a smartphone app that makes ordering them way too easy. You not only get to see all the topping options, but you get to pay ahead and cut the entire line to pick up your food! It is too easy, and this has not been good for my waistline. But their tofu is just way too good to say goodbye to, so off to the internet I went to find out their “secret” to get those perfect black crispies on the outside! THEIR SIGNATURE SALAD DRESSING?? REALLY?? That’s it?? Well, sorry Moe’s but I can do that myself!!

  • 1/2 block extra firm tofu, pressed into oblivion
  • Cooking oil spray for the pan
  • Your favorite vinaigrette or oil based salad dressing. I used Annie’s Tuscan Italian dressing.

Cut your tofu into tiny 1/2 inch cubes, bite sizes pieces if you will. Spray down a pan with a little Pam, and heat it up to medium high heat. Toss in your cubes and try your best to brown them on all sides, about 6-8 minutes. Then add a few good shakes of your dressing, about 2 tbsp. Lower the heat a bit, but either way, it is going to cause a splashy mess on your cook top. Thems the breaks. Toss your tofu around a bit until all pieces are coated and brown bits start to form. Store in an air tight container and use as needed. I put it in low carb burrito wraps with re fried beans and daiya jack shreds. It would also make a really good salad topper! Put it in what ever you want, really!

 

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Recipe: Might as well be Paula Deen’s Vegan Mac and Cheese

6 Oct

I shouldn’t have made this, it is probably the worst, saltiest thing for you. But I’m going raw for two weeks and wanted to go out with a bang. Super creamy, cheesy, buttery noodles. This uses a boxed vegan macaroni and cheese but the sauce mix can easily be made from scratch. Just use my Nutritional Yeast Sauce recipe in place.

  • 1 box Edward and Sons Vegan cheddar style mac and cheese or
    1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 4 tbsp vegan butter + 2 more for dotting
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1/2 block Daiya cheddar wedge
  • Nutrtional Yeast
  • Plain Breadcrumbs

Boil pasta for 6 minutes and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt 4 tbsp butter and mix with the soy milk. Then add the sauce packet from the boxed mac. Replace this step with Nutritional Yeast Recipe if you do not want to use the box. Pour sauce over pasta and mix until coated. Pour into a small Pyrex or casserole dish. Slice up the Daiya and cover the entire dish with it, then coat top with breadcrumbs and Nut Yeast. Dot with butter like you would an apple pie. This will keep the dish creamy and from drying out in the oven. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.

Make this once and never again because it will make you fall asleep and if you don’t die from a heart attack in your sleep first, you’ll wake up with an unbearably salty feeling in your mouth. But at least you went out with a cheesy bang.

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake

19 Sep

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I’ll admit, I semi jacked this recipe from Pinterest. With all the different pumpkin spice items popping up in grocery stores this time of year, it can get awfully disappointing to be vegan. Except that when you’re a vegan, you usually have the mad skills to use REAL ingredients like REAL pumpkin and spices, instead of artificial flavorings, to make ACTUAL FOOD. This recipe uses real pumpkin, protein powder, and soy milk, to up the protein count. It honestly has almost a pudding like taste, and feels more like a nice fall treat than a shake!

  • 1/2 cup canned or fresh cooked pumpkin
  • 1/2 frozen banana, small to medium size
  • 3/4 cup unsweetenen original soy milk
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice blend (usually includes cloves, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon)
  • pinch of ground ginger
  • more cinnamon to top with

Throw everything into the blender! If you like a thinner shake, use ice instead of banana. Top with more ground cinnamon or if you don’t give a darn, a little coconut whipped cream. This will also bring down the calorie count. One serving will give you about 19 grams of protein and is about 235 calories. Now bring on the sweater weather!

Low Carb Gluten Free! Almond Crusted Tofu

11 Jul

Crusty!Everywhere you look now, it’s all about Gluten Free. A lot of vegan food can be “accidentally” gluten free, like this tofu dish. I am trying to cut down on carbs and make as many variations of tofu that my little brain can conjure! And on a budget to boot! Here’s what you’ll need, this is a single serving, as I am a lonely vegan;

  • 1 half block of extra firm tofu
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • dried basil
  • dried oregano
  • garlic powder
  • black pepper
  • soy milk

Press your tofu so it is good and dry, and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut the block in half, then cut lengthwise. Dip the tofu pieces in soy milk so they are good and coated. I let mine sit a little in the Tupperware while I make the almond coating. Put 1/4 cup of almonds into a food processor or blender. I use the magic bullet blender. I did not measure the seasonings, this is really to taste! Make it how you want it! I like lots of oregano and black pepper. Pulse the mixture until it is fine crumbs, but not too long because you’ll eventually get almond butter!

Pour the mixture onto a plate and dredge the tofu in it, coating all sides evenly. Place on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil for less mess. Bake it in the oven for about 20 minutes, then flip for another 15. Serve up with a side of your favorite veggie or if you’re feeling sassy, some cheesy smashed potatoes! I hooked mine up with a side of steamed broccoli with a nice coating or MANGO CHUTNEY aka my new obsession. Happy tofu-ing!

Recipe: Marinated Baked Mushroom Caps

28 Jun

So sorry blog, I have missed you! I haven’t been cooking anything exciting since joining a high intensity training gym. But I am back today with my first attempt at marinating portobello mushrooms! These juicy caps are sweet and tangy!

  • Two portobello caps
  • 1/2 c pineapple juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp tamari soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Place the caps “fan” side up in a baking dish, and pour all ingredients over so they soak inside the caps. Let it marinate for about an hour. Heat the oven to 400 degrees, and cover the dish. Bake for about 25 minutes, flip them over, and bake for an additional 8 minutes.

Steam your favorite veggies and pile them into a bowl. I did cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots. Top with the caps and pour the remaining liquid from the baking dish on top. Enjoy! I know I am!

My Little Quickie: Spicy Mayo

3 May

I’m only sharing this because it is so darn delicious on everything, I can’t keep it to myself. So stupidly simple.

  • 2 tbsp Vegenaise or your favorite vegan mayo
  • 1 tsp chili garlic sauce. Found in the Asian section of the grocery store, the bottle with the Rooster on it!

Mix.done. Creamy, spicy, awesome.

Recipe: Bourbon Tofu with Grilled Peaches

24 Mar

Spring has sprung, and the produce aisle is looking better than ever! Peaches, mangoes, and berries of all kind are on sale now, so stock up while the gettin’s good! I paired grilled peaches with a bourbon marinade I found in a Disney cookbook. I’ve been flipping through my old non veg cookbooks for inspirations and this one really stood out to me. It has a whole cup of Jack Daniels in it! Lets get marinatin’

  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup Jack Daniels
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 4 cups of water

Whisk together the Jack and brown sugar in a bowl until the sugar has dissolved. Then add the pineapple juice and stir. Soy sauce, stir. Water, stir. Done. Drain, rinse, press your extra firm tofu. cut it in half and put in a container, covering it completely with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 24 hours.

When ready to eat, take out one of the tofu halves and cut into 4 pieces. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper, and bake at 375 for 20 minutes. Flip, pour on more marinade, and bake for another 15 minutes. If you want it a bit more firm you can cook it for another 20 minutes instead, totaling the baking time to 40 minutes.

While the tofu is baking for the last 15, heat up your griddle pan, grill, or in my case, George Foreman. Slice peach into 4 pieces, and grill them until they begin to caramelize and have nice grill marks. Put everything on a plate…and eat it. The juicy flavor of the peaches goes great with the subtle bourbon tang in the tofu. You can also grill the tofu if you have access to a grill, but I find the George Foreman isn’t so forgiving with squishy tofu.

You can also serve this up with some cinnamon baked apples, if peaches are not in season.

  • your favorite apple
  • sugar
  • cinnamon

Core and slice apples and throw them in a bowl. If you are not making this right away, squirt with a little lemon juice to prevent browning. Toss a 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar for every apple, and sprinkle with as much cinnamon as you like. Stir to coat evenly. Bake in the oven along side the tofu for the last 15 minutes, or until they soften. I bake mine inside ramekins, so I can eat them right in the container they bake in!