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Tofu Mayo 2 Ways

Tofu Mayo 2 Ways

So in making up my own recipe for tofu mayonnaise I stumbled across 2 ways:  one tastes very much like the famous dressing  and the other like a traditional mayonnaise.

It's actually quite simple to do, and you can adjust the acidity, sweetness, and spices to your liking.

Several recipes I've come across for tofu mayonnaise use silken tofu, which is a softer tofu and often comes in an aseptic box that doesn't require refrigeration.  I've tried this, and it doesn't produce a bad mayo, but in my experience it produces a thinner mayo that somehow didn't quite taste the same as what I created tonight.

Fresh Thai Rice 'n' Tofu Bowl with Peanut Sauce

Fresh Thai Rice 'n' Tofu Bowl with Peanut Sauce

This dish is pretty quick to put together and is a nice combination of warm and cold ingredients for interest and flavor.

I adapted this recipe from Lindsay Nixon'sHappy Herbivore Light and Leanbook.  Lindsay has some great recipes in her books and even offers a meal plan service for a small monthly charge to help you get started cooking plant-based meals at home.  Check out her websiteHappy Herbivore.

Ingredients (2 servings):

Cooked jasmine rice--enough for 2 people

Super Easy Corn Chips

Super Easy Corn Chips

Eating a whole foods, plant-based diet involves eliminating processed foods like oils, and most chips I've come across at the grocery store (even natural food stores) contain oil, even if they're labeled as baked.  The one way to make sure you're not getting any added oils is to do it yourself and use a star ingredient that's as close to natural as possible and oil-free.  
These chips couldn't be easier, and they're something I snack on quite a bit with homemade salsa or hummus.

Edamame and Soba Noodle Bowl

Edamame and Soba Noodle Bowl
 
I'm addicted to Panera's Broth Bowl with the edamame and soba noodles...but not to the 1300+mg of sodium in it (I checked their nutrition information on their website).  With my history of hypertension (like 160/100 on a good day), sodium and I don't play nice in the sandbox, so I decided to make my own version that's lower in sodium but is still a slam dunk on taste.  I tried to include many of the ingredients listed on Panera's website, but obviously I don't know their secret recipe so this doesn't taste exactly like theirs, but it's pretty close, and the broth is savory with just a hint of heat.

Blueberry Smoothie Popsicles

Blueberry Smoothie Popsicles

Nice weather is finally here in Upstate NY and it's actually quite warm...less than a month ago it was snowing, now it's in the high 80s and setting new records for the high temps.  Dunno.  But I'm sure not complaining.  So it's perfect to have an icy treat to cool off with, and I think I concocted one that's a winner.






I threw this prototype together and didn't write down a recipe.  It's a keeper, so next time I make it, the recipe will be recorded and shared here!

Red Lentil Hummus

Red Lentil Hummus

Hummus typically contains chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and other ingredients to flavor it like lemon juice, tahini, herbs and spices, but you can make hummus  with any combination of cooked beans or legumes with the garbanzo beans.  Red lentils, when cooked, break down and become softer, unlike their cousin the brown lentil, which maintains its shape and stays firmer when cooked.  A local natural grocery store has red lentil hummus they make themselves that is to die for (I could easily eat an entire container of it in one sitting), but it contains tahini (which is high in fat), so I decided to try my hand at making my own version without the tahini.

Homemade vegetable stock

Homemade Veggie Stock

So here it is February in Upstate NY and even though it's technically the shortest month of the year it's the longest in my book because it's smack dab in the middle of winter and the weather is generally crap.  Oh, sure, all the skiers love it.  But since I broke my butt cross-country skiing a few years back, I'm never strapping another pair of anything that slides or rolls to my feet again.  So even though I've taken up snowshoeing and love-love-love it, the unpredictable snow storms and below-zero wind chills sometimes get me in a funk.

Black Lentils in Yellow Curry Sauce

Black Lentils in Yellow Curry Sauce

I've been wanting to make a rendition of this dish since I saw something similar on "Diners Drive Ins and Dives" when Guy Fieri visited The Tin Shed in Portland, Oregon.  One of the dishes highlighted was the Baby Beluga, which uses black lentils in a yellow curry sauce over jasmine rice and seasonal greens.  Since I live about 3000 miles from The Tin Shed, I decided to make my own version until I can make it out to Portland someday.  I literally threw this together without much planning so I'll try to remember what the heck I put in it.

Taco Bar Night

Leftover Friday:  Taco Bar Night!
re-purpose leftovers and "stuff" yourself with plant-based tacos!


Want a fun way to put together a meal quickly using some stuff you have leftover from the week?  Try a taco bar--in your kitchen.

I had leftover quinoa-lentil salad, chopped bell peppers and onions, and spinach left over from this past week, so they got used in these hearty tacos.

You can use whatever you want--get creative.  Make it colorful, nutritious and fun.




Ingredients for my tacos tonight:

Tofu Scramble

Tofu Scramble
to ring in the New Year and New You





First of all, Happy New Year!  I hope this year will be a great and happy one for everyone.

To ring in the New Year (and New You, as many of us make a New Year's resolution to get healthier), here's a colorful and tasty dish that will have you saying, "Hey, tofu doesn't suck after all."




Let's go...

Ingredients: 

(Measurements on the veggies and spices are approximate.  Totally tailor this to your taste.  Omit, substitute or add veggies and spices to your liking.
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