Jamaican-Style Coconut Rice Bowl
This dish is a great reminder that you don't need complex ingredients for great flavour. Initially I was worried this might be a bit bland, but I was so wrong. This is a beautiful dish, which I served over kale.
Chipotle-Citrus Tofu and Broccoli
This is a very filling dish, with a lovely orange flavour and gentle heat. I only used one chipotle (which I seeded) to make it Susan spice level approved.
Black Beans and Quinoa with Shredded Vegetables
Another dish that is generous with the serving sizes! There's something so fun about eating shredded vegetables, plus with quinoa and black beans it will fill you up and give you that protein omnivores are always so concerned about. Great with nooch!
Thai Peanut Bowl with Tofu and Asaparagus
This is amazing, and will definitely have you going back for seconds. I got three big servings out of this, and that was only with great restraint (I really wanted to eat more!).
Pasta and Zucchini Puttanesca
I love puttanesca, something about all those olives and capers and tomato and pasta. This version has finely chopped zucchini in it as well, which is lovely. I accidentally had bought green olives with pips, so I had to slice my olives off around them. Annoying! But worth it. Sprinkle with nooch.
Pad Thai Tofu
I always gravitate towards Pad Thai recipes in cookbooks (any excuse to bust out my tamarind paste!), and this did not disappoint. I love all the toppings on it as well.
Hoisin Tempeh Noodles
Hoisin, tempeh and soba noodles... three of my favourite things! This recipe is definitely one to keep coming back to, even my tempeh suspicious dad enjoyed it. The recipe calls for 8oz of tempeh (about 250g) but I had a 300g block so I just used it all and increased the amount of sauce (by using 20mL Australian TBS instead of 15mL US TBS when I was measuring out the ingredients for it).
Sesame Soba with Tofu and Broccoli
Another totally awesome dinner. I can't get enough of soba, and I also love tofu and broccoli and tahini. Tahini and miso sauce has got to be one of the best combinations out there.
A great lasagna, I did make a few modifications. I can't find non-instant lasagne noodles that don't have eggs in them, so I used instant (which worked fine). I also used 1/4 cup of water with 1/8 tsp of guar gum in place of the oil in the pesto, just because I was feeling like being oil-free. The recipe calls for 1 pound of firm tofu, but I had 375g firm tofu and 100g of left-over silken in my fridge so I used a combination. This is a great recipe, and surprisingly filling!
Mac and Thai
You MUST buy the book for this recipe, if for no other reason. This was one that was frequently mentioned in the teaser posts leading up to the book, and oh my goodness it was everything that I hoped and dreamed. Noodles, vegetables, a white bean sauce that is a little bit peanut a little bit cheesy... heaven! I could eat an entire recipe of this!!
Butternut and Cremini Lasagna
This is an unusual lasagna, but one that makes a nice change from the regular variations. The recipe calls for butternut squash thinly sliced, I wasn't sure how it was meant to be sliced (rings? quarters? slabs?) so I think that I just cut it into thin rectangular slices as it was being sauteed. It also has kale and mushrooms, yum! The sauce is a blended white bean sauce, and it is topped with toasted pecans for crunch.
This is a fun dish bursting with flavours and different ingredients. It bakes up perfectly (no issue with the rice not cooking here) and makes six giant servings, so lots leftover for lunches during the week.
I have made other dishes as well, though the photos are still on my camera, and there are lots more that I am keen to make. Bahn Mizza and the Tofu, Potato, and Cauliflower Piccata Bowl are at the top of my still to make list. I recommend everyone get their hands on a copy of this book, as I think it will suit vegans and omnis alike, with any level of cooking experience.
Cute Kitty Photo of the Post
Dim Sim sleeping in her fluffy pink bed. The bed itself is made out of such a soft, smooth fluffy material that Dim Sim kind of finds it a bit strange, so I have had to put a crocheted blanket into the base of it to make it fit her exacting requirements.