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Vegan Tofu Ricotta Cheese


  • 2012/04/27

'Vegan Tofu Ricotta Cheese'

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INGREDIENTS

200g firm tofu (Momen)
1 clove garlic
1 Tsp fresh basil, minced (or dried basil)
1 Tsp lemon juice
1 Tsp miso paste
1/2 tsp Japanese plum vinegar
1/2 Tsp onion powder
1/2 Tsp fresh parsley, minced (or dried parsley)
Salt to taste
(1 Tbls nutritional yeast, if you have or can get)


Directions:
1. Microwave the tofu for 2 min. Press the water out of the tofu (as much as you can).
2. Put the tofu and all other ingredients in a blender or food processor.
3. Blend until the tofu mixture becomes smooth, like the top picture. Add salt and pepper to taste. EAT with whatever you like!



This tofu vegan ricotta cheese is so easy and tasty! It's made with tofu but you can't taste the tofu at all. The blended tofu is as smooth as real cheese. You can use this vegan cheese for so many kinds of recipes: pizza, lasagna and so on. I'm going to post other recipe to use this ricotta cheese later too!

Vegan Memo:
- If you don't have a blender, mince the basil and parsley, grate the garlic and press the tofu through a sieve (or mix well with your hand). Mix everything well!



Nutrition FactsTotal recipe
Calories - 179.4
Total Fat - 17.8 g
  Saturated Fat - 2.5 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat - 9.9 g
  Monounsaturated Fat - 3.8 g
Cholesterol - 0.0 mg
Sodium - 887.9 mg
  Potassium - 508.6 mg
Total Carbohydrate - 12.3 g
  Dietary Fiber - 4.8 g
  Sugars - 1.9 g
Protein - 32.5 g
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Cold Pad Thai with Spicy Peanut Sauce


  • 2012/04/22

'Cold Pad Thai with Spicy Peanut Sauce' -- 4 Servings

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INGREDIENTS

300g rice noodles(2-3mm)
1 carrot
2 tomato
1 cucumber
1 red or yellow pepper
Tosted sesame seeds, to garnish
Coriander, as much as you want

- Peanut Sauce
4 Tbls peanut butter (I used crunchy)
1 Tbls soya sauce
2 Tbls rice vinegar
2 Tbls water
2 cloves garlic
Ginger (same amount as garlic)
1 Tbls Sriracha sauce (or other kind of Asian chili sauce)
1/2 Tbls sugar


Directions:
1. Boil noodles a little bit longer than package directions and remove from water to drain. Cool the noodles down in the cold water and transfer to a dish.
2. Make the sauce. Press or grate garlic and ginger and mix with all ingredients for the sauce.
3. Slice all the vegetables, place on top of noodles. Pour the sauce on the dish, put coriander and sesame seeds on top to garnish. EAT!



Pad thai is a Thai style stir-fried rice noodle dish. I made a cold version of it. The combination of the spicy peanut sauce and coriander is the best on cold noodles. You can easily make a raw food version if you use sliced vegetables instead of the rice noodles!

Vegan Memo:
- If you don't have crunchy peanut butter, use smooth.
- If you use sweetened peanut butter, you don't need to add any sugar.
- You should make the rice noodles softer than usual when you eat rice noodles cold.



Nutrition FactsPer person
Calories - 253.8
Total Fat - 10.3 g
  Saturated Fat - 0.2 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat - 0.5 g
  Monounsaturated Fat - 0.4 g
Cholesterol - 0.0 mg
Sodium - 259.8 mg
  Potassium - 88.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate - 33.6 g
  Dietary Fiber - 3.9 g
  Sugars - 9.5 g
Protein - 6.6 g
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Courgette & Soya Milk Vegan Soup


  • 2012/04/15

'Courgette & Soya Milk Vegan Soup' -- 4 Servings

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INGREDIENTS

4 small courgettes/zucchini (600g)
1 onion
1 potato (medium baking potato size)
Water (Enough to cover the vegetables in the pan)
1 Vegetable stock cube
1 cup unsweetened soya milk
1 Tbls miso paste
Salt & white pepper (or black pepper) to taste
Parsley and soya cream to garnish


Directions:
1. Peel the potato, cut it and the vegetables into 2cm cubes.
2. Put all vegetables and vegetable stock cube into a deep pan, add water until all vegetables are covered. Cook over high heat. After the water begins to boil, turn the heat down to low, cover the pan and cook for 10-15min until vegetables are tender.
3. Turn the heat off, blend the soup with a hand blender until smooth. (If you don't have a hand blender, you can use a normal blender. But I think you should wait until the soup cools a little before transferring to your blender).
4. Add miso paste and soya milk, mix well and cook over the low heat. Before the soup starts to boil, turn off the heat, add salt and pepper to taste. EAT!



After I make a complicated recipe, I always want to make an easy recipe next. And I got some cheap courgettes, so I made soup this time. Cream soup is easy and healthy. You can eat a lot of vegetables and it's yummy! I think it's good for kids who hate vegetables. You should try to get some nice bread at your favourite bread shop, and eat it with this soup! It's a nice and easy light dinner!

Vegan Memo:
- If you boil the soya milk, the look and flavor will be bad. So please be carful!
- If you want a little more "something" for the taste, try adding a little bit of garam masala.
- To make this kind of soup, I recommend a hand blender. If you don't have it, of course, you can use a normal blender. But you should wait until the soup is cool enough.



Nutrition FactsPer person
Calories - 110.3
Total Fat - 2.1 g
  Saturated Fat - 0.2 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat - 0.8 g
  Monounsaturated Fat - 0.2 g
Cholesterol - 0.0 mg
Sodium - 700.2 mg
  Potassium - 224.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate - 19.0 g
  Dietary Fiber - 3.9 g
  Sugars - 3.0 g
Protein - 5.5 g
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Vegan Tofu Roll Cabbage with Thick Tomato Sauce


  • 2012/04/09

'Vegan Tofu Roll Cabbage with Thick Tomato Sauce' -- 4 Servings (8 Pieces)

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INGREDIENTS

- Tofu Filling
400g firm tofu (moment tofu)
Half onion
1 medium carrot
1/2 cup panko (breadcrumbs)
Salt, pepper & basil to taste
1 pinch nutmeg powder
1/2 Tbls miso paste
2 Tbls chickpea flour or normal flour

8 big cabbage leaves (you should ready 2-3 leaves more, in case.)

300ml water
50ml white wine
1 vegetable stock cube
2 bay leaves
400g can of chopped/plum tomatos
2 Tbls ketchup
2 Tbls vegan Worcester sauce
1 Tbls sugar
Salt & pepper to taste


Directions:
1. Cut the carrot and onion into 5mm cubes. Fry with a little vegetable oil until carrot and onion are tender. Drain and press the tofu. Boil the water in a big pan, add a pinch of salt and the cabbage leaves, and cook for 10min over medium heat. Remove the leaves and allow to cool.
2. Place the fried onion and carrot, the pressed tofu and other filling ingredients into a bowl. Mix well until the filling is combined and smooth.
3. Divide the tofu filling into 8 balls, place a ball inside each cabbage leaf and roll. Pin the leaves with tooth pick to keep them closed. Alternatively roll the leaves using the method in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNGNOr1zbvY
4. Place rolls in a single layer in a pan. Add water, wine, vegetable stock and bay leaves, and cook over high heat. After the water begins to boil, turn the heat down to low, cover the pan and cook for 10min.
5. Pour the can of tomatoes, ketchup, Worcester sauce, sugar, salt and pepper over the pan, cover the pan and cook for 10min again.
6. Transfer the roll cabbage to a dish. Add salt and pepper to the sauce left in the pan and pour the sauce over the roll cabbage. EAT!



Roll cabbage is the Japanese name for meat-stuffed cabbage leaves. Roll cabbage reminds me of my mother's food which I ate when I was young. I didn't eat it for a while (because it's not vegan), so I decided to try making it with tofu.
This tomato sauce has a little bit of the sharpness of tomato but is also thick and smooth. The tofu filling is nice and fluffy.
Roll cabbage recipes always look complicate, but actually you can finish everything in around an hour. Please try making these roll cabbage when you finish your work earlier than usual!

Vegan Memo:
- you should cut the knobbly bit off the core of the cabbage if it's too big to roll.
- If your cabbage leaves tear, you can use extra leaves to cover it.
- I think this videos way of rolling is quite storing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNGNOr1zbvY
But if you are concerned about roll cabbage breaking or unrolling, you should use a tooth pick.
- The pan you use to cook the roll cabbage should be just big enough to keep them all in a single layer! If your roll cabbages have some space in the pan, you should use cabbage or something in the space to stop them moving around while they cook!



Nutrition FactsPer person/2 Pieces
Calories - 198.6
Total Fat - 9.9 g
  Saturated Fat - 1.4 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat - 5.0 g
  Monounsaturated Fat - 1.9 g
Cholesterol - 0.0 mg
Sodium - 805.9 mg
  Potassium - 412.1 mg
Total Carbohydrate - 26.2 g
  Dietary Fiber - 4.9 g
  Sugars - 11.3 g
Protein - 19.5 g
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Vegan Omelette with Stir Fried Spinach and Mushrooms


  • 2012/04/02

'Vegan Omelette with Stir Fried Spinach and Mushrooms' -- 2 Servings

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INGREDIENTS

- Omelette
200g firm tofu
3 Tbls soya milk
2 Tbls miso paste
1 Tbls potato starch
1/2 Tbls mirin
1/2 Tsp turmeric
1 pinch paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup rice flour
(1 Tbls nutritional yeast, if you have or can get.)

- Filling
100g spinach
100g mushrooms
2 cloves garlic
1 Tbls olive oil
1 Tbls soya sauce
1 Tbls vegan mayonnaise
Salt and pepper to taste


Directions:
1. Mix all ingredients of the omelette with blender until smooth.
2. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, add minced garlic. When the garlic starts to smell good, add spinach and sliced mushrooms.
3. Once the vegetables are tender, add soya sauce and mayonnaise. Stir and cook, add salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
4. Add vegetable oil to a non-stick frying pan (do not preheat - see memo), add half of the tofu mixture and spread out the mixture to make the shape of an omelette about 7mm thick. Turn on the heat and fry it over low heat until the bottom side is starting to brown. Gently flip it over. After the other side starts to brown, transfer omelette to a dish.
5. Cook the rest of the tofu mixture in the same way. Put the cooked spinach and mushroom's filling on half of each of the omelettes. Fold the omelette to cover the filling. EAT!!



We can veganize almost all foods that use eggs now, but it can be difficult to make dishes that have egg as the main ingredient (i.e. omelettes!) I use tofu and rice flour for the texture, miso for taste and turmeric for appearance. It totally looks like egg. From the filling, you can smell the nice garlic. And the mix of the taste of mayonnaise and soya sauce makes you feel so satisfied.
In the UK or America, I think you can get nutritional yeast or black salt (Kala namak) easily, so you can add them if you want to make it more eggy.

Vegan Memo:
- You should spread the tofu mixture on to the pan BEFORE heating it. If you add the mixture to a hot frying pan it will be difficult to spread.
- It's difficult to flip it over, so please be careful!
- This filling has enough taste, so you don't need additional sauce I think.
- If you don't have a blender or food processor, you can do it by hand. But you have to mix really hard!!



Nutrition FactsPer person/Half of the recipe
Calories - 327.1
Total Fat - 19.7 g
  Saturated Fat - 2.5 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat - 6.9 g
  Monounsaturated Fat - 8.5 g
Cholesterol - 0.0 mg
Sodium - 1,489.3 mg
  Potassium - 753.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate - 38.2 g
  Dietary Fiber - 7.2 g
  Sugars - 2.0 g
Protein - 24.2 g
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