Vegan West African Peanut Stew
One of my all-time favorites! Recipe found here with some typical Mira alterations. I usually add extra vegetables to everything, and this recipe is a great one to doctor up with whatever extra veg you want! I do bell peppers, broccoli (scientifically proven to be delicious to add to any recipe) and peas. I also will usually add cubed extra-firm tofu! You can substitute kale or chard or whatever other dark leafy green you'd like instead of the collard greens. I also think all recipes ever created lack the correct amount of fresh ginger, I used at least 5cm of ginger instead of the 1 tbsp it calls for.
Red curry wonton soup
Starting 2020 off right!
Got the recipe here, but I made some alterations. I added probably 2 or 3 more tbsp curry paste than the recipe called for, added a LOT more fresh ginger (I think I probably ended up using close to 6cm of it??), and added seasonings including ginger powder, curry powder, and some garam masala. It also felt like the soup base really needed to be brightened up, so I added 3/4 of a lime and about 1/4 cup lemon juice! I also added mushrooms and broccoli into the broth while it was simmering and chopped kale at the end.
I couldn't find wonton wrappers at the store so I made my own using this recipe, which calls for one egg, but you can find a vegan recipe here. Rolled out the dough with a pasta machine (went to level 7) and it worked great! Be sure to sprinkle flour over the cut wrappers before you use them, and cover them with a towel while they're sitting - they can dry out quickly and it makes folding a lot more difficult.
Vegetarian Caesar Salad Dressing
This is a recipe my mom made up that I use all the time! Most caesar salad dressing has anchovies in it, so I can rarely ever get them when I go out to eat. This takes care of that! And since my mom made it up it actually has measurements unlike my recipes! Also - this could easily be made vegan by substituting vegan mayonnaise and parmesan cheese
1/2 c mayonnaise
1/4 c finely grated parmesan
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp vegetarian Worcestershire sauce (if you don't have use a bit more garlic, vinegar, salt, pepper, and mustard)
1 tbsp Djon mustard
1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 c EVO
1 garlic clove minced
Another recipe from my mom! Makes about 20-30. You can substitute real meat (ground turkey or Turkey sausage), or you can leave out the fake sausage and just use crumbled tofu and bump up the garlic and ginger and green onion
1 roll of Gimme Lean vegetarian sausage
2 tsp fresh minced ginger
½ c chopped green onion
2 tsp fresh minced ginger
1 clove chopped garlic
1-2 TBSP vegetarian oyster sauce (or mushroom sauce OR hoisin sauce plus a splash of Chinese cooking wine)- if need to skip, try using a dash of soy sauce, a dash of teriyaki sauce (or 1 tsp sugar) and an added clove of garlic
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 large head Napa finely chopped (about 5 c)
1 tbsp peanut oil
2 cloves garlic
1-2 lbs finely chopped mushrooms
2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 package potsticker wrappers (usually 20-30 in a package)
3 tbsp cornstarch mixed with 5 tbsp cold water- this is the slurry you will use to glue the wrappers shut.
Vegan Pad Thai (ish)
First and foremost - I understand this is not really pad thai, but it's delicious and I used pad thai noodles. Also, I do not measure anything, so I have no clue how much of anything I've used... One of my favorite parts of cooking is tasting as I go and improvising! I think it's made me a better cook and it makes things fun!
pad thai noodles (or any noodles you want, soba woks well too!)
tofu (I use extra firm)
green curry paste
white wine vinager
Weeknight fridge dump
During the summers when I was doing fieldwork in Alaska I would stay at a research bunkhouse near Glacier Bay headquarters, which is about 10 miles from the small town of Gustavus. I didn't have a car, so getting groceries meant a 20 mile bike ride to town, so I was often getting pretttyyyy creative with the food that I had lying around the house. This is an example of that. Simple ingredients, but put together they are delicious!
vegetables (of any kind)
lentils (I usually use green lentils)
green curry paste
spices: garam masala, turmeric, ginger, garlic, onion, bay leaves
This bread is so. easy. Here is the recipe that I use! The recipe says this makes 4 loafs, but the picture above is from just making one giant loaf, and I baked it for an additional 15ish minutes. Pro tip from my mom: if you're unsure if the bread is done, take it out of the oven and tap the bottom of it with your finger.. Listen carefully.. does it sound hollow? If so it's probably done!
There is nothing more comforting in the morning than a cast iron filled with the New York Time's shakshuka recipe. Baked eggs in a tomato sauce with peppers and onions, topped with cilantro and feta (we used goat cheese crumbles instead). And for the love of god please eat with a side of homemade bread.
A recipe made up of ingredients
Not really sure what to call this one... just a pile of ingredients?
3 ish tbsp (?) Silken tofu
1/4 c ish Parsley
3 ish tbsp (?) Tahini
1/2 ish of a lemon
Za'atar (for REAL the best spice to put on eggplant!!!)
I LOVE to cook! I became a vegetarian over 20 years ago, and tried my best to be a good vegan but.. cheese... SO here are some of my favorite always-vegetarian-sometimes-vegan recipes that I've compiled over the years. Some are products of my own imagination - in which case I include ingredients and recipes - and the rest have links to the website I got them from! Enjoy!