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3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons nondairy butter
1 1/2 pound butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 large onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons minced peeled ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup red lentils, picked over and rinsed
2 quarts water
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, or to taste
salt and pepper to taste

Cilantro oil

1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

Soup

Heat oil with butter in a large heavy pot over medium heat until foam subsides.
Cook squash, onion, carrot, celery, garlic, ginger, and 1 teaspoon salt, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened and beginning to brown, 15 to 20 minutes.
Stir in curry powder and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
Cook, stirring frequently, 2 minutes.
Add lentils and water and simmer, covered, until lentils are tender, about 1 hour.
Stir in lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.

Cilantro oil

Purée cilantro, oil, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a blender.
Serve soup drizzled with cilantro oil.

Note: Soup, without cilantro oil, can be made 3 days ahead and chilled.

Serves 4-6

 

 

 

Grilled-Tofu-With-Vegetables

 

 

 

 

1 pound firm tofu
2 medium zucchini, sliced lengthwise into quarters
1 Vidalia onion, sliced in 1/2 inch rounds
Italian salad dressing, or vinaigrette dressing
Greens; bok choy, spinach, or kale, or a combination

Sesame-Miso Marinade
3 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon crushed red chili flakes
3/4 cup water, apple or pineapple juice
1/4 cup white miso

Cut tofu lengthwise into 4 rectangular “steaks”.
Combine in a food processor; garlic, ginger, sesame oil, tamari, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, red chili flakes, water and miso.
Process until smooth.
Place marinade in a shallow dish.
Add tofu, turning to coat well.
Marinate at least 2 hours, or overnight, in the refrigerator.

Heat grill
Brush vegetables with dressing.
Place in a grill basket or directly on the grill.
Grill until slightly charred.
Set aside.
Remove tofu from marinade.
Place tofu in a grill pan.
Sear for 2 minutes on each side.
Place tofu and vegetables in a warm oven while preparing the greens.

Wilted Greens
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 medium head bok choy, washed and sliced diagonally, or 6 cups spinach or kale, washed, drained and torn into pieces
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon tamari, soy sauce or General Tsao Stir Fry Sauce
6 to 8 scallions, sliced diagonally

Heat olive and sesame oils over moderate heat in a large saute pan.
Add greens and ginger.
Sauté, stirring frequently for 4 minutes, or until almost tender.
Add tamari and scallions, stir.
Add grilled vegetables and tofu.
Gently combine.

Serves 4

Note: Any vegetables suitable for grilling can be used.

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1 small zucchini, julienned
1 medium carrot, julienned
1 cup cilantro, divided, plus more for garnish
1/2 cup bean sprouts, plus more for garnish
2 tablespoons almond butter
Zest of one lemon
Juice of one lemon
2 garlic cloves
1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled, optional
1/8 teaspoon hot sauce, or more to taste
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Water

Place prepared zucchini and carrot in a large mixing bowl.
Add 1/2 cup bean sprouts and 1/2 cup cilantro. Toss
In a blender, combine 1/2 cup cilantro, almond butter, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic cloves, ginger, hot sauce, salt and black pepper.
Blend until smooth.
Add water slowly if a thinner dressing is desired.
Pour dressing over zucchini-carrot mixture and toss to coat evenly.
Garnish with more bean sprouts and cilantro.

Serves 1 generously

Note: Julienned zucchini and carrot can be stir-fried in a lightly oiled, sauté pan for a minute or two. This salad holds endless possibilities. Snow peas, edamame are just a few of the add-ins that can be used.

1 1/2 – 2 cups rice, soy or almond milk
1/2 cup silken tofu, optional
2 – 3 cups frozen, unsweetened fruit
1/2 banana, sliced
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped
1 tablespoon golden roasted milled flaxseed
1 tablespoon protein powder
1 tablespoon peanut butter powder

Put all of the ingredients, starting with the milk first, in a blender and power it up. Blend until smooth.

Serves 2