1 package, 8 ounces, firm tofu
1/4 cup chili sauce
1 cup Panko breadcrumbs, or favorite brand of breadcrumbs
oil (for frying)
choice of dipping sauce
Cut tofu into cubes or slabs; wrap in kitchen towel.
The tofu needs to be as dry as possible.
Coat tofu with chili sauce and then roll in Panko or your favorite breadcrumbs, gently patting the bread crumbs on.
Heat oil, approximately 1/4 inch, in medium frying pan, over medium high heat.
Fry until crisp and golden brown on all sides.
Drain on kitchen towel and serve with your choice of sauce, .
Note: Recipe inspired by a menu item at Little Pine restaurant
Ice Coffee Latte, use 1/3 cup coffee concentrate
2 scoops of ice cream, your choice
1 cup almond milk
1/4 cup almond butter
2 large chocolate chip cookies
1/4 cup chocolate syrup, optional
In a blender add 1/3 cup cold brew coffee (Ice Coffee Latte), ice cream, almond milk, almond butter, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate syrup, if using.
Blend until smooth.
Serve in tall beverage container.
Note: Inspired by a menu item from Coffee Republic
6 cups – 1 inch peeled and cubed sweet potatoes
6 cups – 1 inch cubed pears
1 1/2 cups chopped onions
1 cup dried cranberries
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
24 fresh sage leaves, plus more for garnish
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 425°
Combine all ingredients in a large roasting pan, and toss well to coat the vegetables with the oil.
Roast uncovered for 40 minutes.
Serve hot or warm.
Serves 8 – 12
1 cup unbleached flour
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 teaspoons Ener G Egg Replacer
1/4 cup plus 4 tablespoons water, divided
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
Blend until frothy 3 teaspoons Ener G Egg Replacer and 4 tablespoons water.
Mix flour, applesauce, Ener G Egg Replacer mixture, 1/4 cup water, cinnamon and salt in
food processor, blender, or electric stand mixer until well mixed.
Gently fold the blueberries into mixture.
Heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil in large skillet over medium heat.
Drop batter by tablespoonfuls into skillet.
Flip pancakes over when small bubbles appear on surface.
Cook evenly on both sides.
Add the rest of the coconut oil to skillet to cook the additional pancakes.
Makes 12 – 3-inch pancakes
5 to 6 cups peeled and sliced apples
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
¼ cup sugar
1 cup pecans or walnuts
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ cup fresh orange juice
6 teaspoons Ener-G egg replacer
8 tablespoons warm water
3 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon sugar
Mix together in a small cup.
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour 10 inch tube or bundt pan.
In a large bowl, toss apple slices and nuts with lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon.
In a mini-food processor or a comparable container, thoroughly mix Ener-G egg replacer with warm water until frothy.
In a electric mixer or food processor, combine sugar through egg replacer mixture. Beat or blend until smooth.
In a medium bowl, using a fine-mesh strainer or sifter over it, add flour through salt.
Add flour mixture to the batter. Blend until smooth.
Spoon approximately one-third of batter into prepared pan. Cover with one half apple mixture. Repeat with one-third batter and layer remaining apple filling. Top with remaining batter.
Sprinkle lightly with topping.
Place cake on top of two baking sheets. Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until top is slightly crusted and wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Remove from oven. Allow cake to rest in pan for 20 minutes before removing.
Serves 8 to 10
Note: Best ever apple cake!
1 eggplant, medium size
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
1 onion, chopped
1 tablespoon freshly minced garlic
28 ounce can diced tomatoes, with juice
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
Preheat oven to 450°
Peel (or not peel) and cut eggplant crosswise into 1/2 inch thick slices. Arrange them on a rimmed baking sheet fitted with parchment paper. Use 1 tablespoon of the oil to brush the tops of the eggplant slices. Sprinkle tops with 1/4 teaspoon salt and some black pepper.
Roast the slices until bottoms and sides are slightly browned, approximately 10 minutes. Flip the slices over, brush with rest of the tablespoon of oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until crisp and golden, another 5 minutes.
When finished roasting, remove pan from oven.
Reduce oven temperature to 400°.
While eggplant slices are roasting, prepare the tomato sauce. Place 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. When hot, add the onion, sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens, approximately 20 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings.
Cover bottom of a 11 x 7 inch baking dish with about 1/2 inch of the tomato sauce. Place a layer of eggplant slices on top of the sauce and top with some of the basil. Cover with a thin layer of tomato sauce and repeat until all of the eggplant slices are used up; reserve some of the basil for serving. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs, the remaining salt, lots of black pepper, and drizzle with the remaining oil.
Bake until breadcrumbs are golden and the sauce has thickened, approximately 15 minutes. Let dish rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature. Garnish with the remaining basil.
Note: You will not even miss the Parmesan. It is that good!
4 – 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 medium baking potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
1 small Japanese eggplant, ends trimmed, peeled, thinly sliced on the diagonal
1 small zucchini, trimmed and thinly sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
4 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 head garlic
Preheat oven to 400°
Coat bottom of 9 inch x 13 inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon oil.
Arrange vegetables in slightly overlapping rows, in baking dish.
Season with salt and pepper.
Place garlic in center of dish.
Drizzle remaining oil over the vegetables.
Bake, swirling baking dish every 10 minutes to distribute oil, until vegetables are tender and garlic is soft, 40 – 50 minutes. This keeps the vegetables moist and tender.
Remove baking dish from oven.
Remove garlic and let stand until cool enough to handle.
Squeeze garlic pulp into a small bowl and mash with a fork.
Spread over vegetables.
Serves 4 – 6
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 leeks, cleaned, thinly sliced, white and light green parts only
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons thyme leaves, optional
1 tablespoon tarragon, chopped, optional
1 cup arborio rice
1/3 cup dry white wine
3 cups vegetable stock, warmed, divided
3/4 cup frozen peas, thawed
2 tablespoons non-dairy butter
1/2 cup non-dairy Parmesan cheese, grated
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
Heat a shallow Dutch oven or sauté pan over medium-high heat and add olive oil.
Add the leeks and cook until almost tender, about 4 minutes.
Add the garlic, thyme and tarragon during the last minute of cooking.
Season with salt and pepper.
Add the rice and brown slightly in pan for 1-2 minutes, until lightly opaque.
Add the wine and allow to reduce by half.
Add 2 cups of vegetable stock and stir to combine.
Bring to a simmer, cover and place in the oven to bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is al dente.
Remove from the oven, stir in the remaining vegetable stock, peas, non-dairy butter
and non-dairy parmesan cheese.
Season with additional salt and pepper and serve.
Note: Can substitute medium-sized yellow onion, diced, for the leeks
Inspired by a recipe from the chew.com
4 large fresh tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped
2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon fresh lemon or lime juice
1 teaspoon salt
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well.
Taste for seasoning.
Cover salsa and refrigerate.
Note: Roma tomatoes are a good choice as they are more “meaty” with less juice.
1 head cauliflower, cut into 1-inch thick slices, approximately 4 steaks
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup barbecue sauce, your choice
Brush both sides of each slice of cauliflower with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Place cauliflower slices on heated grill and cook for about 5 minutes per side.
Coat each side with barbecue sauce and place back on grill for about 3 to 5 more minutes per side.
Or you can roast the cauliflower “steaks” at 400˚ on a baking sheet fitted with parchment paper for about 30 minutes, flipping them over about halfway through.
Then coat steaks with barbecue sauce and roast for 5 more minutes.
Makes 4 steaks; 1 steak per person
Note: Do not discard the cauliflower pieces. If grilling, season pieces with salt and pepper, brush with olive oil. Wrap first in parchment paper, then with heavy duty tin foil and place on grill. If roasting, just add the seasoned pieces to the baking sheet.