Spicy Eggplant with Tofu and Broccoli

This looks like it has a lot of steps, but it’s actually quite simple. Be sure to prep everything before you start cooking and you’ll be sitting down to eat before you know it. Much better than take-out!

1/2 block firm tofu, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large eggplant, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 bag of frozen broccoli (about 1 large head)

For the sauce
1 TBL Bragg’s or soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 tablespoon Chinese black vinegar. (substitute with cider vinegar or balsamic)
1/2 cup water
1-3 TBL black bean chili sauce (we used Lee Kum Kee brand)
2 TBL ginger, minced
2 TBL garlic, minced
5 green onions, diced
1 tsp sesame oil
oil for cooking
cooked rice

First, press the tofu. Then, in a medium bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sugar, pepper, cayenne, vinegar, and water. Set aside.

In a large pan, heat the cooking oil. Fry the eggplant cubes on high heat till they are golden, about 5 minutes. The eggplant doesnt have to be fully cooked, just browned on the outside. Add broccoli and cook 1 more minute. Set the vegetables aside on a plate.

Next, lower heat to medium and add a pinch more oil. Cook the tofu on each side until it is a nice brown color all over. Remove tofu and set aside.

To make the sauce, saute ginger and garlic about 2 minutes on medium heat. Remove pan from heat and carefully add the black bean sauce and soy sauce mixture.

Return pan to the stove and return vegetables and scallions. Stir well. Cook on high for 5 minutes or till the eggplant has softened but is not mushy. Lower heat to low and Add the sesame oil.

Serve with rice!

Adapted from Veggie Belly

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Roasted harissa potatoes and chickpea curry

For the potatoes: preheat oven to 450, chop 3 yukon gold potatoes into 2-inch pieces. mix together 1 small onion diced, 1/4 cup harissa, potatoes, and water to cover. sprinkle with smoked salt. bake 50 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed.

For the curry: dice 1 onion and sautee in olive oil. chop 2 TBL ginger and 2 TBL garlic, and 1 tomato add to onions, and cook for 2-3 minutes until very fragrant. add 2 tsp cumin, 2 tsp coriander, and 4 tsp madras curry powder. season with a little salt. add 1 drained/rinsed can of chickpeas, 3 cups frozen spinach, and 3 cups broccoli. add about 1/4 cup water if needed. cook covered on medium heat 10 minutes, then reduce heat to simmer for 30.

Gluten-free shells with “creamy” pesto, mushrooms, onions, and broccoli

For the pesto: drain and rinse 1 can of white beans, blend together with 1 cup fresh basil, 1/3 cup nutritional yeast, 1 tsp garlic powder, 2 TBL lemon juice.

Cook your pasta and saute your veggies. Mix it all together in a big, delicious bowl.

Peanut sauce with vegetables and pickled cabbage

For the sauce: blend together 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/4 cup warm water, 1 garlic clove, 2 TBL reduced-sodium tamari or soy sauce, 1 TBL rice vinegar, 1/4 tsp cayenne, 1.5 TBL fresh ginger.

Saute or lightly steam 1 large head of broccoli (save the stems), 1 red pepper chopped, 1 cup sliced mushrooms, 1 diced shallot, 1 cup edamame.

In the food processor: pulse together the broccoli stems and 2-3 carrots until you get a rice-like texture.

In a large bowl: mix together vegetables, sauce and 2 cups of the broccoli-carrot mixture.

Serve over pickled cabbage and top with extra broccoli-carrots.

Chili 2010 and baked potatoes with vegan broccoli cheese sauce

We haven’t made chili in over a year. I don’t know how that’s possible, but here we are on the snowiest day of the year. The snow reports vary, but from our walkabout today, I’d say we have about 5-6 inches, which for Chapel Hill is a lot. So far, we walked to Wholefoods to buy some ingredients for Taymer’s (Vegan in the Sun) recipes, then walked around in the cold, drove around town a little, then hit Harris-Teeter for fancy beers, and finally back home again. Unfortunately, Caribbean food didn’t seem as enticing after rosy cheeked snow hikes and icey driving, so we put away our pineapple and coconut milk, and took out ingredients for chili and baked potatoes with vegan broccoli cheese sauce. The chili is similar to one we made a year ago, but without the tofu and a few tweaks to the ingredients.

Chili 2010

2 onions, diced

1 red bell pepper, diced

8 garlic cloves, minced

2 cups mushrooms, sliced

2 jalapenos, diced

1 TBL chili powder

1 TBL cayenne

1 TBL oregano

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 tsp cumin

1 6 oz can tomato paste

12 oz water

1 28 oz can diced tomatoes, with liquid (or preferably whole canned tomatoes, crushed with your hand)

1 14 oz can kidney beans, drained

1 14 oz can pinto beans, drained

1 14 oz black beans, drained

2 TBL apple cider vinegar

In a large pot, sautee the tofu in 1 TBL olive oil over medium high heat for about 3 minutes. Add the onions, green pepper, garlic, mushrooms, chili powder, salt and pepper, cayenne and cumin. Cook until veggies are just barely tender, about 5 minutes. Deglaze the pot with a little water, if needed.

Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and beans. Bring to a slow simmer. Edit: Stir in 2 TBL of cider vinegar. Cover and cook for 30-45 minutes. (Best if made the night before!)

Baked potatoes with vegan broccoli cheese sauce

Before

After

This sauce is so good that we ate the leftovers with a spoon like a soup.

1.5-2 c broccoli (we used frozen that we thawed in the microwave)

1/3 cup nutritional yeast

2 TBL Earth Balance

2 c. water

1/4 tsp dried mustard

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 tsp salt

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1.5-2 TBL cornstarch (mixed with a little water)

In a pot, mix all ingredients except cornstarch and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and blend with an immersion blender. Return heat to medium and add cornstarch. Stir continuously until the sauce has thickened, about 5 minutes.

Shells and cheeze with broccoli and kale

Again, I turn to the FatFree Vegan Kitchen for the best vegan cheeze sauce around. I altered the proportions enough that I will post my changes. I used whole wheat shells and about 1/4 cup cheeze on top. In the right hand corner, you can see the kale poking through the noodles.

For the Sauce:

1 c. water
1 c. plain rice milk
3/4 cup nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
pinch cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons tahini
1 teaspoon mellow white miso
black pepper to taste

Cook 5-6 oz whole wheat shell pasta until al dente. While pasta boils, combine the ingredients for the sauce. Chop 1 cup of kale and 1 cup broccoli (I used frozen). Prepare a baking dish with a few dollops of Earth Balance. When pasta is done, drain. Layer 1/4 of the sauce at the bottom of the baking dish, then a layer of pasta, then kale, then more sauce. Press down on the layers with your spoon. Add the next layer of pasta, broccoli, sauce. Press again. If you can fit in more pasta, add it on top, then add vegan shredded cheese and the last bit of sauce. Cover with tin foil and bake at 375 for 30 minutes, then remove foil and bake another 10.