Friday, December 18, 2009

sautéed mushroom soup

oh my, how i love sautéed mushrooms. there is something divine in those tender little fungi all buttery and warm. when i was young, my family would always make them with steak and brown bread, and the mushrooms were my favourite part of the meal (although brown bread rocks pretty hard). i hadn't made them in years, but thanksgiving left me an abundance of mushrooms and i decided to incorporate that awesome flavour into a warm and filing soup.

  • 3 cups veggie broth
  • 2 cups mushrooms
  • *i used half button and half baby bella
  • 2 tablespoons vegan margarine
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon of corn starch (optional)
in a food processor combine the veggie broth and 1½ cups of the mushrooms. process the mushrooms until they well blended are no large pieces are left behind. when i made my soup, the mushrooms were almost nonexistent after i was finished blending.

add the mushroom broth into a large sauce pan, and place on burner set to medium-high. when the broth starts to simmer, add in onion powder and soy sauce and reduce heat to medium. let simmer lightly, stirring occasionally.

meanwhile, in a small non-stick skillet, sauté 1/2 cup of the mushrooms with butter and garlic on medium-high heat. after approximately 4-5 minutes, or when the mushrooms are tender, remove from heat and add to the mushroom broth. continue simmering on medium for approximately 5-7 minutes. add the coconut milk, and allow soup to return to a simmer for 5 more minutes. at this point, you can add in the corn starch as a thickener if needed. if adding the corn starch, keep saucepan on burner for a few additional minutes. otherwise, remove from heat and let cool at least 3-5 minutes before serving.

serves 3-4.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

vegan carne asada

i finally found young jackfruit at my local asian market! i had been hunting it down for a while now, as i have seen many recipes that use it for pulled pork sandwiches. it has a nice shredded texture, which i thought would lend itself well to some cruelty-free carne asada. the result was pretty good - not spot on, but a nice substitute. be sure and get the young jackfruit in brine - the ripe kind will be sweet and not a good match for this recipe.

  • 1 20 oz. can young jackfruit
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon bragg's aminos
  • 1 cup water
for the marinade:
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (1-2 limes)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • small handful cilantro, shredded
mix the marinade ingredients together in shallow dish and set aside. in a non-stick skillet,
sauté the garlic in the olive oil on medium heat. when garlic starts to brown, add in the drained jackfruit and continue sautéing for another 2 minutes. add in the water and braggs, lower the heat, and let simmer for approximately 45 minutes (or until liquid has evaporated).

move the jackfruit to the marinade dish, and let sit for several hours. before serving, fire the skillet back up to high and sauté the jackfruit (no marinade). if it hasn't started to shred, use a fork to pull the jackfruit apart so it resembles carne asada. i added a pinch of turmeric and cumin at this point to give it a little color, but that's completely optional. continue cooking until the jackfruit starts to brown a little on the ends - the crunch is totally worth it.

i served over spanish rice with salsa, but next time i will try tacos!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

lentil and tempeh stroganoff

stroganoff is one of those dishes i never had growing up... so my recipe mimics what i *think* it should taste like. luckily, i had a another tester who agreed that it was pretty similar to the traditional one. i've been on a major tempeh kick lately. i don't purchase it that often since it can become a costly ingredient, but i recently made my own homemade batch and have been swooning over some new recipe ideas.

  • 8 oz. tempeh
  • 1¼ veggie broth
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1¼ tablespoon lemon juice, divided
  • 1½ cups cooked green lentils
  • 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 6 oz. silken tofu
  • 2+ tablespoons reserved marinade
first break tempeh into smaller strips or cubes and steam for 12 minutes. mix vegetable broth, garlic and onion powders, paprika, black pepper and 3/4 tablespoons lemon juice in a flat bottom bowl or dish. marinate the steamed tempeh for several hours (at least 2).

after tempeh has marinated, drain and reserve liquid. in the magic bullet or food processor, combine tofu, apple cider vinegar, the rest of lemon juice and two tablespoons of reserved marinade. pulse until tofu mixture is thick and creamy... if needed, add a little more marinade by the teaspoon.

heat olive oil in skillet on medium and add cooked lentils. sauté until they start to brown and get a little crunchy, much like a lentil hash. after crunchy bits have formed, add in rest of the marinade broth (at least 1 cup) and simmer on low for 2-3 minutes. do not let all the liquid evaporate. finally, kick heat up just a notch and add in the creamy tofu mixture. cook for approximately 2-3 minutes, until it's a nice stroganoff consistency (like a thick gravy).

server over flat pasta noodles, or brown rice.