Turkish Leek and Carrots

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One day we were searching for a vegetarian recipe as usual, and we came across this leek & carrot recipe in a Turkish cookbook. It looked simple enough, but we weren’t sure if it was going to taste good. Since we have done this twice, we can say that we have no more doubts. This recipe of veggies and rice in olive oil combines sweetness, saltines, […]

American VegSausage Cheese Swirls

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This is a great snack and tea companion. Crunchy puff pastry filled with vegetarian sausage and cheese, baked for perfection. If you like borek, or spanakopita you will love this. Ingredients: 1 box of frozen Puff Pastry Sheets (includes 2 ready-to-bake sheets), thawed but still cool 1 t olive oil 6 oz crimini mushrooms, chopped 1 onion, diced 1/2 t salt 1/2 lb vegetarian sausage such […]

Creamy Cauliflower

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Vegetables in a cream sauce, there’s something so satisfying about the combination.  The richness of the cream pairs so well with the crunch and healthiness of the vegetables.  Deniz and I love to modify cream soup recipes to make them into creamy vegetable dishes.  This creamy cauliflower recipe is one of our favorites, modified from Ree Drummond’s Cauliflower Soup recipe. Ingredients: 2 T + 2 T butter […]

Creamy Kabocha Squash

I modified Food Network’s Roast kabocha squash with lemongrass cream soup recipe on a whim to make this amazing squash side dish.  The flavors are so rich and decadent with the yummy squash taste still coming through.  It’s so good it’s addictive. Ingredients: 1 large kabocha squash, green skin shaved off, seeds removed, and chopped into bite-sized pieces 1 T thyme leaves 1/2 t salt 1/2 t pepper 6 T […]

Ethiopian Pumpkin Stew (Dubba Wat)

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Modified a recipe from Cooking with Imaye:  Second Edition to make this delicious Ethiopian dish.  It’s such a boldly fragrant and tasting dish, I just love it.  It’s a great balance of sweet kabocha squash and bold ethnic spices.  Great even as a side dish to another meal. Ingredients: 1 fresh kabocha squash, peeled, deseeded, and cut into 1 inch cubes 1 large onion, minced 1½ T […]

VegFish

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So I had been wanting to try to make a vegetarian fish for over a decade.  I kept procrastinating because of the level of effort and lack of necessary ingredients.  This weekend I had neither excuse and embarked upon a fun adventure.  We had just visited Chinatown the weekend before and stocked up, and Deniz was willing to help me with the labor.  And the results turned out […]

Chinese Stir-fried Veg Beef with Broccoli

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One day, Deniz and I had some extra broccoli and decided to make the classic Chinese-American beef with broccoli dish.  We vegetarian-ized a recipe from Wei-Chuan’s Chinese Cooking cookbook and were happy with the results.  We’ve continued to modify it to further enhance it.  Here’s our latest and favorite version. Ingredients: 6 oz Morningstar vegetarian Grilers Original burgers 2 heads of broccoli, florrets only 1 red pepper, cut […]

Sichuan Stirfried VegPork with Veggies and Pickled Mustard Green

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We decided to take a long overdue trip to Chinatown last weekend.  It was great to find some hard to find items, including pickled mustard green.  Here’s an incredibly addictive Sichuan recipe from Wei-Chuan’s Chinese Cooking cookbook, modified to be vegetarian.  The ginger and pickled mustard green are the stars in this recipe, and pair perfectly with the fake meat and vegetables. Ingredients: 6 oz Morningstar Vegetarian […]

Fusion Indian-Chinese Pani Palak Paneer / Pureed Ong Choi with Tofu

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Deniz and I love indian food and palak paneer is one of those great flavorful and healthy dishes.  We had a lot of extra ong choi in the garden and figured, why not try it with water spinach instead?  We took Dassan’s Palak Paneer recipe and modified it slightly to make it our own.  Here is our fusion recipe, we couldn’t be more pleased with the […]

Country Fried VegChicken

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After I became vegetarian, one of the two foods I missed the most was KFC fried chicken.  Something about those 11 herbs and spices… smelled and tasted so good.  Below is the best recipe I’ve found so far to replicate it, the seasonings adapted from the Spice Guru’s post on Food.com. Ingredients: 1 batch of Vegan/Vegetarian Chicken vegetable oil for deep frying Salt Wash: 6 c water […]

Russian VegBeef Stroganoff

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This Russian dish is classic in America, commonly found in TV dinners, but is never available in a vegetarian version.  We’ve updated it for our vegetarian diet, and have replaced the traditional sour cream with yogurt for a healthier dish.  Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 pack egg noodles, cooked to package instructions fresh oregano for garnish (optional) VegBeef Slices: 12 Morningstar Original Sausage Patties 1 t garlic salt […]

Singaporean Five-Spice VegPork with Broken Bean Curd Noodles

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This dish has rich five-spice savory flavors, creamy thin bean-curd noodles, with crispy water chestnuts for texture.  It’s low carb and packed full of protein.  We adapted from Wei-Chuan’s Singaporean, Malaysian & Indonesian Cuisine cookbook for our vegetarian diet and available ingredients.  The original recipe called for rolling the meat in the sheets to make rolls, but after tearing multiple sheets, we went the lazy route and […]

Australian-Italian Beetroot Arancini

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During our Australia trip we had a chance to taste few unique vegetarian dishes and snacks. One memorable item was a big, red, deep-fried blob. When we ate it for the first time, we inquired more about it, and took note – because it was delicious! After fate took us to this unusual combination of deep-fried risotto and beets, we finally got to do it our version at […]

Turkish Inegol VegMeatballs with Veggies and Cheese (Sebzeli Kasarli Inegol Kofte)

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One important aspect of visiting other countries is to buy different spices and food helpers that you cannot buy back at home. In our recent trip to Turkey we bought several different spice mixes one of which happened to be a helper for one of my favorite meatball dishes: Inegol Kofte. The original plan was to make the meatballs using this mix and the soy meat, but […]

Turkish Mung Bean Salad (Maş Salatasi)

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This is a light and healthy Turkish Salad that Gülevren taught us.  In Taiwanese cuisine, green mung beans are always sweetened and used in dessert.  It was cool to discover a way to make them into a salad.  The diversity of vegetables in this refreshing dish makes it not only healthy, but also deep in flavor and textures. Ingredients: 1 c green mung beans 1 red pepper, chopped […]