Month – February 2014

Chinese Mu Shu VegPork Noodles

Mu Shu Vegetables is one of my go-to Chinese-restaurant selections.  Always puts a smile on my face when I see it on a menu.  Can’t resist that sweet and tangy hoisen flavor and the healthy veggie goodness.  But I do miss the meaty flavor in the restaurant dishes.  And who has time to make those paper thin pancakes at home?  Fret not, noodles to the rescue! […]

Chinese Tomato VegBeef Noodles

After purchasing 4 lbs of noodles during our last shopping trip, we started wondering what the heck we were going to do. We dug out 2 noodle-based recipes from our secret recipe book (ISBN 0941676420). One of them was with beef and tomato.  Tomato is a magic ingredient for me (in Turkish cuisine many dishes start with onion and tomato paste). I was sold. Be aware […]

American Buffalo Chick’n Wings

One of Deniz’ ultimate favorite dishes is Buffalo wings.  Every time we try to pick a restaurant for dinner, he asks to go to Yard House in Waikiki because of their Gardein buffalo wings dish.  After several such repeated requests, it finally occurred to me that we can make them at home.  Below is our vegetarian adaptation to Buffalo wings.  We tried it using MorningStar’s Italian […]

Mocha Whoopie Cupcakes

After Deniz’ 20th weekly purchase of tiramsu from Don Quixote’s, I couldn’t help but challenge myself to make something cheaper, healthier, and just as tasty ourselves.  Challenge accepted.  This whoopie pie look-alike is actually a reverse tiramisu:  chocolate cake dipped in coffee with a tangy cream frosting.  No matter what it’s called, it’s mouthwatering moist and light, with just the right amount of sweet, bitter, and […]

Indonesian VegBeef Curry (Kari Sapi)

When I promoted our Chick’n Coconut Curry on Google+ back in January, I said it was one of the best curries I’ve had. And I thought I wouldn’t come across another awesome curry for a while. I was wrong. And every time I am wrong I gain couple more pounds. Unlike one of those Food Network hosts, I have hard time explaining the flavors. My wife disagrees […]

Indonesian Pineapple Rice

Another delicious recipe from Singaporean, Malaysian & Indonesian Cuisine adapted for our vegetarian diet.  We’ve tried this with Morningstar Sausage Patties, Gardein Breaded Chick’n nuggets, and deep-fried gluten pieces (we got the deep-fried gluten pieces from Chinatown). We liked the deep-fried gluten the best, but all work well.   Ingredients: 1 lb Gardein Crispy Chick’n* nuggets, defrosted, each nugget quartered. 2 c rice (we prefer basmati) Spice […]

VegChicken Pot Pie

I used to think that bakery should be always separate from savory food (well, except bread of course). Whenever I saw a chicken pot pie in the frozen section, I was asking myself “why?”. After I tried one, I found the answer. When we baked this Vegetarian Chicken Pot Pie at home for the first time, my hopes weren’t too high. After all, it was vegetarian […]

Chinese Stir-Fried String Beans with VegSausage

Another great reciepe from Wei-Chuan, this one from the Chinese Cuisine Cooking Book by Huang Su Huei.  We adapted it for our vegetarian diet. Ingredients: 2 lbs string beans, ends trimmed off and cut in half 4 MorningStar (Vegetarian) Original Sausage Patties 2 cups vegetable oil 8 T pickled mustard greens, chopped Sauce: 1 T soy sauce 1 t sugar 1/2 t MSG 1 T veggie […]

Vegan Chicken

As someone who used to eat a lot of chicken dishes, one thing I miss the most is the chicken texture. Gardein makes very good soy chicken products. But if you are cooking at home most of the time, buying fake chicken can get costly, not to mention sometimes difficult to find. That is why our mission is to find the perfect fake chicken recipe to […]