Month – March 2014

Salisbury VegSteak with Mushroom Gravy

One of Deniz’ favorite TV dinner dishes is Meatloaf/Salisbury Steak with mashed potatoes and gravy.  They’re super cheap, but there just aren’t any vegetarian versions available.  Thank goodness for Sandra Lee and her semi-homemade, super simple ways of cooking.  Below is a vegetarian adaptation of her Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy recipe.  It’s succulent, and has that delicious meaty depth of flavor that Deniz is so fond of. Ingredients: 2 […]

Cajun VegChicken Jambalaya

Here’s another fast and delicious recipe from Sandra Lee adapted our vegetarian diet.  It’s great by itself or as an accompaniment to a veggie meaty dish. Ingredients: 2 T veggie oil, divided 1 recipe of vegan chicken, chopped into ½ inch pieces 2 c long grain rice (we like basmati) 4 c veggie broth (2 cubes of Knorr vegetarian bouillon mixed with 4 cups of boiling water) 1 (14.5-ounce) can […]

Chinese General Tso’s VegChicken

General Tso’s Chicken is my favorite Chinese dish.  I love, love, love it.  When I visit a city with a Chinatown, I go on the hunt for a vegetarian Chinese restaurant that serves General Tso’s vegetarian chicken.  There aren’t many who make it, and none in Hawaii, so I had to learn how to make it myself.  Below is the best we’ve made so far, a vegetarian-modified […]

Pasta with Roasted Veggies and Veg Pepperoni

When eating eggplant parmesan, I find myself wanting a mild, healthy vegetable and carb accompaniment to balance the tart flavor of tomato sauce and richness of the breading.  This dish perfectly fits the bill.  It’s full of flavor and yet light.  It can be served hot as a meal in itself, or cold as a side.  Or if, you’re like me, it can be gobbled up during a midnight […]

Italian Eggplant Parmesan Lasagne

Eggplant Parmesan is my favorite Italian dish, but I don’t often make it since it’s labor intensive.  But now that I have a kitchen slave, ops I mean “sous chef,” yeah, that’s what I meant, it’s easier and a lot more fun to make.  Deniz and I will race to see who can prepare the eggplant slices faster.  And I’m proud to say that I always […]

Italian Penne with Veg Pepperoni in a Vodka Cream Sauce

My favorite pasta sauce without a doubt has always been vodka cream sauce.  It’s got that perfect balance between tart and creamy.  So it became an imperative mission of mine to figure out how to make it.  Luckily it didn’t take too many tries (30, 40, who’s keeping count?).  This is our recipe, which is slightly modified from Rachel Ray’s recipe.  We felt it needed a meaty component to it, and found […]

Mexican Vegetarian Enchiladas

One of the great things about Mexican food is how easy and fast it is to make, and how the filling ingredients can be reused in other recipes.  We like to prepare a large batch of filling and use it in several different recipes, saving us time and effort.  Below is our vegetarian enchilada recipe, that reuses food prepared for the VegBeef Taco recipe. Ingredients: 10 Morningstar […]

Sichuan Kung Pao VegChicken (宫保素雞丁)

Kung Pao chicken has been my default safe choice when I am in an unknown Chinese restaurant. Pieces of chicken (or tofu) fried in Kung Pao sauce, served with chill and roasted garlic peanut. You cannot go wrong. Becoming non-meat eater did not stop me from trying alternatives. I have eaten Kung Pao tofu variations, but they weren’t quite like chicken. I was losing hope until […]

Taiwanese Radish Cake (蘿蔔糕 – Gwei)

Gwei… Taiwanese radish cakes made of rice and daikon.  Mmmmm… Every time I hear that name, fond memories of savory and succulent Taiwanese dim sum treats from my childhood come rushing back.  I still remember those lazy weekend trips to Chinatown for dim sum in Philadelphia.  I’d watch steaming mini bamboo baskets of gwei passing by on carts and desperately point with my tiny fingers to […]

VegSausage Hash

It is convenient to microwave a breakfast burrito, or grab a bagel on the way to work.  But nothing is so hearty as a vegetarian sausage breakfast hash.  We much prefer this over going out to a restaurant for weekend brunch.  This is the basic recipe that we make during the weekend for brunch.  We often also mix in some of the week’s leftovers, scrambled eggs, […]

Spinach and Gouda Stuffed VegChicken

One of Deniz’ favorite meat recipes is stuffed chicken.  He had it once in the Philippines 2 years ago and has been raving about it ever since.  So I had to find a way to make it vegetarian at home.  We pulled together a number of recipes to make this concoction.  Pretty good for our first try! Ingredients: Vegan chicken dough Stuffing: 1/2 lb fresh spinach […]