Month – October 2014

Sichuan Mapo Tofu with VegBeef (麻婆豆腐)

Deniz loves Mapo Tofu, so we needed to learn to make a vegetarian version.  Below is our recipe, inspired by the recipe in Wei Chuan’s Chinese Cuisine Cookbook, and modified for our tastes and vegetarian diet. Ingredients: 4 cubes soft tofu, drained and carefully sliced into half-inch cubes 6 Morningstar Original Vegetarian Sausage Patties 3 scallions, coarsely chopped Wet Spices: 1 T garlic, minced 3 scallions, […]

Turkish Yogurt Soup (Yayla)

This is one of my favorite dishes from my childhood. I remember asking my mom if she could make that ‘soup with dots’ since tiny chopped mints pieces looked like little dots on this white soup. Once in a while I make this dish using soup packets by Knorr or Piyale, but this is the first time I made it with fresh ingredients. If I knew […]

Thai Flat Rice Noodles with Broccoli and VegBeef (Pad See Eew – ผัดซีอิ๊ว)

Pad See Eew is my favorite Thai noodle dish.  It is my fallback every time I go to a Thai restaurant.  Below is our version of the dish, adapted from the Wei-Chuan Thai Cooking book. Ingredients: 6 Morningstar Original Vegetarian Sausage Patties 2 lb fresh, pre-cooked, flat rice noodles 3 c broccoli, separated into bite-sized florettes 2 eggs, scrambled ½ c vegetable oil ½ lb bean sprouts Marinade: 2 […]

Sichuan Stir-Fried Mung Bean Noodles with VegPork (螞蟻上樹)

I grew up on this dish as a little girl.  One of the “aunties” would bring it to every Taiwanese community potluck.  It was a staple that I always looked forward to.  It has that every so slightly chewy clear noodle texture and that balanced salty soy umami taste.  Deniz and I have made it a number of times, different ways, and below is our favorite recipe. Ingredients: 4 Morningstar Original Vegetarian […]

Indian Fusion Sweet Potato Cauliflower (Aloo Gobi)

Deniz and I love Aloo Gobi, so when we decided to make it this week, we were really excited.  Now, normally we go grocery shopping together.  But this week I wasn’t feeling well, so he went on the mission by himself.  Best husband ever, he went to two grocery stores to get everything, and even unloaded the groceries without a compliant.  When we were ready to cook the next day, he took all the […]

Indian Grilled Eggplant Pâté (Baingan Bharta)

If you like mashed eggplant dishes like Baba Ganoosh, this dish is for you. It’s a tart Indian dish, packing in lots of spices and flavor. If you have the ingredients, making it is very easy. Either eat as a side dish, or make it a dip for your chips. Ingredients 2lbs of eggplant ¼ c cilantro ½ c finely chopped onion 1 t garam masala 1 t cumin seed 2 […]