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American VegSausage Cheese Swirls

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

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 […]

VegFish

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 […]

Country Fried VegChicken

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 […]

Quinoa Salad

Found this quinoa salad recipe on Food Network and made minor modifications to fit our taste.  Has a lovely mildly tangy taste and fresh crunch texture.  It’s super healthy, with the protein-heavy quinoa and nutrient dense vegetables.  Makes fora great light side or snack. Ingredients: 6 c water 2 c quinoa, rinsed 2 Japanese cucumbers, cut into 1/4-inch cubes 1 medium red onion, cut into 1/4-inch cubes […]

Hawaiian Musubi

Everytime I see musubi in a Hawaiian market or potluck, I get so jealous.  Looks so yummy with its sweet soy fatty topping wrapped in a cute nori package.  So I decided to make a vegetarian version!  Below is what Deniz and I created over the weekend, turned out tasting great!  Enjoy! Ingredients: 2 c sushi rice 5 sheets nori, cut in quarters lengthwise 1 recipe of Seitan […]

Fusion Bangladeshi Pancakes

I’ve always wondered why there aren’t many savory pancake offerings.  I love the texture of pancakes, but don’t much like sweet in the morning, especially cloying syrupy sweetness.  I’ve always wished pancakes were salty instead of sweet.  When I found Lail Hossain’s Bangladeshi Chapri recipe, I wondered if I could make it using pancake batter.  The results were so delicious, I’m sure to make it many times in the future, and also try other savory pancake concoctions.  Next week, Mexican […]

Meatloaf

Deniz loves meatloaf.  There’s something so wholesome and American about it.  We’ve made it a couple of times using different recipes and have found this one to be the best (so far).  It’s modified from Michael Chiarello’s Italian Meatloaf recipe, and adapted for our vegetarian diet and taste.  We really like the combination of the Morningstar fake meat and lentils.  Provides a great hearty texture that holds […]

Deep-fried Marinated Tofu Cubes

Tofu cubes make a fantastic meat substitute when marinated, coated with seasoning, and fried or deep-fried.  Below is a recipe that we modified from The Southern Vegetarian Cookbook: 100 Down-Home Recipes for the Modern Table.  It’s a great base most any chicken-based stir fry or wrap.  It’s also tasty enough to eat on its own.  Soon after cooking, there are always several that seem to mysteriously disappear […]

Toasted Orzo with Grilled Vegetables

This is one of our go-to recipes when get a hankering for grilling.  It’s adapted from Bobby Flay’s Toasted Israeli Couscous Salad with Grilled Summer Vegetables recipe.  Just the right balance of tart with charred veggies and savory toasted orzo.  It’s usually the first dish to go after we make it.  Can’t eat just one bowl! Ingredients: Veggies: 2 tomatoes, halved 1 red bell pepper, quartered and seeded 1 […]

Fusion Black Velvet Hummus Dip

One day we were staring at our pantry after a fun but tiresome trip. We did not have the energy to go grocery shopping, but we had to make something to feed ourselves! We had all the ingredients for a hummus dip, but Delphine’s suggestion about adding the black bean turned out to be an awesome decision. We used pepper paste to add a unique zing. […]

Jamaican Jerk VegChicken

Charred on gas range, tastes like real BBQ chicken!

Ingredients: 1.5 lbs vegan chicken, torn apart into 1 inch pieces with a fork 3 T jerk seasoning 3 cups of vegetable oil for deep frying Batter: 1/4 cup soy sauce 2 eggs, beaten 1 cup cornstarch Sauce: 1 cups store bought mustard-based BBQ sauce 1 T  soy sauce 3-ounce canned crushed pineapple 1 t salt 1 t pepper 3 T  brown sugar 1 t ground ginger Instructions Mix the Batter ingredients in […]

American Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

  Who doesn’t love a great Sloppy Joe?!  Here’s our vegetarian adaptation of Rachel Ray’s fantastic recipe.  Tastes just as good as I remember from my childhood.  We used our favorite french bread recipe to make the buns. Ingredients: 1 T extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan 1 1/2 lbs Morningstar Original (vegetarian) Sausage Patties 1/4 c brown sugar 1 T steak seasoning blend, […]