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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mango Kale Salad

As vegetarians we never wanted to be associated with salad and other raw greens. However, this does not mean we hate salad (okay, Delphine does, but don’t tell anyone). But we believe vegetables are important part of our diet just likecarbs and proteins. Kale is a very healthy, nutritious vegetable. It is bitter by nature, but this can be altered with the addition of other ingredients. […]

Hawaiian BBQ Fake Pork Noodles w/ Roasted Veggies

Moving from Japan to Hawaii was a big change. The best part is, while we are still able to find many Japanese products and ingredients, we now have access to all kind of Hawaiian delicacies. One day, while browsing the shelves in a supermarket, we decided to buy this Hawaiian Pride BBQ sauce to spice up our soy meat patties. It was a decision we do […]