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 […]

Chinese Stir-fried Veg Beef with Broccoli

One day, Deniz and I had some extra broccoli and decided to make the classic Chinese-American beef with broccoli dish.  We vegetarian-ized a recipe from Wei-Chuan’s Chinese Cooking cookbook and were happy with the results.  We’ve continued to modify it to further enhance it.  Here’s our latest and favorite version. Ingredients: 6 oz Morningstar vegetarian Grilers Original burgers 2 heads of broccoli, florrets only 1 red pepper, cut […]

Sichuan Stirfried VegPork with Veggies and Pickled Mustard Green

We decided to take a long overdue trip to Chinatown last weekend.  It was great to find some hard to find items, including pickled mustard green.  Here’s an incredibly addictive Sichuan recipe from Wei-Chuan’s Chinese Cooking cookbook, modified to be vegetarian.  The ginger and pickled mustard green are the stars in this recipe, and pair perfectly with the fake meat and vegetables. Ingredients: 6 oz Morningstar Vegetarian […]

Fusion Indian-Chinese Pani Palak Paneer / Pureed Ong Choi with Tofu

Deniz and I love indian food and palak paneer is one of those great flavorful and healthy dishes.  We had a lot of extra ong choi in the garden and figured, why not try it with water spinach instead?  We took Dassan’s Palak Paneer recipe and modified it slightly to make it our own.  Here is our fusion recipe, we couldn’t be more pleased with the […]

Beijing VegPork Sandwich

We’ve been on a bit of a sandwich kick lately, and thought we’d try Peking VegPork in a sandwich instead of on top of rice.  The results were delicious.  Below is the recipe, adapted from Wei-Chuan’s Szechwan Style cookbook for our vegetarian diet and tastes.  The Peking VegPork goes over rice by itself well too. Ingredients: 35 oz VegeFarm Vege Bacon Ham bunch of cilantro bunch […]

Taiwanese New Years Coconut Butter Mochi Cake (甜年糕)

Deniz and I were lucky to have my parents visiting this week during Chinese New Year.  Dad made this traditional Taiwanese coconut butter steamed new years cake that I grew up on.  It’s sticky in the center, flaky on top, and has a delicious buttery coconut taste.  Here’s the yummy recipe, given to us by a family friend (Mrs. Helen Shu). Ingredients: 16 oz bag of sweet glutenous rice flour 3 eggs […]

Taiwanese Stir-fried VegPork with Pickled Cucumber (味全花瓜炒素肉絲)

There’s something so satisfying about soy-pickled cucumbers combined with meaty flavors and textures.  We were excited to find this Taiwanese dish in Wei-Chuan’s Chinese Cuisine cookbook, and adapted for our vegetarian diet.   It’s so simple to make.  Salty and perfect on rice. Ingredients: 12 Morningstar Original Vegetarian Sausage Patties 2 green onions, chopped in 1-inch sections Marinade: ½ T soy sauce ½ T rice wine 5 T […]

Beijing Tangy Stir-fried Bean Sprouts

Deniz loves these bean sprouts, we’ve made them more than any other recipe on this blog.  I’ve never been a big fan of bean sprouts, and even I like them.  They’re simple to make, full of flavor, and very nutritious.  This recipe is taken from Wei-Chuan’s Chinese Cuisine cookbook, with the seasoning amplified for our tastes. Ingredients: 2 lbs bean sprouts ½ green pepper, thinly sliced 2 […]

Chinese Five Spice VegPork (魯素肉)

This dish has a five spice and fennel soy taste that makes it a unique treat different from traditional Chinese dishes.  It’s salty on its own, and goes great on plain white rice.  This recipe is adapted from Wei-Chuan’s Rice cookbook, for our vegetarian diet. Ingredients: 12 Morningstar Original Vegetarian Sausage Patties Spices: 6 medium-sized shallots, minced 1 T garlic, minced 1 T ginger, minced 1/8 t […]

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 […]

Sichuan Pepper VegChicken

With its aromatic smell and flavor, Sichuan pepper makes any dish special. Now add hot bean paste, ginger, garlic, and some bell peppers – we end up with a Chinese delicacy that will satisfy anybody, not just vegetarians. Ingredients 1 lbs Gardein Chick’n (Mandarin Orange, or a similar version that is battered but not breaded.  Set aside the sauce for another use.) 1 T hot bean […]

Chinese Hot and Sour Soup (酸辣湯)

I’ve made this delicious soup in various versions over the years, thanks to Wei-Chuan’s cookbook guidance.  It’s got that perfect balance of sour and savory with a tinge of heat.  I don’t miss the meat at all in this vegetarian version.  Here’s our most recent variation, chock full of veggie goodness.  Most of the veggies are optional, feel free to add or subtract as your pantry allows. […]

Taiwanese Sticky Rice with VegPork (油飯)

This is Taiwanese comfort food at its best. My mom used to make it all time, and as kids we loved it. She even stuffed the Thanksgiving turkey with it. It’s so good it’s addictive.  We adapted the below recipe from WeiChuan’s Rice cookbook for our vegetarian diet.  We used dried marinated turnips in place of the typical dried shrimp/fish. Ingredients: 4 c sticky rice 糯米 (rice cooker’s […]

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, […]

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 […]