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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 […]

Ethiopian VegChicken Stew (Doro Wat)

Doro Wat is the national dish of Ethiopia.  It’s impossible to get a vegetarian version of it, so naturally Deniz and I had to vegetarianize the dish.  We started with Marcus Samuelsson’s Doro Wett recipe, modified it for our vegetarian diet and taste, and simplified it for easier cooking.  Below is our adapted version.  It has a delicious earthy and savory flavor, perfect for pairing with Gardein’s mild Chick’n. Ingredients: […]

Circassian VegChicken (Çerkez Tavuğu)

This walnut sauce is a simple, but delicate and perfectly balanced complement for vegetarian chicken.  Smooth and creamy with crunchy chunks.  Together it’s one of those so-good-have-to-eat-more type of dishes.  We adapted it from The Sultan’s Kitchen:  a Turkish Cookbook by Ozcan Ozan for our vegetarian diet. Ingredients: 2 lbs Gardein meatless crispy chick’n (we use the Mandarin Orange variety, and leave the sauce out for […]

Vietnamese Lemongrass Tofu (Đậu Hũ Xả Ớt)

Lemongrass tofu is Deniz’ favorite Vietnamese dish.  We both love it, with rice or in a ban mi.  This is our vegetarian adaptation to the Chicken Stir-Fried with Lemongrass and Chile recipe in Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors by Andrea Nguyen. Ingredients: 2 batches of Deep Fried Marinated Tofu Cubes 2 red bell peppers, seeded and cut into ½ inch squares 1 c coconut milk […]

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 […]

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 […]

Chinese Lemon VegChicken

  Another great recipe from Wei-Chuan’s Chinese Style Szechwan Style cookbook, adapted for our vegetarian diet. We were test trying a new vegchicken recipe, so the chicken in the picture is a little darker than the recipe will produce. Ingredients: 1.5 lbs vegan chicken, torn apart into 1 inch pieces with a fork 1T lemon peel, freshly zested 2 c vegetable oil Batter: 1 egg 5 T […]

Chinese Stir-fried VegChicken with Cashews

  Another great recipe from Wei-Chuan’s Chinese Style Szechwan Style cookbook, adapted for our vegetarian diet. We were test trying a new vegchicken recipe, so the chicken in the picture is a little darker than the recipe will produce. Ingredients: 1.5 lbs vegan chicken, torn apart into 1 inch pieces with a fork 4 oz cashews, roasted 2 green peppers 8 oz can of water chestnuts, sliced […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]