Main Course

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: […]

Ethiopian Cabbage, Carrot, and Potato Stir-Fry (Tikil Gomen)

Tikil Gomen is another must when ordering an Ethiopian Vegetarian Combo.  It’s slightly sweet, and provides a nice vegetable texture that pairs well with the smoother yellow pea and red lentil stews.  Below is a slightly modified version of a recipe we got from the Toronto Star to suit our tastes, including the addition the of bullion.  Also, the dish is usually served with the vegetables cut in very large chunks, but […]

Ethiopian Yellow Split Pea Stew (Kik Alicha)

Kik Alicha is perfect balance for every Ethiopian Vegetarian combo.  It’s slightly sweet and nuanced, unlike its bolder companions.  And it’s not hot… helps to relieve the heat from other stews in the combo.  Below is a slightly modified version of a recipe we got from the Toronto Star.  It was dynamite, better than I remember this dish every being.  And I’ve eaten Kik Alicha at a lot […]

Ethiopian Lentil Stew (Mesir Wat)

Ethiopian food is my favorite cuisine, and mesir wat with injera bread is my favorite Ethiopian dish.  I’ve tried multiple mesir wat recipes through the years, and finally found this recipe on Saveur that matches the delicious taste of my favorite Ethiopian dish.  I modified it slightly, including a bullion cube for additional depth of flavor.  I also reduced the cooking time and added water so […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Thai Roasted VegPork

When I saw the photo of this dish in Thai Cooking Made Easy by WeiChuan, I couldn’t resist. It had some thick sauce on it, and was served with rice. Those char lines alone were enough to sell me the recipe. So we fired up the grill, and started working (don’t worry, other than the grilling part, it’s relatively easy) Ingredients 10 MorningStar Farms Original Vegetarian Sausage Patties (about 14 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Turkish Cauliflower Musakka with VegBeef

The word musakka almost always refers to eggplant musakka, at least where I came from. It was surprising to see a cauliflower musakka in this Turkish cookbook we found on Amazon (Sultan’s Kitchen). We already had most of the ingredients at home, it would be mistake not to try this dish! Ingredients 1 large cauliflower 8 MorningStar Sausage Patties 1 T tomato paste Cooking Oil: 2 […]

Moroccan Vegetable Tagine with Harissa Couscous

Deniz and I saw our tagine sitting on the shelf gathering dust this week and suddenly got a hankering for Moroccan food.  Below is a modified fusion of recipes we found on BBC and Epicurous recipe for Vegetable Tagine and Harissa.  It’s got that perfect balance of sweet, tangy, salty, and exotic Mediterranean spices. Tangine Ingredients: 400g shallots, peeled and cut in half 2 tbsp olive oil […]