Kale Pesto

Deniz and I love kale.  It’s the perfect leafy green.  It’s so nutritious, mild (not bitter!), and holds up great in dishes.  We usually shred it and add it to whatever warm dish we’re eating to increase greens and fiber in our diet, particularly heavy or starchy dishes which helps to balance the taste.  This year we had a ton of kale from our garden, more […]

Russian VegBeef Stroganoff

This Russian dish is classic in America, commonly found in TV dinners, but is never available in a vegetarian version.  We’ve updated it for our vegetarian diet, and have replaced the traditional sour cream with yogurt for a healthier dish.  Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 pack egg noodles, cooked to package instructions fresh oregano for garnish (optional) VegBeef Slices: 12 Morningstar Original Sausage Patties 1 t garlic salt […]

Singaporean Five-Spice VegPork with Broken Bean Curd Noodles

This dish has rich five-spice savory flavors, creamy thin bean-curd noodles, with crispy water chestnuts for texture.  It’s low carb and packed full of protein.  We adapted from Wei-Chuan’s Singaporean, Malaysian & Indonesian Cuisine cookbook for our vegetarian diet and available ingredients.  The original recipe called for rolling the meat in the sheets to make rolls, but after tearing multiple sheets, we went the lazy route and […]

Thai Flat Rice Noodles with Broccoli and VegBeef (Pad See Eew – ผัดซีอิ๊ว)

Pad See Eew is my favorite Thai noodle dish.  It is my fallback every time I go to a Thai restaurant.  Below is our version of the dish, adapted from the Wei-Chuan Thai Cooking book. Ingredients: 6 Morningstar Original Vegetarian Sausage Patties 2 lb fresh, pre-cooked, flat rice noodles 3 c broccoli, separated into bite-sized florettes 2 eggs, scrambled ½ c vegetable oil ½ lb bean sprouts Marinade: 2 […]

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 […]

Pasta with Roasted Veggies and Veg Pepperoni

When eating eggplant parmesan, I find myself wanting a mild, healthy vegetable and carb accompaniment to balance the tart flavor of tomato sauce and richness of the breading.  This dish perfectly fits the bill.  It’s full of flavor and yet light.  It can be served hot as a meal in itself, or cold as a side.  Or if, you’re like me, it can be gobbled up during a midnight […]

Italian Penne with Veg Pepperoni in a Vodka Cream Sauce

My favorite pasta sauce without a doubt has always been vodka cream sauce.  It’s got that perfect balance between tart and creamy.  So it became an imperative mission of mine to figure out how to make it.  Luckily it didn’t take too many tries (30, 40, who’s keeping count?).  This is our recipe, which is slightly modified from Rachel Ray’s recipe.  We felt it needed a meaty component to it, and found […]

Chinese Mu Shu VegPork Noodles

Mu Shu Vegetables is one of my go-to Chinese-restaurant selections.  Always puts a smile on my face when I see it on a menu.  Can’t resist that sweet and tangy hoisen flavor and the healthy veggie goodness.  But I do miss the meaty flavor in the restaurant dishes.  And who has time to make those paper thin pancakes at home?  Fret not, noodles to the rescue! […]

Chinese Tomato VegBeef Noodles

After purchasing 4 lbs of noodles during our last shopping trip, we started wondering what the heck we were going to do. We dug out 2 noodle-based recipes from our secret recipe book (ISBN 0941676420). One of them was with beef and tomato.  Tomato is a magic ingredient for me (in Turkish cuisine many dishes start with onion and tomato paste). I was sold. Be aware […]

Sichuan Sesame Noodle Soup (Dan Dan Mian – 擔擔麵)

While in Japan, we tried countless noddle dishes.  One was unforgettable. With its creamy sesame flavor, Dan Dan Mein was always my favorite noddle dish. Now that we’re in Hawaii with more than enough ingredients available on the market, we decided to make it for ourselves.  We adapted Ching’s recipe to our vegetarian diet and taste. As always, we used Morningstar Veggie meat products instead of real meat. […]

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 […]