Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Bacon Vegducken

 

For Thanksgiving, I wanted to make a vegducken, which is the vegetarian version of a turkducken.  The only reason was because I wanted to make a vegetable dish.  I found a recipe, but after reviewing it, I didn't think it would have enough flavor for my liking.  I decided to change it up a bit and added bacon.  Here's my version.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package bacon (12 ounces)
  • 1 kabocha squash
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 black beauty eggplant
  • 1 package white mushrooms (8 ounces)
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 eggs
  • dash of salt
  • scrunch of pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil for stuffing
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter

Instructions:

  1. Chop up the bacon and pan fry until crispy.
  2. Rinse all your veggies.
  3. Trim ends of zucchini and eggplant, slice in half, remove centers, and reserve for stuffing.
  4. Cut kabocha in half horizontally, remove seeds (trash or keep to make roasted pumpkin seeds later), cut out as much pumpkin flesh from the insides as much as possible, and reserve for stuffing.
  5. Pulse veggie centers and mushrooms in a food processor until chopped well. (I also added some extra carrots and brussel sprouts I had laying around.)
  6. To a big pan, add olive oil, chopped veggies, seasonings, and stir fry until done.
  7. Combine breadcrumbs, nutritional yeast, and eggs to form a breadcrumb texture.  Add to veggies and mix well to finish your stuffing.
  8. Melt butter in a saucepan. 
  9. Spread butter on inside and outside of pumpkin.  Add stuffing. 
  10. Add eggplant.  Add stuffing.
  11. Add zucchini.  Add stuffing.
  12. Continue the layers in reverse.
  13. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1.75 - 2 hours.
  14. Let cool for 20 minutes before cutting up.
  15. Enjoy!

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Saturday, December 12, 2020

Ratatouille Casserole

 

The initial plan was to make stuffed ratatouille bell peppers.  But after I got all the stuffing ready, there was way too much stuffing for the bell peppers.  So I changed my plans and turned it into a casserole.  Still turned out delicious.  I would just change the extra step of air frying the bell peppers.  

 Like this:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 4 bell peppers, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 zuchinni, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 eggplants, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • extra random veggies and herbs you have in your fridge
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • dash of salt
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley

Instructions:

  1. Cook quinoa per package directions.
  2. Prepare ingredients as indicated above. (cut, mince)
  3. Saute vegetables, onions, garlic, tomatoes, tomato sauce, salt, and thyme for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Spread cooked quinoa in 8-1/2 x 11 pan.
  5. Top quinoa with veggie mix.
  6. Sprinkle breadcrumbs evenly.
  7. Sprinkle nutritional evenly
  8. Sprinkle dried parsley evenly.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees.
  10. Enjoy!

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Friday, December 4, 2020

Bahn Mi Style Sandwich

 

I was craving bahn mi sandwich and saw that Foodland sold the pickled vegetables made by Bale.  I decided to try to make my own version.  This turned out really good.  Here's how I made my version.

Ingredients:

  • Foodland Salmon dip
  • French bread
  • Fried tofu, sliced
  • Vietnamese pickled vegetables
  • Random vegetables
  • cilantro

Instructions:

  1. Cut a piece of bread the size of the sandwich you'd like to eat.
  2. Toast the bread.
  3. Spread salmon dip on bread.
  4. Add tofu.
  5. Add pickled vegetables.
  6. Add random vegetables.
  7. Add cilanto.
  8. Enjoy!

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Tempeh with Peanut Butter Noodles

 

This was my first time trying tempeh.  I read up on it a bit before buying.  Supposedly, it's slightly bitter and boiling it in a broth helps to get rid of this bitterness.  Marinating it in a barbecue sauce seemed like the most common way to prepare it, so I opted for this method.  

Overall, I'd say this was just okay.  I didn't particularly enjoy the texture or flavor, so the barbecue and peanut butter flavors helped it a ton.  I don't recommend tempeh and don't think I'll be buying it again unless I come across a tempting recipe.  That's just my personal opinion and preference,  but if you want to try what I made, the recipe is as follows.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package tempeh
  • 2-3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup sriracha garlic barbecue sauce
  • 1 package shirataki pasta (7 oz)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons cilantro for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Bring chicken broth to a boil.
  2. Add tempeh to broth and boil for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove tempeh from broth and slice into bite-size strips.
  4. Coat with barbecue sauce and marinate overnight.
  5. Arrange tempeh out on air fryer pan.
  6. Air fry for 20 minutes at 400 degrees, flipping halfway through.
  7. Drain and rinse noodles.
  8. Combine remaining ingredients (except cilantro) and mix well to create peanut butter sauce.
  9. Top noodles with peanut butter sauce, a few pieces of tempeh, and garnish with cilantro.
  10. Enjoy!

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Saturday, November 28, 2020

Delicata Squash

I bought this little squash because it was really cute and I had never had it before.  I didn't know how it would be best cooked and didn't google it, which is unusual of me.  I usually look up ideas and make something I see or make my own variation of it.

Anyway, long story short, I chopped it up, added my go-to seasonings, air fried it, and enjoyed it with some sweet potato fries and baba ganoush.

Ingredients:

  • 1 delicata squash, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • dash of salt
  • dash of pepper

Instructions:

  1. Prepare squash as indicated above.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and toss well to distribute seasonings evenly.
  3. Air fry for 15-20 minutes, until fork tender.
  4. Enjoy!

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Monday, November 23, 2020

Baba Ganoush

 

I found this recipe from Cookieandkate.com and tried it out.  They used the fatter-style eggplant, and scooped the flesh out.  I used the long type and just peeled the skins off.  It tasted fine to me.  Here's the link to their original recipe:  https://cookieandkate.com/epic-baba-ganoush-recipe/

I enjoyed this with some ak-mak crackers:  https://akmakbakeries.com/

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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Veggie Wraps

I made this several times in different variations with different ingredients like cheese, tempeh, alfalfa sprouts, turkey. Use what you have on hand. 

The wrap pictured above has veggie patties, green and red bell peppers, red onions, tomatoes, radish sprouts, cheese, tzatziki sauce, on a flour tortilla with sides of mandarin orange, pear, and coleslaw.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Air Fried Corn on the Cob (Elotes)

  

I googled up air fried corn and elotes and all the different ingredient combinations people used.  Ultimately, this is what I went with.

Ingredients:

  • corn on the cob
  • butter
  • garlic powder
  • lime juice
  • nutritional yeast
  • chili powder
  • cilantro

 Instructions:

  1. Peel leaves and strings off corn on the cob.
  2. Air fry for 20 minutes at 350 degrees, turning halfway through. 
  3. Spread butter all over corn.
  4. Sprinkle garlic powder.
  5. Squeeze one wedge of lime juice all over.,
  6. Sprinkle nutritional yeast and chili powder all over.
  7. Garnish with chopped cilantro,
  8. Enjoy! 

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Saturday, November 14, 2020

Black Bean Burgers


I used a combination of black beans and garbonzo beans because that's what I had on hand.  I was also distracted and forgot to saute the onions and peppers.  Regardless, these turned out pretty tasty.

Here's the link to the original recipe I tried: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/best-black-bean-burgers/ 

Watch me make them.  Links to YouTube and IG videos below.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Baked Tofu Cubes and Stir-Fried Snow Peas

 

The tofu came out good, but I think would've been better if I pressed some of the liquid out.  For this experiment, I just drained it off.  You could also marinate your tofu if you want more flavor.

Baked Tofu Cubes

Ingredients:

  • 1 block tofu, drained
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • dash of black pepper
  • dash of salt
  • 1Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1Tablespoon garlic powder 
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley 

Instructions:

  1. Drain and slice tofu into cubes.
  2. Mix remaining ingredients in bowl.
  3. Toss cubed tofu in corn starch mixture.
  4. Spread oil on baking sheet.
  5. Add tofu to sheet.
  6. Drizzle a bit more oil and toss up.
  7. Bake in oven for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
  8. Enjoy!

Stir-Fried Snow Peas

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag snow peas
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • dash of salt
  • dash of pepper
  • dash of onion powder
  • dash of garlic powder

Instructions:

  1. Rinse snow peas.
  2. Cut off ends of snow peas.
  3. Stir-fry with remaining ingredients.
  4. Enjoy!

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