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Curry Laksa Veg Feast! (V+GF)

Curry Laksa! This truly is a feast! For the tummy and eyes. ūüôā I studied abroad in Malaysia and loved all the blending of flavors in Malaysian food. Curry Laksa is a Malaysian noodle soup, usually served with rice noodles.¬†I added some soba noodles¬† (buckwheat flour noodles) instead to make it a healthier version and topped it off with some baked tofu. I love all the colors and textures of different vegetables simmered in a gingery spiced coconut broth. I just threw in a bunch of vegetables that I had on hand, like spinach, broccoli, green onion, red pepper and mushroom. To prepare my tofu, I usually coat with some type of flour (usually gram flour) and bake in the oven at 350 until golden. Usually 30 minutes turned¬† over half way.

I served this to my family with a non-vegan option of boiled egg on the side. It was light, yet filling and healthy! I hope you love it!

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Tofu Bhurji (Masala Scramble) (V)

I need to preface by saying, I love this recipe! It is so quick, easy and filling and the leftovers lasted me for quite a while. It’s a take on the traditional Indian Paneer or Egg bhurji, which usually involves crumbled paneer cheese or egg and some veggies in a tomatoey spicy gravy. The difference between this and a traditional scrambled egg is that I added a bit more tomatoes so the tofu was really soaking in a spiced almost-gravy. ¬†It was so delicious!

Health Stuff: Now that the Whole Foods Plant Based diet has become so popularized people are always looking for a vegetarian protein source. This is one that doesn’t skimp on flavor. Specifically, it alters the texture of tofu which is the biggest complaint I’ve heard from people who eat meat. Turmeric is totally en-vogue right now too! It’s been used in my family for generations and is so good for you! It’s an antiseptic and has anti-inflammatory properties.

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You will need:

  • 1 block of tofu (I prefer not to use the extra or super firm because I like a softer consistency)
  • 2 large tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 med onion
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • Cumin seeds
  • Turmeric powder
  • 2-3 green chillies, chopped
  • Grated Ginger
  • Pinch of garam masala powder
  • Cilantro for garnish

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Prep:

  • Using a fork, crumble the tofu. Let it drain in a muslin cloth if you like, but since this recipe is slightly wet, it doesn’t matter if you skip that step.
  • Finely chop all the veggies.
  • Grate the ginger (about 1 tbsp)

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To Prepare:

  1. In a skillet, heat 2-3 tsp of oil. Add cumin seeds.
  2. When cumin seeds sputter, add chopped onions and 1 tbsp grated ginger and green chillies to taste.
  3. When onions become transluscent add the tomatoes. Allow the tomatoes to cook down on high heat until they start to break down and get soft. Add 1 tsp of turmeric.
  4. Add peppers of choice, (I used green and red) and the tofu
  5. Add water if the sauce is too thick.
  6. Salt liberally and simmer for 5 minutes until the tofu absorbs the flavors.
  7. Sprinkle some garam masala over the top
  8. Garnish with cilantro and serve with chapatis, bread or rice!

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Makes 4-6 servings!

Vegan “Egg” Scramble

It looks like egg…it tastes BETTER than egg! And it’s vegan! I have a beautiful vegan friend who inspired me to read more about veganism and animal rights and really opened my eyes to all of the issues involved. While I haven’t yet made the leap to veganism, I am trying my best to make more vegan choices and experiment with vegan alternatives to my favorite foods! And one of those foods is eggs! I live in DC, and love going out to brunch or making brunch on the weekends. This recipe is SO delicious, and packed with veggies. Super simple to make too! The eggs are made from crumbled tofu and the yellow color comes from turmeric and paprika.

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Health Stuff: Turmeric is an extremely healthy indian spice that has tons of medicinal properties. Curcumin, the main active ingredient and it is an anti-inflammatory and has antioxidant properties too.

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  • Veggies: I chopped a quarter of each veggie -onion, red pepper, green pepper. A small piece of zucchini and squash and 2-3 mushrooms sliced.
  • 1/2 a block of tofu. Avoid extra firm or super firm. The softer tofu’s give it a more egg-like consistency
  • garlic (or garlic powder), paprika, turmeric
  • salt and pepper
  • cilantro ¬†and soy cheese (optional) to garnish
  • Optional: you can grate in some ginger to make it a bit spicy

 

To Prepare:

  1. Crumble the tofu. Using a fork break the tofu up into little crumbles DSC_9408
  2. Chop the veggies finely. I used the ones I had on hand, cut a small amount of them  and saved the rest for later.
  3. Heat 1-2 tbsp of oil in a pan. Add in the onions and let them saute for a minute
  4. Add in the peppers and saute for another 2 minutes
  5. Add in the tofu, and stir it in well.
  6. Season with salt, add 1/2 tsp turmeric and 1 tsp ¬†paprika. Add garlic powder if you didn’t add fresh garlic. This is the point where you can choose to grate a little ginger in. But this step is optional. I usually avoid it for a more classic taste.
  7. Add in the squash and mushrooms and let it cook for a couple minutes until tender, stirring constantly.
  8. If you feel the tofu has dried out too much, unlike actual eggs, you can add in a few tbsps of water and let it simmer out a bit to get the right consistency.
  9. Sprinkle in a little soy cheese. I buy mine at Trader Joes and it’s great! Stir it in and garnish with cilantro and serve!

Prep time: 15  Cook time: 10

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Wholesome Mediterranean Meal: Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Grilled Tofu with Pesto, Cucumber Cherry Tomato Salad and Mediterranean Rice Pilaf with Cranberries, Slivered Almonds and Scallions

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I¬†recently made a trip to Costa Rica and one of my favorite things about the trip was the food! They prepared a meal called the “casado” with rice, beans, vegetables, sweet plantains, salad and protein. I loved the concept! We see so much of the high carb, low fat diet vs, high protein diet and you start to wonder what exactly it takes to eat right. In India, we always have a little bit of everything. We call it a “thaali,” and usually has a little bit of carbs, ¬†some protein, and tons of vegetables. ¬†I decided to take this concept and put a mediterranean twist on it using flavors like balsamic vinegar, basil and parsley. For the carb portion, I made a brown-wild rice blend with almonds, cranberries and scallions, for the protein, grilled tofu with a spinach-basil almond pesto. Balsamic-roasted brussels sprouts for the veg, and a cucumber-basil cherry tomato salad. In this blog I usually focus on one component, and do soups, salads and sides separately, but as an experiment I wanted to try and put a full meal in a post. ¬†Theres a little bit of everything in this meal, but feel free to make some or all of it! ¬†Here goes!

Tomato Cucumber Salad

Ingredients: Cherry Tomatoes, Basil, English Cucumber

  1. Peel, seed and dice 1 med english cucumber
  2. Slice 2 cups of cherry tomatoes
  3. Julienne 6-10 or so leaves of basil
  4. Combine in a bowl with 2 tbsp olive oil (1 drizzle) and 3 tbsp (2 drizzles) good quality balsamic vinegar
  5. Salt and pepper to taste!

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Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients: 1 16 oz bag trader Joes Brussels Sprouts, Balsamic Vinegar, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Salt and pepper

  1. Halve the Brussels Sprouts and cut off the core,
  2. Lay them on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Enough to coat. The balsamic vinegar will thicken a bit in the oven. It should stick on to the sprouts.
  3. Season with salt (reserve pepper for later)
  4. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove half way and shake the pan move the Brussels Sprouts around.
  5. Season with pepper and serve!

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Mediterranean Rice Pilaf

Ingredients: 1 cup brown-wild rice blend, 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, slivered almonds, flat leaf parsley, 1 bunch scallions, craisins, salt and pepper

  1. Rinse rice well, and bring 1 cup of rice to a boil with 2 cups of low-sodium vegetable broth. Simmer on medium until cooked (20 mins or so).
  2. When rice cools, mix in a handful of slivered almonds, a handful of craisins, finely chopped flat leaf parsley, and a small bunch of scallions.
  3. Toss well and add salt and pepper to taste (only if you use low-sodium broth.

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Grilled Tofu with Pesto

Ingredients: Extra Firm Tofu and pesto

This one does not really merit a recipe.

  1. Cut 1/2 inch strips of extra firm tofu, pat dry and season with salt
  2. Toast on a greased pan until each side is brown
  3. Top with pesto and Voila!

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“Superfood” Veggie Asian Brown Rice Bowl

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The weather outside is dreary, snowy and frightfully cold! I’m on a mission to eat healthier this winter, but it’s impossible to get myself to have a salad when the weather is like this, so I roasted up some veggies–brussel sprouts, kale, red onion, butternut squash, portabella mushroom, tofu and served it over steaming hot brown rice with a soy-sesame-ginger honey glaze. The red onion isn’t exactly a superfood, but it tastes so sweet and caramelized paired with the portabella. This recipe is mostly prep time (chopping veggies, making rice etc), and it is very difficult to go wrong here.¬†So comforting and packed with vitamins and nutritiousness!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 heads portabella mushroom
  • 1 red onion cut into large slices
  • about 2 cups cubed butternut squash
  • a handful of kale, chopped
  • 10-12 brussel sprouts, halved
  • 1/2 block¬†Baked or dry fried tofu, cut into ¬†cubes
  • Honey
  • Fresh ginger
  • Soy Sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Sriracha
  • Fresh ginger

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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Coat veggies in a bit of olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper, and drizzle some sesame oil on top and spread them out on a baking tray. The kale does not need much cooking time otherwise it will turn into  chips and the tofu has already been cooked so just needs to be warmed up at the end. Reserve these two for later.
  3. Bake the veggies 20 minutes. Remove the tray and add the tofu  and kale. Coat the kale in a bit of olive oil.
  4. Bake for another 10 minutes.
  5. Serve with brown rice topped with glaze

For the glaze:

  1. In a saucepan whisk together4 tbsp soy sauce, 5 tbsp water, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tsp sriracha sauce, 1 tsp sesame oil and grate 1/2 inch  nub of ginger into it.
  2. Bring to simmer on medium heat
  3. Drizzle over veggies

Serves 4

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Stufft Poblano Peppers with Goat Cheese and Crumbled Tofu

Over the break I wanted to treat my parents to a nice, healthy meal that was a treat for the eyes and the tummy. My cousin Vika had made this really yummy dish over Thanksgiving, that really was the highlight of the meal. His dish had charred poblanos and was stuffed with peppers, beans and goat cheese. I decided to make a variation of this and give it more substance using crumbled tofu! It passed the test. Even my little sister, who is a huge critic of health food loved it!

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Crumbled tofu has no flavor but has an interesting ¬†texture. It’s basically just regular extra firm tofu that you crumble using a fork. Tofu has very little flavor so be sure to use plenty of salt when doing this and wring out excess water using a cheesecloth. Lay the tofu out to dry before using.

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I broiled the poblano peppers and stuffed them with a mixture of tofu, beans, veggies and goat cheese and served it in a tomatillo sauce. (Also super simple to make but will post a recipe in another post.

All in all, a protein-packed, healthy, spicy delight! Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 4 poblano peppers
  • Extra firm tofu (1/4 of packet crumbled)
  • 1/2 red pepper, 1/2 orange pepper chopped
  • Canned sweet corn kernels, drained and rinsed
  • About a 4 oz goat cheese packet
  • Assorted beans (I had some extra from other recipes but I just used a handful of garbanzo and a handful of black beans)
  • Cilantro

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Prep:

  1. Preheat oven to 400-425
  2. On a baking sheet spray olive oil on peppers and
  3. Crumble the tofu and let it sit  on a towel to remove some of the liquid.
  4. Prepare any veggies you will be using

Directions

  1. Broil the peppers for about 15 minutes turning  the peppers about half way. When done, the peppers will have a nice char, but not too charred
  2. Once the peppers are cooled, gently slice the pepper on one side lengthwise so that it can be stuffed. Remove veins and seeds. Remove excessively charred skin gently.
  3. In a wok or saucepan  saute peppers. Add the tofu and let it brown slightly. Mix in beans, corn and goat cheese. Depending on the consistency you can add more goat cheese. Taste to make sure the mixture is seasoned with enough salt and pepper.
  4. Grab the pepper in one hand and spoon the mixture in with the other hand. It should be enough for 4 peppers.
  5. Garnish with salsa and serve with warm Tomatillo salsa.

Serves 4

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Mango Tandoori Tofu Pizza and Cucumber Mint Salad with Citrus-Sesame Dressing

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This ¬†recipe is slightly indulgent and simply divine. The semi-homemade portion of the recipe is the garlic naan, which I purchased from Trader Joe’s, but you are welcome to make your own if you can. ¬†It is topped with lightly fried tofu cubes in a makhani, or butter masala gravy (inspired from vahrehvah.com), chunks of tangy mango fruit, and sliced pepper and red onion,¬†a mild cheese and cilantro. ¬†The salad complements the spice of the pizza with cool cucumber, mint and corn with a citrus-sesame vinaigrette. There are several steps, but it is relatively simple to replicate, and if you are entertaining, it will be both a visual and sensory delight!

Health Stuff:

Stufft is about eating clean and veg, but ‘clean’ is not devoid of indulgence once in a while. There are a few substitutions in this recipe that make it healthier options. For example, I used tofu instead of paneer, and low fat milk instead of heavy cream. I also paired it with a fresh salad and topped the pizza with tons of veggies.

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Part 1: The Tofu Masala

You will need:

  • Extra firm tofu,¬†DSC_7862cubed, dried
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1-2 tbsp tomato paste
  • Ketchup
  • 1 large tomato
  • Ginger-garlic paste
  • Coriander powder
  • Cumin powder
  • Red chili powder
  • Garam masala powder
  • Kasoori Methi‚Ä®, or dried fenugreek leaves
  • Low-fat milk
  • Salt to taste

To Prepare:

1. (optional) Lightly fry the cubed tofu until golden-brown

2. In a saucepan, sauté a small yellow onion, chopped or half a medium onion.

3. Add ginger-garlic paste, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1/2 tsp cumin powder, 1/4 tsp garam masala powder, and 1/2 tsp red chili powder. (adjust spices to taste)

4. Add around 2 tbsp tomato paste, and 2 tbsp tomato ketchup (trust me, it tastes good!).  Add water, salt and a pinch of kasoori methi.

5. Bring the gravy to a boil, add tofu pieces and reduce to simmer for 10-15 minutes.  Remove from flame and add milk, stirring constantly. It will taste exactly like a makhani gravy!

6. Set aside.

Part 2: The Pizza

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Toppings:

  • Tofu butter masala
  • Red, Yellow, Orange peppers sliced into rings
  • Red onion, sliced into rings
  • Frozen mango chunks, cut into smaller pieces
  • Mild cheese (like mozzarella)
  • Cilantro

To Prepare:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400¬į
  2. Toast the garlic naan for 1-2 minutes
  3. Layer the tofu masala (warmed) on the garlic naan
  4. Scatter a few pieces of frozen mango, unthawed
  5. Top with a layer of peppers and onions, and finish with cheese
  6. Bake for 10 minutes until the cheese melts
  7. Finally, turn on the broil setting for the final 1-2 minutes to make the cheese brown and bubbly
  8. Garnish with chopped cilantro or red chili powder

Part 3: The Salad

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  1. Dressing: combine ¬ľ cup orange juice, 2 tbsp lemon juice and 1 tbsp sesame oil (a little goes a long way), salt and pepper. Mix well.
  2. Salad: peel and cut 1 cucumber finely, add sweet corn and chopped mint into a mixed green salad.

Enjoy!

This recipe makes around 4 pizzas

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