Tempeh ‘chicken’ Salad

I decided to recreate one of my old favorites in a simple way. The only thing you change is the chicken ingredient, the rest is the same. So quick, so convenient, so healthy and so good. You can enjoy it in a pita half, traditionally with sliced bread, or with a side of crackers. Also, if tempeh is a ‘no go’ for you, you can easily use chickpeas instead with the same satisfying result.

 

 

 

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Small Surprise Summer Sliders (with other summer meal ideas inside)

I’ve been pretty busy the last few weeks and haven’t really just had time to sit and think up anything spectacular in the food category. I’ve been getting by with stir fry, tofu and rice, oatmeal, grilled veggie tortilla wraps and a few salads, mainly fast and simple things. Last week I decided to make it fun and tasty. I mixed together a few things and pulled out pretty much every condiment and topping we had to create some super simple, delicious and surprising little burgers. We both enjoyed them with some sweet potato fries and talked about the flavor combination we ended up getting. I suppose you could make them all the same, but it was fun having all the different colors and flavors on each slider.

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Beer Battered Tofu with Corn Puppies, Potato Salad and Simple Vegan Tartar Sauce

I haven’t posted in a while, sadly. My husband had some pretty gnarly nose surgery and I also semi- remodeled my kitchen. ¬†Hopefully the worst is over with and I can get back to my boring life. Between my husband having some intense face breaking surgery and my kitchen being torn apart, I was thrilled when I finally could just calm down and cook a ‘real’ meal again. Real meaning something not frozen. (Even though Amy’s Tofu Scramble and Enchiladas are brain melting good). During my quiet time at the doctor’s office I read a few recipes from my most neglected cook book, Vegan Brunch. I found a recipe for Beer Battered Tofu and was instantly hooked and started making plans for side dishes. It all came together to be an awesome “welcome back to life ” meal.

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Tofu Burger with Light ‘Slaw and Smoky Marinade

For as long as I’ve been vegan I’ve hoped and wished for a perfect, tasteful marinade that bled all the way through my tofu and stayed there, instead of just soaking the outside and losing flavor. Last week, my dreams came true. This marinade is what you’re looking for. I drained my tofu, cut it into slabs and let it sit overnight smothered in the marinade with my finger’s crossed. I breaded it, lightly fried it, and placed it on a bun with some light coleslaw and my favorite BBQ sauce. The first bite was so good, Justin and I looked at each other with a big smile and damn near cried it was so flavorful. Finally, after over a year, the wait was over.

 

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Holiday Shepherd’s Pie

I have made a total of around 5 or 6 different Shepherd’s Pie recipes over the last year. This is the first one where I actually said ” Wow, this is the one. ” ¬†So here you go. I was able to make 3 individual pot pies, and an 11 x 8 ” sized pie I believe. They came out gorgeous, so I will probably make more next week, honestly.

 

 

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Holiday Waldorf Salad

I’m an awful person. I haven’t posted in weeks, and when I do, I post all of my holiday dishes the day after Christmas. I do have some good news, though. I indulged in all of the dishes yesterday and they were awesome. Even more awesome than I had planned. I spent around two weeks tweaking and buying fresh ingredients. At the end I wish I could have shared it with my family, but unfortunately a snow storm hit, so maybe next year. I hope everyone here had a good holiday and good food ~

 

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