Sweet & Sour Boca Nugget Stir-fry

Sweet and Sour Boca Nugget Stir-fry -- Epicurean VeganStir-fries are great ways to use up veggies and they’re typically easy to throw together. I didn’t feel like using tempeh or tofu, so I went with Boca nuggets. The sweet and sour sauce came out perfect–a great balance of both elements!

1 pkg. Boca nuggets
2 C mushrooms, cut into chunks
6-8 green onions, sliced
1 can sliced water chestnuts, drained
1 C carrots, sliced thin
1 Tbs olive oil
2 tsp garlic, minced
2 C cooked rice

2/3 C rice vinegar
8 Tbs brown sugar
2 Tbs ketchup
2 tsp tamari
4 tsp arrowroot
6 tsp water

The sauce won’t take long to make, so I suggest combining everything in a small saucepan (except the arrowroot and water) and set aside for now. Bake the nuggets according to the bag’s instructions (12-13 minutes). Then cut each nugget into fourths. (And if using rice, don’t forget to get it started, too)!

Sweet and Sour Boca Nugget Stir-fry -- Epicurean Vegan

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil and garlic over medium heat. Add the water chestnuts and carrots and cook until tender. Add the mushrooms, green onion, and Boca nuggets.

Sweet and Sour Boca Nugget Stir-fry -- Epicurean Vegan

At this point, bring the sauce to a boil. Mix together the water and arrowroot and whisk it into the sauce to thicken it up. This should only take about a minute.

Sweet and Sour Boca Nugget Stir-fry -- Epicurean Vegan

Pour the sauce over the veggies/nuggets and combine well. Serve over hot white rice and enjoy!

Broccoli Almond Sweet-and-Sour Tofu

Broccoli Almond Sweet-and-Sour Tofu -- Epicurean VeganThere is definitely a method to this recipe and I learned that there are easier ways to make this dish than what the original recipe instructs. I also doubled the sauce recipe because I tend to wish I had done that with other sauces from this cookbook (Vegan Yum Yum). I’m glad I did because not only is the sauce delicious, it was made the tofu gooey with yumminess.

1 14-oz package extra firm tofu, drained
2 tsp egg replacer, plus 4 teaspoons water, mixed (I had to make a little more)
1/4 C cornstarch (Again, I needed a tad more)
1/4 C canola oil
1/2 C sliced almonds
1-2 cups steamed broccoli (I used 2 heads of broccoli)
Sesame seeds for garnish (optional)
Sweet and Sour Sauce: (recipe below is doubled)
6-1/2 Tbs seasoned rice vinegar
1/2 C plus 2 Tbs water (I left this out for a thicker sauce)
4 Tbs plus 4 tsp sugar
4 Tbs tamari
4 tsp ketchup
2 tsp molasses
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp salt
1-1/2 Tbs cornstarch, plus 2 Tbs water, mixed (I didn’t double this–didn’t need to)

Slice the tofu into triangles or cubes. Toss the tofu with the end replacer/water mixture until coated . I would use a large ziploc bag–much easier than a bowl. Then toss in cornstarch. Again, I recommend using a ziplock bag for this and coat each piece thoroughly.

I would then make the sauce. You can also make it while frying the tofu, but I found it hard to do both at the same time. To make the sauce: In a small saucepan, mix rice vinegar, water (if using), sugar, tamari, ketchup, molasses, ginger powder, and salt and whisk over medium heat until the sugar and salt is dissolved. Add the cornstarch/water mixture and whisk until the sauce thickens.

Place the tofu in the hot oil—you can do all at once, or in batches. I transferred pieces to a plate lined with paper towels. Fry for 3-5 minutes on each side until golden brown. Add the almonds right before removing the tofu. (I did this after I drained the oil first). I then combined the tofu, sauce, and almonds in a large bowl and stirred to thoroughly coat the tofu. I served over rice and the steamed broccoli and topped with toasted sesame seeds.

Recipe source: Vegan Yum Yum

Sweet and Sour Seitan

Sweet and Sour Seitan -- Epicurean VeganThis is a really quick and easy meal to throw together–less than 30 minutes. Tofu can easily be substituted for the seitan and other vegetables can be added as well.  The original recipe calls for frying the seitan in 2″ of oil, but I’m not a fan of deep-frying so I sauteed the seitan instead, which worked out great. This recipe makes quite a bit if you use 2 packages of seitan–it’ll feed 4-6. For a small crowd, I’d do just 1 package and halve the other ingredients.

2 packages seitan cut into bite-sized chunks
3/4 cup flour
2 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup water
Peanut oil (I used olive oil)
1 green pepper cut in chunks
1 red pepper cut in chunks
1 onion cut in chunks
1 can pineapple chunks (drain, but reserve 1/4 C of juice)
Jar (11.5 oz) of sweet and sour sauce (I like Kikkoman’s brand)

Sweet and Sour Seitan -- Epicurean Vegan

Mix together flour, water, cornstarch, salt and baking soda in medium bowl.
Stir seitan into batter until well coated.  Heat 2-3 Tbs of olive oil in a large skillet. Add seitan. Because of the batter, the pieces will stick together–use a metal spatula to turn sections of seitan and cut apart later. Cook until golden brown, then remove from heat; keep warm.

Combine green pepper and onion and sauté for 5 min.  Add pineapple and reserved juice, and sweet and sour sauce. Let simmer for 15 minutes. Pour over seitan–I recommend not adding the seitan to the pan because the coating may come off. Serve with rice and enjoy!

Recipe source: Vegweb