Seared Tofu with Vegetables in a Peanut-Ginger Sauce

Seared Tofu with Vegetables in a Peanut-Ginger Sauce -- Epicurean VeganI love meals that come together in less than 30 minutes—especially when they’re this tasty, too! The savory, crispy-on-the-edges tofu, paired beautifully with the tangy peanut sauce on perfectly cooked broccoli and mushrooms. I thought about adding some brown rice, but we actually all enjoyed just the tofu and vegetables. You could always add some soba noodles if you get the inkling.

INGREDIENTS:
Peanut-Ginger
Sauce
2 quarter-sized, 1/4″ thick pieces of fresh ginger
1/3 C peanut butter
1/4 C white wine vinegar
3/4 C canned coconut milk
4 Tbs lime juice
1/4 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp sugar
For the tofu
1 14-oz container extra firm tofu
2 Tbs olive oil
Salt and pepper
Tamari or soy sauce
Agave
The rest
1 head of broccoli
2 C chopped mushrooms
Sesame seeds

DIRECTIONS:
To begin, start the sauce. Toss the ginger pieces in the food processor and chop up until diced very small. Add all the other ingredients and blend well. Set aside.
Get the broccoli steaming. You want the broccoli to still have a little crunch (unless, of course, you like mushy broccoli, and that’s okay, too).
Seared Tofu with Vegetables in a Peanut-Ginger Sauce -- Epicurean VeganMeanwhile, drain and lightly press the tofu. Cut the tofu into 7 slabs, then cut each slab into four triangles (cut corner to corner). You’ll end up with 28 triangles.
Seared Tofu with Vegetables in a Peanut-Ginger Sauce -- Epicurean VeganIn a skillet over medium-low heat, add the olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the tofu pieces and drizzle with tamari and agave. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Seared Tofu with Vegetables in a Peanut-Ginger Sauce -- Epicurean VeganCook 4-5 minutes, or until the edges of the tofu get a nice crispy sear. Drizzle with some more tamari and agave.
Seared Tofu with Vegetables in a Peanut-Ginger Sauce -- Epicurean VeganTransfer the tofu to a plate and toss the broccoli into the pan a long with the mushrooms. Cook for 3-4 minutes over medium-low heat. Once the mushrooms have cooked down slightly, stir in the sauce. Heat it through, only a couple of minutes.
Seared Tofu with Vegetables in a Peanut-Ginger Sauce -- Epicurean VeganServe together with the tofu and sprinkle on some sesame seeds. Enjoy!

Seared Tofu with Vegetables in a Peanut-Ginger Sauce
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Peanut-Ginger Sauce
  • 2 quarter-sized, ¼" thick pieces of fresh ginger
  • ⅓ C peanut butter
  • ¼ C white wine vinegar
  • ¾ C canned coconut milk
  • 4 Tbs lime juice
  • ¼ tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • For the tofu
  • 1 14-oz container extra firm tofu
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Tamari or soy sauce
  • Agave
  • The rest
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 2 C chopped mushrooms
  • Sesame seeds
Directions
  1. To begin, start the sauce. Toss the ginger pieces in the food processor and chop up until diced very small. Add all the other ingredients and blend well. Set aside.
  2. Get the broccoli steaming. You want the broccoli to still have a little crunch (unless, of course, you like mushy broccoli, and that's okay, too).
  3. Meanwhile, drain and lightly press the tofu. Cut the tofu into 7 slabs, then cut each slab into four triangles (cut corner to corner). You'll end up with 28 triangles.
  4. In a skillet over medium-low heat, add the olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the tofu pieces and drizzle with tamari and agave. Sprinkle with more salt and pepper.
  5. Cook 4-5 minutes, or until the edges of the tofu get a nice crispy sear.
  6. Drizzle on some more tamari and agave.
  7. Once cooked, transfer the tofu to a plate and toss the broccoli into the pan a long with the mushrooms. Cook for 3-4 minutes over medium-low heat. Once the mushrooms have cooked down slightly, stir in the sauce. Heat it through, only a couple of minutes.
  8. Serve together with the tofu and sprinkle on some sesame seeds. Enjoy!

 

Cashew-Curry Noodle Bowl

Cashew-Curry Noodle Bowl -- Epicurean VeganIt’s been quite a busy spring for me, but I hope to get back into the swing of things very soon. I did have some time to whip up something new—or at least, newish. I slightly tweaked the sauce from these Black Rice & Lentil Bowls and I love how it came out. These are pretty easy to throw together, but I admit, it does take a few pans. However, with the right timing, it’ll all go smoothly. In any case, it’ll be worth it; these are delicious! Also, here’s a before and after of our new kitchen. There’s still a few more things to do, such as put the cabinet and drawer hardware on, but we’re getting there.
Kitchen Before

Kitchen After

INGREDIENTS
Cashew-Curry Sauce

1 C cashews
3 cloves of garlic
1 can light coconut milk
2 Tbs fresh ginger
2 Tbs peanut butter
3 tbs lime juice
2 Tbs nutritional yeast
1 Tbs mild yellow curry powder
1 tsp salt
2 Tbs tamari or soy sauce
The rest
1 small head of broccoli florets
6-8 mushrooms, quartered
1 can sliced water chestnuts
1 red bell pepper, cut into large chunks
14-oz container extra firm tofu
Salt and pepper
9.5-oz pkg. Udon noodles
1 C green onion, sliced

DIRECTIONS
Start with soaking the cashews. I poured boiling water on them and let them sit while I prepared everything else. I recommend starting with the tofu. Cut the tofu into 5 or 6 slabs and season both sides with salt and pepper. Place in a skillet over medium to low heat and brown each side, about 5-7 minutes, per side. Meanwhile, steam the broccoli, bell pepper, and water chestnuts. (You’ll add the mushrooms shortly before they’re all done.) Steam the veggies for about 10-12 minutes before adding the mushrooms; steam another 5 minutes.
Cashew-Curry Noodle Bowl -- Epicurean VeganOnce the tofu is done, cut each slab into 6 cubes; set aside.
Cashew-Curry Noodle Bowl -- Epicurean VeganBoil the water for the noodles. I used these Udon noodles from Hakubaku. They only take about 4 minutes to boil.
Cashew-Curry Noodle Bowl -- Epicurean VeganTo make the sauce, drain the cashews and add them to a food processor with the rest of the sauce ingredients and puree for 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a small saucepan and warm over medium heat. Drain the noodles, then assemble the bowls: noodles, veggies, tofu, sauce, and green onion. Enjoy!

Cashew-Curry Noodle Bowl
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Cashew-Curry Sauce:
  • 1 C cashews
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 2 Tbs fresh ginger
  • 2 Tbs peanut butter
  • 3 tbs lime juice
  • 2 Tbs nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbs mild yellow curry powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs tamari or soy sauce
  • The rest:
  • 1 small head of broccoli florets
  • 6-8 mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 can sliced water chestnuts
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into large chunks
  • 14-oz container extra firm tofu
  • Salt and pepper
  • 9.5-oz pkg. Udon noodles
  • 1 C green onion, sliced
Directions
  1. Start with soaking the cashews. I poured boiling water on them and let them sit while I prepared everything else. I recommend starting with the tofu. Cut the tofu into 5 or 6 slabs and season both sides with salt and pepper. Place in a skillet over medium to low heat and brown each side, about 5-7 minutes, per side.
  2. Meanwhile, steam the broccoli, bell pepper, and water chestnuts. (You'll add the mushrooms shortly before they're all done.) Steam the veggies for about 10-12 minutes before adding the mushrooms; steam another 5 minutes.
  3. Once the tofu is done, cut each slab into 6 cubes; set aside.
  4. Boil the water for the noodles. I used Udon noodles from Hakubaku. They only take about 4 minutes to boil.
  5. To make the sauce, drain the cashews and add them to a food processor with the rest of the sauce ingredients and puree for 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a small saucepan and warm over medium heat. Drain the noodles, then assemble the bowls: noodles, veggies, tofu, sauce, and green onion. Enjoy!

 

 

Vegan & Gluten-Free Pad Thai

Vegan and Gluten-Free Pad Thai -- Epicurean VeganThis Pad Thai is pretty nontraditional, not just because it’s vegan, but also because I didn’t go with the usual veggies such as bean sprouts. Plus, I certainly didn’t go with the typical thin rice noodle; I opted for a heartier, thick cut one. So it is really Pad Thai? Well, sure! It’s my version and it was a hit with the family, so I must have done something right! The limey-tamari sauce, with is the star of the show in all it’s creamy, peanutty glory.

INGREDIENTS:
14-oz pkg. extra firm tofu, drained, pressed and cubed
1 tsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 orange or red bell pepper, sliced thin
1 can water chestnuts, sliced
2 C snap peas
1/2 C green onion, sliced
Salt and pepper, to taste
Sauce
2/3 C tamari
1/3 C creamy peanut butter
1/3 C sugar
2/3 C lime juice
1 heaping Tbs freshly grated gingerroot
1-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
The rest
16-oz rice noodles
1 C peanuts, chopped
1 C fresh cilantro leaves

DIRECTIONS:

Vegan and Gluten-Free Pad Thai -- Epicurean VeganBegin with the noodles. The kind I used required 25-30 minutes of soaking in very hot tap water. The package warms not to over soak, but I probably soaked them about 40 minutes because they were still hard in places. However, once you add them to skillet in the end, they soften up quite quickly. While they’re soaking in a bowl, start with the tofu. I don’t use any oil, I just tossed the tofu cubes in a nonstick skillet over medium heat, seasoned with salt and pepper, and sauteed them until browned, about 15 minutes.
Vegan and Gluten-Free Pad Thai -- Epicurean VeganTransfer to a plate or bowl and set aside. In the same skillet, heat the olive oil and garlic. Add the bell pepper, water chestnuts and snap peas. Saute for about 10 minutes, or until tender.
Vegan and Gluten-Free Pad Thai -- Epicurean VeganWhile those are cooking, however, start the sauce. In a medium saucepan, whisk together all of the sauce ingredients and heat over low-medium heat. Once it just starts to bubble, turn off the heat.
Vegan and Gluten-Free Pad Thai -- Epicurean VeganAdd the tofu and green onion to the other veggies in the skillet and combine to rewarm the tofu.
Vegan and Gluten-Free Pad Thai -- Epicurean VeganDrain the noodles and add them to the skillet and let the noodles soften, about 5 minutes, over low-medium heat. Add the sauce and combine thoroughly; serve immediately. Top each serving with fresh cilantro and peanuts. Enjoy!

Vegan & Gluten-Free Pad Thai
 
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Ingredients
  • 14-oz pkg. extra firm tofu, drained, pressed and cubed
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 orange or red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 can water chestnuts, sliced
  • 2 C snap peas
  • ½ C green onion, sliced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Sauce
  • ⅔ C tamari
  • ⅓ C creamy peanut butter
  • ⅓ C sugar
  • ⅔ C lime juice
  • 1 heaping Tbs freshly grated gingerroot
  • 1-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • The rest
  • 16-oz rice noodles
  • 1 C peanuts, chopped
  • 1 C fresh cilantro leaves
Directions
  1. Begin with the noodles. The kind I used required 25-30 minutes of soaking in very hot tap water. The package warns not to over soak, but I probably soaked them about 40 minutes because they were still hard in places. However, once you add them to skillet in the end, they soften up quite quickly.
  2. While they're soaking in a bowl, start with the tofu. I didn't use any oil, I just tossed the tofu cubes in a nonstick skillet over medium heat, seasoned with salt and pepper, and sauteed, flipping them often, until browned, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a plate or bowl and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet, heat the olive oil and garlic. Add the bell pepper, water chestnuts and snap peas. Saute for about 10 minutes, or until tender.
  4. While those are cooking, however, start the sauce. In a medium saucepan, whisk together all of the sauce ingredients and heat over low-medium heat. Once it just starts to bubble, turn off the heat.
  5. Add the tofu and green onion to the other veggies in the skillet and combine to rewarm the tofu.
  6. Drain the noodles and add them to the skillet and let the noodles soften, about 5 minutes, over low-medium heat. Add the sauce and combine thoroughly; serve immediately.
  7. Top each serving with fresh cilantro and peanuts. Enjoy!

 

 

Black Rice & Lentil Thai Bowls with Cashew-Coconut Curry Sauce

Black Rice and Lentil Thai Bowls with Cashew-Coconut Curry Sauce -- Epicurean VeganYou’re going to need a big bowl to fit in all this goodness. It’s easy to go overboard with different veggies and toppings, but I think I found a great combination for these Thai bowls. Not only are they vegan, but they’re gluten-free too. The flavors of the sauce mingle beautifully with the steamed cauliflower, tofu and kale. The pepitas also add a nice extra crunch as well. Served warm or cold, these bowls are great to take to work for a filling, protein-packed lunch.

INGREDIENTS:
2-1/2 C vegetable broth
1 C black rice
1 C green lentils
1 head cauliflower
14-oz extra firm tofu, drained, pressed and cubed
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 carrots, grated
3 C kale, chopped
1 C green onion, sliced
1/2 C pepitas
Cashew-Coconut Curry Sauce:
1 C cashews, soaked in hot water for about an hour
2 cloves garlic
1 can coconut milk
1 Tbs fresh ginger, grated
2 Tbs peanut butter
Juice from one lime
1 Tbs curry powder
1 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS:
To begin, combine the rice, lentils and vegetable broth in a large soup pot and bring to a boil. Stir, reduce heat, and cover; cook for 40-45 minutes. This will give you plenty of time to get everything else prepared: chop the veggies, saute the tofu and steam the cauliflower. For the tofu, I just sauteed the cubes in a dry skillet until slightly browned. Steam the cauliflower florets for about 8-10 minutes—not too much though because you want to avoid making the cauliflower too mushy (unless you like that sort of thing). I prefer them to have a little bit of crunch. To make the sauce, toss the garlic cloves in a food processor and mince. Next, add all of the other sauce ingredients and puree for several minutes until completely smooth. Transfer to a small saucepan and heat over medium-low heat until it thickens just a little—only a couple of minutes.

Black Rice and Lentil Thai Bowls with Cashew-Coconut Curry Sauce -- Epicurean VeganOnce the rice and lentils are done, fluff with a spoon. To serve, start with some rice-lentil mixture, then add the kale, tofu, cauliflower, carrots, green onions, sauce and top with the pepitas. Absolutely delicious! Enjoy!

Black Rice & Lentil Thai Bowls with Cashew-Coconut Curry Sauce
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2-1/2 C vegetable broth
  • 1 C black rice
  • 1 C green lentils
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 14-oz extra firm tofu, drained, pressed and cubed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 3 C kale, chopped
  • 1 C green onion, sliced
  • ½ C pepitas
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  • Cashew-Coconut Curry Sauce:
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  • 1 C cashews, soaked in hot water for about an hour
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 Tbs fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 Tbs peanut butter
  • Juice from one lime
  • 1 Tbs curry powder
  • 1 tsp salt
Directions
  1. To begin, combine the rice, lentils and vegetable broth in a large soup pot and bring to a boil. Stir, reduce heat, and cover; cook for 40-45 minutes.
  2. This will give you plenty of time to get everything else prepared: chop the veggies, saute the tofu and steam the cauliflower.
  3. For the tofu, I just sauteed the cubes in a dry skillet until slightly browned.
  4. Steam the cauliflower florets for about 8-10 minutes---not too much though because you want to avoid making the cauliflower too mushy (unless you like that sort of thing). I prefer them to have a little bit of crunch.
  5. To make the sauce, toss the garlic cloves in a food processor and mince. Next, add all of the other sauce ingredients and puree for several minutes until completely smooth. Transfer to a small saucepan and heat over medium-low heat until it thickens just a little---only a couple of minutes.
  6. Once the rice and lentils are done, fluff with a spoon.
  7. To serve, start with some rice-lentil mixture, then add the kale, tofu, cauliflower, carrots, green onions, sauce and top with the pepitas. Absolutely delicious! Enjoy!

 

Breaded Tofu with a Creamy Spinach, Tomato and Bell Pepper Sauce

Breaded Tofu with a Creamy Spinach, Tomato and Bell Pepper Sauce -- Epicurean VeganThis recipe started out with me going through the refrigerator and trying to decide what I had and how they could go together. At the center: a close-to-expiring tub of tofu. Luckily, we had hit the farmer’s market yesterday, so I had plenty of veggies on hand. The flavors of the breaded tofu and the savory, sage-y sauce, is a beautiful combination. The pine nuts on top are a fabulous addition if you happen to have some on hand.

INGREDIENTS:
Tofu
1 14-oz tub extra firm tofu, cut lengthwise into 6 steaks
1/4 C tamari or soy sauce
1/2 tsp Worcestershire
2 tsp tomato sauce
1 Tbs yellow or red miso
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tsp agave
1 C panko
1/8 C nutritional yeast
Salt and pepper
Sauce
1 Tbs olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 orange bell pepper, diced
3 Tbs vegan margarine
6 Tbs flour
1/2 C white wine
1 C almond milk
1/2 to 3/4 C vegetable broth
1/2 tsp sage
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
2 tomatoes, diced
4 C spinach, chopped
The rest
1/4 C pine nuts, toasted

DIRECTIONS:
I recommend having all of your ingredients prepped and ready to go before proceeding; it’ll help out a lot.

Breaded Tofu with a Creamy Spinach, Tomato and Bell Pepper Sauce -- Epicurean VeganStart with preparing the tofu. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the tamari, tomato paste, miso, Worcestershire sauce, sesame oil and agave. In another shallow bowl, combine the panko, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper. Next, heat the olive oil in a large skillet and add the garlic and bell pepper over medium heat. While the pepper is cooking, finish preparing the tofu. Coat the tofu steaks in the tamari mixture, then coat well in the panko mixture.
Breaded Tofu with a Creamy Spinach, Tomato and Bell Pepper Sauce -- Epicurean VeganSpray a grill pan with some olive oil cooking spray and heat over medium. Lay the six tofu steaks in the pan and cook for about 8 minutes per side.
Breaded Tofu with a Creamy Spinach, Tomato and Bell Pepper Sauce -- Epicurean VeganWhile the tofu is cooking, check the bell pepper. (You should also make sure you’re toasting those pine nuts—just a few minutes in a dry skillet, stirring often.)
20140818_174457Once the bell pepper softens and browns, transfer to a bowl. Using the same skillet, add the vegan margarine and let it melt completely. Whisk in the flour and blend well over medium heat. Slowly whisk in the white wine until the mixture is smooth. Next, add the almond milk, but just a little at a time. The sauce will gradually thicken as you go. (Check the tofu; you may need to turn it by this point.) Once the milk is all incorporated and the sauce is getting thick, add the vegetable broth. I used somewhere between half and three-quarters of a cup. I’d whisk a little in, let it thicken, then added more. I continued to do this until I was happy with the consistency. Season with sage, salt and pepper. Next, I folded in the tomatoes. The liquid from the tomatoes may thin out the sauce a little, but it ought to thicken back up with no problem. Your tofu ought to be finished about this time, so fold the spinach into the sauce.
Breaded Tofu with a Creamy Spinach, Tomato and Bell Pepper Sauce -- Epicurean Vegan Serve the tofu with a ladle or two of the sauce on top. Sprinkle with pine nuts and enjoy!
Breaded Tofu with a Creamy Spinach, Tomato and Bell Pepper Sauce -- Epicurean Vegan

Breaded Tofu with a Creamy Spinach, Tomato and Bell Pepper Sauce
 
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Serves: 3-6
Ingredients
  • Tofu
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  • 1 14-oz tub extra firm tofu, cut lengthwise into 6 steaks
  • ¼ C tamari or soy sauce
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire
  • 2 tsp tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbs yellow or red miso
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp agave
  • 1 C panko
  • ⅛ C nutritional yeast
  • Salt and pepper
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  • Sauce
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  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 3 Tbs vegan margarine
  • 6 Tbs flour
  • ½ C white wine
  • 1 C almond milk
  • ½ to ¾ C vegetable broth
  • ½ tsp sage
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 4 C spinach, chopped
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  • The rest
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  • ¼ C pine nuts, toasted
Directions
  1. I recommend having all of your ingredients prepped and ready to go before proceeding; it'll help out a lot.
  2. Start with preparing the tofu. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the tamari, tomato paste, miso, Worcestershire sauce, sesame oil and agave.
  3. In another shallow bowl, combine the panko, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper.
  4. Next, heat the olive oil in a large skillet and add the garlic and bell pepper over medium heat. While the pepper is cooking, finish preparing the tofu. Coat the tofu steaks in the tamari mixture, then coat well in the panko mixture.
  5. Spray a grill pan with some olive oil cooking spray and heat over medium. Lay the six tofu steaks in the pan and cook for about 8 minutes per side.
  6. While the tofu is cooking, check the bell pepper. (You should also make sure you're toasting those pine nuts---just a few minutes in a dry skillet, stirring often.)
  7. Once the bell pepper softens and browns, transfer to a bowl.
  8. Using the same skillet, add the vegan margarine and let it melt completely. Whisk in the flour and blend well over medium heat. Slowly whisk in the white wine until the mixture is smooth. Next, add the almond milk, but just a little at a time. The sauce will gradually thicken as you go.
  9. (Check the tofu; you may need to turn it by this point.)
  10. Once the milk is all incorporated and the sauce is getting thick, add the vegetable broth. I used somewhere between half and three-quarters of a cup. I'd whisk a little in, let it thicken, then added more. I continued to do this until I was happy with the consistency. Season with sage, salt and pepper.
  11. Next, I folded in the tomatoes. The liquid from the tomatoes may thin out the sauce a little, but it ought to thicken back up with no problem. Your tofu ought to be finished about this time, so stir in the spinach.
  12. Serve the tofu with a ladle or two of the sauce on top. Sprinkle with pine nuts and enjoy!

 

 

Tofu Caesar Wraps

Tofu Caesar Wraps -- Epicurean VeganWraps are such a quick and easy meal, especially when summer activities have you running all over the place. Although, these are a great option during the school year when you need to grab-and-go. I love Caesar salad, but since going vegan, it’s hard to come by a non-dairy (and non anchovy) version. I made my own Caesar dressing a couple of years ago, which I think his pretty darn good, if I say so myself, so I used that same dressing for these wraps. I did, however, thin out the dressing a little for this recipe, but feel free to do what you’d like. The dressing recipe makes about 2-1/2 cups, so I suggest either halving the recipe, or just enjoy the leftover dressing on salads, sandwiches, or even as a veggie dip.

INGREDIENTS:
Dressing:
2 cloves garlic
12-oz box firm silken tofu
3 Tbs lemon juice
1/8 C olive oil
2 Tbs capers
4 tsp caper juice/brine
1/2 tsp mustard powder
Dash of sugar
Salt and pepper
(I added 2 Tbs of nutritional yeast to the original dressing recipe)
The rest:
1 large bunch of romaine, chopped
1/2 large red onion, sliced
1/3 C cashews chopped
1 14-oz tub extra firm tofu, cut lengthwise into 4 slabs
Cooking spray
Salt and pepper
Croutons
Flour tortillas or other wraps

DIRECTIONS:
To make the dressing, puree the whole garlic cloves in the food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients and puree until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl halfway through. I then transferred the dressing to a mason jar and stored in the fridge.
To prepare the tofu, lightly spray a grill pan with cooking spray and over medium heat, brown the tofu, about 8-10 minutes per side.

Tofu Caesar Wraps -- Epicurean VeganMove the tofu to a cutting board and let them cool about 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, toss the romaine, red onion and cashews in a medium bowl. I then scooped out about 1/2 a cup of the dressing into a small bowl and whisked in about 1-2 tablespoons of water—it’s a pretty thick dressing. Feel free to use almond milk, veggie broth or leave it as is. I then added the dressing to the salad mixture and thoroughly combined it all.
Tofu Caesar Wraps -- Epicurean VeganCut the tofu into small squares.
Tofu Caesar Wraps -- Epicurean VeganTo assemble, I warmed the tortilla in the microwave for just a few seconds; it’s easier to roll when warm. Place a large mound of salad in the tortilla, then some tofu and a few croutons. Wrap and enjoy!

Tofu Caesar Wraps
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • Dressing:
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 12-oz box firm silken tofu
  • 3 Tbs lemon juice
  • ⅛ C olive oil
  • 2 Tbs capers
  • 4 tsp caper juice/brine
  • ½ tsp mustard powder
  • Dash of sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  • (I added 2 Tbs of nutritional yeast to the original dressing recipe)
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  • The rest:
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  • 1 large bunch of romaine, chopped
  • ½ large red onion, sliced
  • ⅓ C cashews chopped
  • 1 14-oz tub extra firm tofu, cut lengthwise into 4 slabs
  • Cooking spray
  • Salt and pepper
  • Croutons
  • Flour tortillas or other wraps
Directions
  1. To make the dressing, puree the whole garlic cloves in the food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients and puree until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl halfway through. I then transferred the dressing to a mason jar and stored in the fridge.
  2. To prepare the tofu, lightly spray a grill pan with cooking spray and over medium heat, brown the tofu, about 8-10 minutes per side.
  3. Remove to a cutting board and let them cool about 5-10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, toss the romaine, red onion and cashews in a medium bowl.
  5. I then scooped out about ½ a cup of the dressing into a small bowl and whisked in about 1-2 tablespoons of water---it's a pretty thick dressing. Feel free to use almond milk, veggie broth or leave it as is. I then added the dressing to the salad mixture and thoroughly combined it all.
  6. Cut the tofu into small squares.
  7. To assemble, I warmed the tortilla in the microwave for just a few seconds; it's easier to roll when warm. Place a large mound of salad in the tortilla, then some tofu and a few croutons. Wrap and enjoy!

 

 

Dreamy, Creamy Pasta Salad

Dreamy, Creamy Pasta Salad -- Epicurean VeganThis is the perfect picnic pasta salad . . . okay, perfect for any time. Summer is around the corner and chances are, you’ve got some get togethers on the horizon (the Fourth of July will be here before you know it), so this is a flavor-packed, crowd-pleasing salad sure to be gone in minutes.

INGREDIENTS:
16-oz of pasta
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 C green onion, sliced
2 carrots, shredded
Sauce:
2 cloves of garlic
12.3-oz pkg. Mori-Nu Silken tofu, firm or extra firm
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbs yellow miso
1 Tbs nutritional yeast
1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp dill
2 Tbs vegan sour cream

DIRECTIONS:
Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Meanwhile, chop up the garlic cloves in the food processor, then add the remaining sauce ingredients. Blend until smooth, 1-2 minutes.

Dreamy, Creamy Pasta Salad -- Epicurean VeganAdd the veggies to a large bowl . . .
Dreamy, Creamy Pasta Salad -- Epicurean Vegan. . . add the pasta and then fold in the sauce. Combine thoroughly; serve immediately, or chill in the fridge. Enjoy!
Dreamy, Creamy Pasta Salad -- Epicurean Vegan

Dreamy, Creamy Pasta Salad
 
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Ingredients
  • 16-oz of pasta
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 C green onion, sliced
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • Sauce:
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 12.3-oz pkg. Mori-Nu Silken tofu, firm or extra firm
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbs yellow miso
  • 1 Tbs nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp dill
  • 2 Tbs vegan sour cream
Directions
  1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Meanwhile, chop up the garlic cloves in the food processor, then add the remaining sauce ingredients. Blend until smooth, 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add the veggies to a large bowl.
  3. Add the pasta and then fold in the sauce. Combine thoroughly; serve immediately, or chill in the fridge. Enjoy!

 

Tofu-Avocado Bowl with Cilantro-Ginger Cashew Sauce

Tofu Avocado Bowl with Cilantro-Ginger Cashew Sauce -- Epicurean VeganIt’s been a busy spring, but I hope to get back to posting more regularly very, very soon. I’m excited to bring you this new recipe that is a “smorgasbord of flavors,” as The Husband called it. (That’s a good thing, I found out). This weekend, we went to WaterCourse Foods in Denver where I thoroughly enjoyed their Street Tacos that had a cilantro cream sauce. I have no idea how they made theirs, but it inspired me to make my own. Then came the veggies, rice and tofu and an incredible meal was born! (Sorry, a little dramatic). But I think you’ll really love this easy to make meal (no judgment here if you lick the bowl).

INGREDIENTS:
Cilantro-Ginger Cashew Sauce:
1 C raw, unsalted cashews, soaked for at least an hour in hot water
1 Tbs white or yellow miso
1/3 C packed cilantro leaves
2 Tbs lime juice
1 large clove of garlic, minced
1 Tbs fresh ginger
1 tsp salt
1/4 C water
1/4 C unsweetened, unflavored almond milk
The rest:
1-3/4 C vegetable broth
1 C wild rice (I used Lundberg Jubilee variety)
14-oz extra firm tofu, drained and pressed, cut into 6-7 slabs
1-1/2 C snowpeas, ends trimmed and cut in half
3/4 C green onion, sliced
2 carrots, grated
Shallot salt (or regular salt)
1-2 avocados, sliced
Cooking spray

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DIRECTIONS:
Start with preparing the rice. Combine the broth and rice in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover for 40 minutes. Meanwhile, to make the amazing sauce, drain the cashews and transfer them to the food processor. Add the other ingredients and puree. Scrape the bowl a few times and process until completely smooth.

Tofu-Avocado Bowl with Cilantro-Ginger Cashew Sauce -- Epicurean VeganSpray a large skillet with cooking spray and place over medium-high heat. Place the tofu slabs in the skillet, season with shallot salt. Turn the tofu once one side is browned. Season once again with shallot salt.
Tofu-Avocado Bowl with Cilantro-Ginger Cashew Sauce -- Epicurean VeganOnce the tofu is done, transfer to a cutting board and cut each slab into 3 long pieces, then again in half.
Tofu-Avocado Bowl with Cilantro-Ginger Cashew Sauce -- Epicurean VeganAdd the snowpeas and green onion to the same skillet. Over medium heat, saute the veggies for just a few minutes; enough to soften them a little. If need be, spray the skillet again with cooking spray. Stir in the carrot and cook another few minutes. Season with a little shallot salt, if you’d like.
Tofu-Avocado Bowl with Cilantro-Ginger Cashew Sauce -- Epicurean VeganTo assemble, start with rice, top with the vegetable mixture, then add the tofu and avocado. Drizzle, drop or dump some sauce on top. Then . . . mix it all together and enjoy!
Tofu-Avocado Bowl with Cilantro-Ginger Cashew Sauce -- Epicurean Vegan

Tofu-Avocado Bowl with Cilantro-Ginger Cashew Sauce
 
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Ingredients
  • Cilantro-Ginger Cashew Sauce:
  • 1 C raw, unsalted cashews, soaked for at least an hour in hot water
  • 1 Tbs white or yellow miso
  • ⅓ C packed cilantro leaves
  • 2 Tbs lime juice
  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ C water
  • ¼ C unsweetened, unflavored almond milk
  • The rest:
  • 1-3/4 C vegetable broth
  • 1 C wild rice (I used Lundberg Jubilee variety)
  • 14-oz extra firm tofu, drained and pressed, cut into 6-7 slabs
  • 1-1/2 C snowpeas, ends trimmed and cut in half
  • ¾ C green onion, sliced
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • Shallot salt (or regular salt)
  • 1-2 avocados, sliced
  • Cooking spray
Directions
  1. Start with preparing the rice. Combine the broth and rice in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover for 40 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, to make the amazing sauce, drain the cashews and transfer them to the food processor. Add the other ingredients and puree. Scrape the bowl a few times and process until completely smooth
  3. Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and place over medium-high heat. Place the tofu slabs in the skillet, season with shallot salt. Turn the tofu once one side is browned. Season once again with shallot salt.
  4. Once the tofu is done, transfer to a cutting board and cut each slab into 3 long pieces, then again in half.
  5. Add the snowpeas and green onion to the same skillet. Over medium heat, saute the veggies for just a few minutes; enough to soften them a little. If need be, spray the skillet again with cooking spray. Stir in the carrot and cook another few minutes. Season with a little shallot salt, if you'd like.
  6. To assemble, start with rice, top with the vegetable mixture, then add the tofu and avocado. Drizzle, drop or dump some sauce on top. Then . . . mix it all together and enjoy!

 

Tofu & Shiitake Stir-fry with Soba Noodles

Tofu and Shiitake Stir-fry with Soba Noodles -- Epicurean VeganThis is such an easy and tasty dinner to throw together—as long as you remember to give the veggies time to marinate. Even it’s just an hour, that’s quite all right. Feel free to use your own favorite veggies, but keep in mind, that you may have to marinate certain vegetables separate, depending on whether or not they need longer cooking time. The vegetables I chose could be all cooked together at the same time, so it made this dish a breeze.

INGREDIENTS
Marinade:
1/2 C tamari
2 Tbs brown rice vinegar
2 tsp agave
2 tsp sesame seed oil
2 Tbs sherry
1 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbs ginger root, grated
1/2 C green onion, sliced
The rest:
8-oz shiitake mushrooms, sliced
14-oz pkg. extra firm tofu, drained, pressed and cubed
3/4 C snowpeas, cut in half
6 to 8 oz buckwheat soba noodles ( I like Hakubaku brand. They come in a package of 3 separate rolls of noodles. I used 2 of the 3)
1 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs arrowroot

DIRECTIONS:
Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a resealable bag. Mix it up well, then add the mushrooms, tofu and snowpeas. Coat the vegetables thoroughly and lay flat in the refrigerator for at least an hour, turning over once, half way through.

Tofu and Shiitake Stir-fry with Soba Noodles -- Epicurean VeganIn a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Drain and reserve the marinade in a measuring cup; you should have about a 1/3 of a cup; set aside. Saute the vegetables over medium heat for 8-10 minutes, or until they begin brown. Meanwhile, heat the water for the noodles. They’ll only take 4 minutes to cook once adding them to boiling water, so it will all come together pretty quickly.

When the vegetables are about done, whisk the arrowroot into the reserved marinade. Make sure you don’t have any clumps. Pour it into the skillet, coat the vegetables well, and reduce the heat to low.

Tofu and Shiitake Stir-fry with Soba Noodles -- Epicurean VeganDrain the soba noodles and serve with the vegetable mix on top. Enjoy!

Tofu & Shiitake Stir-fry with Soba Noodles
 
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Ingredients
  • Marinade:
  • ½ C tamari
  • 2 Tbs brown rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp agave
  • 2 tsp sesame seed oil
  • 2 Tbs sherry
  • 1 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs ginger root, grated
  • ½ C green onion, sliced
  • The rest:
  • 8-oz shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 14-oz pkg. extra firm tofu, drained, pressed and cubed
  • ¾ C snowpeas, cut in half
  • 6 to 8 oz buckwheat soba noodles ( I like Hakubaku brand. They come in a package of 3 separate rolls of noodles. I used 2 of the 3)
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbs arrowroot
Directions
  1. Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a resealable bag. Mix it up well, then add the mushrooms, tofu and snowpeas. Coat the vegetables thoroughly and lay flat in the refrigerator for at least an hour, turning over once, half way through.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Drain and reserve the marinade in a measuring cup; you should have about a ⅓ of a cup; set aside. Saute the vegetables over medium heat for 8-10 minutes, or until they begin brown.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the water for the noodles. They'll only take 4 minutes to cook once adding them to boiling water, so it will all come together pretty quickly.
  4. When the vegetables are about done, whisk the arrowroot into the reserved marinade. Make sure you don't have any clumps. Pour it into the skillet, coat the vegetables well, and reduce the heat to low.
  5. Drain the soba noodles and serve with the vegetable mix on top. Enjoy!

 

Rainy Day Tofu Scramble

Rainy Day Tofu Scramble -- Epicurean VeganSo Mother Nature has not been happy with us. A couple of weeks ago, we were having extreme heat that schools actually closed down for a day. Now, Denver and Northern Colorado is having extreme rain and flooding. (And we can’t forget about the snowstorm in May!) Fort Collins is shutting down bridges and closing up shop. Other cities, like Lyons are being completely evacuated. Many of the mountain towns have no water, electricity and gas! We’re fortunately doing fine where we’re at, but other neighborhoods in Fort Collins are gearing up for some serious flooding.

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This is between Lyons and Estes Park. Image from Estes Park News.

Yikes! I hope everyone stays safe and that this rain gives us a break!

So while we wait it out, might as well eat, right? Here’s a quick, easy, and versatile breakfast that will be ready in minutes.

INGREDIENTS:
1 Tbs olive oil
1 14-oz tub extra firm tofu, drained, pressed and crumbled
6 mushrooms, sliced
1/2 C green onions, sliced
1/2 C black olives
A few dashes of turmeric
A few dashes of cumin
A couple dashes of garlic salt
A couple of dashes of black pepper
1/4 C salsa
1 tomato, diced
1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced
Daiya cheese shreds
Flour tortillas, optional

DIRECTIONS:
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the mushrooms and green onion and saute over medium, heat for 5 minutes, or until the mushrooms cook down a little. Add the turmeric, cumin, garlic salt, and pepper. Next, add the tofu and black olives and saute 5 minutes, then stir in the salsa. Cook for a few minutes until everything is hot. Serve either in a bowl, or tortilla along with some Daiya, tomatoes, and avocado. Enjoy!

Rainy Day Tofu Scramble
 
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Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 14-oz tub extra firm tofu, drained, pressed and crumbled
  • 6 mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ C green onions, sliced
  • ½ C black olives
  • A few dashes of turmeric
  • A few dashes of cumin
  • A couple dashes of garlic salt
  • A couple of dashes of black pepper
  • ¼ C salsa
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced
  • Daiya cheese shreds
  • Flour tortillas, optional
Directions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet.
  2. Add the mushrooms and green onion and saute over medium, heat for 5 minutes, or until the mushrooms cook down a little.
  3. Add the turmeric, cumin, garlic salt, and pepper.
  4. Next, add the tofu and black olives and saute 5 minutes, then stir in the salsa.
  5. Cook for a few minutes until everything is hot.
  6. Serve either in a bowl, or tortilla along with some Daiya, tomatoes, and avocado. Enjoy!