I saw a recipe pop up for slow cooker Thai chicken the other day and I realized that I had all the ingredients on hand to make a vegetarian (actually vegan!) version. YAY! It looked easy, tasty and I thought I’d give it a go. The results did not disappoint. It truly was easy and it tasted amazing. Final icing on the cake? I was able to put my leftovers to good use by making them into lettuce wraps the next night at dinner!
A couple of things of note… I ate it before I took a picture of it. So, just take my word for it that it looks good too. Also, the 1 Tbsp of saracha in the recipe makes it pretty hot. If you don’t like spicy foods, I’d drop it down to just 1/2 Tbsp. If you’re not a tofu fan, you can also adapt this same recipe to use a Faux Chicken product such as Quorn Chik’n Cutlets or Gardein Chick’n Scallopini.
1 package extra firm Tofu, sliced in 1/2 inch slabs
1/3 cup chopped peanuts, for topping
4 Tbsp chopped cilantro, for topping
1/2 cup bean sprouts, for topping
8oz Whole wheat pasta
1 cup shredded carrots
Combine PB2 or peanut butter with coconut milk in a medium bowl.
Add in Sriracha (or less), lime juice, soy sauce, sugar, and ginger. Stir well to combine.
Coat the tofu with the mixture and place in a slow cooker. Pour half of the remaining mixture into the slow cooker. Retain the other half in the refrigerator for use later.
Cook on high for 2 1/2 – 3 hours or low for 4 – 5ish hours.
Cook and drain the pasta. Heat remaining peanut sauce and carrots in the pasta pot, cooking over medium heat until well combined and carrots are slightly limp. Add the pasta back to the pot and stir well to combine.
Serve tofu over the top of the pasta. Top with chopped peanuts and cilantro.
Thai Tofu Lettuce Wraps from the leftovers
Leftover Thai Tofu (recipe above)
1 cup shredded carrots
1/2 can water chestnuts, finely chopped
1/4 cup green onions, for topping
Leftover bean sprouts, for topping
Leftover cilantro, for topping
Lettuce leaves (iceburg, romaine or green leaf), washed and dried
Cut the leftover tofu into cubes. Heat over medium heat along with carrots and water chestnuts.
When it’s heated through, add green onions and serve with lettuce leaves, bean sprouts and cilantro.
Eat by placing a bit of the tofu mixture into the lettuce leaf, roll it into a wrap and devour!
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When I was in New York a few months ago on a business trip, they brought in lunch for us from Birdbath Bakery. After one taste of this salad, I ignored every other option on the luncheon buffet and made my entire meal out of it. I was so madly in love, I had to find out how to make it!
So, I searched until I saw Marcus Samuelsson was also a fan of the very same salad and had created his own version of it. He’s almost exactly dead on with the flavors. The combination of the creamy cheese with the strong red onion flavors and the toasted hazelnuts is amazing. I don’t know how else to describe it. You just have to try it yourself.
I’ve made this recipe many times since and have introduced a few friends to the joy of raw kale as well. I hope you take the time to try this recipe and I’m sure you, too will become a fast fan.
I recommend serving it with the Lentil Soup with Curried Brown Butter from 101 Cookbooks I posted about recently. Also, you may want to make this a few hours in advance of serving it so the flavors have some time to meld together. Don’t worry, the raw kale is so… shall we say… ‘stout’… that it won’t wilt under the pressure of the dressing.
Photo by Lindsay Hunt via Marcus Samuelsson
Raw Kale Salad with Hazelnuts, Gruyere and Red Onion
I call this my “power meal”! It’s an all-in-one meal and a power house of healthy ingredients, quinoa, kale, avocado. It’s high in protein, low in bad fats, high in good fats and straight up FILLING and DELICIOUS. Oh, and to make it even better… It’s super quick and easy!
I usually keep all the ingredients on hand and make more than I need and eat this for dinners and lunches for a few days. It’s my new favorite meal!
Here’s how I do it:
Quick (15 min) Quinoa Kale Bowl
2 cups kale, cleaned & coarsely chopped
2/3 cup cooked black beans, rinsed & drained
2/3 cup quinoa, cooked according to directions on the package (any color will work, I usually use red)
2/3 cup pre-made fresh pico de gallo
1/2 cup lowfat mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 avocado, cut into cubes
Sea or kosher salt to taste
Make the quinoa according to packaged directions. Heat your beans (on the stove or in the microwave for 1-2 minutes). Steam the quinoa (in a steamer or 2 minutes in the microwave, covered)
Divide all ingredients except avocado and salt into two bowls and stir until just combined. Season to taste, top with fresh avocado, and serve.
When I’m in need of some real ‘comfort’ food – something with sustenance and will make me feel full and satisfied, I almost always turn to this easy, ‘meaty’ recipe for vegetarian lentil loaf (‘meatloaf’) with mashed cauliflower “potatoes”. With its high protein and fiber, combined with low calorie content and tons of flavor, what’s not to like? Even my meat eating husband will make a meal out of this lovely little loaf (thanks, mom, for showing me the recipe!). Serve it up with some steamed green beans and you have the perfect all-American dinner. Plus, it makes great leftovers (a sandwich, maybe?). I even think it might taste better after sitting overnight after the flavors have really mixed. Try it out and enjoy!
Vegetarian Lentil (“Meat”) Loaf
2 cups water
Dash of salt
1 cup lentils, rinsed and drained
1 medium onion, diced
1 cup oats
3/4 cup lowfat cheese (2% cheddar or mixed), shredded
2 egg whites (or 1 egg), lightly beaten
1/2 cup marinara sauce (I usually use Trader Joe’s “traditional” marinara sauce)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried basil
1 Tbsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp seasoning salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 Tbsp barbecue sauce (I use Trader Joe’s)
2 Tbsp ketchup
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Bring water and a dash of salt to a boil in a saucepan. Add lentils and simmer, covered, 25-30 minutes, until lentils are soft and most of the water is evaporated. Drain and lightly mash lentils
Stir in onions, oats and cheese. Add egg, marinara sauce, garlic powder, basil, parsley, salt and pepper. Mix well.
Spread mixture into a non-stick or greased loaf pan. Smooth the top with the back of a spoon. Mix barbecue sauce and catchup together and spread over the top of the loaf. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes until edges look dry, firm and golden brown.
Cool for about 10 minutes. Run a sharp knife around edges of the pan, slice and serve.
Place cauliflower florets in a microwave-safe bowl. Sprinkle water over the top and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave 5-7 minutes, until very soft.
Drain and use a paper towel to press out access moisture, taking care as the cauliflower will be very hot.
Place cauliflower in a food processor with garlic. Process until lightly pureed. Add sour cream, milk, cream cheese and butter. Continue to process adding additional milk as needed until they reach a desirable consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
There’s just something about a yummy soup on a cold rainy day that just does it for me. I’m always looking for new soup recipes – ones that are choc full of healthy veggies and that are filling. Egg Drop soup has the added benefit of having a ton of protein and is lowfat. It’s also (almost) fully customizable. You can add in whatever you’d like – more or less vegetables; and if you prefer to add some faux meat, you may.
I made it for dinner for my husband and me a few nights ago. We licked the bowl clean – no leftovers. Yumness.
Bring the 4 cups broth, ginger and soy sauce to a full boil. Make a slurry of the remaining 2 Tbsp broth and cornstarch by mixing in a small bowl until combined. Slowly pour into the broth and stir until thickens, slightly – 2 or 3 mins.
Add carrots, corn and tofu to the soup. Boil 5 minutes.
While the broth is at a full boil and while stirring in one direction, slowly pour in the egg whites. The egg will spread and feather.