Sesame Noodles with Ginger-Soy Braised Tofu and Steamed Broccoli

A Passion For Food…A Passion For Flavor! – Melanie daPonte

Melanie daPonte, Vegan Personal Chef

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Ever Since I found out my beloved Ma Po Tofu at PF Changs contains more than a full day’s worth of  sodium (3450 mg) I’ve been getting creative coming up with quick Asian lunch ideas.

I cook an extra serving or two of spaghetti at dinner time and store it in the fridge for later. That’s the first timesaver. With a few spare minutes in the kitchen I whip up an easy sesame sauce that is delicious over noodles, or just for dipping steamed broccoli. In about 2 micro- minutes I braise up some tofu to add some protein to my lunch. Toss in some steamed veggies and I’ve got a delicious, nutritious meal for lunch or dinner.

Quick Asian Noodle Sauce

Recipe courtesy Jenna Webber (www.eatliverun.com)

     ½ cup Tahini

       ¼ cup Canola oil

       ½ cup Hot water, as needed

       ¼ cup Sugar

       ¼

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Kung Pao Cauliflower

The OM Project.

The OM Project

This recipe by Circus Gardener’s Kitchen is similar to the spicy cauliflower wings I posted up a few weeks back. Treating cauliflower like little bites of chicken, you can season them, bake them, and grill them exactly the same way. Think of this as healthy General Gao’s and stick little tooth picks in them.

Ingredients

1 head of cauliflower, broken into florets, each about 1½-2 cm
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 red chillies, seeds in, finely chopped
2 cm piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped
4 spring onions, sliced, including green parts
50 g unsalted peanuts, dry fried and roughly chopped
2 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
50 g organic cornflour

for the ma-la cooking oil

125 ml roasted peanut oil (use groundnut oil if not available)
2 star anise
1 tsp Szechuan peppercorns
1 tsp dried chillies
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil

for the marinade

100 ml organic…

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Tofu Burger Recipe

The Veggie Expat!

The Veggie Expat

Hi Everyone,

How are you?

Last recipe for a little while. I hope you like them. Let me know which one is your favorite (if you have one).


For this recipe, you will need:

  • Tofu
  • Sweet peppers (two)
  • Mushrooms
  • Buns (brioche buns were the perfect fit)
  • Cheese (optional, I grabbed my favorite vegan cheese, garlic&herb at Whole Foods)
  • Rocket Salad
  • Olives (optional, I just love them)

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I cut my mushrooms and my peppers, cooked them in sesame oil for about five mins. Grabbed my brioche buns and instead of warming them up in a pan like I usually do, I put them in my waffle maker.

They turned out perfectly crispy I was so happy you guys!

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As you can see, the piece of Tofu I got from Whole Foods is HUGE (you get two of them in a box, already cooked and grilled for £2.99) and I…

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Warm Salad of Butternut Squash, Chickpea and Kale

Nice and healthy!

The Circus Gardener's Kitchen

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Supermarkets are very good at spotting trends, and even better at making themselves appear to be on top of those trends.

For example, in the last few years pressure from consumers has led to the provenance of fresh food being clearly displayed on the label. In some cases, the label will even identify the very farm where the produce was grown.

For those of us who check the labels, this trend has helped us make more informed choices over what we put in our shopping baskets.

Unfortunately, whilst such labelling should promote greater transparency, it is heavily dependent on the honesty and integrity of the supermarkets themselves.

And therein lies a problem.

Earlier this year, Tesco supermarket was revealed to be using fake farm labels on its fresh produce. Tesco have seven such labels – Rosedene Farm, Boswell Farms, Suntrail Farms, Willow Farms, Nightingale Farms, Redmere Farms and Woodside Farms

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Egg Fried Rice

A quick and easy recipe.

CurryLives

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The Egg Fried Rice is simple yet tasty, basic fried rice recipes. Fried rice basically is stir fried rice with different ingredients and seasonings. Among different types of fried rice this one with fried eggs is simplest recipe.

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roast chickpea and avocado salad

Love salads, LOVE avocados!

The Circus Gardener's Kitchen

roast chickpea and avocado salad

In the past twelve months some 2,000 square miles of the Amazon rainforest has been lost to clearing – equivalent to 50 football pitches every minute.

Although some of these losses are due to illegal logging, much of it has been to meet the demands of the cattle industry.

In 2009 the multinational food giants McDonald’s and Cargill were named and shamed by Greenpeace for their role in the clearance of large areas of Amazonian rainforest, either to graze cattle for burgers or to grow soy beans as feed for cattle destined to end up in burgers.

The current scale of the losses of forest land is unsustainable.

Without the protection of the forest canopies, soils quickly dry out and become vulnerable to wind and rain erosion.

Trees are a vital part of the water cycle, returning moisture from the soil to the atmosphere, which will later return in…

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vegetable chow mein

Yummy!

The Circus Gardener's Kitchen

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Britain leads the rest of the world in consumption of ready meals. Our trust in the manufacturers of processed foods and drinks would be touching if it was not so harmfully misplaced.

Time and again, those processed food and drink manufacturers have been shown to be far more concerned about maximising and protecting their profits than they are about the health of their customers.

Their most profitable ingredient is also their most deadly – sugar. Like salt, it is a cheap but unhealthy ingredient that can be used to bulk out cereals, yoghurts, cooking sauces, fizzy drinks, cakes, biscuits and, of course, ready meals.

In the early 1970s, a British scientist called John Yudkin published a book of his research into the impact of sugar in our diet. Called “Pure, White and Deadly”, Yudkin’s book set out the evidence linking sugar consumption with health problems, in particular coronary heart…

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