"But food is not just a conversational common denominator like the weather is in Britain. The subject, sometimes passionately debated, represents a personal philosophy of life." --Kinta Beevor

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Mock Egg Salad

     This is by far the best "egg salad" I've ever had and it doesn't have any eggs, mayo, or salt in it.  I mixed a brick of firm tofu with an equal amount of hummus.  Before using the tofu I put the brick in a colander and placed a weight on top of it for about 20 minutes. This removes excess water and makes for a firmer texture. I cut off about 1/4 of the brick and diced this portion and set it aside. Next, I mashed the other 3/4 of the brick of tofu into the hummus. To this mixture I added 1 tbsp. turmeric, a pinch of smoked paprika, 1 tbsp. no-salt seasoning, and chopped celery. Then I carefully incorporated the diced tofu.  
     Chill in a covered container in the refrigerator.  Pictured here is  a mock egg salad sandwich with freshly picked Boston lettuce on toasted Ezekiel 7 grain sprouted flourless bread.
  • Nasoya lite firm brick of tofu (14 ounce)
  • Sabra hummus
  • turmeric
  • no-salt seasoning
  • chopped celery
  • smoked paprika

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Vegan Meatloaf with steamed vegetables

  Here's a vegan meatloaf that has the texture and zesty flavors that rival any meatloaf I've enjoyed in the past.  I served it with steamed cauliflower, steamed yellow squash, and a mix of red peppers, onions, and mushrooms.

Vegan Meat Loaf
1 10 ounce package of Tofu Crumbles
1 cup TVP (texturized vegetable protein)
1 or 2 chopped garlic cloves
3 tbsp. mustard
4 tbsp. Pomi strained tomatoes
4 tbsp. nutritional yeast
1 cup cooked thin sliced onion
1/2 cup cooked red peppers (diced)
1/2 cup cooked mushrooms (sliced)
2 cups black beans (hand mash or  use food processor)
3 tbsp. flax meal 
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 tbsp. dried oregano
1 tbsp. dried basil
2 tbsp. no-salt seasoning
 splash of hot sauce
1 tsp. smoked paprika
3 tbsp. dried parsley flakes
1/2 tsp. salt 
3tbsp. veg broth or water
     With a large fork, mix all the ingredients together. I spread mine evenly and pat it down into a 9" X 12" glass Pyrex pan. 
     Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and allow to rest for about 10 minutes before serving.