Yummy Tempeh Hot Wings

Tonight for dinner we tried out a recipe we both have been dying to try because we love hot sauce! We made up some yummy tempeh hot wings, rosemary roasted potatoes and a green salad of sweet endive tossed in Amy’s Tahini Tomato Dressing. It was a wonderful, light and satisfying meal.

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Recipe:
Buffalo Tempeh “Wings”
(courtesy of 28 Cooks)
1 (8 oz) pkg tempeh
1/3 c soy milk
1/3 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp thyme leaves
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Freshly ground pepper to taste
1 cup Italian seasoned panko crumbs (I was unable to find Italian seasoned panko crumbs that were vegan so I used plain ones that I seasoned with a bit of oregano, salt, pepper, and basil.)

Wing Sauce
1/2 c Louisiana-style hot sauce (I used Franks)
2 tbsp butter (I used Earth Balance)
1 tbsp ketchup

Bring 4 cups of water to boil over high heat. Meanwhile, remove tempeh from package. Slice into 8 strips. (If you are a first time tempheh eater and have texture issues, I recommend slicing into 10-12 strips) Once water is boiling, lower heat to medium high, add tempeh, and boil for 15 minutes. Drain and rinse with cool water.
Set out 3 bowls. In one, pour in soy milk. In the second, combine flour and seasonings. In third bowl, add panko crumbs. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place each strip in milk. Coat in flour mixture, then briefly re-dip into milk. Toss with panko crumbs, coating well. Set on slightly oiled baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tempeh strips. Once all are coated and on baking sheet, lightly spray all “wings” with cooking spray. Place into oven and bake for 10 minutes. Flip “wings” over and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
While they are baking, place wing sauce ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Cover with Saran wrap and heat in microwave on medium high setting for a minute and a half. Remove from heat and whisk ingredients together.
When wings are finished baking, toss with sauce. Serve immediately.

For the Rosemary Roasted Potatoes I cut 3 red potatoes into wedges and tossed with a tablespoon of canola oil and tossed with minced garlic and dried rosemary (use fresh if you have it).

The salad was simply greens in this case sweet endive and our favorite dressing (Tahini tomato) but feel free to use any you like!

Curry Noodle Bowl

Tonight I decided to make curry noodle bowls for dinner and our lunch tomorrow. I found that there could be some improvements made to this dish next time around. I used soba noodles for a change and decided that a nice udon noodle would have worked much better in the dish. Also I used a red curry and it seems that it would be nicer with a yellow curry but we will see next time how I like that versus the red. Lastly I chose to use morningstar chik’n strips and they did not hold up well in the curry for the future I would use tofu or try a fake chik’n that holds up better such as Yves chik’n strips.

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Recipe:

CURRY NOODLE BOWL (adapted from Hooked on Heat)
Prep time: 15 min Cooking time: 15 min Serves: 4

1 lb noodles of choice
1 cup morningstar chik’n strips
1 small onion, thinly sliced
2 cups chopped napa cabbage
1 cup sliced cremini mushrooms
1 tbsp crushed garlic
2 tbsp red curry
1 stalk lemon grass, bruised and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 can coconut milk
3 cups light flavored vegetable stock
1 tbsp light cooking oil
salt & pepper, to taste
fresh coriander leaves, chopped chillies and lemon wedges, for garnish (really makes a huge difference so make sure in include!)

HEAT oil in a deep pan, and saute garlic and curry paste till fragrant. Add in onions and chik’n, and saute till lightly brown.

ADD in coconut milk, stock and lemon grass, and let it come to a boil on low heat. Add in musrooms and noodles, and cook covered till noodles are tender and done. Stir in napa cabbage, and cover cook for 5 minutes.

SEASON with salt and pepper, add garnish with coriander leaves, chillies and a dash of lemon juice. Ladle in large bowls and serve piping hot.

Sarducci's

Last night we made it a date night and went to Sarducci’s in Montpelier,VT. There are number of vegetarian/vegan friendly selections such as:
Antipasti
Bruschetta:
Toasted Italian bread with olive oil, roasted garlic and parmesan (sans parmesean)
al Pomodoro:
with pesto, tomatoes, and parmesan (sans parmesean)

Insalate
Mista:
Assorted greens, tomato and black olives with balsamic vinaigrette. 3.50
Greca:
Lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, kalamata olives and feta cheese in an oregano red wine vinaigrette (sans feta)
Pasta
Spaghetti alla Marinara:
Spaghetti with fresh marinara sauce 7.99

Capellini dell’Angelo:
Angel hair pasta with fresh tomatoes, basil, olive oil and garlic in a light tomato sauce

Capellini di Verdure:
Angel hair pasta with spinach, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, tomatoes and goat cheese in a white wine basil sauce (sans goat cheese)

Penne Pugliesi:
Mushrooms, spinach, black olives, roasted eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil and garlic over penne

My husband got the Penne Pugliesi and it was SO good! I got the Capellini di Verdure sans goat cheese and it was very good as well.

Vegan Friendly Rating: 3 out of 5 carrots
Food Quality Rating: 3.5 out of 5 carrots

Finally Married!

So after a year of planning all the details of our wedding it finally happened on May 31st, 2008. We were lucky enough to have 100 or so friends and family join us from all over the States and Canada to celebrate our special day. Our ceremony was held in the rain under a pavilion at the Belvidere Ball Park and our reception at the VFW in Hyde Park, VT
Our wedding was catered by Tasty Persuasions out of Grand Isle, Vermont and Tina the caterer did an amazing job with all of our food.
The menu included (all vegan):
Appetizers:
• Stuffed Mushrooms (amazing)
• Ranch Dip and Veggies
• Hummus and Pita Chips
• Bruschetta
• Potato Skins
Entrees:
• Tempeh and Veggie Kabobs
• Green Salad with Balsamic Dressing
• Rolls and Earth Balance
• Seasoned Green Beans
• Pasta with Ratatouille
• Roasted Potatoes

For desert we had lemon and carrot cake cupcakes and a small Chocolate Raspberry cake (both Vegan) that were baked and decorated by my Aunt Betty as a wedding gift.

All Photos by Dona Davis

WOW!

So it’s been over a year since I last updated this blog and goodness it’s been a busy year. However I am at work currently so there is little time to update right now however there will be new and improved updates with vegan recipes, product reviews and dining picks!

until later! xo.Lindsay

Pad Thai

Neil made me this one night for dinner and then we made it for my parents while they were visiting. We just use our favorite veggies and tofu and it is so good.

20-Minute Pad-Thai-Style Noodles- vegcooking.com

You’ll find most of these ingredients in your pantry and fridge. In the time that it takes to boil pasta, you’ll have a delicious meal!

For the Sauce:
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1 cup hot vegetable broth
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1 Tbsp. Sriracha sauce (or more, to taste)
2 Tbsp. sesame oil
2 Tbsp. flour

• Whisk all the ingredients together until smooth.

For the ‘Pad Thai’:
1 pkg. fettuccine noodles
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 Tbsp. minced garlic
1/3 cup sliced red onion
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 broccoli crown, cut into florets
1/3 cup shredded carrots
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
1/4 cup crushed peanuts

• Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain.
• Meanwhile, heat the oil in a wok or large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute, or until fragrant.
• Add the onion, mushrooms, and broccoli. Sauté for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the onion has softened.
• Stir in the carrot, bell pepper, prepared sauce, and cooked pasta. Sauté for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the sauce thickens and the dish is heated through.
• Top with the crushed peanuts before serving.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Yummy Slow Cooker BBQ

Barbecue Tofu- vegcooking.com

Tofu is slow cooked in a zesty homemade barbecue sauce for a delicious anytime meal.

2 lbs. extra-firm tofu, pressed and diced
1 1/2 cups ketchup
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
1-2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
Salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste

• Combine all the ingredients in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.
• Serve on a bed of lettuce or on a hoagie roll.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

I made this the other day for Neil and it was soooo good. His mom then made it with vegan meatballs and added some mushrooms and a little water to thin it out and it was amazinggg!