#MeatlessMonday: Buffalo Chik’n Fries for One

Morning Star- Meatless Monday- Buffalo Chicken Fries

MorningStar LogoCan we talk guilty pleasures? I love, love, love smothered fries. Top them with chili and vegan cheese, gravy and vegan cheese or in this case vegan buffalo chik’n and vegan cheese.

Seriously what is better than fries topped with ooey gooey goodness?

This weekend I decided to indulge in my guilty pleasure and made a single serving of buffalo chik’n fries. These are seriously so good and super spicy. I don’t know what it is about pregnancy but with Edith and with Baby #2 I just can’t get enough spice so not only did this fulfill a guilty pleasure of smothered fries but also my craving for spice.

Morning Star- Meatless Monday- Buffalo Chicken FriesIngredients:

Directions:

  1. Cook the potato wedges based on recipe or package directions.
  2. Cook the MorningStar Chik’n based on the stove top directions and then dice up.
  3. Arrange the cooked potato wedges in a pile on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and turn the broiler on.
  4. Top the potato wedges with the chik’n and the scallion whites, the pour over the hot sauce and sprinkle with the cheese.
  5. Place under the broiler for 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted <– keep an eye on this so you don’t burn them!
  6. Remove the wedges from the oven and sprinkle with the scallion greens. ENJOY!

 

Morning Star- Meatless Monday- Buffalo Fries

Okay and now I want to make another batch of these and eat them all up. Hmm….maybe a double portion next time (I blame baby #2).

Q: What is your guilty pleasure?

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Meatless Monday: Cashew Tofu Stir Fry

Meatless Monday- Cashew Tofu Stir Fry

Although I have been only been writing about our grocery budgeting we have also set up a budget for basically everything else in our lives which includes dining out. That being said we have been trying to get creative at home by re-creating some of our favorite restaurant and take-out meals while still staying in our grocery budget. Tonight was one of those successful nights of dining in while eating one of our Chinese take-out favorites- Cashew Tofu Stir Fry.

Meatless Monday- Cashew Tofu Stir FryCashew Tofu Stir Fry
Serves 4- inspired by this recipe

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 14oz firm tofu, pressed and dried, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1.5 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons (divided) coconut oil
  • 4oz shiitake mushroom caps
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 8oz button mushrooms, quartered
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced with whites and greens separated
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup water or vegetable broth
  • 3 tablespoons garlic hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4-1 teaspoon chili flakes

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F. Place the cashews on a sheet pan and toast in the oven for 7-10 minutes, until lightly toasted.

Whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce and set aside.

Toss the tofu cubes with the cornstarch.

Heat the 1.5 tablespoons of coconut oil in a wok over medium-high heat. When the wok is hot add the tofu and cook until lightly browned; make sure to toss frequently. Remove from the wok with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of coconut oil to the wok and add the mushrooms and peppers. Cook for 4 minutes, tossing frequently and then add the garlic and the whites of the green onions. Cook until veggies are tender; about 6-8 minutes. If necessary add a small amount of water if the veggies look dry – start with 1 tablespoon.

Add the tofu and cashews to the veggies and gently toss to combine. Whisk the sauce once more and then pour the sauce over the stir fry. Give everything a bit toss and cook just until the sauce thickens; 2-3 minutes. Top with the greens of the green onion.

Meatless Monday Cashew Stir Fry TofuI served this up with some short grain brown rice and my husband and toddler devoured it. I have to thank my husband for being my taste tester during this whole process because unfortunately my cold is getting in the way of my ability to taste my food – please tell me this will pass! Anyways now I’m on to plan our next restaurant/take-out meal at home!

What is your favorite take-out meal?

Meatless Monday: Herbed Biscuits & White Bean Gravy

Biscuits & Gravy

I woke up Sunday morning with a desire to have restaurant style breakfast but since we are on a semi-strict budget we are being very selective when it comes to dining out so breakfast was going to have to be homemade. I hadn’t planned on this meal (note to self make plans for a fun weekend breakfast next week) so I had to improvise with what we had on hand without making huge alterations to our menu for the week.

I thought maybe we could have waffles but we are all out of maple syrup or berries (to make a sauce) so not only were waffles out but pancakes and french toast too. We have oatmeal most mornings and that’s pretty boring so that never really made the list. I thought about making tofu scramble with the tofu I had on hand but that is for another recipe this week so that became off limits. Feeling a little frustrated I wasn’t sure what to make and then finally I thought maybe, just maybe, I could pull off some biscuits and gravy.

herbed biscuitsI grabbed my copy of Vegan Brunch and searched for a biscuit and gravy recipe. I found both however we were missing a number of the ingredients so instead I used them as a template to make my own version of these recipes.

Herbed Biscuits

Based on Herbed Whole Wheat Drop Biscuits from Vegan Brunch p.187
Makes 12 biscuits

2 cups all purpose flour
5 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons COLD Earth Balance
1/2-1 cup unsweetened almond milk (I used 3/4 cup)

Preheat oven to 450F. Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat or parchment paper.

You will need a food processor fitted with the S-blade. To the food processor add the flour, baking powder, thyme, basil and salt; pulse 5 times to combine. Add the cold Earth Balance to the food processor and pulse 8-10 times until pebble sized pieces of dough form. With the food processor on low slowly pour the almond milk through the feed tube until a soft dough is formed.

Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup drop the biscuits onto the lined sheet. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until the biscuits are lightly browned.

My little helper drinking the leftover almond milk

My little helper drinking the leftover almond milk

White Bean Gravy

Based on Navy Bean Gravy from Vegan Brunch p.215
Makes approx 2 cups

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable broth
1.5 cups vegetable broth + 1/3 cup all purpose flour (whisked together)
1 15-oz can cannelini Beans; drained and rinsed
3 tablespoons tamari

In a medium sized sauce pan heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Saute the onions in the oil for 4 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for one minute. Add the thyme, black pepper and 1 tablespoon of vegetable broth.

Add the beans, vegetable broth-flour mixture and tamari to a blender and blend until smooth. Add to the onions and garlic and reduce heat to medium. Cook for 10 minutes stirring often. Serve immediately! If your mixture begins to get too thick add water or vegetable broth to thin out to your liking.

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To finish off my biscuits and gravy I sauteed up some mushrooms, peppers, onions and kale to add a some color and veggies to our breakfast. This breakfast cost me around $6 total and out we would easily spend $10-12 EACH on this same meal. I decided to freeze the extra gravy I had and hope to use it for another weekend breakfast this month.

What’s your favorite restaurant meal to make at home?

Meatless Monday: Brown Rice Tortillas

I haven’t really had any major pregnancy cravings but one thing I have been loving lately are brown rice tortillas. I had this same craving when I was pregnant with Edith and most days you could find me making some sort of wrap after work. Well the tradition continues on and currently my favorite way to eat them is topped with lots of refried black beans.

brown rice tortillaLunch (and breakfast) yesterday was a toasted up brown rice tortilla topped with a big slathering of black beans, tofu scramble that had onions, mushrooms, nutritional yeast, chili powder and salt and pepper. It was topped with chopped tomatoes (who else is excited that tomatoes are slowly coming back into season?) and 1/4 of a creamy avocado.

Now that I write all this I think I know what I am going to have for breakfast this morning! YUM!

What do you like up top your tortilla or wrapped inside?