Category Archives: Main Dish

Sauteed Green Beans

Ohmygoodness!!! These beans are so amazing!!! I had no idea what I was going to make for dinner and I came across these crazy-fresh green beans!  I figured I would lightly sauté the beans but I had no idea what kind of sauce.  It’s really all about the basics.  These were sauteed with some onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.

Ingredients:

  • Fresh green beans
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper 

 

I started a cast iron pan with olive oil, 1/4 cup chopped onion, and 3 large cloves of garlic.  Sauté the onions & garlic until the onions start to look translucent. Add the beans, salt and pepper (to taste). Sauté until piping hot and crunchy. Serve hot!

Teri-Miso Tofu with Braised Onions & Mushrooms

So, this is the dish that I served with the lovely Balsamic Asparagus.  It’s easy.  I’m not going to lie – I cheated on this dish a lot.  The store had a sale on pre-sliced mushrooms & the sauce was on sale.  It didn’t have High Fructose Corn Syrup, MSG, or any other nasty ingredients, plus it tasted pretty darn good. So let’s cut to the chase.

You will need:

  • One block of (extra firm!!) tofu, sliced
  • One onion, sliced
  • Approx. 8 ounces of mushrooms sliced
  • About 1/2 cup of Susie’s Teri-Miso Gourmet Sauce or your favorite Teri-miso sauce

Basically what I did was line the bottom of an over sized bread pan with several slices of tofu.  Layer with some mushrooms and onions; pour some sauce over tofu & co.  Keep layering the tofu, mushrooms, onions, and sauce until everything is in the pan.  Stick in a 350 degree pre-heated oven for about 25 minutes or until everything is heated through.  I highly suggest serving this with the Balsamic  Asparagus and Garlic mashes potatoes.

French Bread Pizza

I love pizza. Not all pizza but my mom’s homemade pizza is one of the best things ever.  My mom and I actually came up with this concept YEARS ago because our oven wasn’t working and we wanted pizza.  Originally we made the French bread pizza on the grill.  We dressed up both sides like they were pizza crust, stuck them together like a sandwich, wrapped them in foil, & stuck them on the grill.  It worked beautifully actually.  When the oven came back, we were able to leave the faces open, so instead of a pizza sandwich, we had French Bread Pizza!

It’s really simple get your favorite pizza toppings together, tomato sauce, cheese, and a loaf or two of French bread.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Cut the loaf of French bread in half lengthwise.  Place on a cookie sheet.  Coat both sides of the bread with tomato sauce, toppings and cheese.  I personally love to add fresh herbs on top of the cheese.  They’re so full of flavor!  Once you’re done dressing up the French bread, place the tray in the oven and cook the pizza for 15-20 minutes or until heated through and crunchy.  That’s it!  Slice and serve.  You can also make little pizzas on mini bagels to serve as fun appetizers.  Let your imagination run wild.

Kick up your Saimin!

I love saimin, I believe people on the mainland call it ramen.  Correct me if I’m wrong.  Moving on, I really love to cook simple things that are loaded with flavor and they have to be pretty healthy.  Now saimin flavor packets are loaded with MSG (monosodium glutamate).  I’m just gonna say it’s not the best you can do for your body in the long run.  This my version of healthy, flavorful saimin.

For one person you need:

  • 1 Saimin package (throw out the flavor packet they give you) 
  • 1 Rapunzel Vegan Vegetable Bouillon with Sea Salt and Herbs
  • 2 cups of water
  • Green onions
  • Cilantro
  • Largely chopped green cabbage

Photobooth makes everything backwards!  (I was too lazy to upload pictures from my Nikon.) Anyways, pictured are the saimin noodles and bouillon I use.  It’s basically mind-numbingly easy from here on out.

Boil the two cups of water on the stove with the bouillon cube.  Once the water is boiling, turn the heat down to medium, place the noodles in the water and cook for 3 minutes.  When the timer beeps, turn off the burner, pour the saimin in a large bowl and top with cabbage, green onions, cilantro.  The vegetables are optional of course, but I think they make the dish.  Sometimes I also add sesame seeds and shoyu (soy sauce).  My version of shoyu is Braggs Liquid Aminos.  I should make a video about all my favorite products.  I think from now on I’ll have Lazy-day Wednesday’s where I show you how to take a simple “fast food” and kick the health and flavor up several notches.

Vegetable Green Curry

When there’s a hodge-podge of vegetables left in the house and a can of coconut milk, I usually make curry.  You really only need the coconut milk, bouillon, curry paste, lime, salt, & honey.  You can play with the vegetable and herb combination.  This is what my last pot of curry consisted of:

Ingredients:

  • 2 small eggplants, sliced into bite sized pieces
  • 1 block of tofu, cubed
  • 1 onion, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 small carrot, sliced
  • 1/4 cup green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tbsps fresh, grated ginger
  • 1 14 oz can of coconut milk
  • 1 cup of water
  • 4 tablespoons of Chickenless bouillon
  • 1/4 tsp-1 tsp green curry paste
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp honey or agave
  • around 1 tsp salt (add to taste the salt and the honey need to balance out)
  • olive oil

Start a wok with the olive oil, curry paste, ginger and lime.  Once everything is heated, add the tofu.  Let the tofu brown a little and then add the water, coconut milk, & bouillon.  Add the remaining vegetables, basil and green onion.  Cook until eggplant is tender add the honey and salt to taste.  The honey and salt should be evenly balanced.  Serve hot with thai sticky rice.  Enjoy!

Tofu Fillets

I had a ball making these Tofu Fillets.  I started digging in the refrigerator for the makings of dinner and I came across some tofu, and the makings of a salad.  Yes, I know, I use a ton of tofu.  It’s so easy and you can make it so many ways.  It’s probably one of my favorite things to cook.  Anyways, I thought to myself, instead of making these teriyaki slices, what if I breaded them like fish?  And there was the birth of Tofu Fillets.

I used two blocks of tofu to feed five people.  The basic recipe is very easy.  You need:

  • DRY Chickenless Bouillon 
  • Extra Firm Tofu or Tofu Steak
  • Olive Oil

Chickenless Bouillon:

  • 1 1/2 C Nutritional yeast flakes
  • 3 tbsp. onion powder
  • 2 1/2 garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • 2 1/2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley
Put all the ingredients, except parsley in a blender and make a fine powder. Stir in parsley.  Store in an airtight container.  Use about one tablespoon per cup of water.  Makes 32 portions.-Borrowed for Dr. Shintani.  KEEP the Bouillon DRY!  Also, the original recipe is very bland to me.  I add in all sorts of dried herbs to add a punch of flavor.  You can change this recipe anyways you like.  I’m just starting you out with the basics.
Directions:
When I drain my tofu, I always rinse it and pat it dry.  Cut the tofu into thin slices and set aside.  Pour a good amount of Chickenless Bouillon onto a plate.  Because the tofu is naturally moist, you don’t need to dip the tofu in egg or oil to make the bouillon stick to the tofu in a breading.  Take the tofu slices and skoosh them into the bouillon on both sides.  Coat all slices.

Start a frying pan with some olive oil on med-high head.  Once the pan is hot, add several tofu fillets.  Fry on both sides until golden brown.  Continue until all tofu is cooked.  Yummm!

I served them hot with a tossed salad and I garnished with honey mustard onions.

Honey Mustard Sauce

  • 2 tbsps mustard (I used my favorite yellow mustard)
  • 1 tbsp honey (You could probably use Agave nectar to make this vegan)
  • a dash of balsamic vinegar
  • pinch of salt


Mix ALL ingredients together.  Pour over sauteed onions.  Spoon over salad and tofu & viola!  Dinner is served.

Spiced Fajitas!

What to do, what to do when you have way too many red bell peppers because Safeway had an amazing sale !!? Well I made fajitas! They are extremely easy to make, plus they’re healthy and delicious.
Ingredients:
  • 3 red bell peppers, cut into bite sized strips
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into bit sized strips
  • 1 large onion cut into strips.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Cumin to taste (I use close to 2 tbsps)
  • Coriander to taste (I use around 1 tbsp)
  • 4 fresh garlic cloves, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsps chipotle seasoning 
Start a wok or a large frying pan with some olive oil and the garlic.  Once the garlic starts to brown add all the onions, oregano and chipotle seasoning.  Cook until the onions start to turn

translucent.  Once the onions get to that point, add the peppers, cumin, coriander, and a little extra olive oil.  Let the onions and peppers cook down a bit and let the spices blend.  The peppers should still have a little crunch left.  I cook them for about 5-10 minutes depending on how tender I want them.

While the fajita mix is cooking take the bag of tortillas.  Open it up, take out a tortilla and stick it in a cast iron skillet.  Brown all the tortillas on both sides.  Cover them with a tea towel to keep them warm.
Once the fajita mix is done, take it off the burner and place some of the mix into a tortilla.  Top with cheese, sour cream, salsa, whatever you wish.  Enjoy!

Touch of Asian Tofu Soup

I wanted something light yet wholesome for dinner and I didn’t want to go grocery shopping.  So I started digging through the refrigerator and I came across a block of tofu and assorted vegetables that would make a decent soup.  I also had all the fixings for a flavorful broth.  The random assortment turned into Touch of Asian Tofu Soup!  It’s really easy to make and you’ll have a tasty dinner in about 30 minutes.  Serves 5.  Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1 grated carrot
  • 1 block of tofu, diced
  • 1 stalk of celery, sliced
  • 3 tbsps fresh chopped cilantro
  • 3 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • Olive oil
  • 4 tbsps shoyu (soy sauce)
  • 1 Rapunzel herb and salt bouillon cube
  • 6 tbsps Chickenless Bouillon
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tsp of sesame seeds
Chickenless Bouillon

1 1/2 C Nutritional yeast flakes
3 tbsp. onion powder
2 1/2 garlic powder
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp celery seed
2 1/2 tbsp Italian seasoning
2 tbsp dried parsley
Put all the ingredients, except
 parsley in a blender and make a fine powder. Stir in parsley.  Store in an airtight container.  Use about one tablespoon per cup of water.  Makes 32 portions.
Directions:
Take a seasoned iron skillet and pour enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan.  Turn the heat up to about medium-high and let the oil heat up, while you’re waiting add half the ginger.

  Once the ginger looks slightly browned, add half the diced tofu.  Make the tofu in two batches, so it will evenly brown.  Once the tofu is done, set aside and move on the the soup.
Put the water to boil in a pot.  Add the 6 tbsps of Chickenless bouillon, the bouillon cube, shoyu (soy sauce).  Once the bouillon has dissolved, add the cabbage, celery, and carrots.  Turn heat down to medium.  Cook the vegetables for about 5 minutes then add the cilantro and tofu.  Let the soup simmer for about ten (10) minutes or until vegetables are tender.  Turn the heat off and add the tablespoon of sesame oil and the sesame seeds.  Serve immediately.

Chickenless Chimichangas

I am a big lover of Mexican food.  Refried beans, tortillas, enchiladas, quesadillas… You it name I bet I’m a fan!  The one dish that always seemed to amaze me, was (and still is) a plate of chimichangas with the fixings.  There is so much flavor crammed into that deep-fried wrapper.  I always order them at my favorite Mexican place.  It had always looked so complicated to cook, but I wanted to try anyway.  I started doing some research and I came up with this healthier, delicious CHICKENLESS CHIMICHANGA recipe.  You can always use real chicken or pork.I’m a vegetarian, so I prefer them without the meat.   Enjoy!  

Ingredients

  •     2 (8oz.) bags Morningstar Farms® Meal Starters™ Chik’n Strips, fried
  •     1 large can of Black Beans, drained & rinsed (I always use Westbrae Beans)
  •     10 – 12 flour tortillas (burrito size)
  •     1 1/2 cups of your favorite salsa. (I use The Best Salsa in the World)
  •     1/2 cup chopped onion
  •     1 tbsp cumin
  •     1 tbsp. dried oregano leaves
  •     2 cups shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
  •     2 tbsp. olive oil (I prefer extra virgin)
  •     3 cloves garlic, chopped
  •     1 can of olive oil spray

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Put the olive oil in a frying pan and put heat on med/high. Add the garlic, onion, cumin, and oregano. Sauté the onions until tender (about 5 minutes). Place the onions in a sauce pan big enough to hold all ingredients. Keep heat at med/high. Shred the fried Chik’n Strips and mix with the onions, then add the black beans & salsa. Keep the heat at med/high. Simmer about 5 minutes.

Spoon about 1/3 cup chicken mixture onto each tortilla; then add about two tablespoons of cheese on top of the chicken. Wrap the tortillas up and place them on a baking sheet. Spray the wrapped burritos with the olive oil, turn them over and spray the opposite side.Make sure the “seam” is face down on the tray.

Place pan in the preheated oven. Bake for 13-15 minutes; flip chimichangas over at 8 minutes. Bake until crisp and lightly browned. Top with guacamole, salsa, sour cream, cheese, etc!

 

 

Grilled Tofu and Vegetable Summer Rolls

Summer Roll Ingredients
  • 4 ounces dried cellophane noodles (aka “bean threads”)
  • 1 package of plain tofu steak (or extra firm tofu), cut into slivers
  • Twelve 8 1/2-inch rice paper wrappers
  • 8 romaine lettuce leaves, torn and/or fresh baby spinach
  • 1 bunch of mint leaves pulled off the stem
  • 1 bunch of cilantro leaves pulled off the stem
  • 1 bunch of basil leaves pulled off the stem
  • 2 carrots, peeled and julienned
  • 1 bag of bean sprouts
  • 1-2 sliced avocados

Dipping Sauce Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Braggs Liquid Aminos (or shoyu/soy sauce)
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
Directions
  1. In a medium bowl, cover the cellophane noodles with hot water and let stand until soft, 30 minutes. Drain and cover with a damp paper towel until ready to use.
  2. Put a frying pan on medium-high heat and put enough vegetable oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Place enough tofu in the frying pan to cover the bottom and let the tofu evenly fry, turning about every minute. After all the tofu is fried place in the refrigerator to cool down until you’re ready to wrap the summer rolls up.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir the liquid aminos with the rice vinegar, water, honey, garlic, ginger, sesame seeds, onion, and sesame oil.
  4. Soak 2 wrappers in hot water (one on top of the other) until pliable. Lay the wrapper on a flat surface and blot dry. Arrange enough spinach or lettuce on the bottom third of the wrapper. Top with some of the cellophane noodles, tofu, mint, cilantro, bean sprouts, and avocado. Roll up the wrapper, tucking in the ends as you roll. Cover with a damp paper towel. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and fillings. Serve with dipping sauce and enjoy.