Daily Vegan Lunch for 22 September, 2013: Tofu, Kale, and Red Bell Peppers

vegan tofu, kale, and bell peppers


2 teaspoons oil for frying
1/2 block of extra-firm tofu
4 cups kale (any kind, I used curly kale)
1 red bell pepper, roasted and sliced (I roasted mine in the oven for 30 minutes at 375 degrees with no oil but you can just buy them roasted in a jar too)


2 Tablespoons Chinese cooking wine or dry sherry
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon black bean garlic sauce or vegan Worchestershire (I used black bean sauce) or salt to taste
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons sugar or 1 teaspoon agave nectar
2 teaspoons arrowroot or cornstarch


Mix all sauce ingredients in a bowl, set aside.

Slice the tofu into 3/4 inch slices. Pat the tofu slices dry with a clean towel or paper towels, this avoids oil spattering when it contacts the water in the tofu. In a pan on high heat, heat the oil until nearly smoking. Fry the tofu for 1 minute each side or until nicely browned.

Turn the heat down to medium-high.

Add the kale and sauté until the kale wilts, mixing it gently with the tofu. Add the peppers and immediately add the sauce. Stir until sauce is thickened. Serve with rice.

Daily Vegan Lunch for 21 September, 2013: Superfood Smoothie

Tastes just like the $3 bottle super-sweet one you can buy from Odwalla, a traitor brand that supports Monsanto and GMO secrecy legislation, except mine is much better than theirs because mine is 100% organic, fresh, and non-GMO.

vegan superfood smoothie


4 cups kale, washed and densely packed

1.5 cups frozen mango chunks, I used ones I chopped and froze earlier this summer
2 frozen bananas, chunked
6 dates, pitted

2 cups apple juice


Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender on the smoothie setting. If you have a lower speed blender, be prepared to blend for 10 minutes, taking periodic breaks so the motor doesn’t burn out. In the case of lower speed blenders, a good strategy would be to use less kale, like 3 cups instead of four, and add an additional cup of apple juice. It will make a thinner smoothie but it will blend much more easily. The traitor brand’s Superfood smoothie is actually more on the thin side, like juice.

Daily Vegan Lunch for September 9, 2013: Caprese Salad

vegan caprese salad


6 cups kale (I used baby kale) massaged or fresh spinach leaves
2 ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 cup olives, pitted and sliced

2 cups basil leaves

6 blobs buffalo mozzarella, chopped roughly


1/2 cup balsamic vinegar plus 2 tablespoons olive oil or

2/3 cup prepared balsamic vinaigrette

Salt and pepper


Chop basil leaves.  Massage and shred kale and toss to mix thoroughly with basil.  Mix with chopped tomatoes and olives, then gently add buffalo mozzarella balls and sprinkle with oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper before serving.

Daily Vegan Lunch for 30 August, 2013: Spanish Couscous

vegan spanish couscous


2 teaspoons oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1.5 cups tomato purée
1.5 cups mushrooms, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 cup whole wheat couscous (for non-whole wheat couscous, use about 1/2 cup less water)

1 cup water
1 veggie broth cube or salt to taste

2 cups baby kale leaves or spinach


In the bottom of a large pot, fry garlic and mushrooms on medium heat until mushrooms are slightly brown. Add cumin and paprika, stir for about 30 seconds until spices become fragrant. Turn heat to medium-high. Add tomato puree, water, and veggie broth cube. Stir until water is almost boiling, about 3 – 5 minutes. Add the couscous and baby kale or spinach, cover, and take the pot off the burner. Stir to incorporate the kale and serve.

Daily Vegan Lunch for 26 August, 2013: Mushroom, Balsamic Vinegar, & Kale Penne

vegan balsamic vinegar penne


6 cups cooked penne pasta

2 teaspoons olive oil
1.5 cups sliced onion
1.5 cups sliced button mushrooms
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups baby kale or spinach leaves

Salt to taste

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

Bring oil to medium-high heat in a pan and fry onions until they are slightly translucent, about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and garlic. Let them sit there for a minute or two so mushrooms brown. Add kale and stir until begins to wilt, 1 – 2 minutes. Add balsamic vinegar and stir for 30 seconds, then add pasta. Stir until pasta is coated. Salt to taste. Add extra balsamic vinegar if desired.

Daily Vegan Lunch for 8 August, 2013: Kale and Quinoa Salad with Avocado

vegan kale quinoa salad

vegan kale quinoa salad


2 cups curly kale, washed and massaged
2 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup roasted red pepper, cut into small pieces
1 sheet nori seaweed, crumpled into bits or cut into small strips
1 green onion, minced


2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon vinegar

Salt to taste


Wash and massage kale, tear in to very small pieces. Combine kale in a large bowl with quinoa, green onion, and red pepper. Cut nori into small strips (I cut the nori into big strips using a clean scissor, stack them, and then cut the stacks into smaller strips right over the bowl) and add to salad. Stir salad, mixing in the quinoa.

Mix dressing ingredients together in a bowl, whisking if necessary to make sure the mustard incorporates. Pour dressing over salad. Salad lasts up to 3 days in the fridge and makes two meal-sized servings.

Daily Vegan Lunch for 28 July, 2013: Kale Antipasto No-Pasta Salad

kale antipasto no pasta salad vegan



4 cups curly kale, massaged and chopped very finely
1/2 teaspoon salt or coarse salt, for massaging kale
1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted
1/2 cup artichoke hearts
1/4 cup marinated mushrooms


2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon olive oil


Wash kale thoroughly. Chop the kale off of its thick stems, discard the stems. Sprinkle salt on the wet kale. Massage it by rolling it and crumpling it in your clean hands until it is darker green than before and leaves are thoroughly abused. Chop kale into a fine mince.

Combine kale in a medium sized bowl with olives, artichoke hearts, and mushrooms.

Toss with vinegar and olive oil.

Daily Vegan Lunch for July 20, 2013: Kale Chips and Roasted Chickpeas

vegan snacks kale chips and roasted chickpeas

Today I didn’t include a recipe for lunch, just two easy snacks I really like that go well with soups and sandwiches.


7 cups curly kale, washed
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1.5 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

parchment paper for baking


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash the kale well and drain, then transfer it to a cutting board. Cut out the stems and rip the kale into large pieces, they will shrink a bit in the oven. Put the kale pieces in a large bowl. Toss the kale gently with the oil and salt using your hands until salt and oil are evenly distributed throughout. Add the nutritional yeast and stir in using a spoon so it coats the leaves.

Spread a cookie sheet with parchment paper. It is very important you use parchment paper because otherwise kale will stick mercilessly to your baking sheet, trust me, I’ve been there and done that.

Lay kale leaves on the parchment-lined cookie sheet, evenly distributing them. Bake at 350 for 30 – 40 minutes until the leaves are crunchy.


1 can chickpeas (13.5 ounces), rinsed and drained
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix olive oil, salt, cumin, and paprika in a small bowl. Lay the chickpeas on a rimmed cookie sheet, no parchment necessary. Pour the spiced oil over them and toss them around the cookie sheet to coat. If your cookie sheet has no edges, just put the chickpeas and oil in a bowl and toss them. Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Take the chickpeas out and turn them over with a spatula. Cook for another 10 – 20 minutes, until chickpeas are crunchy.

Daily Vegan Lunch for 14 July, 2014: Kale Pesto Spread

vegan kale pesto spread


1/2 cup tofu
2 cloves garlic, peeled
2 tablespoons sundried tomato
5 cups kale or other leafy greens
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 cup cashews, almonds, pine nuts, or walnuts (I used cashews)


Start by putting garlic and sundried tomato in the blender or food processor, pulse until finely chopped. Steam kale in a medium sized, covered pot or pan on medium heat in 1 cup of water. Cook about 2 minutes or until kale is slightly softened and takes on a bright green color. Drain kale and add it to the blender/food processor, packing it down. Add nutritional yeast, olive oil, salt, and nuts to the blender/food processor and pulse, scraping down the sides until it is an almost-smooth sauce. I ate this on homemade sourdough bread. It would make a good vegetable dip.

Daily Vegan Lunch for 30 June, 2013: Super Protein Chocolate Smoothie

vegan protein chocolate smoothie

vegan protein chocolate smoothie


1.5 cup frozen bananas
2 cups curly kale
1.5 cups frozen strawberries
1/2 an avocado, pitted and peeled

1 Tablespoon cocoa powder (I used organic, fair trade cocoa powder. Expensive but worth it)

1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 chili peppers (optional)

2 cups soy milk


Combine all ingredients in a blender. My Vitamix was able to get this done in less than 2 minutes. A less powerful blender would be more like four to five minutes with a little rest period in the middle so it doesn’t overheat.