Daily Vegan Lunch: Umami Fried Rice

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NGREDIENTS:

1 tablespoon oil
2 cups cooked rice, chilled (I used rice I had saved and frozen)
1 cup chopped carrot
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup green onion, minced
1.5 cups (approximately) mushrooms, I used maitake
1 tablespoon pickled plums (umeboshi) minced
Soy sauce to taste
1 teaspoon sesame seed oil

DIRECTIONS:

Chop and prepare all ingredients.  Since I was using frozen peas, I combined peas and chopped carrots, covered them with water, and heated them in the microwave for two minutes.  You could also cook them on the stovetop until peas were warmed through and carrots were at the beginning of being tender.  Drain and set peas and carrots aside.  Chop green onions, mince pickled plum and discard the pit, set them aside.

Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large pan on high heat until it smokes.  Break the mushrooms up if needed and add them to the oil.  Stir fry 30 seconds to seal in the flavor.  Add the peas and carrots, stir fry for 30 seconds.  Add the rice, pickled plum, and green onion and stir fry for about a minute more.  Add soy sauce to taste and finish with sesame oil.

Daily Vegan Lunch for 9 December, 2013: Quick Rice Soup with Broccoli and Chickpeas

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INGREDIENTS FOR ONE BOWL:

2 cups vegetable broth (I used Better Than Bouillon mixed with water)
1.5 cups cooked white rice — this is a great recipe to use if you accidentally overcook rice and it’s too mushy to use for anything else
2 tablespoons minced onion
1 tablespoon chopped pickled plums
1 cup broccoli florets
3/4 cup chickpeas
1 tablespoon roasted pine nuts
Nori seaweed, cut into strips, to sprinkle

DIRECTIONS:

Combine rice, broth, onion, chickpeas, pickled plums, and broccoli in a bowl and microwave for 2 minutes on high. Alternately, combine the same ingredients in a small pot on the stovetop and bring to a boil, turning heat down to medium as soon as it boils and simmering five minutes.

Roast pine nuts by placing them in a pan without oil on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Be careful to watch them so they don’t burn.

Top the soup with shredded nori and roasted pine nuts.

Daily Vegan Lunch for 5 December, 2013: Unchicken Fried Rice

I swear, this is my last unchicken recipe of the year. For some reason, the stores in my area have been putting unchicken on sale so I had a lot to use up — then I made up my own tofu unchicken recipe with vegan mayo so it might seem like I’m unchicken obsessed.

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INGREDIENTS:

3 cups cooked white rice, refrigerated at least 8 hours or frozen and thawed
1.5 tablespoons oil (canola, corn, or peanut oil works the best)

1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1.5 cups finely chopped carrot
1 cup frozen corn, thawed

1.5 cups green onion, chopped
2 – 3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil

4 – 5 Gardein Chicken Tenders or 2 cups other veggie meat or protein (seitan, tempeh, smoked tofu, etc)
Salt to taste

DIRECTIONS:

Thaw unchicken pieces on the countertop for 2 hours or microwave them for 1 minute and 30 seconds.

In a microwave-safe bowl or container, combine chopped carrot, peas, and corn. Fill with water until vegetables are covered. Microwave for 5 minutes on high. Alternately, cook veggies in water on the stovetop until it reaches a boil, turn heat down to medium, cover and allow to cook 10 minutes.

Drain the vegetables, set aside.

Chop the green onion and set aside and prepare rice, soy sauce, chopped unchicken pieces, vegetables, and sesame oil at stoveside.

In a large pan, heat oil until it reaches the smoking point. For this reason, DO NOT use a Teflon or non-stick coated pan as non-stick pans leach toxic chemicals into food when extremely hot! I use a cast iron pan.

Add the unchicken and stir-fry about 30 seconds. Unchicken will brown.

Add the vegetables, stir fry another 30 seconds.

Add the rice and soy sauce, stir fry about 1 minute until some of the rice browns.

Add the onion and sesame oil to finish; take the pan off heat source. Stir to incorporate.

Daily Vegan Lunch for 14 November, 2013: Sweet and Sour Gardein Chicken

sweet and sour vegan gardein chicken

sweet and sour vegan gardein chicken

INGREDIENTS:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 package Gardein breaded chicken strips (about 2 cups)

1.5 cups snow peas
1.5 cups bamboo shoot shreds

(alternately, use 3 cups of any sort of vegetable, such as carrots, tomato chunks, squash chunks, green peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini)

3/4 cup chopped sweet red bell pepper, I used red peppers from a jar

1.5 cups canned pineapple chunks, reserve juice

1/4 cup light or dark brown sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, or rice vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1 tablespoon arrowroot or cornstarch
1 tablespoon chili sauce OR 1 teaspoon tabasco or Sriacha

DIRECTIONS:

Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake chicken strips on a cookie sheet for 15 minutes. Flip and cook 5 more minutes. Take strips out of oven and let them cool. Cut chicken strips into bite size pieces.

Mix brown sugar, vinegar, broth, cornstarch, and chili sauce in a small bowl.

In a large pan, heat oil until it spreads at medium high. Add vegetables and stir fry for 1 minute. Add chicken strips and red bell pepper, stir fry for 1 minute more. Add pineapple. Make a well in the center of the pan. Add vinegar mixture to the pan. Mixture will thicken in about 30 seconds. Stir thickened sauce over the faux chicken and vegetables and serve over rice.

Daily Vegan Lunch for 13 November, 2013: Barbecue Tomato Fried Rice

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INGREDIENTS:

1 tablespoon oil
1 cup vegan chorizo, veggie burger crumbles, or finely chopped vegan sausage (I used vegan chorizo)
2.5 cups cooked refrigerated rice
1 cup tomato, chopped
1.5 cups cabbage, chopped
1.5 cups green onions, chopped

2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 teaspoon vegan Worchestershire (or additional soy sauce)

DIRECTIONS:

Prepare all ingredients and set them in bowls stove-side. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large pan or wok until smoking. Fry vegan chorizo first, stirring it quickly. Add cabbage next and toss around for 30 seconds. Add rice, tomato, and green onions, stir until everything is incorporated.

Turn off heat. Make a well in the center of the stir fry. Pour soy sauce, ketchup, and vegan Worchestershire into this well and then stir them through. Add salt to taste.

Daily Vegan Lunch for 1 November: Cloud Ear Mushroom Fried Rice

vegan cloud ear mushroom fried rice

INGREDIENTS:

1 tablespoon oil
2 cups rice, preferably long grain, cooked and then refrigerated or frozen
1.5 cups any kind of mushrooms, I used dried cloud ear mushrooms also known as Chinese black fungus
2 cups fresh spinach
1 cup green onions

2 teaspoons mushroom vegetarian oyster sauce or soy sauce

1 teaspoon sesame oil

Salt to taste

DIRECTIONS:

Soak mushrooms for 2 hours to reconstitute if you are using dehydrated ones.  Drain them in a colander and set aside.  Prepare ingredients and place them stove side.  Be sure to use refrigerated or frozen rice as only then will it  be firm enough to stand up to heat.

In a large pan, heat the oil to the smoking point.  Add the mushrooms and the rice.  Stir fry about one minute.  Add the spinach, mushroom or soy sauce, and green onions.  Toss to combine until evenly distributed.  Finish with sesame seed oil and salt, mix through, and take off heat.

Daily Vegan Lunch for 18 October, 2013: Black Rice, Tofu, and Red Cabbage

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INGREDIENTS:

2 cups cooked black rice
1/2 avocado (about 1 cup) peeled, pitted, and chunked
1 cup peeled, chopped cucumber
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped red cabbage
1/2 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, rice vinegar, or red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar, or to taste

2 teaspoons oil
1.5 cups firm tofu
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

DIRECTIONS:

Slice tofu and pat the slices dry with a clean towel or paper towels. In a small pan, bring oil near to smoking (medium-high). Cut tofu into cubes and sprinkle them with cumin and garlic salt. Fry the tofu in the hot oil until slightly brown on all sides.

Combine black rice, avocado, cucumber, onion, red cabbage, additional 1/2 teaspoon cumin, vinegar, and sugar (optional) in a medium sized bowl. Add cooked tofu and toss to combine all ingredients.