Spicy Sesame Tofu

*Spicy Sesame Tofu       

I didn’t even press the tofu- which lends for a firmer texture, and it came out awesome. Fresh ginger would be and is AMAZING in this, I just didn’t have any in the house. I ate this with a big bowl of Sautéed Kale and Sprouted Quinoa, and my homemade Siracha Sauce. FRICKEN DELICIOUS.

        Spicy Sesame Tofu            

1-pound firm tofu, cut into cubes

2T extra virgin olive oil

1T tamari or shoyu

2t agave or maple syrup

½ of one fresh hot pepper or 1/2t hot pepper flakes

1 clove garlic, smashed and minced

2T nutritional yeast

1t hot sesame oil

1/4t pink salt

2T un-hulled sesame seeds

*fresh ginger

In a large skillet or frying pan, heat up the oil and add the garlic, hot pepper and sesame seeds and sauté just until barely golden. Add in the tofu and pan fry over medium high heat, tossing often to brown all sides- about 6 minutes. Add in the tamari or shoyu and coat the tofu well by tossing the tofu around the hot pan- almost until the tofu appears dry. Add in the sweetener and the hot sesame oil and continue to toss. In the last moments of cooking, add in the nutritional yeast and coat the tofu. Serve hot or cold.

*Fresh ginger is AMAZING in this. Add in 1” piece- grated when sautéing the garlic.

*dragon bowl

Tempeh 1/4 Pounder (Faux Chicken Sandwich)

*tempeh 1:4 pounder

Tempeh ¼ Pounder

Does this satisfy a craving or what? It is absolutely one of the best vegan burgers I have ever had. Simmering the tempeh in broth prior to pan frying “opens up” the tempeh and also softens it, allowing for a ton of flavor to be added into the burger. I dredged mine in a cornmeal coating prior to pan frying giving it more texture and depth as a whole inside the sandwich. Absolutely delicious.

Wheat-free, can be made Gluten-free by using GF bread or rolls

Makes 2 sandwiches (½ the recipe for one serving)

          1 block of tempeh (4oz each portion)

1 vegetable “chicken” bouillon or 2c vegetable broth

1 tomato, sliced thin

¼ of a small red onion, sliced, thin

yellow mustard


vegan cheese *optional

4 leaves, green leaf lettuce

 prepared ketchup

2 rolls, buns, slices of bread of choice (wheat-free or gluten-free)

Prepare the tempeh:

Cut the tempeh in half. In about 2 cups of water or veggie broth, in a small pot, bring the tempeh and 1 veggie boullion (or broth) to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Let steep for another 10 minutes covered, allowing the tempeh to soak up the flavor of the broth.

*EXTRA STEP optional…Coating the tempeh

The coating makes for more of like a chicken sandwich style burger, like a breaded cutlet- SUPER YUM…..

2T cornmeal

1T nutritional yeast

1/4t salt

1/4t ground black pepper

Pinch ground cayenne pepper

1/4t chipotle powder

Olive or Grape seed oil for pan-frying

Salt and pepper to taste

In a toaster, place either the sliced bread or rolls in and toast.

Preheat a large sauté pan or skillet, over medium heat. Add the olive oil. Place the tempeh halves in and reduce the heat to low. (*if corn crusting, remove the from the broth and dredge them directly into the cornmeal coating then proceed to the next step.) Pan fry covered 2-3 minutes on each side. If using vegan cheese, after the tempeh has been flipped once, places the slices of vegan cheese on top, 1oz each return the top and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes.

When the bread is toasted, spread veganaise, mustard, slices of tomato and red onion and top it with a couple of leaves of lettuce. On the other pieces of bread or roll (the other side of the sandwich), put the ketchup.

Place the cooked “patty” on top of the lettuce, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cover it with the twin bread or roll with ketchup. Serve with a fermented dill pickle and a side of booch.

*tempeh 1:4 pounder close up

Sautéed Almond Tofu

*almond Tofu


 Serve this with sprouted brown rice and a side of greens…a little hot sauce and this meal is PERFECTION.

Sautéed Almond Tofu

1 lb firm tofu, pressed, drained, cubed

2T olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 tsp chili flakes or 1 fresh chili pepper, minced

2T maple syrup

2T GF tamari or Shoyu

Juice from ½ a lemon

1/4 cup roasted almonds (or peanuts!), chopped (optional)

In a large saucepan or skillet over medium-high heat, sauté the garlic and hot pepper in oil just until golden Add the tofu and continue to sauté until the tofu is browned on all sides, tossing often. Add the shoyu or Tamari sauce and the lemon juice. When the moisture is absorbed by the tofu, add the maple syrup and then the almonds. Continue to sauté until all of the liquid has cooked into the tofu.

Delicious hot or cold.


Hungarian Vegan “Chicken” Paprikash

*vegan paprikashThis is a stove top version of my Grandmother’s traditional Hungarian dish that was one of my most favorites growing up. My grandma would cook whole chicken legs in white rice bathed in oil, with onions and a ton of Hungarian paprika. My mom would kid that in order to make this properly, you need a full gallon of oil. If you are not interested in using a “fake” chicken product, or would like this dish to be gluten free, chickpeas replace the “chicken” in this dish remarkably well; it is equally delicious although not as familiar as what I grew up on.  I served this with a huge side of Sautéed Kale.

Vegan Chicken Paprikash

1 pound vegan chicken pieces, drained (I use  Westsoy)

1/2t pink Salt

1/2t black pepper

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 large onion, medium dice

1 clove garlic, smashed and minced

4c Water

2T Hungarian paprika

3c sprouted brown rice, pre-cooked OR 1 1/2 basmati or Carolina rice un-cooked

1 bouillon cube or replace the water with veggie broth

In a large heated pot, sauté ¼ of the onion in 1 T of oil until golden and just brown. Add the fake chicken and sauté until and heated through and it has a little bit of color on it- then remove it from the pan and set aside. In the same pan add the remaining onions and olive oil and sauté for 6-8 minutes. Add in the paprika, salt, pepper and the bouillon cube and continue to sauté until the onions are soft and translucent. Add the cooked rice and add back in the chicken, and add 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Cook partially covered for an additional 30-40 minutes stirring minimally. Turn off the heat and let sit for 10 minutes undisturbed prior to serving.

Pan Fried Tempeh (made with Local Tempeh!)

*tempehdinnerI was in no mood to cook, I was relieved when I only needed to unscrew the cap off the bottle of wine….. However, I had left over quinoa in the fridge, a garden full of gorgeous kale and yesterday I bought a beautiful, unpasteurized, locally made, brick of tempeh, made by Hosta HIll at the Greenfield Farmer’s Market. Since finding out that Lightlife Foods, my favorite tempeh (and typically the only tempeh offered) has since been bought out by ConAgra (a GMO supported CORP), I haven’t been eating much tempeh- so when I saw it, I snapped it up. Cooked all in the same pan; first the tempeh, then the kale, then the quinoa- it made for a super simple and delicious Sunday night dinner. I ate it with some Sriracha sauce with a side of Buch and a glass of wine…..FRICKEN YUM.

Pan Fried Tempeh

1 package of tempeh, cut in half then sliced

1 clove garlic, smashed and minced

3T olive oil

1t fresh hot pepper *opt

Salt and pepper to taste

 In a hot sauté pan, add the oil and the garlic and sauté until just golden. Add the hot pepper and the tempeh and pan fry until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes. Flip to brown the other side.

You can vary the taste by pre-marinating the tempeh in flavors of your choosing.

 Serve as part of a simple meal with a grain (quinoa, rice) and green (kale, chard, cabbage) with a sauce of your choosing. I love Sriracha sauce or my homemade fermented Hot Sauce.

TLT Sandwich


So I know this isn’t huge on the creativity scale of vegan food preparation but with beautiful tomatoes abundant now- why complicate? I have been boycotting Lightlife Foods, as they are owned by ConAgra; a pro GMO (genetically modified organisms) Corporation, but my friend just bought a package of Fakin Bakin and brought it to the house -with a GORGEOUS heirloom tomato on the counter waiting to be dressed- I couldn’t resist 🙂 ….I use Ezekiel Whole Grain Bread, Follow Your Heart Organic Veganaise and the rest is either from my garden or someone else’s.

Tomato Lettuce Tempeh Bakin Sandwich

2 slices whole grain bread, slightly toasted

2t vegan mayo

1 small tomato, thinly sliced

baby greens

salt & peper