Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Another Yummy Vegan Yum Yum Tofu Meal

Pineapple Baked Tofu with Seared Pineapple Rings. So good! The gravy was particularly delicious (made of the tofu marinade and coconut milk). Despite the pineapple, this was not a particularly sweet dish. I really enjoyed this one.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

No-Chop Black Bean Soup

Here's something to make when you don't feel like chopping veggies, but want something that tastes better than heated up canned beans.

No-Chop Black Bean Soup

1 T olive oil
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 15 oz. can black beans
1 c water
3/4 t ground cumin
3/4 t ground coriander
3/4 t ground red chilis
1/2 t smoked salt
1/4 t ground chipotle
1 bay leaf
juice of 1/2 lime

Put garlic and oil in a pan and heat a few minutes. Add all else and simmer 15 minutes. Smash some of the beans so the broth thickens.

It's Bacoonnnn!

Bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacooonnnnnn!!!!! Well not, really, but I always loved that commercial. Not for the bacon part, but for the general exuberance of dogs.

This "bacon" was in spaghetti sauce. I like Fakin' Bacon, although it tends to fall apart easily. Has anyone used the Morning Star kind?

Bacon Spaghetti

5 slices bacon of your choice
olive oil
1/2 large onion, chopped fine
28 oz can tomatoes in puree (mine had large basil leaves in it, yum)
1 t sugar
crushed red pepper or Tobasco sauce to your taste (I like a lot!)
1 bay leaf
Salt & pepper

Fry bacon in oil until crisp. Remove bacon and chop into large pieces. Use a fair amount of oil for best taste. Sautee onion until softened, 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and break up into small pieces (I smush them with my hands). Add sugar, red pepper flakes, bay leaf, salt & pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add bacon pieces. Simmer while you cook your pasta. Makes enough for one pound spaghetti. Sweet, spicy, smoky, delicious!