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Old January 27th, 2007, 04:55 AM
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My Vegetarian Recipes

I've been cooking since i was 8 and I've been vegetarian since I was 13 (im 15 now..) so here goes; (yes i made these recipes myself feel free to share please dont claim as your own!! I thought up all this stuff by myself)

I cook on a GAS stove so if this stuff doesnt work right for electric stoves im so sorry!! I personally can't stand them :P I love cooking right on the flame.

VEG CHILLI; [total time:about 15 minutes]
1 Package Morningstar Famrs Veggie crumblers
1/4 cup water
1 Can tomato soup
1 Can Dark Red Kidney Beans
1/4 cup minced onion
Chilli Powder
1 fresh pepper(optional)
1 cup rice


Cook your rice in seperate pan (however you make it everyone seems to make it a differnt way)

Grab a medium sized pan, add water and put on stove. Turn heat to low and add 1/2 bag of veggie crumblers. Add Can of tomato soup and half can of beans. Stir and turn heat to medium. Add minced onion. Sprinkle chilli powder as desired (a few shakes should do). Stir. Add more water if too thick. Chop up a bit of pepper real small and stir in.

It will cook real fast usually will be done within 5 minutes. It should start bubbling around the edges. Once rice is done poor as much as desired over rice and enjoy!!



VEG TACOS;

1 bag Morningstar farms veggie crumblers
1 box hard/soft taco shells
Taco seasoning
Lettuce
1 bag Veggie Shreds Chedder cheese (its WAYY healthier and in my opinion tastes better then regular cheese)

=Optional=
Sour Cream, Tomato, Hot Sauce


Get a medium sized pan, add a bit of water (no more then 1/4 cup) , add as much veggie crumblers as desired (1 bag SHOULD be enough for 3-4 people.. remember the crumblers will SHRINK a bit so add a bit more then you think you want). Sprinkle taco seasoning, stir and put heat on medium. Let defrost. Rince lettuce [dry] and cut up as much as you want. Stir crumblers a few times in between. Chop up as much tomato as you want. Veggie crumblers only take a minute to warm up. Once steaming turn off heat, stir and make tacos. Enjoy!


+++VEG MINI TACOS;
Do everything the same but slice the lettuce/tomato smaller.

Get Tostitos SCOOPS! Put scoops on a plate.Take a small spoon and add a bit of crumblers to each scoop, top with Lettuce, tomato etc etc. Enjoy!
Makes a great appetizer. My friends love these!

(and if you are feeling lazy you can make nacho style by just putting all the stuff in differnt bowls and using the scoops to scoop stuff out)




'CHIKN' ALFREDO;
1 Bag Morning star farms Chikn Strips
Water
1 Jar Ragu(or whatever brand) Alfredo sauce
HALF box of Alfredo/Fettucinie noodles (sorry forget the spelling)
Vegetable oil

Start by boiling some water to make the noodles. I can't really tell you how long it will take for your water to boil but once it does THEN start on this other stuff. Veg stuff cooks WAY faster then real meat so yeah.


Put Alfredo sauce in small pan and put on LOW.

Get another small pan and add a few(5/6?) peices of the 'Chikn' and add a very small amount of water (about a teaspoon) and a very small amount of vegetable oil(about a capfull) over the chikn. put on LOW and make sure you keep an eye on it so it doesnt burn.

Once your Chikn has gotten softer (but not mushy) turn off the stove and put the chikn on a plate and cut into pieces.

Your alfredo sauce should be warmed up by now. Once it is turn off that burner.

Get a medium sized bowl ready & Check on your alfredo noodles. Make sure they are tender. Drain and put into bowl. Add a spoonfull of alfredo sauce so the noodles dont stick together. Stir well.

Now put the cut up peices of Chikn into the bowl with the noodles.

Grab a bowl/plate, scoop up some noodles with the chikn and pour as much alfredo sauce over top as you want. Enjoyyyy.



'HAMBURGER HELPER';

To make vegetarian hamburger helper replace ground beaf with Morningstar farms vegie crumblers (1/2 bag to full bag) and add a bit less liqud (ex. if the box says 2 and 1/4 cups water then add ABOUT 1 and 3/4 because veggie crumblers do not abosorb the liqud really..)

Easy Lunches-

BLT;
Morningstar farms 'bacon'
Lettuce
Tomato
Mayonase(lets just call it mayo xD i cant spell it for beans)
Bread

Wash and dry your lettuce and cut it up
Cut up tomato
Toast some bread
Take out 4 strips bacon, lay flat on play. Microwave for ABOUT 40 seconds, flip over each strip and microwave for 40 seconds more.
Toast should be done. put some may on the toast, break each peice of bacon in half (or 3 pieces whatever), lay on bread. Add lettuce and tomato. Enjoy



'CHIKN SANDWHICH';
1 Morningstar farms chikn patty
Lettuce
Mayo
Hamburger bun

Wash dry and cut up as much lettuce as you want into THIN slices.
Microwave chikn patty for 40 seconds. flip over nad microwave for 40 seconds more. It should be soft yet tender.. Not mushy or really hard and crunchy. Put on bun and slap some mayo on, add lettuce and enjoy.

*one of my favourite lunches.. it is SO fast and easy to make and tastes really good... even the meat lovers will love this one!



'CHIKN PATTY';
Basically just microwave the patty as stated above & put on bun. add some ketchup. Goes great with fries.



VEGGIE BURGER;
*It helps to wrap veggie buger in paper towl so it doesnt get all mushy*
1 Morningstar farms Veggie Burger Patty
1 bun

+whatever you like you burgers

Microwave burger for 40 seconds, flip over and 40 seconds more. Times might vary. Put on bun and add favorite toppings. Enjoy.





If anyones interested I might add more... I have a few more I can't remember lol.
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Old January 27th, 2007, 05:48 AM
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You are very creative Kathryn ~ I became a vegan about 35 years ago and although I'm a vegetarian now I love to cook as well. Keep the recipes coming! I tend to use pure seitan, tempeh and a variety of dense-to-soft tofu's ~ your "veggie crumbler" is a dehydrated version ?
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Old January 27th, 2007, 01:06 PM
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Wow, you're...uhh.. very loyal to one brand?
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Old January 28th, 2007, 07:05 PM
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Veggie crumblers aren't really tofu. It's basically vegan ground beef. It's brown and cooks like grown beef but is soy based. It tastes and smells really good. All my friends who eat meat actually prefer veggie crumblers insteada regular meat.


& theres only 2 brands at the stores I shop at xD and Morningstar farms has a WAYY bigger selection and I just prefer it over the other brand.
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Old January 28th, 2007, 07:08 PM
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I've always been kinda interested in trying tofu... but have no idea how to work with it I have never heard of the brand of crublers you are talking about ( nor have i really heard of crumblers lol) have any good tofu recipies??? Im super curious about trying it.
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Old January 28th, 2007, 07:30 PM
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Sorry no I have a thing of tofu sitting in my fridge and I have yet to figure out what to do with it.

I'm probly going to stir-fry it with some vegetables and noodles or something. =/
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Old January 28th, 2007, 07:37 PM
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Sorry no I have a thing of tofu sitting in my fridge and I have yet to figure out what to do with it.

I'm probly going to stir-fry it with some vegetables and noodles or something. =/
My husband tried that once and he told me never to buy it again lol he said it tasted like rubber we tried what our friend sugested but it was terrible with a capital T lol yuk
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My husband tried that once and he told me never to buy it again lol he said it tasted like rubber we tried what our friend sugested but it was terrible with a capital T lol yuk
It could be the way you're making it.

My husband was a very strict meat eater when I met him but he likes tofu if I make it.

Tofu is VERY versatile, but if you're working with plain tofu there's not much flavor so you have to keep in mind that the point is to flavor the tofu how you want.

One very simple thing is tofu curry. I'm not a vegetarian so I usually make it with a tiny bit of chicken because chicken gives it the best flavor, IMO, but for something strictly vegetarian you could sautee garlic, onion and ginger in oil, add a bit of vegetable broth, allow it to simmer for a couple of minutes so all the flavors get mixed together real good. Put the tofu in along with a good curry seasoning mix and add a can of coconut milk and salt or soy sauce to taste. You would want to add a bit of sugar or fruit juice as a sweetener, since if you don't use chicken it tends to lack a certain sweetness. I'm not sure why this is since chicken itself isn't necessarily sweet but that's what tends to happen when completely removing chicken from this type of recipe.
Allow to simmer until the tofu absorbs plenty of flavor and then serve over rice.
I don't really have measurements on stuff since I largely cook by taste and experience, but that's a good general recipe if your cooking ability allows you to personalize the amount of ingredients to your own taste or if you don't mind experimenting.

There are also many other different types of tofu than just silken tofu so you may wanna try those. There are a ton of flavored and very firm tofu that make good bases for recipes, and also tempeh as mummummum mentioned.

Tofu can also work good in various dessert and drink recipes, such as smoothies.

Again, the main thing to remember about tofu is that unless you buy it already flavored you will HAVE to give the tofu flavor yourself. The main reason people use tofu is for the texture, not the flavor, so don't expect to just be able to open a box of tofu and start eating it.
If the tofu tastes bad in your recipe it's because the recipe itself was lacking in some way or not executed properly. For instance, throwing tofu into a dish and then just turning off the stove could give you a very bland and unpleasant meal, whereas letting the tofu cook for long enough will infuse the flavor throughout. On the other hand letting a soft tofu cook too long or stiring too often will just turn the dish into a pile of mush, so you don't really want that either (unless that's what you were going for).

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Old June 29th, 2008, 10:05 AM
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Yummy recipes ! Thanks for sharing !
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Old June 29th, 2008, 10:58 AM
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I ate tofu for awhile but once I admitted I really don't like the stuff, it was easy to give up . Right now I'm a huge fan of Yves Wieners (spicy variety), they are excellent, two of those in the morning, wrapped in good bread with some of my homemade relish, o boy.
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