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    Slow Cooker Vegetarian Baked Beans

      One vegetarian food that I’ve never thought matches or exceeds its meat counterpart is baked beans. They don’t seem to have the depth of flavor and I think that’s because of the lack of one ingredient- bacon. The result is an absence of the smoky undertone that is a must for baked beans. So last week I set out to try and make what I hoped was something close to the real thing. I opted to use a slow cooker partly because of a little laziness on my part, but mostly to give the beans a chance to get soaked in all the flavors, and my second trick; vegetarian…

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    Quick and Easy Nacho Mac and Cheese

      Not sure where this week went but as promised here is the quick mac and cheese recipe using some of the leftover mix from Monday’s tofu recipe. I always keep cans of various types of soup in the pantry so the nacho flavored one took care of the sauce part of this recipe, speeding things even more. I also had some cherry tomatoes that needed to find a recipe and thought they gave this dish some color. Also had some half and half leftover and used that but milk or even non-dairy milk will work too. If you wanted to add more to it you could use tuna or…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Tofu Taco Bites

    Ever since I made the Crispy Tofu Nuggets from the Vegan for Fun cookbook by Attila Hildmann I’ve been experimenting with different coatings to see what I can come up with. My latest combination, and I think the best so far, is this taco coating mix. By adding more or less spices you can vary the heat level. The coating makes more than you actually need but don’t throw it away because you’ll need it for the quick and budget friendly recipe I’ll be posting later this week. If you’ve not cooked with tofu before here’s a reminder about how to make it more ‘workable’ especially in a recipe like…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Vegetarian Scotch Eggs

    I’m always looking for ways to turn meat centric recipes into vegetarian ones and my next challenge was the Scotch egg. A childhood favorite of mine, and if you’re not familiar with it, it’s a simple recipe of a hardboiled egg encased in sausagemeat. It’s then rolled in breadcrumbs and deep fried. I’ll admit I had lots of challenges with this one but I’m glad I didn’t give up because it’s a tasty dish that I think rivals its meat counterpart. My first problem was what to use in place of the sausagemeat. It would need to be something that could be wrapped around the egg and something with a…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Golden Beet and Cranberry Salad

    About this time of the year I begin craving salads again. This one uses a mix of spring greens and baby kale and combines it with two favorites of the late fall/winter season, golden beets and cranberries. The beets are sweet, the cranberries have a slight bite to them, and pull all the flavors together with a miso dressing and I think this scores a hit with any salad lover, especially on a cold winter’s day. Ingredients For the salad 1 pound (about 4 medium sized) golden beets ¾ cup sweetened dried cranberries 5 cups spring green/baby kale salad mix (washed and dried) For the dressing 2 teaspoons sesame oil…

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