Veggie Lo Mein – from “Plant Power” by Nava Atlas – A book review & giveaway

Veggie Lo Mein – from “Plant Power” by Nava Atlas – A book review & giveaway

  I’m sure that I’m not the only one who has those meals where you just say, “forget good-for-you food, I want something I’m craving”.  Well, this book, Plant Power by Nava Atlas brings those two mindsets into one plate.  Healthy meets traditional desires for yummy flavors and fun.  One of my absolute favorite Asian dishes has always been a big carry out container of Lo Mein.  I usually try to get something with less fat, less carbohydrate and less money when we order Chinese.  When I first tried Nava’s recipe for Lo Mein I was shocked at how easily the dish came together and just how much delicious flavor a handful of healthy ingredients whipped up for a homemade version of my carry-out favorite.   To let you all in on a behind the scenes process of food blogging, there are many times when you photograph a dish prior to ever tasting it.  Just the logistics of creating a blog post makes it necessary to photograph your recipe in an unnatural setting to just someone sitting down to enjoy a meal.  This recipe was just one of those times.  I had been working all week from 4:30 a. m.…

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30 Minute, No Mess – Spicy Baked ‘Stir Fry’

30 Minute, No Mess –  Spicy Baked ‘Stir Fry’

  This dish is the easiest way I know to enjoy all the flavors and nutrition of a stir fried meal, without the Wok!   It’s also a wonderful way to use up some older veggies and give them new life for a quick, healthy super.  I used yellow squash and sweet pea pods for this one.  Obviously, a zillion different veggies would have worked just as well.  This one is all about the sauce. You can make the sauce up a couple of days in advance even if needed – Party food anyone?  And then just clean and cut up whichever veggies you choose.  Put your cut veggies in a deep baking dish.  Pour on the sauce.  Stir and bake.  That’s it.  So good.  So fast. And your house will have that heavenly smell of just delivered Chinese food, without the expense.  Without the big tip for a driver. Pour on your sauce and you’re ready to bake! The sauce has a hint of Thai.  It can be made thin or thick.  I suggest making enough though.  You’ll want some to pour over a little rice as well to make this a quick meal for any night.  30 minutes…

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Fried Leek Dumplings with Red Pepper Sauce

Fried Leek Dumplings with Red Pepper Sauce

This summer, we learned how to roll up our own sushi. And now, we’ve tackled fried dumplings and they great! I love making up my own filling and getting the bottoms browned just the way i like.  These take about an hour from start to finish and are well worth it.  Hopefully you can find dumpling wrappers in your local store.  We’re spoiled in D.C. with health food and international markets all over the place but most groceries should have some size and shape that would work for you.  We were even able to find a ‘no gluten added’ wrap. I used sliced leeks are the base for my filling. Along with the veggies, I threw in a little red pepper sauce for flavor.  You’ll just use a small amount but it adds a wonderful creaminess to the dumplings with each bite.  For the red pepper sauce: blend together until smooth, in a food processor, 1 red bell pepper, 8 oz of silken tofu, splash of hot sauce, 1 tsp garlic powder. For the filling: 2 small or 1 large leek, sliced and chopped 1 cup of Napa cabbage sliced thin 1 cup shredded carrot 1/8 cup chopped fresh ginger…

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Hearty Country Miso Soup

Hearty Country Miso Soup

 I fell in love with Miso soup at the same time I fell for sushi.   I love how simple the flavors are.  But being the Super Soupista that I have become since going Vegan, I just had to throw in some other goodies when I mixed up my first homemade batch of Miso. My husband and I spent last Saturday afternoon perusing our Asian Market to gather up all the items we’d need to try our hand at homemade sushi.  Making our first Miso just went along naturally with the whole ‘Sushi Shin-dig’.  The sushi went so well we wondered why we’d been paying so much in the restaurants for it?  It was so fun getting everything laid out on the table and rolling up our favorite things inside.  More on that soon but this Miso soup was a simple part of our Asian meal, and probably the most nutritious as well.  I’m not someone who has limited my Soy intake as some do but there are non-soy Miso products as well.  If you do use Soy Miso, choosing a good organic brand can greatly improve the health benefits for you. If you’re not into Tofu, this one is not…

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Spicy Asian Plum Dipping Sauce

Dreary day here to end out February.Rain, cold.  Ready for spring……………  To warm things up, I decided to use up some lovely plums I got at the local Asian market and try a dipping sauce recipe that I canned using apricots back in 2010.  Its been a popular gift I’ve given out so I wanted to see how it would work with plums instead of apricots. Feel free to use Apricots instead of plums here.  I used canned Apricots the first time and it was delicious.  Here’s the recipe, made sugar free this time except for what sugar is in the plums of course: 10 Ripe Red Plums (pits and stems removed and cut in quarters)1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar1/2 Cup Tamari Soy Sauce1 inch of fresh Ginger, chopped 2 whole cloves of Garlic, no need to dice1 sliced Jalapeno Pepper seeds included1/2 tsp Stevia My broken up Star Anise supply.  Time for some new I think. 2 Star Anise (optional but it is good if you have some) If you are not canning this sauce, just put all of the ingredients listed above in a medium size pot and boil, stirring frequently, for about 30 minutes on medium to reduce…

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