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Southeast Asian-Flavored Noodles with Tempeh Croutons

Southeast Asian-Flavored Noodles with Tempeh1

This spicy, nutty dish of noodles and vegetables dressed in peanut sauce and topped with tempeh croutons is a fusion of Indonesian and Thai-influences. It’s good served warm or at room temperature. This dish really has it all, so you can finish the meal with a simple soup or a complementary salad like Asian-Flavored Coleslaw. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Japanese Cucumber and Wakame Seaweed Salad

Japanese wakame and cucumber salad

This simple preparation is typical of a sunomono, any of a variety of vinegary cold dishes served as part of Japanese meals. A sunomono ranges from quite vinegary and salty to mildly vinegared with a hint of sweetness. For this refreshing rendition, we’ll explore the latter. This is traditionally made with Japanese cucumber, or kyuri, but since these aren’t readily available in western markets, firm English cucumbers make a good substitute. more→

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Chinese-Style Shredded Cold Vegetables and Tofu

Chinese-syle shredded salad

A friend from Shanghai described this to me as a typical dish that comes as close the definition of  salad in both the Eastern and Western interpretations of the word. Its name, literally translated, is the less-than-descriptive “cold mix.” This veganized version features matchstick-cut vegetables and a  chewy baked tofu. Serve with a simple noodle or rice dish for a delightful meal. more→

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Thai Composed Rice Salad (Kao Yum Pahk Dai)

Thai Composed Rice Salad (Kao Yum Pahk Dai)

Though you won’t find this on domestic restaurant menus as often as you would traditional green papaya salad, the basic ingredients for this southern Thai composed salad are more readily available to the home cook. Central to this gorgeous composition is a mound of rice, which is surrounded by a variety of veggies plus one fruit — usually pineapple or green apple. A feast of flavors, textures and colors, what really pulls it together is the toasted coconut. more→

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Tofu Rancheros

Tofu Rancheros

A veganized version of huevos (eggs) rancheros, this dish of tofu prepared with Southwestern flavors and nestled on corn tortillas, makes a nice brunch or light dinner dish. Serve with a simple potato or bean dish (shown here with Beer-Stewed Pinto Beans) and a platter of sliced avocado and oranges for a complete meal.  more→

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Miyoko’s Creamery cultured nut products – a review

Sundried Tomato Garlic from Miyoko's Creamery

Recently I was the very lucky recipient of an array of Miyoko’s Creamery cultured nut products —aka vegan cheeses — from the newly launched Miyoko’s Kitchen. * Miyoko’s Kitchen has generously offered VegKitchen readers $5.00 off all online orders. Use the discount code: VEGKITCHEN. Valid until 12/31/14, aka, through the end of this year. Shown above, Sundried Tomato Garlic. more→

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Easy Vegan Bean Burritos

basic vegan bean burritos recipe

Burritos, literally meaning “little donkeys,” are a staple of basic Southwestern cuisine. These easy burritos, filled with beans and vegan cheese, are delicious and filling. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Green Noodles

Green noodles with broccoli and green pea sauce

This easy pasta dish with a very green sauce (made of pureed green peas and broccoli) is great for kids who don’t mind a bit of green on their plate. Simple and tasty, you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy it! Photos by Lori Maffei. more→

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