Tofu, Tempeh, and Seitan

Seitan Gyros

Seitan gyros

Here is a kinder, gentler version of gyros, the Greek meat-on-a-pita classic. Seitan makes a superb stand-in, and the shortcut creamy cucumber dressing gives the entire enterprise a refreshing zip. For heartier appetites, a serving would be 2 gyros; one is filling enough for moderate appetites or when other dishes are to be served. Recipe adapted from Vegan Express. Photos by Lori Maffei. more→

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Sweet and Smoky Tofu or Tempeh Strips

Smoky tofu and tempeh

Savory, slightly sweet, and as spicy as you choose to make them, these delightfully flavored strips of tofu or tempeh are delicious in wraps and sandwiches. Or, just enjoy them on their own to bolster the protein content of meals. If you’d like to use both tofu and tempeh, as shown in the photo, double the amount of marinade. Cook each kind of protein separately, then arrange on a plate to serve.

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Sautéed Tofu with Green Veggies

Sautéed tofu with veggies2

Here’s a simple tofu dish I’ve been making for years. Tofu is sautéed in a skillet until it becomes golden and crispy, then combined with very lightly cooked veggies. The dish is then served with a choice of sauces, depending on your inclination — either a rich peanut sauce or teriyaki marinade. This is good served with brown rice or quinoa and a colorful salad or slaw — try it with Fruity Red Coleslaw. more→

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Creamy Tofu Scramble with Kale and Pumpkin or Butternut Squash

Creamy Tofu Scramble with Kale and Butternut Squash

This recipe contributed by Ricki Heller, from Diet, Dessert and Dogs proves that you don’t need a ton of ingredients to create a flavorful recipe. This delicious and very pretty tofu scramble features pumpkin or butternut squash and kale, making it perfect seasonal fare for a super-quick dinner (providing that your pumpkin or squash is pre-baked; see VegKitchen’s tips here, brunch, or even a hearty breakfast. more→

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White Bean and Kale Stew with Fennel and Vegan Sausage

White bean and kale stew

This is such a warm and welcoming dinner to come home to on a cold winter day and it is especially good served with a loaf of crusty bread warmed in the oven. From The Blooming Platter Cookbook* by Betsy DiJulio, by permission of Vegan Heritage Press, © 2011, reprinted by permission. more→

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Tofu Scramble with Jalapeño and Cilantro

Tofu scramble with cilantro

This delicious scrambled eggs-without-the eggs recipe works well for breakfast, lunch, dinner, late night, any time you’re in the mood. Feel free to change up any vegetables with what’s fresh at your local farmers market. Recipe and photo by Ellen Kanner, who contributes Meatless Monday Musings to VegKitchen. If you’d like to serve this with the delicious slightly sweet quick bread depicted, here’s the recipe for Vegan Fig
and Walnut Bread.
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French Tofu Salad with Grapes

French Tofu Salad with Grapes

With crunchy almonds and sweet grapes, this elegant tofu salad sandwich will have you oooh-lala-ing. Using both fresh and dried herbs brings a complexity of flavor. It’s a perfect picnic sandwich and pairs wonderfully with a dry white vegan wine. Recipe contributed by Tamasin Noyes and Celine Steen from their book Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day!* (Fair Winds Press, 2012).
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Tofu Pomegranate Pockets

Pomegrante Tofu Pocket

Savory tofu bits combine with pomegranate to make a palate-pleasing pita sandwich. The pomegranate seeds add texture and a tart sweetness, while the ume plum vinegar brings it all together. Recipe contributed by Tamasin Noyes and Celine Steen from their book Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day!*(Fair Winds Press, 2012).  more→

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