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Sticky Tofu and Noodles, with Cucumber Salad

Sticky Tofu and Noodles, with Cucumber Salad

I’d like to have a round of applause for the cook, long lost to history, who first combined saucy tofu with a nest of tender noodles. There are few things so simple and yet so sophisticated at the same time. These sticky sweet tofu cubes tossed with whole wheat linguine are crushably delectable, and only take minutes to prepare.

Yes, You Can Make Sushi Handrolls

Yes, You Can Make Sushi Handrolls

Are you intimidated by sushi? Maybe you pick up veggie sushi at the deli, where it seems like something way too hard to make at home. The plant based sushi options are limited to a few cucumber rolls at most places, and always white rice. Well, I promise you, you can make these pretty, veggie-packed, whole grain-enriched handrolls, and you don’t need any special equipment. Just a pot, a cutting board, and your hands.

Big.Fat.Burritos.

Big.Fat.Burritos.

Big Fat Burritos Rule. Something about rolling the whole meal into a bundle that you can hold in your hands makes the big burrito an ideal food delivery system. A truly epic burrito layers in complementary flavors and textures, to make each bite exciting. My Big Fat Burrito delivers a riot of flavors in every mouthful.
And you don’t need a fork.
You don’t have to take my word for it. Big burritos are big business, and places like Chipotle crank out millions of them every day. It’s easy to skip the takeout line, and make your own burritos. At home, you can stuff them with tender roasted veggies, quinoa and avocado.

Kimchi Noodles with Tofu- a Riot of Flavor

Kimchi Noodles with Tofu- a Riot of Flavor

This dish is made from plants, from the grains in the noodles, to the beans that were transformed into soy sauce. That’s a given. But whenever I cook, I try to add a few more vegetables. Get that noodle to veggie ratio just right, so it feels like a bowl of slippery noodles, but it’s also a bowl of fresh, crunchy veggies. I love my carbs, and I look at them as the comforting, lovable friends they are. But the veg to noodle ratio should be balanced a little toward the veg side. This dish achieves the right mix, with just enough noodles, and just the right amount of snappy snap peas and crisp carrots.

Crunch+ Avocado+ Tacos=Get In My Mouth!

Crunch+ Avocado+ Tacos=Get In My Mouth!

These Crunchy Avocado Tacos are a fun, deliriously tasty way to eat your fave hand-held, and I promise everyone will love them. The combination of lush avocado and a crispy shell flecked with panko crumbs is just sooo good.

Love Tacos? Taco Sweet Potatoes!

Love Tacos? Taco Sweet Potatoes!

You know you love tacos. That’s a given. Let’s just acknowledge that we want to eat tacos and nachos every night. These are trying times. A mouthful of spicy, savory taco goodness goes a long way toward comforting the soul. For even more comfort, I took away the shells and swapped in a soft, lovable sweet potato. Taco sweet potatoes are the comfort food I want, rig

Crank the Oven, Roast Beets for a Sheet Pan Meal

Crank the Oven, Roast Beets for a Sheet Pan Meal

When the temperatures drop, I no longer have to plan menus around keeping the kitchen cool. It’s time to start roasting my meals, and filling my kitchen with the scents of caramelizing vegetables and herbs. As you’ll see in my video, it’s also time to harvest the beets I was growing in my garden, and put them into a delicious meal.

Kale and Kimchi Fried Red Rice with Tofu

Kale and Kimchi Fried Red Rice with Tofu

Fried rice is one of the best uses of a leftover ever devised. In Asian countries with rice-based cuisines, there is bound to be some left over. Nobody wants to waste valuable food, so creative cooks find a way of making that cold rice into a a dish that may well be better than the original dish. That dish is, of course, fried rice. Take cold, crunchy rice and toss it in a hot pan, and you have food that comforts your very soul.

Try Creamy Chinese-Style Corn with Tofu over Black Rice

Try Creamy Chinese-Style Corn with Tofu over Black Rice

And once you’ve had corn on the cob three nights in the week, you might want to branch out and try making something a little different. That’s when I like to make this quick and easy Chinese-inspired dish. It’s a brilliant idea, really. If you are thinking about canned creamed corn, banish that from your mind. When you puree fresh corn, season it with lots of fresh ginger, garlic, and chilis, it has much more pizzazz.

Best Sandwich Ever?

Best Sandwich Ever?

If you’ve looking for a fantastic meal that comes together quickly, look to the Banh Mi. It’s a sandwich, but it’s so much more than the usual sandwich. Packed with chewy, five-spice and garlic laced seitan, a sweet and sour quick radish pickle, sliced jalapenos, cilantro, and garlicky aioli, it’s a riot of flavors that will keep your palate in a state of excitement through the last bite.

Savor Citrus in Red Curry Mock Duck with 3 Oranges over Fonio

Savor Citrus in Red Curry Mock Duck with 3 Oranges over Fonio

Red Curry Mock Duck with Three Oranges In the dark, cold months of January and February, we can thank the citrus growers of Florida and California for shipping us rays of edible sunshine. Just as the winds howl and the snowbanks grow tall in Minnesota, our southern...

Crush Brunch with a Frittata with Kala Namak

Crush Brunch with a Frittata with Kala Namak

Caramelized Onion and Chickpea Frittata with Kala Namak There are a few ingredients that will take your plant-based cookery to the next level. Miso, nutritional yeast, and dried mushrooms come to mind. But one you should really get to know is Black Salt, or Kala...

The Speedy Sheet Pan Meets Tofu and Veggies!

The Speedy Sheet Pan Meets Tofu and Veggies!

Thanksgiving is coming, and your instagram feed is filling up with holiday food porn, so you can start planning for the big day. But between now and then, you still need to eat. If you like to make a big feast, you might find yourself putting all your kitchen time in...

Plant Based Fish in Summer Rolls? Meet Me at Veg Fest for Freebies!

Plant Based Fish in Summer Rolls? Meet Me at Veg Fest for Freebies!

Plant Based Fish, The Next Big Thing Plant Based Meats have been the food trend to watch, in recent years. I even wrote a book about it. Hot on the heels of mock meats is a new growth industry: Plant Based Fish. The hunger for familiar, high protein foods that come...

Make a Pizza with Edible Flowers, It’s Like Eating Summer

Make a Pizza with Edible Flowers, It’s Like Eating Summer

I recently did a cooking demonstration at the Mill City Farmer’s Market, showing the crowd how to cook stuffed squash blossoms. The number of people who told me that they had no idea that you could even eat squash blossoms convinced me that it’s time to talk about...

Make a Cheesy Veggie Wrap with My Vegan Meal Prep Cookbook

Make a Cheesy Veggie Wrap with My Vegan Meal Prep Cookbook

Meal Prepping is the Answer If you want to eat well, save money, and save time, you need to get into meal prep. Specifically, Vegan Meal Prep. Even if you aren't full-on vegan, you can prep all the plant-based foods. You may find that it's perfectly satisfying, or you...

Make Taco Rice for a Japanese-Mexican Bowl

Make Taco Rice for a Japanese-Mexican Bowl

Take two foods we love, put them in the same bowl, and you have Taco Rice. It may sound like an American invention, like the Korean Taco, or the Pizza Bagel, but it's not. No, this delicious bowl-ification of the tender rice we love in sushi and the spicy filling we...

Celebrate Valentine’s With Brilliant Beet Handrolls

Celebrate Valentine’s With Brilliant Beet Handrolls

  Valentine's Day Sushi! Valentine's Day always calls out for a splash of red on the plate. Crimson hearts and ruby red beets just go together. So, for a heart-healthy flash of red, try my Pickled Beet Handrolls. There is pink pickled ginger, pink tofu, and curly...

Jumbo Tofu Beet Sushi Rolls-When Bigger is Best

Jumbo Tofu Beet Sushi Rolls-When Bigger is Best

Big Fat Sushi Rolls Do you ever feel that sushi is too precious? The most authentic sushi comes to you in tiny bites, designed to make you really appreciate what's in your mouth. But sometimes, you just want a big fat sushi roll. Americans love sushi, and we want our...

Make a Pistachio Cream Pizza, and You Won’t Miss the Cheese!

Make a Pistachio Cream Pizza, and You Won’t Miss the Cheese!

  Vegan Pizza. For some, it's the final challenge. All that meat and cheese is just too hard to give up, right? Not so fast. All you need is some of the mock "ham" from my Plant Based Meats Cookbook and some pistachios to make a really satisfying, savory pizza....

Try Making Plant Based Meats at Home, Save The Planet

Try Making Plant Based Meats at Home, Save The Planet

Plant Based Meats, Hearty, High Protein Recipes for Vegans, Flexitarians, and Curious Carnivores is Out I don't have children. I guess that the closest thing to giving birth that I will ever experience will be the gestation of a cookbook. At first it's a twinkle in...

Wicked Healthy, the Vegan Cookbook that Bleeds

Wicked Healthy, the Vegan Cookbook that Bleeds

There's long been a trope, a recurring idea that meat eating is an essential part of manliness. Veggies are for girls, and possibly girly men, but real dudes dig burgers. Wicked, Healthy, Beautiful This silliness couldn't be further from the truth, and the latest book...

Gochujang Makes an Easy Bowl Pop

Gochujang Makes an Easy Bowl Pop

As the author of a whole book on bowl food, I've explored bowl cuisine in all its forms. But I have to give all respect to the OG of bowl food, the folks who created Bibimbap. Yes, Korean cooks made a feast in a bowl long before American hippies started piling up...