Vegan Spicy Peanut Noodles

This is modeled after a Thai noodle recipe, but I hate to say that it’s Thai noodles because it’s been modified so much. So, you can be the judge!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb spaghetti
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 cucumber, seeded and diced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and then using peeler, make strips
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • 1 handful of cilantro, chopped
  • Sesame seeds Creamy peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup crunchy peanut butter (or ½ cup smooth peanut butter and 1/4 cup chopped peanuts)
  • 1/3 cup hot water (or 1/4 cup if using smooth peanut butter)
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce or Bragg’s aminos
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 1 tablespoon spicy Thai chili paste or hot sauce
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 tablespoon of minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • sesame seeds

Process

Cook pasta al dente.

Prepare all vegetables and cilantro and set aside.

While pasta is cooking, combine all other ingredients except nuts and seeds, to make sauce. This might be easier in a blender.

When pasta is prepared, drain, add vegetables and sauce and gently toss. It is easier said than done, but if the pasta is hot and the water used was also very warm, that will help.

Sprinkle with nuts and seeds and serve.

Vegan “Cheesy” Eggplant Pomodoro with Kale

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Ingredients
2 eggplants, diced
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
4-6 cups cut grape tomatoes
1-2 T capers
8 cups kale, chopped
½ cup nutritional yeast
Sea salt and pepper to taste
3 T Olive oil

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Place olive oil, onion, and eggplant in large skillet and sauté until eggplant begins to soften. Add tomatoes and capers. Continue to cook until tomatoes start to cook down. Add kale, salt, and pepper. Cook until kale is tender. Add nutritional yeast and stir. Toss with pasta or serve on toasted Italian or French bread.

Vegan Baked Ziti

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Great for a cold day!

Ingredients

  • 1 box ziti
  • 1.5 large cans tomato sauce
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 T Italian seasoning
  • 1 container extra firm tofu
  • 2 T apple cider vinegar
  • 4 T nutritional yeast
  • 1 cup dried TVP (rehydrated), browned Impossible meat, or other vegan meat substitute if desired.
  • Vegan mozzarella
  • Salt and pepper

Process

Prepare pasta according to directions, very al dente! Rinse in cold water to stop cooking and set aside.

Drain tofu. Place in a large bowl and mash with fork or potato masher until the consistency of cottage cheese or ricotta. Add vinegar, nutritional yeast, and a little salt and fold in. Set aside.

Saute onion, bell pepper, garlic, celery in olive oil until soft. Add tomato sauce, diced tomato, Italian seasoning. Salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer and let simmer 15-20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350. Add ⅓ of the sauce to the bottom of an 8×13 baking dish. Add a layer of ½ of the pasta. Add tofu mix in scoops and then use a spatula to spread across pan. Add ⅓ of the sauce over the tofu mix. Add the second half of the pasta in an even layer. If using meat substitute, add that here in an even layer. Add remaining sauce and vegan mozzarella.

Cover with lid or foil (I like to spray the foil with vegetable spray so it doesn’t stick to the vegan cheese). Bake for 40 minutes or until everything is hot and cheese is somewhat melted (to the extent that the brand you are using will melt).