Vegan Breakfast Casserole

Photo: Dave Irving

This is one of the most searched for posts on The VeganAsana, so it is always good for a repost, and we had it last night for dinner!

It’s an easy recipe, but it does take about 2 hours to cook. I  use a half-steamer disposable foil tray for cooking this, just because it is a little hard to clean out of a pan.

If you want to be extra, you can use fresh potatoes, shredded, but we like it with tater tots. We are just classy like that.

Breakfast Casserole

2 blocks firm or extra firm tofu, drained
¼ cup unsweetened soy milk
1 package of your favorite faux sausage (this time I used Lightlife)
1 package frozen hash browns or tater tots
1 medium onion, diced
Other veggies to taste: red pepper, spinach, kale, mushrooms
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cumin
2 tsp black salt
1 tsp smoked paprika
Daiya or other cheese (yesterday, I used Follow Your Heart)

Depending on the form of your fauxsage, you may want to fry it first. Most of the “patties” don’t require that.

Place tofu in food processor or blender with the soy milk. Pulse until fully broken up and liquidy. You actually *can* stop earlier if you want your tofu to be more chunky and to sit on top of the potatoes. We like ours to sink between the tater tots, but that does require additional baking time to wait on it to set up.

Fold in nutritional yeast, turmeric, cumin, and salt.

If you are using a standard baking dish, cover the bottom with parchment paper. Add veggies (except spinach/kale – that you would place in a layer on top of the tofu) to hash browns or tater tots. Add tofu mixture and spread evenly. Sprinkle on or place sausage. Cover with vegan cheese.

Cover with foil and cook at 375* for an hour. Remove foil and continue cooking until heated through and the tofu has mostly firm back up.

Remove from oven and allow to settle (covered) for 10-15 minutes before serving. Serve with hot sauce, if desired.

YUMMY!

Vegan Thai-Style Curry Soup

Amusingly, just after I planned this for dinner, my youngest (adult) child said she had re-watched a Hello Kitty episode about red curry today. I guess it was meant to be!

Ingredients

  • 4+ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 container of tofu, cut into 1 inch cubes or wedges
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 shallots, sliced thinly
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, sliced
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 6 cups faux chicken broth – I like the “Better than Bouillon” brand
  • 2 (13.5-ounce) can coconut milk
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons tamari
  • 1 (12-ounce) package rice noodles
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice from 2 limes

On the side: 

  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves 
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • diced avocado
  • hot sauce (sriracha?) 

Process

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat
  • Add garlic, carrots, celery, bell pepper, and shallots. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender
  • Stir in red curry paste, turmeric, and ginger and cook for a couple of minutes
  • Add broth, brown sugar, and coconut milk
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for at least 10 minutes
  • Meanwhile, pan fry the tofu in 2 tablespoons of olive oil until browned  and then add to broth after it has simmered for 10 minutes
  • Cook the noodles al dente according to directions, and then toss lightly in a bit of olive oil or leave in a cold water bath until plating
  • Remove soup from heat and add lime juice, and salt and pepper to taste
  • Serve the soup over the noodles with avocado, green onions, cilantro, basil, and hot sauce to preference

Easy Homemade Ramen

When I am not feeling great, ramen is something I like. The noodles I used this time are more the width of pho noodles, but it’s all about what the pantry has in it! This is so easy (and inexpensive) that it barely qualifies as a recipe, but for whatever it’s worth…

Ingredients
3 quarts water
4 TBSP of vegetable bouillon (powdered or we like this one from Better than Bouillon)
1/4 cup soy sauce or aminos
1 tsp garlic, minced
1 TBSP ginger, grated
1 TBSP sesame oil if desired
2 green onions, chopped
1 block extra firm tofu, diced
12 oz rice nooodles

Process
Add water to a large stock pot. Add bouillon (if powder, wait until the water heats), soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, green onions, and tofu. Bring to a rolling boil. Add noodles and cook per package (probably around 8 minutes). Reduce heat to low-medium and allow soup to steep for 10-15 minutes. That’s it!