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Sweet Summer

Acapulco Tofu

acapuco_tofu_taco

Welcome to March’s Secret Recipe Club!  It feels so awesome to be joining the SRC again after taking my baby break – I missed the fun that comes with being sent a blog to explore.  This month I was given Sid’s Sea Palm Cooking, a blog I was very familiar with thanks to Facebook and previous SRC reveals.  I had a very hard time picking a recipe this month as Sid’s blog is stuffed to the gills with all sorts of recipes including retro favorites and Danish treats.  Two of the “finalists” were part of the Danish block: Baked Omelette and Cauliflower with Herbs.  In the end I could not get past her Chicken Acapulco recipe and decided that I had to give it a whirl.  I replaced the chicken with extra firm tofu and since I was unable to find the McCormick meat seasoning in the original recipe I made my own.

Sweet Summer

Serves: Serves 4-5

Ingredients

1 lb tofu, cubed and well pressed

1 packet meat seasoning

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp water

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 jalapeno, diced

2 cloves garlic, iced

1 Spanish onion, diced

3 roma tomatoes

1 tsp gourmet garden cilantro (or 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, diced)

1 cup Monterrey jack cheese

1/2 cup extra sharp cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Place the cubed/pressed tofu in a deep bowl. In a small bowl i together the seasoning, olive oil, water, and vinegar then pour over the tofu. Allow to marinate for 30 minutes, flipping the tofu over halfway.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the jalapeno, garlic, tomatoes, and cilantro - set aside.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a large deep skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the tofu. Cook for at least 5 minutes on each side, tofu should be a light golden color. Add the tomato mixture (Pico de gallo) and turn heat to low. Allow to cook for 15 minutes.
  4. Slowly stir in the cheeses being careful to not over crowd the pan. Once cheese has melted, serve on a warm tortilla or over yellow rice.
  5. Eat and Enjoy!
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Fantastic!  The spices and the cheese went together perfectly and by giving the tofu enough time to drain it was really able to soak up all the flavors.  We enjoyed ours taco style for dinner and as a burrito bowl the next day with some Spanish style rice – adding some fresh avocado and green pepper each time.  I had never heard of acapulco chicken (or tofu!) before finding this recipe but now it will be on regular rotation.  It might require a number of bowls but it comes together super quick.  For a real short cut, pick up some fresh made pico de gallo at the grocery store.  Another great recipe thanks to the Secret Recipe Club!!!

In the Saddle

Japanese Curry

japanese_curry

In an attempt to get my kitchen mojo back, I’ve once again joined the /52weeksofcooking group in the hopes that their weekly challenge would get me going again.  They are now on week 10 while I’m just now doing my second post – needless to say I’m still a work in progress!  This week the challenge was Japanese and while I debated doing a tempura I couldn’t get over the idea of trying a Japanese curry similar to one I had in Pittsburgh a few summers ago.  Luckily the internet provided me with lots of ideas, so I took the common ingredients from all of them and then winged the rest of it!

In the Saddle

Serves: Serves 4-5

Ingredients

2 tbsp vegetable oil

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp grated ginger

1 lb tofu, pressed and cubed

1 red onion, diced

2 tbsp curry powder

2 tbsp tomato paste

1/2 tbsp brown rice vinega

1/2 tbsp sesame oil

1 tart apple, cored and diced

3 cups vegetable stock

2 large carrots, sliced

2 butter potatoes, peeled and cubed

1/2 cup frozen green peas

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large wok and add the garlic and ginger. Cook until the ginger is brown and then add the onion. Cook for 10 minutes, or until onions start to brown. Add the tofu and cook 5-7 minutes on each side, tofu should be golden and onions should be slightly caramelized.
  2. Add the curry powder, tomato paste, vinegar, sesame oil, apple, vegetable stock, potatoes, and carrots. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.
  3. Add the peas then simmer, covered, for a final 10 minutes or until potatoes are soft.
  4. Serve over rice and Enjoy!
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I could say this was a huge hit but that doesn’t begin to cover it – this is one of the only curries where husband has wanted seconds!  He couldn’t get over how savory it was – all the flavors working together.  So good he didn’t believe it was vegan, BIG bonus there.

Make sure to come back Monday for February’s BONUS Secret REcipe Club post.  It’s the 5th Monday of the month and this time the special theme is Spring & Bunnies.

Fix What’s Broken

Mulligatawny Style Curry

mulligatawny_stew

I have a curry addiction, I’ll admit it – it’s totally true.  I love the spice, both the heat and the flavor, and the fact that it warms me up on even the coldest day.  With the Siberian Vortex currently coming down on the Mid-Atlantic a bit of heat and spice is very much needed and appreciated.  Still in shock over how low the temperatures have been and are going to be, just totally ridiculous especially since I’m technically in the south.  Anyway, enough about the weather cuz it’s time to time to focus on the curry.  I can’t remember the first time I had mulligatawny stew but it had to be years ago as it involved chicken.  Which is why I set out to create a vegan version, no chicken involved!

Fix What’s Broken

Serves 4-5

Ingredients

1 tbsp vegetable oil

3 shallots, diced

1 green pepper, diced

1 carrot, diced

1 tbsp curry powder

1/4 tsp cayenne powder

16 oz tofu, well pressed and cubed

1 pink lady apple, diced

4 cups vegetable stock

1/2 cup coconut milk greek yogurt

1/4 cup golden raisins

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a dutch oven then add the shallots, green pepper, and carrot. Cook for 5-7 minutes, then stir in the curry powder and cook for an additional minute before adding the tofu. Continue cooking the tofu until golden on all sides.
  2. Add the apple along with vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low then simmer for 25 minutes before stirring in the greek yogurt and the golden raisins. Cook for a final 5 minutes then Serve and Enjoy!
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 For dinner we enjoyed the stew as is, while I added lentils the next day in order to make it go a bit further.   For those who don’t want all the spice feel free to drop the cayenne powder – or switch for something milder.  Whatever works best for you!

Ever Wanted

Navratan Korma

Navratan Korma

Every now and then I tend to bite off more than I can chew when it comes to blog challenges, and this week’s r/52weeksofcooking is a prime example.  The theme this week was Indian which is a cuisine I’m familiar with and have done a few times in the past.  However I wanted to try something different so instead of my standard tomato based curry I decided to attempt a yogurt based dish, and then go the extra step in making it vegan.  I researched a variety of different dishes before finally deciding on Navratan Korma which translates to Nine Gems Curry.  For my nine gems I settled on: peas, green beans, Indian Eggplant, green bell pepper, tofu (or paneer), Indian red chilies, shallots, cashews, and carrots.  I debated about using cauliflower or broccoli but it’s still too early in the season for them and couldn’t find any at the local market.  Needless to say this is a very (very!!!) prep-heavy dish with lots of cleaning and cutting.

I started prep work with the tofu in order to give it time to press before moving on to the eggplant, for similar reasons, and then all the remaining vegetables.  To figure out the right spices I looked at a variety of online recipes before finally settling on the below combination.  For a more traditional dish use paneer in place of tofu, just keep it mind it will cook a lot faster than tofu and might require additional vegetable oil in order to brown.

Ever Wanted

Serves: serves 5-6

Ingredients

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1/4 tsp cumin seed

1/4 tsp cardamon seeds

1/4 tsp amchoor powder (mango powder)

1/2 tsp tumeric

2 garlic cloves, diced

1 tsp ginger, shredded

3 scallions, diced

1/2 tbsp garam masala

1 lb of tofu, well pressed and drained (can also sub paneer)

4 Indian eggplants, sliced and salted

1 cup spring peas

1 cup green beans, tipped and halved

1/4 lb carrots, cut in to 2inch pieces

1 green pepper, diced

2 Indian red chilis, diced and seeded (optional)

1 cup coconut milk (plain or original - can also used canned version)

1/2 cup plain yogurt (I used So Delicious Coconut - but Almond or Dairy would work as well)

1/4 cup cashews (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saute dish over medium heat. Once hot add the seeds, spices, garlic, scallions, and ginger. Cook for 2 minutes or until cumin seeds start to split stirring frequently to prevent burning.
  2. Add the tofu and cook for 10 minutes, turning regularly so tofu browns on all sides. Add the remaining vegetables and stir well. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring once to prevent sticking.
  3. Remove lid and add the coconut milk and yogurt. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Serve hot over coconut (or regular rice) or with fesh Naan topping the dish with cashews (optional)
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I served the cashews only on top of mine since I couldn’t find a bag that was marked in such a way to indicate it was 100% peanut free.  This dish might have taken a while to get started but it’s incredibly quick to come together and delicious – making all the cutting worth it!  I also have a feeling this dish would work well in a slow cooker and look forward to testing that theory shortly.

Note: I’m submitting this to the So Delicious Dairy Free Recipe Contest

Secret Is

Sloppy Joeys

Sloppy Joey

Time for the April installment of the Secret Recipe Club!!!! This month I was assigned the incredible Ilona’s Kitchen blog which is packed to the brim with delicious treats – both sweet and savory!  As always I had a hard time finding the perfect recipe, something that would be different than the normal and showcase the delicious recipes on her blog.  After much debate I decided to go with one of her two (!!!) recipes for Sloppy Joe’s,  figuring if they were such a hit with her munchkin they would also go over well with my husband.  In honor of the vegan twist on this recipe I’m renaming them Sloppy Joey’s, and my Joey seems to have no issue sharing his name with this incredible dinner!  Other than the vegan twist most of the recipe is as you will find it on Ilona’s Kitchen, as long as your overlook my avoidance of celery in this dish in favor of more peppers.

Secret Is

serves 4-5

Ingredients

1 tablespoon canola oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 green bell pepper, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

Coarse salt and ground pepper

1 pound tofu, pressed and cubed

1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce

1/4 cup ketchup

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables are softened, 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Add the tofu to the skillet, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon as it cooks until all the tofu is a deep golden almost brown color, about 10 minutes minutes.
  3. Stir tomato sauce, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce into tofu mixture in skillet. Simmer until thickened, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes.
  4. Season the mixture with more salt and pepper, as desired. Spoon onto buns (or fresh bread!), and serve immediately.
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These came together in record time, the only trick was finding a vegetarian friendly Worcestershire sauce.  In the end I wound up making my own using this guide from the incredible Martha Stewart.  I have to say this homemade version was far better than any I had before, and used the extra sauce as a topping for the mashed potatoes that I served with my Sloppy Joey’s .  Thanks Ilona’s Kitchen for an incredible dinner idea!