Vegan + Delicious = Blasphemy! Many dishes which get around dietary restrictions swap key ingredients and leave the dish lacking in taste. The sign of a successful replacement ingredient is approval by a third party unbound by those restrictions. I am in no way a vegan and tend to stay away from vegetables and other green things, but my curiosity got the better of me when I saw Gardein Beefless Strips at the grocery.
This dish was really quite tasty and it wasn’t as heavy a dish as the non-vegan version, so give it a try no matter what your diet (though not gluten-free because the beefless strips are made of wheat gluten, sometimes called Seitan). The fake beef strips have a meaty texture and flavor, making it a magical substitution. It was a perfect meal after seeing the wonderful film, Chef, which will make you salivate for 115 minutes. Check out the recipe below:
The other day I screwed up my pasta sauce really badly by using Tomato Paste instead of Tomato Purée, so of course I needed to redeem myself by making a super easy, yet delicious pasta sauce. Ideally this would be made using homemade tomato sauce, but I used a simple store-bought Marinara sauce.
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Having just moved down south, far from family and friends, I was faced with a real decision to make. My choice would change my life forever. Clearly, the selection of the proper tomato product to purchase at the grocery store would make or break my dinner. But being a naive and uninformed shopper, I assumed that Tomato Paste was basically unflavored Tomato Sauce. Boy was I wrong.
No matter how much I simmered, seasoned, or diluted, the “sauce” that I made had an incredibly strong, sickeningly sweet and acidic taste. What I was really looking for in the store was Tomato Purée. Unfortunately, my pasta was not great that night, but I learned quite a few Tomato Terms™ (which I will share below): Continue reading “Tomato Tribulations”
Last year, I discovered two great Kosher vegetarian falafel places – Soom-Soom (two locations:East 56th and West 72nd Streets in NYC), and Amba, in Montclair Village, Oakland. Both joints served up delicious falafel and superb hummus at great prices. About four months ago, Soom-Soom announced that it was dropping its vegetarian vibe, and putting chicken … Continue reading Farewell, Vegetarian Falafel
When looking for a side dish that isn’t too plain but is loved by most people, sesame noodles is a great option. There are so many optional ingredients and flavors in this dish that almost everyone has a different recipe, and it is hard to really screw it up. In most pasta dishes, the type … Continue reading Sesame Noodles: Quick and Simple