Sweet Sesame Tofu

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Anybody who says they don't like tofu has either never tried it cooked the right way or they're just plain wrong. This Sweet Sesame Tofu is so easy to make, tastes delicious and you can add it to just about anything your little heart desires; try it in your fave salad, stir fry or buddha bowl! Ingredients 250g high protein, firm tofu 2 cloves garlic, crushed 2cm cube ginger, grated 1/4 cup kecap manis 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil 1 tablespoon sesame seeds Method Preheat oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Cut the tofu into 3cm x 3cm cubes and pop in a shallow container. Mix together the garlic, ginger, kecap manis,...

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Goma-ae

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 (as a side dish)   Goma-ae is one of my absolute fave Japanese dishes, probs because it involves sesame paste and I absolutely LOVE sesame. Not to be confused with tahini, white sesame paste can be picked up from any good Asian grocer and has an intensely nutty sesame flavour. I made goma-ae quite a while ago but have given the recipe a little revamp so now is the perfect time to get stuck in. Note: That other stuff on the plate is for another recipe I'm working on, stay tuned for that one! Ingredients 350g green beans, ends removed 350g baby spinach leaves 1/2 cup white sesame paste 1/3 cup soy sauce 1 teaspoon mirin (or rice wine vinegar) 2 tablespoons brown sugar 3 tablespoons sesame seeds Method Wash...

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Red Cabbage and Tofu Salad with Sesame Dressing

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Last year I decided that I was going to start a new family tradition of making Easter lunch. The family seemed to tolerate it last year so I thought I would take the tradition into its second year in 2013 and make an Asian themed feast. Since a few family members (including myself) are still on a health-kick, I thought a salad was a good place to start. My family liked it so I guess being related to each other is working out just fine. Ingredients 1/2 red cabbage 3/4 cup bean shoots Olive oil spray 1 block hard tofu or bean curd 3 tablespoons sesame paste (you can get this from Asian groceries) Splash of sesame oil 1 tablespoon soy sauce 2 tablespoons vegan fish sauce...

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Brown Rice, Chia and Sesame Balls

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes about 16 balls I've been wanting to make some kind of rice ball for a while now and expected it to me much harder than it actually was. You can throw whatever you want into these babies, seeds, nuts, pebbles (probably not pebbles) but if you want more guidance, don't fret, I'll be making more variations on this theme very soon. If you want to make them flatter and pop them on a burger or smaller for finger food, that's a-okay with me too. Ingredients 3 cups cooked brown rice 1/3 cup black chia seeds 1/4 cup white sesame seeds 1 small brown onion, finely chopped. 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup peanut butter 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1/4 cup gluten flour 1/4 cup dry...

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Sweet Soy & Sesame ‘Beef’ Skewers

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 14 skewers Like the Satay 'Chicken' Skewers, these cheeky devils are great as a meal or entertainment option for vegans and non-vegans alike. Reminiscent of those honey soy skewers you may have had in your meat eating days, these are even better and of course made without the meat (or honey)! Ingredients 14 wooden skewers 1 bag beef-style chunks, thawed 1/2 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup kecap manis 1/3 cup rice malt syrup 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 teaspoon minced ginger 2 tablespoons sesame seeds Method Mix together the soy sauce, kecap manis, rice malt syrup, garlic and ginger. Chuck the chunks into a container and pour the marinade over the top. Invert the container to cover the chunks. Place in the fridge for about 2 hours, inverting the container occasionally. Soak...

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