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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Vegan BBQ: Tofu, Black Bean & Mushroom Patties

Difficulty: Easy Makes:  10 Leave the gazpacho at home, Lisa! My Tofu, Black Bean & Mushroom Patties are here to get you through your next BBQ. With the weather really heating up and the holiday season upon us, it's that time of year where BBQ invites are coming in thick and fast. Your typical Aussie grill-a-thon doesn't cater much to us old vegans, so the guys at Ziegler & Brown asked me to change that by devising an awesome animal-free recipe that vegans and non-vegans alike and can enjoy this BBQ season. These tasty guys can be made a couple of days in advance and whipped out just before cooking so you've got a juicy, flavoursome plate ready to take along to your next occasion. Ingredients 1/2 small...

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Eggy Breakfast Muffin

Difficulty: Easy - Medium Serves 4 How long has it been since you've had a breakfast muffin, huh? If your answer was "AGES!" you'll be super pumped for this recipe; if your answer was "I had one yesterday!" you'll probably still really enjoy this recipe. My Breakfast muffin has tempeh bacon and tomato plus a super fun eggy tofu element which I think you'll dig. Serve it up with a couple of hash browns and you've got yourself a winning start to the day. Ingredients Tempeh Bacon 150g tempeh 1/4 soy sauce 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon liquid smoke 2 tablespoons maple syrup Eggy Tofu 1 350g block of high protein, firm tofu 1/3 cup nutritional yeast 1-2 teaspoons black salt (get this from your local Indian grocer) 1 teaspoon garlic powder The...

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Baby Spinach, Tomato Tofu Omelette

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 2 Small Omelettes I bet you thought your omelette days were over once you gave up eggs right? Wrong! With the magic of tofu, you can create an awesome breakfast to enjoy any day of the week. You can of course mix up the fillings you use for this recipe but for now I'm keeping it simple. Ingredients 2/3 cup silken tofu 1/4 cup GF corn flour 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk 1 teaspoon mixed dried herbs 1/2 teaspoons dried turmeric Pinch of salt Handful baby spinach leaves 6 cherry tomatoes, chopped 1/4 small red onion, finely chopped 1/3 cup shredded vegan cheese Method In a blender, combine the tofu, corn flour, nutritional yeast, non-dairy milk, herbs, turmeric...

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Winter Bowl

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Sometimes a wholesome bowl of goodness is all you need to make everything perfect. My Winter Bowl makes the perfect weeknight meal and doesn't take long at all to whip up. You can really add whatever you want to this bowl but this is one combination I keep coming back to. Ingredients 4 cups cooked brown rice 1 block high protein, firm tofu 4 small potatoes 1 clove garlic, minced 1 bunch kale (I used purple but any kind will do) Sriracha Tahini Salt and pepper to taste Sesame seeds to serve Method Preheat the oven to 180°C.  Cut the tofu into 2cm x 2xm cubes and cut the potatoes to roughly the same size. Pop the potato on a baking tray, spray with oil and bake in the oven until golden...

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Peri Peri Tofu Pizza

Difficulty: Medium Serves 4 Peri Peri sauce seems to be all the rage lately and since I have built up my chilli tolerance, I thought it was time I tried to make my own. The natural way to eat peri peri sauce seems to be atop a pizza with grilled tofu and vegetables so that's what I made and it was fan-freakin-tastic. So much so that my meat-loving guests scoffed it down almost instantly! Ingredients 1 pizza base 1/2 cup chillies, remove the stems (if you want a milder sauce, pick your chillies accordingly) 2 cloves garlic Handful of coriander 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise (optional, this just gives it a creamier texture and takes away some of the heat) 1 block high protein, firm tofu 1/4 cup...

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Satay Tofu and Broccoli Pizza

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 4 Pizza is probably one of the coolest foods to ever exist because there are limitless options for topping combos. I was feeling in a satay mood so tried to think of other flavours that would lend themselves to satay, tofu and broccolli of course! I also got a pizza stone for my birthday so it was good to try that out, I need a little more practice though. Ingredients 1 homemade pizza base (or storebought base, no judgement here) 1/3 head broccoli, broken up into bite sized pieces 1/2 block firm tofu (high protein works best for this one), sliced into three "steaks" 1 small red onion, finely chopped 1/3 cup crunchy peanut butter 1/4 cup coconut milk 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon vegan fish sauce...

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Tofu and Black Bean Patties

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 8 Sometimes you just crave a good burger and even though I'm avoiding bread at the moment, there's no reason why I can't enjoy a delicious patty! I've been getting into black beans lately (if you hadn't already noticed) so I'm using them for pretty much anything I can think of! You'll notice that I recommend you pan fry and then bake them but I'll also point out that the longer you leave them in the fridge before you cook, they better they'll hold. They'll hold up even better if you cook one day, refrigerate and reheat the next day. Isn't it dope when leftovers taste better than the night before!? Ingredients 1 350g block of hi-protein firm tofu 1 1/2 cups...

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Vietnamese Asparagus Soup

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Asian soups are totally the best kind of soups and Vietnamese soups are the best kind of Asian soups. Well that was a mouthful! Speaking of mouthfuls, you should definitely get this amazing concoction up in your mouth ASAP. You can used canned asparagus if you want to but to be honest I think fresh is best for this one. Ingredients 1/4 cup water 2 tablespoons cornflour 1 litre water 2 chicken-style stock cubes 2 bunches asparagus Handful baby corn 2 shitake mushrooms Half block firm tofu 1 spring onion 1 tablespoon vegan fish sauce Method In a small bowl, combine the 1/4 cup water and cornflour in a bowl and mix well before setting aside. Add the rest of the water and stock cubes to a large saucepan and bring to...

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Smokey Tofu and Cheesy Chipotle Burrito

Difficulty: Medium Makes 2 large or 4 small burritos All week I had been craving burritos but no store-bought burrito was going to satisfy my hunger. The long weekend was the perfect opportunity to make them. Soft homemade tortillas, filled with smokey pan-fried tofu, and finished off with cheesy cashew chipotle sauce. The fact I only made these for myself seems like a little bit of a waste but boy, I do not regret it one bit. Ingredients Smokey Tofu 1 300 gram block firm tofu 2 teaspoons liquid smoke 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 2 teaspoons soy sauce Tortillas 2 cups plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup canola oil 1/2 cup warm water Cheesy Cashew Chipotle Sauce 1/2 cup raw cashews 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1/2 - 1 chipotle pepper 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1...

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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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Light Pad Thai

Difficulty: Easy Serves 2 This pad Thai has become a staple meal for my current health kick. The overall taste is fresh and light, the sauce isn't overpowering but the flavours compliment each other perfectly. I've roughly estimated a large serving of this dish to be less than 300 calories but don't hold me to that, I'm awful at maths. Instead of regular rice noodles, I've been using a brand of noodles called SlimPasta which are literally under 10 calories per serving and take about 1 minute to cook. You can get them in the health food sections at both Coles and Woolworths. Serve this meal up to the family and they'll have no clue that it's low calorie, that I can...

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Rainbow Tofu Tagine

Difficulty: Easy Serves 2 This week I celebrated my 25th birthday and the beginning of a health kick. I aim to eat really healthy 90% of the time so I spent the days before planning what I would be eating and also stocking up on varying produce to keep things interesting. For my birthday I scored a tagine dish and wasted no time in putting it to good use. Different varying mini capsicums and carrots give this dish it's rainbow of colour and Moroccan spices give it a whole bunch of flavour. I'll be experimenting a little more with tagines in the future so it may be time to get one if you don't already. Ingredients 1 small red onion 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 block of...

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Really Good Potato Salad

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 6 When I think of classic BBQ food, my mind always runs straight to potato salad. It's so easy to make vegan but non-vegans seem to think it's impossible. I've added my own little twist to this salad in the form of several green ingredients (ingreenients?) Pickles add a little bit of crunchy sweetness, capers add little juicy bursts while the chives and parsley add extra flavour. I've also added some firm tofu in lieu of the egg and to add a little extra protein to the dish. Definitely take this one along to your next BBQ, your friends will thank you for it. Ingredients 5 medium white potatoes 1/2 block firm organic tofu 1 375mL jar mayonnaise (I prefer Kingland for...

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Healthy Bean Burritos

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 6 I tried the ol' healthy Mexican thing with my Healthy Summer Nachos and to be honest I think they went down a real treat! I know sequels can be dangerous but I whipped up some deliciously tasty healthy burritos and it's like one of those sequels that is as good or better than the original (has that ever actually happened?) You don't need guacamole, Cheezly or Sour Supreme to make these babies because I've concocted a delightful tofu and cashew cream to fill the void. Get stuck in! Ingredients 6 jumbo tortillas 1 red onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1 can 5 bean mix 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon cumin 2 cups cooked brown rice Cashew Creme 1 x 350 gram packet silken tofu 1...

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“Beef” and Tofu Pho

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 4 I've been thinking of making pho for a while now, so I made a trip to my local Asian grocer and stocked up on delicious ingredients. If you've never heard of pho, it's a traditional Vietnamese soup served with rice noodles, vegetables, herbs and some kind of meat. Obviously I'm mixing this up with some mock meat but if that's not your thing just use the tofu. It's surprisingly easy to make, just a little time consuming to prepare all of your ingredients. In saying that though, you can probably have this baby made in about an hour. Another fun idea is to just serve the broth, noodles and prepared ingredients and everybody can build their own! Ingredients 2...

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Soy and Ginger Tofu Salad

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 4 This salad has been made in my family for a few years now, with a couple of alterations being made each time. I've made it for people who don't particularly like tofu before and have had them ask for the recipe! It's a great accompaniment to any meal or as a larger serving can be a meal of its own. The crunchy noodles and shallots compliment the softness of the tofu and make for a lovely summer or springtime treat! Ingredients 1 350gram block tofu 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup kecap manis 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 teaspoon minced ginger 1 tablespoon sesame seeds 2 large handfuls baby spinach leaves 1 small green capsicum, sliced into strips 1 small red onion, very thinly sliced 3/4 cup crispy noodles 1/4...

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Oven Baked “Parmesan” and Herb Crusted Tofu Salad

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 4 It looks like summer has finally hit, which means it's time for more salads! The salad is nice and simple to make way for the star of the show; the crusted tofu! With a slightly cheesy and herby twist, this crispy tofu really livens up any basic salad. I've included the recipe for my Wholegrain Mustard, Lemon and Agave dressing as well, that's just how nice I am. You don't necessarily have to use this tofu in a salad either, serve it wit vegetables or couscous or rice or with some sauce on its own, it's really that good! Ingredients 1 500gram block hi-protein firm tofu 3/4 cup soy milk 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 3/4 cup dry breadcrumbs 2 tablespoons dried mixed herbs 2...

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Tofu Cashew Nut

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 I love it when you get a good vegan Tofu Cashew Nut at a Thai place so I thought I'd give it a crack myself. I had some friends over for homemade Thai recently and made so much food that I had no need to make this, I still had all the ingredients so I made it the next night for my family and it was very well received! Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 gloves garlic, crushed 1 brown onion, chopped 1 750 gram block hi-protein firm tofu 1/2 red capsicum, cut into strips 1/2 green capsicum, cut into strips 3 tablespoons kecap manis 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce 3/4 cup cashew nuts Fresh basil and coriander to serve Method In a small bowl, combine the kecap...

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Quinoa Stuffed Roasted Capsicum

Difficulty: Medium Serves 4 If you're like me, you get a little over excited when you discover a new vegan-friendly treat which can sometimes lead to going a little overboard on the junk food. To help combat this, I'm going on a diet. I'm also determined to put a lot of effort into coming up with some really healthy recipes, so none of us will be bored! Don't stress though, classic Like a Vegan recipes will still be coming your way! To health-kick it off, I've whipped up this delicious Quinoa Stuffed Roasted Capsicum with Tofu and Cashew Cream. Quinoa is bitchin' because it's gluten free, full of fibre and magnesium and generally tastes delicious. If you want some vitamin C, and beta...

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Individual Caramelised Onion Tarts

Difficulty: Easy - Medium Makes 4 Caramelised onions are delicious and I'll use any opportunity to make them. Yesterday's reason was caramelised onion tart, in individual servings although you could make a large one if you'd prefer. I used store bought shortcrust pastry for convenience but if you'd prefer to go all out and make your own, who am I to stop you?! It works with puff pastry as well, just in case you were wondering. Ingredients 3 tablespoons of olive oil 3 large red onions, sliced 1 tablespoon sugar 3 teaspoons salt 1/2 cup pine nuts 1 300 gram tub silken tofu 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast 1 clove of garlic, crushed 3 sheets shortcrust pastry Method Preheat oven to 180°C and grease 4 individual tart cases. In a large pan, heat the olive oil...

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Scrambled Tofu

Difficulty: Easy Serves 2 Do you like scrambled tofu? I don't really. It's usually too watery and/or completely void of any flavour whatsoever. I thought I would challenge my stance on scrambled tofu by whipping up my own for breakfast this morning. I challenged, I cooked, I conquered and I will definitely be making this one again! Ingredients 350g high protein tofu 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard 1 teaspoon mince garlic 1 small red onion, chopped 1/2 cup red capsicum, chopped 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, juice squeezed out and chopped into quarters 1/4 cup sliced black olives 2 rashers of facon, cut into chunks 1 handful of baby spinach leaves Salt and pepper to taste Method First, crumble the tofu into a bowl. Add the sauces and mustard to the tofu...

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Beef & Tofu Hotpot

Difficulty: Medium Serves Four In the spirit of Season Treasons, in addition to these unseasonably chilly evenings, I'm rolling out an old favourite! This is honestly one of the most deliciously tasty meals you can make. If you don't have beef, just use tofu, the texture will be different but your taste buds will still be screaming for more! Ingredients 3 tablespoons plain flour 1 tablespoon dried mixed herbs 1/4 teaspoon dried basil 1/2 packet of beef style chunks, cut into smaller pieces 1/2 block of firm organic tofu, cut into cubes 2 beef style stock cubes (I use Massel) 1 tablespoon tomato paste 2 tablespoon soy sauce 2 worcestershire sauce 5 cups water 2 bay leaves 1 large brown onion, cut into chunks 1 parsnip, cut into chunks 2 carrots, cut into chunks 1 swede (or turnip),...

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Prawn and Tofu Moneybags

Difficulty: Medium Makes 24 Moneybags Coming up with finger food for a non-vegan occasion can be a tough one. Teamed with a tangy dipping sauce, these tasty  morsels are packed full of deliciousness and will ensure that your addition to the table is gobbled up in no time. You might want to eat a few beforehand though because after these babies are devoured, the vegan snack options will be gone! Ingredients 9 sheets of filo pastry, thawed One red onion, very finely chopped One carrot, very finely chopped 12 mock prawns, finely chopped 1/2 block of firm tofu, finely chopped 1 tablespoon of galangal 1 tablespoon of jarred lemongrass 1 handful of fresh mint, finely chopped 1/3 cup vegan fish sauce (or soy sauce) 1/4 cup Nuttelex, melted For the Dipping Sauce 1/4 cup soy...

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