Tuscan “Chicken”

I was craving a creamy, luxurious meatless chicken pasta, and I think this fits the bill.

vegetarian, vegan

Tuscan “Chicken”

Extra firm tofu

1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari

1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

1 tsp. poultry-ish seasoning (I used the kelp seasoning from Bragg’s)

Salt & pepper

1/3 cup or so flour

Spritz oil

1 cup raw cashews

1 + 3/4 cup veggie broth, divided

2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast

6 cloves garlic

1 cup sun dried tomatoes

3 cups fresh baby spinach

Bow tie or other pasta

Add the cashews to a saucepan with water; simmer 15 minutes or until soft. Alternately, soak them overnight in water to soften – but I never remember to do this.

While the cashews are doing their thing, make the “chicken”.

Slice the tofu into batons or chunks, cover with paper towels, press to release as much water as possible.

Lay out a dredging station with 1 dish full of soy sauce and 1 of panko mixed with the poultry seasoning, salt, pepper and flour.

Dip the tofu in the soy sauce, coat in the breading, and lay on a prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Spritz with some oil if desired. Bake at 400F/220C for around 25 minutes or until browned and crispy.

While the “chicken” is chicken-ing, make the sauce by blending the (mostly drained) cashews, broth (starting with 1 cup and drizzling in more as needed), nutritional yeast, garlic, and a little salt and pepper.

When done, add to a large pan with the sun dried tomatoes (chopped). Add the spinach and stir gently to wilt. Add a little more stock if you’ve got it or water if you don’t if the sauce thickens too much. Taste for salt and add more if necessary.

Serve with pasta or rice.

Serves 4 for dinner

Hibachi Bowls

Not *quite* the same as hibachi out, but still satisfying. And the sauce is kind of addicting – I’ve had it twice in as many days and plan to slather a Beyond Burger with it next burger night 🙂

gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan

Hibachi Bowls

Sauce:

Heaping Tablespoon tahini

2 Tbsp. spicy mustard

2 cloves garlic, grated

4 Tbsp. coconut aminos

1 inch ginger, grated

2 – 3 Tbsp. water

Sesame Tofu:

1 block extra firm tofu

1-2 Tbsp. sesame seeds

2 Tbsp. sesame oil

1 Tbsp. coconut aminos

1 Tbsp. corn starch

Sesame Ginger Snow Peas:

2 cloves garlic, grated

1 inch ginger, grated

1 Tbsp. sesame oil

1 package snow peas

1 Tbsp. coconut aminos

Black pepper

To Serve:

Rice

Pickled ginger, chopped

Sesame seeds

Scallions, chopped

Preheat your oven to 375F/220C. Cut the tofu into 1/2 inch thick slices, cover with a paper towel and press to get the water out. Cut the slices into cubes and toss with the rest of the tofu ingredients.

Spread out in a single layer on a prepared baking sheet.

Bake 25 minutes or until crispy and browned.

While the tofu is working, stir-fry the snow peas until browned in spots.

Whisk the sauce ingredients together, adding more water if you want the mixture more runny.

Serve with the rice, chopped ginger, sesame seeds and scallions.

Serves 4