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Vegetarian Thai Tofu Satay with Peanut Sauce Recipe

In my quest to "share" as many meals as possible with my husband, I always try to make a vegetarian equivalent for him. I've done this successfully several times, like when I made curry tofu pot pie. Today, I created a veggie meal inspired by chicken satay.

The texture is pretty similar to that of the original, and the sauce is just as flavorful. Unseasoned tofu is a very bland ingredient, but it acts as a sponge and absorbs all the strong flavors of the sauce. If you've been scared to try tofu, this is a great place to start.


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Lima Beans Paneer and Saffron Basmati Rice (Vegetarian Biryani) Recipe

Vegetarian biryani is a vegetable curry with saffron basmati rice. This dish is truly authentic Indian cuisine. I always make Biryani when we have a big crowd at home. Indian food is meant to be eaten by a big group.

Paneer is an Indian cheese that you commonly fry and add to rice or vegetables. It is pretty firm and does not melt when heated. The kids love vegetarian biryani and the saffron color brings a nice ...The same dish, when prepared with meat (usually mutton, goat or chicken), is traditional wedding fare.  One of Lulu's uncles told me that if he goes to a large Indian function and doesn't get biryani he feels cheated.


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Toasted Sesame Tofu Caramelized with Agave Nectar, Wasabi and Soy Sauce Recipe

There are many sweet and sour flavor combinations in Asian cuisine, but I've gotten bored with the traditional hoisin plum sauce.  For this preparation I added agave as the sweet element in the dish. I've been experimenting with agave nectar that I got on my last trip to Florida.

Agave has a complex flavor that is sort of a cross between honey and caramel, but milder.  Tofu absorbs any flavor it comes in contact with and is perfect for the agave sauce. The dish is finished with some toasted sesame seeds for added crunch.


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Tofu Banh Xeo (Vegetarian Vietnamese Crepe) Recipe

Tofu Bánh Xèo is a vegetarian Saigon crepe. It's is a South Vietnamese dish. The exact translation is a "sizzling cake that is deflating". The Bánh Xèo crepe has a rice flour base with coconut milk. It's a lot thicker than the French version but just as delicious. The crepe has an earthy flavor, so It's always a savory dish filled with a lot of vegetables.

I've noticed that a lot of Vietnamese dishes have French influences as a result of years of colonization. The preparations are French, but the ingredients are Vietnamese. For example, the beef fondue, called bò nhúng dấm in Vietnamese, uses a fermented shrimp paste in the sauce.

Prepare this very exotic and healthy meal for your family and friends.  You'll have another recipe in your arsenal for Sunday brunches and dinners alike.


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Shrimp Fried Rice (Com Chien Tom in Vietnamese) Recipe

We had a party this weekend and Lulu's family came over. We had a bunch of leftover steamed jasmine rice so this was the perfect occasion to make some shrimp fried rice (cơm chiên tôm in Vietnamese). I had bought some shrimp for the party because Lulu's relatives are all carnivores. I decided to use them as the protein in this dish. The shrimp, not the relatives that is...

It's super easy once you know the tricks of the trade. You won't have to go to your local Chinese restaurant anymore when you're in need of a fried rice fix.


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