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Homemade Falafel Recipe Recipe

Homemade Falafel Recipe

06.11.12 by Jackie

The weather has been so pleasant in the Bay Area this weekend that I thought it would be nice to have something fun and refreshing for dinner. We haven't had falafel sandwiches in a while, and since there are so many vegetarians in my house, it was a perfect choice. Other than the falafel themselves, all that was required to prepare a full dinner was a little yogurt (Tzatziki) sauce, diced tomato salad and some pita bread.

To make the falafel I used a combination of fresh fava beans, canned chickpeas, pistachios, fresh bread and a few spices. We prepared a large number, stored a few in the freezer and deep-fried the rest. The key to light falafel is to coarsely chop the ingredients as opposed to blending the chickpeas too smoothly.

I served the meal family style with mini pita bread pockets. Everyone got to put their own sandwich together, which was half the fun. It was absolutely delicious and the preparation was almost effortless.


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Spicy Yuba Stir Fry Recipe Recipe

Spicy Yuba Stir Fry Recipe

06.08.12 by Jackie

Yuba is called tàu hũ ky in Vietnamese and it's a fairly common ingredient in the Buddhist vegan diet. Most meals resemble and have the texture of meat, and yuba often plays the key role of meat substitute in the dish. I was surprised to discover that Costco now carries this product. Lulu sampled the yuba strips and liked them, so I brought home a package.

I used the ready-seasoned spicy yuba strips and made a stir fry of various vegetables such as sugar snap peans, cauliflower, onion wedges and cucumbers freshly picked from our garden.

My husband Lulu noticed that the Marketmore cucumbers he planted two months ago had started to produce. It's so pleasant getting new vegetables every day. I'll show you our beautiful bounty of beets, cucumbers and zucchini soon. Our tomato plants are already 5 feet tall but the fruit hasn't quite ripened yet. I love California!


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Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie Recipe Recipe

Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie Recipe

06.04.12 by Jackie

I can't believe almost half of 2012 has already passed by and now we're already in June! After having my wonderful daughter, finishing my first cookbook (which by the way is already available for pre-order and will be released December 18th) and finally becoming an American citizen, my husband Lulu thought I deserved a little celebratory vacation to Yountville in the Napa Valley. Even though it's a short ride from our house, I made small energy drinks before hitting the road to enjoy during the drive.

The drink is a blend of strawberries, raspberries, kiwis, peanuts and vanilla extract. The fruit gives you an instant energy boost, and the protein in the peanuts will keep you going longer than your average smoothie. It's a delicious and healthy way to start the day!


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Mock Fish Recipe: Pan Fried Seaweed Tofu Recipe

Cá chiên chay (vegetarian fried fish in Vietnamese) is my attempt to eat approximately the same dish as my vegetarian husband, Lulu. It doesn't bother him so much, but it makes me a little sad that even when we share a meal, we're not actually eating the same thing. I cooked fish for myself today, and I whipped up a mock fish equivalent dish using tofu skin, crumbled tofu and seaweed to go alongside it. The result was surprisingly delicious. Lulu enjoyed his vegetarian meal and I enjoyed my fish as well.

I paired the "fish" with jasmine rice and canh mồng tơi (broth with leafy greens). The meal remained healthy yet very tasty.


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Bun Bi Chay Recipe Recipe

Bun Bi Chay Recipe

05.24.12 by Jackie

Bun is a popular Vietnamese meal, which consists of rice vermicelli noodles, shredded lettuce, bean sprouts, cucumber, a protein element and dipping sauce. Bun bì chay is a vegetarian version that replicates shredded pork by using fried sliced jicama and fried tofu.

This is an ideal and very refreshing hot weather dish. The preparation is labor intensive, especially with chopping and frying, so I usually make a large quantity. It's delicious and keeps for a few days, so it's definitely worth the effort.


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