This quick and easy recipe also happens to follow yesterday’s theme, which is something I grew up with as a kid. The recipe is also in my zine. See yesterday’s post for details about that.
This recipe is simple and can be gluten free if you use gluten free english muffins (I like Ener-g, they remind me of brioches a little bit!) If you don’t like almost raw onions, however, I do not recommend you try this! But if you can tolerate them or like them, I definitely recommend you keep an open mind! It sounds a little weird, but it’s one of my favorite snacks/easy small lunches.
Onion and Green Pepper English Muffin Melts
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup Just Mayo (Veganaise by Hampton Creek)
- 1/2 cup daiya shredded mozzarella
- English Muffin (gluten free or regular)
- Toast English muffin.
- Prepare the spread by mixing together all other ingredients in a large bowl.
- Spread the mix on each muffin half.
- Broil the English muffins until the cheese melts. About 2-5 minutes depending on the oven/toaster. Watch very carefully.
Have fun, kids! Happy MoFo! 🙂
Before I get to the recipe I have a funny story to share.
First of all, I don’t think my mother would have ever made sloppy joe’s for my brother and I to eat if it weren’t for my dad’s apparent love for musical comedy CDs.
My dad is famous in our family for several things. For awhile, it was always needing the newest technology to play music or movies with. He had cd players in his cars pretty early on. The other thing he was famous, but still continues to this day, is the sick joy he gets out of torturing his family with the way he listens to music when we are in the car with him. He will make a point to have a bunch of music queued up, and will play the first 30 seconds of each song, until he finds the most annoying song he has, and then listens to that one in its entirety.
Anyways, some time during my childhood, there was the song that all I remember from it was the chorus of “Sloppy Joe, slop sloppy Joe, yeah.” Except, until now, I had somehow thought that this song was either a Meatloaf song or some other classic rock group’s song (as those are probably my Dad’s other favorite types of Musicians). I don’t even know why, it’s obvious that this song was not meant to be serious. After researching for more details of the “Sloppy Joe song slop sloppy joe” (yes that’s what I googled) it was on an Adam Sandler CD. Apparently I was only 9 at the time when this song came out, and I don’t remember any of the other songs on this album. Up until now I hadn’t even realized it was an Adam Sandler song, even though I know all of the lyrics to the Chanukkah songs by heart.
So, as I realized that there did not yet exist a vegan sloppy joe recipe that’s main ingredient was jackfruit, this song popped back into my head and I made it up. The jackfruit ends up complementing the other flavors very well, because jackfruit is a bit tangy, and with the seasonings and sauce almost makes it taste like there are pickles in the recipe. To me it tastes kind of like a fake cheeseburger with no burger or cheese.
Jackfruit Sloppy Joe Recipe
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cans jackfruit, drained and rinsed, chopped in a food processor
- 1 1/2 cups Heinz Chili Sauce or ketchup
- 1/4 cup organic brown sugar
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- 1 tbsp turmeric (I’ve been reading all these articles lately about the benefits of turmeric lately, so I try to put it into my recipes as much as I can)
- 1 tbsp vegan worcestershire sauce or vegan steak sauce
- Vegenaise as needed
- Vegan Kaiser rolls sliced in half
- Heat oil on medium heat in a large frying pan with cover.
- Add in the onions, allow to cook until translucent.
- Add in the pepper and garlic and cook until the pepper turns bright green and then softens.
- Stir in the jackfruit and allow to cook for a few minutes. Stir for a bit, place the cover on top for a minute or two, and then take off the cover and stir a bit more.
- When the jackfruit has heated, reduce the heat to low and add the chili sauce, sugar, seasonings, and worcestershire sauce and stir until combined.
- Take off the heat and allow to cool slightly.
- Spread Vegenaise onto the bun and put a generous amount of the sloppy joe mixture onto the bun.
- Try not to make too much of a mess of yourself while eating it.
Initially I had planned to unveil my ingenious new nori vegan bacon invention today, but I actually ended up sharing it as a preview to my Vegan MoFo plans, in addition to it being International Bacon Day. This recipe builds upon the nori bac’non recipe, but adds it into a vegan club sandwich, which is the perfect addition of flavors, in my mind.
When I was a little girl we visited California almost every Summer. My favorite thing to get there was a California style Club Sandwich. They just don’t make them the same (and are hard to find) in New England. Of course, they aren’t always typically vegan, so I needed to veganize it, as well.
California Club sandwich with Bac’non Nori
Ingredients (for one sandwich):
- 1/3 Avocado
- 2 tomato slices
- 1 piece/leaf iceberg lettuce
- 1 tbsp vegenaise
- 1 tsp hot sauce
- 5 slices hickory smoked tofurky
- 4 slices Nori Bac’non-Recipe here
- 2 slices toasted rye or sourdough
- Toast bread.
- Mix vegenaise and hot sauce and spread on one side of bread.
- Place avocados, tomato slices, and Nori Bac’non on the vegenaise side.
- On the other bread slice, place lettuce and tofurky cut in half.
- Place both sides together and place two toothpicks and cut the whole sandwich in half with a bread knife.
- Gobble it down.
I did this thing this past week that I was going to blog about. Unfortunately I got a new laptop and when I transferred all the pictures I had from my phone to my laptop, (including the ones I needed to make the blog entry) some of them got lost in the shuffle. I tried a new smoothie recipe every day of the week, and wanted to talk about them. Instead, lacking pictures, I will post the links to the recipes I used at the end of this entry.
I do however have a picture for the recipe I am about to share!
Growing up in the New England area of the East Coast United States, lobster salads have always been a thing. They’re also usually kind of a big treat. Today I was inspired by that, and wanted to make a vegan version. This is truly “lobstah” as Bostonians and Rhode Islanders would say, but is free from any cruelty towards the real sea creatures.
I used hearts of palm as the main “meat,” and some sun-dried tomatoes as well to give color, flavor, and texture. There is a mix of seafood-y spices, lemon juice, and other seasonings, and the mix of vegenaise and vegan sour cream makes a delightfully creamy dressing for it.
New England Vegan Hearts of Palm “Lobstah” Salad
- 2 cans salad chopped hearts of palm, drained, placed in a food processor and pulsed a few times to further chop them
- 1/2 cup julienned cut sun dried tomatoes (the kind that comes in a bag, not packed in oil. I’d actually recommend soaking these in warm water for an hour or until a bit softer prior to including them in the salad because I didn’t and some were chewier and a bit tough when I ate them…soaking would solve that problem, but is probably optional)
- 1 tsp kelp granules
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp dill
- 1/4 tsp old bay seasoning
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp black pepper (use less if placing on top of greens instead of on bread)
- 1/4 tsp white pepper
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 cup vegenaise
- 1/2 cup vegan sour cream (I used tofutti)
- Place chopped, drained, and processed hearts of palm in a mixing bowl or other large container.
- Add sun-dried tomatoes and stir.
- Add spices and take a spoon to mix them into the chopped hearts of palm and sun-dried tomatoes. Make sure they are evenly coated.
- Add lemon juice, vegenaise, and sour cream and stir.
- Serve in a bun with some crunchy lettuce, or on top of salad greens with whatever other toppings you desire.
So there is that! Now as promised, here is the list and links to the smoothies I made each day last week:
- Raspberry Lime Zinger from Oh She Glows *Second place in my favorites!
- Pumpkin Chai from The Sweet Life
- Key Lime Pie Green Smoothie from Healthful Pursuit
- Pina Colada Smoothie from Foodie with Family
- Orange Creamsicle Smoothie (also from The Sweet Life) *My favorite one I tried!
- Chocolate Strawberry Almond Protein Smoothie from The Healthy Family and Home
- Chamomile Strawberry Quinoa Smoothie from Apron and Sneakers *Runner up for favorite 🙂
Before I went vegan I was obsessed with honey mustard. In fact, I used to be a honey mustard fiend. Luckily for me, it’s easy to make a vegan version. I just mix vegenaise, yellow mustard, and agave and it comes out pretty much the same. Today I made some of it to dip a pretzel into…and then I was like “hmmm this would be amazing on chickpeas” so I whipped this recipe up.
Basically what I did was, well, I will just format it like a recipe. Here it is:
- 15 oz can chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and patted dry a bit
- 2 tbsp vegenaise
- 2 tbsp prepared yellow mustard, divided
- 1/2 tbsp agave syrup
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place chickpeas in a shallow baking dish in a single layer.
- Mix 2 tbsp vegenaise, 1 tbsp yellow mustard, and 1/2 tbsp agave into a small bowl and stir until combined.
- Pour over the chickpeas and stir until evenly coated.
- Place in oven for about 25 minutes.
- Take out after 25 minutes, stir, and add the other tbsp of yellow mustard and stir again until incorporated.
- Place back into the oven for another 20 minutes or so. You may want to check after 10 minutes to make sure they’re not burning…but they should not be unless your oven is hotter than mine.
- Let cool for a few minutes and eat while hot, they’re best right then!
I have been a bit missing in action lately. Sorry!
Next weekend I am playing food Coordinator again at the Ladies Rock camp through Girls Rock RI so that will be super fun, but I will also be super busy.
Here is what I’ve been cooking up!
This is what I made for breakfast today. It was the Curry Scrambled Tofu with Cabbage and Caraway from the Vegan Brunch Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moscowitz. My kitchen still smells absolutely amazing from cooking it, and it’s now 3:30pm (I got up at 8 to cook it). Yay. Also, I love that it’s a fusion of Russian and Indian food together, which are two cuisines I would not think to pair together but love individually. They work together too, to my surprise. I always reduce the salt when I cook by a lot…I am not a fan of it and try to cook without it when possible. I did not always do that, though.
I made vegan hibachi vegetables with a vegan version of my favorite Japanese dipping sauce (called “yum yum sauce” on recipe sites). Basically for the veggies you just cut 4 zucchini into bite size pieces and 1 1/2 white or yellow onions and stir fry it with 2 tbsp Earth Balance and 4 tbsp soy sauce until cooked thoroughly (I think 5-8 minutes?). For the mushrooms just chop them and cook them in 1 tbsp Earth Balance and 1 tbsp soy sauce. For the Yum Yum sauce I used this recipe and made vegan substitutions with vegenaise and Earth Balance and used a bit less water (or you can just add more vegenaise after and stir it up to make it thicker like I did). It’ll need to rest overnight before you eat it so the flavors set.
Tempeh Gyros with tofu Tzatziki! From this recipe! They were so good and quite healthy! The Tzatziki is made with silken tofu and you can’t even tell it’s not made with yogurt of some type. The only thing I realized is that there is an error in the recipe and they do not tell you what to do with the cucumbers they allude to later (like how much to use and how to cut them up) so I just omitted them and put sliced cucumbers into the sandwich.
I used the recipe from the Eat To Live Cookbook for the taco salad. It’s really healthy, but could use some kind of improvement in flavor I think that I cannot quite pinpoint. Maybe some more spices or some cherry tomatoes, I do not know! It has corn, black beans, red onion, red and green bell pepper, and a “guacamole” dressing.
That’s all for now! For dinner tonight I am making the Bacon Cheeseburger Pie from Betty Goes Vegan, so I will let you all know how that goes sometime soon!
First of all, most of the credit for this recipe’s delicious flavors go to my mother, who makes the non-vegan version. I just basically veganized it.
Second, I want to rave about how awesome soy curls are. I don’t know if any other companies make them besides the Butler brand, and whether I can find them locally (I usually buy them online when I make a veganessentials purchase) but they are the best. They have the best texture, taste, and are so versatile to work with.
I’ve made them breaded and broiled, in buffalo tarts, and probably other things I can’t remember prior to this. All were delicious.
This time I thought, hmm, I bet they’d make a good faux chicken salad!
So I put a vegan spin on one of the rest of my family’s all time non-vegan favorite recipes, so now I can eat it too!
This makes a lot, you can half it pretty easily I bet.
- 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
- Whole package Butler Soy Curls
- 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning (the one I found is various spices and herbs and some salt and pepper in it–completely vegan)
- 21 grams (a small package at my grocery store in the produce section) of fresh tarragon
- 1 cup vegenaise
- 3 medium stalks raw celery, chopped
- 1 cup seedless red grapes cut into halves
- First, re-hydrate the soy curls. Basically what I did was pour the whole package of those weird looking things into a medium sized mixing bowl, and then poured in the vegetable broth. The vegetable broth didn’t cover them completely, so I added enough water after that to cover them. I think you could use just water for the whole thing, but the soy curls absorb some of the flavor of the broth which makes it extra tasty.
- Let the soy curls sit in the bowl and broth/water mixture for 10-15 mins until soft.
- Drain most of the liquid out with a strainer. You still want them wet but you don’t want a lot of extra liquid, maybe only like 3 tbsp extra at most.
- Take out your food processor. Pour the soy curls into it.
- Add the poultry seasoning.
- Pulse several times until the soy curls are chopped and the seasoning is combined into them. You do not want them mushy or pureed-like at all. Just kind of flaky and still a little rough. Keep your food processor out because you’ll need it again.
- Place the soy curls back in the mixing bowl.
- Add vegenaise and combine.
- Remove the stems from the tarragon, and place into the food processor.
- Chop them finely but leave them still slightly whole.
- With a spatula, fold into the soy curls and vegenaise mixture.
- Add chopped celery and grapes, fold.
- And voila! It’s done! Gobble it up and tell me how it is!
I’m going to place this unchicken salad over lettuce and add some raw almonds and eat this for my salad this week, so this is essentially my salad of the week post.