Entries Tagged as 'Quick and easy'

Marinated Breakfast Tempeh

Mornings, and breakfast, is always hurried. What to do? We’ve pretty much settled on a daily staple of this marinated tempeh recipe and Sauteed Brussel Sprouts (coming up).

A couple of times a week, I chop up a couple of Trader Joe’s Tempeh packages, and when morning comes, I just heat up a frying pan, dump them in, and start getting the coffee ready :)

Makes 4-6 portions.


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Vizza (aka Vegan Pizza), Take One: Hawaiian Pizza

No, vegans, you do not have to give up pizza. Your more socially conscious / healthy / kinder choice doesn’t include dairy but it does include pizza so good that you’ll be snacking along, only to find in the morning that you did, in fact, eat an entire pizza all by yourself. And you’re not ashamed. Because it was so good you’d do it again just to prove a point.

Jon and I make quite a lot of varieties of vegan pizza; so much in fact that we’ve toyed with the idea of opening a vegan gourmet pizza parlor named “Vizza”, where only the best wine would be paired with gourmet pizza strips, and we wouldn’t even need to advertise it as vegan because we’d be so pretentious and smug about the restaurant identity design and ingredients that hipsters would line up outside our door for blocks on end.

Anyway. This is one of many vegan pizza recipes I plan to post, the vegan take on a Hawaiian pizza (we’re headed to Hawaii in a week or so, so my brain is kind of focused on that right now). ¬†Note: we usually use yeast in the dough, but forgot to add it this time. It turned out great anyway, so don’t worry if your brain is mush at the end of the day and you totally space on that. Just smile and act like it was all part of your Master Plan and no one will know.

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30 Second Toaster Oven Pizza

Now, Kate might not agree with me, but not everything has to be fancy, or take time to cook. Often there isn’t the time, or inclination.

If you are new to vegan food, it’s a good thing to have a few of these ideas on hand: things that can be made in under 30 seconds, as long as the ingredients are around. [“And aren’t nasty”, Kate reminds me. Perish the thought.].

Take bread, slather with tomato paste, toffuti cream cheese and sprinkle oregano on top. Toast until toasty.

Toaster Oven Pizza


  • Bread
  • Tomato Paste Concentrate
  • Toffutti Cream Cheese
  • Oregano
  • Rainbow Chard, Green Beans and Onion


    Our friend Joannie didn’t know what to feed ‘the vegans’, so she threw these in a little olive oil, and added a dash of Soy sauce.

    Beef, Greens and Hot Cock Sauce

    Beef Sriracha

    A Simple one for you: Beef, Greens, Onions Broccoli and Sriracha “Hot Cock” sauce (or your preferred hot sauce). Yes, yes. Everyone I know calls it hot cock sauce. It’s got a big cock on the bottle. [BTW, if you click on any of the pictures, you can see a bigger version.]

    hot cock sauce
    hot cock sauce

    BS - Beef

    1. Throw the fake beef strips into your frying pan or wok (If you are into stir fry at all, I do recommend getting a wok. The one I have here is non-stick :< but it was only $10 from Target. In retrospect, an non-stick one would have been a better investment. )

    BS - onions

    2. While the beef is starting to fry up, chop up an smallish onion, and toss that in too. Not many people know this, but the teat inducing part of the onion is located in the base. If you cut that bit out, onions become much more pleasant to deal with.

    BS - hot cock sauce II
    3. Now it’s time to add the hot sauce.¬† I’ve found that it Sriracha, unlike other hot sauces, doesn’t get mellower with cooking, so don’t use too much.


    4. Ok, time to chop up and toss in the broccoli. They can go in pretty much right after the onions and hot sauce.

    With every new item added, I add a bit more olive oil. That way, no ingredient soaks up all the olive oil, and I can use less.

    The broccoli will start to green up as it cooks.

    BS - greens

    5. When everything in the pan is just about cooked for your satisfaction, it’s time for the greens. I’ve been eating spinach till it came out of my ears lately, so I picked up mustard greens as an experiment.

    And it’s turned out well. Definitely adding this ingredient into regular rotation. (If you try picking some up at your local super, make sure you get the ‘flat’ leaves – he curly mustard is bitter if not boiled first.)

    BS - greensAgain, adding a bit of olive oil. It might look like a lot of greens but leafy things shrink a lot as you cook them and the water is broken out. Since there’s a lot of them, the stiring has to pick up a bit, so that they all get cooked. At this point, dinner’s almost ready.

    Get a bowl and you’re done.