Showing posts with label Main Course. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Main Course. Show all posts

Easy Tofu Marinade Recipes

February 09, 2020
You think tofu is boring and features a plain taste? Then do this tofu marinade! It’s super easy to form and it’s full of flavor. I really like serving my marinated tofu over rice and don’t forget to top it off with some green onions and a touch of sriracha.

When I first tried tofu years ago, I wasn’t too impressed! It didn’t taste like much and that i thought I definitely don’t need it in my life. Boy, was I wrong! When prepared the proper way, tofu is super versatile and it’s so delicious! My easy tofu marinade makes tofu a true star in your kitchen!

Easy Tofu Marinade Recipes
Easy Tofu Marinade Recipes

To make marinated tofu, you ought to use firm or extra-firm tofu. it's already been pressed enough to carry its shape fairly well once you pip out .

Please don't use soft or silken tofu for this recipe. It'll disintegrate when pressing. Unlike firm tofu, soft or “silken” tofu is typically used for vegan sauces or mousses that are blended.

Easy Tofu Marinade Recipes

  • 14 oz firm or extra-firm tofu
For the tofu marinade:
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 inch piece ginger
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • red pepper flakes
  1. Start by pressing your tofu. Remove the tofu from the packaging.Then wrap it with a clean dishtowel. Alternatively, you could also use paper towels.
  2. Cover with a baking sheet and then place something heavy on top. I usually use a stack of cookbooks. But you could also use cans of beans, a cast iron skillet, or smaller weights you use for weight lifting exercises. 
  3. Let it press for about 10-15 minutes. 
  4. In the meantime, make the tofu marinade. 
  5. Cut the garlic and the ginger into thin slices. In an airtight container or a bowl, combine all of the ingredients and whisk well. 
  6. After the tofu has been pressed for about 10-15 minutes, cut it into cubes.  Then add it to the tofu marinade and carefully stir with a spoon until all of the tofu cubes are covered. 
  7. Cover the container and store it in the fridge for at least 1-2 hours. If you have enough time, I recommend letting the tofu marinate overnight. This way it will be even more flavorful. 
  8. To pan-fry the marinated tofu:
  9. Heat some oil in a frying pan or in a cast iron skillet.Add the marinated tofu, but leave the rest of the tofu marinade behind (you can use it later if you want). Fry the tofu until golden brown. 
  10. How to bake the marinated tofu:
  11. Preheat your oven to 350 °F. After the tofu has been marinated for at least 1-2 hours, place it in a bowl leaving the remaining tofu marinade behind.
  12. Add two tablespoons of corn starch (for 14 ounces of tofu). Make sure all cubes are covered in corn starch. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the tofu cubes on top.
  13. Bake for 25 minutes, tossing halfway. 
  14. Serve over brown rice and sprinkle with chopped green onions. I also like to add a bit of sriracha on top. 

Instant Pot Vegan Cheese Sauce

February 07, 2020
If you're keen on all the moment Pot vegetarian/vegan recipes that I share on the blog, please join me on this Facebook Group – Instant Pot Vegetarian Recipes. The group shares/features vegetarian instant pot recipes and concepts from all round the web!

Vegan cheese? have you ever guys ever tried it? i'm not a vegan but I'm often intrigued by a number of the vegan products that I see within the market.

Instant Pot Vegan Cheese Sauce
Instant Pot Vegan Cheese Sauce

Recently, I bought a pack of vegan cheese to use on my pizza from Trader Joe’s. To my disappointment, it clothed really bad and ruined my pizza. I just couldn’t eat it.

Since then, making a vegan white sauce has been on my to try to to list and what better than using my Instant Pot to try to to it!

Instant Pot Vegan Cheese Sauce


  • 2 large carrots, 170 grams, cut into rounds
  • 1/4 cup cashews, raw, 35 grams
  • 1 cup water, 8 oz
  • 1 large russet potato, 320 grams, cubed
  • 1 large sweet potato, 300 grams, cubed
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1.25 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1.5 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water or almond milk, 2 oz


  1. To your instant pot add cubed potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, cashews and 1 cup water.
  2. Close the pot with its lid. Press the manual/pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. The pressure valve should be in the sealing position.
  3. Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes and then do a quick pressure release by manually moving the valve from sealing to venting position.
  4. Let the veggies cool down a bit and then transfer them to a high speed blender.
  5. Add nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, turmeric, white vinegar, lemon juice and 1/4 cup of either water or almond milk.
  6. Pulse for 30 seconds or until the sauce is super creamy and smooth. Transfer vegan cheese sauce to serving bowl. Enjoy with chips or veggies!


January 15, 2020
Turkey gravy is certainly an enormous thing at our Thanksgiving dinner, and not something to rush. Its the right entremots to form ahead, to make sure it comes out perfect and one less thing you would like to try to to before feasting!


I’m quite picky with my gravy, I prefer it to possess an upscale dark brown color. You get that from roasting the turkey wings during a pot. All those brown bits on rock bottom and therefore the golden brown crispy skin on the wings.

Making Turkey gravy are often a touch time consuming and stressful. Especially if your like me, and you are feeling like most are looking over your shoulder and waiting and expecting that delicious gravy to thicken up in order that they can eat!



  • 2 turkey wings
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic smashed
  • 6 cups water
  • 3 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar, optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Place turkey, onions, celery, carrots and garlic in a large pot or Dutch Oven and place on the upper or middle rack. Bake uncovered for 2 hours. Remove from oven.
  3. Add water and simmer on stove top uncovered 45 minutes. You should have about 4 cups of stock.
  4. Strain the stock into a bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours or even overnight. Using a spoon remove the fat accumulated on top.
  5. Heat a large saute pan on medium high heat, add butter and let melt . Whisk in flour and cook about 30 seconds. Whisk in turkey stock and vinegar.
  6. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer until thickened. Turn off heat, sauce will thicken more once its starts to cool down.


December 26, 2019
Delicious vegetarian lasagna recipe that uses vegetables (butternut squash, spinach), and three cheeses (Ricotta, Mozzarella, and Parmesan)! Perfect as a veggie main dish for each day.  Healthier version of lasagna.  

This delicious veggie lasagna recipe is healthy, meatless, gluten-free friendly, and excellent for the autumn and Winter season. Because it uses butternut squash, it’s an excellent choice as holiday vegetarian main dish or simply a vacation recipe.  It’s so good, it’s fashionable kids!


To me this is often an excellent recipe to form any time of year, but because this lasagna has butternut squash, it's surely an honest holiday veggie main dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve.

This vegetarian recipe uses butternut squash puree, which you'll easily make by following my easy step-by-step tutorial: the way to make butternut squash puree. Or, you'll always buy pureed butternut squash at the shop.


Butternut Squash Filling:

  • 1/2 cup milk or more, if needed
  • 2 cups butternut squash puree (about half of squash)
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt plus 1/8 teaspoon more
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Spinach Filling:

  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 oz spinach (1 cup cooked spinach)
  • pepper to taste

Other Ingredients:

  • 1/4 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon Basil
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese or more
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese on top
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 10 oz lasagna noodles cooked (for gluten free, use Tinkyada brown rice lasagna noodles)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.

Butternut Squash Filling:

  1. For this filling, you will need to have pre-cooked butternut squash puree. Using food processor, combine 2 cups of butternut squash puree with Ricotta cheese, milk, salt and nutmeg. Add more milk if needed (to make the butternut squash filling very creamy). Mix very well, taste and add more salt, if needed.

Spinach Filling:

  1. Combine spinach, Ricotta cheese, mozzarella, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix, taste, and add more salt and pepper, if needed.

Cooking lasagna noodles:

  1. Bring a very large pot of water to boil, and cook lasagna noodles according to package instructions. Rinse in cold water, drain. Using knife, trim noodles to fit your baking dish (if necessary).

How to assemble vegetarian lasagna:

  1. Prepare a baking dish - I used a casserole dish 11 inches x 8.5 inches x 3 inches deep. Grease the lasagna dish lightly with olive oil spray. Spread 1/3 of butternut squash filling on the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle lightly with mozzarella cheese. Top with cooked lasagna noodles without overlapping (I used 3 noodles).
  2. Spread half of spinach filling over the noodles. Top lightly with Mozzarella cheese. Top with cooked noodles.
  3. Spread another layer (1/3) of butternut squash mixture, then sprinkle lightly with Mozzarella cheese. Top with cooked noodles.
  4. Spread the remaining half of spinach filling over the noodles. Top lightly with Mozzarella cheese. Top with the final layer of cooked noodles.
  5. Spread a generous amount of butternut squash filling (the remaining 1/3) over this final layer of noodles, sprinkle with grated Parmesan and remaining mozzarella cheese (about 1/2 cup of mozzarella). Generously sprinkle the cheese with Italian seasoning, paprika, basil.
  6. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 30 min. Remove foil and bake additional 10 minutes.


December 19, 2019
Yaki udon is a simple Japanese stir fried udon noodle recipe ready in 20 minutes! Stir fried udon noodles with a savory 5 ingredient yaki udon noodle sauce.

For this recipe, I used ground chicken for chicken yaki udon but you'll also use hamburger or pork. Seafood would work also.


Yaki udon may be a stir fried Japanese udon noodle dish made with an assortment of vegetables and protein. It’s stir fried with a savory sauce made from soy and mirin. This is often different from yakisoba because they're made with different noodles. Yakisoba is additionally a stir fried Japanese noodles dish but the noodles used are much thinner. But this is often to not be confused with soba noodles which are literally made out of buckwheat flour.

Yaki udon may be a good way to use frozen udon noodles because they’re excellent in stir fries. Frozen udon noodles are great to possess available for quick meals because they cook quickly, and consistent with how you cook them, retain the chewy texture of udon noodles pretty much.



  • 2 packets udon noodles
  • 1½ cups mushrooms sliced
  • 2 stalks scallions
  • 1 Tablespoon avocado oil
  • Yaki Udon Noodle Sauce
  • 2½ Tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 3 bok choy quartered or halved
  • ⅓ white onion chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon mirin
  • ½ lb ground meat beef, chicken, turkey, pork
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon rice wine vinegar


  1. Mix all the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Cook the Udon Noodles
  3. Remove your udon noodles from its package and add it to a pot of boiling water. Frozen udon noodles can be added directly to the pot of boiling water. Stir gently until your udon noodles are separated and pliable. This should take 1 - 2 minutes. They come precooked so avoid overcooking them as they can get too soft.
  4. Rinse and drain your noodles under cold water. If not using right away, drizzle on a little bit of oil to keep them from sticking.
  5. Stir Fry
  6. Heat your pan over high heat and add the oil. Add in the ground meat and stir fry for 1 minute before adding the rest of your vegetables. Stir fry together for 1 minute and then add in the noodles and sauce. Continue stir frying for 3 - 4 minutes or until well combined. Serve immediately.

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