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Meatless Monday Recipe: Tofu & Eggplant Tikka Masala

This vegan take on paneer tikka masala doesn't actually have paneer, but when you replace it with some equally creamy cubes of extra-firm tofu, I can guarantee that you won't even be able to tell that it's missing! Pair this meal with some white or brown rice or scoop it up with some naan. You'll find this dish has just enough heat without scaring off the members of your family who might be a little afraid of spice.

Tofu & Eggplant Tikka Masala

(Makes 3 - 4 servings)
INGREDIENTS:
1 package extra firm tofu, cubed

3 roma tomatoes, finely chopped
½ red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 one inch piece ginger, minced
1 tablespoon oil1 cup water
1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro for garnish
1 teaspoon dried fenugreek (kasoori methi)
Salt
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground fenugreek
1 teaspoon red chili powder
1 1″ piece of cinnamon
2 cloves
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 green Cardamom pods
For the marinade -
¼ cup plain soy yogurt

½ teaspoon ground cumin
1.5 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon garam masala
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground clove
½ teaspoon red chili powder
1 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice


DIRECTIONS:
Combine all the ingredients listed under marinade in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Add cubed tofu and green bell peppers and coat well with the marinade. Leave this at room temperature for about an hour. You can also make this ahead and refrigerate it for up to 8 hours.
Place the marinated tofu and green bell peppers on a foil lined baking tray and broil for 5 minutes or until the edges start turning a little black. The yogurt will keep the tofu moist.

Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan and when oil is hot, add all the whole spices and powdered spices and cook for 5 minutes or until a nice aroma fills the kitchen. The spices may burn easily, so keep a close watch. Add onions and cook till they turn soft. Add ginger and garlic, cook for a minute. Add red bell peppers and cook till they turn soft.

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@peppermintt It makes it a little more... paneer-like.. hahaha.
I wouldn't have thought to pre-marinate the tofu! Yum!
Tikka masala is great for warming me up inside and out. It's the perfect amount of spice!
Tofu tikka masala is one of my favorite dishes, but I've never had it with eggplant before!
I love that marinade!
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Referring to delicious dishes made from crabs, do not ignore the famous crab soup cake. This is a nutritious dish with a delicious, cool taste of the sea that is loved by many people. Check out 4 ways to cook banh cuon with crab in each region below. ong ruot ga loi thep Cake soup cooked with crabs is a delicious and nutritious dish that is loved by diners from all over the world (Photo: @lititagram) Crab soup cake is a dish with a rustic, sweet flavor that is loved by many people. If you are also a loyal follower of this delicious dish, please immediately refer to the 4 regional cooking methods below to treat the whole family to a bowl of delicious cake soup! Depending on the region, the crab soup will have its own color depending on the taste of the local people. For people in the South, banh chung is usually delicious, sweet, and has a mild fragrance. In contrast, people in the North and Central region have a preference for bold foods, so Banh Canh is also somewhat rich, with a characteristic flavor of the sunny and windy land. 1. How to cook Southern style crab cake soup Southern people are always gentle and flutter with their fragile and sweet beauty. Saigon crab soup cake or Vung Tau crab soup cake all have an irresistible sweet and fragrant flavor. 1.1. Preparation ingredients To make delicious Southern-style crab cake soup , you need to fully prepare the following essential ingredients: Live crabs: 3 Tapioca flour: 1.5 bowls Rice flour: Half a bowl Red cashew: 2-3 nuts Ingredients for making broth: laksa leaves, green onions, coriander, lemon leaves, purple onions Seasoning: salt, pepper, seasoning, main noodles,... Crab - An important and indispensable ingredient of Southern crab soup (Photo: collectibles) 1.2. Steps to take  How to make the best Southern-style crab soup with specific steps: Step 1: Prepare ingredients To cook the best crab cake soup, you need to choose the right type of crab, still fresh, especially the bigger one. Then wash and cut off the legs and apricots. Crab eggs also need to be cleaned to make a separate bowl. Put the prepared crab meat in a bowl, add salt, pepper and seasoning just enough and mix well. You should leave the bowl for 30 minutes for the crabs to absorb the spices. Lettuce, scallions, and coriander are picked to remove dead leaves and insects. Then cut into small pieces. Peel the purple onion, chop finely. Preliminary processing of crabs is an important step in how to cook Southern crab soup (Photo: collectibles) Step 2: Make the noodle soup Mix rice flour and tapioca flour together, place in a bowl, add boiling water slowly, mix until smooth. Roll the dough out thinly and then use a knife to cut it into bite-sized pieces. To make soft and chewy banh chung, it is necessary to pay attention to the kneading step (Photo: collectibles) Step 3: Complete the Southern crab soup cake Prepared cashews are stirred in a hot oil pan until the water turns reddish brown, then remove the seeds. Sauté onion, add crab eggs and gently stir. Then pour in all the crab meat and stir-fry until cooked. When the crabs are fragrant, you add filtered water, just enough cashew water to the above mixture, seasoning to taste. Put the noodles in the bowl and then scoop the crab meat on top. Slowly add the broth until the ingredients are submerged. Finally add scallions, laksa leaves, coriander and enjoy the famous crab soup with hot Southern flavor.
Meatless Monday Recipe: Red Lentil & Root Veggie Dal
I love Indian food. I love the unique spices and the savory flavors and the fact that it really is so healthy. (As long as you stay away from the cream-heavy sauces, that is!) My favorite Indian restaurant always serves up their meals with a small bowl of dal, traditional curried lentils, and sometimes I want dal more than I want my actual meal! Here is a really great recipe for making dal with red lentils and root veggies like parsnip, turnip, and carrots. You can enjoy it as a side that's about 240 calories or serve it over brown basmati rice for a terrific and light meal! --------------------------------------------------- Red Lentil & Root Veggie Dal 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 medium-sized onion, diced finely 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 2 teaspoons coriander seeds, crushed 2 - 3 teaspoons mild curry powder (I would start with 2 teaspoons and add more to taste at the end.) 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 1/4 teaspoons salt 4 cups vegetable broth 1 cup dried red lentils 3/4 pound parsnip, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch pieces (about 2 cups) 3/4 pound rutabaga or turnip, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch pieces (about 2 cups) 1 cup baby carrots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces Lime slices, for serving (optional) 1. Preheat a 4-quart pot over medium-high heat. Saute the onions in the oil until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes, and saute for another minute. 2. Add the remaining spices and salt, and saute for about 30 seconds, then add the broth, lentils, and the remaining vegetables. Cover the pot and bring to a boil, keeping a close eye on it. Once it's boiling, lower the heat to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes, until the lentils are creamy and the vegetables are soft. If necessary, thin the soup by adding up to a cup of water. Taste for salt and seasonings. 3. Let the soup sit for 10 minutes or so for maximum flavor. Serve garnished with lime slices.
Meatless Monday Recipe: Lasagna Rolls with Seasonal Greens
Living in Southern California, I am truly horrible at knowing which fruits and vegetables are and aren't in season. I'm also horrible at knowing which recipes are and aren't seasonally appropriate. This is why, embarrassingly enough, I'm throwing up cards for grilled watermelon in the middle of January and teaching you how to make ice cream in December. Thankfully, Isa of Post Punk Kitchen is a New Yorker, and as the Northeast is getting hit by a particularly nasty winter, she knows exactly what to recommend. It's spinach season! It's basil season! And fortunately, this recipe for green lasagna rolls uses both in quite the abundance. Whip it up at home, and share some with me. (Promise?) -------------------------------------------- Green Lasagna Rolls 12 oz lasagna noodles For the white sauce: 1 cup cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours 1/2 cup water 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon salt For the pesto: 2 cloves garlic 3 cups fresh basil, loosely packed 1/2 cup pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds), plus extra for garnish 1/3 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon salt Several dashes fresh black pepper For the ricotta: 1 14 oz extra firm tofu, crumbled 1/4 cup pesto 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon salt For the spinach: 2 tablespoons olive oil 6 cloves garlic, minced 10 oz baby spinach Make the noodles: Bring a big pot of salted water to boil and cook the noodles al dente, stirring occasionally to make sure they don’t stick together. If they seem to be, use metal tongs to gently peel them apart. Once cooked, drain them in a colander and run them under plenty of cold water to make sure they stop cooking and don’t stick together. Make the white sauce: Drain cashews. In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until completely smooth. This could take 1 to 5 minutes depending on your blender. Scrape down the sides of the blender with a rubber spatula every minute or so to make sure you get everything. Set aside. Make the pesto: Place garlic cloves in a blender and pulse a bit to chop. Add basil, pumpkin seeds, olive oil, nutritional yeast, lemon juice salt and pepper and blend. It should still have some texure and not be completely smooth. Thin with a few tablespoons of water to get it into a spreadable consistency. Make the ricotta: In a medium mixing bowl, mash tofu with your hands or an avocado masher, until it resembles ricotta cheese. Mix in pesto, nutritional yeast, olive oil, lemon juice and salt until well combined. Set aside. Make the spinach: Preheat a large heavy bottomed skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium low heat. Add the olive oil and garlic and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add spinach and cook, stirring often, until wilted, about 3 minutes. Set aside. Assemble and bake: Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a 9×13 inch casserole dish with olive oil. Spread 3 tablespoons of ricotta mixture evenly over each lasagna noodle, leaving a little room around the side edges and 1/2 inch at each end. Scatter about 3 tablespoons of spinach mixture over the ricotta. Starting at the bottom end, roll noodle up and place, seam side down, in the casserole dish. Continue with all remaining noodles. Pour the white sauce over the rolls in thick ribbons. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until edges are lightly browned and white sauce is thickened. If after 25 minutes the rolls are not browning but the edges are crispy, place under a broiler on low heat for a minute or two, keeping a very close eye so that they don’t burn. Remove from oven and smother on remaining pesto. Garnish with additional pumpkin seeds and serve!
Meatless Monday Recipe: Quick & Easy Pad Thai Spring Rolls
Making pad thai at home is deceptively easy, but making spring rolls is ridiculously fun! Combine both, and you have the pad thai tofu spring rolls below - a quick and creative meal you'll definitely find yourself making more than once. You should be able to find spring roll paper, tamarind, and chili garlic sauce in the ethnic food aisle of your local supermarket and most Asian grocers. 10-Ingredient Pad Thai Spring Rolls (Adapted From Minimalist Baker) MAKES 8 ROLLS INGREDIENTS: For The Spring Rolls - 14 ounces extra firm tofu 8 ounces white or brown rice noodles 8 - 10 white or brown rice spring roll papers 2 cups thinly sliced carrots 1 large handful fresh cilantro For The Sauce - 3 tablespoons tamarind concentrate 3 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce + more for tofu 3 - 4 tablespoons coconut sugar, agave, or maple syrup 1/2 lime, juiced 1 - 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce + more for tofu For Serving (Optional) - Peanut sauce (Check out my Vegan DIY: Thai Peanut Sauce recipe card.) Sriracha Directions: 1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Wrap tofu in a clean towel. Set something heavy on top - such as a cast iron pan - to press out liquid for 15 minutes. Then cut into 1/2-inch wide rectangular strips. 2) Arrange tofu on the baking sheet, giving each piece some space so it can firm up. Bake for 28 - 30 minutes to dry and firm the tofu. For softer tofu, bake for 20 minutes. For firmer, bake for 30 - 35 minutes. Set aside. In the meantime, prep carrots, cilantro, and cook rice noodles according to package instructions, then drain and set aside. 3) To make the sauce, add tamarind, tamari, coconut sugar, lime and chili garlic sauce to a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Once it begins bubbling, lower heat to low and cook for 3 - 4 minutes, stirring frequently.Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more tamari or soy sauce for saltiness, chili garlic for heat, coconut sugar, agave, or maple syrup for sweetness, or lime for acidity. Remove from heat and set aside. 4) Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add baked tofu and 1 teaspoon each chili garlic sauce and tamari or soy sauce, plus 1 tablespoon of the Pad Thai sauce. Sauté, stirring frequently, for 1 - 2 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside. 5) Add cooked noodles to the still-hot pan over medium heat and add remaining Pad Thai sauce. Use tongs to disperse sauce and toss noodles. Cook for 1 - 2 minutes, then remove from heat and set aside. 6) Assemble a station for preparing the spring rolls with a shallow bowl or plate (for dunking the rice paper), bring a kettle or pot of water to a boil (to cook the rice paper with), and a clean work surface (such as a large cutting board). Gather all ingredients and add hot water to the shallow bowl or pan. Let it cool for 1-2 minutes, then add 1 rice paper at a time and cook/soften for 45 seconds to 1 minute. Lift and let excess water drip off, then transfer to your clean work surface. 7) Top with pad thai noodles, tofu, carrots and cilantro, then roll over once, tuck in sides, and continue rolling all the way up. Place seam-side down on a serving plate or baking sheet and cover with a damp, room temperature towel to keep fresh. Continue until all spring rolls are prepared - about 8. 8) Serve as is with a bit more chili garlic sauce or sriracha! Another great addition is the aforementioned peanut sauce posted above. Best when fresh, though leftovers keep covered in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
Vegan Pastel De Tres Leches (Tres Leches Cake)
Growing up, I took a number of trips to Central Mexico. While my family is Middle Eastern by heritage, I have a lot of family who immigrated to the Coahuila region of Mexico instead of the United States, and because of this, our family somewhat incorporated various Mexican traditions and foods into our lives. When it's my mother's birthday, my father wakes her up with "Las Mañanitas". When my sister and I were little girls, my grandmother taught us Mexican nursery rhymes and children songs. Traditional Mexican food was some of our favorite go-to comfort food. Pan dulce, tamarindo candy, and fruit sprinkled with lime and Tajín were some of our favorite treats. And to this day, pastel de tres leches is my favorite dessert! Tres leches cake is usually made with three different types of milk: evaporated milk, condensed milk, and heavy cream. So I know what you're already thinking - how could you even make this vegan? Fortunately for vegans, we've already got three milks (even more!), and for this recipe, we use almond milk, soy milk, and coconut milk! Try it the next time you're wanting to add a delicious dessert to your spread of vegan Mexican food. It's definitely worth the effort! ------------------------------------------------------------ Vegan Pastel de Tres Leches (Tres Leches Cake) 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1 cup vanilla almond milk 1/3 cup warm coconut oil 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar 1 (15 ounce) can coconut milk (do not shake can before opening) Vanilla soy creamer 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9-inch square baking pan. 2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. 3. In the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine almond milk, coconut oil, vanilla extract and vinegar. Blend on medium until smooth. Add flour mixture and blend on medium until ingredients are well combined. 4. Pour batter into a prepared baking pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Do not over bake. Set aside to cool. 5. Meanwhile, carefully open the can of coconut milk and spoon the thick cream into a medium bowl. Place this cream in the refrigerator. 6. Pour the remaining thin, watery coconut milk into a 2-cup measuring cup and add enough vanilla creamer to make 1 1/2 cups total liquid. Invert the cake onto a rimmed platter and poke holes on the top of the cake using a dowel. 8. Pour the creamer mixture all over the cake, using a spoon to evenly distribute the liquid and fill the holes in the cake. Set aside for 30 minutes for the liquid to soak in. 9. Use an electric hand mixer to whip the chilled coconut cream until fluffy. Spread whipped coconut cream over the cake. Slice and serve.
Do you know these foods are great enemies for thyroid problems?
Nowadays, many people take thyroid pills. They need to take it forever, much like diabetic medications. Many of us are talking about foods that lower diabetes risk and related dos and don’t. Similarly, we should be aware of the foods to eat and foods to avoid for thyroid problems. Let us discuss it in this article. What is the role of the thyroid gland in our body? The thyroid gland creates hormones that control the body’s metabolic rate, which affects bone growth and maintenance, heart, muscle, and digestive function. It balances our energy and regulates our mood and body heat. A sufficient intake of iodine from the diet is necessary for its proper operation. Two common types of thyroids – Hyperthyroidism & Hypothyroidism When the thyroid produces too much hormone or too little hormone, it is called thyroid disease. The disease known as hyperthyroidism causes the body to burn energy more quickly than it should. Hypothyroidism is just the opposite to it. The body is consuming energy more slowly than it should because the thyroid is not making enough hormones. With many health conditions, some factors are out of our control, including our family history and the environment around us. But diet also plays a big role — and since you’re the one in command of your plate, you can determine which foods to choose and which thyroid foods to avoid. Some of the foods to avoid for thyroid problems  1. Cruciferous Vegetables These vegetables belong to the Brassic plant group. This vegetable has distinctive petals like cabbage. It is one of the important foods to avoid for thyroid issues. Some cruciferous vegetables are: 1. Cabbage. 2. Broccoli. 3. Cauliflower. 4. Bok choy. 5. Brussels sprouts. 6. Kale. 7. Mustard plant. 8. Turnips. 9. Garden cress etc. You might wonder why cruciferous veggies should be avoided for thyroid health. More fiber and other nutrients are present in these plants. However, they might block the generation of thyroid hormones. If you are iodine deficient, you will experience additional effects. Iodine is necessary for a healthy thyroid operation. Therefore, it is best to consume fewer cruciferous vegetables. According to studies, eating these vegetables may prevent the thyroid from using iodine. Cruciferous vegetables that have been cooked can lessen the effect. So you can consume cruciferous veggies in moderation while avoiding salads made of them. 2. Fatty foods Butter, meat, and all things fried are fatty foods. According to Stephanie Lee, MD, Ph.D., associate chief of endocrinology, nutrition, and diabetes at Boston Medical Center and associate professor at Boston University School of Medicine in Massachusetts, fats have been found to interfere with the body’s ability to absorb thyroid hormone replacement therapy. Additionally, fats may prevent the thyroid from producing hormones. Some medical professionals advise avoiding any fried foods and limiting your consumption of fats from sources like butter, mayonnaise, margarine, and fatty meat cuts. 3. Soy Foods Even soy and meals containing soy are very good in protein and can prevent cancer and heart disease, but they also have some effects on thyroid issues. But according to current research, soy has no impact on thyroid hormones.  It is generally advised to take thyroid medicine on an empty stomach to prevent inconsistent absorption. Soy is the greatest food source of isoflavones which are linked with thyroid disorders. If you consume soy-containing meals, make sure to wait four hours between eating them and taking your dose. This is true because soy can interfere with proper thyroid medication absorption and cause uneven medication effects. Read more foods to avoid for thyroid problems #thyroidawareness#thyroidsupport#thyroidlife#thyroidgland#thyroidnutrition#thyroidcare#thyroidhealthy#thyroidhealthyfoods#thyroidhealthymeals#thyroidhealthtips