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Post Derby Brunch: Spinach Tofu Scramble & Vegan Steak Hash

Published October 17, 2013 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

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Once a month, PFM brings in Coach Alex DeLarge to give us a killer on and off skates work out with tons of squats, drills, and running to build our strength and endurance. The rest of the week it also reminds us of how many muscles it takes to get in and out of a chair or go upstairs! Though I fared much better this past Sunday than last month, my body has not quite yet forgotten it completely. It’s Wednesday. 🙂

Driving home from practice I was famished, and all I could think about was tofu scramble and toast. Thomas had been out for a bike ride while I was gone, and felt equally eager for food. I knew we had a pack of sprouted tofu in the fridge and some onions that needed using, so I quickly came up with this protein packed menu as I gobbled down some [untoasted] bread with the last of a container of hummus. I also made us both a brunch cocktail to sip on as I went to work…

Mmm!

Mmm! Just enough Jack for two brunch cocktails!

I decided to make a spinach tofu scramble, and a vegan steak hash with some fingerling potatoes and some Gardein Beefless tips. I got the latter ready first so it could bake while the scramble came together.

Vegan Steak Hash

olive oil for misting
3-4 cloves of garlic, chopped
1/2 yellow onion, sliced into thin half moons
~2 c. fingerling potatoes, somewhat peeled and chopped
1 package Gardein Beefless Tips salt & pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400. Prepare a roasting pan or cookie sheet with a mist of olive oil. Spread out onions, garlic, and potatoes and mist with olive oil, grind some fresh pepper and salt on top and toss with hands to coat. Add Gardein and disperse evenly.

2. Bake for 20 minutes. Stir. Bake for another 20 minutes. Done!

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Spinach Tofu Scramble

olive oil for misting
1 yellow onion, sliced into thin half moons
4 cloves of garlic, minced
~8 oz. frozen chopped spinach (half a bag)
1 package of firm or extra-firm tofu, silken or regular will work
1-2 tbsp. tamari (or red sodium soy sauce/braggs/shoyu)
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. turmeric
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. dried thyme
cayenne pepper to taste, optional
salt & pepper

~1/4 c. nutritional yeast

Directions:

1. Spray a skillet with olive oil, and raise to medium heat. Add onions and cook until slightly softened, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add spinach and lightly season with freshly ground salt and pepper. Cook until all the frost is off, about 5 minutes.

2. Crumble in tofu, and all other ingredients except nutritional yeast. Stir until well combined and heated through, about 5 minutes.

3. Remove from heat and stir in nutritional yeast.

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I had to chop my tofu to help the crumbling because it was the extra firm, sprouted kind.

I had to chop my tofu to help the crumbling because it was the extra firm, sprouted kind.

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A purrfect post derby meal!

A purrfect post derby meal!

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Super Easy Tofu Scramble (GF)

Published April 15, 2013 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

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For some reason, I have been back in the kitchen with a vengeance, despite the broken extremity. Maybe I just needed a challenge? Maybe it’s that none of my coats fit over my splinted arm, and we just had a cold snap? Regardless, this is an updated, no knifework, no fuss version of my Tofu Scramble. Enjoy!

Super Easy Tofu Scramble (GF)

olive oil for spraying skillet
1/2 package frozen onion & bell pepper mix
1 heaping tsp. crushed garlic

1 package of tofu, any style, rinsed and drained
1 tbsp. tamari for gluten-free   (or Bragg’s or shoyu or red sodium soy sauce)
1 tsp. turmeric
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. paprika
salt & pepper, to taste
cayenne pepper, optional

2-4 c. chopped kale or greens (I used some leftover, lightly dressed mac n kale salad)

1/4 – 1/2 c. nutritional yeast

Directions:

1. Spray a skillet with olive oil and raise to medium-high heat. Add onions & peppers and cook until thawed, about 5 mintues. Add garlic and cook for an additional  minute.

2. Crumble in tofu, and add all other ingredients except nutritional yeast and kale. Drop heat to medium, and stir until well combined, about 3 minutes. Taste for seasoning.

4. Mix in greens and cook an additional 3 minutes, or until wilted, but still bright green.

4. Remove from heat and stir in nutritional yeast.

My secret weapon!

My secret weapon!

I had Thomas crumble the tofu in for me since he has two working arms!

I had Thomas crumble the tofu in for me since he has two working arms!

Before greens.

Before greens.

And after.

And after.

Plated! Too bad we didn't have any ketchup! Thomas doused his in sriracha.

Plated! Too bad we didn’t have any ketchup! Thomas doused his in sriracha.

Sweet Rice & Tofu Scramble

Published February 6, 2011 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

When I was brainstorming breakfast (brunch!) yesterday afternoon in bed ; ), I first thought of tofu scramble and biscuits. Then I reconsidered the biscuits. I have half a recipe of cheddar biscuit dough in the freezer, so I put that in the fridge to thaw for another midday meal. I decided that it would be nice to pair up with a whole grain, and brown rice seemed like a nice sweet choice on it’s own. I added a lil bit of sugar, some pumpkin seeds, raisins and spices to make it subtly sweet and a nice contrast to the savory scramble du jour. It turned out quite well : ) So well in fact that I made a slightly bigger batch this morning, only using blackstrap molasses for sweetness, hoping to take some to work this week for a nice nourishing breakfast.

Sweet Rice

3/4 c. short grain brown rice
1 1/2 c. water
2 tsp. sweetener of choice (sugar, agave, maple syrup, blackstrap molasses)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
2 tbsp. raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 c. raisins

Directions:

1. In a 2 quart dutch oven or pot with a tight fitting lid put rice, water, spices and sugar to boil. Once boiling, stir in pumpkin seeds and raisins and drop to low to simmer, covered, for 45 minutes. Check rice, cook for an additional 5-10 minutes if necessary, depending on your stove. Most of the water should be absorbed. Then let it sit covered for an additional 5 minutes.

2. If you like you can pack the rice into a ramekin or teacup and then invert it on the plate for a cute presentation.

The tofu scramble I made was a variation of this, made with leftover green onions, adding some spinach, and substituting braggs for the soy sauce.

Tofu Scramble

olive oil for spraying skillet
4  green onions, finely chopped
4 cloves of garlic
1/4 c.  frozen stoplight pepper strips
1/4 c. chopped frozen spinach
1 package of tofu (i used firm, you can use firm or extra-firm regular or silken tofu)
1/2 tsp. Bragg’s liquid aminos (or shoyu or tamari or soy sauce)
1 tsp. turmeric
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. paprika
salt & pepper, to taste (i used sea salt with sea vegetables & ground pepper)
cayenne pepper, optional

1/4 c. nutritional yeast

Ketchup & Hotsauce, optional

Directions:

1. Spray a skillet with olive oil and raise to medium-high heat. Add onions and cook for until slightly softened, about 4 mintues. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute. Add bell peppers and and spinach, and cook for an additional 3-5 mintues, or until heated through.

2. Add tofu and all other ingredients except nutritional yeast. Stir until well combined and heated through, about 5 minutes.

3. Remove from heat and stir in nutritional yeast.

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