Thursday, June 12, 2008

Tofu Millet Skillet & Raw Treats

I have two recipes for you in this post from our Monday night dinner, which had to be postponed from Sunday night. You know those places where you can go and prep your family dinners for the week? This dinner made me think someone should start up a vegan version.

Tofu Millet Skillet

Serves 4-6

1 T. olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
10-12 sundried tomatoes, chopped
1 cup veggie broth
1 cup white wine
2 T. balsamic vinegar
1 T. white wine vinegar
2 t. Bragg’s
3 t. Italian seasoning blend
½ t. crushed red pepper
1 cup millet
12-16 ounces baked tofu, cubed
½ pound fresh green beans
½ cup frozen peas
salt & pepper to taste
(any other seasonings you like)

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until onion is softened, a few minutes. Add the sundried tomatoes, broth, wine, vinegars, Bragg’s, Italian seasoning, and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil; stir in millet. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes. (If millet has soaked up all your broth, add in ½ cup more.) Add tofu, green beans, peas, and salt & pepper. Simmer about 6 minutes, or until green beans are crisp tender. Check seasonings before serving.

Chase really enjoyed his tofu prepared this way, and I really enjoyed it with the tofu picked out!

We also had Happy Herbivore’s Mac n’ Cheese, another test recipe for her cookbook. This was so yummy! I found some extra large elbow noodles to use, which made it fun to eat, plus it holds a lot of the cheesy sauce.

I made another delicious salad from Vegan Express, the Broccoli Salad with Yellow Peppers, Pine Nuts, and Cranberries. I didn’t have pine nuts, so I used sunflower seeds. I also added in some kohlrabi!

After eating the purple kohlrabi last week, I figured it would pair nicely with broccoli since it tastes like broccoli. You can never have too much broccoli.

My local market had fresh blackeyed peas, so we had those too.

Here are all the foods on the table, waiting for hungry vegans to help themselves.

I had two treats for dessert, one raw and one baked. The baked one was basically Banana Oat Bundles from Vive with chocolate chips and peanuts added. I make these a lot.

(Sorry for that awful picture!)
The raw treat was my own creation. I’m always on the lookout for a healthy way to get my chocolate fix, so I put together this recipe:

Raw Cocoa Nib Treats

¼ cup ground flax seeds
1 cup raw cashews
½ cup raw oats
6 dates
½ cup shredded coconut
¼ cup cocoa nibs
1 T. vanilla extract
2 T. coconut water

Place ground flax seeds, cashews, and oats in a food processor and process until finely ground. Add in the dates and process until dates are chopped fine. Add in the remaining ingredients and process until smooth. Pat into an 8 x 8 pan and refrigerate until firm.

I don’t think the rolled oats I used were technically raw, but more nuts can be used in place of the oats for purists. Nonetheless, these are very, very good and certainly satisfy my chocolate cravings. In fact, Chase said he would “go raw” if he could eat treats like these all the time. He always says just the right things to keep me inspired!


VeggieGirl said...

Those raw cacao nib treats look DIVINE!! I'll take a dozen, please ;0)

vegan addict said...

I agree with Veggie Girl, Your raw treat looks perfect for my growling belly...and perfect for hitting the trails as an energy booster!

Kati said...

Ooh I love millet!

Lucky you that you get to test the Happy Herbivore recipes - that mac and cheese looks oustanding!

Ricki said...

What a great photo of your buffet spread! I've been on a bit of a raw kick lately, so I think I must try those raw bars--I love the idea that you've put the raw oats in them. :)

Erica said...

Nice work on the raw recipe! Looks very yum (you're right on the rolled oats, they are steamed then pressed then steamed again, but they're still rockin' food!)

Urban Vegan said...

Tofu millet skillet? I like the name and I like the ingredients. It all looks fab, as usual!

Erin said...

What a feast! I mac and cheese is enticing.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

I would totally take advantage if there were a place like the hypothetical one you mentioned. A bunch of vegans getting together to cook a meal? What could be better?!

...Or I could just come over to your house and have YOU do all the cooking for my lazy chocolate-covered self.

Candi said...

Oh, I like the millet dish! I didn't know that you didn't eat tofu? It looks good with and without it!

Oh wow - I have to make those raw bars you made up! After a current detox...I will be making those!! I've just saved the recipe. ;)

kindkitchen said...

Thanks for posting the recipe for your Tofu Millet Skillet! I've never cooked or eaten (I don't think)millet before, so I'll have to give your recipe a try.

Dreena's Banana Oat Bundles are very good, I agree.

You raw treat looks yummy.

Thanks for the nice comments on my blog :]

Holler said...

A lovely meal indeed! I especially like the sound of those raw bars, yummy :)

Sam said...

I don't think I've ever intentionally eaten millet. I need to check it out, as that dish looks great!

shellyfish said...

I love millet! And your raw treats look great- I can't wait to try the recipe- thank you!

Veg-a-Nut said...

wow your mac and cheese looks great and I love millet!

Way to go! :o)

jessy said...

everything looks so droolworthy! especially those raw cocoa nib treats! i alread printed off your recipe! thanks! :)

Gaia said...

Tofu Millet Skillet :) Looks good and I love the name!

Simple and Divine said...

Finally a recipe from Vegan Express on SOMEONE'S blog!! Phew! I'm relieved -- I thought I missed some memo, because no one ever speaks of/creates recipes from this book! I can't wait to see what else you've made! (PS) Is that veg like Jicama? Bc that addition sounds fabu!