Left my comfort zone of safe recipes and sooo glad I did. These little pockets of yum aren’t difficult to make and feel like the ultimate comfort food. There’s a mini movie about a steamed bun, “Bao” and since watching I have been thinking about whipping some up, finally I have!
They aren’t the prettiest, but taste is spot on. I think I may have fried the wrong side first? Either way it works, and they didn’t take long to steam. Using a combo of pan frying and steaming, you get a really nice fusion of firm and soft. So, go on and get-cho ass in the kitchen to fire these babies up. This amazing recipe is from Bianca Zapatka, made by Bianca.
2/3 c warm water approx 95 degrees (35 C)
2 1/4 tsp instant yeast
1 tsp sugar
2 1/2 c all-purpose flour + more for dusting
1-2 tbsp sesame oil for frying
1 stick leek finely chopped
7 oz white cabbage shredded
1 large carrot shredded
1 red bell pepper finely chopped
2 garlic cloves minced
7 oz tofu, crumbled
1 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
salt to tast
1 tsp chili paste or sriracha
1 tbsp oil
1/4 c water
To serve (optional)
2 tbsp sesame seeds
chopped green onions Dipping sauce
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp agave syrup
1/4 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp srirach or chili paste
For the dough
Mix the yeast with the water and sugar in a small bowl and set aside for around 5 minutes.
Whisk together the flour and a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Pour in the water with yeast slowly and stir with a chopstick (or wooden spoon) until it clumps together. Transfer to a work surface and knead with your hands (or use a mixer with dough hooks) until a smooth and soft dough forms, about 5 minutes.
Put the dough back in the bowl, cover and let rest for about 45 minutes, or until the ball has doubled in size.
Preparing the filling
Heat the oil in a pan and finely chop the vegetables. Add the leek, cabbage, carrots, bell pepper, and garlic to the pan and sauté for 2-3 minutes, until the veggies are slightly tender.
Then crumble the tofu in (it doesn’t have to be super small but broken up like chunky ground meat), soy sauce, salt and chili to taste. Mix well, cook off a bit of excess liquid from the tofu for about 3-4 minutes, and set aside to cool.
Assembling the buns
Once the dough has doubled in size, punch it down, knead it briefly to remove all air bubbles.
Then roll it into a long log and cut into 10 pieces. Work with one piece at a time and cover the rest with a clean kitchen towel to prevent from drying out.
Flatten one piece of dough with your palm and roll it into a round wrapper with thinner edges, about 4.7 in (12 cm) in diameter.
Add about 2-3 tbsp of filling to the center, then fold the bun up and around the filling, making sure you deal the top. Repeat until all the buns are assembled. *Attached is a little photo to help visualize closing the bun.
Cooking the buns
Heat the oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Place the buns in the pan with the pinched side up (make sure to not overcrowd the pan), and cook for about 2-3 minutes. Once the bottoms are golden-brown and crispy, flip them over and carefully, pour in 1/4 c water to create steam. Immediately cover the pan, reduce to low heat and allow buns to steam for about 10 minutes, or until the water has evaporated.
Remove from pan, sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions, and serve with the dipping sauce. Enjoy that sh*t.
If you’re looking for a sweet and spicy bowl of deliciousness, you’ve come to the right place. Containing so many of my faves, it was hard not to eat more than seven bowls of this in one night… I won’t judge if you don’t. I love this recipe so much that I’m making it again tonight, and also because cauliflower is the sh*t and I just can’t get enough.
I used store bought teriyaki sauce, but you adventurous folk can surely use a homemade recipe, or whatever you prefer. I also like to cut corners where they can be cut, so I opted for coleslaw mix rather than spending time cutting and preparing cabbage… talk about pain in my booty. The cauliflower recipe is borrowed from From the Comfort of My Bowl, made by the lovely Jhanelle.
1 c rice, dry (2 c if serving more than 4)
1 avocado, optional
14 oz bag of coleslaw mix or 1 3/4 cups of cabbage
handful of chopped green onions for topping, optional
In a medium sauce pan, prepare rice according to package. And set your oven to preheat 400 degrees F.
While rice is cooking, you’ll combine all of the coleslaw ingredients into a medium or large sized bowl, stir, and place in the fridge until it’s time to munch out.
Next, you’ll get a baking sheet, line with tinfoil or lightly grease it, place the florets of broccoli, top with the olive oil and mix around. Finish with salt and pepper, and place in the oven for 10 min.
While the broccoli is cooking, you’ll prepare the cauliflower. In a bowl, combine all ingredients under “Cauliflower” except cauliflower, teriyaki sauce and green onions, to make a thick and smooth batter.
Rinse and drain cauliflower then dip each piece in the batter, coating completely. Shake off excess batter then place on the lightly oiled or nonstick baking tray. Once the broccoli has been removed, place the tray in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven then dip in or brush each nugget with the teriyaki sauce and place the baking tray back into the oven for another 10 to 15 minutes.
Creation time!!! How I served my bowl: a bed of rice, topped with coleslaw, broccoli florets, cauliflower, avocado, a drizzle of extra teriyaki, and topped with green onions. Enjoy that mouthwatering deliciousness.
It has been some time… this whole covid shutdown has had me distracted in a weird way, even with mostly everything closed. My boredom finally led me back to cooking again, which led me here. And back with a kick-ass stuffed shell. Pumpkin ricotta filling for all you basic bitches out there. Topped with a super delicious garlic alfredo sauce… I suggest making double because you can make fettuccine alfredo for “Pasta Night: Round 2”. This lovely recipe is as seen on Rainbow Plant Life, and made by the lovely Nisha.
Preheat the oven to 350°F (or 175°C). Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with olive oil.
Cook the pasta shells. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil and generously salt the water. Add the jumbo pasta shells and cook according to the box instructions until just al dente (do not overcook!), then drain well.
Transfer the cooked pasta shells to a baking sheet and drizzle with the 1 tablespoon olive oil to prevent sticking and set aside.
While the pasta is cooking, prepare the Tofu Ricotta. Drain the block of tofu and dab away the excess water with some paper towels. Place the tofu, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, and crushed red pepper flakes (if using) in a food processor and pulse repeatedly until the texture is smooth but still a little chunky, similar to the texture of ricotta cheese.
Make the pumpkin ricotta filling. In a large bowl, combine the Tofu Ricotta, pumpkin purée, nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, black pepper to taste, and vegan parmesan cheese (if using). Fold the ingredients together using a silicone spatula. Taste the filling and adjust the seasonings accordingly, adding more salt, pepper, or nutmeg as needed. Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of the filling into each jumbo pasta shell, and set aside.
Make the Garlic Béchamel Sauce. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat and add the 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add onion and season with a pinch of salt. Cook for 6-7 minutes, or until the onion is softened and lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the flour, whisking constantly for a minute until well incorporated. Gradually pour in the lite coconut milk in stages, whisking after each addition to prevent clumps, and then cook for 2 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
Transfer the sauce to a blender and add the 1 teaspoon kosher salt and black pepper to taste. Blend until the sauce is smooth and creamy. Taste the sauce for seasonings, adding more salt or pepper as desired.
Assemble the dish. Pour 1/2 cup of the Garlic Béchamel Sauce in the prepared baking dish. Arrange the stuffed jumbo shells on top of the sauce. Pour the remaining sauce on top of the shells. Scatter the chopped fresh sage leaves on top of the sauce. Bake the stuffed shells for 25 minutes, or until the pasta shells are lightly golden. Serve warm.
Cue the stress eating, this year is so overwhelming, I need a distraction and what better way to distract than with some new recipes full of comfort. This curry surprised me, since I just threw together a few ingredients, have never cooked with curry, and wasn’t sure what I was doing, it turned out great!
I used full fat coconut milk because ya girl wants to get them gains, but you can most def sub in light coconut milk. This baby also uses just 10 ingredients and is ready to eat in less than 30 minutes… what a f*cking delight. So, if you’re short on time but still want something tasty for dinner, give it a try.
1 tbsp oil
2 c butternut squash
1 c peas
1 can of coconut milk (I used full fat, but you can sub light)
2 1/2 tbsp vindaloo curry spice
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 15 oz can chickpeas
prepared basmati rice, cooked according to package
In a large saute pan, heat up the oil over medium heat, add in the squash and peas. Saute about 2-3 minutes, and then add in the coconut milk, all the spices, and give it a good stir. Bring to a simmer, add the chickpeas, and let simmer for about 15 minutes or until the butternut squash is tender. You can check this by piercing with a fork, once tender, it’s ready to eat.
Serve over a bed of basmati rice. Enjoy that sh*t.
Get ready to put in some work for a very rewarding recipe mf’s, prepping eggplants takes a little bit of patience so they cook right… but I promise you, it’s worth it. The sauce for this dish is super easy to put together, starting with the peanut butter, stir in the wet ingredients and you should find yourself with a delicious ass sauce.
I coat the veggies in corn starch before cooking to help keep them from absorbing too much oil and becoming soggy. A lovely trick I learned from Bianca at Bianca Zapatka who shared a Chinese Eggplant recipe, I made some alterations.
The recipe takes about 30-40 minutes, plus I know you’ve got time… we’re in lame ass quarantine, which feels never-ending. It uses basic household ingredients for the sauce, and tastes mf great. PLUS eggplant is a great source of vitamins and minerals, helps with digestion, improves heart health and has many more great qualities… so if you’re an eggplant hater I would reconsider. Sometimes it takes a few times to cook right, but ultimately sooooo delicious.
2 eggplants each 10oz (small long ones if possible)
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp cornstarch optional
For the Sauce
1 1/2 tsp peanut butter
1 ½ tbsp soy sauce or tamari sauce
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1-2 tbsp water
1 tsp cornstarch
2 tsp coconut sugar or other sugar
2 ½ tbsp peanut oil or vegetable oil
1 tsp ginger minced
3 garlic cloves minced
1 chili pepper chopped or 1 tsp chili paste
For serving (optional)
2 spring onions sliced
Cut the eggplants into small chunks as shown in the step-by-step photos above. Then transfer them to a large bowl, add the salt and mix well to combine. Allow to soak for 15 minutes (or up to 1 hour).
Then pat the eggplants dry, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and mix well to coat. (If you find the eggplants too salty after soaking, you can also rinse them under cold running water before patting them dry.)
Place the peanut butter in a small bowl, mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl and pour into the peanut butter stirring. It may not immediately combine but after enough stirring it will. Mix the rest of the sauce ingredients in.
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large non-stick pan or wok over medium heat. Add the eggplants and fry for about 5-8 minutes. Once the skin is well browned and the inside turns soft, remove the eggplants and transfer to a plate.
Add the remaining oil, ginger, garlic, and chili to the same pan and roast for a few seconds while stirring until fragrant. Then put the eggplants back to the pan. Mix the sauce again until the cornstarch is completely dissolved and pour it over the eggplants. Stir immediately until the eggplant is evenly coated and the sauce thickens.
Garnish the eggplants with spring onions and sesame and serve as a side dish or as a main course over rice or pasta with lime wedges on the side.
Been thinking about this recipe for awhile, and I finally got my ass in gear to make it. It turned out amazing! The sauce is sweet and spicy, the cauliflower is crispy, over rice it’s a mf party… and just as good, MAYBE BETTER, than chicken. (;
Who am I kidding.. It is better. So get that ass in the kitchen b*tches.
The recipe is baked, 100% vegan, and borrowed from Nora at Nora Cooks.
1 head cauliflower (about 5 cups)
1 cup water
3/4 cup flour (see notes for gluten free)
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups panko breadcrumbs (see notes for gluten free)
Sticky Orange Sauce
1 cup orange juice, fresh squeezed preferred
1/2 cup granulated sugar (see notes for substitutions)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Wash and cut cauliflower into bite sized pieces.
In a large bowl, add water, flour, garlic powder and salt. Whisk until well combined. Place the breadcrumbs in a medium sized bowl and set it next to the wet batter bowl. Also place your baking sheet nearby.
Add the cauliflower to the bowl with the wet batter and toss to combine, coating all the pieces well.
One by one, remove a cauliflower piece, tapping any excess batter off, and roll in the breadcrumbs to coat. Place on the prepared baking sheet and make sure they are not touching each other, or they will all get stuck together as they bake.
Bake for about 20-30 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
Sticky Orange Sauce
In a large pan (large enough to fit the cauliflower and sauce), add all sauce ingredients except the cornstarch and water. Bring to a boil, and cook for a minute or two.
Mix the cornstarch and water in a small bowl to combine, and then add to the pot. Stir over medium-high heat constantly for a couple of minutes, until the sauce thickens.
Once the cauliflower is done, add it to the pan with the orange sauce and stir to coat. There won’t be a lot of extra sauce; if you want more double the sauce.
Serve over brown or white rice. Sprinkle with green onions and/or sesame seeds. Serve hot and enjoy!
This chili is full of veggies, a kick of spice, and tons of fiber. Tastes bomb af too, so you’re going to want to give it a try. Really quick, ready in 20 minutes and then you can get yo grub on b*tches.
Featuring black beans and kidney beans, this will soon be a staple in your kitchen. The recipe is also oil free, so there’s no guilt in eating too much.
2 1/2 c veggie broth
1/2 onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 green bell pepper
1/2-3/4 c corn (depending on preference)
1 c butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded, cubed
2 carrots, diced
1 tsp chipotle powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp galric powder
1 tbsp cumin
2 tbsp chili powder
salt and pepper, to taste
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 15 oz can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
In a large pot, heat a 1/2 c of the veggie broth over medium heat, add in onion and garlic for a minute, followed by the rest of the veggies, stirring and cooking for another 5 minutes so everything is softened.
Add in all of the spices, the rest of the veggie broth, diced tomatoes, and beans. Stir well, and simmer for another 15 minutes, check that everything is softened, and it’s ready to eat!
Vegan Meatloaf! Am I allowed to say it’s a meatloaf? A classic, with a chickpea/tofu twist my vegan babies. I was really surprised by this one to be honest, I questioned if it could compare on any level to real meatloaf… and I’d say it gets there. It packs in the protein and has loads of flavor. I fed it to my family on Easter and they weren’t complaining, so it’s non-vegan approved b*tches.
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/3 c white onion, diced
2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 15 oz can chickpeas, save liquid from can
6 oz extra firm tofu
1 tbsp soy sauce or liquid amino
1/4 c ketchup
1/2 tsp liquid smoke, optional
1 packet of meatloaf seasoning OR
1 tsp italian seasoning
2 tbsp parsley
4 tbsp chickpea liquid
1/2 c nondairy milk
3/4 c breadcrumbs
3/4-1 c oats
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, and lightly grease a 9 in. loaf pan or line with parchment paper to avoid sticking.
Saute onion, garlic, and bell pepper until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes on medium heat, remove from heat.
Mash the chickpeas with a fork or potato masher until they are broken up but not mushy or pasty. Crumble in the tofu AFTER you have pressed it a few times with a dish rag or paper towels to remove some moisture. Add in cooked veggies, soy sauce, ketchup, liquid smoke, and meatloaf seasoning. Mix well.
Add in the chickpea liquid, milk, and breadcrumbs, stir to combine, add oats 1/4 c at a time, mixing until the mixture holds together well and can be formed (holds in a ball shape). Transfer to the loaf pan, flatten, and place in the oven for 35 minutes.
Remove and top with ketchup moving width-wise from top to bottom (refer to picture), and cook another 15 minutes. Remove and let sit at least 10 minutes before slicing so it holds better.
Please try this. I’m telling you, if you crave to feel comfort and love in a bite of food, you’ll be happy with this recipe. It’s so tasty and warm and full of flavor. I can’t EVEN. Serve with a side of buttered up garlic bread, omggggg.
Ummmm, raise your hand if you love potatoes… and not only potatoes, but creamy scalloped potatoes. If your hand isn’t raised, wtf man.
Anyway, this recipe is pretty simple and so good. I was really happy with it, this is also borrowed from the lovely Ginny at, Vegan in the Freezer. I added a few things to personalize it, adding onion and fresh garlic, mmm. Nothing like comfort food.
1 tablespoon dairy free butter – to grease the bottom and sides of a 9×13 casserole dish or butter two smaller casserole dishes
6 cups russet potatoes – peeled and sliced into thin circles
4 tablespoons dairy free butter
4 tablespoons flour
3 cups dairy-free milk – unsweetened
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 c white onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
Peel and slice potatoes to measure 6 to 7 cups.
Place in a large bowl of water as you go along slicing. This will keep the potatoes from turning brown.
Melt the dairy free butter in a large saucepan.
Add the flour and stir over medium-heat for a few minutes. Keep stirring so that it is all blended well.
Pour in the dairy free milk.
Bring to a low boil stirring often.
After the sauce comes to a boil turn down the heat to medium and cook until it is smooth and thickens a bit. About 10 to 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper and stir.
Layer the potatoes in a large 9″ x 13″ casserole dish, overlapping in a staggered type of style. This lets the sauce get down in between the nooks and crannies.
Mix in the onion and garlic.
Pour the sauce all over the top. Cover with a lid or foil.
Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.
Uncover and bake another 60 minutes.
Remove from the oven and sprinkle the fresh thyme over the top.