This is a great nutritious and tasty dinner made from mostly store cupboard/long shelf life and freezer ingredients for when you get home from work, want something nutritious but don't have much in the way of anything fresh. Unlike many store cupboard creations, it doesn't take too long to throw together. I promise this is quicker to make than running around the corner to a takeaway:)
Tofu Fried Rice1 extra firm tofu ~8oz, pressed if you have time
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp hot spice/chilli of your choice, smoked paprika is nice
1 tbsp olive oil or oil of your choice
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 red pepper, chopped into small cubes
Two handfuls frozen green beans/petit pois
1 cup white rice (for speediness, you can use brown if you have more time- it's my preference, but I'm doing a low fibre trial at the moment)
Mash the tofu with the nutritional yeast, turmeric, oregano and chilli. Stir in the onion, garlic and pepper.
Get the rice on to boil.
Heat some olive oil, add the tofu mixture. Fry on a moderate heat, stirring it around.
When the rice is halfway done, throw in the frozen peas/beans. This adds a little green to te dish to lift it.
When the rice is done (it should take 10 minutes or so if it's white), drain and add to the frying pan, adding a little more oil if necessary. A few minutes will do it.
Serve up, season with salt if you like, but with oregano and chilli I find it doesn't need salt. If you have fresh parsley, that would make a nice garnish. Or even better, a generous squeeze of lemon. You could use cooked small beans or lentils for a soy free version.
And a speedy store cupboard dessert
1 tin pear quarters
Vanilla soya yogurt or custard (blended agar set rice or almond milk pudding if you avoid soy)
Dark chocolate, melted although you can just break it into chunks if using hot custard, it'll melt.
Easy. Put the yogurt or custard in a bowl, top with pears, pour over a little melted dark chocolate or put some chocolate drops or chunks into hot custard.
Neither dish is very fancy, but it's good food that's quick to throw together yet good enough to ease away a hard day's work.
As you can see, I'm finally eating more or less normal food again. But I am so behind with VeganMoFo! I hope to make up for it throughout the month with plenty of recipes:)