The freshest catch of the day isn't from the sea! Tofu and flavorful veggies are taking the place of traditional fish dishes. So let the fish swim free, but hang on to the taste!
Faux Fish Sticks1 lb. package firm tofu, drained2/3 cup fine organic cornmeal (or white flour)2/3 cup sliced almonds2 tsp. sweet paprika2 tsp. kelp granules2 tsp. salt½ tsp. onion powder½ tsp. garlic powder¼ tsp. dill weedfreshly ground black pepper, to taste2/3 cup plain, unsweetened soymilk1 lemonolive oil
Makes 4 servings
Top Tip: Kelp granules can be found in shaker containers at health food stores or online at vegangoods.com. Sprinkle them on any food for a low-sodium salt alternative; they're a good source of iodine!
These fabulous faux sticks were taken from the Vegan Lunch Box cookbook by Jennifer McCann.
Red-Envelope Mock Fish This dish is named after the red envelopes of money given to children during Chinese New Year celebrations.
Filling1 large potato (about 8 oz.), peeled, boiled, and mashed1/4 cup chopped water chestnuts1Tbsp. cornstarch1/4 tsp. salt2 tsp. soy sauce1 tsp. sesame oil1 large (10- by 12-inch) frozen bean curd skin or sheet, thawed2 tsp. cornstarch dissolved in 1 Tbsp. water
Sauce1/3 cup slivered Chinese sweet pickles or sweet gherkins1/4 cup unrefined sugar3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar2 Tbsp. ketchup1 1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce3/4 tsp. hot pepper sauce1 to 3 Tbsp. canola oilCilantro sprigs for garnish
Makes 4 servings
Top Tip: If you can't find frozen bean curd skin, use egg-less egg roll skins instead (from most Japanese and Chinese markets).
SushiThis recipe is loaded with goodies, but you also might want to add daikon radish, asparagus, scallions, mushrooms, sesame seeds, even an avocado!6 cups water3 cups short-grain brown rice1 small cucumber1 small zucchini1/2 green bell pepper1/2 red bell pepper2 small carrots1/2 lb. fresh spinach2/3 cup rice wine vinegar1 package pre-toasted nori sheets (or toast your own by briefly passing the sheets over a stove flame)
Prepared wasabi paste
Makes 6 rolls
Top Tip: If your nori rolls won't stay rolled, try "sealing" the seam with a little maple syrup or brown rice syrup.
Top Tip: Use an inexpensive bamboo sushi mat to roll up the nori sheets to prevent them from tearing.
Fancy FilletsServe these tasty cutlets with a dollop of tofu tartar sauce (see recipe) or hot sauce or use them to make extraordinary sandwiches.1 lb. firm tofuEgg replacer equivalent to 1 egg2 Tbsp. soy sauce1/4 cup wheat germ1/4 cup cornmeal1/4 tsp. paprika1/4 tsp. dried basilDash dried thymeOil for frying
Tasty Tartar SauceThis tangy sauce enhances any fake fish dish.1/2 lb. soft or medium-firm tofu1/4 cup safflower oilJuice of 1/2 lemon (1 to 1 1/2 Tbsp.)1/2 tsp. salt2 tsp. prepared mustard1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
Makes about 1 1/2 cups
Veggie TunaFor a great kids' lunch, pack this off to school or play.5 lbs. carrots2 celery stalks, chopped1 small red onion, dicedGreen or red bell pepper (optional)Tomato (optional)1/2 cup eggless mayonnaise2 Tbsp. soy sauce1 Tbsp. salt2 tsp. kelp powder
Top Tip: If you can't find eggless mayo at your local health food store, you can make it at home in seconds flat. Combine 1/2 lb. soft or medium-firm tofu, 1/4 cup safflower oil, 1 to 1 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice, and 1/2 tsp. salt in a food processor and blend until smooth.
Tofu Chowder"Oyster" crackers are terrific with this untraditional clam-free chowder.2 Tbsp. oil1 medium onion2 carrots3 celery stalks2 cups water2 cups soymilk1/2 lb. tofu, crumbled2 tsp. salt1/2 tsp. pepper1/2 tsp. celery seed2 large potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 2 cups)
Makes 8 servings
Top Tip: Use sea salt instead of regular salt to really bring out the "chowder" flavor.
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