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Eggplant and Carrot Curry Tofu Pasta

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Tofu…the final frontier for me to conquer, and I think I have been doing well for the first few times I have made.

As I mentioned yesterday, I was creating an eggplant and carrot curry. I have been trying to think outside the box and come up with creative ways to incorporate eggplant into our diet. Frankly, I am not a fan of eggplant on its own, but as I discovered last night while making a sauce with it, it’s fantastic!

Here’s how I made it (I’ll forewarn you, it’s about 5 hours of prep, but it’s so worth it!)

 

1 medium eggplant (see below how I prepared)

4-5 carrots

28 can of crushed tomatoes

half package of frozen stir fry peppers and onions

Curry seasoning

Ginger powder

Salt

Olive oil

Package tofu

Basil

 

Clean and cut eggplant into slices. Place on cookie sheet and sprinkle with salt to draw water out. Wait about a half hour and gently squeeze excess water out of slices and replace on sheet. Pat dry, removing excess salt and water, and brush with an olive oil and curry mixture. (You don’t need a lot, just enough to cover the eggplant) Bake in preheated oven for about 25 minutes.

In a blender, combine eggplant slices, carrots, few sprinkles of basil,  ginger and curry  seasoning and blend on high speed for a few minutes. Place into crockpot and cook on high for 4 hours.

Start pressing tofu about an hour and half before the sauce will be done. Cut tofu into little cubes. Put a couple tablespoons of olive oil into  large pan and toss in frozen peppers and onions with tofu. Sautee for a few minutes and put sauce in with mixture. Add sauce to the pan for tofu to soak up taste and simmer for about ten minutes.

Serve over your favorite pasta (we used rotini for this one) and ENJOY! Nutritious, delicious and animal free. I personally think this is one of my best vegan meals I have come up with yet. The eggplant and carrot pair well with the curry, their tastes blending into an awesome symphony of taste! Honestly, if someone had given me this sauce and not told me, I would not have guessed that there were carrots or eggplant in this sauce.

 

 

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Squash Sauce Macaroni

1 Acorn squash, chopped into small pieces (all but the skin is used)
2 cups of fresh baby carrots, cut into small pieces
2 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp celery seed
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
Blend squash and baby carrots in blender with about a cup of water until smooth .

Put into crockpot with a cup of frozen peas. Mix in cup of water, curry powder, celery seed and ground flaxseed and cook on high for 6 hours. Serve over favorite pasta (we used shells) and ENJOY! Nutritious, delicious and animal free!

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Applesauce Ritual

It’s our ritual every morning for me to crush up BG’s daily vitamin and mix it in some applesauce for her. Yesterday, I decided to try my hand at some homemade applesauce in my crockpot, which was really easy to make (I find most things are easy to make in a crockpot!)

Here’s what you’ll need:

6-7 apples, cored, peeled and cut into small chunks
about 12 oz. of sweet cider (I used Blossoms sweet cider from Tops)
3 tbsp. of sugar
generous amount of cinnamon
not so generous amount of Allspice

Mix ingredients into crockpot. While I am a big fan of cinnamon and generous with it, you don’t want to put too much Allspice-it is quite powerful of a spice and you don’t want to overpower the taste of the apples. I did just a couple sprinkles of it. Cook on low heat for 8 hours and cool. BAM! Applesauce! Nutritious, delicious and animal free!

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Veggie Stroghanof

Today, my beautiful little toddler turns two. To celebrate her first vegan birthday meal, I made a veggie soup in my crockpot, to serve over rice.

The ingredients are:

1 small can tomato soup
1 can black beans
1 small can mushroom pieces
3 potatoes
1 cup baby carrots
1 tbsp. minced garlic
2 tbsp. vegetable bouillon
1 cup water
1 cup of fresh baby spinach leaves

Pre-boil carrots and potatoes for about 25 minutes. Add carrots and potatoes, to crockpot with all other ingredients except baby spinach. Cook on high for 4 hours. Put spinach in during last half hour of cooking. Serve over white rice and voila! A hearty, healthy, and filling vegan meal. (It was delicious, by the way, and I am STUFFED! I plan to use the leftovers on some type of pasta tomorrow.)

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Vegan Tandoori Stew

Vegan Tandoori Stew with Tricolor Pasta (December 2015)

1 Can black beans

1 Can corn

1 Can green beans

1 Can pumpkin (small)

1 Can tomato soup (small)

2 TBSP minced garlic

about 3 Tbsp of Tandoori seasoning, to taste

Mix ingredients in crockpot and cook on high for 6 hours. Serve over favorite pasta (tonight will be tri-color pasta) BAM! Nutritious, easy and delicious!