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Golden Sesame Ginger Tofu

Golden Sesame Ginger Tofu, yum

Whenever I find myself at Whole Foods I can’t leave without picking up a container or two of their golden sesame tofu.  I love this stuff.  The tofu has a perfectly dense and chewy texture and the saucy coating is just sweet enough with a little bit of spice. The whole thing is finished with fresh scallions for the right amount of crunchy freshness, yum!  

Golden Sesame Ginger Tofu

Golden Sesame Ginger Tofu

For years, I’ve been buying Whole Food’s Golden Sesame Tofu and trying to recreate it myself at home.  I’ve looked for recipes online and have tried just going off the ingredients list on the package, but I’ve never been quite happy enough with my results, that is to say, until now….  

I’ll admit, and if you’ve had the Whole Foods version before, you’ll know this recipe is not exactly the same, but for me I think it’s even better and the family agrees, even my meat eating husband loves my Golden Sesame Ginger Tofu!   Whether, it’s the golden sesame tofu you’ve had from Whole Foods or not, my Golden Sesame Ginger Tofu is delicious, give it a try and see for yourself.  yummy golden sesame ginger tofu

I start by pan frying the tofu with a light cornstarch coating, dotted with toasted sesame seeds, just until the tofu is golden and crisp but still tender and a little chewy on the inside.  

Tofu cubes with a light and crispy toasted sesame seed coating

Tofu cubes with a light and crispy toasted sesame seed coating

My sauce is a little sweet, a little tangy, a little spicy.  Golden Sesame Ginger Sauce

sweet and spicy sesame ginger sauce

sweet and spicy sesame ginger sauce

The recipe comes together fairly quickly and makes a perfect meal topping Forbidden Rice, soba noodles, crispy and fresh cabbage slaw, or anything else you can imagine.  

Sweet & Spicy Sesame & Ginger Tofu

Sweet & Spicy Sesame & Ginger Tofu

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Buckwheat and Millet gluten free Crepes

Buckwheat & Millet Gluten Free Crepes

Buckwheat & Millet Gluten Free Crepes

Crepes are the perfect breakfast, brunch or anytime of time day treat to make on a leisurely weekend morning.  They are not difficult at all, once you get the hang of it, but it does take some time to get through cooking up all the batter unless you want to line your cook top with multiple pans and start a juggling act.

A stack of buckwheat and millet crepes

A stack of buckwheat and millet crepes

My whole family loves crepes and the kids know it’s a special day when I take the time to whip up a batch.  When I’m thinking ahead, I like to mix up my batter the night before and let it rest overnight, covered in the fridge.  Most crepe batters will benefit from a bit of rest and this one is no different, but hey if you don’t have the time or forethought just let your batter rest for as long as you can and go ahead and cook some up, it’s just cooking it’ll be fine :-). 

I make these crepes gluten free using buckwheat and millet flours.  I find the combination of the two flours works beautifully together.  Buckwheat has a more assertive flavor and the millet helps to mellow that out a bit.  I also love how the buckwheat gives these crepes a beautiful speckled appearance.  If you can’t find millet flour, you could sub in rice flour (I always use brown rice flour and even some brown rice baby food cereal will do in a pinch). 

Crepes filled with fresh berries and cream

Crepes filled with fresh berries and cream

The wonderful thing about crepes is that they can be filled quite happily with either sweet or savory ingredients and they’re light enough that you could start out eating a savory crepe and finish off your meal with a sweet filled crepe, meal and dessert all in one. 

Savory ricotta and herb filling, fresh berries and raspberry whipped cream

Savory ricotta and herb filling, fresh berries and raspberry whipped cream

For your crepe fillings, you can go as simple as a squeeze of lemon and a little powdered sugar, a smear of jam or Nutella or on the savory side a grating of your favorite cheese (Gruyere is delicious) or even a bit of scrambled eggs.  Or… if you’re feeling a little fancy, whip up some heavy cream with a pinch of sugar and some fresh raspberries or jam for a tasty raspberry whipped cream, so yummy.  On the savory side, I like to mix up a bit of ricotta cheese with a little nutmeg, lemon zest, a grating of Romano cheese and a bit of chopped parsley or fresh thyme, so, so yummy. 

Buckwheat and millet crepes with a savory ricotta and herb filling

Buckwheat and millet crepes with a savory ricotta and herb filling

Crepes with fresh raspberries

Crepes with fresh raspberries

 

Buckwheat and Millet Gluten Free Crepes
Author: Sweet Green Kitchen’s Jen Jones
gluten free, dairy free optional
Makes about 15 crepes
Ingredients:
½ cup buckwheat flour
½ cup millet flour
1 ½ cups soy milk/almond milk or cow milk
3 extra large eggs
2 Tablespoons cane sugar (or less for savory crepes)
Pinch of sea salt
Splash of vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons melted butter plus a little more for brushing the pan
 
Directions:
In a medium mixing bowl add all ingredients except butter. Whisk well to combine.  Cover and allow to rest for 1 hour or overnight (*note I like to make my batter the night before and rest it covered in the fridge).
Once the batter has rested.  Melt the butter, allow to cool a bit and then whisk into batter.  Melt about 1 or 2 teaspoons more butter for brushing the pan.
Heat up a crepe pan or small non stick skillet over a medium-low flame.  Brush the heated pan with melted butter.  Ladle in a small amount of batter, just enough to thinly coat the pan. *Note I pour the batter into the center and then swirl the pan off the heat, to spread and even out the batter.  Allow to cook until the edges start to dry up and curl slightly about a minute or two.  Carefully flip the crepe and cook for about another 30 seconds and then remove to a plate. My first crepe of the day usually breaks, so don’t get discouraged if yours does too, besides torn crepes just make a great sample for the chef 🙂
Lightly brush the pan with more butter every crepe or two to prevent sticking and continue making crepes until the batter is gone. *Note, I successfully stack my crepes on top of one another without the need for any paper in between, they do not stick together.  Crepes can be made ahead and re-warmed as needed and will keep in the fridge in an airtight container or zip top bag for several days. Enjoy! 
Buckwheat and millet crepes

Kale Salad with Creamy Avocado & Herb Dressing

Avocado and Fresh Herb Dressing
Avocado and Fresh Herb Dressing
Kale Salad with Avocado Dressing
Kale Salad topped with a fried egg, yum!

Kale Salad topped with a fried egg, yum!

We recently spent a fantastic week in beautiful Vermont for a much needed family vacation.  We spent the first few days at the Smuggler’s Notch resort where we enjoyed an exhilarating/slightly terrifying day at the Arbor Trek Treetops Obstacle Course, swimming in the numerous pools, Evan’s first BIG waterslide, Evan bouncing and Skyler flipping on the Euro Bungy, Skyler flying through trees on the giant swing, and some time finally learning to paddle board on a thankfully smooth and calm lake – I don’t think I’m ready for the ocean waves yet, although I did try a few brief seconds in tree pose while barely balancing on the board!
tree climbing Skyler
tree climbing Skyler
Skyler challenging the treetops obstacle course
Skyler challenging the treetops obstacle course
Survived the treetops obstacle course!
Survived the treetops obstacle course!
We didn’t even let the way too many rainy moments get us down…we watched family movies and ate our way through the offerings at Ben & Jerry’s, and ate decent meals.  While our bellies never went empty and we were nourished well enough, we were left more than a little uninspired by the menu options at the fun family resort…Why is it that so many restaurants think if kids will be there the food needs to be ordinary and, dare I say it..boring?

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Fettucine Carbonara with Crispy Roasted Shitakes

Fettucine Carbonara with crisp roasted shitakes and chives
Fettucine carbonara, sounds so rich and decadent and tastes just the same, but it’s much lighter than you would think from the taste of it.  The no cook sauce is super simple and super delicious, with just egg yolks, nutmeg, fresh herbs and cheese, yum! If you want to make it extra special and a little more decadent, you can add in just a little cream, half & half or even mascarpone cheese, but even without the extra creaminess the finished dish is delicious and elegant enough for company.  
egg yolks for carbonara

 

egg yolks with optional cream for carbonara
carbonara sauce
Most carbonara recipes you will find have the addition of pancetta, but since I don’t eat meat, I replace the pancetta with crispy oven roasted shitake mushrooms and chives, which I think is even better!
Shitakes and chives, ready to roast
Shitakes and chives, ready to roast
Fettucine Carbonara with Crispy Roasted Shitakes
Author: Sweet Green Kitchen’s Jen Jones
Ingredients:
1 pound fettucine pasta (make it gluten free with your favorite GF pasta)
3 egg yolks
About ½ cup or a little more grated Romano cheese
Grated nutmeg – just a little
Olive oil
Salt
Chopped parsley and chives plus about 10 whole chives
6-10 shitake mushrooms – cleaned & sliced
Optional: about 2 Tablespoons cream or half & half or mascarpone – if you’re feeling decadent!
 

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Maple Orange Tempeh

Maple Orange Tempeh over Kale Salad
 Hands down, this is my new favorite way to prepare and eat tempeh, and lime is now my new favorite citrus (I know, shocking, since lemon seems to star in so many of my other recipes!). maple orange tempeh marinade
Cubes of tempeh are marinated in a mix of orange juice, maple syrup, soy sauce and sriracha, with a little squeeze of lime for acidity.  tempeh in maple orange marinademarinating tempeh
After marinating, the tempeh is then cooked to a golden brown and then glazed in the sticky, sweet and slightly spicy marinade, making it both the marinade and sauce. cooking tempeh
caramelized tempeh cooking in marinade
Quick, easy, and delicious!  If tempeh is not your thing, don’t despair, I imagine the marinade/glaze would be equally delicious on your protein of choice; tofu, shrimp, chicken, etc. 
I serve this tempeh with a side of greens and black rice or aside spicy peanut noodles, or as I have it here as a topping for Super Simple Kale Salad with Orange & Almonds. Also delicious with my Kale Salad with Creamy Cashew Dressing or Raw Root Asian Slaw. It’s delicious any way you choose!

 

Maple Orange Tempeh
Author: Sweet Green Kitchen’s Jen Jones
Adapted from “Salad Samurai” by Terry Hope Romero
Ingredients:
1 pound Tempeh – 2 packages
¾ cup Orange Juice
3 Tablespoons lite Soy Sauce (Organic or non GMO)
2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 ½ teaspoons Sriracha Sauce
Zest & Juice of ½ Lime
Plus Coconut Oil for cooking

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