You might be thinking we should’ve saved this batch of recipes for January, when many people will be in the midst of their resolutions and leaner eating, but why wait to eat well? These recipes from our archives — using tempeh, tofu, legumes and more — are fantastic any time of year, whether or not you follow a vegan diet.
Baked Tempeh in Mushroom Cream Sauce, above. If you’re not familiar with the cultured soybean cake, Food editor Joe Yonan’s piece on tempeh is well worth the read. This recipe pairs tempeh with mushrooms and a “cream” sauce made from cashews; serve it over noodles or rice.
Vegan Ramen Bowls. Those are crispy, sticky and sweet hoisin-glazed tofu cubes resting so prettily atop a coconut milk and vegetable broth, and you’ll be glad to learn how to make them. In addition to making a dynamite ramen topping, the tofu is lovely over rice or served with roasted broccoli.
Black-Eyed Pea and Sweet Potato Quesadillas. Yes, quesadillas have cheese. But here we’re using sweet potato and nutritional yeast to create a creamy, salty filling that’s enhanced with spices. It gets a little boost of protein from the beans.
Cream of Broccoli Soup Concentrate. Canned condensed soup is fine and all, but this homemade version — with rice, cashews and bouillon — is just as comforting. Plus, you’ve made it yourself! You’re so enterprising! One-cup portions can be refrigerated for up to one week, or frozen for up to three months.
Lebanese Vegan Moussaka. This hearty casserole is fit for a crowd (or for you, if you want leftovers). Layers of roasted eggplant slices and chickpeas are bound together with a deeply spiced tomato sauce. You’ll even make your own spice blend, of which you’ll have some left over. Use it with roasted vegetables, dips and salad dressings, or pack it into a cute jar and give it as a gift (with a copy of this recipe, of course).
Thai Red Curry With Lentils and Tofu. There are plenty of vegetables here that offer crunch, while tofu and lentils team up to provide protein and texture. Serve it with rice.
Savory Indian-Style Oats (Oats Upma). This porridge is seasoned with black mustard seed, fresh curry leaves, ginger and turmeric. You can make it with rolled oats or steel-cut. We like it both ways.
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