This Week's Vegetarian Meal Plan, December 26th to January 1st

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Wow, 2011 is almost over! Can you believe it? I cannot as it went by so fast; it always does. But I digress, let's talk about food. I want 2012 to be about peace and unity, and all those other treehuggin' values. So this week's meal plan celebrates people every where. It's a fun mix of ethnic food and familiar staples. Enjoy!

Monday: Vegetarian Phở
Tuesday: Lentil Stuffed Samosas with a green salad
Wednesday: Korean Fried Tofu and Brown Rice (and leftover Phở)
Thursday: Spanish Meatball Tapas
Friday: Vegetarian Meatloaf and Curried Mashed Potatoes
Saturday: Tempeh Buffalo Wings for any New Year's Eve Party!
Sunday Brunch: Honey-Lavender Baked French Toast

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Vegetarian Phở

  • 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 4 whole star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 quart salt-free vegetable stock, preferably homemade
  • 1 small onion, peeled and quartered
  • One 3-inch chunk of ginger, peeled and smashed with side of knife
  • 2 tablespoons ketjap manis (dark and sweet Indonesian soy sauce)
  • 2 cups chopped bok choy
  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame
  • 2 oz. rice noodles
  • 1-2 tablespoon cilantro
  • 1-2 tablespoon chopped green onions
  • 1/2 lime, cut into wedges
  • Sriracha chili sauce to taste

Lentil Stuffed Samosas with a green salad

  • 1 cup toor dal/ split pigeon pea
  • 1/2 cup spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 green chilly, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon red chilly powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoon water
  • Ready to use spring roll wrappers

Korean Fried Tofu and Brown Rice

  • 1 package (18 oz, 510g) firm tofu, drained and rinsed
  • couple pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoon grape seed oil or canola oil
  • 3 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Korean chili flakes
  • 1 green onion finely chopped
  • 1 garlic finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon roasted sesame seeds

Spanish Meatball Tapas

  • 425g (15 oz) chickpeas (cooked or tinned)
  • 3-4 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lemon, zest
  • 1/3 cup fine wholemeal breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, mined
  • 300g (10½ oz) ripe tomatoes, diced
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup peas
  • ½ cup fresh parsley &/or coriander, roughly chopped

Vegetarian Meatloaf and Curried Mashed Potatoes

  • 1 12 ounce pkg. vegetarian burger crumbles
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (halved)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs with Romano cheese
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1 pound of russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Tempeh Buffalo Wings

  • 1 (8 oz) pkg tempeh
  • 1/3 cup soy milk
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 cup Italian seasoninged panko crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup

Honey-Lavender Baked French Toast

  • 1 large loaf soft white Italian bread
  • 6 eggs (cage free please)
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 3 tablespoons ground lavender
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground clove
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup of honey

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