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The Cookus Cupboard: Beans and Soyfoods

(Jane helps herself)
Keep your pantry stocked with versatile, economical beans.  If you make a pledge to eat vegetarian meals a few times a week, beans and soyfoods are the perfect protein.  Cynthia shows you how to purchase and store  while Jane prepares for a glove exchange.

Bok Choy Tofu Yaki Soba

(Where will Doris sleep?)
Vegetable Yaki Soba is one of my go-to meals when I can't think of anything to make. It's easy.  It's inexpensive.  Warm, nourishing garlic ginger broth with simmered vegetables ladled over noodles.  Young and old love this one-dish meal.  Maybe Doris would like it too.

Chicken Cabbage Carrot Teriyaki

(Both Steve & Jane are interested in chippers)
A favorite in our home. Cook a pot of rice and stir-fry chicken and oodles of vegetables adding a sauce made from tamari, brown sugar, ginger, honey and garlic.

Chinese Vegetable Fried Brown Rice

(Breathless in Seattle
Open your mind to a better breakfast.  Sweet breakfasts don't suit everybody.  Many of us prefer a savory start to the day.  With cooked brown rice on hand preparation is only few minutes.  This dish works as a one-dish lunch or dinner too.

Coconut Peanut Sauce

(Steve imagines roasting a turkey)
Dreamy creamy Thai-flavored sauce made from coconut milk, peanut butter, maple syrup, fresh ginger and toasted sesame oil. Pour it over fried tofu, cooked, greens, rice, grilled chicken, blanched vegetables and more.

Edamame Succotash with Lemon Herb Butter

(Jane votes for everyone)
So easy it's embarrassing.  Good looking too!  No, not your dream date (gee), your dream side dish!

Edamame Tofu Salad w/Sesame Chile Dressing

(Steve recruits Darrell)
A beautiful composed salad with soba noodles, fried tofu, blanched edamame, fresh cabbage and carrots with a zippy Asian dressing. You'll want more.

Fried Tempeh

(Jane blows Grandpa's cover)
Tempeh is a magnificent fermented whole food. Excellent protein source for vegetarians and vegans. Here's how to make it sing - a quick fry in coconut oil.

Fried Tofu

(Who's gonna pick up Joaquin?)
With the right heat and the right oil your tofu will come out crisp on the outside, tasty throughout. Marinating first is key.

Honey Ginger Teriyaki Sauce

(Wood chipper interrupts Jane)
The bottled stuff sucks by comparison. You can make a bunch and keep it handy to marinate fish, toss into stir-frys, slip a bit into salad dressings.

Hoppin' John

(See Ginger run)
Another flavorful vegetarian dinner that complies with the "Eat real food. Mostly plants." message. Serve it with polenta or your favorite cornbread and braised greens. That's a good meal.

Miso Happy Broth

(Cynthia answers the call)
Taking the time to allow land and sea vegetables to infuse a soup stock with their nutrients creates a powerful soup.  The probiotics in the miso make it easy to digest too.  Try it while you wait for the phone company to fix voice mail.  You'll have LOTS of time.

Pepper Crusted Seared Ahi

(Men throw fish at Jane)
Hopefully they threw no ahi tuna at her.  This delicate fish should be barely seared.  The black pepper crust and the fruity sauce elevate the fish dish to rock star status. Serve it to guests.

Samurai Salmon Bowl

(Ward moves on)
This combo of salmon, nori, avocado and zippy wasabi will have you leaping into action like a Japanese war lord.  Dine and conquer!

Szechwan Tempeh

(Steve and Cynthia throw caution to the breakwind)
This is a favorite dish of mine that I use frequently to introduce my students to tempeh.  We usually serve it with a grain such as
Quinoa, Mediterranean Quinoa, Sweet Rice Timbales, Saffron Buttered Millet or Soba NoodlesMANGO LIME SALSA is the perfect sweet condiment for this savory vegetarian dish.

Tamari Roasted Nuts

(Steve & Darrell schedule a play date)
We have to have these around. We need them for a quick, satisfying snack (try jumbling them with raisins and chocolate chips). People ask me to make them as a gift because they believe they are hard to make. Shhh - it's so easy.

Tempeh Tacos with Chipotle Cream

(Ward can run but he can't hide)

They're gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian, and they happen to be downright yummy.  Bonus recipe because we've included Avocado Salsa too!  Perfect for Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday or What the Heck Am I Gonna Make Tonight Wednesday, 
Thai Yellow Curry Tempeh

(Ward lets it simmer)
Okay - you'll need to stretch yourself and shop for lemongrass, Thai red chilies, Kaffir lime leaves and fish sauce but the enhanced coconut milk will make you soon no matter what vegetables, tofu, chicken, shrimp or tempeh you invite in.