Vegetarian Ramen

Adapted from Minimalist Baker and Just One Cookbook

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons diced ginger
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon miso paste (make sure it’s vegetarian)
  • .5 oz dehydrated mushrooms
  • 8 ounces ramen noodles

Toppings

  • Green onions, diced
  • Baby bok choy
  • 4 soft boiled eggs (one per bowl, sliced in half), directions below
  • Sriracha

Directions

  1. In a pot, heat the oil, garlic, onion, and ginger. Cook over medium-high heat for around 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onion’s edges start to brown.
  2. Add six cup of water to the pot. Scrape the bottom of the pot to get anything that has gotten stuck. This will improve the flavor of the broth.
  3. Stir in the soy sauce and the dehydrated mushrooms.
  4. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low. Cover the pot and leave for at least one hour, or up to 3, stirring occasionally. The longer it cooks, the more intense the flavor will be.  While the broth is cooking, it’s time to make the noodles and eggs.
  5. Noodles: Cook according to package. You will likely add them to a pot of boiling water and cook for ~5 minutes. You’ll then drain the noodles and set aside.
  6. Soft boiled eggs: Bring a pot of water to a boil. There should be enough water to cover the eggs when you put them in. Slowly lower the eggs into the boiling water using a spoon or ladle so they don’t crack. Immediately reduce the heat to low and cook for exactly 7 minutes. Take the eggs out and put them into an ice bath to stop them from continuing to cook. Leave in the ice bath until cool, then peel the eggs. Slice the eggs in half.
  7. Once your noodles, eggs, and broth are ready, add the miso paste to the broth.
  8. Assemble your bowls! Add desired toppings and serve.
  9. Best served fresh, but to store, keep the broth and noodles separate, or the noodles will absorb the liquid.

Vegetarian Pad Thai

Ingredients

Noodles & Veggies

  • One block extra firm tofu, cut into bite size cubes
  • Four cloves garlic, diced
  • Two medium yellow squash, sliced
  • Two bell peppers, sliced (any color works!)
  • Two cups of bean sprouts
  • One white or yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 package Pad Thai noodles, soaked and softened according to package

Sauce

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • Two tablespoons siracha hot sauce
  • Juice of two limes

To garnish

  • One bunch scallions, diced
  • 1 cup peanuts, roughly chopped

Directions

1) Put sesame oil, tofu, and garlic in wok. Stir until tofu begins to lightly brown.

2) Add all other veggies. Cover with lid to soften, stirring periodically.

3) When veggies are softened, add noodles and sauce. Stir until well combined and hot.

4) Serve with green onions and peanuts.

Veggie Dumplings

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These were a lot of work, so I don’t know how often we’ll be making them. But they are tasty. You can either steam them or fry them. (The fried ones are better though…trust me!)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1/2 head cabbage, diced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, diced*
  • 2 scallions, diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced**
  • 1 handful cilantro, diced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon siracha
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 12oz package wonton wraps***

To serve

  • Soy sauce (or other dipping sauce of your choice)
  • Scallions, diced

*I used baby bella mushrooms

**I used Ginger People’s minced ginger, which comes in a jar, to save time

***I used Nasoya brand, which they carry at our regular grocery store

Directions

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the carrots, cabbage, mushrooms, scallions, ginger, cilantro, soy sauce, sesame oil, siracha, and egg. Stir to combine.

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2. To make the dumplings, put a spoonful of the filling in the center of each wrapper. Brush the edges of the wrapper lightly with water. Shape how you’d like (see below for an example) and repeat until wrappers and filling run out.

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These have a little too much filling. Add less than this to make folding and shaping easier!

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3. Now they’re ready to steam or fry!

For steaming, I brought 1/4″ of water to a simmer in a pot, put a steamer basket inside, and placed the dumplings in a single layer, not touching one another. Steam for ~10 minutes over medium heat.

For frying, I drizzled sesame oil in a pan and cooked until lightly brown.

4. Serve with soy sauce (or dipping sauce of your choice!) and more scallions.

Veggie stir fry

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Ingredients

Stir fry

  • One yellow squash, sliced
  • One zucchini, sliced
  • Two carrots, sliced
  • 1 large head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 150z can of baby corn, drained and sliced
  • 1 large handful of snow peas
  • 2 cups rice, uncooked

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons siracha
  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger*
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch

*You can use fresh, or I buy Ginger People minced ginger, which comes in a jar.

Directions

1. Get the rice started! Cook according the package.

2. After chopping all your vegetables, make the sauce by combining all the ingredients in a bowl and whisking until smooth.

3. Put all the veggies in an electric wok. Pour the sauce over the veggies, stirring until well coated.

4. Turn the temperature of the wok up to 350°F. Stir often until the veggies are softened, about 15 minutes.

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5. Your stir fry is ready to eat! Serve with rice.