Hot and Sour Soup with Crispy Tofu


2 cans vegetable broth OR 4 cups water + 1 vegetable bouillon cube
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 to 4 tablespoons rice vinegar (depending on how “sour” you want it)
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger
1/2 package firm tofu, drained
4-6 tablespoons cornstarch
shiitake mushrooms (fresh are best, but you can do dried if that’s all you can find)
1 carrot
snow peas
1 egg


1. Cube the tofu and toss with some cornstarch. Cook tofu in a pan with some olive oil, turning so that all sides become crispy.
(PS – Tofu turns out SO YUMMY this way! I like to eat it like popcorn tofu!)

2. Boil the soba noodles. When done, just set aside. (You can drain or not-drain – it doesn’t really matter.)

3. In the pot where you’ll make the soup, combine vegetable broth + 1-2 cups water OR 4 cups water + vegetable bouillon cube, soy sauce, rice vinegar, red pepper flakes, and ginger. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium heat. If you would like the soup broth to be thicker, add 2 tbs cornstarch to the pot.

4. Slice the mushrooms. Cook them in a pan with some olive oil for about 3-4 minutes. Add them to the soup pot.

5. Slice the carrot and snow peas. Add them to the soup pot.

6. Beat the egg in a bowl or cup. (If you have a measuring cup with a spout, that’d be perfect for this.) Turn the heat off on the soup. Pour the egg into the soup pot in a spiral pattern.

7. Serve soup: Put soba noodles in a bowl, ladle in the soup, and top with crispy tofu!

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I don’t really post much on the blog anymore. I’ve moved over to Instagram (@poweredbyproduce) and Facebook! I’ve been posting pictures of all the meals I cook and a few other veg-related things. So if you’re looking for delicious vegan and vegetarian meal ideas, make sure to follow me on one or both of those! I’ve been cooking up a storm lately….!

(On Instagram/Facebook, I typically just post a picture and a breif description; not a full recipe with an ingredient list and instructions. But if you see something you like and want a full recipe, just ask and I can post the full recipe!)

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Avocado and Roasted Veggie Pita

I hadn’t made homemade guacamole in a while… Dang, I’d forgotten how good this stuff is! So addicting.

I topped my pita with a super-easy-to-make cashew sauce, that tastes kind of like sour cream. It’s delicious, trust me!

Avocado and Roasted Veggie Pita

pita bread
1 can chickpeas
chopped veggies, like cauliflower, broccoli, carrots
1-2 tsp chili powder
1/4 cup breadcrumbs (optional)
1 avocado
1 garlic clove
1 lemon
handful of cilantro
1/4 cup cashews
1/2 – 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 – 1 tsp lemon juice
olive oil


1. Preheat oven to 400. While the oven is heating, chop the veggies and spread them out on half of a baking sheet. Spread the chickpeas on the other half of the baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle chili powder over the veggies and chickpeas. Optionally, sprinkle breadcrumbs over chickpeas (this makes the roasted chickpeas crispier). Use your hands to stir them around and get everything nice and coated in olive oil, chili powder, and breadcrumbs (for the chickpeas).

Roasted Veggies and Chickpeas

2. Bake the veggies and chickpeas for about 10-15 mins, or until they begin to brown.

3. While the veggies are roasting, make the guacamole. Mix 1 avocado, 1 clove garlic, some cilantro leaves, and juice of 1/2 – 1 lemon. You can either mash these together by hand (with a fork), or use a food processor. I used the food processor because I wanted it smoother/creamier.


4. Make the cashew “sour cream” sauce. In the food processor, mix cashews, apple cider vinegar, and 1/2 – 1 tsp lemon juice. With the food processor running, very slowly add small amounts of water until you reach a creamy, but not TOO watery consistency.

Cashew Sauce

5. Toast the pitas, if desired (either in oven for a few mins with the veggies, or in toaster or toaster oven.)

6. When the veggies are done, assemble the pita. Layer pita, guacamole, veggies, chickpeas, cashew sauce.


pita with guac

pita, guac, roasted veggies

avocado and roasted veggie pita

West African Peanut Soup with Potato and Collard Greens

West African Peanut Soup with potato and collard greens

4 cups vegetable broth or water
3/4 cup unsalted, creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup tomato paste
1 tbs Sriracha sauce (or more, to taste)
1 tbs fresh ginger, peeled and minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 – 1/2 red onion, chopped
1 potato or sweet potato
collard greens, chopped
rice (1/2 – 3/4 cup, dry)
peanuts (optional)


1. Cook the rice and collard greens together, following the rice cooking instructions.

2. Make the soup by mixing in a pot: vegetable broth/water, peanut butter, tomato paste, sriracha sauce, ginger, garlic, and onion. Heat until boiling, then lower to a simmer. Add more or less broth/water until soup is a consistency you like.

3. Slice the potato and place in boiling water for 5-10 minutes, or until soft.

4. Serve by placing potatoes and rice-collard green mixture in a bowl, then topping with peanut soup. Sprinkle peanuts over the top (optional).

One Pot Veggie Mac And Cheese

One Pot Veggie Mac And Cheese

uncooked pasta
chopped veggies – I used: mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, asparagus
shredded cheese – I used: cheddar, monterey jack, parmesan
1 clove garlic, chopped
1-2 cup whole milk 1-2 cup vegetable stock
2 tbs flour
olive oil


1. In a large pot, saute the mushrooms and chopped garlic in some olive oil until garlic is fragrant and soft.

2. Add all other ingredients to the pot. Start with 1 cup milk and 1 cup veggie stock. Add more if needed – pasta should be fully submerged so that it can boil.
One Pot Veggie Mac And Cheese

3. Stir well, bring to a boil, then cover and lower heat to a simmer. Cook until pasta is done (about 15 mins). IMG_6485

One Pot Veggie Mac And Cheese

4. OPTIONAL: If you’re anxious to dig in, you can eat it at this point and it’s delicious! Or you can take the extra step to bake it. Scoop pasta mixture into a baking pan, top with some extra cheese, and bake at 400 until the cheese on top is melted (about 7-10 mins).

One Pot Veggie Mac And Cheese

Green Chile and Cheese Enchiladas

Green Chile and Cheese Enchiladas

6 corn tortillas
3 cups shredded monterey jack cheese
2 4 ounce cans diced green chiles, do not drain
2 cups sour cream
1/2 small yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
cilantro leaves, chopped (optional)
vegetable or olive oil


1. Preheat oven to 425. In a bowl, mix sour cream, green chiles, cilantro, onion, garlic, and cumin.

2. Separate out about 1/3 of the sour cream mixture. This will be used later to top the enchiladas. In the remaining 2/3, mix in the cheese. This will be the enchilada filling.


3. Flash-fry the tortillas by heating the oil in a pan, then placing the tortilla in the oil for about 3 seconds, then flip it and fry the other side for about 3 seconds. Stack the flash-fried tortillas on a paper towel.


4. Put some of the cheese mixture into the middle of a tortilla and roll the tortilla around the filling. Place in a greased baking pan. Finish filling and rolling all tortillas.

Green Chile and Cheese Enchiladas

5. If there is any remaining cheese mixture, top the enchiladas with it. Then top with the sour cream mixture that was set aside in step 2.

Green Chile and Cheese Enchiladas
Green Chile and Cheese Enchiladas

6. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

Green Chile and Cheese Enchiladas

Green Chile and Cheese Enchiladas

Vegetable Ramen with Egg

Two of our girls!

Two of our girls!

Several months ago we got backyard chickens! Only one of our ladies has started laying so far, but even just one egg a day is enough to where I’m already trying to come up with different ways of using them. This ramen was perfect with an egg!

Vegetable Ramen with Egg

Vegetable Ramen with Soft-Boiled Egg

4 cups vegetable broth
2 tbs soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, pressed
2 packages instant ramen noodles (flavor packets discarded)
Any vegetables you like, some suggestions are:
bok choy
shitake and/or oyster mushrooms
sweet corn (frozen or canned)
green onion


1. The eggs can either be soft-boiled, or they can be poached into the soup itself. If you prefer to poach them in the soup, skip to step 2. If you prefer to soft-boil them, boil some water in a pot, add the eggs, and let them boil for about 6 minutes. Remove eggs from water and let them cool. Once cooled, peel and cut in half.

2. Mix the soy sauce and crushed garlic into the vegetable broth and bring to a boil.

3. Add vegetables to the soup and boil for 5-7 minutes.

4. Add the ramen noodles. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring to separate them.

5. If you are poaching the eggs: Reduce heat to low. Carefully crack eggs into the pot. Cover the pot and poach the eggs for 3-4 minutes.

Vegetable Ramen with Poached Egg

Vegetable Ramen with Poached Egg

Artichoke, Pesto, Tortellini Soup

I’ve said before that one of my favorite combos is spinach, tomato, artichoke. I used that combo in this awesome tortellini soup. This soup is so great because it’s light, yet filling.

Artichoke, Pesto, Tortellini Soup

1 package refrigerated cheese tortellini
6 cups vegetable broth
3 tbs pesto
2 tbs olive oil
3 garlic cloves
1 tbs all-purpose seasoning
1/2 yellow onion
3 roma tomatoes
1-2 cups fresh spinach
1 can artichoke hearts


1. Boil a pot of water. (NOT the pot you’re going to use to make the soup in.) Once the water is boiling, drop in the roma tomatoes. Remove them once the skin has split open. If the skin does not split, take the tomato out, cut a small “X” on the end of it, then put it back into the water until the skin begins to peel away. Remove tomatoes from water and set aside to cool.


2. In the pot where you will make the soup, heat chopped onion, chopped garlic cloves, pesto, olive oil, and seasoning.


3. Once the onion is cooked and fragrant, add the vegetable broth and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, add the tortellini and boil according to package directions (usually 7-9 mins).

4. While tortellini is boiling, chop the tomato and artichoke. Add the artichoke, tomato, and spinach to the pot and boil just for a minute or two. Turn off the heat. (You want the veggies to stay fresh!)

Artichoke, Pesto, Tortellini SoupIMG_5910


Cheesy Zucchini and Squash Bake

This is the easiest thing to make and it’s so good!

Eggplant (optional)
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Olive oil
Seasonings, like dried basil or all-purpose seasoning (optional)


1. Preheat the oven to 350. While oven is heating, chop the zucchini, squash, eggplant, and tomato.

2. In a baking pan, mix the chopped veggies with 1-2 tbs olive oil, some seasonings, and some mozzarella cheese. Stir it up well. Then top it all with a little more mozzarella cheese.
Cheese zucchini and squash bake

Cheese zucchini and squash bake

3. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes, or until cheese is melted and veggies are cooked through.

Cheese zucchini and squash bake

Cheese zucchini and squash bake

Sweet Potato and Kale Empanadas

Kale and sweet potato is such a great combination! The bitterness of the kale and the sweetness of the sweet potato compliment each other perfectly. I also used this combo in these quesadillas.

Sweet Potato and Kale Empanada

Dough – you can use nearly any kind of dough for empanadas – pizza dough, biscuit dough, pie crust dough, etc.
1-2 sweet potatoes
2 tbs ricotta cheese (or vegan tofu ricotta)
2 tbs parmesan cheese (or vegan parmesan)
olive oil


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake the sweet potato. I used the microwave to speed it up (~5-7 mins in microwave, or ~1 hour in oven).

2. While sweet potato is baking, roll out the dough into thin sheets. Use a bowl to cut the dough into circles (a diameter of around 4-6 inches works well).

3. Chop the kale into small pieces (using clean scissors is great for this). Once the sweet potato is baked, cut it in half and scoop out the flesh. In a bowl, mix sweet potato flesh, chopped kale, parmesan, and ricotta.



4. Spoon sweet potato kale mixture on to a dough round. Top with a second dough round and press the edges closed with a fork. Cut a small slit in the top of the empanada to vent.

Sweet Potato and Kale Empanada

Sweet Potato and Kale Empanada

5. Place empanadas on parchment/wax paper, brush tops with some olive oil, and bake at 400 for about 10 minutes, or until the tops begin to brown.

Sweet Potato and Kale Empanada

You can also freeze these! Just place wax paper between each uncooked empanada before putting them into the freezer. Then you can take them out and heat them in the oven from frozen! They’ll need to cook a little longer than 10 minutes this way (~15-20 mins).