Vegan since 1975, I decide to answer the question, "What DO you eat?" These posts tell about some meals and recipes my family and I have enjoyed over the years.

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Dandelion Greens, Baby Bok Choy, Linguine and Sauteed Tofu Cubes with Tamari


They aren't growing around here, yet, but there were huge bunches of DANDELION GREENS at my co-op the other day. This is a very mild green supposed to be good for your liver in the spring, but I couldn't wait. It's reassuring to know there is something edible right in your yard or a nearby vacant lot, if it comes to that, once it gets to be spring. Even when they are older they are still pretty good if you boil them twice and discard the water each time. Otherwise, when young, just steam them until they are limp and still bright green. I submerged them for about five minutes or so in the big pot of boiling water I later used to cook the linguine, and then tossed them with a bit of lemon juice, olive oil and a touch of tamari. They aren't bitter when young, and I think the texture and taste is better than spinach.

BABY BOK CHOY is another tasty succulent green to try, if you haven't. Cut off the very bottom and separate the white stalks so you can wash off any captive dirt. Chop them up into one inch or so pieces and saute them in olive oil sprinkled with a bit of salt. Towards the end of cooking add several sliced cloves of garlic, and remove from the heat before they begin to brown. These are good just as they are.
I sauteed up some cubes of tofu in olive oil with tamari and some nutritional yeast, and served the greens with the tofu and the cooked linguine, which I sprinkled with nutritional yeast and tamari.
I also dressed my linguine with some creamy miso dressing I made the other day. I forget what I did, now, but if I remember to write it down the next time I make it, I will post the recipe. It involved miso, vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, water and guar gum (a useful thickener so you don't have to add so much oil to thicken dressings) blended together. That might be all it was, so you could try that with your own proportions until it tastes good to you. I had been buying a brand at my supermarket that the boys all liked, but they stopped carrying it (although I have requested its return), so I was trying to duplicate it. They say I haven't got it right, yet, so when I do, I'll let you know.

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