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Meatless Monday for a Vegan and Gluten-Free Chinese New Year Celebration

Welcome (back) to the Miratel blog for the Chinese New Year edition of our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment.

We have previously celebrated ringing in a vegan Chinese new year in 2013, and 2014 and again in 2015. Today we are sharing more amazing vegan dishes to help usher in the year of the Monkey. These recipes once again prove that you can celebrate any holiday with amazing vegan (and gluten-free) dishes like kung pao ‘chicken’ and steamed Chinese bao with peanut butter. Thanks to our friends at One Green Planet for these inventive and delicious recipes.

Kung Pao ‘Chicken’ INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 package soy curlsvegan kung pao chicken
  • 3 cups “no-chicken” or vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup liquid aminos or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free flour
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 large bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 2 cup mushrooms, diced
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 inch piece ginger
  • 1 tablespoon red chili flakes
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • Crushed peanuts
  • 3 green onions, sliced

PREPARATION

  1. Soak your soy curls in the warm broth for at least ten minutes. When done, drain the liquid and toss in the flour.
  2. Bake in a 400°F oven on a parchment paper lined baking sheet for about 25 minutes, tossing halfway through.
  3. To make the sauce, combine the vinegar, liquid aminos, sugar, sesame oil, water and flour in a bowl and set aside.
  4. In the meantime, cook the onions for about five minutes with a splash of water. Add the garlic, ginger and chili flakes then after two minutes add all the veggies. Once they are almost fully cooked, add the sauce and peanut butter and stir until thick.
  5. Toss the soy curls with the veggies when ready to serve. Top with chopped peanuts and green onions.

Steamed Chinese Bao With Peanut Butter INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tbsp active dry yeastvegan steamed chinese bao with peanut butter
  • 1 tsp white sugar or agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup (35g) all-purpose or plain flour
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) warm water
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) warm water
  • 2 cup (280g) all-purpose or plain flours
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp white sugar or agave nectar
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (or any mild vegetable oil)
  • 1/2 tbsp bicarbonate of soda or baking soda
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

For the Filling

  • 12 tbsp peanut butter
  • …OR jam OR chestnut spread OR hummus OR roasted mashed veg OR curried scrambled tofu… etc. The sky’s the limit!

PREPARATION

  1. Combine the first four ingredients together in a large mixing bowl and let stand for 30 mins. Add the rest of the dough ingredients to the bowl and knead until elastic – you may need a touch more flour, but you don’t want it to be falling apart, it should all combine together after a bit of violence. Leave to rise until it has tripled in size – I filled a huge wok with hot water and put my mixing bowl in that to keep it warm (covered with plastic wrap), and it took perhaps 1 1/2 hours to triple in size.
  2. Generously flour your surface, then turn the dough out onto it and knead for the duration of ‘Bad Romance’ by Lady Gaga (or just for five minutes). Divide into twelve equally (cut in half, half again, and then each part into threes) and roll into little balls.
  3. One at a time, flatten the ball to about the size of your palm (though I have very small hands, so maybe a little less) and put a tablespoon of your filling in the centre. Pinch the edges firmly shut, and place the ball seam side down on a little square of baking paper. Repeat for each bun.
  4. I steamed my buns in a plastic microwave steamer, which worked perfectly and was super quick – 2 minutes in the microwave. You could also use a traditional steamer over a pan of boiling water (add a little vinegar to the steaming water to make your buns whiter), though I can’t tell you how long this would take – use your own judgment.
  5. Eat these super hot and fresh, and enjoy!

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to visit the Meatless Monday website and join us in taking the pledge today. Spread the word at home and at work and promote CSR business initiatives to make your green call centre, office, factory, shop, restaurant or salon even greener.

Happy new year!

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