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Salads Vegan

Thai Celery Salad

We eat a lot of salads in our house, but it seems like we are always reaching for the same old ingredients. Last week I was craving a large bowl of leafy greens, but unfortunately the lettuce in our fridge had gone bad. We still had a whole lot of other green “things,” so I decided to throw together this salad, using celery and cilantro as the base.

Thai Celery Salad Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite

Given my low spice tolerance, I typically wouldn’t have even added the chili, but I had half of one sitting at the bottom of my fridge so I just thought, “to heck with it!” Surprisingly, I was able to tolerate it, and it really enhanced the flavors!

After I made this, I searched around the web for other celery salad recipes. I found some really delicious looking ones that included apples, so next time I run out of lettuce I think I will try that combination (and likely leave out the carrots and chili).

Thai Celery Salad Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite


Thai Celery Salad
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Serves: 2
  • 4 celery stalks, ends trimmed and sliced on a diagonal
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced and green parts only
  • 1 teaspoon jalapeno or fresno chili, thinly sliced and seeds removed
  • ⅓ cup loosely packed cilantro leaves, tough stems removed
  • ¼ cup grated carrots*
  • ⅛ cup chopped roasted peanuts
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • salt and pepper
  1. In a large bowl toss together the celery, scallion, cilantro, carrots, and peanuts.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the oil, lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss the dressing with the celery mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
*If you don't want to pull out your food processor or box grater, feel free to use a vegetable peeler to create thin strips of carrots.

Thai Celery Salad with Cilantro, Carrots, Scallions, and Peanuts -- www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Gluten-Free Vegetarian Meals

Sweet and Sour Tofu Stir Fry

Sweet and Sour Tofu Stir Fry Recipe

I can’t believe I am blogging about tofu. For the longest time I swore that it was the strangest, blandest food. I mean, C’MON, what is up with that consistency?

This summer when I began looking for good alternatives to the carnivorous meals I know so well, I decided to rethink tofu. All my veggie friends love it — but I figured that’s because they didn’t know any better (sorry, guys).

But, I gotta say, now that I know how to cook it correctly, it really isn’t so bad. Actually, it’s kind of great.

I get this tofu from TJ’s:

Lots of protein!

I’ve learned that if you marinate tofu long enough or cook it in the right sauce, it really can be a great substitute for chicken.

The inspiration for this recipe was from this tiny Vegan Thai restaurant close to me. They have a delicious Sweet and Sour Tofu that I love because it is not overly sweet like Sweet and Sour can be sometimes

For this recipe I cook the tofu in a skillet, but you can also bake it in the oven if you prefer a crispier texture.

Sweet and Sour Tofu Stir Fry Recipe

The end result is delicious, light, and healthy.

Sweet and Sour Tofu Stir Fry Recipe

Sweet and Sour Tofu Stir Fry
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Serves: 4
  • 4 Tablespoons rice-wine vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 3 Tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 14-16oz. package extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into ½-inch cubes (I also recommend wrapping the tofu in a paper towel to remove all excess water before cutting it)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 large bell peppers (color of your choice)
  • ¾ cup onion, chopped into 1 in. chunks
  • 1.5 cups fresh pineapple, cut into 1 in. cubes (fresh pineapple really makes a big difference here…and if you have any juice leftover from when you cut the pineapple, add it to the sauce)
  1. Whisk together the rice-wine vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, and brown sugar (and any leftover pineapple juice). Place the cut tofu in a large bowl and toss with 3 Tablespoons of the sauce. Let the tofu marinate for half an hour.
  2. While the tofu is marinating, add the cornstarch to the remaining sauce. Whisk until smooth.
  3. Heat 1 Tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Using a slotted spoon, add the tofu to the skillet. Add the remaining marinade to the reserved sauce. Cook the tofu, flipping occasionally, until golden brown for about 10 minutes. (For a crispier texture, place the tofu on a baking sheet and cook in the oven at 350 degrees for about 7 minutes on each side). Remove the tofu from the pan and set aside.
  4. Add the remaining oil to the pan change the heat to medium. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for about 30 seconds. Then add the bell peppers and the onion, stirring often, for 5-7 minutes. Pour in the reserved sauce and cook until thickened (about 30 seconds). Add the pineapple and tofu and cook until heated through (about 2 minutes).
  5. Serve over brown rice.