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Vegan Bahn Mi with Tofu and Portobello Mushrooms


Vegan Bahn Mi with Tofu and Portobello Mushrooms I remember the first time I was introduced to the concept of a bahn mi sandwich. We were watching The Great Food Truck Race on the Food Network and one of the teams in the competition had a bahn mi food truck. The team was made up of a group of Vietnamese women who were proudly representing their heritage by selling these delicious sandwiches which combine elements of French and Vietnamese cultures. After watching them prepare these gems, I couldn't wait to get my hands on one! It was not long after [...]

Vegan Bahn Mi with Tofu and Portobello Mushrooms2018-08-12T10:24:26+00:00

Crunchy Thai Peanut and Quinoa Salad


Crunchy Thai Peanut and Quinoa Salad I created the name Vibrant Beat in part to emphasize the importance of consuming a variety of vibrantly-colored foods, all of which contain unique phytochemicals which act as anti-oxidants and prevent and treat chronic disease. This recipe exemplifies a meal that contains an entire spectrum of colors: green, red, purple, and orange. In addition, I'll oftentimes make it with black rice in place of quinoa which adds beneficial anthocyanins, the same class of phytonutrient found in blackberries and blueberries. Aside from all of the nutritious vegetables, this dish also contains garlic, ginger, and cilantro, [...]

Crunchy Thai Peanut and Quinoa Salad2018-06-10T23:27:06+00:00

Crispy Baked Tofu


Crispy Baked Tofu Enjoy this crispy baked tofu on a variety of Asian-inspired dishes. It's so easy to prepare that my youngest son has taken the responsibility of making it for years! Ingredients: Extra crispy baked tofu 1 (15 ounce) block of organic extra-firm tofu 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium tamari or soy sauce 1 tablespoon arrowroot starch or cornstarch Instructions: Drain the tofu and use your palms to gently squeeze out some of the water. Slice the tofu in half lengthwise so you have two one-inch thick slabs. Transfer the tofu to a plate [...]

Crispy Baked Tofu2018-06-10T22:16:18+00:00

Roasted Broccoli with Crispy Baked Tofu and Honey Sesame Glaze


Roasted Broccoli with Crispy Baked Tofu and Honey Sesame Glaze Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable that has been associated with a reduction in the risk of various forms of cancer including lung, colon, breast, and prostate. Additionally, some evidence suggests that eating broccoli improves control of diabetes and reduces the development of cardiovascular disease. Sulforaphane is the component felt to be responsible for these benefits. It can block the function of an enzyme called HDAC which has been associated with cancer cell growth. Sulforaphane is produced from a precursor component of broccoli by an enzyme called myrosinase, which is [...]

Roasted Broccoli with Crispy Baked Tofu and Honey Sesame Glaze2018-05-10T10:17:19+00:00

Nutritional Tidbits


I enjoy sharing brief nutritional facts about various foods on social media or accompanying the recipes on the Vibrant Beat. Since most of these tidbits of knowledge are educational, but not necessarily enough to warrant an entire post, I've decided to create this Nutritional Tidbit blog to share these fun facts! Check back often for updates!   Cardiovascular Benefits of Turmeric Turmeric is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and many patients use this either as a supplement or food additive to treat chronic arthritic pain. Most people are not aware that there are also cardiovascular benefits. Curcumin is the polyphenol (plant [...]

Nutritional Tidbits2018-06-21T11:59:37+00:00

Tempeh Tacos and Fajitas


Tempeh Tacos and Fajitas “What exactly is tempeh?”. This is the first question I usually get asked when discussing “tempeh tacos” or a “tempeh stir fry” with those who are not familiar with plant-based eating. Tempeh is a product made of whole soy beans that are soaked, cooked, then fermented. It can be purchased in a block in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores, usually near the produce. It has a nutty, firm, chewy texture. Tofu, on the other hand, is made from condensed soy milk. It too is sold in blocks, and can be found in various [...]

Tempeh Tacos and Fajitas2018-04-29T19:09:13+00:00