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Sauces! Pt.1 Hollandaise

Sometimes all you need is a little sauce to turn a vegetable (or two or seven) into a meal! Even better, many sauces can be jarred and saved for future use! In this section I’ll explore how to transform your bare naked vegetables into easy culinary delights.

Hollandaise sauce is a creamy, yellowy, buttery sauce French in origin that is a little sweet and a little sour to the taste. It is traditionally used on eggs benedict but also tastes great on a variety of vegetables.

What goes with hollandaise sauce? What vegetables can I put hollandaise sauce on?
The following vegetables taste wonderful with hollandaise sauce. Unless otherwise specified, we recommend steaming these vegetables if you plan to use them with hollandaise:
-Broccoli
-Asparagus
-Artichoke hearts
-Baked or Fried Potatoes
-Cauliflower
-Brussel Sprouts
-Spinach

How do I make it?
You can make hollandaise sauce from scratch or buy it in a flavoring packet that is sold in most grocery stores in the section for packaged sauces. Below are two recipes for hollandaise including a vegetarian lacto-ovo version and a vegan version.

Lacto-ovo Original Vegetarian Hollandaise Sauce Recipe
Ingredients

* 4 egg yolks
* 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
* 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted (1 stick)
* Pinch cayenne
* Pinch salt

Directions

Vigorously whisk the egg yolks and lemon juice together in a stainless steel bowl and until the mixture is thickened and doubled in volume. Place the bowl over a saucepan containing barely simmering water (or use a double boiler,) the water should not touch the bottom of the bowl. Continue to whisk rapidly. Be careful not to let the eggs get too hot or they will scramble. Slowly drizzle in the melted butter and continue to whisk until the sauce is thickened and doubled in volume. Remove from heat, whisk in cayenne and salt. Cover and place in a warm spot until ready to use for the eggs benedict. If the sauce gets too thick, whisk in a few drops of warm water before serving.

Recipe from Foodnetwork

Vegan Hollandaise Sauce Recipe
1/2 c. plus 1/4 c. unflavored soymilk or other nondairy milk (3/4 c. total)
2 T. Earth Balance or Soy Garden Natural Buttery Spread, melted and kept warm (or butter flavored non-dairy margarine)
1 and 3/4 T. cornstarch or wheat starch
*Note: Do not substitute arrowroot, tapioca starch, or kuzu— I tried these and the results were not satisfactory.
1 T. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
pinch of white pepper or a dash of hot pepper sauce
tiny pinch of tumeric (less than a 1/16th of a tsp—more makes a phony-looking color)

Directions:
Heat the 1/2 c. soymilk until not quite simmering—pour into the blender container along with the salt, pepper or hot sauce, and cover to keep hot while you melt the Earth Balance and go on to the next step.
In a small (2 c.) saucepan or microwave-proof bowl, mix together the first 1/4 c. of soymilk and the cornstarch and tumeric, and whisk together well.
If making in a pot on the stovetop, stir constantly over high heat until thick and translucent, shiny yellow, not a dull yellow — OR:
Microwave option: Use the microwave-proof bowl for the mixture, and microwave on HI 20 seconds. Whisk. Repeat two times, or until thick and translucent, shiny yellow, not a dull yellow.
Scrape the yellow cornstarch mixture into the blender container containing the hot milk mixture, and add the lemon juice. Blend well, adding the melted Earth Balance slowly through the hole in the lid while the machine is running. Blend until the mixture is pale yellow and frothy and emulsified (you can’t see any oil globules).
Serve immediately, or, if it has cooled down too much, heat briefly in the microwave at a low setting, or in a small pot on the stove over low heat, or keep hot on an alcohol burner briefly before using. The cooled mixture may be reheated gently, as well.
Recipe from Bryanna’s Vegan Feast

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Teriyaki Tofu


Easiness: **
Greenness: vegan

Ingredients:
1 pound extra-firm tofu, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated, including peel
2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons honey
grated rind from juiced lemon, to taste
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
black pepper to taste
oil for frying

1. Combine soy sauce, ginger, lemon juice, honey, and lemon rind in a small bowl.

2. Place tofu slices in a single layer in a baking pan and pour marinade over them. Turn to coat. Allow tofu to marinate at least 30 minutes, or up to two hours.

3. Remove tofu and reserve marinade.

4. Combine flour and pepper on a plate. Dip tofu slices in flour mixture, turning to coat.

5. Brown tofu in oil, about 5 minutes per side, adding oil as needed. When all slices are browned, add reserved marinade and simmer 10 minutes.

Serves 4.
Recipe by Annie B. Bond http://www.care2.com/greenliving/teriyaki-tofu-recipe.html#
Great for snacks and lunches!

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Lentil Soup


Easiness: ***
Greenness: Vegan

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped (can be omitted)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano or basil
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes (can be substituted for cooked chopped tomatoes)
  • 2 cups dry lentils
  • 8 cups water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon or lemon juice (can be omitted)
  • you can also add: fresh spinach, chopped carrots or zucchini to add extra flavor

DIRECTIONS

1. In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and celery; cook and stir until onion is tender. Stir in garlic, oregano, and basil; cook for 2 minutes.
2. Stir in lentils, and add water and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for at least 1 hour. When ready to serve stir in spinach* (optional), and cook until it wilts. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add lemon juice to taste.

Modified from a recipe at All Recipes: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Lentil-Soup/Detail.aspx

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