Asian food recipes include some of my favorite Thai foods only they have been turned into vegan Thai recipes. There is something very special about the flavors that go into Thai sauces!
And these Asian food recipes can easily be turned into a meal for your non-vegan friends as well.
Tempeh recipes can help open up the door to making balanced vegan entrees for vegans. Tempeh has a better protein profile than non-fermented soy protein products which makes it a great meat replacement for Asian food recipes.
Vegan Thai Recipes
Pad Thai Ingredients:
115 Grams Dry Rice Noodles (soaked in water for 1 hour)
1 cup Shitake Mushrooms (stemmed & sliced)
3/4 cup Garlic Chives or Green Onions
1 cup Bean Sprouts
4 cloves of Garlic (chopped)
1 head of Shallot (chopped)
3 tbsp. of Palm Sugar (chopped)
Optional: 3/4 cup Pressed Tofu or Other Healthy Protein
Healthy Oil like Expeller-pressed Coconut Oil
Garnish: Fresh Lime Juice & Roasted Peanuts
Pad Thai Sauce:
1 1/2 tbsp. of Fermented Soybean Paste (Tao Jiew)
1 tbsp. of Good Quality Soy Sauce
2 1/2 tbsp. Tamarind Concentrate
3 tbsp. of Water
Optional: Chili Flakes
I love Pad Thai and this dish could easily be made into the non-vegan version by adding in a some egg or poultry.
Thai Green Curry Recipe
Thai Green Curry Ingredients:
Healthy Cooking Oil
7 Broccoli Florets
1 large Carrot (sliced)
1 Bell Pepper (diced)
1/2 Zucchini (thickly sliced)
3 tbsp. of Green Curry Paste
1 cup Filtered Water
1 tbsp. Brown Sugar
Sea Salt to taste
400 ml. Coconut Milk
Basil or Kaffir Lime Leaves
Stir fry vegetables in oil and put aside. Then saute green curry paste in 1 tsp. of oil for a few seconds.
Add in water, sugar, salt, and coconut milk to paste - bring to a boil to thicken. Stir in basil leaves and vegetables - cook for a few minutes.
Use a mortar and pestle or blender to make a paste with these ingredients.
Green Curry Paste Ingredients:
5 stalks of Lemongrass (chopped)
5 fresh Green Chillies (chopped)
1/4 cup Cilantro Leaves (chopped)
Small bunch of Basil (chopped)
1 tsp. Whole Coriander Seeds (toasted)
1 tsp. Cumin Seeds (toasted)
5 Black Peppercorns
1 large Onion (chopped) or 1/4 cup Green Onion
3 cloves Garlic
1 inch Nob of Ginger (chopped)
Sea Salt to taste
Filtered Water (enough to make a smooth paste)
Vegan Tempeh Recipes
Tempeh is a fermented soybean patty that actually originates from Indonesia. And sometimes tempeh is made from a combination of soybeans and grains like rice.
Tempeh is a healthier option than tofu for your Asian food recipes because soybeans that go through a fermentation process will have more nutrition to offer the human body.
Basically, there are two types of tempeh - fresh or pre-packaged tempeh. Fresh will likely be unpasteurized (good luck finding this one) and pre-packaged will most likely be pasteurized.
The pre-packaged tempeh is ready to eat and easy to find at health food stores. However, both types should be cooked to make tempeh palatable.
Tempeh makes a great meat replacement for vegan stir frys, stews, pasta, and Asian food recipes. Make sure you buy organic tempeh for your tempeh recipes and vegan entrees. Look for organic tempeh made in the USA and the many different flavored tempeh as well.