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Chicken Parm!

One of the many options for the chickpea cutlets...

Just like I had predicted, I found myself making the chickpea cutlets again, and this time making them into a ‘chicken’ parm dish. This was DELICIOUS, and again, really easy to make. I had the chickpeas pre-cooked before work, so when I came home I started making them immediately, which does not take long at all. This time I cooked the chickpeas for a little longer, so they were more soft, and I think it made the consistency of the cutlets even better, and particularly easier to work with, as there was not little pieces of chickpeas that had not become totally soft falling out of the mixture when I was kneading it.

While the patties were cooking on the stove (I pan-fried them again, next time I make them, which I am sure will be soon, I will try to make them in the oven and see if it changes the texture of the cutlet at all), I started boiling water to cook my whole wheat pasta. I understand that there are a ton of carbohydrates in this dish, but that’s alright every once and awhile I think, especially when it tastes this good. When both the pasta and the cutlets were done, I heated up some marinara sauce, poured it over both (I used a generous amount, the pasta and the cutlet seem to suck up the sauce pretty well), and sprinkled some vegan Parmesan cheese over the entire plate. I only wish I had my pot of spices on hand to add on some fresh basil and parsley. It was so good, and the texture of the cutlets turned out great for a second time, really making it a good stand in if you are ever missing chicken parm.

I don’t know if I have made this clear or not, but I really love this recipe from the Veganomicon. It is so easy, and tastes like it should have been a lot more difficult to make. I think this is definitely one of those recipes everyone should try out. It is a dish I would gladly feed to a non-vegetarian to gauge their response, it’s that convincing!


Stuffed Shells staring tofu ricotta


An extremely convincing fake ricotta


I’ve wanted stuffed shells for a really long time. Being vegan for almost a year now, I haven’t had any since before I made the transition. In my mind, I never thought that there would be a good substitute for ricotta cheese. This was before I bought the Veganomicon and made the tofu ricotta recipe, which is fast and ridiculously easy.

Tofu Ricotta:

  • 1 pound extra-firm tofu
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • handful of fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast

The first thing you want to do is break apart the tofu until it’s crumbly. Then, add the garlic, salt, pepper, basil, and lemon juice. Mush the tofu again until it reaches the consistency of ricotta cheese (it really will look like it too!). Then add in the olive oil and nutritional yeast.

After I made up the tofu ricotta, which took maybe ten minutes at the longest, I cooked up half a package of Gimmie Lean sausage, crumbled it up, and mixed it into the tofu ricotta. As it turns out, this was an awesome decision because it tasted fantastic in the stuffed shells. While the sausage was cooking, I prepared my pasta (a prepared a whole box – I wanted a lot of leftovers so I didn’t have to cook after long work days if I didn’t feel like it), and when it had cooled I stuffed them with the tofu ricotta/sausage filling.


Even naked, they look tasty


I placed them in a casserole pan with a very thin layer of water on the bottom (to prevent drying out/hardening of the pasta) and covered them in spaghetti sauce. I placed them in the oven at 350 degrees and let them bake for around 25 minutes.


All lined up!


They were so good! There was enough to feed a small army, and I ended up having six meals from it, which is great, seeing as how it was quick, easy, and fairly cheap to make. The sausage really played well into the filling and added a great flavor to the stuffed shells. I really, really adore this recipe and would make it again (except not too soon – I don’t want to wear myself out on them!).