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Every now and then, I feel like having a tuna salad or a tuna melt. But how could I make a tuna melt without tuna? Very easily, actually. And I never have to worry about bones, mercury poisoning, innocent dolphins being caught and killed as collateral damage from the large nets that are used to capture tuna! At the rate we are raping the oceans, there won’t be any left very soon! So making mock tuna is a win, win, win!
One of my favorite way to make it, is to use chick peas because it gives a nice rich texture and flavor. You get all the good protein and none of the saturated fat that usually comes with it. And I guaranty that everyone that tries it, will love it and ask for seconds. So make plenty, it keeps well!
INGREDIENTS for +4 people
2 cans of chick peas (or prepare yourself the day before)
1/2 cup vegenaise (eggless mayonnaise)
2/3 cup minced celery
1/3 cup minced dill pickle (not sweet relish!)
¼ cup nutritional yeast flakes
2 green onions, minced
2 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon kelp powder*
1 tbl capers (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
*Kelp powder and all seaweeds are so good for you. You will need some for this salad if you want it to taste like the ocean but not so fishy! You can use other seaweed if you don’t have kelp. A good place to find it is at Whole Foods in their bulk section or in the Asian section of your local grocery store (most carry a mix of seaweed, toasted sesame seeds) or in Asian stores where you will find a greater selection and much lower prices!
The key to making mock tuna salad when using garbanzo beans is to create a mixture that resembles real tuna salad. To accomplish this I use a potato masher instead of a food processor. The risk you run if you use a food processor is to end up with something that looks more like hummus than tuna. Not that hummus isn’t delicious but it isn’t what we are making today!
- Start rinsing the chick peas under water and pour into a large bowl.
- Start mashing them with the potato masher. It will take a minute or so to go through the 2 cans. The goal is not to pulverize everything but to end up with something you cannot identify as chick peas. So look for whole beans and go for it.
- Add the Vegenaise, the celery, the relish and mix with a wooden spoon.
- Add the remaining ingredients, mix some more.
- Taste, see if you need salt and pepper.
- It is ready to enjoy at this point.
- If you want to scoop on top of a salad (like on the photo) I would refrigerate it for 30mn. Same for a sandwich.
If you want to make a vegan tuna grilled sandwich, you can make it immediately. Toast some bread, spoon the tuna on it, sprinkle with some Daya cheese, cover with a lid and let it melt for a few minutes on medium heat or just put in the oven.
What about a vegan ‘tuna’ casserole? Actually for the tuna casserole, I would use tvp instead of chick peas but that’s me!
The fun never ends!
Who said, you can’t have your tuna and eat it too?
I just did!
Now, why would a vegan, ever care to create a veganized version of a Philly cheese steak sandwich? Even though I have had my fair share of food containing animal parts and by-products while growing up in France, I must confess that I have never tasted a steak sandwich during my carnivorous years in the US. For some reason, it didn’t appeal to me! But yesterday, my girl friend suggested I made one for lunch using some Tofurky deli slices she had bought. I thought why not? I did a little research online since I was a neophyte in the art of steak sandwich! But how complicated could it be?
Turns out, it is fairly simple and doesn’t require a lot
ingredients. So I was able to whip out a really delicious, low fat
counterfit thereof! That was pretty cool! I didn’t have French
rolls on hand, so I decided to go for an open sandwich. It is less
bread that way. We were good to go!
INGREDIENTS for 2 people:
4 slices of good French bread (toasted or not)
1/2 package of tofurkey roastbeef style
1-2 medium white or yellow onions sliced
1 Tbl balsamic vinegar
1 Tbl soy sauce
4-7 peperoncinis per person
1/2 red pepper (if you digest them)
1/3 cup Daiya cheese Pepperjack Style shreds*
PUTTING IT TOGETHER:
- Start slicing the onion.
- Put a little vegetable oil in a frying pan and cook the onions over medium heat.
- Sprinkle some balsamic vinegar and mix with the onion, then add the soy sauce. Cover and mix from time to time. Add a little water if needed until the onions are translucent.
- Open the Tofurky package and separate the slices. Slice in strips.
- If you can digest bell peppers, take a half red or green pepper, remove the stem, the seeds and slice in thin strips.
- We used pickled pepperoncini instead and it worked out even better because they were pickled and didn’t need much cooking.
- Mix the peppers or pepperoncini to the onion mixture. Cook the peppers for a few minutes or until they are more tender.
- Toast the bread if you would like, not if you are using French rolls.
- In the frying pan, create 4 separate portions and sprinkle some of the daiya pepperjack shreds and cover to melt in.
- Place the bread on plates and quickly serve the steak mixture being careful to keep the melted cheese on top. It may require a spatula and a spoon to transfer successfully.
*if you can’t find daiya pepperjack style shreds, don’t worry, if you only have regular daiya cheese, just add some sea salt, black pepper, paprika and a touch of chili powder.
Bon appétit !
By the way, this sandwich is cholesterol free (only animal products and by-products contain cholesterol), low fat (just the oil for stir-frying the onions and what’s in the cheese on top!) I used no mayonnaise or dressing for the bread because it doesn’t need it! You actually could lose weight on this! Un-believable!
So enjoy and indulge because there is nothing to be guilty about!
You saved a cow, made a great sandwich in the process, discovered a delicious new lunch dish… Life is sweet!
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