1Mix the 5-spice powder, garlic, and 2 tsp. of the soy sauce in a bowl, add the tofu cubes, and stir gently to coat. Put aside.
2In a medium sized heavy bottomed pot or wok heat 3 tsp. of the oil to medium low. Add the ginger and stirfry 1 minute.
3Add the sliced onions and sautee approx. 4 minutes until translucent but not brown.
4Stir in the ground chilis or paprika.
5Move everything in the pot or wok to one side, add the remaining tsp. of oil, dump in the marinated tofu cubes, and gently stirfry them for about a minute.
6Reduce the heat to low, stir in the halved tomatoes, sprinkle in the sesame oil or ground chipotle powder, add the remaining soy sauce, and slowly (carefully) pour in the boiling water. Let simmer, covered, for 6 minutes.
7Turn off heat, stir in the lemon juice. Taste to adjust seasoning (soy sauce, lemon, water).
8Ladle into soup bowls and garnish w/ sliced scallion. May serve w/ a bowl of rice or rice cakes on the side.
This easy vegan lasagna is a boon to all those who abstain from dairy, but even cheese-lovers will enjoy this version of an Italian-American classic. Made hearty with fried and marinated eggplant slices, with a creamy filling of soft tofu flavored with parsley and lemon, there's plenty of savory tomato sauce gilding all the layers of noodles too.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Softened vegetables, including onions and bell peppers, amped up with spices like chili powder, cumin, oregano, and cayenne, form the base of this tortilla soup. Chicken broth and tomatoes are added, along with soft corn tortillas that meld into the liquid to make a hearty, thick meal. Finally, shredded chicken is stirred in, and everything is garnished with crunchy tortilla strips, sour cream, shredded cheese, and scallions (avocados, pickled jalapeños, and cilantro would all work too).
Basic Vegetable Soup
This soup is an equally wonderful way to use up all the leftover veggie odds and ends in your fridge, or to celebrate the freshest produce in season by buying it specifically for the dish (and if you get a CSA box, it can serve both purposes). Whatever vegetables you use, this is an easy, nutritious, and delicious meal, and endlessly customizable. Fresh pesto makes a great, vibrant garnish, but you could also simply sprinkle on a bit of grated Parmesan and cracked black pepper.
Classic Tomato Soup
This comforting tomato soup is super easy and super delicious. Canned San Marzano tomatoes marry with soft, sautéed onions and garlic, a pinch of red pepper, and chicken broth to create a soothing, savory bowl. Finished with a bit of cream, this is begging for a grilled cheese sandwich on the side. But really, it tastes great with lots of things, as well as on its own (though a basil and Parmesan garnish doesn't hurt).