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It can sometimes be challenging to think of new ways to incorporate protein into a vegan diet. After loving The Best Darn Brownies Ever I decided to play around with another favorite, banana bread. The consistency is a little bit different than your typical banana bread, it’s a bit thicker and, well, tofu-like. The best thing is it keeps the bread super moist – not that it lasts very long in our house!

Chocolate Banana Tofu Bread

4 very ripe Bananas (the riper they are, the more banana flavor you get!)

1 14oz package Soft Tofu

4 tbs Cocoa Powder

1/2 cup Vegetable Oil

1 cup White Sugar (you can cut this to 1/2 if you want a less-sweet version)

2 cups All-Purpose Flour (you may need up to 1/2 cup more depending on the size of your bananas!)

2 tsp Baking Powder

Optional:

1/2 Banana, sliced – to use for garnish

A sprinkle of oats

- I didn’t take any in-progress pictures for this one because it’s very straight forward -

Preheat oven to 375 F. Use a small amount of vegetable oil to grease two small loaf pans. Add 4 bananas and the package of soft tofu to a mixer and set to stir (I use the whisk attachment for this recipe).

Mix until blended, then add the cocoa powder, baking powder, vegetable oil, and white sugar. Mix until smooth. Slowly add the all-purpose flour in 1/4 cup increments until it is no longer runny and well blended. You will need to add at least 2 cups, but if it still seems too runny add up to 1/2 a cup more flour.

Next, pour the mixture into two small loaf pans. Do not fill more than 1/2 way full. Jiggle the pan around up and down and back and forth to get the top of the mixture smooth. Add oats and sliced banana to make it look pretty!

GarnishBake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Fresh out of the oven!2013-06-15 13.11.56Allow bread to cool completely before slicing. I won’t judge if you slice too early to enjoy some melted butter on top though!

melted butter (:

enjoy x

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Here’s a super easy meal to make in under 30 minutes!

Soba Noodle Stir Fry

1-2 packages of Soba Noodles (I buy ready to cook noodles from Ralph’s)

2-3 tbs Soba Noodle Sauce or Teriyaki Sauce (If your noodles come with a packaged sauce like mine do, simply follow the directions on the packaging)

1/2 to 1 package 14 oz Firm Tofu

2 cups Mushrooms, sliced

2 cups Sugar Snap Peas

1-2 tbs Vegetable Oil

Optional:

Sriracha Sauce for the tofu – it adds a spicy kick and flavor to the tofu pieces

Onion, Carrot, and Broccoli are also great in this stir fry – the choices are endless I tell ya!

Note: If you use a similar ready-to-cook soba noodles (pan frying 2-3 minutes), follow this recipe! If you need to cook your soba noodles longer, start by cooking your noodles then follow this recipe!

Ingredients

Start by draining the water from the tofu package then place the tofu on some paper towel to soak up extra water. This prevents the tofu from leaking water into your stir fry!

Tofu DryingAdd a tablespoon of vegetable oil to a frying pan and turn on to medium heat. While it warms up, cut your tofu into bite-size pieces then place them in the frying pan. I added sriracha sauce to my tofu because we love spicy food in this house. Completely optional!

Sriracha TofuFry the tofu for about 5 minutes, then add the sugar snap peas. After about 2-3 minutes add the mushrooms and saute until the mushrooms look cooked. I love when the veggies in my stir fry are a little crispy!

Veggies and TofuAt this point I remove the Veggies/Tofu from the pan and cook my noodles. Once the soba noodles are cooked I add the Veggies/Tofu back and let it mingle for a minute or two.

Noodles and Veggies

Ta-da! You’re done!

Soba Noodle Stir Fry

Enjoy x

Let’s Be Honest…

I have been getting reminders from WordPress that my domain is about to expire for the past two weeks. I groaned and deleted them one by one. I’ve been working very hard at my new job and it’s hard to muster up the energy and creativity it takes to cook and write (not to eat though!). I promised a recipe for Samosas weeks ago and failed to deliver – I’m sorry (especially to you, Mom, since you are the only person who still reads this)!

Here’s my new promise (scout’s honor): I am going to blog again. I will actually post yummy recipes.

I hummed and hawed about my domain name (sticktoyourgreens) for quite a while because I was hoping to swing my blog into a running/healthy living/vegan food blog. I am trying to focus more on those areas of my life because I have been neglecting my fitness and healthy eating for some time now so I hope no one minds the occasional life/running post.

Ahh.. I feel better now!

I plan to have a new recipe up this weekend. So, Mom, make sure to send me nasty e-mails if I don’t keep my word.

much love x

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