“Beef” Bourguigonone

It’s starting to feel like fall in Seattle, and while I’m still enjoying summer vegetables from the garden, I’ve been craving a cool evening and a great fall meal.

This recipe is a vegetarian version of the classic french dish made famous in the US by Julia Child.  If you are not a fan of meat facsimiles, but still want to keep this vegetarian, you could omit the the Gardien beefless tips, and double the mushrooms.  You wouldn’t get the same meaty texture though.


"Beef" Bourguigonone
Serves 5
A vegetarian rendition of the classic french dish. You won't miss the meat or the high calorie and fat content.
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For the Bourguigonone
  1. ~4 TBSP earth balance, margarine or olive oil
  2. 8 oz of crimini mushrooms
  3. 3 oz of wild mushrooms (such as morel, chanterelle, or oyster mushrooms)
  4. 2 oz dried porcini mushrooms
  5. 1 small to medium onion, diced
  6. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  7. 1 medium carrot, finely diced
  8. 1 celery stalk, finely diced
  9. 1 TBSP tomato paste
  10. 2 TBSP flour
  11. 2 cups robust red wine (a French Burgundy or Cabernet works well)
  12. 1 bay leaf
  13. 1 large sprig of thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme
  14. 1 handful of flat leaf parsley, chopped
  15. 1 cup vegetarian beef stock or mushroom broth
  16. 1 package Gardein beefless tips
  17. 3 TBSP chopped parsley (divided)
  18. salt and pepper
  19. 2 cups fresh arugula, packed (optional)
  20. 5 cups cooked egg noodles
  1. Heat 1 1/2 TBSP earth balance in a dutch oven or large saute pan.
  2. Add mushrooms in small batches and brown on both sides, then remove and set aside on a plate. Do not overcrowd pan, or mushrooms will steam instead of browning.
  3. You will need to add more earth balance as you add each batch to the pan.
  4. When all mushrooms have been browned, add another TBSP of earth balance and add carrots, celery and onions.
  5. Cook vegetables, stirring occasionally until they have released their liquid and are beginning to caramelize (about 5 minutes).
  6. Add garlic, season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper, and cook for another 2-3 minutes until the garlic is fragrant.
  7. Add tomato paste and cook for another minute.
  8. A flour to and stir to coat vegetable mixture in flour.
  9. Add wine to pan and scrape fond to deglaze pan.
  10. Add bay leaf, thyme and broth, dried mushrooms and cook at a simmer for 20-30 minutes until all vegetables are soft and flavors have come together.
  11. Add "beef" tips and mushrooms to the pan and bring the mixture back up to a simmer.
  12. Simmer for a few minutes to allow flavors to come together, then remove from heat and taste for seasoning. Add salt and pepper if needed.
  13. Serve spooned over egg noodles, rice or potatoes, and top with chopped parsley and a handful of fresh arugula (if using).
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Monday Night Football Buffalo “Chicken” Pizza

Monday Night Football screams for junky food. This pizza is just junky enough. All of the flavors of buffalo chicken wings, but but meat-free and with a lot less fat and cholesterol. Plus there is plenty of blue and green on it. Go Seahawks!

If you want to prep this in advance so you don’t miss any of the game, prep it up until the final 5 minutes in the oven, then put it in the oven during a commercial or halftime.

Serve this with a salad or a veggie tray with a healthy dip like hummus, baba ganoush, or tatziki.  

For a full pizza 101, visit this post.

buffalo chicken pizza
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Okonomiyaki (Japanese Cabbage Pancake)

Okonomiyaki is a popular Japanese street food consisting of cabbage, egg, and other various items like meat, fish, even yakisoba noodles.  The word “okonomiyaki” means “grilled as you like it”, indicating that you can put virtually anything in these pancakes, sometimes referred to as Japanese pizza.  This recipes is a simple, vegetarian version of the dish (if you leave out the bonito flakes).


cabbage pancake

Serves 1
A delicious and filling vegetarian version of the popular Japanese street food.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. 1 cup shredded cabbage
  2. 3 scallions, finely chopped
  3. 1 whole egg plus one egg white
  4. splash of soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce
  5. 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  6. splash of peanut oil for frying
Optional garnishes
  1. sriracha mayo*
  2. teriyaki sauce
  3. bonito flakes
  1. Beat eggs in a medium bowl and mix in soy or Worcestershire sauce.
  2. Add cabbage, scallions and panko and mix together to combine.
  3. Heat peanut oil on medium high heat and add cabbage mixture, shaping the mixture into a large flat disk.
  4. Cook mixture for 3 minutes, then carefully flip, using a large spatula sprayed with non-stick spray.
  5. Cook for another 2 minutes, then slide onto serving plate and garnish as desired.
  1. *Combine 1/2 cup of your favorite mayo with 1 TBSP sriracha in a squeeze bottle so that you can squeeze the mayo over the pancake.
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