Climate Change in the Fork II - Let the veg enrich your day!
Published 17th November 2009 - 10 comments - 1411 views -
In the first part of the Climate Change in the Fork series, I showed how a vegetarian day per week can and is already helping the world to become more sustainable and healthy. But one thing always plays a role when it comes to food: Taste. And the vegetarian day you maybe have chosen in your week might be even more than only meatless. It could also be a whole culinary experience.
When I became a vegetarian the biggest motivation to change my lifestyle was to realise that meat is merely a habit. There are simply too many very good vegetarian options out there to neglect all the ethical, environmental, socio-economical issues that come with meat. Yet I can understand that it is a habit sometimes difficult to change. So if you are not ready to do that at least think about one or two vegetarian days per week.
Anyway, I don’t want to make suggestion on how to make your life more sustainable without offering alternatives. I’ve documented one of my little cooking safaris here. Feel free to join me.
This delicious meal resulted from a cooking experiment, It’s a very simple wok dish and you can vary it in any way you like. Just make sure you leave out the meat . (Oh, and try to make it organic of course!)
What you need:
- Chinese noodles (1 or 2 packages)
- 1 Onion
- Champignons or other mushrooms
- ~2 Carrots
- Half a crop of Broccoli
- One package of firm Tofu
- Ketjap Manis sauce
First you boil some water and put the cut carrots and broccoli so they get a bit softer. (If you don’t use precooked china noodles you can als just add them to the boiling water. Just cook them according to what the package sais).
Then proceed cutting the other vegetables (onion and champignons).
First put the onions in the wok (or big pan, whatever is available) on a low flame. When they are fried nicely you can proceed adding the corn and champignons.
In the meanwhile cut the tofu in pieces like here:
and add them to the wok mix. Now add the first bit of the Ketjap Manis sauce. Don’t be hesitant with quantities. This is what provides the flavour to the vegetables and especially the tofu! (It also gives a nice colour to the dish)
When the boiling vegetables are done you can add them as well to the wok, together with the China noodles. Now put more of the sauce until it tastes as you like and has more or less this colour:
And there you have it: A tasty and meatless dish that is very easy to make. If you try it or not...The message here should be that vegetarian food is not worse or boring. If you do it right it can be the complete opposite. Just give it a try. You’ll see.
I Hope you stay tuned for the next Climate Change in the Fork – post. In a self test I will advise you on what meat replacers will bring you to veggie-heaven and which ones to the next toilet seat.
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