Sandwich can be vegetarian

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Bento content
Falafel
-Lettuce
Cabbage yoghurt salad
-Sandwich 1: vegan pâté [base mung beans], cheese, lettuce, mayonnaise
-Sandwich 2: aubergine caviar, seitan breaded with okara and miso spices, lettuce.

As usual, I’m in a hurry, trying to get everything done and still to eat properly so I went for sandwiches today. I saw on a few forums that people don’t imagine sandwiches to be vegetarian.
I think this is truly amazing! Hey wake up guys, there are thousands of incredible variations of vegetarian/vegan pâtés. This decided me to show you this really simple but tasty bento. Maybe sandwiches would be a little more vegetarian among non-vegetarian eaters! 😉
(The box is my little Totoro box which got damaged during my last trip. It’s last time, before ending in the museum of broken bento boxes…I hate these low cost flights!).

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Banana coco jelly, thin okara and miso breaded seitan

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Bento content
Sesame cookies
Banana and coco jelly (lemon for the colour)
Humous
-Cauliflower and carrot sticks
-Onigri
Thin seitan slices breaded with okara and miso
-Kiwi slices
-Lettuce

So happy, I’m back cooking again on a daily basis. Bear is too! This bento is full of little things I missed these last days: homemade cookies, jelly, houmous, rice and raw vegetables and fruits.
It’s stupid but humus isn’t something common in France. I mean you cannot go in any shop and find can of houmous. Unfortunatly. And jelly is just unavailable and I tend to avoid mousses because of gelatine.
So back at home, with very little time and just blended a banana and add coco flakes a little lemon to prevent the banana to turn brown and agar-agar. And here you are!
As I told you yesterday, I wanted a to add a little more flavour to my ham. How? Well, I played with the breading. As usual I headed towards my okara box better than bread crumbs and looked for miso and spices! The result was really great!
And today’s treat were these little cookies mostly made out of sesame and maple syrup.

Because sandwich can be vegetarian!

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Bento
Okara breaded broccoli
-Cucumber
-Carrot salad
French vinaigrette
Vegan lemon and kiwi pie
Sandwich made of vegan pâté (black beans), spinach leaves, lettuce, cucumber, cheese.

As I told you I running all the time, I need to go quick. And as you know I still wanted to bake this vegan tort for our job meeting. Still, I had to prepare a bento and well, at some time, go to bed! So I quickly assembled this bento with breaded broccoli for the crunchy taste, raw vegetables for the fresh taste, this little vegan pie because I couldn’t present a pie that I hadn’t tasted before, and to complete a vegetarian sandwich. Yes sandwiches can be vegetarian! This one is filled with creamy cheese, vegan pâté (black beans), spinach leaves, lettuce, cucumber.

Onigri with miso and okara breading, soya cotelette: stop buying commercial mix!

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Bento content
Onigri with miso and okara breading
Cabbage salad topped with prickles of turnip leaves and nuts
-Carrot slices
-One homemade and one bought spicy soya cotelette
-Cucumber pickled (sliced)
Corn and olive salad

I love rice. I just cannot live without. So this time I made little onigris that I dipped in some miso thick paste and breaded with okara. You know my left-overs from milk soya making. As usual, you can just replace it by breadcumbs…Bear is addicted to these onigri now…geez he’ll eat all my good rice…damn!Should hide it…
I redid some of this seasoning with turnip leaves this time and it was just as great as the one made with kohlrabi leaves.
Did you ever try soya cotelette? I like them quite a lot, and my favourite are the spicy ones.
I even bought a pack of this weird powder, where you have to add water form it in a ball and then heat them…Yes, I did…But, then, (you all know me) I had to try to do some myself! So I gave it a shot, and to be honest, I put in each bento one homemade one and one bought one so we could compare.
Result: I think that mines have a little less chewy texture in comparison to the bought ones. Bear told me I was mad, he preferred mines as they were more spicy and he thought the texture was exactly the same.
Whatever, the conclusion is that we are not buying it anymore and that I’ll make some.
You’re thinking it’ll use me up more time? No, no, it’s just as quick as taking out this pack and putting water in it. Yes, it’s blended dried okara, potato starch and some spices...here you go!

Red naturally coloured red rice

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Bento:
Red beetroot risotto vegetarian sushis
-Carrot salad, celery salad
Light pea salad with mayonnaise
Tempura of cauliflower and broccoli
-Cucumber sticks
-Cherry of French vinaigrette

So in my search of naturally colouring, I was looking for red colouring. And so, I came with a beetroot risotto. Bear was totally charmed by this combination thanks to the little sweet and sour taste due to the additional vinegar. And this sushi version was incredibly great too.
The pea with mayonnaise is one of Bisounours_51’s favourite. But, I have to agree that I cannot agree to put so much of mayonnaise so I just add yoghurt to mayonnaise and some potato starch to thicken it.

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And the last item which was the king of this bento is these tempura cauliflower and broccoli sticks. The tempura paste is flavoured with miso and soya sauce, and breaded with okara. Yes, okara is the rest of grounded soya crumbs which are left-overs from soya milk. To store them if I don’t use them in veggie burgers, I dry them. They are a very good item to change from breadcrumbs. Lighter and crispier how could one resist?

This bento was a true relief and a real pleasure. And as I didn’t manage to choose, you’ll have our both bentos!

Mixing style winter dinner

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Dinner
Citrus salty salad
Breaded marinated kohlrabi
Roesti style potato and kohlrabi
Vegetarian sushis
-Miso soup.

It’s winter, and somehow it’s a little depressing. The cold, the short days, the melting snow. At least we still have the Christmas decorations in the old town.
This citrus salad is full of vitamins and would cheer anyone up! I accompanied them with some kohlrabi. But I played with this vegetable and proposed it in two ways: a breaded vegan marinated version and a vegan roasti style version which is mixed with potato. When, it comes out of the oven the outside is crunchy which hitghlignt that inside is smashed and tender. I rethought sushi to suit my tastes. This version is evidently vegetarian: marinated carrot, radish, and raw beetroot strips, with raw cabbage and feta. There’s not much Japonese taste left here but it was so tasty. And why couldn’t we rewrite recipes to meet our daily tastes?

I’m really happy as I found a good vegan way of coating the vegetables to be able to bread them. Until now I was just soaking them in water and then in bread. But this method had poor result in comparison to those coated with egg. Now with a mix of potato starch and tapioca we find a similar result. And by the way this can replace these so well known Energ-C egg replacer…

Remark: for sceptics, remark that except the feta in the sushis this meal would be vegan. So vegan or vegetarian eating is boring?