Vegan Caramelized Mushroom and Tofu Puree

Since I started back up running outside again, I've been a little obsessed with tofu purees. 

They offer a tasty way to incorporate vegan protein into your diet with a limitless set of flavor possibilities. 

Watching the UK versions of Masterchef, I've seen them dot their plates with countless mushroom purees. It's about time I actually made one. 

I really focused on umani here. Mushrooms, soy sauce, nutritional yeast all have lots of it. 

The amazing thing you'll discover about tofu purees if you decide to try some is that when you eat them it feels like you're eating something rich and creamy and luxurious when in reality it's lean and nutritious. That's the magic of tofu!

1 pint button mushrooms
1/4 cup pinot grigio
2 tbls olive oil
1/2 package silken firm tofu
2 tbls sunflower seeds
3 cloves garlic
1 serrano
2 tbls nutritional yeast
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cayenne
2 tsps soy sauce
2 tbls soy milk
2 tsps salt

Use a  large cast iron skillet to caramelize the mushrooms. Start …

Cost of Eating

Things have been tight financially. The luxury of vegan foods is off the table. Of course there are many every day foods that fit the bill. But by and large, a vegan diet, is more costly. That's sad and wrong and unfortunate, but factual just the same.

Bean sandwiches are much cheaper than meat sandwiches. So score one for the vegan side. But fresh roasted potatoes are more money than dehydrated potato flakes.

Maybe it all works out to the same cost in the end, regardless. Ten cents here, fifty cents there. Who knows. Cheese is very high priced. So vegans save on that if they don't spend on vegan cheese. But darn it, it tastes so good.

Personally, even as someone who has fallen back into meat consumption, I still love a good bean sandwich. They are really good. A toasted everything bagel... some vinaigrette dressing, a little slice onion, some lettuce and 2-3 spoonfuls of rinsed black beans. I'll take that over cold cut any day of the week.

The difficulty ensues when stuff is on sale at the supermarket. Meat stock ridden soups and such. Rice mixes full of chicken fat. $2 packages of 10 turkey hot dogs. 18 eggs for $1.99/

None of them are food I crave or want, but that makes them cheaper than a can of beans per serving. Sad, but true.

I love cooking my own flavored rice and beans. It's a fractions of the cost of buying pre-flavored. Not to mention - it tastes much better. Get yourself a big tub of McCormick Cajun seasoning, some curry powder and one of Mrs. Dash chipotle and you'll have Mexican, Indian and Cajun rice for years to come.

Embrace the potato. What a wonder food it is. When bags of potatoes are on sale snatch them up. Cut into small chunks, 35 minutes in a 425 degree oven yields delicious nutrition.