Looks like we will me making a few wraps this Month of Food(mofo). After all, they are easy meals and easy to carry around, which works with my theme:).
We rarely have tofu in the house, so if I do crave a scramble, I make it with Tempeh. It takes a few minutes longer to cook, and is more filling and delicious:). Spiced with some oregano, paprika, mustard with onions and peppers, this scramble works perfectly as breakfast too. You can add crumbled firm Tofu and cook for a few minutes. Now in this wrap, the scramble is amped up with some made from scratch Jalapeno popper dip and broccoli.
That dip = make it! Its just soaked cashews and flavors and some pickled jalapenos and really it tastes so good. You can add some cheese to the wrap and warm it to melt the cheese for a gooeyier cheesier wrap too.
From my brain to blog Wednesdays. ~~
Frequent discussion topics.
But humans have been eating meat, dairy etc since ages.
Something that has been accepted for a while does not automatically make it normal or natural.
Some decades ago, enslavement and killing of black people was legal.
Child marriage and girl child foeticide is still practiced in some parts in India.
That does not make them acceptable.
Animals are sentient, self-aware, and capable of experiencing both pleasure and pain. They deserve our respect and deserve a natural life and freedom.
There is information out there and a choice every person can make to choose less cruelty. And we can do it all without sacrificing taste, habits and pleasure.
Vegans are mean, judgmental, preachy and try to convert other people.
a- It is difficult to imagine the amount of and the kind of information an ethical vegan happens upon during the transition. That information is what brings out the compassion and action and helps them transition and continue. That passion can sometimes lead to strong opinions.
b- A good number of times, it is the other way around. Once someone receives the information given to them by a vegan, the sub conscious can process and understand the cruelty and suffering of animals, and make them feel uncomfortable, and can transfer the discomfort to the other person(mean, preachy).
c- Even if one of us gets worked up and behaves in a non acceptable manner(I am guilty of being worked up too), Stereotyping is probably the worst thing that can be done to a population or group. All black men in hoodies are not out there to mug everyone. All Indian men I encounter are not going to pinch my butt. All Vegans are not mean.
Vegans try to inspire people to find out more about the food choices and make changes, by talking/preaching frequently about it. Equality of black people, gay, women or any other equal rights movement can also be viewed as imposition of views/preachy. Ethical choice is applicable to anyone whether a participant or not. A sex-offender would also call the laws an imposition of someone else’s views.
We were not born vegan, and everyone comes into the transition at their own pace. What is not nice is all the calling out that happens on social media or sites because of the power of being behind a machine. Be gentle, vegans be gentle to non-vegans, and non-vegans be gentle to the compassionate and sensitive vegan souls too.
~~ end ramble.
Make the scramble. Cook the onions, garlic, peppers.
then add tomato and spices.
Add tempeh and water and mix well.
Cover and cook until all water is absorbed and tempeh is soft.
Warm the tortilla. Top with the creamy cashew mixture.
Top with pickled Jalapenos and bread crumbs.
Add tempeh scramble and blanched broccoli.
Sprinkle salt and pepper, Wrap and serve.
Tempeh Scramble Jalapeno Popper & Broccoli Wrap
Recipe by Richa Hingle
Allergen Information: Free of dairy, egg, corn, yeast. Can be made gluten-free with glutenfree tortillas or serve in a bowl. Can be made nut-free with any white beans used to make the dip, and soy-free also with any white beans for the scramble.
Makes 2 wraps, easily doubled
For the Tempeh Scramble:
1/2 a block of 4 oz Tempeh. about a cup crumbled
1 teaspoon oil
1/4 cup onion chopped small
1 clove of garlic minced
1/4 cup red bell pepper chopped small
green bell pepper chopped or 1/2 a green chili pepper finely chopped(I use Serrano)
1/2 medium tomato chopped small
1/3 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/4-1/2 teaspoon oregano or italian herb blend
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
a generous pinch of Kala namak(black salt) (Optional)
1/4 teaspoon turmeric( for color- optional)
1 Tablespoon Nutritional yeast
1/4 cup water
salt + black pepper
For the Jalapeno Popper dip:
1/2 cup cashews soaked atleast for an hour
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon raw sugar
2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
2-3 teaspoons Nutritional yeast
3-4 slices of pickled Jalapenos (1/2 jalapeno if not pre-sliced)
Blanched Broccoli florets
Pickled jalapeno slices
Wraps of choice
You can steam the Tempeh before making scramble to reduce bitter taste. Put in boiling water for 8-10 minutes and then use.
In a pan, heat oil on medium heat. Add onion, garlic, red bell pepper and chili pepper. Cook until onions are translucent. (4-5 minutes)
Add tomato, spices, herbs and mix well for a few seconds. Add well crumbled tempeh, nutritional yeast, salt and water mix well. Cover and cook on medium heat until all the water is absorbed. (6-7 minutes) or cook on low-medium heat for longer for a more seasoned tempeh. Sprinkle pepper and serve.
Jalapeno Popper dip:
Blend all the ingredients with a few Tablespoons of water into a smooth spreadable consistency. Taste and adjust salt, tang, and cheesy taste-nutritional yeast. (you will need more of the vinegar, nutritional yeast etc if the dip is thin and has more water). Use ground raw cashews to make the dip if in a hurry.
If serving the dip as is, add some chopped up pickled jalapenos and mix. Top with bread crumbs mixed with salt pepper, mustard powder and nutritional yeast.
Warm the tortilla. Top with the creamy Jalapeno Popper dip.
Place a few pickled Jalapenos on the 2/3 line of the wrap. then sprinkle some breadcrumbs(optional)
Top with tempeh scramble. then small broccoli florets.
Sprinkle salt and pepper. Wrap up and serve with extra jalapeno popper dip on the side.
Add daiya pepperjack or cheddar in or on top of the the wrap. Heat to melt the cheese and serve.
Add other veggies like sweet peppers and celery.
Use crumbled firm Tofu and no water, instead of Tempeh, cook for a few minutes and serve.