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Artichoke-Tofu Casserole

What you need: 

14 ounces extra firm tofu, 1/4-inch thick slices
1 cup water
1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/2 cup carrot, chopped
1/4 cup yellow onion, chopped
1 (14-ounce) can condensed vegan cream of mushroom soup (e.g., Amy's Organic)
1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, chopped
1 cup cooked long grain brown rice
2/3 cup nondairy milk
1/2 teaspoon sodium-free seasoning blend (I use Mrs. Dash original blend)
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
1/4 cup vegan bread crumbs

What you do: 

1. Tofu: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place tofu in a deep dish so that tofu lays out flat. In a bowl, combine tamari and water, pour over the tofu; let sit for 10 minutes to marinate. Lay out tofu slices on greased baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes. When cooled, dice tofu. Set aside.
2. In a large skillet or medium pot, heat canola oil. Add green pepper, carrot, and onion; saute until carrot is tender, then remove from heat.
3. Stir in baked tofu, soup, artichoke hearts, rice, nondairy milk, and seasoning blend. Add salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a 2-quart rectangular baking dish.
4. Cover casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle on bread crumbs, and then bake for another 20 minutes, or until bubbly.
5. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
Source of recipe: I found a recipe from one of the magazines I have, which called for turkey and cream of chicken soup. I changed a few things, veganized it, and came up with this! Any improvements, please share!!!

Preparation Time: 
30 minutes, Cooking time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 
1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 
6
Recipe Category: 

SO HOW'D IT GO?

as far as i know amy's doesnt make a vegan cream of mushroom anything, can you provide a link?

I was reading...yes, very quick to my first response to you, ha ha...you can make a vegan béchamel sauce, which take minutes to make.  Here's my recipe for a quick béchamel sauce that I threw on top of pasta for my kids last night...and for the mushrooms, just saute a handful and throw it in the sauce when you're done...

14 ounces of any liquid is 1 3/4 cups...

Here's what I would do...and this will probably make a little more than you need but at least you'll have enough for the recipe...

4 T flour
3 T butter
2 c soy milk
salt and pepper to taste...maybe add a little Italian seasoning, too.  I like to throw that in for a little flavoring...

In a sauce pan, melt the butter and then add the flour, and stir until heated through.  It will become like a paste.  SLOWLY stir in the milk a litte at a time, so you don't create lumps in the sauce.  As it is being heated, continue to stir until thick.  Season with the salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.  Then throw in the sauteed mushrooms.  Then all you would need is 1 3/4 c of this to add to the recipe as a replacement for the condensed cream of mushroom. 

Let me know how this works...it should...I'm anxious to now try it myself!  Hope this helps!  I'm so sorry, I didn't think to look up a company that makes vegan condensed cream of mushroom soup to help out.

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You can make your own vegan cream of mushroom soup.  I do it all the time.  You just saute you mushrooms, heat 2 c of unflavored soy milk to boiling, add the required amount (for 2 c) of "not-beef" bullion (I use 1 1/2 cubes), and then reduce the head to low.  Then mix 3 tbsp. corn starch with 3 tbsp. cold water in a separate container.  Slowly pour the corn starch mixture into your soy milk mixture until it is the desired thickness.  You can add more corn starch if needed to thicken, just remember that you have to mix it with cold water first.  Corn starch will not dilute in hot liquids.  Hope this helps!  :)

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as far as i know amy's doesnt make a vegan cream of mushroom anything, can you provide a link?

Yes, you're right about that.  I made the recipe, and VegWeb has admins that proofread the recipe and they added that "e.g., Amy's Organic"...I will look into to it for sure!  I used Campbell's because I'm only vegetarian.  Searching with google looks like you would have to make the soup first, which sucks, and I never thought of that...go me!  ::)  I'll check it out and see what I can find for you.   :)

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as far as i know amy's doesnt make a vegan cream of mushroom anything, can you provide a link?

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Thanks for your help!  :)  That makes sense!  I guess the "admin's" have to check them all to make sure they make sense.  I thought some one was tampering with it and thought they could make it better than what I did.  Thank you again!!  ;)b   

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Yeah, it makes sense from the previous step. :) There are a couple of us who edit recipes, just to make sure they are all proofread, and in the same format, and whatnot. That's done for all newly submitted recipes, and we are also working on all recipes in the database to get them all up to speed. No worries!

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"Stir in baked tofu, soup, artichoke hearts, rice, nondairy milk, and seasoning blend. Add salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to 2 qt rectangular baking dish"

LOL...does that make sense to you?  Do you think people will know to combine the veggies with the rest?  Writing recipes is not my forte  :-[  ...sometimes you need a second proof reader, I guess  :-\ 

But it's weird though!  Some one did change how I wrote the recipe??  Can people do that??

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I don't know how to edit the recipe, but some one "edited" my recipe  >:(  , and left out that the sauteed veggies that have to be combined with the rest of the ingredients before being placed in the casserole dish.  So, make sure when you have completed #2,  in a large bowl, combine what you have completed for #2 with the rest of the ingredients, minus the bread crumbs, and then continue, by pouring your mixture in to the casserole dish.  I hope this makes sense!  ??? 

What do you mean? In #3, everything is mixed together before baking.

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I don't know how to edit the recipe, but some one "edited" my recipe  >:(  , and left out that the sauteed veggies that have to be combined with the rest of the ingredients before being placed in the casserole dish.  So, make sure when you have completed #2,  in a large bowl, combine what you have completed for #2 with the rest of the ingredients, minus the bread crumbs, and then continue, by pouring your mixture in to the casserole dish.  I hope this makes sense!  ??? 

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