A friend recently said that they had ‘gone vegan’ .
This is an odd phrase; it implies a lifestyle transformation rather than just a conscious decision to alter diet. We don’t weigh down other diet changes with the same baggage – such as not eating cheese or high fat products.
It is a hard choice in spite of the current supermarket trends, probably because so much of our lives are peppered with meat products and animal derivatives. And it can be more expensive.
But it need not be a life scrambler.
So when my friend, a loyal and valued beetroot bagel lover, bemoaned a lack of replacement for scrambled eggs on beetroot bagel, i came up with this vegan alternative.
1 medium onion finely chopped – i used white but red would also work well
150g Clearspring Silken tofu mashed (if you are in Sheffield, from Beanies Zeds or Nutshell)
1/2 green chilli finely chopped
Dash of soya sauce
Black pepper to taste
Steam some spinach – optional
Some sport on telly
If you are having spinach or spring greens from your Regather veg box (or your garden) with it, wash and prepare them for steaming.
Halve the beetroot bagel
Soften the onion on a low heat in some olive oil
Meanwhile finely chop about half a green chilli (i don’t have this very hot, just enough to let you know it is there; so i use about half a chilli, but your taste buds are different so use what you think is best for you.)
When the onion is translucent, add the chilli and leave on a low heat for about another five minuets stirring occasionally.
Mash the Tofu and add
Turn up the heat slightly, add soya sauce and black pepper and stir.
If you are steaming greens, put on a pan of water. If you do not have a steamer just a covering on the bottom of the pan is fine. Bring to the boil. Add greens, cover.
Stir the tofu – there is a bit of liquid with the silken tofu that can be boiled off but not so it becomes dry.
When the greens are slightly shriveled, all is done.
Plate up, find some great sport on telly , enjoy.