It’s the fourth night of Hanukah and we at Our Hen House are not only busy unwrapping presents, but we’re also gearing up for a Jewish Christmas! Regardless of what holiday you’re celebrating this year, everyone loves (vegan) Chinese food and a movie, and that’s exactly what today’s special episode of the Our Hen House podcast is bringing your way. Back by popular demand, today’s super special bonus episode weaves in one of our favorite chats with the Vegan Mos‘ Michael Suchman, who joined Jasmin Singer to create the perfect Christmas meal (no matter what you celebrate). With Michael’s mentorship, we’ve whipped up some of his favorite original holiday recipes: Soba Noodle Stir-Fry, Cheesecake Bars, and Holly Berries Cocktail. Let’s get cooking!
Holly Berries Cocktail
by Vegan Mos
3 cups Bacardi Limon
3 cups cranberry juice
3 cups Sweet & Sour mix
1 cup fresh mint leaves
- Pour Bacardi, cranberry juice and Sweet & Sour into a large pitcher.
- Add mint to the pitcher and stir well.
- Pour into chilled martini glasses, garnish with a sprig of mint and serve.
Soba Noodle Stir Fry
by Vegan Mos
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
8 oz. soba noodles, or linguine noodles
2 1/2 TBL canola oil, divided
2 tsp sesame oil
3 TBL soy sauce
1 TBL agave
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp rice vinegar
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1 red pepper, sliced into strips
1 yellow pepper, sliced into strips
1/2 pound snow peas, sliced into strips
8 oz. shitake mushrooms, sliced into strips
2 cups broccoli florettes
2 scallions or green onions, sliced
- Cook noodles according to package directions, drain and set aside.
- Whisk together 1 1/2 TBL canola oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, agave, ginger, vinegar and red pepper flakes. Set aside.
- Heat remaining TBL canola oil in a large pan over med-high heat. Add the vegetables and saute until the broccoli is cooked through and the peppers are tender. About 5 minutes.
- Add noodles to the vegetable and toss to combine. Pour sauce over the noodles and vegetables. Toss to coat everything.
- Sprinkle with green onions and serve.
Please note that the version of the cheesecake bars recipe you’ll see below was halved on today’s podcast episode! In other words, this is double the recipe you heard on the show.
(note that this is doubled from the version you heard on the Teaching Jasmin How to Cook Vegan Podcast)
by Vegan Mos
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes (+ 10 minutes to cool)
2 cans refrigerated crescent roll dough
2 8oz containers vegan cream cheese
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups + 2 TBL granulated sugar, divided
2 tsp cinnamon
2 TBL vegan butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease the bottom of a 9X13 baking dish.
- Unroll one can of dough and place in the prepared baking dish. Pinch all the perforations together to make sure there are no gaps or holes. Gently stretch the dough to completely cover the bottom of the dish.
- In a medium bowl, or in a stand mixer, add the cream cheese and 1 1/4 cups of sugar. Beat until smooth. Add the vanilla extract and beat to fully incorporate.
- Carefully spread the cream cheese mixture over the dough in the baking dish.
- Unroll second can of dough. Carefully place on top of cream cheese layer. Pinch seams together. Try to cover the cream cheese layer completely.
- Pour melted butter evenly over top.7. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 2 TBL sugar and cinnamon. Mix well and sprinkle evenly over the butter.
- Bake about 30 minutes or until center is set. Cool slightly, about 10 minutes. It will collapse as it cools, so don’t worry when it is suddenly less than half the height it was when it came out of the oven.
- Slice and serve.
As always, the award-winning weekly Our Hen House podcast is hosted by Mariann Sullivan and Jasmin Singer.
This episode is brought to you in part through the generosity of A Well-Fed World. A Well-Fed World provides the means for change by empowering individuals, social justice organizations, and political decision makers to embrace the benefits of plant-based foods and farming. Learn more at awfw.org.
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