Heavy Meals: Vegan “Beef” and Broccoli Stir Fry

600 calories


20170303_151729.jpgServes two. Preparation time about thirty minutes.

Approximately 595 calories per serving.


  • Cutting Board, Knife, Wok, Spatula, Stove
  • 1 Bunch Broccoli (~205 calories – whatever you cut off.)
  • Vegan Beef
    + 1 Package Nature’s Soy Vegetarian Beef: 240 calories.
  • Tofu
    + 1 Package Nature’s Soy Fried Tofu: 600 calories.
  • Teriyaki Sauce
    + La Choy Teriyaki Sauce: 10 calories per tbsp.
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
    + Canola Oil: 120 calories per tbsp.
  • Diced Ginger Root (2 calories per tsp.)
  • 2 Thai Chili Peppers
  • Sauce
    + Chili Garlic Sauce or Siracha.


Step 1. Clean and cut the broccoli florets into bite-sized pieces. Toss the crappy stem part into the garbage where it belongs.

Step 2. Nature’s Soy vegan beef comes in a block, so you’ll need to separate the vegan beef chunks. The quickest way to do this is to place the block on a cutting board and then strike it with your hand. Rub your hand back and forth over it vigorously. Otherwise, you’re going to be picking at the “beef” flakes for ages.

Step 3. Slice the tofu into cubes.

Step 4. Pour canola oil and some teriyaki sauce into a cast iron skillet. Add the ginger, peppers, broccoli, beef and tofu. Cook at medium heat, using the spatula to turn occasionally. If you can’t fit everything into the wok, cook the veggies and fake meat separately.

Step 5. Remove the food from the pan when the broccoli is tender.

Step 6. Serve with Sriracha and/or salt substitute.


Miscellanea: Cheese Macronutrient Profiles

“No one has as many friends as the the man with many cheeses.”

fromageAs a software engineering grad student, I get a lot of homework assignments that involve building webpages.

This assignment was to build a data viz. I spent hours making it, so someone besides the TA better look at this thing. Who knows, you might learn something about cheese. I used the C3.js library for the charts.

Cheese Me!

* No, gorgombert is not an actual cheese (though the nutritional information presented is based on mozzarella). Play Divinity: Original Sin sometime–it’s great.