Monday, May 20, 2013

Veganized New Joe's Special (Tofu, Mushrooms, Spinach)

Have you guys ever heard of New Joe's Special? It comes from a restaurant in California called Joe's.  Joe's became New Joe's after it burned down. The special at New Joe's was a dish with lots of spinach and ground beef and egg. My mom figured out the recipe, and made it all the time. I grew up eating it. But ever since I've gone vegan I've craved it. Not in the OH I NEED MEAT kind of way but in the "this is a comforting food from my childhood" kind of way. So I decided to veganize it. Enjoy.

  • 16 ounces tofu
  • 6 cups of baby spinach
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Mix the flax seed and 6 tablespoons water in a bowl. Put in the fridge to gel.
  2. Drain the tofu by putting it between two paper towels and pressing out the water. 
  3. Chop the tofu into cubes. 
  4. Fry the tofu in the oil in a large pan on high heat.
  5. Once it has browned, add the mushrooms and garlic.
  6. Stir until brown. 
  7. Add spinach and stir.
  8. Take the bowl of flax seed water out of the fridge and add the nutritional yeast. Stir in the rest of the water slowly until the nutritional yeast/flax is dissolved. 
  9. Move the spinach/tofu/mushrooms mixture to one side of the pan and add the nutritional yeast to the other side.
  10. Slowly incorporate the two sides of the pan. 
  11. Stir until the nutritional yeast is no longer sticking to the bottom of the pan. Add salt and pepper and serve!