Not to be confused with the Sichuanese dish ma po tofu, ma lan tou is a refreshing and easy-to-compose cold salad that is frequently served as part of a selection of small plates at the start of a Shanghainese feast.
When I mention that I develop vegetarian recipes, the most frequent reply is, "You must eat a lot of tofu!" However, I am actually a late adopter of tofu. I'm a texture person, and I've only recently found ways to prepare tofu that are not only easy, but result in a great taste and texture. In this recipe for Tofu and Chickpea Stir-Fry with its creamy tahini sauce, you'll find all of the above.
Paella—a Spanish rice dish—is traditionally made with seafood, chicken or sausage, and a seasoning base of saffron and tomato. But in this vegetarian version, I'm swapping the meat and fish for fresh produce and legumes. It's a veggie-filled dinner perfect for any night of the week.