Celebrate World Vegetarian Day With This Vegetable Dish

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Mark Shadle, executive chef and co-owner of G-Zen Restaurant in Branford, visited the Fox CT kitchen to cook up a vegetarian dish in honor of World Vegetarian Day. G-Zen was recently named one of the top 10 upscale vegan restaurants in America by Shape Magazine.

Below is the recipe for G-Zen’s Thimble Island “crab” cakes:


  • ½ cup scallions (small dice)
  • ½ cup celery (small dice)
  • ½ cup red onions (small dice)
  • ½ cup tri-pepper (small dice)
  • 2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • ¼ cup Nayo (vegan and store bought is OK)
  • ½ cup Bread crumbs
  • 1 12 ounce package of tempeh
  • ½ cup bread cubes
  • 1 Tablespoon mustard
  • Pinch of salt and pepper


  1. Cut tempeh into cubes and boil for five minutes.
  2. Strain and cool tempeh.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the first eight ingredients together.
  4. Crumble cooled tempeh into the mixture and combine till the consistency resembles ground beef.
  5. Fold in bread cubes
  6. Portion out into 1 ½ ounce balls
  7. Pan fry with Earth Balance or bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.

Vegan “tarter sauce”


  • 1 cup vegan Nayo
  • ½ cup dill relish
  • 1/8 pinch cayenne


  1. In a large bowl mix well and it’s ready to serve.

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