VCWL005: Interview with Jesse Miner


Jesse Miner has been vegan for 20 years and a lover of delicious food all of his life, Jesse became a personal chef to share his passion for tantalizing and nourishing vegan dishes. Certification as a Natural Chef from Bauman College in Berkeley and interning and assisting cooking classes at Millennium Restaurant have prepared Jesse to bring his favorite food to tables all over the San Francisco Bay Area. All meals are created with the finest organic, seasonal and local ingredients.

In this episode, you will learn...

  • What it takes to build a personal chef business
  • The basics you should master in the kitchen to improve your cooking
  • Key flavor enhancers
  • Tips to meal planning to make your week easier
  • The biggest tip for home cooks
  • Elements of a great salad

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Recipe Courtesy of Jesse

Peanut Udon Noodle Salad


12 ounces udon noodles
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 carrot, peeled and grated
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
8 ounces baked tofu, cubed


1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons tamari
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon sriracha sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons minced ginger
Water, as needed to thin sauce.

  1. Cook the noodles in a pot of salted boiling water until tender, about 6-8 minutes.
  2. Drain and rinse under cold water.
  3. Toss in a large bowl with sesame oil. Add vegetables and tofu.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, tamari, rice wine vinegar, maple syrup, sriracha sauce, garlic and ginger.
  5. Slowly whisk in water, 1-2 tablespoons at a time, until desired consistency is achieved (think thick bbq sauce).
  6. Toss with noodles to combine.

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