Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
I love pasta, Love it! So I decided to start expanding the kinds of noddles we use. Sunday we were having spaghetti but I decided to use Garden Rotini. It was really good. I also made garlic bread. Yummmm(and the "m"s could go on and on!).
We just used a store bought Spaghetti sauce(meatless of course)
1 box of Garden Rotini
1/2 cup butter(or earth balance), softened
Garlic to taste
about 10 slices of bread(thicker bread is better but we only had sandwich bread)
Mix the butter and garlic, spread onto each slice of bread. Stack bread and wrap in foil. Put it in a 350 degree oven for about 15 min.
There you have a super fast meal that tastes super yummy!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 pkg. Rice Noddles(also called rice sticks)
1/2 Red bell pepper
1/2 Green bell pepper
Mushrooms(gasp I used canned, it's all I had)
3 Tbs Soy sauce
1 tsp Sugar
1/2 tsp salt(optional)
Green onion, chopped
Veggie broth, 1/2- 3/4 cup
Prepare noddles a directed on package. Then chop noddles into smaller, pieces not really small just to a little bigger then bite size.
Saute all veggies and garlic. Mix Soy sauce, sugar and salt. add to veggies. Add noddles, mix.
I added extra garlic powder because I love garlic, it's up to you if you want to do the same.
It's really yummy!
8oz Mai Fun (Rice Vermicelli Noodles)
2 stalks green onion
16oz bag frozen stir fry vegetables
2 tbsp stir fry oil
½ cup chicken broth(I will be using Veggie broth)
3 tbsp soy sauce
½ tsp salt
**I am sure you can just cut up your own veggies instead of using frozen. Let me know what you think!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Where do you fit in?
Vegetarian is a blanket term used to describe a person who does not consume meat, poultry, fish, or seafood.
This grouping includes vegans and the various sub- categories of vegetarian; however, it generally implies someone who has less dietary restrictions than a vegan.
The term semi-vegetarian is usually used to describe someone who is a vegetarian who consumes dairy products, eggs, chicken, and fish, but does not consume other animal flesh.
**I have read that many people who are Vegetarian don't believe that this is even a category of vegetarianism, they feel that either you eat animal flesh or you don't end of story. I think be what ever you want to be and call yourself what you want!**
Ovo-lacto vegetarians are vegetarians who do not consume meat, poultry, fish, and seafood, but do consume eggs and milk. This is the largest group of vegetarians.
Ovo-vegetarian is a term used to describe someone who would be a vegan if they did not consume eggs.
**an ovo-vegetarian does NOT consume Dairy**
Lacto-vegetarian is a term used to describe someone who would be a vegan if they did not consume milk.
**This is where I fit in(Between Vegan and Lacto-Vegetarian. I do eat dairy on occasion but I do not eat eggs and try to stay away from other edible animal bi-products**
Vegan is the strictest sub-category of vegetarians. Vegans do not consume any animal products or by-products. Some go as far as not even consuming honey and yeast. Others do not wear any clothing made from animal products.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Kale Chips. Sounds odd, right? I made some because I happen to have kale(don't even remember why I bought it), and while I like them just fine, this is what happened when I asked Logan to give one a try:
Me: Logan will you come try these?
Logan: umm, what is that?
Me: Kale chips.
Logan: Do I have to try it?
Me: Logan it's the smallest one! Please just try that one if you don't like it you don't have to eat another.
Logan:(talks himself into it, you know, "I can do this, I can do this" It was pretty funny) UGH, I don't like it!!
Me: just finish that one.
Logan: Okay.....I really don't like those!
Me: what did it taste like?
Me: When have you ever eaten grass?
Logan: I just did!
I was laughing pretty hard by the end of this conversation. I am posting the recipe I used because I thought they were pretty good and I'd make them again, next time I think I'll add a little garlic powder.
Small bundle of Kale(about 3-4 leaves)
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Vinegar(optional)
Salt to taste
Cut the stems from the leafy parts, Cut or tear into bite size pieces. Wash and dry leaves. Coat in the oil and vinegar(if using). Put in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Bake at 300 Degrees for about 20 min. Salt right after you take them from the oven. Enjoy!
If you try them let me know what you think.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
1 onion(the size is up to you), chopped
2 portabella mushroom caps(or about 1 1/2 cups), Chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 15 oz. can refried beans(if you are not eating animal bi-products make sure you get lard free beans!)
1 cup TVP(textured vegetable protein), Rehydrated(see package)
1-2 teaspoon cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4-1/2 cup flour
You can saute the onions and mushrooms but it's not necessary. If you decide not to the onions will just be a little crunchy. The mixture should be sticky but not gloppy.
In about 2 tablespoons of olive oil fry these babies up, about 5 min each side on med/low heat.
Makes 8-10 "burgers". Serve on whole grain buns with lettuce and tomato...Yum!
If you use one of the fruit or veggie replacers make sure the flavor will work with whatever you put it in.
- Ener-G Egg Replacer - follow directions on box.(This is what I use, it's about $4 a box and replaces something like 120 eggs)
- 2 tbsp cornstarch = 1 egg
- 2 tbsp arrowroot flour = 1 egg
- 2 tbsp potato starch = 1 egg
- 1 heaping tbsp soy powder + 2 tbsp water = 1 egg
- 1 tbsp soy milk powder + 1 tbsp cornstarch + 2 tbsp water = 1 egg.
- 1 banana = 1 egg in cakes(I've read that using this can leave an obvious banana taste so if you aren't big on bananas, this substitute isn't for you) .
- 1 tbsp milled flax seed and 3 tbsp water = 1 egg. Light, fluffy cakes
- 1/4 cup mashed potatoes = 1 egg
- 1/4 cup canned pumpkin or squash = 1 egg
- 1/4 cup puréed prunes = 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp. water + 1 Tbsp. oil + 2 tsp. baking powder = 1 egg
- 1 Tbsp. plain agar powder dissolved in 1 Tbsp. water, whipped, chilled, and whipped again = 1 egg white
• If a recipe calls for three or more eggs, it is important to choose a replacer that will perform the same function (i.e., binding or leavening).
• Trying to replicate airy baked goods that call for a lot of eggs, such as angel food cake, can be very difficult. Instead, look for a recipe with a similar taste but fewer eggs, which will be easier to replicate.
• When adding tofu to a recipe as an egg replacer, be sure to purée it first to avoid chunks in the finished product.
• Be sure to use plain tofu, not seasoned or baked, as a replacer.
• Powdered egg replacers cannot be used to create egg recipes such as scrambles or omelets. Tofu is the perfect substitute for eggs in these applications.
• If you want a lighter texture and you’re using fruit purées as an egg substitute, add an extra 1/2 tsp. baking powder. Fruit purées tend to make the final product denser than the original recipe.
• If you’re looking for an egg replacer that binds, try adding 2 to 3 Tbsp. of any of the following for each egg: tomato paste, potato starch, arrowroot powder, whole wheat flour, mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, instant potato flakes, or 1/4 cup tofu puréed with 1 Tbsp. flour.
Friday, August 13, 2010
I found this recipe "idea" at: www.vegweb.com But I changed some things, so this in my version:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 large clove of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Sriracha(found in the Asian section of the grocery store, it's a red sauce, mine has a green lid) ***Note***if you don't want it too spicy reduce the amount!
1 tablespoon tomato paste (I used ketchup, it's what I had!)
15 oz can chick peas, drained, reserving 3 tablespoon liquid
1/2 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
fresh black pepper
crushed red pepper, optional (I didn't use)
1 tablespoon Earth Balance margarine
Heat oil on medium high heat. Fry onions until slightly browned. Reduce heat to medium. Add garlic, Sriracha, and paste. Stir and simmer about 2 minutes. Add chick peas, liquid, lime juice, salt, and black pepper. Simmer 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add red pepper to taste. Add margarine, stirring through to melt it. Stir and simmer for 5 minutes more or until peas are softened and dish is hot. Serve over rice.
Makes: 2-4 servings, Preparation time: 10 minutes, Cooking time: 15 minutes
Whole grain hotdog buns
Coleslaw(not vegan obviously)
You put the chilli on the bun then the coleslaw. I know it seems odd for me to tell you which order to put the ingredients on but, there is a reason. If you put the chili first the coleslaw going on top kind of seals in the chili making it a bit less messy.
I was also thinking that shredded zucchini(told you we love it!)in with the chili would be a really good addition.
Not sure if you will like the combo? "Try them! Try them! And you may. Try them and you may, I say."(Green eggs and ham-Dr. Seuss.....I'm quoting this book and I don't eat eggs or ham,hehe)
My Zucchini dish with out a name
1-2 cups chopped Tomatoes(I use canned stewed tomatoes from a pint size jar)with juice
1/2-1 teaspoon Cumin
1/4 cup chopped Cilantro(We love cilantro so I sometimes do more...if you aren't a fan you can always cut it out completely)
1 med. onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic(or garlic powder)
2 Med-large Zucchini cut into chunks
Simmer everything except the Zucchini for about 5 min. add Zucchini simmer until zucchini is tender.
You can eat this over rice to make it a little more filling, we ate it as is the first time and it was wonderful that way too.
**If you can think of a good name for this recipe let me know in a comment!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Chocolate Zucchini Bread
3 cups flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup applesauce
Egg replacer for 3 eggs
2/3 cup soymilk(I mostly use Almond milk)
3 cups shredded Zucchini
1 cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips(or carob chips)
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)(or any nut you prefer)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray 2-9x5" loaf pans with non-stick spray.
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl & mix well. Add vegetable oil & using a fork, stir. It will be dry but stir as well as possible. Then add the "eggs". Continue to mix. Add soy milk & Vanilla & stir until well blended. Add Zucchini, Chocolate Chips & Walnuts & blend them in. The mixture should be nice & smooth, moist looking.
Spoon into loaf pans. Bake 55-60 minutes(or 20 min. for muffins). Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then remove & cool completely.
Serves: 2 loaves
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup Earth Balance (or other margarine), softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup Brown sugar
Egg replacer for 2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup rolled oats
1/4-1/2 cup apple sauce
Any two of the following(you could do more than 2, we just always do 2)
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips(Optional)
2/3 cup chopped pecans(Optional)
2/3 cup shredded coconut
2/3 cup golden raisins
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease baking sheets. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream vegan margarine(Earth balance is my favorite) & sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg replacer gradually, then stir in vanilla & almond extracts and coconut.
Gradually stir in the already-mixed dry ingredients. Stir in rolled oats, chocolate chips, and pecans. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto the greased baking sheets.
Bake for 10-15 minutes(I found that 12 was perfect for how we our cookies, 15 makes them pretty crunchy). Allow cookies to cool 5 minutes before removing from baking sheets.
Serves: 5 dozen cookies
I hope you enjoy them, I know we do!
I've been 3 weeks meat free and have had so much more energy, even my husband has noticed the difference. I love it! I am also cutting out dairy, I'm doing this slowly because I stopped eating dairy a few months ago(hubby has a dairy allergy), and I went through with drawls, it was not pretty! I didn't even know that could happen! So I'm taking is slow this time.