Sunday, August 29, 2010

Summertime Salad: White Bean and Veggie Medley

This is a really yummy and healthy salad. I found the recipe on Healthy Bitch Daily. The recipe was super easy.



Friday, August 27, 2010

Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies

From Vegan A Go-Go! by Sarah Kramer

egg replacer to equal 1 egg (ener G egg replacer)
1/2 cup vegan margarine
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
3/4 cup vegan chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 F. In a food processor, blend the egg replacer, margarine, sugar, and vanilla until smooth and set aside (I used my muscles and a spoon and it was fine).
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and soda, salt, coconut and chocolate chips. Add the margarine mixture and stir until well incorporated. Roll dough into balls, lay on cookie sheet, and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cookies cool 5 minutes before removing from sheet. Makes 18-24 cookies.

One of the best and easiest cookie recipes ever. MMMMM.

My friend had some last night and she said they were as good as Paradise Bakeries. :o)


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fresh Tomato Pasta

Today I looked in my fridge and I found onion, garlic, parsley, and a whole bunch of tomatoes that looked like there were going to turn bad in a couple of days. So I decided to make up a recipe.

You can alter the amounts based on how much of each flavor you want. But here's how I did it. My 12 year old had 3rds he liked it so much.

2 TBSP red onion-minced
1 large clove garlic-minced

Saute these until garlic is very lightly browned over medium heat with some oil. I did maybe 1-2 minutes.

2 sprigs of parsley chopped
4-6 whole tomatoes diced
1 cup of olive oil
dash of pepper
pinch of sea salt
4 pepperoncini's (banana peppers)-diced
2 dried bay leaves, diced

Put all of the ingredients in a bowl and cover. Let marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Cook any kind of pasta that you want. Drain it and mix it with the sauce.

Very light summer dish. Enjoy.

I also thought some black olives and pine nuts would be good in this. Try adding a splash of lemon juice or red wine vinegar too. Maybe fresh mushrooms. Mmmm. The possibilities are endless.


Monday, August 9, 2010

Seafood Pesto Pasta

So my fiancé gets Family Circle magazine, I'm not sure why, but there are some great recipes in it!! Tonight we had Seafood Pesto Pasta. It was a very quick to prepare, and we both loved it!! I didn't take my own picture of it, so I am borrowing the picture from the Family Circle website!! While on the website I found 3 more vegetarian recipes to make!!! Check it out by clicking HERE

  • 3 cups frozen chopped broccoli
  • 1 pound frozen bay scallops
  • 3/4 pound frozen raw, peeled medium-size shrimp
  • 2/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth (I used vegetable broth)
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 3 sprigs parsley
  • 1 thick slice onion
  • 1 thick slice lemon
  • 1/2 pound angel hair pasta
  • 7 tablespoons reduced-fat basil pesto (such as Buitoni)


1. Coat slow cooker bowl with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange broccoli on bottom of bowl, then top with frozen scallops and shrimp. Pour broth and wine over top, then add parsley, onion and lemon. Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 hours or LOW for 4 hours. Drain and discard parsley, onion and lemon.

2. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package, 7 minutes; reserve 1/2 cup water. Drain pasta; place in large serving bowl.

3. Add seafood and pesto to pasta; toss well to combine, adding pasta water by the tablespoonful, if needed.


Loving Hut

Won Tons

Spring Rolls

Plain ole French Fries and Ketchup

My 3 yr old getting in on the action of taking photos of food.

Philly "Steak" Sandwich (It needed some vegan cheese)

Sweet & Sour "Chicken" (My 12 yr old said it tasted exactly like real chicken)

Chow Mein with tofu.

Curry soup. Very tasty.

Moo Shoo veggie style and very tasty.

Excellent Carrot Cake!

Okay, this place is weird. Weird television playing propaganda about Quakers and Veganism on the walls.

The service was really awful. They got our order wrong, never bussed our table and it took forever for them to take our order. Then my entree came out with our appetizer. My husbands appetizer came out last. There was only one other party in the restaurant too. I can't imagine what it would be like if they were busy.

The food was all delicious. A bit too much salt. The price is great and I would here again if it was closer to home. I would just order take out next time.

Anaheim Chile Soup

Okay, I got part of the recipe off of bountiful baskets on Facebook. But I kind of made it up. So if you can cook with out measuring things then just put in what you want and make it to your liking.

Carrots, celery, onion, corn, roasted chiles (you roast green chiles by placing them on the bbq for 5-10 minutes per side, then seal them in a plastic bag for 10-15 minutes. Take them out and peel the skins off and add them to the soup).

So the first thing I did was saute the carrots, onion, garlic, and celery (I wish I had added some zucchini or squash or potato). While you are doing this boil some corn on the cob.

Scrape the corn from the cob into the pan. Put the cobs in too. Cover all of this with water. Boil and then simmer uncovered until your veggies are cooked to your liking. Remove the cobs, throw them away.

Take some flour and some oil in a pan. Simmer and mix till brown. Add some veggie broth. Simmer this till a little thick. Add it to the soup. Add the chiles. Simmer a bit longer. The longer you simmer any soup or stew the more flavorful it'll be.

Enjoy. Very spicy.


Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Steam a head of cauliflower in pieces. Put it in the blender with salt, pepper, and soy milk (however much you would use to make mashed potatoes, I never measure this). Blend till lump free. Add to a baking dish. Bake at 400 for about 10 minutes with some paprika sprinkled on top. It's really yummy.


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Spicy Tomato Ziti

    2 Tbsp. olive oil
    1 lb. chopped mushrooms
    2 large cloves garlic, minced
    1 35-oz. can Italian chopped tomatoes
    1/2 tsp. hot red pepper flakes
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 lb. ziti
    2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and garlic and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their juice, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.

Cook the pasta in boiling salted water according to the package directions. Drain well. In a large serving bowl, toss the pasta with the sauce, sprinkle cheese on top and serve.


Orzo Stuffed Peppers

1 cup orzo pasta
4 peppers
2/3 cup tightly packed fresh parsley
1 clove garlic
2 tbs olive oil
12 oz. faux ground beef-style crumbles
1 large can of Italian chopped stewed tomatoes
1 12-oz. jar tomato sauce

Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Cook the orzo pasta according to the directions on the package. Drain and set aside.

Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Cut the tops off the peppers (save them) and scrape out the insides, removing the seeds. Place the peppers into the boiling water, simmer for 3 minutes, remove from the water, and invert them onto a paper towel to drain.

In a large skillet, brown the beef-style crumbles in the oil and garlic over medium heat. Stir in the orzo, parsley, and can of tomatoes. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the mix
ture is heated through.
Pour the tomato sauce into an 8-inch glass baking dish. Fill the peppers with the “beef” mixture and place them into the baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes.

Makes 4 servings


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Black Eyed Bean Casserole

Oh boy. This might be my new favorite meal. I am so full from it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Black Eyed Bean Casserole.


P.S. It made lots of leftovers.

Blueberry Muffins

I have been trying many muffin recipes. I finally found one I love. Vegan Blueberry Muffins. So moist and tasty. We couldn't eat just one.



Balsamic and Basil Bruschetta

Okay, my kids devoured these in seconds.