Saturday, September 7, 2013

My husband wanted me to post possible substitutes for egg in adapting non vegan recipes. I found a good guide on another vegan blog. http://www.holycowvegan.net/p/vegan-substitutes.html She has some awesome recipes. The crescent rolls and challah recipes are very delicious.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Asian Fusion Quinoa and Tofu

I had tofu already marinated according to my usual method.   I made quinoa in the rice cooker and seasoned it with gochujang (Korean Red Pepper Paste) soy sauce, and sesame oil. 

The spinach was blanched in boiling water with a teaspoon of salt for 30 seconds drained and rinsed with cold water.  I added 2 cloves of minced garlic,  1 tablespoon soy sauce, 2 teaspoons of sesame oil and tossed the spinach in and let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours to absorb the flavor.

The carrots were chopped matchstick size and quick pickled with 3 tablespoons of vinegar, 1 tablespoon of water, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of agave.  Combine and store in refrigerator until dinner is ready.

The scallion pancakes were made with one alteration to this recipe.  I substituted 1/2 cup spelt flour for the same amount of all purpose flour. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Mocha Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars

Mocha Chocolate Chunk Brownies
Cut them small you will want to, my family refused to have such limits on their portions.  I divided the first batch into 16 pieces.  The second batch was cut into 12.  They much preferred the larger brownies.  These were deemed blog worthy by both family and non-vegan friends.  :)  Definitely, try it with the vegan chocolate chunks not mini chips. I have made it both ways and the chunks were unanimously deemed better.

1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
1/2 Cup Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/4 Cup Spelt Flour
1/4 Cup Coconut Flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/3 Cup Canola Oil
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
1 Cup Vegan Chocolate Chunks
1/2 Cup Hot Coffee mixed with 2 Tablespoons Golden Flax Seed Meal

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Place baking parchment in a 9 inch square baking pan.

Combine flax mixture with vanilla and oil in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl whisk together cocoa powder, flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Stir sugars into wet ingredients.  Mix until smooth.

Sift dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Stir until well combined. Stir in chocolate chunks.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 22-23 minutes.

Let cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes before using parchment to lift brownies onto counter.

Cut into individual servings and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Doughnuts for School



The PTA was having a donuts with Dad day. This required that I have doughnuts to send with them so they wouldn't be subjected to some horrible store bought, preservative laden, sweets. So I pulled out my mini bundt tin and got to work. Turned out it was dads eating doughnuts in the school library and most of the kids having none. :( Luckily for my kids, their doughnuts were in their lunchboxes. They appreciated the doughnuts very much. It was a fairly simple recipe, infinitely adaptable, and truly delicious. Next time, I might try making the doughnuts coconut or maple flavored.

Chocolate Glazed Baked Donuts
         Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
1 cup Unbleached All Purpose Flour
2/3 cup Spelt Flour
1/3 cup Coconut Flour
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 cup So Delicious Coconut Milk
2 tbsp Golden Flax Meal
1/3 cup Hot Water
1 tbsp Shortening

First, mix the hot water with the flax meal and let it gel while you mix together the dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until a thick batter forms.  If any of the dry ingredients still aren't incorporated add a little more coconut milk.  Spoon into mini bundt tin lightly coated with cooking spray.  Bake for 15-18 minutes.  Allow to cool in tin for a few minutes before turning out onto cooling rack and allow them to cool completely before dipping in glaze.

Glaze

1/4 cup Earth Balance Margarine
2 tbsp So Delicious Coconut Milk
1 tbsp Corn Syrup
1/4 cup Vegan Chocolate Chips
1 cup Powdered Sugar

Warm the margarine, coconut milk, and corn syrup in the microwave for 2 minutes.  Stir in chocolate chips until melted.  Add powdered sugar and stir until smooth.  Dip doughnuts in glaze and allow glaze to set before storing.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Delicious vegan food...

Pad Thai
Kung Pao with Cashews
Both of these wonderfully delicious meals were served at the Loving Hut restaurant located in Addison, Texas. My husband has missed Pad Thai more than almost any other food after switching to the vegan diet.  He told me this Pad Thai was better than any Pad Thai he ever ate!!  My Kung Pao was excellent and was a large enough serving to take half home for lunch the next day.  The Spring Rolls were the best we have ever tasted.  That is, of course, why they were already eaten before I pulled out my phone to take pictures of the food.  I highly recommend you stop by the next time you are in the area.  You won't regret it.
 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Pizza Lounge in Dallas

Vegan Sofa King at Pizza Lounge
We had the opportunity to try a vegan pizza night at Pizza Lounge. We were lucky enough to choose Sunday evening as the time to go. On this particular Sunday, they had live music. The music was played by a great group of guys known as The Poor Kings.

We ordered the Un-humus appetizer and a vegan version of PL's Sofa King. Check out the menu for the details on all the pizzas they can make vegan for you.  The un-humus could use more salt, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil, but the flat bread was awesome.  As for the pizza, they tossed on every one of their vegan meat substitutes with a decent sauce and excellent crust.  I would have like some more vegetables and an addition of olives, but it was a good pizza, and a great funky atmosphere to go with the live band.  I would highly recommend you try it out if you are ever in the area.  If it is Sunday night and The Poor Kings are playing, I might just be there. ;)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Chili-Cheezy Popcorn Seasoning

Chili-Cheezy Popcorn
2 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
1/2 teaspoon Chili Powder
1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/4 teaspoon Cumin
1 teaspoon salt

Mix seasonings thoroughly and sprinkle over freshly popped popcorn.  Enjoy! 

I am planning to find a vegan friendly Mexican restaurant and see if they will sprinkle my seasoning over their freshly made tortilla chips. :)  This also makes a great seasoning for rice and beans.