Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
My boyfriend and I just finished decorating our Christmas tree last night without our puppy Gigi, a toy poodle, attacking a single ornament (thank God).
We had some Soy Nog that I found at Fortinos and it actually wasn't that bad. It is not as thick as regular egg nog but its still had that great cinnamony sweet taste. My boyfriend tried some and said he liked it initially, but then decided that it made him feel sick after. lol. I think its because he knew it had soy in it. lol.
I also bought some soy ice cream, mint marble fudge flavour to get us in that Christmassy kinda mood. lol. Yea I know I am cheesy. It was delicious! The next time I have it though I am planning to put some crushed up candy canes in it to resemble the traditional Candy Cane ice cream I used to eat.
Oh yes.... I almost forgot, I got a Tofurkey Feast for Christmas Dinner. Well... atleast for a part of Dinner, since i am pretty sure i'll be the only one eating it, lol!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
What you need:
1 cup Bisquick
1/2 cup soy milk
1/2 cup onion
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables of your choice
1 can mushroom gravy
2 tbsp olive oil
What you do:
Chop up onion and potato and saute in frying pan with oil until onion is soft and gold.
Add frozen veggie mix and gravy to onion and potato, simmer for 10 mins.
Mix bisquick and soy milk.
Transfer filling into oven safe dish and cover with bisquick mix
Bake at 400 degrees for 40 mins
It was delicious, hearty, and vegan. YUM!! (Sorry there is no pic)
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
My Dad has decided that we still need to have a turkey for dinner so he will be cooking and bringing one to my house which is fine with me, I just won't be eating any of it. I also want to make sure that I have a vegan alternative to turkey that tastes great so that everyone can try some. This is where my researching skills have been coming in.
I have heard a lot about Tofurkey's and Celebration Roasts amongst other vegan holiday food alternatives, but these two seem to rank at the top. http://www.chow.com/blog provided an interesting article from The Wall Street Journal that tested four different turkey alternatives. The Celebration Roast ranked the highest in terms of its overall taste and appearances by non-vegans. So I decided that this is what I would get for our Christmas dinner, but I don't think they are sold in Canada. Dilemma, guess its gonna have to be the Tofurkey, which came in second, unless I miraculously find a roast. As for the rest of dinner, I am going to use a mushroom gravy, wait until http://veganvictuals.blogspot.com/ perfects her vegan stuffing, and keep the butter and milk out of all the traditional sides. Dessert is still to be determined, but i am thinking about a vegan trifle and maybe a pumpkin cake of some sort.
Has anyone out there tried either of these alternatives? Which do you prefer?
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The other treat that requires a little more effort than pulling out of a box, but still doesn't involve very much work, are baked apples.Baked Apples
What you need:
8 tbsp Raw/brown sugar
2 tbsp vanilla
cinnamon (to taste)
What you do:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Get your apples and remove the cores
Get an oven safe dish and cover the bottom with about 1cm of water. Add vanilla into water.
Place the cored apples in the dish and put the 2 tbsp of sugar in each apple and sprinkle cinnamon as desired. Bake 10 to 12 mins.
Some people add walnuts, pecans, or even raisins as the picture shows.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Here's what you need:
1 lbs ground beef replacement (I used Yves)
1 onion chopped
1-2 cups vegetables - chopped carrots, corn, peas (to save time and work I used frozen mixed veggies)
1 1/2 - 2 lbs potatoes (3 big ones)
1/4 cup soy milk
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tsps vegetable oil (I used olive)
Salt, pepper, other seasonings of choice
What you do:
1 Peel and quarter potatoes, boil in salted water until tender (about 20 minutes).
2 add oil to frying pan.
3 Saute onions in oil (5 mins). Add vegetables, add them according to cooking time. Put any carrots in with the onions. Add corn or peas either at the end of the cooking of the onions, or after the meat replacement has initially cooked. If frozen you don't need to worry about that
4 Add ground beef replacement and saute (8 mins). Add salt and pepper. Add Worcestershire sauce (or don't). If it is getting dry you can add some vegetable stock.
5 Mash potatoes in bowl with soy milk, season to taste.
6 Place meatless mixture in baking dish. Distribute mashed potatoes on top. This is not meant to be smooth or neat, play around a bit
7 Cook in 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes. Broil for last few minutes if necessary to brown the top.
It Serves fourish. My boyfriend was really hungry so it was pretty much gone by the end of the night.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Vegan Protein Powerhouses
Many vegan foods are packed full of muscle-building protein, while being low in saturated fat and free of cholesterol. Try these versatile and delicious high-protein foods in your next dish:
Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) - a dried soy product that can be used in place of ground beef in stews, chili, tacos, pasta sauce, etc.
Lentils - a small but nutritionally mighty member of the legume family, loaded with minerals, B vitamins, and protein--all with virtually no fat. Lentils are excellent in soups, stews, and curries.
Tofu - a product made from soybeans, is the king of versatility. It has a bland taste on its own but it absorbs the flavors of the other foods and seasonings cooked with it. Firm tofu can be used in place of meat in stir-fries or marinated and baked, while soft tofu can be used in dips and deserts like pudding, pie, and smoothies.
Seitan - also known as “wheat gluten”, is a chewy meat-substitute that is the protein part of wheat which is left after the starch and bran are removed.
Tempeh - a fermented soy product with a slightly nutty flavor and a firm texture similar to meat.