5.27.2015

Vegan Mac n' Awesome

In an attempt to make a Vegan Mac n' Cheese dish without the use of fake vegan cheese, I came up with this amazing recipe. It is meat eater approved, and packed with protein, b12, and iron. Yum!

Vegan Mac n' Awesome




Ingredients:

For the veggies:
3 shallots, minced
2 cups chopped/diced mushrooms (white or portabello)
7 oz (half package) of extra firm tofu, crumbled
A few taps of the following dried herbs: oregano, basil, pepper, garlic and onion powder

For the sauce:

8oz Almond Milk (unsweetened and unflavored)
1 tbs white miso paste
1 tbs vegetable bullion powder
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
2 tbs cornstarch (or flour, this is to help thicken the sauce)
1 tbs garlic powder
1 tbs onion powder
1 tbs dijon mustard
A few taps black pepper
1-2 tbs Earth Balance butter (I like the soy free one)

Pasta:
Your favorite vegan pasta. This can be macaroni, penne, gluten free, whatever you want! I cooked the whole package, so 12 oz.

Garnishes:
chopped green onions, chopped fresh basil

Instructions:

Boil your pasta according to package instructions.
In a separate pan, saute the shallots, mushrooms, and tofu in a little water or oil if you are using oil. Add your spices. Cook for about 5-10 minutes.

In a blender, add all of the sauce ingredients and blend until super smooth. Then transfer your sauce into a sauce pan (not the one with the veggies) that has some of the earth balance butter already heated to a melt. Whisk the sauce until it bubbles and thickens. About 10 minutes.

Now add all ingredients together: veggies, pasta, and sauce. Toss until it is all incorporated. Garnish with fresh herbs. You can add more pepper and salt if you wish but I tried to go easy on the salt in this since I had the "butter". Enjoy! Eat how ever much is allotted in your daily food intake.




5.15.2015

"Souper" Simple Veggie Soup Recipe

Sometimes when you get home from work you just want to order in or gorge on some junk but the truth is you probably won't feel so hot afterwards. Take-out and junk food is loaded with fat and sodium - even the healthier stuff has a salt count that can exceed your entire daily allowance! Last night I just threw this soup together without a lot of thought. It was creamy and delicious. No fat, and low in salt. I ate a big bowl for dinner and then had a small portion left for lunch the next day.



Veggie Ingredients:
2 shallots, chopped
1 Japanese Sweet Potato, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped

Seasoning Ingredients:
SMALL "shake" (or pinch) each of:
dried thyme
dried oregano
dried basil
dried parsley
dried rosemary
dried tarragon
dried sage
cracked black pepper
smoked paprika
and 1 bay leaf

For the broth:
I just used 3 tablespoons of a low sodium vegetable broth powder and 3 coffee mugs of water (or enough to cover your veggies).

Equipment:
Soup pot
Blender or Immersion blender

Instructions:
Chop up all vegetables. In your soup pot add the onions and cook on low heat. I used no oil so I just added a little water at a time so the onions did not burn. After a few minutes and the onions are soft. add in the rest of your veggies and stir. Add some extra water to keep things going. Sprinkle in all of your spices and stir, except the bay leaf. Cook until veggies begin to soften a bit. Add in water, bay leaf, and your bouillon/stock powder. Let the soup come to a boil then simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until the veggies are super soft. You can taste test a few. Turn heat off then it's time to blend your soup. Either transfer it all to a blender or use an immersion blender right in the pot. Time to eat. Enjoy!

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5.14.2015

Restaurant Review: Pure Food & Wine

I've been eyeing the menu at Pure Food & Wine for a few years now and we finally made it there with some friends. This restaurant prides itself in Raw Vegan Food. Before you freak out and think it's just a bunch of salad think again. Lasagna, Tamales, oh MY GOODNESS. The food was so delicious and when we asked to keep a menu so we could have the ingredients list we were told there was a cookbook. The Husband was gracious and bought us a copy. I can't wait to recreate some of these dishes and then some!

Between the 4 of us we shared/tasted the following and we were SO full afterwards. I don't get how you could leave this place hungry.


Tuscan Kale and Radicchio with Grapes and Golden Raisins
pine nuts, pumpkin seed macadamia parmesan, lemon caper vinaigrette



Sesame Crusted King Oyster Mushrooms
watercress sauce, radish, nori, micro



Squash Blossoms with Pimento Cashew Cheese
harissa sauce, cucumber raita, cherry tomatoes, nicoise olives



Sweet Corn and Cashew Tamales with Chili Spiced Portabella
salsa verde, avocado, cashew coconut sour cream, raw cacao mole



Zucchini and Heirloom Tomato Lasagna
basil pistachio pesto, sun-dried tomato marinara, macadamia pumpkin seed ricotta



Brazil Nut Sea Vegetable Croquettes with Tartar Sauce
local honey sweet chili sauce, wild arugula, lemon



Perfection!

5.13.2015

Finding Your Magic

I used to blog almost everyday since 2009. However the posts have dwindled year by year. You can see it for yourself when you glance at my archives list. Food posts, photography, fashion, make-up, etc. I loved it. It brought me joy. These days, people ask me if I still blog and I cringe at that question. At first I feel guilty because the answer is, "no," but then I get on the defensive and I think, "What do you care if I still do or not? Clearly you don't read it because if you did you'd know I don't blog anymore so why even ask such a stupid question?!" (deep breaths)

Anyway, I can't promise that I will be back to the good ol' blogger I once was after this post because $hit (I mean life) happens. Sometimes I think it's because I don't turn the computer on at home anymore because I have an iPhone. Then I also realized I stopped cooking as much AND working out as much since I got an iPhone. Wasn't this stupid thing supposed to make life a-m-a-z-i-n-g? Like in that go you chicken fat, go commercial? Whatever it is, something is missing in me when it comes to this blog. I have an all or nothing attitude and I think I just got sick of not giving it my all. So there in lies the nothing. Radio silence. Well, Internet silence.

I made all of these big changes in design and url name over a year ago and like in the end of The Graduate had a big old "Now What?" kind of moment. I'm still sitting on the back of that bus to this day. I want to blog about what I have been all along but I haven't found my magic yet. I know it's there. I've seen it.

So how do you find your magic in life? Does it appear in the middle of the night in an epiphany or does it appear piece by piece until the puzzle is complete? I think it's the latter for me. Either way, I will keep  piecing it together because I do like to share content and there is no reason for me to give it up. On that note, I leave this post with you and ask you to start looking for your magic if it's lost. Don't worry, we'll all find ours if we keep looking.