Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Frying Pan Pizza

Wow! Another fabulous recipe from Donna Klein!

This is from her Vegan Italiano cookbook.

I change the pizza entirely though, using fresh tomatoes (instead of sauce,) onions, fresh basil, and artichoke hearts.
The pizza dough has rosemary, basil and oregano.
We ate the crusts with olive oil and white balsamic vinegar.

Green Beans & New Potatoes

We've been eating more potatos lately.
And this is my new favorite potato salad!

3 minute-steamed green beans and new potatos in olive oil, white wine vinegar and shallots!
The recipe is from The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen by Donna Klein.
Donna Klein has wonderful Vegan cookbooks that do NOT include ANY tofu, substitutes, or nutritional yeast (etc.) with ingredients that any omni would have at home. Every recipe I've tried is awesome.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Sushi and Spring Rolls!!

This is my very first ever homemade sushi!! I know they may look funny... but I think it's pretty good for my first time! Oh, and I even used brown rice to make it healthier! It made up for the fact that I fried the spring rolls.

These are California Rolls with avocado and carrot, rolled in sesame seeds. Inside out rolls are my favorite.

Clockwise (from the top): Avocado Rolls, Bigger Avocado Rolls, Baked Tofu & Carrot Rolls, California Rolls with nori on the outside.

These are Tofu Apple Spring Rolls from Vegan Lunch Box but I didn't have rice paper so I wrapped them in Lumpia wrappers and fried them.
Mmm! GOOD.

On the annoying side the prepared wasabi I purchase turn out to have milk in it!! WTH?! In wasabi?
We used it anyway but next time I will be returning to the, "read every label, every time" policy.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Marinated Broccoli Salad

This was awesomely fabulous!

Chop up some broccoli into bite-size pieces, add some toasted almonds, drained water chestnuts and your favorite Italian or Caesar-style salad dressing (I used Annie's Naturals Goddess Dressing) stir, cover and marinate in the fridge for 24 hours.

Wow, yum!!

Tofu Nuggets and Sweet Cornbread

Homemade tofu nuggets (chicken nuggets,) breaded with flaxseed meal, crushed Nature's Path multi-grain cereal, cornmeal, paprika and other spices. BBQ sauce on the side.

Sweet cornbread recipe from the Vegan Lunch Box Cookbook, which is fast, easy and delicious!

Thin Crust Pizza

Nothing special.

Fresh spinach, onions and jalapenos on a thin crust pizza.

Cheese totally ruins pizza.

I used a nice, easy, no-rise, thin crust dough recipe it only took 5 minutes to make and I will definitely use it again.

I AM pregnant and my taste may become progressively stranger throughout this blog... not that spinach, onions and jalapenos is odd... but I can see a few people raising their eyebrows.

Onion Rings

I made these onion rings a few weeks ago (yeah, I know, I totally blog out of order!)
The batter is blended silken tofu, whole wheat flour, soy milk, lemon juice and pinch of baking powder and salt.

They tasted awesome.
The only problem was they stuck to the pan quite a bit, hence the naked onion spots. I think that was due to my oil temp though.
I am totally going to try subbing beer for the soy milk next time... mmm beer battered...

Isa Chandra can plan my PunkVegan Revolution any day!

Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World ROCKS! You must buy it!

I made my first batch of cupcakes from the book... and of course I couldn't just settle for the basic cupcake... I had to go all out for the Brooklyn vs. Boston Cream Cupcakes... I don't make cupcakes everyday you know!

Let me just say, for having to make:

1. vegan cupcakes, from scratch
2. a vegan custard filling (not an easy feat!)
and 3. a rich chocolate ganache

.... this was insanely easy!!

Here's how they turned out:

The melty looking custard filling is due to my impatience (surprise, surprise...) and need to cut open the cupcake to take a picture before allowing them to fully cool as I was instructed to do. LOL
And yeah, those are ScoobyDoo cupcake liners... you use what you've got!

Anyway, I ate the cut open melty one and it was so good I wanted to die! It tasted so bad and UN-vegan! But it wasn't! Heehee! I'm not even a fan of Boston Cream Pie so I feel kind of bad... like it is just wasted on me.... I wish I had a real BCP lover here to test this out on... I KNOW they'd swoon!