Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
(This is all made better by the fact that I didn't even pay for a subscription! Yay for nice co-workers who contribute all their Coke caps for me to get fun prizes. I don't even like Coke!)
Friday, May 22, 2009
Two words: Kittee & Quiche!
Leave it to Miss Kittee to develop a magical vegan quiche that really, really works. Eggs and cream and all that other narsty stuff can take a hike!!! I would seriously recommend this dish to everybody! It would be such a nice indulgent treat for someone you love who is watching their waist or cholesterol or any of that other health-stuff. I used a vegan pre-made crust, but I'm sure a healthy homemade crust would make this even more delicious and good for you!
Here is another tasty angle. This fancy pie was soooo good I forgot to take a picture first!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I am proud that I have somehow worked John Waters into a vegan/green living blog! (Bonus points, ok personal satisfaction..., if you know the movie this picture is from!) Mr. Waters' presence was sadly missed on Pixiepine up to this point. (Maybe in the future I can write a post on using vegetable dyes to achieve the hairdos in his movies...beets here we come!).
Anyway. I have been following My Year Without Sugar for a while. This is a blog chronicling a person's New Year's resolution to give up refined sugars for a year. It worked so nicely for her that she is now past the year and has kept on going.
It made me wonder if I could do that. I know sugar is the devil and all that (yes, I did google "sugar is the devil" and get all kinds of fun stuff. ) One thing that stuck in my mind thus far in my reading is this information on Columbia University's website:
"100 grams of sugar, the amount in one 12-ounce can of regular soda, can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs by 40 percent for up to 5 hours!"
That freaks me out! Not to mention that most people don't go for a can, it's the 20-something ounce bottle of soda, the Big Gulp and its relatives, or several refills with a meal. Incapacitated!
I am wondering if I could go without sugar. I have already cut waaaay down on soda. The longer I go between sodas the more I feel the negative effects when I do have one. I can be having a great day, feeling good, and then indulge in a soda. Immediately my tummy rumbles, and eventually I feel wonky and cranky and whiny. Yuck. That certainly did not used to be the case, as Dr. Pepper was my #1 drink. I guess giving the body a break and then reintroducing such harsh ingredients is pretty telling.
I drink herbal tea with no sweeteners. I can drink coffee with soymilk only, but I am guessing my soymilk may have sugar in it. I can do no sodas. I juice my own fruits and vegetables. I think my major barriers would be:
*Oreo/Newman-O/ABC vegan cookie attacks- I have a heinous sweet tooth when it hits me.
*Baked items- I am not much of a baker, so crusts and cookies and such would be a challenge. I do like Ezekiel bread and other sprouted grain stuff.
*Sauces: pizza sauce, marinara, salad dressings, etc.- I already scour labels to be vegan, I dunno if I have the *mmmph* to cut out the sugars as well
*Alcohol? I have no idea what sugar is involved in a bloody mary or a glass of wine.
Hmmm...I think I will begin with cutting out sugary junk food (holy moly I will miss you, Starbucks soy treats...does an iced mocha have sugar?) like cookies and stuff. Then I might work up to the sauces and things. I have been making a goal to reduce the white flour, white pasta, etc., so this will go hand in hand. We shall see!
Thanks to My Year Without Sugar for getting me thinking!
Monday, May 18, 2009
Here's my creamy tomato soup, just a can of Campbell's spruced up with some soy milk, spices, and fresh basil from my container garden.
The salad is spinach, baby lettuce, artichokes, cucumbers, tomatoes, sprouts, and Annie's papaya dressing, which I am completely in love with! (Thank goodness after the shamefully potty-water tastic garlic variety I tried. Yuck!)
I even built a little homage to the grotesque cold cut cracker on the front of this box! Yay for vegan deli slices!
Satisfaction all around...now I just need to build a vegan Molten Lava cake with some soy ice cream. MMMMM!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Makes 8 quesadillas
1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans (chick peas)
1/2 cup water-packed roasted red pepper
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon tahini
1 garlic clove, peeled
1/4 teaspoon cumin
8 corn tortillas
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/2 to 1 cup salsa
Drain the beans and place in a food processor or blender with the next five ingredients. Process until very smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.
Spread a tortilla with 2 to 3 tablespoons of the garbanzo mixture and place in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle with chopped onions and salsa.
Top with a second tortilla and cook until the bottom tortilla is warm and soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and cook the second side for 1 minute. Remove from the pan and cut in half. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Look at these magical ingredients! I used a mixture of dark chocolate, regular, and white chocolate peanut butter!
And the final product, perfect with some cold almond milk!
Friday, May 8, 2009
Viva la chili dog!!!!
This one is on gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free tapioca buns. Wild! They are really dense but tasty. Accessories: 1 Smart Dog, organic pickle relish, vegan cheese, mustard, and magical organic black bean chili. YUM!
Check out my gourmet arrangement complete with giant glass of beer.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
I made the Mac-Un-Cheese. I am always game for a new vegan mac-n-cheese recipe. Haven't met one I didn't like. This one was super easy and tasty!
Makes 6-8 servings
1 lb (16 oz) pasta
2 cups vanilla soy/rice milk
2 tablespoons soy margarine
* 2 tablespoons vegan mayonnaise (such as Vegenaise® or Nayonaise®)
1 cup nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground sage
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Cook pasta and drain. In a large bowl, combine pasta and all other ingredients. Mix thoroughly and enjoy.
For variety, mix in one cup of steamed vegetables, such as broccoli or peas.
*optional, but recommended for creamier meal
Also, hop on over to COK to take at look at their current campaign. Good stuff!!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
The meal: Kittee's Stuffed Shells
MVPs of kitchen gear: New Tupperware Quick Chef (Thanks, Brittany, this rocks!) and an awesome purple knife off our wedding registry at Target. The Quick Chef is a manual food processor type thing with lots of attachments, and even a kid wandering through our kitchen wanted a go at it. I used it to process 2 blocks of tofu plus spices, and it did great! The knife was...blissful. I don't know if I have ever even used an appropriately sharpened knife before this, and boy was it great! Chop chop chop!
The end product...a Pyrex dish full of heaven! There's magic under that sauce!