Tuesday, September 7, 2010


...are just about the best snack food and Chocolate Covered Katie is giving them away!!

Check it our here. There are separate links to enter for bloggers and for non-bloggers and ways to get more entries. I'm all over it!!!!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

It's been sooooooooooooo loong...

...and it'll be a while longer before another food post.

I am busy and it's hot here and I've had too little sleep and no time to cook so I'm cranky...and so on.

The good news -- giveaway at The Voracious Vegan. TofiXpress!!!

Check it out!

Friday, May 28, 2010


My favorite kind of give-away:


Check it out here! And I hope you don't win because I have to!  =D

Monday, May 3, 2010

Sixty bucks!!!

Give-away at Chocolate Covered Katie's Healthy's!!!

Anything from CSN's websites (and they have many!!!) worth $60 -- or $60 worth of anything you want.

YAY!! I want this one!! (Which one do I NOT want, anyway??!?!?)

Stevia give-away at Love Veggies and Yoga

FOUR very lucky winners will win a beautiful stevia package from NuNaturals:

1) one box of NuStevia White Stevia Powder, 50 ct. packets, PLUS
2) one bottle of Vanilla Stevia Liquid, 2oz bottle

*sigh I've been wanting to try NuNaturals stevia for ever, but I never (not true!) win these! Maybe this time my luck changes.   =]

Go to Love Veggies and Yoga to try your luck and screw up my odds.   :D

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Leisure time around the oven

I've been on a mini vacation the last several days and had more time to tinker with foods and recipes, which, now I see, explains why every time I'm off work I gain weight.

That aside, it was a delicious extended weekend! I made goodies galore! Here are some of the highlights:

For breakfast, I made a rice wrap banana "burrito." I cut up a banana diagonally, filled it with my favorite things -- chocolate, coconut, honey -- wrapped it in a rice wrap and sauteed in a pan for a couple of minutes on each side. I covered it with more choco-coco and gobbled it up! Pretty good and gooey.

French (whole wheat) couscous with Cajun hot sauce and sauteed veggies (tomatoes, green peppers, mushrooms, spinach) on top, alongside some muffaletta olive salad, was next on the daily menu.

The couscous is highly recommended!!

And I made an attempt at home-made turtles, but the caramel sauce didn't hold together well. I veganized a recipe that sounded and looked so finger-licking good, but alas!...

Here they are (they were still very much edible!):

I used peanuts

Here's the caramel recipe, if anyone would like to give a try - and if it doesn't separate, please let me know what you did and how many virgins I have to sacrifice to the volcano gods! (just kidding; everyone knows they're only demi-gods):

-2 Tbsp (vegan) butter
-1/2 C packed brown sugar
-1/4 C (vegan) half and half
-pinc of salt
-1 Tbsp vanilla

Mix the first 4 ingredients over medium low heat, 5 to 7 minutes until thicker. Add vanilla and cook another minute. Refrigerate in a jar until cold.

If you make it work as a vegan recipe, I'd be very interested in hearing about it.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Easy dishes

By "easy dishes" I'm talking minimal prep on my side, and heavy processing on the production side. I know. Not good. But, unfortunately, on those busy or lazy days, very convenient. Here's an example each of an "easy dish" for breakfast and another one for lunch. I'd like to preface the rest of this post by saying I did not eat them on the same day.   =]   In fact, they were weeks apart! Ha. As if that makes me less of a food slob.

If I buy soyrizo, a vegan, gluten-free chorizo substitute that actually taste remarkably similar to the real thing, I often don't know what to do with it. But I was curious to try it at first, and later discovered I liked the taste, only to realize it's not an item I can find much use for in my kitchen. So, several weekends ago, as I was warming up corned beef hash for my husband (I know!!! he loves it, though; he's not exactly focused on the "healthy" as much as the "tasty" part when it comes to food), and I had a ton of potatoes that needed a purpose in life, I thought -- why not make soyrizo hash!

And soyrizo hash I made! Tasty, but as it combines protein and starch, I had some...unfortunate digestive difficulties.  =\  Live and learn. This, and bloating problems (TMI!) is why I started food combining. And if you want to know more about proper food combining, read this, or this -- it helped me change both my eating habits and my "digestive difficulties."

So, here's soyrizo:

There are at least 3 different types of it that I know, but this time I bought Melissa's

Mine and my husband's dishes side-by-side:

Mine is on the left. All I did was cut up a potato into really small cubes, added an equal amount of the faux-sage, and cooked until the potatoes were soft and soyrizo browned, as suggested by the packaging. It was very good! And if you "stomach" eating protein and starch with no adverse effects, by all means -- do it!


The second ready-in-a-snap dish I ate some weeks later was boxed gluten-free vegan mac-and-cheese and canned vegan chili. Easy as...well, definitely not pie, cause that's hard to make -- but this was a breeze to get ready. Make the macaroni per directions, takes something like 5 minutes, open can, heat chili, pour over noodles -- eat. A snap! I also opened another can (oh, the hard work of a cook!) of fire-roasted diced tomatoes with garlic and plopped them on top. For color and veggie requirement.


Add a salad if you feel guilty about all the processing.


Ok, I'm off to "cook" dinner.  

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Take out

I was too lazy to cook this week so I got one of my favorite take-outs for lunch -- Vegetable Delight from a place called Thai Spoon.

As the menu says, it's a dish full of stir-fried "mixed vegetables including peapods, broccoli, carrots, baby corn, mushrooms, bean sprouts, green pepper, napa, and onions served over rice." Very tasty and I always substitute brown rice for regular. Check out these pictures and tell me you're not drooling:

All those veggies.....................

I got the "large"  =]

I'll be back with regularly scheduled programing next post.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Super awesome food


Yeah, tooting my own horn there, but what can I say -- it was delish!

Check this out: barbecue tofu, cheezy spinach grits, and slaw! Yumm!

Barbecue tofu

Close-up, mmmmm...

Cut up tofu into 1/2 in cubes and bake them in the oven at 350F for 15-20min. After that, roll them in some oil and flour/salt mixture and saute on the stove for a couple of minutes, and then add your choice of bbq sauce. I always make mine from just about scratch, but any will do. I mix tomato sauce with some ground garlic and onion, pepper, celery salt, cloves, chili powder, some apple cider vinegar, tamarind extract, tamari, paprika, cayenne pepper, mustard powder, any kind of sweetener, and a little bit of hot sauce. Cook on the stove till barbecue-brown.  =]

For grits, boil water and salt, add hominy and cook for several minutes. Just before done, add vegan cheese (I used Teese Mozzarella vegan cheese) and as much frozen spinach as you'd like; cook until the cheese melts and DONE!

The slaw was shredded broccoli, red cabbage and carrot with vegan slaw dressing I adopted from Love Veggies and Yoga. Just use any vegan mayo (Spectrum canola oil one for me) and vinegar (I used the apple cider one) in the 1/3 - 1/2 of the mayo amount and I also added some hot sauce, to taste. I love me some hot sauce!!

It was a marvelous meal! I liked it so much I had it again the next day, but I was out of broccoli slaw so I just used my dressing on a regular ol' salad of baby greens and baby carrots.

For dessert, I made a no-bake kumquat pie. It was...interesting. In fact, it still is since I haven't finished it yet. I didn't fall in love with it mostly because of a really strong soy taste. The recipe calls for whipped cream, sweetened condensed milk and kumquat puree. I pureed the fruit in a blender with no problems, and I made a coconut whipped cream lickety-split, but the third ingredient was the troublesome one.

I have some powdered soy milk, and I'm not crazy about the taste of it, and you can only imagine how the taste was intensified when I had to use three time as much to make it condensed.  =\ Blegh. The rest of the stuff in the pie, including the whole wheat crust help the taste somewhat, but this is one recipe I won't be making again until I find another way of condensing vegan milk.

I keep the pie in the freezer.

The crust was pretty yummy:

Here's pictures of the wonderful coconut whipped cream as I was making it (and, ahem! eating it).

You can keep it in the fridge for AT LEAST a couple of days. HA! As if it's ever lasted that long around here.

Well, that's it for me, I will leave you with a picture of the best-tasting turd-shaped item ever (educated guess):

TAMARIND!!! Get it if you can find it.

Raw chocolate

...give-away by Katie!!

Seems all I keep doing lately is link to give-aways but gosh I can't help it -- there are so many good ones out there!

Check out this one.

Saturday, April 3, 2010


Ya. Caps AND exclamation points!

I love soup. A lot. Ad this soup is pretty darn satisfying. It is my veganized version of egg-drop soup.

It's really simple to make. Veggie broth (I used Imagine No-Chicken), add whatever stuff you like to it (mine had mushrooms, pea pods, celery and carrots) and instead of egg I added some silken tofu just before the soup was done. Plus, of course, udon noodles -- my fave!! You can even buy those from spelt or kamut flour or whole grain.  =]

Cook it up, yo!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Bread -- fresh, warm, soft, straight out of the oven -- is my favorite thing to eat, and this blogger is giving a Dempster’s® OvenFresh™ bread away!! Check it out here.

God, please help me win this one.....

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


My favorite fruit! And Katie is giving POM juice away!!

What are you waiting for?? Go enter!


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Long wait, litle payout

I promised a picture of the fully baked and frosted yummy vanilla cupcake a couple posts back and here it is:

It is frosted with a mixture of some Artisana coconut butter (mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, heaven in a jar!) and honey.

Here, they sit ready to be smothered in some white, creamy deliciousness (!!!!! O_o Wait!?) and inserted into the mouth (.......now hang on a minute...).

I think tonight may need to be a short post. Ya.  =\

Here you go, some food poooor... um, some food...excitement  enticement  pleasure  stimulation  sensual -- ah, screw it! Cupcakes:

Saturday, March 13, 2010

A week of couscous

I've been eating a lot of couscous lately -- A LOT! It's the French whole wheat kind, and even though delicious (especially with a generous dollop of Sambal Oelek and vegan Smart Balance), it's a bit much eating it 5 days in a row.

But, it's been made and I don't really feel like cooking something else after work, so one more day and then I'll take a break so the next time I have it it'll have that first time out-of-this-world taste again.

Here's some pics:

I ate it with a spinach salad with edamame, avocado, green onion, and mustard/balsamic vinegar/herbs dressing.

And for breakfast, I've been munching  on these awesome vanilla cupcakes from VegNews. Instead of water I used Silk Nog, I halved the recipe, and as a frosting I'm using a combo of Artisana Coconut Butter and sorgham syrup. What a way to start the day!! Who needs coffee -- I certainly never do.  =]

Making the dough

(great for eating raw!)

Divide into muffin pan 

(I was a little short of dough on a couple of them)

Finished product with he frosting coming soon!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Drinks are on me!

Well, the recipes are.  =]

Here's a staple in almost every vegan's (definitely raw foodist's) diet -- green smoothie!

It looks a lot more like a "purple" ice cream and that's because of two things:

1) LOTS of frozen berries I added
2) xanthan gum!

Ya, adding xanthan gum to your smoothies will make then thicken and have an ice creamy consistency, just ask Mama Pea. She completely changed the way I "drink" my smoothies now -- with a spoon!

Looks blurry but it's not how it tasted.   =P

I buy tahini sometimes, and I did so again several months back. It's not a problem or anything, even though I sound like it, but every time I buy it I end up not having anywhere to use it. Especially lately, since I've started following proper food combining, I no longer put tahini in home-made hummus. So what to do with it...?

Well, I turned to the same source that taught me proper food combining: Gena of Choosing Raw -- make a sesame drink! Brilliant!! And totally delicious!

It's so creamy and frothy and smooth, I highly recommend it! Simple to make too: 1 part tahini to 4 parts water. Blend. Drink.


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Very pretty give-away

These are so lovely, aren't they?

Well, Just Audrey is giving a $25 gift certificate for Glass Dharma (whose web-site I can't seem to get on right now) so make sure to enter!

To enter, click here.

Good luck everyone!

A veritable feast!

It was!! I made hummus (to vegetarians and vegans what air is to the rest of humanity, little asked SAT question), added some good bread, veggies, water... HOLY MOLY!! =D Happy happy tummy!


Two kinds of hummus: artichoke-mushroom (with kalamata olives on the side)


*1/2 jar artichoke hearts
*sauteed mushrooms (seasoned)
*1 can garbanzo beans
*1 Tbsp soy milk powder dissolved in 2 Tbsp water (thicker consistency than regular soy milk)
*olive oil
*garlic powder (or cloves)

Feed into food processor, chop, chomp. In that order.
The second was sun-dried tomato-giardiniera with celery sticks:


OHMYGOD was this good!! Same deal as above, but sub tomatoes for artichokes and giardiniera for mushrooms. Add some nice, warm, freshly-baked Whole Foods bread to the mix, put your feet up, and don't look back.


Monday, March 1, 2010


Yes, "stevia?" not "stevia." "Question mark" because I wanna know how the world feels about it.  =]

I'm...on the fence. Recently I made pumpkin cheesecake (ok, like 4months ago). And I used stevia. (Not stevia? in this case.)


The usual suspects:
*1 pack MoriNu silken tofu
*5-6oz vegan cream cheese
*1 tsp vanilla extract
*1 can (14oz) cooked pumpkin
*dash of stevia
*graham cracker crust (crushed graham crackers, oil of some kind)

Pretty sure that was it. Simple. Looks nice.


Tastes...chemically.  =\  Not very sweet. Not normal sweet. At least to me. In teas, I like it, and have no problems with the taste. Maybe stevia is just not meant for (baking and) such rich, luscious desserts as cheesecake. More along the lines of

I tried to improve the taste with some banana butter as a whipped-like topping


But it turns out I don't like that much, either.

On a totally unpredictable note, my husband, the anti-vegan, liked it. Go figure!