i’ve been a horrible blogger lately, but my camera’s broken and work life has been crazy. anyways, these are from VegWeb and look oh so decadent. i’ll be making them in the near future.
recipe here!!

i’ve been a horrible blogger lately, but my camera’s broken and work life has been crazy. anyways, these are from VegWeb and look oh so decadent. i’ll be making them in the near future.

recipe here!!

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27 notes, December 21, 2011

Salad with TOFU quick & easy

A good friend of mine recently brought me this treasure:

It’s called TOFU Quick & Easy by Louise Hagler ©1986. I’ve only made one recipe thus far, but it was successful. I made the “Quick & Easy Fried Tofu” and put it on top of a huge salad of mixed greens, shredded carrots and whole wheat rotini tossed with Annie’s dressing

Quick & Easy Fried Tofu adapted from TOFU Quick & Easy by Louise Hagler

Ingredients:

1 package tofu

2 tsp soy sauce

2 tbsp oil

garlic powder

onion powder

1. Cut tofu into slices

2. Pour the soy sauce into a shallow bowl. Quickly dredge each piece in the sauce

3. Heat oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat.

4. Shake garlic and onion powder on the tofu while it is cooking. Brown each side of the tofu.

77 notes, October 27, 2011

organic falafel patties with red peppers wrapped in fresh collard greens. raw collards work perfectly for wraps! collards are best fresh, over time they get bitter. i didn’t make the falafel from scratch (gasp!!) i got the mix in the bulk department of the co-op and added hot water. an effortless and tasty lunch for two!

90 notes, October 10, 2011

40ozoflove asked: I'm looking toward becoming a vegan and I was wondering what are some good meals to start out with and what my starting out/normal shopping list would consist of?

honestly i think it depends on your tastes! keep you list simple but make sure you have mostly fruits and veggies! here’s my rough list, many of these things are dry goods which only need to be bought every month or so. 

  • veggies
  • lots of green veggies
  • favorite fruits
  • breakfast foods (oatmeal, cereal, more veggies)
  • brown rice or barley or quinoa or wild rice
  • beans (black, pinto, white, lentils, garbanzo….whatever you like)
  • dried fruit and seeds
  • whole grain pastas

one of my biggest personal mistakes when starting out vegan was eating too many carbs. stick with LOTS of fruits and veggies as they are the most nutrient rich. and be creative! eat what you like and don’t be afraid to try new foods!

21 notes, October 9, 2011

thegirlthatisme-deactivated2012 asked: I am a senior in highschool and I have recently been looking into becoming vegan and I love your blog. There isnt really anything that I would miss as far as animal products so i am not worried about that however, what do you do when you are invited to dinner at a restaraunt or friend/family's house? How do I stay vegan without being rude? Hopefully this isnt a dumb question, thanks xx

it’s definitely not a “dumb” question! when i am invited to a restaurant it is usually smooth sailing. restaurants almost ALWAYS offer salads which you can say “hold the egg/cheese/bacon”. you can also speak with the server at the beginning of the meal. simply tell them that you don’t eat meat, dairy or eggs and ask if they can make you something special. usually i ask for a simple pasta with veggies sauteed in olive oil. 

when invited over to a friend’s house, i just remind them that i am vegan. say ” oh my gosh i would LOVE to come over for dinner friday! thank you for the invite! i just wanted to remind you, though, that i am vegan. would you prefer that i being my own food?” 

i do not think stating you are vegan is rude AT ALL. it is stating that you are kind and compassionate. it may make you feel awkward now, but having confidence will show others that you are serious about your choices and that being vegan means something to you. good luck!

8 notes, October 9, 2011

evillittlellama asked: I am so glad I found your blog, Everything looks so delicious and I have my next weeks meals planned out.

thank you! good luck in the kitchen!

0 notes, October 9, 2011

emiloss asked: Hi! I tried the fried tofu/tomato/avocado sandwich for my lunch, and all I can say is "WOW!" I sprinkled some spices over the tofu while it was frying for added flavor and it was really good. Thanks for posting that recipe!

awesome! so glad you enjoyed it! 

1 note, October 9, 2011

aisthimata asked: so glad that i found your tumblr. :) it's awesome!

why thank you! i need to post more frequently! the summer has made me lazy lol

1 note, October 9, 2011

unmodulatedfragmentedfragments asked: Just thinking about our society the way corporations own everything and we aid them by buying things makes me want to be a vegan. Humans need to stop doing whatever they want. We need to start acting more civilized. I have a couple of questions. #1 can I just go from a meat eater to vegan without a transition? Will that harm my health at all? and #2 what do you suggest I do in general as a new veg/vegan. What are some good staples. Thanks a bunch! =] I'v been making you meals once a week already

you can definitely go from meat eater to vegan without “transitioning” and it will only effect your health in a positive way! everyone’s different. some people start out by substituting soy meat or cheese products for their old favorites. i think it is really important to remember to eat lots and lots of fruits, veggies and proteins (beans, nuts, seeds). veggie sources have less calories, so you will actually be consuming larger plates of veggies and fruits to get your recommended calorie count. as long as you stick to a healthy diet and don’t eat too many carbs you will be fine!

some easy staples include:

breakfast

  • oatmeal with nuts and dried fruit
  • smoothie with carrot juice, orange juice and banana
  • cereal with non dairy beverage and fruit
  • fruit salad!
  • breakfast scramble with tofu and mixed veggies
  • sauteed onions and peppers with potatoes and spinach

lunch/dinner (i love to pack my lunch!)

  • brown rice with beans and sauteed greens (often leftovers)
  • sandwiches STACKED with veggies
  • baby mixed greens, tomato and avocado salad with EVOO
  • soups
  • mixed nuts and fruit
  • whole wheat wrap filled with veggies
  • PB+J with a spinach salad
  • hummus and raw veggies

i really recommend you start reading some books about veganism to get yourself excited and learn more about nutrition! i guarantee your body and mind will feel better! thanks for the support! glad you like the blog and good luck!!

13 notes, October 9, 2011

justawhisperlingers-deactivated asked: hi! i'm vegan and quite the poor college student. i love your blog! do you plan your meals ahead of time to save money on groceries? what does your usual grocery list look like?

We don’t ever plan our meals out, but we do buy most of our produce at the farmer’s market this time of year, so whatever’s seasonal. the market is always way cheaper too! we love stepping outside of our comfort zone and trying new foods! some “staples” on our grocery list are garlic, onions and GREENS! i can’t stress greens enough. collards, spinach, chard, kale, arugula, romaine….we love ‘em all :) a great way to save money is to make sure you have food in the house. otherwise you’re going to go out and get ready made food, which is always more expensive.

2 notes, October 9, 2011

salsa verde

we’ve been getting some beautiful and flaovrful produce from the farmer’s market!! i am so fortunate to live in an area where local, organic food is reasonably priced and plentiful. 

today we had our first adventure making green salsa! tomatillo salsa, to be exact. and wow. it is amazing! i was verbally given this recipe by the woman who sold us the tomatillos. she gave us really wonderful directions and it was great chatting with her! she recommended coring the tomatoes, but i am too lazy for that. i just threw everything into the food processor and hoped for the best. it turned out wonderfully. the recipe couldn’t be easier and, when packaged properly, would make a great gift!

Ingredients:

**this salsa is SPICY!

15 tomatillos

3 cloves garlic

1/4 of a small red onion

1 jalapeno 

1 skinny hot chili

juice of 1/2 a lime

lots of dried or fresh cilantro

1.  peel and wash the tomatillos. they will feel slimy and sticky.

2.  combine all ingredients in a food processor. pulse.

95 notes, September 24, 2011

10 Tips for the Heart-Healthiest Vegan Diet

39 notes, September 19, 2011

stuffed squash

i got this huge squash from the farmers market.

this meal requires very little effort. I set up the rice cooker and cleaned house while it cooked. 

ingredients:

1 cup brown rice

2 1/4 cups veggie broth

2 cups kidney beans

a pinch salt

2 tsps oregano

1 massive squash

olive oil

1. in the rice cooker, combine rice and broth. cook until all broth is absorbed.

2. add kidney beans, salt and oregano. stir well. preheat oven to 350 degrees

3. cut squash in half length wise. remove seeds to create a trench. place squash in a baking dish. 

4. fill the squash trench with rice and beans mixture. drizzle with olive oil. cook for 15-25 minutes. i like crunchy, raw squash so i took it out early.

31 notes, September 19, 2011

oh my goodness. what a crazy-fun summer we’ve been having! it’s my first “real” summer in sacramento and the weather has been phenomenal. the warm temps have brought an abundance of farmer’s markets to my hood. they have really inspired me to eat more locally grown + organic foods. i can’t believe the difference in taste!! at the farmer’s market you get the best prices without compromising quality. 

we’ve been really busy lately…working lots, meeting new people and enjoying the sunshine. the puppy has become such a magnificent swimmer! 

in other news: breakfast.

 lately it’s been all about smoothies. damn. i love smoothies. i think you should be creative with it, because it’s the morning and you shouldn’t have to think too hard. so don’t measure, and just put your favorite fruits together.

1 frozen banana + 1 handful frozen blueberries + soy milk + hemp protein powder

1 banana + 5 frozen strawberries + 1 large handful frozen spinach + a few shakes cinnamon + 1 tbsp maple syrup

10 frozen strawberries + 1 frozen banana + soymilk + a few shakes cinnamon

28 notes, August 11, 2011

barbecue tofu fries

this dish was inspired by one of the only places to get a decent burrito in albany, ny. Bomber’s. they serve vegetarian BBQ fries which come with copious amounts of cheese. this is my veganized version. it takes time to make, but is super simple and worth every minute. 

**make the bbq sauce and the fries simultaneously to save time**

BBQ SAUCE

1 clove garlic, minced

1/3 red onion

1 tbsp oil

2/3 cup beer

3 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp soy sauce

1/4 lemon, juiced

1 cup ketchup

1 tbsp hot sauce

1. in a skillet over low/medium heat, combine garlic, oil and onion. allow to cook 5 minutes

2. add all other ingredients to the skillet and mix well. 

3. allow to gently simmer over medium heat 30-35 minutes

FRIES

ingredients:

5 potatoes

oil 

salt

1. preheat oven to 400

2. slice potatoes into fries. 

3. drizzle oil onto a cookie sheet. using a clean hand, spread oil in a thin, even layer.

4. place fries on top. drizzle lightly with oil. add salt

5. cook 40-45 minutes, or until crispy, flipping every 15 minutes.

TOFU FRIES

1 brick super firm tofu, drained and cubed

BBQ sauce

french fries

1. marinate tofu in BBQ sauce for 30 - 60 minutes.

2. toss fries, tofu and excess sauce in a large baking dish

3. cook on 400 until heated, about 15 minutes.

42 notes, July 5, 2011