Monday, November 29, 2010

Vegan Mofo-Gardein Chicken Strips Review

     I've heard a lot of good reviews about the Gardein fake meat products. So I decided to test one out for myself. I got the Chicken Tenders because before in my meat eating days I loved chicken strips. So for lunch I had a few. My lunch had some butternut squash(I ate most of them while waiting for the chicken tenders to cook), Gardein Chicken Tenders, OrganicvilleBBQ sauce, and Mustard.

     At first bite I wasn't sold. Mainly because I don't like fake meat things or things that pretend to be meat. The only fake meat product that I've had that I liked is Field Roast Smoked Apple Sage sausage. Don't get me wrong though these Gardein Chicken Tenders are not bad! They smell just like real chicken nuggets when they come out from baking them. There isn't any really awful taste about them or anything. I just don't like fake meat, but if you can't live without meat then I would recommend these by far. They did remind me of eating Wendy's or McDonald's chicken nuggets dipped in bbq sauce though.

   Overall I don't think I'd get these again because I don't like fake meat, but I won't let the others go to waste. I might make a spicy chicken wrap, like I used to eat at McDonald's and Wendys years ago.

   I feel I should add that after eating these I felt(still feel) really bloated. My stomach sort of hurts, I'm not sure if that's just me and how I react to these today(or ever) or if I ate to many(5 didn't seem like much). I'm not sure I'll see if I feel the same next time I eat the rest.

  I'm also sad to see that vegan mofo is almost over and I didn't reach 20 posts. If only vegan mofo could last through December as well with all the magical foodyness of Christmas, oh well.....

Have you tried any Gardein products, if so what ones and what did you think? If you haven't do you want to try them, what ones do you want to try?

Friday, November 26, 2010

Vegan Mofo-I'm Thankful for Pie and Family

     I am thankful to be able to sit down and eat with family members even though most of them are sick or spending thanksgiving with other people they know. Last night was a lovely dinner. I ate 99% vegan. All I had was a tiny bite of some cheese onion thing that my aunt made. Here's what I ate
Cooked Cubed Plain Potatoes
Cranberry Sauce
Brussel Sprout Sauteed with Olive Oil and pinch of salt
Slices of Kabocha Melon
and......(here's my favorite part).....
Pumpkin Pie! from Cakewalk Vegan Bakery and Grocery

   The pie was yummy and a great ending to a simple yet tasty thanksgiving meal. My dad and I also made a blue berry pie. We bought the crust, but made the filling. I only substituted two things in the recipe I found. Everyone seemed to like it even though I substituted things. They said it was not to sweet, but still very good. The pie happened to be vegan as well. :) I love sneaking vegan things into omnivores mouths without them knowing. Although they did ruin it by putting whipped cream on top. Here's the recipe for the pie.

Blueberry Pie adapted from me HUNGRY!

1 prepared 9” pie crust, homemade or store bought

4 cups fresh blueberries, divided
1 cup cold water
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup raw or natural sugar
Pinch of salt
1/2 Tbsp apple juice
1 Tbsp Coconut oil
In a medium saucepan combine water, cornstarch, sugar, salt, apple juice and 1 cup of blueberries. Stir until cornstarch dissolves. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture starts to come to a boil. Lower heat and continue to stir, mashing blueberries with a black spoon(so it doesn't stain the spoon). Cook until mixture has thickened and turned a dark glossy purple. Once mixture is a dark glossy purple mix in coconut oil. Set aside to cool. When mixture is cool enough to the touch, carefully stir in remaining 3 cups of blueberries. 

Pour filling into prepared pie crust. Chill for several hours or overnight until filling has set.(I set mine in the freezer for about an hour if not more. Then I put it in the fridge for 4 hours) 

 I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving full of tasty food and loving family and friend. What was your favorite thing you had for thanksgiving?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Vegan Mofo-Puffins Puff Crunchy Cocoa

    As my post said yesterday I got a box of Puffins Puff Crunchy Cocoa. I decided to try some this morning with almond milk(I don't EVER use cow or goat milk, blech!) and a banana since I had a perfectly under ripe banana on my counter(Yep I like my bananas slightly under ripe). This cereal was good, definitely not to sweet. Although this cereal wasn't super chocolate-y. Even though this cereal isn't to sweet or chocolate-y it is still good. It would get rid of my chocolate-y junky food type cereal craving without having to feel like I have eaten a handful of sugar. I think next time I will try this cereal with some unsweetened chocolate almond milk for a more chocolate-y taste. I think I'd still stick with Peanut butter Puffins as far as vegan cereal goes. Which reminds me I must get some more soon since I ate the last I had yesterday.

   Well November is almost over and I'm sad that this vegan mofo month is coming to an end. :( well on the plus side it's almost thanksgiving! It's kind of crazy how people can eat more then there days worth of calories all at one sitting. It makes me sick just thinking about it.

  That's it for this post, it's simple, but short. I was hoping I would have a lentil soup picture to show you, but the soup I had for dinner was awful! It was so peppery that my nose was running! I have no clue how i'm going to be able to save this soup and not throw it into the trash.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Vegan Mofo-Whole Foods Shopping

    Sorry for the jumbled post yesterday. I just thought...well I don't know what I thought. Just about how much I love O'Falafel? Yeah let's go with that. As I said yesterday I went to Whole Foods with my father. I went to a different Whole Foods that wasn't closet to me, but not way far. While I was there I got 100% Whole Wheat Flour, Baked Lentil Chips, Apple Sauce(made with just apples no citric acid or corn syrup! so my dad will be able to have it), Thick Oats, Apple Cider Vinegar(never used this stuff), Puffin Puffs Crunch Cocoa(so excited to try these!), Gardein Chicken Strips(Semi-Excited to try these I'm not big on fake meats, but I loved chicken strips before my vegetarian days), Rising Moon Organics Butternut Squash Ravioli's, Two Butternut Squashes, Some Granola, Ginger Snaps(for my father) and some Sweet Potatoes.  Here's some pictures of what I got.

        I love going to Whole Foods it's like and adventure and every time I go there I see something new! It excites me i'm not going to lie. That's normal right? I hope so......Oh and about the two butternut squash the cashier forgot to ring up one of them so he ever so nicely gave us one for free. It was very nice of him to do that, it's not very often you get people that will do things like that in this day and age.

     I'm thinking of doing a post on the Puffins Puffs crunchy cocoa. These things only have 7 grams of sugar! That's crazy as chocolate cereal goes. I will also be posting about the Gardein Chicken Strips in the near future, so stay tuned for that. To end this post heres two more lovely giveaways going on.

Over at Almost Vegan she's is posting a fantastic giveaway for Noodles & Co including a swag bag, t-shirt, two free bowl coupons, and more! So if you love Noodles & Co as much as me. Then post a comment telling what noodle dish is your favorite or what one you want to try. This is only a giveaway for people in the U.S. Here's the giveaway.

and the second giveaway is at I Eat Trees. This giveaway is for Keri's favorite vegan cookbook Vegan Vittles! This giveaway also post some of the gorgeous food she has made from this book and they look yummy! So if you don't have this cookbook then comment saying what your signature dish is.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Vegan Mofo-O'Falafel, Etc.

Today's post is going to be short. Plus no picture.

I went to O'Falafel today with my father. I've eaten at this place 5 times now. I honestly can say you can order anything from this place and not be disappointed with what you get. This place is cheap and fast, but their food doesn't lack in  flavor, taste, texture. They make there own pitas and they are fantastic ones at that! I have yet to try their hummus, but I hear it is nice. I would show you a picture of my falafel sandwich I had today, but I was starving! So hungry I didn't bother to take a picture of it. So sorry. I had this sandwich the first time I went there and actually it was the first time I ever had falafel. I was instantly won over. I AM A HUGE FALAFEL LOVER BECAUSE OF THIS PLACE! I wish I had their recipe for it.

Well picture or not if you like falafel or Mediterranean food then go eat at this place if you happen to be stopping by or live in Salt Lake City. Their menu states what is vegan and there are a lot of options!

Sorry this post is so jumbled. I ate the whole sandwich and my poor stomach is suffering from it. :( Tomorrow I will post about what I got from Whole Foods today.

Well I bid you farewell for the night.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Vegan Mofo-Some Amazing Giveaways!

    There are some amazing contest going on and I'd like to share some of them with you. I might post another post today as well, but I am not for sure. I'll try to do my best to, but I have to clean up my house a little bit then go to see Harry Potter and then go to Whole Foods.

First contest to share with you is over at the Hungry Vegan Traveler for Hurraw! lip balm. This contest end Tuesday the 23rd. So make sure to post a comment in time.

Next contests I want to share is over at Miso for Breakfast there is a new contest everyday. Ranging from vegan cookbooks to vegan food coupons so check that up. Also don't you just love that blog name? I have never had miso before, but it's still such a witty blog name.

Bitt of Raw has a giveaway for the book Becoming Raw or Becoming Vegan if you'd like to try and win one of those books. That giveaway ends Sunday the 21st at 11:59 p.m. This giveaway is for U.S. and Canadian residents only.

This one is a cook book giveaway for Veganomicon from Vegging out in T-Town. You have to enter by Sunday the 28th at 11:59 p.m. There are various ways to enter to win this cook book.

Now this give give away is big! If you like Turtle Mountain Products. An Opera Singer in the Kitchen is giving away to ten, did you hear me TEN people four free, yes FOUR FREE! coupons for Turtle Mountain products. That means you could get 4 pints of ice cream or coconut milk. This giveaway ends on Monday the 22nd at midnight EST. It is also only available to U.S. residents, sorry. So if you live in the U.S. and love these products ENTER!

A few giveaways to look out for after this lovely Vegan Mofo month is one called 12 days of giveaway from Cook Vegan Lover. So keep your eyes on that blog during December!

For the last giveaway I am sharing Vegan Conversion Challenge is giving away the cookbook American Vegan Kitchen. If you don't have this book then all you have to do is comment telling how you use chiles in your American dishes. Make sure you enter today before midnight.

Well I hope that's enough giveaways for you because I have to get busy today.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Vegan Mofo-Noodles & Company.

     A few days ago I was over at the blog Almost Vegan. If you haven't been over there it is a must! because she is making all these super yummy looking raw food. Well she had a post about eating at Noodles & Company. She posted about my favorite Japanese Pan Noodles that they have. Turns out those are her favorite as well. I think you should be considered crazy if you had these noodles and didn't like them. After looking at her post I just knew I had to get them sometime this week. So I asked my dad politely if he would get me some without any mushrooms, extra broccoli, and to add tofu. Let me just say the tofu was amazing! Some tofu just has a gross texture to it if you don't cook it right so I would only eat a few bites at a time. No, no, no this tofu I didn't want to stop eating it mmmmmm! Oh how I wish I had the recipe for these beautiful udon noodle dish. I could possibly eat this every other day.

(I was way to hungry to take it out of the take-out box)

(This is Almost Vegan's beautiful plate of Japanese Pan Noodles minus the sprouts)

     If any one has a Noodles and Company near where they live I recommend going there. If you aren't sure if they are near you here's their website

   This post was short lived, but I'm sure it was enough to maybe get you to try these noodles. Yes? No? and if any one happens to have a recipe like these noodles I would be ever so happy if you could let me use it. I'm off to drink some peppermint tea and watch Castle with my dad or try to figure out what to eat tomorrow. OH OH OH! and i'm going to see Harry Potter(not the midnight showing sadly) which reminds me has any one stumbled on to this blog Dumbledore's Vegan Army it just amuses me. :)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Vegan Mofo-Indian Take Out.

.    Tonight I didn't really feel like thinking of what to cook for dinner. Or had the time I was hungry. Lately I have just been eating so much it feels weird. I used to eat around 1,200 calories a day. It may seem I was starving, but that's just how it was without my stomach hurting from being to full. These past few weeks though I have been eating more around 1,500. I have gained a few pounds because of this I think(I haven't weighed myself so i'm not completely sure). I'm not complaining in anyway because I am still growing, I just need to start getting off my lazy butt and exercise. Even if it's only 10 minutes everyday or something(note: at one point during the summer I exercised 40-60 minutes most days and could run for 10-15-ish minutes straight, but now I can't do it for like 6 minutes). Well you aren't here to learn about my lack of exercise or calorie eating part of me. You want to read the food! and gosh darn it I should tell you about it.

    A few weeks back I went to the Bombay House with my father and my grandparents. It's has a nice selection of vegan, vegetarian, and omnivore food. If you are in Salt Lake City or Provo I recommend going there if you have a love for Indian food. The first time I went there I hadn't had Indian food besides store bought naan. I looked on the menu and it actually states what dishes are vegan, that's always a plus. I couldn't make up my mind if I wanted the Vegetable Coconut Kurma or the Vegetable Curry. Being more familiar with curries I wanted. Well ever since that night I have been craving that curry. I was going to try and make it myself, but atlas I got to lazy.
    The Vegetable Curry has carrots, peas, cauliflower, potatoes, tomatoes, and other spices. It is not recommended to get this curry any spicier then medium unless you really really really really really like spicy things.

    So I asked my dad to get me some of this curry. Luckily Bombay House does do take out. Thank goodness I can get Indian food when I am to lazy to make it myself! This curry was just as good as the first time I got it only a tad spicier. I had to drink some Silk Pumpkin Spice with it to help calm down my flaming tongue. My dad also got some garlic naan which I didn't ask for, but ate most of it anyways. I'm not sure if the naan is vegan so I would ask if I was you because I don't think it is.

Bombay House Cuisine of India
Salt Lake City
2731 E Parley's Way 
Salt Lake City UT,  84109
(801) 581-0222
Open Dinner Hours: 4pm - 10pm, Monday-Saturday

463 North University Ave
Provo, Utah 84601
(801) 373-6677
Open Dinner Hours: 4pm - 10pm, Monday-Saturday

   I've decided that for some Mofo posts I would like to share with you some other delicious/yummy sounding vegan recipes with you. The thing is though they are all must be a part of this Vegan Moferyness. That way I can look at more food porn from different people. This time I shall only present two because it's sort of to late to go looking for all the links and post, yadda yadda. :)

 Raw Cranberry Cheesecake from Bitt of Raw.

Vegan Ice Cream Recipes Look at that Peppermint Stick Ice Cream over at I Eat Trees. I'm not a big ice cream fan, but that looks good!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Vegan Mofo-Pumpkin French Toast!

   I sure hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Today I woke up early and decided it was about time I made some pumpkin french toast before November ends. That and I can make good french toast and I really wanted some since my green tea pancakes failed miserably. I did take pictures of my fantastic french toast, but sadly :( I took it without a card in the camera and don't have a plug-thing-a-whatever to plug into the camera and a picture. I do have enough batter left to make one more french toast so I will make that within the next few days and load a picture up. Well i'm going to stop telling you about my lack of photo and onto the recipe!

Pumpkin French Toast
Serves 2, 2 pieces per person
1/2 cup pumpkin
2 tbsp flax meal
around 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2tsp cinnamon(I love cinnamon so I added more even though there is some in the pumpkin pie spice)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
about 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk (or enough to thin the pumpkin out)
1 stevia packet, or sweetener to taste
4 pieces of bread

Mix all together in a bowl, minus the bread of course. Dip the bread in the batter and fry in a pan until nicely brown. If the batter is thick you can either spread it onto the bread and fry or add more almond milk or water and that should work fine. Once the bread is done sprinkle some powdered maple syrup on it, or pour maple syrup, or spread almond butter, or eat it plain, or with bananas. I don't care do what you want I just highly don't recommend putting ketchup on it, or you can I just think that sounds nasty. If you do put ketchup on it I won't judge you though....just give you weird stares that's all

Well have a happy Monday or try to and what's your favorite thing to eat with french toast, or kind of french toast, or put on french toast, or anything to do with french toast?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Vegan Mofo-Kabocha Squash

   Since it's Friday and I don't have a vegan food product to really review. I'm just going to tell you what I think about kabocha (that took me 3 times to spell right) squash. I roasted some for dinner since I had two pieces of pizza for lunch and wasn't very hungry, that and I've had one sitting on my counter begging me to eat it (Just wondering is it suppose to have this sticky-ish juice let's call it coming out the stem after having it to long?). Since the camera is still missing. I don't have a photo and i'm sorry for that so I stole one.
(this picture is from according to google images)
   The kabocha squash is most often called the Japanese pumpkin. Some say it's has a sweeter taste then a butternut squash. I however don't think it does, but it could have just been the one I had. I liked this squash nonetheless it was sweet, but not overly sweet. However next time I get one I will be making soup with it. I think that this squash would just be smashing with a curry soup, gingery, garlicy? I'm not sure.

   I ordered some whole wheat blueberry bagels from So tomorrow for breakfast I will be having one with some toffuti better then cream cheese(I haven't tried this yet, so i'm glad to finally try). If I have time tomorrow I will be posting more information about it. I might not be able to post tomorrow or Sunday because I will be busy. When I get back I should be posting about some baked potatoes with some daiya cheddar cheese, sounds good right? right! Well it's late and I need to get off the computer.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Vegan Mofo-Oatmeal Cookies

   My dad has been asking me to make some healthy oatmeal cookies for him, so when I saw Oh She Glows oatmeal raisin cookies I knew I just had to make some. I subbed a couple ingredients here and there like dried blueberries for raisins and agave for maple syrup(I couldn't find my pure maple syrup). They are sweet, but not to sweet. Just the way I like things. I couldn't even help myself I ate two in one day then yesterday I ate another two and today I had one. They are seriously hard to stop eating! They smell so yummy! Trust me if you like oatmeal cookies these are a must to make, not to mention healthy as far as cookies can go.

Dried Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies adapted from Oh She Glows
(I temporary lost my camera so I had to take this picture using the webcam on my computer)

1 & 3/4 cups almonds
2 cups regular oats, divided
3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup Sucanat (or brown sugar)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup agave
2 tbsp almond milk
3.5 tbsp coconut oil (I think I used less coconut oil and added a touch more almond milk)
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2/3 cup dried blueberries
  Preheat oven to 350F and grease a baking sheet. Dump almonds into food processor and process until finely grounded. Pour finely ground almonds into a large bowl and mix together with sucanat, flour, cinnamon, and baking soda. In the food processor grind 1 cup oats and add that to the bowl as well. Stir until mixed in well together. In a small bowl add the coconut oil and microwave for 20 seconds to soften (if necessary). In the same bowl, stir in the agave, almond milk, and vanilla, and pour into food processor(or just be lazy like me and mix it in the same bowl as the coconut oil if it's big enough). Process until the mixture is thoroughly combined. Remove bowl from processor and dump contents the large bowl. Mix in the remaining 1 cup of oats by stirring or with hands. Fold in the 2/3 cup of dried blueberries. Take about 2 tbsp of dough, make a ball, and then flatten with fingers. Place on cookie sheet. Repeat. Bake for 10 minutes at 350F and no longer. Remove from oven and let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes before placing onto a cooling rack for 10-15 minutes. Makes about 12 large cookies(at least for me anyways).

   I had a lot of fun making these cookies considering I haven't ever used coconut oil or sucanat before and they turned out great! Although instead of oatmeal cookies, I'd probably call them granola cookies because they remind me of the granola I eat sometimes for breakfast.

   For dinner i'm going to have just a pizza with veggies and pesto from whole foods, because well it just sounds good. Again sorry from not posting I'm going threw a rough patch I guess you could say so I didn't have time to post the last two days. I will keep doing mofo because I really don't want to quit. It's just hard to think of what to post and having the time to actually make something worth posting about. So I might not be able to post everyday, but I will at least post 20 posts this month or as many as I can get. Thanks for sticking with me on this. Now let's go eat some cookies!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Mofo Day Huit: Imagine Soups

      Good evening lovely mofo people. If you can't tell from my day 2 of mofo and today. I can speak a tiny bit of French. It's so confusing all this feminine and masculine stuff. Anywhooooo....let's talk food. More importantly "simple, easy, already or almost to go vegan food" I've come to the conclusion that's my theme for most of Vegan Mofo month. Since that is what I've been eating lately. Right now i'm going to talk about Imagine Soups. Lately I have lived off of these because i'm to lazy, tired, and hungry when my dad gets home from work to actually make a spiffy fancy dinner. Plus theres enough for lunch the next day to eat with some veggies or toasted nuts. 

*The pictures of the cartons below I have stolen off their website. *

 Now my reviews of the soups.....

Creamy Potato Leek SoupCreamy Potato Leek- I love this soup, but then again you can give me any soup with potatoes and leeks and i'd love it. This is by far my favorite. I like to add cubes of potatoes in this. mmmmmmm. For being vegan this soup was very creamy so that's a total plus. Also it's less then 100 calories per cup if you are watching your weight or dieting.

Light in Sodium Creamy Red Bliss Potato and Garlic SoupLight in Sodium Creamy Red Bliss Potato & Garlic Soup- I liked this soup. It wasn't my favorite, but I liked it. I think it could definitely use some more garlic though. I chopped up some sweet potatoes to put in and it was a great touch. I had some steamed broccoli in it tonight that was a good touch as well, but not really necessary. I like the broccoli as more of a side.

Creamy Broccoli SoupCreamy Broccoli Soup- Not super duper broccoli flavored, but still good non the less. I bet it would be awesome with some daiya cheddar cheese and bits of broccoli(note to self:must try that next time). My dad said it needed more salt, but I think he says that to everything. I still recommend this soup though.

Light In Sodium Creamy Harvest Corn SoupLight in Sodium Creamy Harvest Corn Soup- This soup was my least favorite of all the soups. My complaint it was just to sweet. I'm not a huge fan of sweet things which would be why I didn't like it. So if you like sweet soups then try this soup.

Imagine Vegetable Broth- This is my go to for store bought vegetable broth. I think it's my favorite that I've had.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Mofo Day 7-Vegan Green Tea Pancakes. Fail.



    I'm sorry to report, but I made some green tea pancakes and they failed. This is the second time I've tried to make pancakes not from a mix and they failed. I've come to the conclusion that it is maybe the flour that it making them the way they are? The pancakes had a hard outer shell and a doughy inside. The outside would always cook faster then the inside no matter what heat you had the skillet on. The only way I could make these eatable was eating them with a lot of raspberry jam. I didn't bother taking a picture of these pancakes because of the way they looked. :P I'm just going to stick to making french toast from now on. I'm good at that.
   I've come to the conclusion that i'm a pretty bad blogger. I hardly post pictures and quite frankly my food that I've been eating is just sort of boring lately. I'll try and step up my game. Let's hope week 2 will be better. A lot better.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Mofo Day 6-Explanation//New Survey//Roasted Garlic Brussel Sprouts//Review

   As much as I don't want to start another post apologizing, I am. I haven't blogged the last three days, because I had to get a program installed on my computer and it took the people three days to put it on and I guess fix some viruses or some other junk on the computer. Well now I am back and i'll start this post off with my garlic brussel sprouts. Sadly there isn't a picture I was hungry and didn't have enough time to take bad.

Roasted Garlic Brussel Sprouts
about 1 cup brussel sprouts
1 garlic clove, small, minced(unless you like a lot of garlic)
olive oil

Mince the garlic and toss into a bowl with enough olive oil to cover the brussel sprouts. Let sit for a few minutes

Then toss the brussel sprouts into the bowl making sure each one gets covered with olive oil.

Roast them in an oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 7 minutes. Flip them over and continue roasting for 8 minutes or until roasted the way you like.

There you go another quick simple and yummy dish. Well more side dish. 


Now onto my next part of this post thee review. It is Saturday and I said I would post my review on some type of vegan item on Fridays. Since I couldn't Friday I am going to now. Well at first I was clueless what to do then it hit me. I just got some Silk Pumpkin Spice. If any of you don't know it's a seasonal flavor. 
To first try out this baby I used it in my coffee. I was disappointed. :( I couldn't taste the pumpkin spice flavor what so ever. Then I tried it by itself and I liked it a lot. It was sweet, but not like overly sweet. I consider this a good thing because I don't like overly sweet things. Next time I try this I might add it into my oatmeal. :)

Alright now lastly in this post i'm going to do a survey type thing from I Eat Trees

What is one food you thought you’d miss when you went vegan, but don’t?
I'm not vegan, but a vegetarian and I'd totally thought I'd miss bacon, but oddly enough that's the least thing I miss. I find it to revolting now. :P blech.
What is a food or dish you wouldn’t touch as a child, but enjoy now?
I'd have to say sweet potatoes in general. I went to a girl scout camp a few years back and had a sweet potato, yuck I didn't like it one bit. Recently though I just love them and could eat them everyday. Soup is another thing I was never a big fan of soup, until recently. I would on a slight occasion have some though.
What vegan dish or food you feel like you “should” like, but don’t?
Avocados! by far.
What beverage do you consume the most of on any given day?
tea, usually.
What dish are you “famous” for making or bringing to gatherings?
Can't say I have one.
Do you have any self-imposed food rules (like no food touching on the plate or no nuts in sweets)?
uhm not that I can think of except I won't touch a veggie/fruit if it's been on the same plate as meat or fish or gelatin...well you get my point.
What’s one food or dish you tend to eat too much of when you have it in your home?
Bread and naturally dried mangoes and bananas.
What ingredient or food do you prefer to make yourself despite it being widely available prepackaged?
Sweet potato fries is the only thing coming to my mind. I'm not sure if it's widely available prepackages, but there are frozen ones you can but that I've seen at whole foods.
What ingredient or food is worth spending the extra money to get “the good stuff”?
Are you much of a snacker?  What are your favorite snacks?
I'm not usually a huge snacker, but lately I have been. Favorite snack? I've got to say dried mangoes and fruit leather.
What are your favorite vegan pizza toppings?
Pesto and Veggies. I haven't had a daiya cheese pizza yet, but I plan onto soon.
What is your favorite vegetable?  Fruit?
vegetable-cauliflower, sweet potato, brussel sprouts, asparagus, broccoli. I like to many vegetables.
fruit-I don't have a favorite. I like most fruit except Gala apples, and raisins(I like them in oatmeal cookies, that's about the only thing i'll eat them with)
What is the best salad dressing?
I usually just use plain balsamic vinegar. 
What is your favorite thing to put on toasted bread?
Do I have to pick a favorite?'s my top few favorites raspberry jam(365 brand), any nut butter pretty much, and hummus
What kind of soup do you most often turn to on a chilly day or when you aren’t feeling your best?
Potato Soup! Usually leek and potato, but I don't care just as long as it's potato
What is your favorite cupcake flavor? Frosting flavor?
I don't eat sweets that often, but I really like Cakewalk Bakery's pumpkin cheesecake cupcake. It's a vanilla cupcake with pumpkin cheesecake in the middle topped with a cream cheese frosting.
What is your favorite kind of cookie?
Peanut butter. :) Wait pumpkin is my favorite during fall though.
What is your most-loved “weeknight meal”?
Anything that has to do with breakfast for dinner really. 
What is one dish or food you enjoy, but can’t get anyone else in your household to eat?
Spicy food. It's not that I can't get any one to eat it, it's just my dad has a bladder disease (ICC disease for short, I think they call it) so he can't eat anything acidic or spicy without hurting.
How long, in total,  do you spend in the kitchen on an average day?
Considering my computer is in the kitchen haha probably to much.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Mofo Day 3-Sweet Potato Hash plus Mofo Survey

First off let me just say i'm uber sorry at how late this post is. I have had a headache all day and haven't really been up to making much food. So for dinner I just simply sent my loving father into the kitchen and make a simple sweet potato hash.

Sweet Potato Hash
1 large sweet potato
olive oil, for frying

Shred the sweet potato and place into a large skillet.
Then cook on medium heat until, well cooked the way you like it. (It might be around 15 minutes?)

*note: if you don't want them crispy I suggest steaming them for a couple of minutes
There that's it simple as can be write?

(sorry for the bad photo pic, I don't own a fancy camera)

Unto the survey since I Eat Trees did this survey and I stumbled upon it as well I thought I should do it to. :)

1. Favorite non-dairy milk?
Almond Breeze unsweetened original or unsweetened vanilla
2. What are the top 3 dishes/recipes you are planning to cook?
Green tea pancakes, oatmeal dried blueberry cookies, Manifest Vegan's Pumpkin Alfredo
3. Topping of choice for popcorn?
I usually just eat popcorn plain, how boring huh?
4. Most disastrous recipe/meal failure?
uhm...recently probably pumpkin soup, it tasted nothing like pumpkin and just like sweet onion.
5. Favorite pickled item?
I like pretty much anything pickled. No favorites here.
6. How do you organize your recipes?
In a folder on my computer.
7. Compost, trash, or garbage disposal?
8. If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 foods…what would they be (don’t worry about how you’ll cook them)?
Sweet potato fries, Udi's vanilla almond granola(it has honey, sorry strict vegans), and falafels
9. Fondest food memory from your childhood?
Hmmmmm....sadly I can't say I have a one. I can't remember to much about my childhood. Maybe going to my grandparent's(on my dad's side) house for brunch on christmas or going to my other grandparents house for christmas eve? not sure.
10. Favorite vegan ice cream?
I don't eat ice cream so I can't say I've even tried one.
11. Most loved kitchen appliance?
That's tough. I can't say I have one they're all of equal importance some way or another.
12. Spice/herb you would die without?
Cumin, hummus just isn't the same without it! Cinnamon is a good one as well.
13. Cookbook you have owned for the longest time?
Vegan Yum Yum
14. Favorite flavor of jam/jelly?
Raspberry, but it has to be whole food 365 brand. I could literally eat that stuff out of the jar.
15. Favorite vegan recipe to serve to an omni friend?
hmmmm...vegan french toast I think or falafels!
16. Seitan, tofu, or tempeh?
Tofu. Sadly to admit this I haven't tried seitan or tempeh 
17. Favorite meal to cook (or time of day to cook)?
Either dinner of breakfast. I could eat breakfast food any time of day, but with dinner I can take more time to make while breakfast I usually want my food then and there. heh. 
18. What is sitting on top of your refrigerator?
Dog biscuits, a stuffed animal duck, and some herb crackers.
19. Name 3 items in your freezer without looking.
Frozen blueberries, edamame, and frozen bananas 
20. What’s on your grocery list?
more frozen blueberries, they ran out at Whole Foods so I have to go back and get some since they're on sale. Other then that nothing because I just went an hour ago.
21. Favorite grocery store?
Whole Foods. I can spend hours on end in that store and never be bored.
22. Name a recipe you’d love to veganize, but haven’t yet.
my aunt's zucchini bread recipe
23. Food blog you read the most (besides Isa’s because I know you check it everyday). Or maybe the top 3?
Do I have to pick a favorite I check so many. Maybe Fat Free Vegan Kitchen. I don't know it's to hard to pick a favorite.
24. Favorite vegan candy/chocolate?
Sour Patch Kids. no Red Vines, those are vegan right? because everything I found said they are.
25. Most extravagant food item purchased lately?
A young coconut.....I cut it open and i'm so clueless as to what to do with it, anyone have any ideas?

Also I was thinking about how much I love hummus and I had some butternut squash ravioli's last night. I would like to see if someone could make hummus ravioli's and see how it turns out.