Monday, March 7, 2011

Recipe Testing for Dynise Balcavage "The Urban Vegan" newest cookbook - part 4

Substantial Mix-n-Match Salad

Mango (Passion-less) Sorbet

Mushy Peas

Post-Race Protein Shake

Sticky Rice with Mango

Chocolate-Dipped Things

Baked Polenta Fries

Easy Apple Tarts

Orange-Soy Seitan Tenders with Polish Pimped Mashed Potatoes & red kale

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Recipe Testing for Dynise Balcavage "The Urban Vegan" newest cookbook - part 3

Shamefully Simple Chickpea Chili

Chocolate Popcorn w/cashews

Chocolate Popcorn w/cashews & Abi

Sesame Seed Cookies

Baked Apples

Pimped Mashed Potatoes - Polish Mash

Recipe Testing for Dynise Balcavage "The Urban Vegan" newest cookbook - part 2

Peppermint Bark

15-Minute Ice Cream Pie (Coconut & Mango)

Marinating Seitan Kabobs

Smoky Yogurt Dipping Sauce

Seitan Kabobs with Smoky Yogurt Dipping Sauce

Baked Agave Tofu

Balsamic-Baked Beans



Recipe Testing for Dynise Balcavage "The Urban Vegan" newest cookbook - part 1

Smoky Zucchini Bean Dip

Chocolate-Covered Cherries

Mega-Israeli Salad

Balsamic-Baked Beans

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Tonight's Dinner

This is the first photo taken with my new photo box I got for Christmas. I'm so excited that I can now take food photos at night!!
Starting at 12 and going clock-wise:
1. Steamed collard greens with fresh lemon
2. Black Eyed Peas cooked in the Crockpot with sweet onion, garlic, and serrano pepper
3. Vegan Orange Chicken in tangy orange sauce with fresh oranges
4. Mashed potatoes
Garnished with boiled gold beets and a cherry tomato.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Halloween Treats

Ritz Crackers with peanut butter inside to hold the 8 pretzel legs. Use a small dab of peanut butter to attach the raisin eyes.
Tailor these to your kids preferences. Another healthy variation is almond butter, cranberries, and Ritz whole wheat crackers.
My kids love making and eating these. A perfect October after school snack!

1. Core and peel apples, leave an inch of the lower unpeeled.
2. Divide a pie crust for each apple and place the apple on top.
3. Fill the core with a small mixture of raisins, cranberries, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

4. Press and seal the pastry around the apple. Put a dollop of coconut oil on the top.
5. Bake the dumplings @ 375* for about 15 minutes while making the basting sauce.
6. Bring 2 tablespoons Earth Balance, 3/4 C. apple juice, 3/4 C. water, 1/2 C. sugar, & 1/8 tsp. cinnamon to a boil in a small sauce pan. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.

7. Baste the dumplings with the sauce and pour the rest in the pan and continue to bake about 30 minutes until they are tender. Continue to baste the dumplings about every 15 minutes.

Roasted pumpkin seeds are always a treat this time of year! I hope you are enjoying a healthy Halloween season!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

From Scratch is always best. . .

Is your vegan food really vegan? They tested 17 LA area vegan restaurants for non-vegan ingredients. Read to find out why seven of them failed miserably.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Follow Your Heart Cafe

We were hungry and couldn't face cooking in Art's LA closet-of-a-kitchen. Plus the girls were with grandparents, so we were free to eat experimentally. Our options were limited since it was late on a Monday. Taking all this into consideration, we cut across the San Fernando Valley to Follow Your Heart Cafe, a mostly organic veg eatery that's open 7 days a week until 9. I was excited to eat at this vegetarian landmark and slather vegenaise on everything!

There's my Italian Salad (marinated artichoke hearts, garbanzo beans, red onion, black olives, tomatoes, pepperoncinis, on a bed of organic greens)

and Art's Caesar Salad (vegetarian version of the classic with organic Romaine lettuce, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, croutons, with garlic bread)
Both salads were delicious and devoured.

"finally!" There's Art's Reuben (thinly sliced wheatmeat, natural swiss cheese, sauerkraut, mustard and vegenaise on oversized rye bread)
Mine is a Club (triple decker with wholewheat bread, turkey-style wheatmeat, vegetarian bacon bits, tomato, lettuce, vegenaise, and I added avocado)
each had carrots piled high and was delicious. But Art's would have been better had it not sat in the window for so darn long. duh!

Here's a photo of my sandwich sitting lonely on the table waiting for the other. We waited and waited, and our waiter was no where to be seen, and no one else received our wondering glance. I watched the sandwich sit under the heat lamp...
Never fear, the service won't keep us away, and perhaps it'd be better next time? Though Art chalks it up to classic vegan service. Is there something to this? Have you gotten apathetic service at veg restaurants?