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I'm a vegetarian/wannabe vegan barista from Iowa. I spend a great deal of time cooking and reading about food and nutrition and hope to, someday, be a vegetarian chef!

March 31, 2006

My "I'm Sick" Lunch


I was sick the other day, so this is what I made for myself to help me feel better. I had miso soup, an orange, toast, and green tea.

Miso Soup (adapted from La Dolce Vegan)
2 c. water
2 t. vegetable broth powder
1 clove garlic, peeled
2 T. miso
1/4 c. tofu, cubed
1 small carrot, grated
1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
1 button mushroom, diced
2 T. frozen spinach

In a small sauce pan on high heat, bring the water and vegetable broth powder to a boil. Reduce the heat and add the garlic; simmer for 8 minutes. Then fish out the ginger and turn the heat off. In a small bowl mix the miso with 3 T. of the stock. Stir until miso is smooth. Add the miso, tofu, and veggies to the stock. Cover and let it sit for 5 minutes. Serves 1.

Don't boil your miso-that destroys the health benefits.

March 30, 2006

Midweek Munchies!


Midweek Munchies: What Amy is contributing for the week


Big bag of Red Delicious apples
2 bananas
1 lb. carrots
2 cucumbers
raisins
dates
pumpkin
almonds
frozen mixed veggies
rice milk
2 lb. tofu

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March 28, 2006

Cupcakes!

I've been helping test cupcakes for Isa and Terry. They're writing an all vegan cupcake book!
Here's what I've tested so far:

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Cappuccino Cupcakes with Espresso Creme
These are coffee flavored cupcakes with just a hint of cinnamon. They are filled with a light coffee/espresso flavored creme. I also used some of the leftover filling to decorate the top. And, just to make it look pretty, I sprinkled it with powdered sugar and put a lovely chocolate covered espresso bean on top of the cream.
They were very yummy and coffee-y, so these are definitly a coffee lovers cupcake!

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes
I was just testing the frosting for these. Most of the recipes were cupcake and frosting all together, but this one was just the frosting. I decided to pair it up with the Isa and Terry's basic vanilla cupcake. Just to make it more fancy, I piped in some grape jelly. The frosting is a peanut buttercream. Its very light and fluffy. I decorated these cupcakes with crushed up peanuts.
I absolutely love peanut butter and this frosting is my favorite thing that I've tested so far. Everybody that I've shared my cupcakes with has said that this is their favorite too. Gotta love peanut butter frosting! They could have used more jelly though. It was my first time filling cupcakes, so I was just guessing at what I was doing. Couldn't see how much was in there until I cut it open.

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Chocolate Mint Cupcakes
These are chocolate cupcakes with a bit of mintyness to them. They are first iced with a mint frosting. The cupcakes just have a bit of mint, but the frosting is very minty. Its where the cupcakes get all their yummyness. It is then topped with a chocolate ganache to balance out the mintyness.
Some of my testers thought these were too minty, but I thought they were just right!

March 23, 2006

Midweek Munchies

Stuff for making cupcakes! I'm helping test for Isa and Terry's upcoming cookbook. Pictures to come later.

I got the following for cupcakes:
margarine
shortening
powdered sugar
chocolate covered espresso beans
soft tofu
vanilla soy yogurt
mint extract

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March 19, 2006

Mini Banana Bread



Isn't it cute!? I found a recipe for a mini loaf of banana bread. Its just four servings, which is awesome for me as I am just baking for myself. So I veganized/healthified the recipe and it turned out GREAT. I can't wait to try a bunch of variations of the recipe. Banana Nut Bread, Banana Chocolate Chip Bread, Banana Peanut Butter Bread, Banana Date Bread, Banana Oatmeal Bread. . .(I fear I'm starting to sound like Bubba Gump! hehe) Here's my recipe:


Mini Loaf Banana Bread

3 T. applesauce
3 T. sugar
1/4 t. vanilla
1/3 c. wheat flour
1/3 c. all purpose flour
1/4 t. soda
1/8 t. salt
1/4 t. cinnamon
2 bananas, mashed

Preheat oven to 325°. Coat a 5 3/4-in. x 3-in. x 2-in. loaf ban with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
In a small mixing bowl, mix applesauce, sugar and vanilla. Combine the flours, soda, salt and cinnamon; add to creamed mixture alternately with bananas.
Transfer to prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes then remove from pan and finish cooling on a wire rack.

March 17, 2006

Midweek Munchies


Midweek Munchies: What Amy is contributing for the week


Not much! lol! I went out a couple times this week and ate at work a few times, so I have lots left over from last week. What I will contribute is a few things I got at the Asian Grocery store:

Cheap tofu (waaay cheaper there than the regular store or the health food store!)
Agar Powder (only place I've been able to find it!)


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March 14, 2006

Pizza!


I was quite happy with how this pizza turned out! It looks good and tastes even better!
I used the pizza crust recipe from Passionate Vegetarian. I used 1/2 wheat flour, 1/2 white flour. I still have some dough leftover which I froze. I plan to make calzones next week.
I topped my pizza with roasted garlic, spinach and mushrooms. Up until recently, I have hated mushrooms! They are still not my favorite thing, but I'm trying to learn to like them more as so many vegan recipes (not to mention all the vegan options at restaurants!) rely on mushrooms. I have learned to like them raw and sometimes like them cooked. My dad told me that you want to cook them very little-they overcook easy. So I think maybe that was my problem before. Who knows? At any rate, I liked them on this pizza!
I used my new favorite soy cheese on this pizza: Vegan Gourmet! I've heard that its the best and have been wanting to try it forever, but could never find it. A while back I went to a different health food store than usual and they had it! I drizzled it with a bit of olive oil before baking, because I'd heard that helps it brown up nicely. Looks like that trick worked!
My roomate makes really good and simple pizza sauce. I stole her idea for this pizza. She spreads tomato paste on the pizza crust then sprinkles it with oragano, basil and a bit of garlic powder. She then tops the pizza. I like doing it this way for 3 reasons: (1) you don't dirty a bowl to mix the sauce in-less dishes! (2) its thicker so you don't get any sauce dripping/oozing out and burning your fingers and (3) it tastes good!

March 12, 2006

Yum-O Chili


I admit it. I love Rachael Ray-even though I won't eat much of what she cooks! When I saw her make this chili recipe, I knew I had to try it. It was really good and easy! Its just your basic vegetarian chili . . . for the most part. What makes this chili different is the refried beans! Yep, you heard me right. Refried beans! They are used to thicken the chili. How smart is that!? I definitly recommend that you try this recipe. Serve it with cornbread. Yum-o, as Rachael would say!

March 10, 2006

Midweek Munchies


Here's my contribution to Midweek Munchies!
This week I got:
lettuce
mushrooms
celery (although you can't really see it)
sweet potatoes
bananas
apples
oranges
lemon
unsweetened dried bananas
soy milk
tvp (I accidently covered it up. You can't see it at all! lol!)
black beans
Smart Deli pastrami
vegetarian vegetable soup
lentil soup
tomato sauce
peas
nutritional yeast
Minute Rice brown rice
Whole Fruit popsicle type bars
Annie's Organics Chocolate Bunny Grahams (Sooo good!)

March 07, 2006

Unsweetened Banana Chips!


I went to the health food store today and found these. They were super cheap-the bag was like 60 cents. And bonus: unsweetened! I, personally, like them better than the regular/sugary dried bananas. They are healthy, yummy and cheap-just the way I like my food. 2 thumbs up!

March 06, 2006

Accidently Vegan Scotcheroos!

Before I went vegan, I bought some chocolate chips and butterscotch chips to make scotcheroos. And, being as cheap as I am, I bought off brands. So, the other day, I saw these half bags of baking chips in my cupboard and decided to make scotcheroos. I figured they wouldn't be vegan, but I wasn't going to throw away stuff because its not vegan. What good does that do for the suffering animals? Anyways, out of curiousity, I checked the ingredients. Both the chocolate chips and the butterscotch chips were vegan!!! Morel of the story: check the ingredients on off brand stuffs!
And here are my lovely (and yummy!) scotcheroos:


Wanna know how I made them!? Of course you do!

Scotcheroos
1/2 c. corn syrup
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. peanut butter
3 c. Rice Krispies
1/2 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. butterscotch chips

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a rolling boil. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter. Once the peanut butter is melted and mixed in well, stir in the Rice Krispies.
Press the mixture in a greased 9x9 pan.
Melt the chocolate chips and butterscotch chips together in the microwave. Have the microwave on 50-60% power and stir every minute. You don't want to burn the chocolate! Once it is all nicely melted and combine, spread over the bars.
Chill until firm. This will take about 15 minutes.

March 01, 2006

Chickpea Almond Stir "Fry" and TVP Spring Rolls

Stir Fry and Spring Roll

So, this isn't really a stir fry, because its not fried. . .and its not really spring rolls because its baked. I'm starting my blog off with a bunch of fake stuff! lol!
It may not look that great in the picture (picture didn't turn out too great!), but it was really tasty. Here's what I did:

Chickpa Almond Stir "Fry"

1 1/2 c. water
3 t. veggie broth powder
1/4 c. soy sauce
2 c. broccoli, chopped
2 carrots, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 can chickpeas
1 c. peas
1/2 c. almonds
Cooked Brown Rice

Heat the water, veggie broth powder and soy sauce in a large fry pan until boiling. Add broccoli, carrots, onion and garlic. Simmer until broccoli is soft, but not mushy. Add chickpeas, peas, and almonds. Simmer 2-3 more minutes. Serve over rice.

TVP Spring Rolls
3/4 c. textured vegetable protein
3/4 c. water
1 T. soy sauce
2 carrots, shredded
1/2 onion, finely diced
1 T. olive oil
Spring Roll Wrappers

Preheat oven to 400°.
Boil water. Pour over tvp. Mix in soy sauce; let sit 30 minutes. Saute tvp, carrots and onion in olive oil 2-3 minutes or until veggies are soft.
Get ready to roll your spring rolls. Have your wrappers thawed and covered with a wet towel. Have a small bowl of water, your filling and a greased baking sheet nearby. Lay a wrapper in front of you so that it looks like a diamond. Use your finger or a brush to wet the edges. Place 2 tablespoons of filling (or less if you have small wrappers. Mine were quite large.) directly in front of the tip of the diamond, far enough back so that you can roll the tip of the wrapper over it. Roll the wrapper over the filling, pulling it towards you so its tight. Fold in the sides. Roll it up and use a bit of water to hold it shut. Set on baking sheet, seam side down. Roll the rest of your spring rolls.
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.