Sunday, December 28, 2014

Food, food, wonderful Christmas food!

A tradition at christmas eve with our friends Hope and Gary: samosas from India's Sweets and Spices.

A Christmas Feast. I brought the Tofurky and gravy. Gary made the beautiful veg and Hope made her killer mash with soymilk and Earth Balance.

Tofurky roast, mash, gravy, roasted veg, piccalili.

For dessert: VCTOW's gingerbread and toasted coconut cupcakes. Heaven. To die for.

Mocha Mama cookies. These are also to die for, especially the next day with a cup of coffee.

Christmas morning, I made the tempeh sausage puffs from Vegan Brunch and waffles.

This is a mushroom and kale lasagna that I made to bring to my aunt's house for another christmas gathering with my cousins.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


I made delicious tacos last night. The filling is made with Helen's Kitchen veggie ground with sauteed onions, tomatoes and spices like cumin, paprika, oregano, garlic powder and chili powder. I pan fried the corn tortillas in oil. Mmm.

Topped with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole, fresh salsa and Sriracha Just Mayo! I forgot to squeeze some lime juice on it but they were delicious!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Making of a Perfect Sandwich.

My favorite sandwich: hummus, avocado, chili jam and salad greens on toasted bread, seasoned with lime juice (or lemon), salt and pepper.

Be generous with the hummus and avocado. It's so worth it. Got the idea from Mary McCartney's book. I love that book.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Lentil Sausage Soup & Bisquick Biscuits!

I was watching The Barefoot Contessa during lunch break at work the other day and Ina was making a couple of soup recipes, one of which was this lentil and sausage soup. I've never used french green lentils before so this was a first. I substituted Tofurky Kielbasa for the meat version. It is so hearty and beautifully seasoned with cumin, thyme, onions, garlic, leeks, carrots and celery.

And to go with it, biscuits made from the Bisquick mix. I used the biscuit recipe from the side of the box and substituted almond milk for the cow's milk.

So delicious!!!

Recipe here.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Vegetable Hotchpotch & Date Cakes!

This is the preparation for Linda McCartney's Vegetable Hotchpotch which is from her book "Linda's Kitchen". Gardein steak chunks, onions, potatoes, herbs, white beans and vegetables all layered and then covered with veggie stock.

Ready to go in the oven for an hour. I drizzled some olive oil on top to add some fat!

Out of the oven. This was so delicious. I had some in a bowl with some white rice added and it was so rich and deep in flavor.

Date cakes!

And a heart shaped one to spread the love.

Topped with Coco Whip. Much too good!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Vegan Jelly! (or Jello!)

A childhood favorite revisited. I have always liked Jell-o with Cool Whip. Now that I'm vegan, I have to find animal-free products. Found this brand of strawberry jelly from Samosa House in Culver City which has a small market that sells international goods.


Easy instructions.

Delicious topped with Coco Whip!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Vegan Thanksgiving no. 8!

Happy Thanksgiving. Peace and Love!!! And Happy Eating!

Tofurky roast.


Roasted sweet potatoes and carrots.

Mustard green beans from The Complete Vegan Cookbook.

Candied sweet potatoes and apples from Vegan Soul Kitchen.

Roasted brussels sprouts and red onions from River Cottage Veg.

The herb stuffing I made every year is from The Vegan Family Cookbook. It's so easy and always delicious!

Pumpkin pie! Bryanna's recipe that I have used for the past 8 years!

My husband's german chocolate birthday cake. Happy Bday Mr. Mouse!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Mushroom & Sausage Stroganoff with Mashed Potatoes.

This recipe is ridiculously good! I used the "Seitan Portobello Stroganoff" recipe from Vegan With A Vengeance. I used two 8oz. cartons of cremini mushrooms and replaced the seitan with 2 sliced Field Roast smoked apple sausages. The amount of sauce it makes is wonderful! You can use it on top of mash and also on wide noodles which I plan to do tomorrow because it looks like we have quite a lot of leftover sauce.

Fresh russets make the best fluffy mashed potatoes whipped with almond milk and Earth Balance margarine.

View #1. Beautiful stuff. You can see how rich and red it is from the wine and mushrooms.

The Field Roast worked very well and held up in the sauce. I love Field Roast.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Grilled Portobello Sandwich, Pesto Pasta Salad, Scones

Grilled portobello, red pepper, red onions on toasted whole grain bread with Vegenaise, arugula pesto and fresh arugula. Amazing sandwich.

Served with arugula pesto pasta salad.

Arugula and spinach pesto mixed with Vegenaise made a great pasta salad dressing.

Cranberry and raisin scones.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Giant Vegan Sandwich and Date Cake.

Giant vegan sandwich with Tofurky slices, Tofutti and Follow Your Heart vegan cheeses, vegenaise, mustard, italian dressing, Maldon salt, freshly cracked black pepper, red and yellow peppers, cucumbers, red onions, olives, pepperoncini and romaine on a large french loaf.

My favorite date cake.

Recipe here. Substitute almond milk for the cow's milk.