Recipes

Vegan Chocolate Cake & Chocolate Frosting
One of my many hobb-sessions, as Nate likes to call them, through the years has included cake making.  When this particular hobby/obsession came into my life, you could find me at Michael's or pretty much anywhere that had cake decorator tools. Of course like most of my hobbies, they die a slow death, but at least I can pick them up when I need them. My kids absolutely love when I tell them I'm going to make a cake
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Some Like it (Very, Very) Hot - Masoor Daal
found this recipe while searching the web. There's a great network of vegan food blogs, and someone is always suggesting one recipe or another. Lentil dishes always catch my eye because I'm always trying to find new ways to add protein dishes to my repertoire. I've always been a fan of Indian and South Asian food, but I've never really built a real understanding for the blends of spices that bring together the complex flavors of these cuisines
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Misir Watt
One great thing about being a budding vegan is all the new recipes I have been able to try as of late. I'm one of those cooks who never makes much of the same thing more than once.  I think it gives more creative value to to process of cooking and eating
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You say tomato...I say mucho bueno!
Who doesn't love salsa? It's delicious, and it makes pretty much everything taste good. I don't just love salsa. I need salsa. With summer tomatoes popping up at the farmer's market, I thought it was a great time to whip some up. It's so easy! This recipe makes enough to hang out in your fridge just long enough for you to eat it all, and still have some to share a jar with a loved one. As soon as tomatoes show up in droves at my favorite local grower's table, I'll share a Pico de Gallo recipe too
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Veggie Pizza Vindicated
One great thing about choosing to become a Vegan is discovering new restaurants in my own backyard that I never knew about. Kansas City has so many great local restaurants, and a decent hippie population to boot, so I knew I could find a Vegan restaurant within a stone's throw. My 7 year old pleaded with me to take him to Pizza Hut. Since that is no longer an option I looked up Vegan Pizza, and voila, Waldo Pizza! I ordered the Veggie St. Louis crispy crust with Vegan Cheese
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Tara-Yaki Vegetables
Since my dad grew up in Hawaii, many of my family's recipes have an Asian influence as does much of Hawaiian fare. My mom has made teriyaki everything! You can often find my dad out at the grill barbecuing up some teriyaki steak or chicken. I'm not sure I could ever force feed him tofu, but you never know! You can marinate anything in this sauce and it will taste great. It's super simple, and keeps in the fridge for about a week if you want to use it on something else
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Piggy No More
When I got married 10 years ago to my carnivorous husband, I had been a vegetarian for 3 years. I watched some documentary about meat processing while sitting idly on the couch eating a Wendy's chicken sandwich. I spit it out (phooey), and didn't eat meat again (at least for a time.) I won't gross you out with the details lest you find me judgmental or a doom sayer, but believe me, you'd put down your spicy chicken sandwich too
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Pearly Greats
As part of my new Vegan lifestyle I must have dessert!  I checked out Tal Ronnen's new cookbook, The Conscious Cook and in it found the perfect candidate for my first vegan treat.  I decided to try the Tropical Tapioca Pudding.  Instead of cow's milk and granulated sugar, this yummy recipe calls for coconut milk and agave nectar
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No Need to Fudge the Truth
My kiddos caught me looking at the Little House of Veggies blog the other day, and absolutely implored me to make the Chocolate Fudge Muffins. My picture doesn't do them justice (check out the food porn over at the original recipe post.) They are indeed fudgy, and quite delectable. The recipe calls for white whole wheat flour, but I only had regular which I think added to their already wholesome(y) goodness. With virtually no fat, I'd like to think these are (sort-of) guilt free
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Mis(uh)o Soup
I love going out for sushi.  It's one of my favorite things to do. There's something about the ritual of it all.  Chopsticks, little bowls of soy sauce, wasabi; It's just fun. I always order Miso Soup.  I had no idea until recently that miso is said to reduce your risk of cancer, strengthen your immune system, prevent aging, and minimize menopausal symptoms
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Mex-You-Can
Ok, so as a Mexican food junkie, I need options.  For real.  If I'm going to be a Vegan, I need to know I can have me some Mexican food and quick.  Don't get me wrong. I have been cooking up a Vegan storm around here, but there are times I don't feel like lifting a finger.  The problem is that most convenience foods where Mexican options are concerned are usually heavy laden with cheese which is no longer an option unfortunately. Enter Amy
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The Kind Diet - Red Radish Tabbouleh
Well, I guess I'm stuck on The Kind Diet recipes this week. A friend of mine told me about someone she knows who happens to adore the Red Radish Tabbouleh recipe. I love, love Mediterranean food, so I was intrigued by this recipe. I wanted to make it as-is to see if I could stomach the radishes after reading about their many benefits
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The Kind Diet - Peanut Butter Cups
I finally made the beloved Peanut Butter Cups from The Kind Diet.  This recipe is talked about in the book a bunch, and is plastered all over thekindlife.com forum, so I thought it was high time I tried to make them.  The recipe is super easy.  Reece's PB cups are one of my favorite candies, and most certainly prohibited as a vegan.  These definitely taste healthier for a peanut butter cup, but if you love peanut butter they'll hit the spot.  I spent the winter tying to become a chocolate snob by trying all the good
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The Kind Diet - Mom's Granola
My new favorite cookbook right now is The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone. Seriously. It's so fun to read, and very informative. I didn't find it preachy one bit like you may find other vegan cookbooks. It's kind of like pulling up a chair and talking to one of your darling, smart, and very funny friends. And how cute is Alicia Silverstone? Really, being a vegan makes you this cute? Count me in! The only bone I have to pick with her is that she suggests giving up my daily cup o' joe. I'm not quite there yet
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Humming Along Hummus
Every Monday evening my wonderful, and most generous parents watch the kiddos (Hi Mom!), so my hubs and I can have a date night. Sometimes it's nice to stay in and save a few bucks to be able to enjoy our quiet little house sans the boys. Tonight it's a light dinner in front of the tube. We're finally watching Crazy Heart, even though it's way old. We need to get out more often! Fortunately we've been married long enough not to mind each other's garlic breath
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Gardein Chicken Tacos
Tonight I tried Gardein meat-free Chick'n Filets for the first time. I am impressed with the very realistic chicken-like texture. While it doesn't exactly taste like chicken, it satisfies you in the same way. This is quite the wonder food. With 20 grams of protein per serving, I can put my mother-in-law's mind at ease that I am indeed getting enough protein. Adding a 1/2 cup of refried black beans, and using Food for Life corn tortillas adds another 13 grams of protein for a whopping 33 grams total for the whole meal
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Bean There, Done Fat.
I love having something to do with leftovers. Being a vegan means you always have tons of perishables begging to be eaten in the fridge. I especially love a burger, a guilt free one that is. I made this Dang Good Leftover Stuff in the Fridge Burger recipe I found on VegWeb. What vegan doesn't have some brown rice hanging out in the fridge and a can of beans in the pantry? I ended up doubling the recipe because 1 can of beans equals twice the recipe. I highly recommend using fresh bread crumbs
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As a matter of fact I do know (flap)jack
I am finding out more and more that Vegans too can eat delicious foods, and don't have to suffer the loss of cupcakes, cookies and pancakes! My kids were begging for pancakes this morning, so I veganified them. I especially love pancakes cooked on a cast iron skillet. If you put just a little (vegan) butter in the pan, they brown up deliciously. An added bonus to cooking with cast iron is that you add iron to your food as well, which is lovely since I no longer eat red meat
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Sublime Simplicity - Vegan Pain au Chocolat
If my life depended on it, I'm still not sure I could tell you how many millions of times I have made these. Back in our Young Adult ministry days, we used to pack 20-30 people in our tiny little house, and feed them cargo ship quantities of these. I believe the record eaten was 10 by one person. Nate's favorite treat ever is a chocolate croissant, so as a new bride I wanted to find a suitable way to make it for him that didn't involve laboriously making croissant dough from scratch
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Vegan White Braised Onions
We scored these pretty little pearl onions on our last trip to the farmer's market. Nate was starting to stalk me on what I was going to do with them because they were so pretty. He even decided that they were worth popping in his mouth raw (not much kissing going on 'round here.) I spent the much of last Christmas break snowed in, and with a brand new copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking
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