Recipes

Abstract Tart - Vegan Mushroom Tart
  Vegan Mushroom Tart 1 Vegan Puff Pastry Sheet, thawed 1 Red Onion, thinly sliced 1 lb. Mushrooms, sliced 10 oz. Organic Fresh Baby Spinach 2 oz. Daiya Vegan Mozzarella (a little under 3/4 cup) 2 T. Olive Oil 1/2 t. Garlic Powder Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper Preheat oven to 400 F. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll Puff pastry out to 15 by 10 inches. With a dull knife mark border around the puff pastry. Prick with a fork all over. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown
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Taking Daiya Vegan Cheese for a Spin
Being a former cheese snob, the thought of substituting non-dairy cheese on any of my former food favorites seemed a little depressing. I have tried a few other vegan brands. I won't mention any names, but please (you know who you are) stop trying to pass off products for cheese that are not even remotely close, and in fact are repulsively disgusting. Maybe that's a little strong, but I would like my food to at least smell good
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FÜD for Thought - Vegan Restaurants in Kansas City
Every Thursday night my parents kindly watch our 2 boys, so we can have a date night. We never take it for granted, and usually take the opportunity to traverse to new places in our little city. Thanks Mom and Dad! You're the best :) Anyway, last night Nate decided he wanted to try to make me a vegan dessert out of one of the five-thousand vegan cookbooks I have littering the house. I'm kind of used to seeing strange ingredients now since I have been reading them for a few months, but Nate, not so much
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Field Roast Sausages - For Piggy sans the Pig
As you've read in previous posts, sausage was a big part of our lives prior to the whole vegan thing. We ate plenty of sausage and pasta, sausage pizza, sausage and peppers, etc. I'm kind of new to the whole world of meat analogs, and I'm not sure how I feel about most of them just yet. I do know for sure, however, that the choices have greatly improved since my being a non-meat eater 10 years ago. Last night, I tried Field Roast Grain Meat Sausages for the first time, and I have to say that I actually liked them
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Best Brown Rice Ever
Apparently those who are conscious of their health should forsake white rice for brown rice. It just so happens, that I grew up on rice, but have more recently developed a love affair with the brown variety. My mom's rice cooker is nearly 40 years old, and is still churning out rice by the boat load year after year. I'm not normally a fan of kitchen appliances. Especially in a kitchen that is lacking space in a major way, I'm partial to a few good pots and pans to get the job done
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El Cheapo Burritos - Vegan Black Bean Veggie Burritos
I'm a huge fan of healthy convenience foods. Unfortunately, most of my favorite brands really put a dent in our budget. Many vegan burritos in the freezer section cost 2.50 - 3.50 a piece; quite the steep price for some beans, veggies and a tortilla. I've been having so much fun running around the city with my 2 handsome little guys this summer, so it's especially nice to have foods I can warm up easily for a quick lunch. And since Nate has jumped on my vegan bandwagon, many of my snacks have been disappearing mysteriously
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A Berry Satisfying Treat
What's more American than a blueberry cobbler in the summer? With blueberries showing up by the truckloads in my local markets, I decided this beautiful, sunshiny summer day needed to be celebrated with a delicious dessert. This last batch I bought wasn't as sweet as I like, so of course cobbler is the best spa treatment for tart berries. Top it off with a scoop of yummy rice cream, and you're in business! Fresh Vegan Blueberry Cobbler  4 - 6 C. Fresh Blueberries 1/4 c. Sugar 1 T. Corn Starch 1 C. All Purpose Flour 1/2 C
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Peanut Butta Makes Everything Betta
Oh, how I love peanut butter. Peanut butter cups, cookies, sauce, soup, whateva. I just love it. So, of course one who adores peanut butter needs a decent cookie recipe. These aren't the kind of cookie you indulge on however. A teeny slice will do just fine, or I'd be back up to piggy status in no time. I've made these several times since this whole vegan adventure, and they end up eaten before I even get a picture
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Simply The Pesto - Vegan Parsley and Walnut Pesto
I've been digging around in my old recipes, and found that most of my stand-byes are most certainly not vegan. What's so great about being a vegan in 2010 is that there are so many great options for substitutions. I've been having so much fun veganizing old favorites. I picked up my first bottle of vegan grated parmesan the other day at the store, and ran across an old recipe today for my favorite pesto. Of course the original has "real" parmesan, but I couldn't tell a difference. Pesto in it's many variations is such a wonderful sauce
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One Day Till the Farmer's Market
Forgive the lack of posts for the past few days. My kind in-laws invited us over 2 nights in a row, which left my burners cold. It was serendipitous that they did, because I was running low on anything fun to cook. Tomorrow I get to go to my local market. I'm finding that I'm looking forward to my farmer's market days more an more. I love seeing what new crops are coming up. We are still pretty fresh into the season here in the Midwest, so things are new every week
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Soups up! - Vegan Black Bean Soup
I love finding ways to get in all the proper nutrition I need in my new diet. Black beans are such a power packed food. One cup of black beans yields 15 g. of protein, 15 g. of fiber, 64% of daily folate, and 20% of your daily iron needs among other things. What's not to love about the black bean? I've made this recipe a bunch of times, in a ton of different combinations. I love a versatile recipe that you can substitute and change to suit what is in season, or fits whatever it is I have in the pantry at the time
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Golden Starches - Pan Crisped Polenta
I was running low on items in the pantry, but lo and behold, I had a jar full of polenta corn grits. Normally I cook polenta as a hot cereal, but decided today to try it heated in olive oil until crispy. I topped it with fresh tomatoes and onions which was a fresh summery treat. This would be especially yummy with sliced veggie sausage and marinara. I'm going to try it that way the next time. Yum! Pan Crisped Polenta 6 cups of vegetable stock (unsalted or low if you have it) 2 C. Polenta Corn Grits 2 T. Earth Balance Butter 1 t
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Summer, Summer Time
We're big pasta people 'round here. Since it's summer time, I thought it was the perfect time to make a summer pasta. This is my go-to sauce when I want to make a quick dinner. It doesn't matter what pasta you choose, or what embellishment ingredients you decide on, it brightens any dish. Another bonus is that it is so quick and easy that you don't have to fuss over it all day like many traditional Italian sauces. This is my father-in-law's sauce
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Vegan Cookie Dough Bon Bons
So, yeah. This is not health food. I had to whip up some treats to share, and I only had ingredients to prepare something not so guilt free. So I thought: Who doesn't love cookie dough? Maybe my family is an anomaly when it comes to this, but there have been a few throw-downs at our house over who gets to lick the cookie dough spoon. What's great about this recipe is that you don't have to worry about salmonella because there are no eggs. Bonus! This is a bit of a variation of Cookie Dough Scoops from Vegan Cookies Take Over Your Cookie Jar
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Smartly Dressed - Balsamic Vinaigrette
I'm so happy that farmer's market season is here again in the Midwest. While some of you West and East coasters enjoy fresh produce year round, we suffer here during the winter solstice. With my new veg-dentity, I have located the best makets to visit. We have a large city farmer's market here in Kansas City, but I prefer to drive a bit farther to the Farmer's Community Market in Brookside. It's like they hand picked all the best farms, and omitted all the extra non-organic extra filler vendors that you may find at a larger market
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Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms
Basically, I live on mushrooms.  Tons of mushrooms do I ingest; I'm not quite sure I could love them more.  Maybe there's some mushroom overload disease I can develop because of my mass consumption, but hopefully not. As fortune would have it, I had some baby portobellos begging to be cooked up. Because they perish so quickly, I didn't want to delay. Many stuffed mushroom recipes call for cheese and butter, but I think these are delicious without
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