Sunday, July 15, 2012

Raw Vegan Chia Seed Pudding

I found this website Crazy Raw Vegan and there was a recipe that I just had to try.

I long for pudding and tapioca without the eggs, cream or especially sugar.  I found this great solution.

The mixture of dates and raw cashews, vanilla and coconut is a dessert on its own.  Adding the chia seeds really gives it a tapioca feeling.  I topped it off with some berries and almonds.

I really enjoyed it but it was the first time I ever tried Chia and I got this really warm sensation after about 5 minutes.  I'm not sure if it's early menopause or a reaction to the seeds.  I'm going to wait a day before I have another portion.


I had a bad reaction to some figs.  I was eating them whole and I got a terrible
burn on my inner lip and tongue-ouch!  I'm not sure if it's because I was not careful about washing them well or if I had a reaction to the fruit itself? We shall never know but I don't think I will eat them whole again.

Any thoughts?

Crooked Squash Chips

Here are the last of them after they were baked.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Monday, July 9, 2012

Death by Sugar

Check out this powerful video about the effects of sugar on our blood.

On the morning of the hike, I ate a very sweet breakfast muffin and I was in bad shape for two days.  I get moody, irritable and my body hurts.  I'm so much happier when I have not had sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup. It's easier to skip as a Vegan, I don't have the crazy sugar cravings like before but if I slip up it takes a few days to come back.

If They Only Knew They Had Such Sweet Bodies

Curried Cauliflower and Tofu with Coconut

This was yummy..I went to an Asian market and bought 1/4 sized coconut milk cans.  I liked this dish because it didn't feel totally weighed down with coconut milk.  The color was much more yellow, I think there was a lot of light that took out the color of the picture.  

Eggless Egg Salad-Modified from Jazzy Vegetarian

Tonight I made a recipe that I saw on TV over the weekend on Jazzy Vegitarian.  I changed it up a bit with different vegetables but it was given the thumbs up from Mom and Grandma.  Here's what it looked like before I put the Aioli and seasonings into the mix.

It included:  Tofu crumbled up, red onion, green onion, celery, English cucumber, tomato, salt, pepper, garlic, mustard and aioli to bring it all together.  

I realized it would be nice with different variations like Wasabi Flavor or Curry Flavor.  

This is what it looked like once it was mixed up.  It was great with crackers.

Drink your water!

I have trouble getting in enough water.  
It's easier to get down with English cucumber, Mint, and Meyer Lemons.

Arch Rock Hike in Pt. Reyes-Picnic

This is my favorite hike in Pt. Reyes, CA  that I was able to walk with a great friend.

On the way to Arch Rock we came upon a mini waterfall

Lunch consisted of:
Barley Salad with Garbanzo beans and tomatoes and vegan dressing
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie
Sorry, the picture is taken after we were done.

Here was our view for lunch.  That's a 100ft cliff off that edge.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Jazzy Vegetarian-Television Show

I didn't realize there was a vegetarian cooking show.  I watched the "Deli Delights" episode and I would like to cook everything she prepared. It's all vegan... Take a look.  Jazzy Vegetarian


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Vegan Potsticker Dessert

I didn't take a picture because they look exactly like regular potstickers that are pictured below.

A dab of Almond Butter and little tiny pieces of banana chopped up on top.

Fold em up and cook them (in very little oil)!  The banana really sweetens the almond butter and it's a decadent vegan treat. 

I might try mango, peach, berries etc. next time.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Stir Fry turned into Potstickers!

It seems like a long time since I last posted a vegan dish.  I make vegan dishes all week but they are beginning to look like pictures you have already seen.  I made a basic stir fry over brown rice that included.

Olive Oil
Sesame Oil
Chili Oil
Chinese Broccoli (purchased at Ranch 99-that's a fun store)

I made too much of it and after two meals of this I get a little tired.  I decided I wanted to learn how to make pot stickers.
I took a portion of the stir-fry and put it in the Cuisinart and pulsed it until it was roughly cut.  I added some fresh spring onion.  I bought some Gyoza wrappers and attempted to fold them as directed.

Voila! (I can't find the accent aigu on my computer)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Haupia-Coconut Dessert

I went to a Luau this weekend.  They made Haupia for dessert.   It was one of the only things I could eat!
I have to re-create this for a vegan pot-luck.

5 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup white sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 cups coconut milk

Bring to boil until thick about 5 minutes
Pour into a baking dish and refrigerate until cold.

Beans and Rice with Grilled peppers and Green Onion

My friend just got back from Cuba and told me all about the beans and rice she was served.  I have been dreaming about black beans and rice.  I wish I knew how to fry plantains and or you would see this on the plate too.

I found a recipe for black beans and coconut milk with tomatoes, onion, garlic, cumin, and lime that was terrific.

I used the George Foreman to grill up the other goodies.

Guess what, I blended those beans in the Cuisinart for a nice bean soup that I will have tonight.