All posts tagged: vegan dessert

vegan chewy chocolate and coconut granola bars

I mentioned our obsession with using food up that we have in a recent post.  This isn’t just to save moola (though all savings are helpful as I head into unpaid maternity leave time).  Ethically, it makes me ill to throw food away when there are so many going hungry.  Also, why should I contribute to greenhouse gasses by allowing my extra garbage to break down in a landfill? Click here to read more about this.  It has been even more challenging with a new baby.  I’m lucky if I have time to actually eat let alone cook anything. I had a bag of sweetened coconut left over from a coconut cake as well as half a bag of chocolate chips.  A lactation consultant told me to eat oatmeal to boost milk production, so I had the hubby grab a whole big container of oats recently.  I had this crazy idea that I’d try to make a sweet, soft, chewy granola bar.  I’d love to say it is uber healthy and full of dried fruit and nuts (and …

vegan food for friends–smores included!

Last weekend, some very special friends came over to have a little summer kick-off dinner on the back deck.  This included furry friends, too. Since Elinor is 100% vegan and Joanne is a total foodie with a side degree in cooking (no pressure, right?), I decided to challenge myself.  Rather than rely on the easy standards like cheese and crackers and spinach artichoke dip, I went totally vegan! It was so much fun making Toad in the Hole, hummus, bean salad, cous cous,  chilled berry soup, and of course the sangria.   The salad with ginger carrot dressing and smores that my lovely guests brought were the icing on the cake. Over the next few posts, I’ll share some of the yummy vegan recipes that you can use to host your own vegan dinner.  Today I’ll start with the smores that Elinor brought because they are easy and too good for words. smores ingredients sweet & sara vegan marshmallows (the toasted coconut version is my fav) vegan chocolate bar (be sure to find a fair trade brand) graham …

True Bistro is truly decadent

Last night, I had a date with one cool chick.  My friend Elinor took me to an incredible vegan restaurant in Somerville, MA called True Bistro.  Anyone who thinks vegan food consists mainly of bland vegetables and plain tofu needs to have a True Bistro experience to prove this misconception all wrong. Our meal started with a bottle of vegan Pinot Noir (all wine is not vegan and you can read more here) and crusty bread dipped in olive oil.  I then agonized over what to order. Do I get the grilled romaine heart salad with French lentils?  The phyllo purse with seitan, quince, and roasted squash?  Oooh but what about the roulade of sweet potato stuffing with porcini gravy?  We made our decision and I took my camera phone out to document our experience. We settled on first sharing the ravioli filled with roasted butternut squash and caramelized onions in sherry cream.  Doesn’t sound so vegan does it?  Lets just say we practically licked the sauce from the dish when we were finished and …