All posts tagged: Vegan

amazing bruschetta (no cheese needed)

First of all, holy cow!  Finding Vegan accepted one of my photos and it directed over 300 new people to my blog yesterday-today. That is really cool. You can see the image (cinnamon eSpresso chocolate cookies) to the right of this post if you click the redirect to my Finding Vegan gallery.   Now I feel all this pressure to be great.  🙂 And to spell correctly, which I did not on Finding Vegan.  However, I can forgive myself for spelling espresso with an x.  A reader pointed out my mistake the other day (I think I irritated her with my mistake – sorry reader).  Heck, I’m lucky if I get to blog at all because I spend every bit of awake time I can with my little bambino, who turned 11 weeks yesterday and is turning into a little man before my eyes. I’m surprised I can spell anything these days. I hope I spelled bruschetta right. According to Wikipedia, I did. I must share my new favorite food ever.  I can’t stop eating it.  I …

best and worst

My friend, Jo, has this great thing she does with her kids. When they eat dinner, they take turns going around the table and discussing the best and worst parts of their day. She calls it “best and worst.” I just saw her yesterday and I remembered this little activity. I think it is not only a great way to get families talking at dinner time, but good for us all to stop and think about what was best and worst about our day/week/month/year. I thought I’d start a periodic best and worst on this blog just for fun and to celebrate (and lament) with you. Below you will see the best and worst of this past week, in no particular order. BEST (whoohoo!) Family book time! Chris and I co-read The Lorax to Anderson. We are already training him to care about the brown barbaloots and the truffula trees. A very pretty lightening storm. Power gardening during Anderson’s naps. Anderson’s first BBQ. He was the life of the party and up late like a …

really easy vegan pepper steak stir-fry

The other day, I tore through my kitchen looking for something to make for dinner. Found some veggies that needed to be used up, check. Found a random bag of 10 minute rice, check. Found a package of Vegetarian Plus vegan black pepper steak, check. This is the easiest recipe you can make and you can utilize whatever veggies you have in your fridge.  It is so fun to make elaborate vegetarian or vegan meals, but sometimes we just need a quickie.  This is the fav weeknight dinner of our household. vegan pepper steak stir-fry ingredients 1 onion, chopped in large pieces 1 red pepper 2 stalks of celery 1 tsp sesame oil 1/4 cup cashews white or brown rice (enough for 4 servings) any other vegetables you have such as broccoli, carrots, whatever 1 package of Vegetarian Plus vegan pepper steak (found in the freezer aisle, most often in the natural foods section of your grocery store) Start with your rice and cook it as indicated on the package.  This literally is the lengthiest …

vegan soup to combat your winter cold

Mind over matter, right?  I’ve been willing my body not to get sick.  From a healing shoulder and holidays to work travel and workload, I’ve been giving myself pep talks and vitamin C because “it wasn’t a good time to get sick.”  Even when Chris, a middle school teacher swimming in germs everyday, came home ill I managed to escape.  Ha–take that viruses.  I win and you lose.  In fact, I was just bragging about my tougher-than-nails immune system last week as I was in contact with a few colleagues at work that had minor colds. You know where this is going.  Wham!  The viruses won and I think they’ve invaded every square inch of my body.  It is the kind of cold that makes you curl up like a baby and whine.  Thankfully, Chris humored me and bought me lozenges to reduce the length of my cold and he even made fresh squeezed orange juice for me.  You read that right–fresh squeezed.  Like from real oranges. When he asked what he could make me …

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 …

me vs. pizza

I finished my vegan week this past weekend. I would love to be able to tell you that I’m ready to make throw aside the ice cream forever and become vegan full-time, but I faced my own weakness a few days ago.  Eating vegan actually wasn’t that difficult until I went out of town and lost a battle against a pizza.  Here’s the thing: I actually really enjoy eating and living as a vegan.  On the first day, Chris and I went to Whole Foods and went to town.  We came home with vegan “meat,” tons of veggies, bags of almonds and cashews, almond milk, pre-made vegan “chicken” salad, Primal Strips, and even vegan ice cream. The first night, I made root veggie soup with the carrots and herbs left in my garden, potatoes and daikon in my fridge, and apples that were a day or so past the premium crunchy eating phase.  It was delicious!  We also had really yummy things throughout the week, such as sundried tomato and artichoke pasta and fake pepper steak with …