All posts tagged: vegetarian

faux chicken tart

In the midst of an everyday sort of setting, I had a moment today when I thought I’d burst with love for my family. I was sitting next to Chris on the sofa.  Anderson was crawling around the living room after one of the cats yelling “cat” at the top of his lungs (which sounds more like cah).  Maybe it was the James Taylor song playing or the look on Anderson’s face?  I don’t know.  I just sat there smiling and thanking my lucky stars.  I love them so much that my heart feels like it will explode sometimes. Today was really slow and sweet.  We didn’t even talk much and we didn’t  have anything on the agenda other than some cleaning and grocery shopping, so we just sortof hung out. I also made a new dish inspired by “Rustic Chicken Tart with Spinach and Brie” from The America’s Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook.  I don’t like Brie and we don’t cook with chicken, but the concept seemed really easy.  I just adapted the ingredients …

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 …

3 veg restaurants in 3 days

I grew up outside of Binghamton, New York and I just went back for a visit.  I found myself feeling really proud of my hometown. Though Binghamton is not a huge city, it was quite easy to find vegan/veg fare. Now, two of these joints I will tell you about are not solely vegetarian restaurants, but they clearly cater to that crowd by making a substantial part of the menu veg instead of the traditional one veg option that many restaurants have (which is usually some lame, overpriced pasta dish). My 3 day vegan journey began in Allston, which is just outside of Boston. We were scrambling around, running some pre-trip errands and decided to head over to The Grasshopper, which is Asian vegetarian bliss.  The “beef” lo mein was so out of this world. The next morning, we set off on our 5 hour drive to Binghamton.  Black coffee, trail mix, peanuts, and Twizzlers sufficed for the trip.  Once we arrived, we stopped by a favorite of mine called The Lost Dog Cafe in the center of …

best vegan and veggie cookbooks

I love cookbooks.  I love the pretty pictures.  I love the promise of an intriguing meal.  I love receiving them as gifts.  I certainly love giving them as gifts.  The Huffington Post tweeted out a link to thier article featuring the best cookbooks of 2010, so naturally I opened it with enthusiasm, hoping to get cool gift ideas for this year.  Disappointment soon followed.  How could they have Meat: A Kitchen Education, but nothing labeled as vegetarian or vegan?  In response to that, I’m presenting you with what my fellow Twitter and Facebook friends (and I) feel are the best offerings so far.  Trust me, cookbooks are one rockin’ gift to give a vegetarian or vegan. Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes That Rule by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. This is my all-time favorite.  One of my most treasured Christmas gifts, I’ve also given it as a gift to many people.  Not only are these cupcakes beautiful, but I swear on my life they fool even the most die-hard dairy-lovers.  The ones I most frequently …

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 …

to start…

 I grew up in Upstate New York on 14 acres in the middle of nowhere.  Nature was a huge part of my life.  Other kids had real neighbors and we had deer, turkeys, rabbits, birds, squirrels, and all sorts of wildlife as fellow members of our neighborhood.  My parents were gardening junkies and every year our garden grew dramatically, incorporating crazy kinds of squash, potatoes, string beans, lettuce (not just one kind, but every kind known to man), herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers, and everything you could think of that grows in Zone 5.  My father can attribute his love of gardening to my grandfather. I attribute my love of gardening to my parents. I, too, have the gardening junkie gene.    It was evident that I’d always have a soft spot for animals as a child when I became obsessed with a book called The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader (first published in 1949), which tells the story of animals surviving winter.  I worried and cried about how deer would find food and wondered where …