October 9, 2009

Vegan MoFo: Magic Protein Shake of the Gods

Simple, delicious, and oh so good for you.

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Blend it all up, of course in your Vitamix.  This shake is full of chocolaty goodness.  And with these super-food ingredients it’s loaded with calcium, protein (15g from the powder alone), omega 3s, potassium, and all the goodness of cacao.  Only addition that could possibly make it better is peanut butter, like a Miko’s Miracle from Secret Spot.  Maybe next time.

October 8, 2009

Vegan MoFo: Brekkie Sandwich!

Best. Easy. Breakfast. EVER!Brekkie Sandwich

  • Toasted whole wheat english muffin (or whatever bready item you like)
  • Favorite Vegan Sausage (or Fakin’ Bacon is great too)
  • Mashed Avocado
  • Sliced Tomato
  • Slice O’ Tofu
  • Native Cheese

Here’s the dirt on this household favorite :

Fry up the sausage and tofu in a little olive oil with some Bragg’s liquid aminos sprankled in there for salty goodness.  Also liberal sprinkes of Costco Organic No-Salt Seasoning  add a nice flavor.

The magic ingredient however, is the Native Cheese.  This is a modified recipe from Tanya’s delicious Native Chis from Native Foods.  I can’t mention that place enough.  Native Foods.  Native Foods.  Ok, anyway here’s how to make my version:

  • 2 cups almonds or cashews, or any combination
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt, or himalayan pink sea salt if you’re fancy
  • 1/4 large onion
  • 2 Tbsp. minced garlic (the kind in oil)
  • 1 Tbsp. Raw Tahini

Place it all in your $500 Vitamix and blend until creamy smooth.  Yes, I said $500 Vitamix, because you really need to own one if you don’t.  It’ll never break, and you can do amazing wondrous things with it.  Go ahead and try with a wimpy normal blender.  You won’t be happy. I’m sure many of you have variations on this, post yours in the forum!

October 5, 2009

Vegan MoFo Day #5 AKA International Balls

….of delicious chickpeas and spices, FALAFEL! Who doesn’t like delicious falafel, complete with tomatoes, onion, tahini, hummus, lettuce, or any of many, many more vegan toppings (10+) at Maoz falafel stand.

Other than the fried in oil bit, falafel is quite good for you, with lots of protein, b-vitamins, & minerals.

The first store opened in Amsterdam in the early 90s, but now they have 25 stores all over the world; France, Spain, Germany, America, and India. My lady friend Janie and I ate there in Amsterdam, right across from Centraal Station, and it was divine. Plenty of spice if you like, and everything is vegetarian, and I believe most toppings were vegan. And to top off a great meal, it was cheap. Tasty, nutritious, & cheap, the trifecta of dining, for me anyway.

Of course in Amsterdam there are lots of reasons to be …uh…hungry, but their other worldwide locations have been quite successful as well, and founders Nachman and Sima Milo plan to be the veg McDonalds, with a goal of opening 1000 locations! We really hope they do, although I have a feeling either Native Foods or The Veggie Grill might get there first, at least in the USA.

You can download Maoz extremely simple menu here.

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October 4, 2009

Vegan MoFo Day #4 or What I Ate in Ireland Part Two

Ok so Day 3 slipped away from me. i forgave myself, i hope you forgive me too. i’m going to continue my vegan jaunt around dublin, ireland and tell you where i ate when i lived there several years ago. i was beside myself when walked out of george’s arcade to discover this gem of a place called Blazing Salads! i felt the place was meant for me. i LOVE salads and i LOVE the mel brook’s film Blazing Saddles. i remember being a little girl watching that movie with my family and laughing so hard at the scene where they are sitting around the bonfire eating chili and farting up a storm. i love fart humor! i love Blazing Salads in Dublin!

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Blazing Salads is a take-away deli type place which offered a salad bar as its centerpiece. you pick from a couple different size take out boxes and start filling them up with delectable salads of which there were many to choose from. they had potato salads, chickpea dishes, mixed greens, you name it. there are always vegan items and the food was seriously fresh and flavorful. after you fill up your box, it gets weighed and you pay. they also have a fridge full of ready-made meals. i think now they also offer frozen meals. Blazing Salads was a winner in my book because it was fast, wholesome, delicious and cute. i even bought their cookbook! check out their website.

October 2, 2009

Vegan MoFo Day #2 or What I Ate in Ireland.

i lived in the beautiful country of ireland for most of 2002. i was working in dublin at an internet cafe where many younger people worked. i made friends. more importantly, i made friends with people who liked food as much as i do. i have to admit i was totally shocked at the amount of veg goodness i found in that city. i was in love.

the first cafe i remember going to was Cornucopia. i remember walking there with catey and seeing a sign on their window that read “give peas a chance”. (you can’t resist a good play on words) i smiled. i looked at catey. she smiled. we wanted to go to there!

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they are not 100% vegan but always had vegan options. the hip bohemian crowd that works there are in constant hustle mode. everyday there are new dishes. the place was busy all the time and had a happy vibe. i fell in love with running out of the rain into this place and being instantly comforted by the warmth and totally delicious smelling food. they often had lentils and curries.

Cornucopia is set up cafeteria style so you go in , pick up a tray and saunter down the line pointing at yummy and interesting things while some sweet hipster ladles it onto your plate. further down you can pick breads, soups, drinks and then pay.

i think this place has expanded since i have been there last. check out their website where you can check out the menu.

i was planning on also telling you about a few more dublin places in this post but i will have to do part 2 tomorrow. it will be a gas! (that is foreshadowing!) Happy MoFo-ing!

love,

jane

October 1, 2009

Happy October Vegans!

today is the first vegan mofo day and i swore i would start off right and yes it is 5:15pm and i’m just now posting but work was crazy today. i want to talk about juicing a little bit. here’s a juice i’ve been making lately and i find it just delightful and simple. i even made it for a house guest who usually only drinks rockstars, coffee and booze and he gave it a thumbs up.

1/2 cucumber

1-2 cups of fresh cut pineapple

1 apple

3 carrots

Just juice it up and let the flavors dance in your mouth! hahahaha!

September 26, 2009

Vegan MoFo III October 2009

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