Sunday, January 18, 2009

Finally I found vegan croutons

Finally. I've always loved salads and I always used to add some croutons to my salads, I like them. But when I became vegan, all the croutons on the market seemed to have milk products on them. That really sucks, and I hate when I see something I might like that says: Contains: Milk, or eggs or whatever animal product it is. But now I can say...there is everything vegan, you just have to wait or try to find it. LOL. I was like all this time I've been vegan trying to find vegan croutons. And few weeks ago I went to Wal*mart Superstore and started looking at some croutons...there was a brand that everyone of them had milk on them...but at the back there were these Melissa's [Good Life Foods] Garden Herb Organic Croutons. I read the ingredients and found no animals on it, I smiled :), but I read them like 3 times more. Even when I came here I read them again. LOL but yes they're vegan and organic. YAY for me!
Oh, and they really taste good.

More pasta...

I've been cooking many pasta dishes these days, though I'm not a really big fan of pasta, I do like it. And I don't cook pasta dishes so often, but I wanted to make some, and improve myself in pasta cooking, lol. Oh and also if you want to eat more vegetables, pasta dishes are a great thing to put vegetables on. I think most vegetables (if no, all) can be used to cook pasta.

So the other day I made the "Pasta with roasted vegetables and olives" from the Vegan Express cookbook.
This thing is amazing, you should buy the book, NOW! It does have lots of express recipes, and all of them are so easy to prepare. If you make a recipe, and serve, it may look like you passed all day in the kitchen preparing it, but hell no, that was fast & easy (shh that's the secret, don't tell your guests).

For this recipe I used spiral pasta, sun dried tomatoes, eggplant, red onion, red bell pepper, broccoli, kalamata olives, olive oil, balsamic vinegar & I don't remember what else, but you got the idea, right? Eat lots of veggies with lots of flavor, that even omnivores will enjoy. I know that because I called my cousin and her husband to come home and try them...they loved it! "It is not so salty, but damn tasty", my cousin said. Even her 13 and 10 year old son & daughter ate them. So this can be kid friendly too if you know how to do it.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Lo mein

This is the first time I cook Lo Mein and it was great. It's also really simple & quick to do.

The other day I bought 1 pack of wide Lo Mein noodles, and followed a little the recipe that was on the back of the package. I added other vegetables that wasn't there, and added half water, half vegetable broth & a pinch of salt to boil, for the noodles for more flavor, but you can use only water and salt if you want to, if you don't have veggie broth in hand.

-water, or half water, half veggie broth [enough to cover the noodles]
- 1 package of wide Lo Mein noodles
-pinch of salt

-few tbsp peanut oil
-few tbsp olive oil or stir fry oil
-Red Bell Pepper, cut into strips
-Celery, cut small and finely, best
-Some of the Morningstar Farms chickn' style s strips, cut into small-medium cubes
-cayenne pepper powder
-onion powder
-a little more salt to taste
-ground black pepper
-garlic powder

Ok, now you're going to start boiling the noodles in the water with veggie broth [if using] and the pinch of salt for 5 minutes.
Cut the chickn' strips into cubes and season with the spices, black pepper & salt, to taste.
While boiling the noodles, saute the vegetables [you can use a wok or a big frying pan] and the seasoned strips in the oil for few minutes until ready.
When the noodles are done, add them to the wok or frying pan with the veggies and they're ready when lightly golden browned.
That's all.


Sunday, January 11, 2009

Some Grocery shopping

Yesterday I went to a Wal*Mart Superstore and bought some stuff I need for a recipe that later will be posting here. I don't know if you're like me, but I love grocery shopping! I enjoy looking for fresh veggies and stuff and new things to try on recipes, etc. I enjoy looking every aisle...for real. I enjoy grocery shopping the same I enjoy shopping at the mall or looking at magazines at Borders or reading books. :) I bought some organic celery, frozen corn, sweet peas and other stuff for quick meals for when I'm in a hurry or something.

Today I went to Freshmart with my mom and bought another stuff [on the picture]
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I bought those Morning Star Farm vegan chikn' strips, scallions, red curry paste, orange citrus sauce, organic kalamata olives, whole wheat bread, dates with coconut, So Delicious coconut milk yogurts, peanut oil,white Basmati rice & a small bowl of fresh fruits my mom and I ate on the road to :)

I'm going to make the "Pasta with roasted vegetables and Olives" from the Vegan Express Cookbook and will post the recipe and my picture here later.


Sunday, January 4, 2009

[vegan] Spanish Tortilla

This is really freaking delicious! My mom, little bro and dad, aunt, boyfriend and me loved it. This is a fantastic recipe I really recommend everyone to try it [you'll thank me for it] . It doesn't have any cholesterol because instead of eggs we will use chickpea or fine corn flour, it is vegan, so it''s obvious. You can also use a mix of the two flours, or one of them and add a little of whole wheat flour. Well, no more blah blah and here's the recipe:


1 cup of corn flour (or chickpea flour, if you can find it)
2 cups of water
1 teaspoon of baking powder
3 to 5 small-medium potatoes
1 large onion
Oil (for frying)
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt & pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried parsley or fresh parsley to taste
1/2 teaspoon black ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 butternut squash, shredded [optional]
1 small red pepper
1 small green pepper


Wash and peel the potatoes and cut into small-medium size cubes. Wash the onion and cut the same way. Start frying the potatoes in a frying pan and add salt to taste. In another frying pan, add the 2 tablespoon s of olive oil and add the onion, green and red pepper until done. [oh, it smells so good]

In a large mixing bowl add the 2 cups of water, the flour (or flours) & baking powder and mix together until there are not clumps, it should be in between [not too watery or thick] you can add more water or flour depending. Add some salt to taste, the ground black pepper, garlic powder, oregano & parsley. Add the butternut squash, if using. Add the onions, green and red pepper to the mixture and mix well. You can also add some tofurky sausage cut into bite size if you like and it's good too!

Add a spoonful of oil to the frying pan and pour the mixture on it. fry at medium-low heat on both sides for about 10-15 minutes. When turning to fry the other side of the omelet you should do it carefully, or if you are not sure if doing right, have another frying pan ready to turn the omelet on it [you don't need to add more oil when turning] .

Cut and serve with rice, beans, salad, alone, or with vegan mayonnaise.

Buen Provecho ;)