Showing posts with label Holiday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holiday. Show all posts

Monday, November 24, 2014

#CheersTo a Zevia Holiday Cocktail! Grown-up Root Beer Float!

Oh the relatives. The non-vegan, judgmental, close-minded, in yo' business, relatives. Yes, the personal question askin', intrusive, "are you married yet - why don't you have kids yet - are you pregnant right now (that explains your bloated face) - why aren't you having more kids yet - how many kids are you having in total - why are you still breastfeeding" inquiring relatives. Yep, its enough to make your let-it-snow, merrily merrily, holiday season want to come to a screeching ho-ho halt! Well, what if I were to tell you that it doesn't have to bother you? That's right, it doesn't have to bug you one bit! There is a super potion designed specifically for handling these pesky people that you have no choice but to deal with for eternity. It is called alcohol!

DASHING DISCLAIMER: Do not read this article if you are under 21 years of age! That's right kiddo! Get the heck off my website right now and go play with your Barbies before life takes a hold of you and makes you pay taxes, and bills, and makes you darn tired. Don't worry about alcohol just yet. You will have plenty of time for it when you actually will need it. You probably even still like your relatives at this point. Oh wait, life adds in in-laws too. Yeah, it gets worse.

With all this being said, you can't just drink yourself silly and drink plain alcohol all alone; that would make you an alcoholic. So, instead we cleverly disguise these wonderful elixirs with holly jolly names and themes. Without further ado, here is my first Zevia #CheersTo holiday drink for 2014! My theme will be #CheersTo tolerating our relatives this year and every year!

Grown-up Zevia Ginger Root Beer Float with Sugary Ginger Rim

Here's what you will need to create this masterpiece!

-2 tbsp colored sugar
-1/2 tsp ground ginger
-1 can of Zevia Ginger Root Beer
-1 ounce vanilla vodka
-1 heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream (I used So Delicious coconut milk ice cream in Vanilla Bean flavor)

Here's what you will need to do!

Choose your favorite cocktail glass. Mix together colored sugar (in the color of your choice - I used a sparkly green here) and ground ginger on a plate. Wet the top of the rim of your glass, then twirl the rim of it in the sugary ginger mixture. Set glass down. Fill glass with crushed ice. In a separate cocktail shaker, pour 1 can Zevia Ginger Root Beer, 1 ounce vanilla flavored vodka, then give it a gentle swirl. Carefully pour your cocktail into your sugared rim glass. Top with a heaping scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

*Please drink responsibly - don't ruin it*

Stay tuned for more #CheersTo Zevia drink recipes!

#CheersTo Zevia... the official way to make drinks and not feel like a fat ass feel guilt-free!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Vegan Easter Basket

Anyone who is vegan understands that their Easter basket will not be the same as it may have been before becoming vegan. No dyed eggs. And let's face it, most stores are lacking in the vegan candies department. Luckily, these products make it all better. Here are some ideas for your vegan Easter basket.

You can get most of your candy from A Real Treat candy boutique in Los Angeles, California. They are an all natural candy store that literally has the largest selection of vegan, organic, kosher, gluten-free, non-GMO, and allergen-free sweets around! Think candy store, huge selection, picking different sweet treats and putting them in your candy bag... yeah that is A Real Treat. And if you're not in the Los Angeles area, no problem. Check out their website for online ordering. Here are some delicious vegan candies that I sampled from A Real Treat. Also, a little birdy told me that they are carrying vegan cream eggs for Easter. All you Californians better head on over. No, run on over. I'm pretty sure a treat like this is very hard to come by!

 In the pictures you will notice a plethora of Easter basket candy. A Real Treat has everything from gummies galore to vegan starburst-type candies (which taste like real fruit, melt in your mouth candies) to vegan milk chocolate covered and filled candies (that tasted absolutely heavenly). All of the candies that I tried tasted divine. The best part? These cruelty-free candies are also free of corn syrup and dyes. I, like many people, have a sensitivity to certain dyes and artificial ingredients. This candy boutique is out-of-this-world! This is something just so unique and clever. I totally want to move to California just so I can park my vegan butt in front of A Real Treat candy store and basically eat their delicious candy all day long. I've already started manipulating Hubby... West Coast here I come!

The goodies from A Real Treat are perfect for filling plastic eggs with for baskets or for Easter Egg Hunts. When you are filling your plastic eggs with these candies, every egg is like finding the GOLDEN EGG!

Definitely check them out; you won't be disappointed. I loved them!

And when you need the convenience of finding your vegan candy at virtually any store, you can always rely on America's Favorite Candy for 64 years, vegan Smarties. Smarties are easy to just pop in your mouth and munch on, as well as being the perfect plastic egg filler. The folks at Smarties even have a section of their FAQ dedicated to vegan-love, stating, "All Smarties® products are vegetarian and vegan. Feel free to refer to our Product page for the nutritional information and ingredients in each product, and our Vegan Candy page for more information about our vegan sweets.". How sweet is that? Smarties are awesome!

And last but certainly not least, I would like to introduce you to a product called Eggnots. These extremely realistic eggs are made of ceramic and you treat them exactly how you would an Easter Egg. You can dye them, write on them, paint them, stain them, or keep them "as is". They are fantastic and best of all... you can keep them forever! We will be dying these Eggnots for Easter with Baby and signing them with the date. What a wonderful keepsake for Baby's First Easter! 

Eggnots arrive in an egg carton complete with instructions and an egg dye recipe.

My mother thought that these were real eggs. I handed it to her and after she held it, she still thought it was an egg. These are so cool for us vegan folk who have since resorted to dying tofu, painting rocks, and other creative things at Easter. Eggnots take the guesswork out of things.

What an amazing egg to dye for Easter. They can go right in the Easter basket as soon as they're dry, they won't spoil, they are vegan-friendly, and great for people with egg allergies as well. I can definitely see this becoming a beautiful tradition in many homes, year after year. Your family can see how your works of art evolve over the years and you can create such pretty memories. These are not just for Easter; think other holidays and craft ideas all year long. You can even surprise your honey by writing a romantic message or proposal and hiding it in your love's Easter basket. Or how about a fun Easter scavenger hunt with the kids; just write the clues on the eggs and hide them! For just $15.95 per dozen, the possibilities are endless! There are 20 days until Easter, so get your orders in fast to ensure that you can receive your Eggnots in time! 

 So there you have it, vegans can still partake in Easter traditions and festivities. No animals harmed in the process. And for now, the Dirty Vegan is signing off. Hoppity, hop!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Make Candy Bird's Nests! Kiddo Friendly!

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. -Chinese Proverb

This recipe is so much fun! This is such a great recipe to make with your kiddos, whether you are a parent, teacher, caregiver, babysitter, or a big kid yourself. There are lots of things that your children can help with, like mixing the nests, molding the bird's nests, spreading the chocolate, and decorating with jelly beans. Just be sure that you let your ingredients cool before you or your child start messing with them with your hands. 

Happy Spring 'Peanut Butter & Chocolate Granola Cereal Bird's Nests'
recipes makes 16 nests

What you will need:

  • 2 cups granola (I used Nutty Steph's Vermont Granola)
  • 2 cups of your favorite cereal (I used Erewhon's Crispy Brown Rice & Trader Joe's O's)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup vegan cane sugar
  • 3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter (think about texture when choosing cereal and pb, it makes your nests more beautiful)
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • splash of almond milk
  • About 80 of your favorite vegan jelly beans, about 1/4 of the bag 
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter, for hand buttering (I used Earth balance. Great for hand buttering!)
  • 1/3 cup measuring cup for molding nests with
  • baking sheet lined with parchment paper (I always use If You Care brand)

What you will need to do:

In a large mixing bowl, combine granola and cereal. In a saucepan on low heat, melt maple syrup and cane sugar until smooth, then add peanut butter. Continue mixing until smooth and well combined. Remove from heat and let sit for a few moments so that your mixture is not too hot to handle. Butter your fingers and hands with the vegan butter. Pour sugary peanut butter mixture into your granola and cereal bowl. Mix and mash with your hands until it seems good enough for forming nests with. Take your 1/3 cup measuring cup and scoop some mixture, indent the middle with your finger, packing down into the cup, then tip cup over in the palm of your hand, placing the indent-side up on your parchment paper. Once you make all of your nests, place in the freezer to set while you melt chocolate chips and almond milk in a saucepan on low heat, making a thick ganache and let it cool for a little bit. Decorate the tops of the nests by spreading chocolate on top with a spoon (when ganache is cool enough to work with), and placing jelly beans on top. Place these in the freezer (or refrigerator for longer) for a moment or two to set, then enjoy! You can also color shredded coconut and place these on a serving dish for a pretty presentation. 

Or you can use shredded brussels sprouts for "grass" like I did!

This is also a great opportunity to talk to your children about nature. You can make this a fun activity about nature. If it is a nice day outside, maybe take your nests, chocolate, and jelly beans outside to decorate them on your deck while you look at birds and nature together. Or you may want to talk to your children about birds and tell them some nature facts like, "There are about 9,865 species of birds alive today.". Or, "The largest bird egg produced is by the Ostrich, and it can measure up to 9 inches long.". You may also want to talk to your children about how birds start their families by laying eggs and caring for their babies in their nests once they grow out of the eggs. Starting this respect and understanding for nature early, makes it easier when your children grow and wonder why you don't eat eggs in your household. You can then refer back to your discussions about animals and their lives. Knowledge is power! Talk with your children and you will be surprised on how they will come to their own conclusions about this. In the end, no one really wants to hurt another living being. If you provide alternatives, eating animal products seems like an odd concept and outside of the norm. Making these fun and yummy bird's nests, offers a great chance to have a thoughtful discussion about nature and possibly observe nature while you are doing so. If you are making and decorating these nests indoors, later on you may want to take some outside with you and enjoy them with your child in the park. These can also be a fun Easter dessert. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Italian Rustic Easter "Ham" Pie AKA Vegan Pizzagaina

I wanted to get this recipe posted as soon as possible since, as you all know, I am pregnant and the baby is expected to be delivered by the stork around Easter. And this is an Italian Easter-time recipe. This will give you plenty of time to plan to make this for your holiday meal.

Growing up, this traditional Italian Easter-time recipe is one that my grandparents and parents had always made in the non-vegan version. I wanted to make a vegan version to have in my family and have something special that we can look forward to this time of year. My husband and I have a tradition of eating a vegan version of an Irish dish that he grew up with, so it will be nice to include an Italian dish for Easter and have both traditions for our child to enjoy both sides of her heritage. For dessert, we always decide on something new to make together each year. Sometimes it is an "ice cream" pie, cupcakes, or a cake. Depending on how much time that we have this year, we may just buy a vegan cake from the bakery. So here is my take on the Italian Easter "Ham" Pie, aka Pizzagaina! I hope you enjoy this with good health and good company!

Italian Rustic Easter "Ham" Pie also known as Vegan Pizzagaina

What you will need:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup vegan buttery spread (I used Earth Balance)
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 lb silken tofu
  • 2 Tofurky sausages, diced
  • 5.5 ounce package deli "ham" slices, diced (dice the chunk right out of the package, do not separate slices)
  • Half of 5.5 ounce package Tofurky bologna syle slices, diced (dice the chunk right out of the package, do not separate slices)
  • 1 cup Daiya mozarella style shreds
  • 1/4 cup Daiya cheddar cheese wedge, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Daiya jack cheese wedge, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Daiya havarti cheese wedge, chopped

What you will need to do:

Preheat oven 400 degrees. Make crust dough by kneading together flour, buttery spread, and warm water and let dough rest. Smooth silken tofu in a blender and pour into a large mixing bowl, then add the remainder of the ingredients and mix it all together. Press dough into a 9x13 inch pan then spread your cheese and "meat" mixture on top in an even layer (if you want dough for the top to encase the entire pie, double the dough recipe, otherwise this is the version with just crust on the bottom and sides). Bake covered for 20 minutes, then lower heat to 350 degrees and bake for 45 more minutes, uncovering pie for the last 15 minutes. Let pie cool for at least 2 hours before cutting into squares. Traditionally, this is served cold, however it is tasty still a little warm after a couple hours of cooling. Enjoy!

This is so close to the real thing that it is scary! If you have ever had pizzagaina, please let me know what you think of this recipe.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Vegan Organic Fair-trade Gourmet Chocolates, In Time for Easter!

I would like to begin today's post by saying, I HAVE NOT HAD CARAMELS THIS GOOD BEFORE IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. Got my hands on some scrumptious vegan candies from Sjaak's Organic Chocolates and let me tell you, there are hardly words for how I feel about them. As I am sampling a variety of their confectionery offerings, trying to decide which is my favorite, I keep saying to myself (out-loud and by myself...hello, crazy person), "This one is my favorite, yum! No this one is my favorite, yum!".

Oh yes, all that you see here is in fact vegan-friendly. Sjaak's has a whole vegan section on their website and trust me it is pretty unbelievable. Sjaak's has you covered for holidays and all-year-round. Let me talk to you about these amazing vegan chocolates...

YES, that is a vegan peanut butter filled chocolate Easter egg! YES, those are vegan salted caramels!

Vegan "Milk" Chocolate Salted Caramels

In my entire life, vegan and my non-vegan past, I have never tasted caramels like this before. I honestly feel that Sjaak's are the masters in caramel making. This is the softest, most perfect tasting caramel I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. If there was ever to be a caramel-making contest, I know Sjaak's would win, hands down, with their vegan caramel. With the soft delightful caramel, covered in their vegan milk chocolate, with a touch of sea salt and the nicest slight vanilla aftertaste, I feel like I'm in heaven. These caramels are also perfectly packaged and pretty. I am hooked.

Chocolate Easter Egg Filled With Crunchy Peanut Butter

I didn't think it was possible. I didn't think vegan stuff like this even existed. Vegans look no further, you can finally fill those Easter Baskets. Not only is this egg packaged really cute, the taste is out of this world. Exactly what you would imagine. Sjaak's are masters in vegan candy. Holy crap.

Chocolate Bars in "Milk" Chocolate with Creamy Caramel & Dark Chocolate with Almonds

I want these for Easter, I want these for Mother's Day, heck I even want them for Father's Day...I will just order them for hubby and steal them! That is how good these are. Vegan milk chocolate with a gooey caramel center...I've been looking for a vegan version of this candy bar for quite some time now. The dark chocolate and almond is also fantastic. I've never tasted dark chocolate this smooth before. I don't know how Sjaak's does this, I don't care, just never stop making these candies. Okay, thanks!

Eli's Earth Bars in Treasure Bar, Dream Big Bar, & Celebrate Bar

Sjaak's Organic Chocolates also make a line of candy bars called Eli's Earth Bars. They are organic, they are fair-trade certified, and they are vegan. Also, 5% of proceeds are donated to a charitable children's organization. Why wouldn't you fill your child's Easter Basket (and Halloween bucket, and Christmas stocking, and Valentine's mailbox, and birthday party favors or gift bags...) with these candy bars? A portion of proceeds go to charities that help children, so that's an amazing thing. These are absolutely knock-your-socks-off delicious, and charitable - can't beat that. What do these bars taste like, you ask? Besides rainbows and magic...

The Treasure Bar is a chocolate covered, peanut butter crunch and caramel bar. It kind of reminds me of a nougaty, peanut, caramel bar that I've had in my past, but so much better.

The Dream Big Bar is a chocolate covered, caramel, peanuts, and peanut butter bar. It is really smooth and crunchy and the flavors mingle together so nicely that you will feel like you're dreaming, but its real and its vegan.

The Celebrate Bar is a chocolate covered, caramel, coconut, and almonds bar. It is my favorite because it just melts in your mouth and the flavor combos are like, "Pow! Let's celebrate!". Amazing.

Sjaak's certainly has a way with candy and caramels. I'm not one to tell people to go out and buy things, I kind of just objectively share my opinion BUT after this post you'd be crazy not to want to try this stuff. Simply said: a vegan's dream come true.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day To Me!

What a Valentine's Day I've been having today! I woke up to hear a sweet voice say to me, "Happy Valentine's Day", romantic greeting cards, received a delivery of a delicious bouquet of heart-shaped fruits, and just got a velvety box of vegan chocolates delivered to me, all from my wonderful husband! I couldn't be more excited for our date tonight! I did want to share these chocolates with you because they are from a company who makes these gourmet sweet treats in vegan and gluten-free options. How cool is that?

Sweet Pete's in Jacksonville, FL! They ship to your door!

A knock on the door. A package. I opened the cardboard box. To my surprise, a giant, velvet, heart box!

I opened the heart-shaped box. Did I mention how nice and velvety it felt? How adorable, a little caramel of sorts. I ate it. It tasted like caramel, butter toffee - chewy with a little crunch.

Oh my! This box has the most delicious marzipan candies, chocolate covered cherries, caramels, filled heart candies, and more! Absolutely delightful! I have the best husband ever!

Just wanted to share with you. This candy company will definitely be a lifesaver during all of the candy-related holidays...which are like every single holiday. Hope you have a sweet day too! Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Being Vegan at the Melting Pot Restaurant (Fondue Me!)

It really takes my mother thinking I was dead because I wasn't blogging regularly, to be the push I needed to get back in the game. I thought, gees if this is what my mother thinks, imagine my poor readers! Ha!

Without further adieu, Happy New Year! This is what my New Year's Eve partying consisted of...

So, based on the title of this post, you are probably thinking, "Dirty Vegan, why must you tease us about vegans being able to tango at the fondue restaurant?"...well tease I don't. When the Dirty Vegan dines, she receives plentiful amounts of delicious vegan eatables, and the Melting Pot in Providence, RI was just the place to wine and dine this Naughty lady! Check out the multi-course vegan meal I was accommodated with!

To start, sesame crusted tofu, mandarin, and teriyaki sauce!

Some of the fine foods that I got to cook in a scrumptious vegan broth then dip in an assortment of sauces. Prior to this, I had yummy fruits and veggies to dip in a generous pot of vegan spinach and artichoke cheese fondue! Yes, the motherload!

Vegan Chocolate Fondue!!! To dip...

Fruits, cookies, cake, and my personal favorite...pieces of Go Max Go candy bars in each assortment!!!

While I cannot promise the red carpet treatment that I received dining as the Dirty Vegan (i.e. my favorite food group, Go Max Go), I can say that yes this restaurant offers vegan options, and they are amazing. I always recommend calling ahead and letting them know you are vegan when making your reservations. The Melting Pot is definitely versed on the vegan lifestyle, as their manager Tyler has experience with vegan diet, cooking and lifestyle (and is such an awesome person! Love him!). This definitely should change the minds of your friends and families who think that us vegans cannot possibly dine with the rest of society (which statistics are beginning to prove that very soon vegetarians will no longer be the minority, we'll be the majority!). The Melting Pot did such an awesome job and I left the restaurant fat and happy!

Hope you have a vegan fat kid kind of day. Oh, and stop drooling at your computer! For now, the Dirty Vegan is signing off.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

This ABSOLUTELY Ain't Yo' Mamma's Lentil Loaf!

So, I know its been a couple of weeks since my last post. I did not realize what a busy time of year this would be for the Dirty Vegan and Dirty Vegan Foods. Benefits, charity events, markets, and festivals have us pretty busy these days. But here is a goodie to make up for my blogging hiatus!

This is a lentil loaf recipe! And its not your ordinary lentil loaf, so don't underestimate it. THIS is a Tofurky and lentil loaf with a sweet holiday glaze! This recipe is perfect for that party, holiday, or extraordinary meal for this time of year. The addition of liquid aminos to the glaze will ensure your body uses all the protein from the lentils and Tofurky most efficiently also! This meal is high protein, and the protein in Tofurky is whole soy that is free of hexane or GMOs, so now you know why I love Tofurky so much! I served creamy mashed potatoes and sweet "buttery" corn with the loaf to make this extra comfy and cozy. Enjoy!

Oh So Dirty 'Tofurky Lentil Loaf w/ Maple Brown Sugar Glaze' Recipe

1 medium onion, chopped
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 cups cooked lentils
14 oz package Tofurky Italian "Sausage" (4 links), chopped
salt & pepper to taste

6 oz tomato paste
2 tbsp brown sugar
3 tbsp pure maple syrup
2 tbsp Bragg's Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce)
black pepper to taste

Preheat oven 350 degrees. In a saute pan, cook onion in coconut oil until tender. Add lentils and cook until well combined and warmed. Add Tofurky, season with salt and pepper, and combine. Remove from heat. Pack mixture into a greased loaf pan. Prepare the glaze by mixing all the glaze ingredients then spread evenly on top of the loaf. Cook covered loaf in oven for 30 minutes, then for an additional 30 minutes uncovered. Slice and serve. Yum!

To make these amazingly awesome mashed potatoes, you just cube and boil them, then mash to perfection with a hand mixer. Mix in vegan butter, coconut creamer, chives, and garlic salt. You should try these too!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Tofurky Stuffed Mushroom Pizzas!

Maybe you don't want to eat so much bread all the time. But that doesn't mean you don't want to be Naughty! Or how about those frozen pizza snacks your kids have been seeing in the grocery store and possibly bugging you about. Maybe their friends eat them after-school and now your kids want them too. No worries, these tasty mushroom pizzas are bite-sized, have lots of protein from the Tofurky, and are still Dirty Vegan approved. You're gonna love these!

These are so fast and easy, this is definitely a great after-school or dorm room snack!

Tofurky Sausage Stuffed Mini Mushroom Pizzas

8 large stuffing mushrooms, de-stemmed
3 Tofurky Italian Sausages, chopped
1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup Daiya Mozarella Style Shreds (or vegan cheese of choice)

Preheat oven 350 degrees. Take your de-stemmed mushrooms and fill them all equally with chopped Tofurky Sausage. Place in a baking dish. Cover them with tomato sauce then sprinkle with Daiya cheese shreds. Bake in oven for 15- 20 minutes, or until cheese is melty. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Polish Inspired Dish

For this recipe, I was inspired by Polish dishes like Kapusta and Bigos. This meal is so warm and cozy! Perfect for that comforting meal we all crave after a long day. It is so easy to prepare, so that is a bonus also! 

Dirty Vegan Cabbage Dish

2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 large head cabbage, sliced
6 oz can tomato paste
1/2 cup water
1 bay leaf
pinch dried thyme
9 oz veggie "meat" (I used Gardein Beefless Tips)
sea salt & pepper to taste

In a large saucepan, heat olive oil on medium heat. Saute onion for about 2 minutes, then add mushrooms. Once soft, begin to add cabbage, tomato paste, water, bay leaf, and thyme. Cook, stirring occasionally until cabbage is soft, then add veggie "meat". Saute on low until cabbage and meat are soft and well cooked. Enjoy with bread, over pasta or rice, or alone. Yum!

 Warm, comforting, and totally delicious!
W zdrowym ciele, zdrowy duch!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

MoFo Du Jour? Roasted Butternut Squash!

"Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter." -Carol Bishop Hipps

I haven't met many people who don't favor, or at the very least, appreciate fall. It is such a wonderful season, especially in New England. As a writer, vegan chef, and baker, I love all seasons, especially autumn! Autumn allows me to do what I do best, sit in big cushy chairs, at home or at coffee shops, work on my literary projects, and also bake and cook to my heart's content! The heat of the summer is no longer a challenge to me. As a vegan chef, I do indeed enjoy all seasons, especially for what they can bring to my culinary creativity. However, autumn is in my heart all year long. This next recipe can be enjoyed other times of the year, but I'm sure you will treasure this in the fall, as do I. Just the smell of this squash roasting in the oven, lifts the spirits and sends comfort and holiday feelings all throughout the home. Now, that is what I love about what I do!

Fall For My 'Buttery Maple Roasted Butternut Squash' Recipe

1 butternut squash
2 tbsp olive oil
sea salt & pepper to taste
2 tbsp vegan butter (like Earth Balance), melted
2 tbsp pure maple syrup

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Clean and dry your squash then cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds then drizzle with olive oil. Spread olive oil into the flesh side. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then place squash fleshy side down, in a baking pan. Roast for 45- 60 minutes, or until squash can be easily pierced all the way through. Carefully remove from oven and turn over, fleshy side up (a good quality pair of tongs and using oven mitts works well for turning these over). Mix melted vegan butter and maple syrup together in a small bowl. Then drizzle that all over the fleshy cut part of the squash. Roast for an additional 5 more minutes. You can scoop this out when it cools some, mash, or serve it right out of the skin (like I did)! Enjoy!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Pan Roasted Veggie Side Dish!

Pan Roasted Country Kale & Tofu

2 cups kale, torn into small pieces
1 cup tofu, drained & cubed
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp Bragg's Liquid Aminos (or Soy Sauce/ Tamari/ Shoyu)
sea salt & pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in skillet pan on low/ medium heat. Pan roast kale in skillet, stirring occasionally until kale begins to turn bright green and vibrant. Add tofu and roast until tofu begins to brown on one side. Add Bragg's and pan roast until kale is slightly crisp and tofu cubes are nicely golden coated. Season with sea salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

I mixed some brown rice with mine. This side dish would be perfect for fall and winter dinners or during the holidays! Yum!