A Vegan Thanksgiving

November 27, 2009 at 2:07 am (cruelty-free, food, Uncategorized, vegan, vegan desserts, vegan meals) (, , , , , , , , )

When you’re vegan, answering questions like, “Well what DO you eat?” and “How do you get your protein?” become second nature. I don’t even blink or hesitate anymore. My answers read like soundbites. Not because I’m being a smartass (in this particular case anyway), but just because I’ve answered these questions hundreds and hundreds of times over the years.

My nonvegan friends and family always seem especially concerned for my taste buds this time of year. The regular ole everyday questions are replaced with ones more seasonally appropriate, such as “If you don’t eat turkey, what do you do on Thanksgiving?”

Well here, my curious friends, is the precise meal upon which I stuffed my face today:

  • Many people who’ve never even seen a Tofurkey assume it tastes like shit. Well kids, we all know what assuming does, now don’t we? I assure you, Tofurkey is absolutely dee-lish! I crave it so badly sometimes that I have to go buy one and make a feast for no reason at all. It’s just that damn good!

tofurkey, tofurkey, tofurkey!

  • And we crazy vegans enjoy all the same yummy sides as the rest of you, just minus the insurmountable fat, calories and animal suffering. Here’s my plate full of faves: tofurkey and stuffing with mushroom gravy, mac ‘n “cheese,” baked corn and extra-yummy cranberry-filled dumplings. 

The whole spankin' plate of vegan goodness.

  • And if you know me, you know my obsession for anything and everything sweet…and chocolatey. I make one hell of a non-dairy chocolate cheesecake, but this time I got all wild and crazy and strayed from the recipe. With my ridiculous lack of food prep skills, any improv on my part is quite risky behavior. But I decided to live dangerously today. I made my very first chocolate/raspberry cheesecake. And the result, you ask? I know you’re dying of anticipation. Well, my lovelies, it was pretty much heaven. The pic definitely doesn’t do it justice…

One cheesecake. Two people. And nearly half of it's gone.

Thanks to a lovely friend’s recipe for pumpkin/cranberry cheesecake, I also gave that a shot. To my utter surprise, I was hittin’ 2 for 2 today and this one turned out oh-so-yummy, as well. But as with the choc/rasp cheesecake, appearance is certainly not my forte. If it’s edible, I’m happy. Screw what it looks like. I gave up on trying to capture a usable image for the pumpkin cheesecake so you’ll just have to take my word for it. It didn’t look great, but was truly scrumptious. Thanks, Sarah! ❤

Happy Tofurkey Day!

or

Happy ThanksVegan!

Whichever you darlings prefer. 🙂

xxoo
v

**If anyone would like any of the recipes, just let me know. I’ll be happy to share.**

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New Yummy Vegan Cookie Find…Late July

April 20, 2009 at 10:59 pm (food, organic, vegan) (, , , , , )

So the other day I professed my undying love for the accidentally vegan, Oreo. Well it just so happens I recently discovered another amazing cookie, that surprisingly, ain’t half bad for ya.

The brand is called Late July. They offer more yummies than just cookies, but if you are vegan, be careful. Not all their products are animal-free. Luckily, their vanilla bean with green tea sandwich cookies are! Halle-freakin-lujah!

Thank ya, Flickr!

Thank ya, Flickr!

I tried their other flavor–dark chocolate intense and decadent–which, they’re not lyin, are quite decadent indeed. But surprising to my chocolate-obsessed self, I fell in love with the vanilla bean…and I fell hard. But granted, I am still getting my chocolate fix because the creamy filling is sandwiched between two chocolate cookies.

You really can’t go wrong with either though. Not only are they delicious, but they’re pretty damn healthy, too…for real! They’re organic, made from whole grains AND have antioxidants.

One other highlight, Late July donates 10% of their profits to The Jane Goodall Institute. And that, well that’s just plain awesome.

So next time you’re at the grocery store, check out the organic section. If you’re lucky, your store will carry these ultra-yummy and not-so-bad-for-ya cookies. Or you can order them direct from the site.

Enjoy.

xxoo
v

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The Accidentally Vegan…Oreo!

April 18, 2009 at 2:53 pm (food, vegan) (, , , )

So a lot of people are under the impression that being vegan is difficult. I get asked one basic question more than any other…

“But what do you eat?”

Thank you, Flickr.

Thank you, Flickr.

Contrary to what you may believe, there are a ton of everyday foods out there–both healthy and not-so-healthy–that are free of animal products. I say both healthy and not-so-healthy because where many non-vegans assume there is little for us vegans to eat; there are equally as many vegans who assume simply because a food falls into the vegan category, means it must be healthy. Both of these assumptions are totally wrong. Case in point…the beloved Oreo cookie!

Yes, believe it or not, the brilliant concoction of two yummy chocolate cookies filled with an even yummier cream filling , is indeed 100% vegan!

But just because the Oreo cookie is vegan, certainly does not mean it’s healthy. I think we can all agree, no one would benefit from a regular dose of Oreos. Damn!

Although as with any other junk food, I personally think even Oreos are okay…in moderation, but of course. I don’t handle this “moderation” concept very well when it comes to Oreos. And for this reason, I very rarely buy them. And trust me, if oreos do make it into my apartment, they don’t stay very long.

xxoo
v

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Vegetarian Mayor Bloomberg? Perhaps.

April 17, 2009 at 8:02 pm (food, vegan, vegetarian) (, , , , , , , )

The New York Post has reported that NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently made a stop with his staff at Morton’s Steakhouse in Brooklyn.

Wait a minute. A vegan blog writing about a trip to a steakhouse? There’s gotta be some kinda catch, right?!

Well the exciting news is, according to The Post article, Bloomberg didn’t touch a bit of meat while at the restaurant. Instead, the mayor chowed down on soup, broccoli and asparagus. A Morton’s insider told The Post that Bloomberg tried many different things, but no meat. The source went on to say the mayor remained “strictly vegetarian.”

Thank you, Flickr.

Thank you, Flickr.

 

As far as I know, no one has yet confirmed Bloomberg’s veg status. But I can say matter of factly, if he is vegetarian, the 100+ animals he saves every year by choosing not to eat them are sure as hell grateful!

 

 

Yes, it’s true. Just one vegetarian saves the lives of over 100 animals every single year.

Think about how that adds up over the years. A friend of mine has been vegetarian since birth. At 27, all by herself, she’s saved over 2,700 animals from a lifetime of abuse found on factory farms…2,700 animals saved! What an amazing feeling.

Here’s to hoping Mayor Bloomberg is indeed vegetarian and soon talks publicly about the exciting news.

xxoo
v

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ZenSoy: lil miss vegan’s latest obsession

April 17, 2009 at 8:00 am (food, organic, vegan) (, , , , , , , , , , )

When it comes to soymilk, I just love me some Silk. Yes, Silk is the crafty combination of soy+milk=silk. Ding!

You can find Silk absolutely everywhere, including Wal-Mart. And I love that Silk makes “light” versions of their flavors. And who doesn’t love to indulge in their muy delicioso, very vanilla, every once in awhile?

Thank you, Flickr.

Thank you, Flickr.

Anyway, I’m typically quite content grabbing my light vanilla Silk and going on my merry lil way. But last time I stopped off at the vegan haven known as Whole Foods, a different brand of soymilk caught my eye… ZenSoy. What really grabbed my attention was the fact that ZenSoy makes a cappuccino flavored soymilk. Yes, CAPPUCCINO! Upon seeing this, the coffee fiend in me was totally sold. 

I grabbed one of the handy on-the-go sizes and it didn’t even make it to the car. I was instantly hooked!

Although ZenSoy isn’t as easily accessible as Silk, it’s definitely worth putting in the effort to find stores in your area that carry it. ZenSoy’s website has a list of distributors. Or you can just place an order direct from the site.   

It’s also very worth mentioning that not only is ZenSoy 100% organic, but the company donates 5% of their profits to international wildlife organizations. ZenSoy has made it their mission to help the lovable giant pandas, who are on the endangered species list.   

Thanks again, Flickr.

Thanks again, Flickr.

 

 

Oooh, I almost forgot. I also strongly recommend trying their pudding. A-MA-ZING!

 

 

I’m tellin ya, check out ZenSoy! I think you’ll be eternally grateful to me if you do. 😉

xxoo
v

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Sunday Brunch with the Moms

April 12, 2009 at 5:15 pm (food, vegan) (, , , , , , , )

Happy if-you-celebrate-it Easter. 

I don’t, but I do have a celebration of sorts this weekend. My lovely, and also vegan, momma came up to good ole Connecticut for a visit. And how did we spend this splendid sunny Sunday, you ask? With a deee-lish vegan brunch, but of course.

fooood

fooood

I checked out every traveling vegan’s savior, HappyCow.net, and found this awesome restaurant called Bloodroot. It’s a feminist bookstore/restaurant that just recently celebrated their 32nd anniversary and I damn well know why. FAB-U-LOUS!

Yummy round one was loaded full of tofu scramble, soysage and potatoes…

choc devastation

choc devastation

 

 

Although I most certainly did NOT have room for dessert, I was some how able to fit in their vegan chocolate devastation cake. I was so full afterwards I could have puked, but it was totally worth it…

 

  

me and the moms

me and the moms

 

The staff was so friendly, they even came out and a took a pic of me and the moms for us. The restaurant sits right on the bay, so it was picturesque…if I do say so myself. 

Below is an oh-so-easy recipe for tofu scramble so you guys can enjoy your own yummy, animal-friendly brunch. And trust me, if I can make it, you can def make it! I can’t cook to save my lil life. Ask anyone.

xxoo
v

 

 
Tofu Scramble

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced
  • 1 block of firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 clove of fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp of turmeric
  • 1/2 cup of oyster mushrooms (optional)
  • 2 potatoes, diced (optional)

Directions

  • Drain, press and crumble tofu.
  • Sautee tofu, potatoes, mushrooms, onions, peppers in oil for 5 mins. Stir often.
  • Reduce heat and add remaining ingredients. Cook for additional 7-8 mins.

**Trick I learned about draining tofu from my BFF, Jack**
     Place tofu on plate with another plate on top.
     Place heavy book on top plate.
     Allow to drain for 5 mins.
     Works like a charm!

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