Happy National French Toast Day…Vegan Style

November 28, 2009 at 8:28 pm (cruelty-free cooking, vegan, vegan food) (, , , , , , )

When you think of November holidays, Veteran’s Day, Election Day and Thanksgiving most readily come to mind. But as a huuuge fan of breakfast foods, I was down right giddy to learn that one of my all-time favs has its own day of dedication this month.

November 28th is National French Toast Day, people! What a glorious holiday, just glorious indeed.

v's vegan french toast!

I could kiss the brilliant soul who decided French toast was so grand it deserved its own day of recognition. I wholeheartedly agree!

Even though I’m still stuffed to the brim with Tofurkey and all the yummy vegan sides, I felt compelled to honor today’s holiday. I mean, I really don’t see that I had a choice in the matter. In order to celebrate this national day appropriately, I was practically forced to make French toast…veganized, but of course. 

And as luck would have it, the secret ingredient for making extra-deelish French toast is plenty available this time of year. Because it’s the holiday season, you can find Soy Nog  just about everywhere. And let me just tell you, Soy Nog isn’t just for chilly nights by the fire. It’s the absolute best way to seriously fancy up some French toast.

Here’s my recipe. And as are all of lil miss vegan’s recipes, I promise it’s nearly foolproof. Trust the biggest kitchen fool of them all…yours truly.

xxoo
v

What you’ll need to make 3 slices of vegan French toast:

  • 3 slices of multi-grain bread
  • 1/2 cup of Silk Nog
  • 1/4 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon
  • organic canola oil for the pan

Mix soy nog, vanilla, flour and cinnamon in a bowl. Soak bread in mixture and add to the canola lined pan. Be extra careful because the oil will splatter. Cook each side of the bread until golden brown.

Add your favorite syrup and enjoy!

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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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another new obsession for v…Urban Decay!

April 21, 2009 at 11:23 pm (cruelty-free, makeup, vegan) (, , , , , , )

Thanks, Flickr.

Thanks, Flickr.

I definitely don’t consider myself a girly girl…not in the least bit. I’ve always had many more guy friends than girl friends. I can’t get enough SportsCenter. I grew up a total tomboy, always playing outside in the dirt with the dogs. But at the end of the day, there definitely is that side of me that loves clothes, shoes, good hair…AND MAKEUP!

This is a sad admission, but on days when I’m lounging around and kinda bored, I grab my makeup bag for some fun. Damn, it’s even more sad when it’s in writing.

Thanks, Flickr.

Thanks, Flickr.

As sad as it may be, it’s totally true. Makeup really has a way of upping your mood if you’re feelin kinda shitty.

For me, the first thing I look for when buying makeup is the cruelty-free bunny logo, which means the company doesn’t test on animals. Like I said yesterday, I don’t need a freakin study experimenting on bunnies to tell me where my makeup goes. Eyeshadow on eyelids, not eyeballs. Lipstick on lips, not in mouth. Got it.

I love awesome companies like Urban Decay, who not only refuse to test their products on animals, but they also offer a completely vegan line. And the adorable part about it…they mark all their vegan items with a purple “Marley-Approved” paw print. Soo freakin cute!

Again...thanks, flickr!

Again...thanks, flickr!

I’ve fallen in love with purples and greens as of late and Urban Decay makes the best, brightest colors of shadow. Plus they’ve created a miracle product to go along with it. Their Eyeshadow Primer Potion not only makes the color more vibrant, but it lasts longer, too. But the product’s most amazing feature is that it prevents shadow from creasing. And it bloody works!

So next time you’re lookin for a new makeup line, give Urban Decay a try. Their shiat is pretty, long-lasting and cruelty-free! You just can’t beat that deal, boys and girls.

xxoo
v

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Go Veg for Earth Day

April 21, 2009 at 3:03 pm (environment, vegan, vegetarian) (, , , , , , , , )

Thank ya, flickr.

Thank ya, flickr.

I’m sure many of you are quite aware that tomorrow is Earth Day. But did you know the absolute best thing you can do to help the environment is to cut meat from your diet?

No joke. And I’m not just sayin it because I happen to be vegan. I swear.

A 2006 United Nations study on global warming showed that raising animals for food causes more greenhouse gas emissions than all the planes, cars, trucks, trains and ships in the entire world…combined! That’s right, all combined!

In the US alone, every second, animals being raised for food produce 89,000 lbs of waste. That’s beyond disgusting. And where do you think that waste is going? It’s polluting our land and running into our waters.

And if you think the waste is bad, imagine how much gas is being released from the billions of chickens, pigs, cows and turkeys who are crammed into slaughterhouses at this very minute!

So what it boils down to is this. If you call yourself an environmentalist, you should also be calling yourself vegan or vegetarian. When I hear someone say they’re “going green” and are all about helping the environment, but then they laugh off the notion of going veg…I want to slap ’em. Seriously. It’s completely hypocritical. Following the UN’s study, you absolutely cannot be an environmentalist, and go home and have a hamburger for dinner. It doesn’t fit.

If you really are on a green kick and want to do the most you can to help, I’ve got a simple answer…go veg. It’s the single best thing you can do for the environment. And I bet it’ll be a lot easier for some of you than giving up your beloved SUVs.

xxoo
v

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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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ILVTOFU, too!

April 10, 2009 at 4:21 pm (vegan) (, , , , , , , )

WARNING: Virgin eyes proceed with caution.

It seems a vegan Colorado woman really loves herself some tofu and wants the world to know it.  

Kelly Coffman-Lee recently requested a personalized license plate to declare her love for the yummy soy-based food.

The Huffington Post

The Huffington Post

**On a complete sidenote here, I have to admit I am not a fan of the vanity plate craze. Don’t understand it for the life of me. Never have. But hey, whatever floats your boat.**

Anyway, in this case Coffman-Lee wanted to raise awareness for veganism. So of course I’m all for it. Now the Colorado DMV…they weren’t feelin’ it so much.

The DMV believed the plate was just too gosh-darn risque for the good, decent people of Colorado.

Obviously the fear was that if the hidden scandalous message showed through, it would directly result in bleeding of virgin eyes statewide. And how is one to drive if their eyes are gushing blood? Honestly?

xxoo
v

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