Monday, January 2, 2012

Dinner Idea

I'd like to share the meal we made tonight with you guys. It was delicious and so easy to make!
It started off with sofrito.  The sofrito we made was a mixture of onion, garlic, red pepper, cilantro, tomato sauce, and David's special mix of spices.  (He would not tell me what the spices were, I guess it was a secret recipe of his.)  We cooked the ingredients in a large pan and then blended them in the blender.  Then, in order to save for future meals, we poured the mixture into an ice cube tray and stuck it in the freezer. We used what we left in the blender to cook garbanzo beans.  It made for a great sauce.  We started the meal with a salad and then had the garbanzo beans over rice as our next course.

While that was cooking, we also made desert.  Luckily, our favorite produce store Stanley's in Chicago had 10 loose bananas for $1.  When i saw this, it reminded me of a recipe I had seen for "1 ingredient ice cream." Below is a picture of the bananas in the freezer.  I have yet to blend them, but I think it should be really simple.

So, that was our vegan meal tonight.  We also have some ideas for the next time we make this such as cooking dry garbanzo beans in a slow cooker along with the sofrito instead of using canned beans.  This would cost less and the flavor of the beans is usually better when cooked from dry beans as opposed to canned.  We're also thinking to add ingredients such as cubed potatoes and carrots.  That way it would be more like a stew.  Also, in the future, we will definitely have some fun additions to the banana ice cream like berries and/or almond butter, possibly a vegan nutella. =)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

I love The Chicago Diner

Everyone should take a look at this menu.  The Chicago Diner is a cute little restaurant.  Their motto is: Meat Free Since '83.  We had a delicious lunch there today consisting of: mozzarella "teeze" sticks, bbq "chik'n" salad with vegan ranch, a chik'n c'zar sandwich with sweet potato fries, and (my favorite) a bloody mary.
BBQ chik'n salad with vegan ranch
The Chicago Diner has everything that I miss about "regular" food from veggie Chicago hot dogs to gluten free items and delicious deserts like cupcakes, pies and cookies with soy ice cream.  They also have a chocolate chip cookie dough and peanut butter shake that I intend on trying next time I visit.  Who wants to go?!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Vegan skin care!

So, David gave me an early birthday present, and it was a great one!
Everyone should check out this website: Moxie Organix.
Moxie Organix offers products that are organic, vegan and chemical free.  They also smell great and are making my skin feel really soft and clean right now!  I got a very cute bag filled with little samples of their products such as natural bar soaps (Romantic Tea and Summer Orange smell amazing), face cleanser, and hydrate formula #2.  The best part was the Vanilla "Lip Cure All" with SPF.  It smells and tastes like candy on your lips.
I suggest reading these two links about the chemicals found in our everyday products:
About Moxie Organix  and My friend Michelle's guide to Green Beauty
I've been trying to be careful with more than just the food I put in my body but also with the products I put on my body.  It's great that there are small companies out there like Moxie Organix that have done their research and are providing us with wonderful, natural products.  I am definitely a fan of theirs.

Friday, April 22, 2011

"Good Friday" Pad Thai

Vegan Pad Thai

Finished product - close up
Thanks to being let out early from work, I had some time to make a nice meal for David and myself.  Above are some pictures of our Pad Thai lunch - the recipe came from my Skinny Bitch in the Kitch cookbook.  I was going to type up the recipe for everyone, but I found it on this website:  (time saver!)
According to the site, the recipe makes 4.5 servings.  I think together we ate about 4 of those servings.  It was really delicious so I'm happy to share the recipe with you. =) Enjoy!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday night cooking

We've started a Sunday night tradition of making a new vegan meal each Sunday.  We take turns between our apartment and my sister's apartment.  So far, here is what we've made:
-Indian night: pakora and uttapam for appetizer with basmati rice, dal makhani, coconut eggplant and okra for our meal.  I think it's great how many more vegetables we are eating because of this.  I'm sure it's making us healthier =)
-Mexican night: corn tortillas with refried beans, grilled peppers, pico de gallo and guacamole
-Italian night: eggplant bruschetta and pesto pasta
-American? night: cauliflower mash, breaded eggplant (baked), and corn on the cobb smeared with Vegenaise, dusted with salt, pepper and chili powder with lime and oatmeal cookies for dessert.

It's a really fun way to be inventive and create new meals to incorporate into your week!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Cupcakes for my Valentine

I have to give credit to Raina for this recipe for vegan cupcakes, but I did add in Oreo cookies:
• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 cup white sugar
• 1/4 cup cocoa powder
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/3 cup vegetable oil
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
• 1 cup water
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease one 9x5 inch loaf pan.
2. Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add the oil, vanilla, vinegar and water. Mix together until smooth.
3. Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.


• Ingredients
• 1/2 cup nonhydrogenated shortening
• 1/2 cup nonhydrogenated margarine, we use Earth Balance
• 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted if clumpy
• 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 1/4 cup plain soy milk or soy creamer


1. Beat the shortening and margarine together until well combined and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat for about 3 more minutes.
2. Add the vanilla and soy milk, and beat for another 5 to 7 minutes until fluffy.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

More vegan meals

It's going to be a month since I started my vegan diet.  I'm proud to say that I haven't eaten any animals since January 16th, 2011.  But, the truth is that I have had dairy a few times: 
-On Friday night we were at a Mexican restaurant that one of our customer's owns and after carefully ordering all of our meals with no meat, cheese, or sour cream, they send over a dessert plate piled with ice cream, flan and some fried doughy things with a chocolate dipping sauce.  I had to have a few bites ... I didn't want to be rude ;)
-A couple of weeks ago, I visited my aunt and uncle's house.  Fortunately, they've been following a vegan diet also so that made it pretty simple except for the fact that my uncle makes the most amazing Penne alla Vodka in the world.  I had to have some.  I also went to their store Evergreen and I couldn't resist the sundried tomato and mozzarella pasta.  I don't get to visit them enough.  I had to take advantage.  It was delicious, and I don't regret it.
-Last thing I can think of was on Super Bowl Sunday.  That Sunday morning I had been thinking back about these deviled eggs that my friend Kim made and took to my mom's house this past Christmas.  It just so happened that the super bowl party we went to had a tray of deviled eggs, and I had one.  It didn't compare to Kim's deviled eggs so it really wasn't worth it.

There's two things I've been missing lately.  One of them is eggs.  The other one is chicken wings.  This past week, Davey has been experimenting with tofu scramble, and it's been very delicious.  Not to mention that it normally comes with a side of tater tots which makes it that much better.  We went to brunch with some friends to Tweet, and I tried their tofu scramble.  David's was much better.  I'm a very lucky girl.
We tried these "chicken" wings from Whole Foods a few weeks ago, and they were really good!
 Here are some other meals we've been having.  If anyone wants any recipes, please let me know.  We've been trying to write everything down so we can make it again if it comes out good or adjust the ingredients if it needs something different. 
-fresh squeezed orange juice (sometimes with vodka which is also vegan)
-other juices we make with our juicer: the last one we made was tomato, celery, lemon, apple, pear and carrot
-fruit smoothies: soy, almond or rice milk with banana, strawberry, blueberry, almonds, cashews, almond butter, cinnamon, vanilla extract and Nopalina (a flax seed mixture)
-oatmeal with fruit and/or nuts and soy milk
-guacamole and chips
-potato pancakes made with daiya cheese inside
-hummus with pita bread or in a sandwich with veggies; our Whole Foods has a giardiniara hummus that is so good that it's almost always sold out
-veggies breaded with garbanzo flour and fried (my uncle just taught me how to make this; we need more practice with it)
-veggie patty sandwiches
-spaghetti with Davey's Cuban "meat" sauce made with a ground meat substitute from Whole Foods (can't remember the name)
-french fries
-frozen burritos: we buy Amy's or Evol foods brand
-peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
-no cheese pizza (we like these two; they're from Whole Foods)

I'm thankful for everyone reading my blog and the comments I've been getting. This past week I've had one family member tell me they're going to try cutting meat out of their diet and another friend of mine even made a vegan dinner!  It really means a lot when I hear from friends and family members that are interested in how we've been eating.