Sunday, August 30, 2009

And it's time for me to move on...

I started this blog to follow my route to veganism and now, I'm pretty much there! So I believe it's time for me to move onto other projects and not add any new content to this blog.  From now on, I'll be blogging here.

Big thanks to everyone who read, left comments and offered advice and support. Ya'll rock. :)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Oops, I guess I still have a blog!

Actually I did think about posting here every few days since my last post, but really life has been crazy. Keeping the blog updated didn't seem that important.

Anyways, I'm still following the McDougall diet-- when I'm good. :) Oh yeah, and I've lost 12 lbs. Here is something I made awhile ago:

They are little moist and chewy oat nuggets. I don't have an exact recipe but I put some applesauce, carob powder and some chopped dates in a small saucepan and boiled it a bit. I stirred this mixture into a bowl of oats, adding more as needed. Then I spooned and firmly packed a mini-muffin pan and froze them until they were ice cold, but not frozen. You probably don't need to freeze them, but I wanted them cool enough to eat. :)

They kept for a week in the fridge and helped satisfy my craving for chocolate.

One last thing, if you haven't made Vegan Dad's Tofu Pancetta with his Pasta Carbonara, go make it now! My carnivore spouse says this is AMAZING! I thought it was too. :)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

McDougalling: Round 2

I'm back on the McDougall program again. Here are a couple of the things I've been eating:

These are the Soy-Free Breakfast Sausage Patties from A Veg*n for Dinner's blog served with shredded potatoes. I made them pretty close to the recipe, except I left out the oil, maple syrup, milk, breadcrumbs and vital wheat gluten. This makes them MWL! :) I also reduced the sage to 1/2 tsp and baked them on a baking stone. They were very good but a bit too salty for me. So next time I make these I'll be reducing the salt content.

Can you spot the mystery roasted veggie? It's a purple potato! You can see what they look like pre-roasting here. Very unusual, but in my opinion quite pretty. They are slightly sweet. Yum!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

A little heart to heart with myself

Just a picture from my window of the seemingly endless days of snowy gloominess.

If you noticed some missing/edited entries, it's because I'm doing some blog cleaning. :)

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Sietan Steak and Soy Nuggets

First, I'm sorry about not posting on Friday as promised. To be honest I'm having a very hard time balancing blogging, working full-time and cooking for our household. So no more promises on when I'll blog next, but will promise to try to find time. :)

Looks yummy, huh? These steaks are from this recipe on A Veg*n For Dinner's blog. These were made very minor changes--I left out the sage, because I don't like it. Also, after simmering the steaks they didn't seem firm enough, so I baked them for about an hour (actually forgot about them in the oven and they got a little over-done). I refrigerated the steaks overnight and the next day (Sunday) brushed them with vegan margarine and grilled them on my mini George Foreman grill.

The verdict: I LOVED them. No, they didn't taste just like cow steak. But they did have a great texture and tasted close enough to cow steak to squash any rebellious Omni cravings. Mr. Wookiepants really enjoyed them. Teen Daughter did not like them. [sigh] She did suggest that they might be more to her liking if they were smothered in BBQ sauce. I will, however, definitely be making these again.

Oh yeah, (no pic) these made a fabulous second appearance breaded, then fried and served with marinara sauce on top. I LOVED these even more than the steaks. :) So did Wookiepants. Teen Daughter stuck to her previous opinion.


Ok, and on to the nuggets. At Bulk Barn here they sell Soya Rounds:

I soak these in Vegan Chick'n Bouillon and then double bread them. (flax seed/flour and then flax seed/bread crumbs) Then I fry them quickly in a bit of olive oil and they turn out like this:

These are adored by the whole family. I find the taste and texture almost identical to real chicken nuggets. Even Teen Daughter asked how it could have such a similar texture to chicken nuggets. :) Thanks Soya Foods! Now I just need to allow time to make huge batches of these so that they can be warmed up from the freezer with short notice.