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Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 | 5 comments

Easy Vegan Trader Joe’s Lunch

 

If you don’t live within driving distance of a Trader Joe’s, you have my deepest condolences.  Trader Joe’s is incredibly vegan friendly and far more reasonably priced than Whole Foods.  Today’s lunch cost less than 2 bucks. 

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Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 | 5 comments

Vegan MoFo Day 1 : Quinoa Edamame Salad

I live pretty far south of the city.  Even though there aren’t any farm animals in my subdivision,we are only walking distance from cows.  Out here in the boonies there aren’t any restaurants that cater to vegan customers; so eating a vegan diet requires some home meal assembly.  I say home meal assembly rather than home cooking because I’m more inclined to piece a meal together than cook one from scratch.  High protein salads like this one are really quick and perfect for lunch or dinner.

 

Ingredients
2 C cooked quinoa
2 C diced cucumbers
1 C halved cherry tomatoes
1 C grilled onions
1/3 C red wine vinegar
2 Tbs olive oil
1.5 C cooked edamame
10 sliced green olives

Directions
Combine
Toss
Enjoy

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Posted by on Sep 20, 2012 | 2 comments

Vegan Bread and Avocado Spread

I’m new to using my bread machine for vegan recipes. This one came out a little more doughy than I like; but, toasted and topped with a simple avocado spread, it was absolute perfection.

Basic Vegan White Bread

1 1/2 C water
1 tbs  sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 1/2 C bread flour
2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast



Combine all ingredients.  




Set on basic cycle.

Select medium crust.

Avocado Spread

1/2 small avocado
1 tbs garlic powder
1 tbs onion powder
1 tsp lemon juice
Combine all ingredients. Mix and mash with a fork.

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Posted by on Sep 13, 2012 | 4 comments

Easy Sunday Morning Tofu Scramble

I have been rolling out of bed kind of late on Sundays.  After I blow an hour on Pinterest there is almost no time to get situated for Super Soul Sunday.  I’ve started buying the pre-chopped veggies which I previously thought were just for lazy people (now I know they are also for people who are only lazy on Sunday mornings) to help save time.
I used a pre-cut tripepper blend and red onion along with a block of firm tofu to make a really fast scramble. 

Tofu Scramble
1 cup tripepper mix
1 cup red onion
1 tbs minced garlic
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tbs olive oil
1 tbs Braggs Amino Acids
2 tbs nutritional yeast
1 block firm tofu

Press as much water as possible out of tofu.  Microwave for about 3 minutes allow to cool and press again.  Saute peppers and onions in olive oil until onions begin to caramelize.  Add crumbled tofu and remaining ingredients.  Cook until it is heated thoroughly and the tofu blackened in some areas. The entire process should take about 15 minutes. 

The most time consuming part of cooking with tofu is removing the moisture. I’ve ordered a tofu press to help with that.  I’ll be experiementing with the press gadget in the near future.

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Posted by on Jun 4, 2012 | 4 comments

Arugula and Cannellini Beans

It feels like summer is already in full effect here in Atlanta.  There are fresh markets with seasonal produce all over the city.  This weekend I visited the Green Market in Piedmont Park.  There was a lot of arugula available so I got several bags.  The raw arugula’s peppery taste is ridiculously delicious to me but I have so much I’m going beyond salads this week. 
Arugula and Cannellini Beans
2 cups cannellini beans (doesn’t matter if these are dry or canned)
3 cups arugula, ribbon sliced (with or without stems)
1 Tbs olive oil
Salt
Pepper
Sauté beans in heated olive oil for 2-3 minutes. 
Add arugula and heat until lightly wilted.
Season to taste.
Enjoy.
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