voluptuous vegans


lots ‘o’ food

today I made quite a bit of food… tomorrow there will be even more.

Here what I made today

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~Baking Powder Biscuts (from Sarah Kramer’s cookbook)

~Quinoa Stew

1 cup Quinoa
1 cup veggie broth
8 mushroom
2 ribs celery
one large can plum tomatos (use the juice)
1 small onion
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp oregano

first saute the onions, garlic and celery, when onions are getting transluecent, throw in mushrooms, saute for a bit more, then add the Quinoa, saute for about 5 more minutes then add the broth. Bring to a boil, then simmer for another 20 minutes. Stir once in while so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot.

~Chicken Flavoured Seitan (viki’s recipe)

INGREDIENTS
2 cups vital wheat gluten
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried sage
1/4 tsp cumin seed or ground cumin
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 cups cold water
1/3 cup tamari or soy sauce
8 cups water
1/2 cup tamari or soy sauce
3 tsp chicken flavored broth powder (a vegan product available in many natural food stores)

DIRECTIONS
In a large bowl, mix together the vital wheat gluten, rosemary, thyme, sage, cumin seed, chicken flavored broth and garlic powder. In a separate bowl, combine the water and tamari or soy sauce. Using a strong spoon and mixing quickly, slowly pour liquid into gluten mixture. The gluten will develop very fast and become very rubbery and elastic. If there is any remaining dry mix, quickly add a small amount of water to soak it up. Personally once the liquid is mixed, I mix the rest with my hands. Once thoroughly mixed, knead the dough for approximately 5 minutes. Once done needing shape into a log about 10” long. Set aside to rest for 15 minutes.

In a large stock pot, combine 8 cups cold water with 1/2 cup tamari or soy sauce and vegetable stock cube or powder to taste. Cut gluten log into desired shapes, maximum 1/2 inch thick. Individually drop the gluten pieces into the cold stock. Once the dough is in the cold broth, set to boil. Once boiling reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Seitan may now turned into any creation you like.

~Mini Cheese cakes (recipe to come)

~Veganized Dianne Smart’s Baked Beans (slow cooker recipe)
2 16 oz cans of Navy Beans or 1 small bag of dry Navy Beans (if you are going to use dry, soak for 24 hours in hot water.
1 1/2 cups molasses
1 1/2 cups water
1 small onion
6 slices vegan bacon
1/2 tsp powdered ginger
1 5.5 oz can of tomato paste
pepper to taste

Before placing the ingredients in the pot, make sure you spray the walls with vegetable oil, the beans may stick. In a separate bowl combine all ingredient till the beans are completely covered with sauce. Pour all ingredients into the oiled crockery and then cook on low for 8 hours. Do not use the high setting for these beans as they will cook too fast and dry out.

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kale soup (slowcooker) by Carolina
February 17, 2007, 1:52 am
Filed under: slow cooker, soup, things to do with vegetables

I had some kale that getting a bit wilty, so decided it was time to create another slow cooker recipe. Everyone needs to eat their greens and kale is the perfect one for a soup. try it out and let me know what you think!

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Here is the recipe:

2 bunches kale cut
2 spring onions diced
2 ribs celery diced
1 small onion diced
2 cloves garlic diced
1 19oz can of chickpeas drained/rinsed
1 5.5 oz tomato paste
2 tsp dried basil
2 tsp dried marjoram
2 tsp dried parsley
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried sage
4 cups vegetable broth or enought to fill your crock pot to 1/2 inch below the rim

In a 5 quart Crock Pot mix all the ingredients together. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours… of course I recommend that you cook this on the lower setting… it just makes it so much more yummy!



Tuesday dinner posted by Viki
February 13, 2007, 11:35 pm
Filed under: baking, Seitan and the things to do with it, slow cooker

Yummy! Crockpots rule!!!

Today’s dinner brought to you in part by Viki! Seitan Stew topped with steamed bok choy and Scones with syrup topping. We don’t have recipes right this moment, but will post them when we do.

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Crazy Sunday Stew
February 12, 2007, 12:09 am
Filed under: faux meat, slow cooker, stew, sunday food, tvp, Uncategorized

Today the soup was literally everything in my fridge…. The end result is it kinda looked like and tasted like risotto.

Am calling this The Crazy Crack Pot Stew (again I apologize for the crappiness of my very old camera)

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1 medium onion
3 cloves of garlic
2 cups of pasta (not noodles)
1/2 cup TVP
2 cups frozen peas/carrots
3 ribs celery diced
4 green onions diced
3 carrots diced
1 cup red sweet pepper diced
1 cup faux chicken
1 cup plain soy milk
1 Veggie hotdog
Vegetable broth (not sure how much but after you put everything in the slowcooker fill with broth till it’s all covered)
Cilantro to garnish

Put all ingredients in your crock pot, cover with vegetable broth, cook on high for approx 3 hours.



Sunday Cooking – Feb 4, 2007 by Carolina
February 4, 2007, 11:51 pm
Filed under: Blogroll, corn muffins, dessert, Hints and Tips, slow cooker, sunday food, Uncategorized

It’s Sunday and cooking day. I do admit I didn’t make enough food for the week. It’s been a busy website day, but I did make two items. Slow Cooker Channa Masala and Corn Muffins. Yummy! The corn muffins were perfect with the Channa Masala!

Here is a picture of my plate, it contains, a corn muffin, the Channa Masala with some Toffuti Sour Cream (I’m addicted to it), Sweet and Sour TVP (I didn’t make that one) and yes, that is white rice, I had a mouthful and gave it to someone else to eat. Once you switch to other rices, such as brown, white rice is kinda gross.

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Here is a picture of my yummy Corn Muffins. These can be eaten with a meal. I usually eat them with curry dishes or Chili, but it can also be a desert or snack or be substituted for cake when making strawberry short cake.

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The Dinner Party

Last night Janis, Anna and myself went to Viki’s for a dinner party. Viki cooked up a feast, with an Janis bringing a Lentil loaf and I brought an Asian salad. Oh and there was plenty of wine and Lychee Martini’s to go around. Below are recipes for the Lentil Loaf, sadly there is no picture for the Asian Salad. Recipes for the Baked Beans and Salmon Supreme Rolls are below. Sorry no recipe for the Pizza or Cheesecake yet.

Lentil Loaf

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LENTIL LOAF

2 c. cooked lentils
1 c. cooked brown rice
1/2 c. red peppers, chopped
1/2 c. onion, chopped
1/2 c. tomato, chopped
1/4 c. celery, chopped
1/2 c. bread crumbs
4 tbsp. tomato paste
3 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
2 tsp. basil
1 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. marjoram
1/4 tsp. hot pepper (opt.)
2 tsp. water

Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Turn into a non-stick loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Top with tomato sauce for last 10 minutes.

Salmon Supreme Rolls
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Baked Beans (with Seitan)
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Pizza (with Spelt Crust)
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Cheesecake (yummiest ever, if you bribe us we may put the recipe here)
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Sunday Food Day
January 28, 2007, 10:14 pm
Filed under: Faux beef, polenta, Seitan and the things to do with it, slow cooker, sunday food

Every sunday I clean out the fridge of the left over veggies, throw them in my crock pot and make, Everything But The Kitchen Sink Soup. I throw this together Sunday morning then in the afternoon we make our weekly and chaotic trip to chinatown to get new veggies and fruit. Each week promising we won’t go on a Sunday again. It’s always chaos there!!!

Here is what it looks like this week. (please excuse the crappiness of my camera, it’s almost 10 years old)

This soup has barley, tomatoes, tomato paste, leeks, corainder, yam, brussel sprouts, onions, garlic, vegetable stock, left over coconut milk (wasn’t added when the picture was taken) seasoned with oregano, sage, basil and marjoram.

Sunday soup

Then I had some left over premade polenta, so I made these yummy polenta fries!!! Oddly it made me think of my friend Adrianne….

I used homemade garlic oil to coat them, then put them on a cookie sheet and set the oven to broil… damn they were good. I dipped them in ketchup and honestly, they taste miles better than potato fries!

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While both of those were cooking I made my weekly batch of Seitan… yes pronounced Satan… not sure what I am going to use it for yet. So many things!

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