Purple potato and kale pierogies with caramelized onions

September 28, 2013 at 12:15 am | Posted in recipe, VeganMoFo | Leave a comment
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Photo by Bethany Fehlinger

Photo by Bethany Fehlinger

I usually embraces my Italian heritage, but this past week, I decided to embrace the Polish side. Sometimes I really miss the church bazaar food of my youth: haluski, potato pancakes and pierogies.

And yum, this was the best decision I made all week.

The set-up that I found most helpful included: a clean kitchen counter and doing the filling prep the day before. This made the rolling, cutting, scooping and pinching easy.

This time of year brings in potatoes, onions and kale. I combined these three elements for my filling, and then used vegan best-selling cookbook author Isa Moskowitz’s recipe for the dough.

On a cool, fall Sunday, spend some time with the kids in the kitchen and make these great dumplings that will last all week.

The recipe previously published on No Sweat, York

Purple potato and kale pierogies with caramelized onions

For onions:

  • 3 small onions
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

For filling:

  • 4 medium potatoes
  • 1 cup of shredded kale
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of soy milk
  • 2 tablespoons Earth Balance butter
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

For dough:

  • 3 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 cups all purpose flour (plus a little extra for sprinkling)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Recipe:

The night before:

  1. Chop onions into half-moons, place in a medium pan with the oil, and heat until sizzling loud.
  2. Then lower the heat and cook for 30 to 40 minutes on low until the onions are a beautiful, caramel color.
  3. Place in a container in the fridge for the next day.
  4. Peel, cube and boil potatoes in a large pot of water.
  5. Meanwhile, shred the kale with your fingers, add to a small pan with the oil and saute for about 5 minutes.
  6. When potatoes are done, drain and place in a large bowl and add kale, milk, butter and spices. Whip with a hand mixer until smooth. Add more milk if the mixture seems stiff.
  7. Stir in a little bit of the caramelized onions to the mixture, but reserve the rest for topping the pierogies.
  8. Let it cool, and then place in the fridge until the next day (or move on and prepare the dough.)

For the dough:

The next day or immediately after preparing the filling, follow the directions for the pierogi dough from Isa’s Post Punk Kitchen blog. If you are making the dough right after the filling, make sure the filling is cooled completely before adding to the dough circles.

I did not boil these immediately but stored them in the fridge overnight. That was a mistake. Boil or saute in butter after all the pierogies are finished being assembled, and then cool and store, either in the fridge or freezer.

To reheat, I would recommend sauteing instead of reboiling. Heat the onions and top the pierogies with them.

What is your favorite dish that reminds you of childhood? Did you recreate it vegetarian or vegan?

Hydrating cucumber salad

September 6, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Posted in recipe, VeganMoFo | Leave a comment
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wpid-IMAG0784.jpgI know summer is unofficially gone, and here in York the weather has gotten cooler each night.

Yet, I made this hydrating cucumber salad from Oh She Glows, featured in my Wordless Wednesday.

I have been going to the chiropractor and she emphasizes that being properly hydrated is important for not just spinal care but overall health.

This salad is great for hydration. I ate it for lunch and it was super easy to make and take.

I made some differences from this recipe:

  • I added only half a red pepper and used a full green pepper.
  • I deleted the cilantro, since Batman hates it.
  • I used sliced almonds instead of peanuts.
  • I did not roast my chickpeas, but added them directly to the salad after they were drained and rinsed from the can.
  • For my dressing, I used apple cider vinegar, a pinch of sugar and some pink Himalayan salt.

160x220_g3I would post the recipe, but it isn’t that much different than Oh She Glow’s recipe and it is her creation. Enjoy her yummy ideas!

2012 was a year full of surprises; hello, 2013!

December 31, 2012 at 11:16 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Yup, this was quite an event for 2012.

Yup, this was quite an event for 2012.

Wow. I can’t believe it has been a full year already. 2012 went by so quickly, and many things have happened.

January – March: The weather wasn’t so frightful here, and the warmer winter helped my seasonal depression and running. I went out on the trail a lot. I didn’t get stuck at the bottom of the hill near our apartment. I also tried to give up technology on Sundays. That eventually failed.

April: I tried 50 States, 50 Vegan Dishes. It was my 26th birthday.

May: Three years with Batman. We went to Virginia. What a trip.

Summer: I trained and raced a 10-miler. I loved it, most of the time. I decided to run a half marathon next. I also switched jobs in my office, moving to days and finally having weekends and nights off for the first time in five years. Also, I had my first yard sale. My dad almost had a second heart attack.

Fall: The new schedule made working on the farm that much more difficult. Earlier in the summer, I decided to take a break from blogging, but came back for Vegan MoFo. That didn’t go as successfully as I would have hoped. Plus, I burnt apple butter. We moved into a new apartment, and realized it wasn’t the best decision we ever made; it was quite possibly the worst of the year.

Winter: I tried NaNoWriMo and realized that I can’t write on a timeline. I prefer reading on a timeline. My Pop wasn’t doing so well and he went into a nursing home. I got ENGAGED!

YES, Batman is marrying Wonder Woman. Watch out, world.

2012 was quite an eventful year, with a few changes. I am hoping 2013 will be even better, with a wedding to plan (not until 2014, so hold off, people), pounds to lose, races to race, books to read, posts to write and trips to take. Also, I hope to check things off my bucket list.

Happy 2013, everyone!

Easy potluck dish: Sushi salad from ‘Appetite for Reduction’

November 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Posted in VeganMoFo | Leave a comment
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I will apologize for YET AGAIN not having a photo to share! I rushed off to this potluck and had not the time to take a photo.

I had shelled all these fresh edamame and not knowing how to cook them, I found a simple recipe in “Appetite for Reduction” by Isa Chandra Moskowitz that seemed to fit my potluck bill: Sushi roll edamame salad.

I had sushi for the very first time back in July, and I must say, I loved it! It was vegan but great.

This salad includes all the sushi tastes, just minus the actual roll. I made the brown rice ahead of time, and when I got home, I did a quick assemble. I had cut the cucumber and carrots the night before.

I did not have nori, so I used some kombu and kelp powder. It probably had less of a sea taste, but that is fine with me.

The miso tamari dressing was good, too.

At the potluck (this is different than the vegan meetup), the guests ate it up! Because we donated our food to one of the attendees, I left home with an empty bowl.

And that is fine with me, as this recipe is simple enough, I know I will always have the ingredients in my pantry.

York County vegans meet for first potluck

November 2, 2012 at 10:00 am | Posted in VeganMoFo | 1 Comment
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York County Vegans potluck. Photo by Jeff Stabley.

A while ago, my friend Anna invited me to join a Facebook group for vegans in York County, Pennsylvania. We chat and share information, but that is about it.

I had started going to the Baltimore vegan meet-ups once my schedule changed. It was about an hour drive, and as much as I love the food at Mr. Chan’s, driving was always a pain.

I looked on our group of close to 100 people and thought, “Why exactly aren’t we having vegan meet-ups here?” We have at least two restaurants that have vegan options, and many of us have mad cooking and baking skills. What exactly is wrong with us!?

So, I started the initiative. We met at Nittany Pizza for the first one, and about 15 of us showed up.

Then, a group member, Jeff, volunteered to host October’s potluck. We said what we were bringing, and then on a fall Wednesday evening, we went to Jeff and his wife’s home.

There was about 10 or so of us, which was great for the first one. We had an array of food: Indian, Mexican and fall

And puppies, too! Left bottom and center. Photo by Jeff Stabley.

delights. LBJ brought his county-famous vegan mac and cheese. Batman, the omni that he is, RAVED about the buffalo chickpea dip and requested the recipe. We chatted, discussed and enjoyed our labor for food.

I think it went well. I really enjoyed meeting up with local people, making connections, and playing with puppies!

I can’t wait for the next one.

Interested in joining our group? Email yorkcovegans@gmail.com.

50 States, 50 Vegan Dishes: Arkansas vegan green beans

November 1, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Posted in 50 States 50 Vegan Dishes, VeganMoFo | 1 Comment
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I love green beans. I have come to love them more fresh from the organic farm. They can be a pain to pick, as they like to hide and blend in. But they are so easy to cook and so yummy, too!

When I started by 50 States, 50 Vegan Dishes challenge, I chose this recipe because it was quick, simple and included green beans.

Since I have more green beans than I know what to do with them, I figured I would do this recipe for a Vegan MoFo challenge.

Traditional Arkansas green beans call for sugar and bacon. Bacon isn’t very vegan-friendly, but there are great alternatives now. This might not be as low in calories because it still uses sugar and the Earth Balance can get fatty, but it is definitely a good alternative. I cut back on the sugar and made it quicker by pan sauteing instead of putting it in the oven. I guess that’s the perks of no meat. I also used fresh beans instead of the canned.

It wasn’t hard for me to put this together, so whip it up as a side dish for dinner!

Ingredients:

  • A bag full of fresh green beans, probably about three cups if cut in half
  • 5 to 6 slices of LightLife Smart bacon, ripped into pieces
  • 3 tbsps of white sugar
  • 2 tbsps of Earth Balance or other vegan spread
  • 1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Recipe:

  1. Pluck the ends off the green beans, and cut in half if you want an easier way to eat them. (I kept them long.)
  2. Boil the green beans in a little water for about 7 to 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, melt a tablespoon in a skillet, and add the crumbled Smart Bacon to the pan. Saute for about 5 minutes.
  4. Drain the green beans and add to the skillet with the Smart Bacon. Add the garlic powder, tamari and the other tablespoon of Earth Balance. Saute for a few minutes to let flavors meld.
  5. Serve!

How do you like to eat green beans?

Vegan MoFo 2012 fail and maple pecan French toast

November 1, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Posted in VeganMoFo | Leave a comment
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Finished maple pecan French toast by ‘Vegan Bites’

I seem to be incredibly good at failing at Vegan MoFo! As I have said before, my life is super busy, especially now that I work days. I write and edit for eight hours a day, and I am lucky if I can read or write after that!

I will be participating in NaNoWriMo, but that doesn’t mean you won’t hear from me! I plan on finishing out the rest of my Vegan MoFo dishes (about eight or nine posts) and then maybe trying post a day from The Daily Post. I don’t know if I will do this EVERY day, but it will keep my creative juices flowing.

See, I wake up early to run, and then I get ready for work. At work, I write, edit, blog, talk, meet, etc., etc. At 6 p.m., I go home. When I am home, I sometimes go to the gym. Maybe I cook dinner. Usually I am glued to Netflix, this time around watching “Gossip Girl.” Before I know it, it is late and I need to sleep. I catch up on blog posts on Google Reader as I drift into sleep.

Sometimes I need to do chores. Or go to events. Or meet with people. Or travel.

When do I have time to write? Well, I do but I am HORRIBLE at prioritizing.

So, onto the foods!

From Vegan Bites, which is a cookbook for single vegans, there were a few recipes that caught my eye. Since veganism has taken off so much, sometimes the recipes in cookbooks are just … all the same. I know how to make certain dishes, but for newbie vegans, these cookbooks are GREAT.

I saw a simple recipe for French toast, my ALL-TIME favorite food from the past.

Waiting to be placed in the pan

I will say that it is hard to make a quick vegan French toast. Usually the batter takes some time to cook, as was the case with the maple pecan French toast. I don’t mind too much, as long as it cooks through.

The ingredients were simple, but low in fat or calories this is NOT. It was 700 calories for the serving size of two slices.

Would I try this again? Sure. I have my Magic Bullet blender, a plate and a frying pan. That’s all you really need for this.

What is your favorite breakfast food? I miss brunch sometimes, because not many local places offer great vegan options.

Smoothie mania!

October 25, 2012 at 11:01 am | Posted in VeganMoFo | Leave a comment
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Bluey-green smoothie from “Quick & Easy Vegan Comfort Food”

I love smoothies.

They are so easy to make and you can throw almost anything into them, coming out like perfection. It is like juicing but easier.

Well, maybe I was a LITTLE wrong about throwing everything together for perfection.

My first smoothie that I made was the cucumber cooler from Alicia Simpson’s “Quick & Easy Vegan Comfort Food.”  It includes a cucumber, cantaloupe, dates and apple juice. I subbed apple juice for apple cider and I thought I was good to go. WRONG. I forgot to check the dates for pits. My last batch of dates had no pits in them, so I just assumed this for these dates (and I was in a hurry.)

When I took a sip, it tasted like pepper. I couldn’t drink it! I was so upset and never got a chance to make another one.

I moved onto Simpson’s bluey-green smoothie. She said it was more purple, and that she was right. I remember blueberries, some lettuce leaves and possibly a banana. I think maybe some soy milk was added, too.

It was yummy! I love blueberries so anything with that in it is OK by me!

Do you have an awesome smoothie recipe? Please share!

My favorite smoothie is from “Celebrate Vegan” by Dynise Balcavage. I taste-tested for her book and fell in love with the post-race protein shake. Bananas, peanut butter and chocolate? YES!

Apple-pear butter fail

October 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Posted in VeganMoFo | 2 Comments
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See the char? Yummyy …

When I decided to do Vegan MoFo 2012, I looked all over Pinterest for some recipe ideas. It’s not like I am in need of recipes — I have more than 20 cookbooks, an inbox full of emails, bookmarks on my computer and now Pinterest.

I still compiled a list and tried to hack away at it. I really enjoyed the idea of making apple-pear butter. We had just finished off our peanut butter (except the spicy one that Batman is hoarding away for a rainy day) and I figured this easy, peasy recipe would go great with my strawberry jam I made in June. Organic, local and made in my kitchen to last through the winter? YES, PLEASE!

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Vegan McDonald’s switch: ‘egg mcguffin’

October 23, 2012 at 10:00 am | Posted in VeganMoFo | 2 Comments
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Egg McGuffin by Alicia Simpson

Breakfast sandwiches always stare at me when I get up early enough to eat breakfast and happen into a Sheetz or other fast food place, like McDonald’s. The fact they come from a fast-food place doesn’t make them healthy, but I am hungry for one nonetheless.

It has been a long time since I had a breakfast sandwich.

And then I stumbled upon the egg mcguffin recipe in Alicia Simpson’s “Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food,” and all I could do is think “YESSSS!”

I was super excited to make these, but there was going to be one modification: the vegan meat. I needed Lightlife Smart Bacon for another recipe, and vegan breakfast sausage patties are hard to come by (though I did find new ones by Gardein in Baltimore Saturday night.)

Flaky, toasted bread? Check. Faux meat and cheese? Check. Then came the tofu “egg,” which surprisingly held up well and tasted similar to eggs (without the cruelty), even if it gunked up my Magic Bullet blender.

It was great and kept me full to lunch, which is a rarity these days. It can be quite high in calories, especially for something I am not used to eating in the morning (I ate two. They were just too yummy.) But it great after a run or gym time before work.

I recommend making the tofu “egg” patty the night before, because it is a pain when you are rushing in the first place. Also, melt the cheese with your toaster oven on the bread if you have one.

I can’t wait to make more. I highly recommend these for the busy person who needs a dish with a good amount of protein in the morning.

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