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!

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.

Creamy black bean soup

October 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Posted in VeganMoFo | Leave a comment
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I know, I know … I should have been blogging for the past two weeks. It got busy before New York Comic Con, and then I got busy afterward. That, though, is for another post.

I am moving on to creamy black bean soup. I used the exact recipe from “Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food” by Alicia Simpson.

It had a few, simple ingredients and maybe 20 minutes, tops. AMAZINGLY, it was creamy and hardy, minus soy milk or any type of fatty, vegan creamer.

It was a perfect dish for busy me, who wants a hearty cup of soup at the end of a long day during the fall.

Unfortunately, no photos! I guess it was just too yummy. I do have photos for other recipes from Simpson’s book; posts to come soon.

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