Earth Balance Loves You!
When Earth Balance announced that they were selling essentially a vegan puffed cheese doodle, I rejoiced. Probably shouldn’t have though, since cheese doodles were a terrible vice for me that I would sneak out of my mother’s pantry and consume the entire bag in one sitting. Bad bad bad!! I had to go to Whole Foods to find these, as right now I believe they are exclusive to them.
I guess I cannot say that I was disappointed by them since I finished half the bag on the car ride home, but if you are buying these looking for a cheese doodle, lower your expectations. Which is kind of sad because cheese doodles are not exactly the gourmet snack food of the century. These lacked the jagged brutality of a cheese doodle, that super roughly processed cheese powder. While puffed, they were still kind of dense and crunchy. I used to love sucking the air out of cheese doodles ( yeah I’m a weirdo!!) and you can’t really do that with these. They are essentially a slightly puffier version of the Tings crunchy cheese snacks. Also not sure why they had to call them “aged” white cheddar, they just taste like a mild white cheddar, almost like smartfood popcorn.
the bag is a little redundant, pointing out THREE TIMES that they are vegan. I guess they don’t want to confuse anyone in to thinking it is “real aged white cheddar” since I’m not even sure you can age vegan cheese!! The gluten free and non GMO crowd will probably be very happy too. Basically this snack hits all of the high points for the health conscious who still want ungodly snacks. They don’t even contain palm oil! I would probably buy these again if I get a sudden snack craving, but would not try to pass them off to non vegans as a cheese doodle substitute. Get jagged and terrible for me, Earth Balance!!
Making your own Asian food is not as hard as it seems. All you need is a few essential ingredients, and a deep pan or wok. I’m looking for more ways to get some broccoli in my diet, and had these Gardein Beefless Tips sitting in my freezer for quite some time, dying for my attention. They really do shine in this dish, the sauce they get coated with makes you really forget you are eating soy proteins! You will need
For the marinade
- 2 Tbsp cornstarch
- 1 Tbsp water
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 bag of Gardein Beefless Tips
Combine everything in a bowl as listed and toss to coat. Pour 1 tablespoon of veg oil in a medium high heat pan, and cook the tips until heated through, about 5-8 minutes. Put aside.
For everything else:
- 4 cups of fresh broccoli florets
- 1 small onion, cut into wedges
- 1/3 cup reduced sodium tamari soy sauce, or regular soy sauce.
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
Cook the broccoli and onions in the pan with the leftover oil plus 1 more tablespoon, for about 4-5 minutes. Mix all the other ingredients together in a bowl and then dump the tips back in to the pan, and slowly add the liquid, so it doesn’t splash everywhere. Cook for about 2 more minutes, and it should be done! Plate with your favorite kind of rice, I did a brown and wild rice mix. Would also be tasty with some toasted sesame seeds on top!
I have a big problem with burritos. Actually, I have a big problem with Moe’s burritos. They have a smartphone app that makes ordering them way too easy. You not only get to see all the topping options, but you get to pay ahead and cut the entire line to pick up your food! It is too easy, and this has not been good for my waistline. But their tofu is just way too good to say goodbye to, so off to the internet I went to find out their “secret” to get those perfect black crispies on the outside! THEIR SIGNATURE SALAD DRESSING?? REALLY?? That’s it?? Well, sorry Moe’s but I can do that myself!!
- 1/2 block extra firm tofu, pressed into oblivion
- Cooking oil spray for the pan
- Your favorite vinaigrette or oil based salad dressing. I used Annie’s Tuscan Italian dressing.
Cut your tofu into tiny 1/2 inch cubes, bite sizes pieces if you will. Spray down a pan with a little Pam, and heat it up to medium high heat. Toss in your cubes and try your best to brown them on all sides, about 6-8 minutes. Then add a few good shakes of your dressing, about 2 tbsp. Lower the heat a bit, but either way, it is going to cause a splashy mess on your cook top. Thems the breaks. Toss your tofu around a bit until all pieces are coated and brown bits start to form. Store in an air tight container and use as needed. I put it in low carb burrito wraps with re fried beans and daiya jack shreds. It would also make a really good salad topper! Put it in what ever you want, really!
This is one of those family traditions that I am so thankful it is simple enough to vegan-ize. Sausage bread is something my father and grandfather make for many family get togethers, it is practically demanded! You can really put anything you like inside them, sausage, pepperoni, vegetables, anything! It’s kind of like a calzone or stromboli. It requires very minimal ingredients, making it a great appetizer to bring to a potluck or party. This is enough for two breads.
- 1 prepackaged non frozen pizza dough. I used multi grain from whole foods. Or make your own dough!
- 1 package of Field Roast Italian style sausages, or your favorite crumbly vegan sausage.
- 1 package Daiya Mozzarella Shreds.
- Olive Oil
- Garlic Powder
- Dried Oregano
Prep the packaged dough as instructed. This required me to put it in a lightly oiled bowl and let it rise for 2 hours. Cut your dough ball in half, and roll out on a floured surface. Get it to be about 1/4 inch thick, it doesn’t have to be a round shape, more rectangular. Lightly sprinkle some olive oil and spread it to coat the surface of the dough. A thin layer! Sprinkle on the oregano and garlic powder, as much as you like. Remember, the sausages also have seasoning in them so you don’t need too much. Now sprinkle a layer of the cheese, making sure it is even.
Open your sausages up and crumble them into a lightly oiled pan and cook for a few minutes until warmed through. Sprinkle the crumbles onto the dough, evenly. If you want, cook 2 sausages at a time, this is about how much you will need per bread.
Now comes the rolling. You can do it two ways, fold it on the side burrito style and roll it, sealing it on the bottom. This will be like a loaf. Or you can roll it this way and then coil it like a snail shape, for a round bread.
Get out a cookie sheet and lightly spray it with cooking spray. Place the breads, seam side down on the pans. Bake in a 375 degree oven until golden brown, about 25-30 minutes. Let them cook on a wire rack. Enjoy warm. They reheat very easily, wrapped in foil in a toaster oven or conventional oven!
Portion Control are two words you do not hear on Thanksgiving. Unless you are really really serious about your health! This recipe may not be a healthy one but it does show an easy way to portion out a favorite Thanksgiving side dish in a “no brainer” kind of way.
- 2 good sized sweet potatoes or 4 small-medium sized
- 1/4 cup vegan sour cream
- 1/3 cup orange juice or less if you like it less orange-y
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp salt
- pinch of pepper
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tbsp butter
- dandies marshmallows
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake the potatoes long enough that when you pierce them with a knife, they have no resistance.Let them cool down before handling them, unless you really like burning your palms.
Scoop out the “meat” into a mixing bowl and add all the ingredients except the marshmallows. Mix until combined and almost smooth. The portion part of this comes in the form of my favorite thing, RAMEKINS! Drop 1 cup each of the mixture into individual ramekins. You should get 4 servings out of this. Cover the top of the ramekins with the marshmallows, giving enough space for them to puff up. Which I did not do!! Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. When done, let them cool for a while, they will be very hot inside! You can eat all 4 yourself if you want, I won’t tell anyone.
I shouldn’t have made this, it is probably the worst, saltiest thing for you. But I’m going raw for two weeks and wanted to go out with a bang. Super creamy, cheesy, buttery noodles. This uses a boxed vegan macaroni and cheese but the sauce mix can easily be made from scratch. Just use my Nutritional Yeast Sauce recipe in place.
- 1 box Edward and Sons Vegan cheddar style mac and cheese or
1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni
- 4 tbsp vegan butter + 2 more for dotting
- 1 cup soy milk
- 1/2 block Daiya cheddar wedge
- Nutrtional Yeast
- Plain Breadcrumbs
Boil pasta for 6 minutes and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt 4 tbsp butter and mix with the soy milk. Then add the sauce packet from the boxed mac. Replace this step with Nutritional Yeast Recipe if you do not want to use the box. Pour sauce over pasta and mix until coated. Pour into a small Pyrex or casserole dish. Slice up the Daiya and cover the entire dish with it, then coat top with breadcrumbs and Nut Yeast. Dot with butter like you would an apple pie. This will keep the dish creamy and from drying out in the oven. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
Make this once and never again because it will make you fall asleep and if you don’t die from a heart attack in your sleep first, you’ll wake up with an unbearably salty feeling in your mouth. But at least you went out with a cheesy bang.