January 5th, 2006

Vegan Cooking lessons by Q

Tonight I'm going to big sis's house to teach her healthy cooking.
She's a foster mom.
Under her care are 3 children under the age of 7, (one is a toddler) a 13 year old boy (my nephew), and an 11 year old girl (my niece).
She also has 3 cats and a rottweiler. or however you spell that. During the day she has a few more because she babysits a couple of kids. She normally fixes easy stuff like hot dogs and shells and cheese. Ick.
She needs something easy and probably fast with not a lot of ingredients because she's really busy. It's hard to keep the house clean with that many kids and animals. I was thinking along the lines of stirfry with tofu. but what other recipes could I use that are healthy, easy and fast??

Amazingly yummy pumpkin pie!

I got it from La Dolce Vegan cookbook, and it is to die for. I made it yesterday and my family (who are all non-vegan) and I devoured it within an hour or so.

Topping:
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp ground cinammon
2 tbsp vegan margarine
1/4 cup walnuts or pecans, finely chopped.

Filling:
1 14 oz can unsweetedn pumpkin puree
1/2 cup soymilk
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 9 inch pie crust (either store bought or you can make it yourself)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a small bowl stir together all of the topping ingredients (melting the vegan margarine to make it easier). Set aside to make it easier. In a food processor or blender, blend all the filling ingredients together until smooth. Pour pumpkin mixture into prepared pie crust. Sprinkle topping evenly over the top and bake for 40-45 mins. Remove from oven and let cool. Makes 1 pie. (In the book it says serve at room temperatre, however I think it tastes best if chilled for several hours)

low GI vegan recipies...

hey all
my friend who is also vegan has to follow a low GI (low glycemic index i.e. low levels of glucose/carbohydrate) diet due to problems with her insulin levels... so far we have been finding it very hard to find vegan low GI recipies anywhere... if anyone has any or can help or suggest anything that would be fantastic!!! she has a sweet tooth so deserts inparticular would be great

lovexo

Curried Vegetables in Eggplant Boats with Mango Chutney Carrot Slaw

I made this for dinner last night, and it was fab!

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Mango Chutney Carrot Slaw
1. In a food processor, combine 3 tbsp mango chutney, 2 tbsp peanut butter, and 1 tbsp water until smooth.
2. Put the dressing over chopped carrots. Add peanuts and chopped ciltrano, if desired.

Curried Vegetables in Eggplant Boats
1. Preheat oven to 450F.
2. Cut eggplants in half, brush both sides with olive oil. Score an X the skin of the eggplant with a knife. Place eggplants flesh-side-down in a roasting pan, filled with 1/8" water.
3. Bake eggplants 18-25 minutes. Remove from oven, and when cool enough, remove flesh from skins (leaving a 1/4" ledge) with a knife and melon baller.
5. In a large skillet, place 1 tbsp olive oil and 2 tbsp mustard seeds. Turn heat to high, and wait for the seeds to start popping. Once you hear popping, remove from heat until seeds finish popping. Return to heat with 2 c chopped onions and extra olive oil to prevent sticking. Brown onions and mustard seeds.
6. Add 15 ozs chickpeas, 15 ozs chopped tomatoes, the flesh of the eggplants, and 2 tbsp curry powder. Turn with spatula until well heated.
7. Fill eggplant boats with curried vegetables and serve.

Source: Adapted from The New Vegan Cookbook.

Lentils Soaking and stuff

Herro.

um. Yeah this is odd but i've never really used lentils before (or from what i can remember) The only time i've had home made lentil stuff was when my mum made stuff and friends and stuff. My dilemma now is that my friend that would know is uncontactable and my mum is holiday-ing.

So my confusion is. Do you soak Lentils? It doesn't say anyhting on the packet. I tried googling and they told me that you DON'T soak them..but surely you need to prepare them in some way before going off and putting them into some sort of dish...


So Yeah. How is it done?

Thanks.

Ben and Becky's Vegan Tiramisu

This recipe was adapted by my friend Ben (a self-proclaimed [non-vegan] tiramisu connoiseur) and I from several different recipes/ideas online for Vegan Tiramisu. A sponge cake was made to similate the traditional ladyfingers that are normally used, and a mixture of vegan cream cheese and vegan whipped topping was created to use instead of the traditional marscapone cheese. I have no pictures, but the end result was quite delicious, and it definitely passed the taste-tests of three of my non-vegan friends. I believe this is a milestone in vegan dessert history! (Although I have heard that there is an amazing vegan tiramisu recipe already published in Nonna's Italian Kitchen: Delicious Homestyle Vegan Cuisine. If anyone feels like posting that recipe in the comments, that would be great!)

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