December 4th, 2006

Low fat Organic shotening

Can anyone suggest some Organic Shortening that's low in fat AND Saturated Fat.

I ask because I have the Spectrum Organic Shortening and it seems to be loaded per tbsp. Some advice for the same with an Organic Nonhydrogenated Margarine would be appreciated too and of course I want the Shortening Non-Hydrogenated too.
I kind of got here because I'm looking at Isa's Baking Powder Biscuits and see all the tbsp.'s of each kind it requires. Granted I'm not fat or anything and that's not the worry as much as packing my arteries with this crap.
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Super-Simple Peanut Butter Cups

After I went vegan, I must say, the candy I miss most are Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, yanno, the classic, not the crazy white chocolate or caramel ones.
I think that even Paul Newman's have diary.

Anyhow, I got "creative" and pulled together this.

3/4 c. peanut butter
scant 1/4 c. powdered sugar
Chocolate syrup/some form of molten chocolate (edit: apparently hershey's isn't vegan, but I'm sure that you can find some alternative at Whole Foods. or just melt chocolate chips)

Using a hand mixer, combine peanut butter and powdered sugar. Put a dollup in a muffin tin lined with liners (I use mini-muffin tins). Smother with chocolate syrup. Freeze. Makes 12 mini-muffin size cups.

Note: These are very hard to get to look pretty. But they taste good, and that's what matters, eh?

These are stupidly simple. But stupidly good.

Nutritious Foods For the Road

Hi,

I have a friend who is convinced of a need to revert to eating meat from a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet due to needing to pay attention to food combinations and the difficulty of finding vegan food on the road, although he says that he would become fully vegan if he were able to prepare all of his own food. These are sometimes trips in the wilderness without a lot of amenities so ideas fitting a variety of trip types are appreciated.

Can you recommend nutritious foods that he might fix at home and take on long road trips? Starches need to be limited for purposes of weight control.


Thanks for all suggestions...I'll pass them on.

Couscous with sun-dried tomatoes and olives

Most measurements are approximate, I usually just eye it.

a few cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup of oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, sliced thin
1/2 cup of black olives, diced fine (mmmm....kalamatas...)
1 tbsp. "italian seasoning," or to taste (a tsp. each of oregano, basil, and rosemary; would probably work too)
1/4 cup olive oil

Put them all in a medium-sized saucepan over medium-low heat and stir frequently for several minutes. Add:

2 1/4 cups water

and bring to a boil. Take off the heat and add:

1 cup dry couscous

stir with a fork, and cover. Let it sit for five minutes or so. Add salt, pepper, and/or nutritional yeast to taste. It occurs to me that if you add a drained and rinsed can of garbanzo beans/chickpeas, this would be most of a meal (just add a salad or other veggie) and would probably be quite tasty.
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