January 15th, 2008

SoyToy

The past two nights, we've been using our SoyToy for making tasty beverages and such. Yesterday, we used the solid leftovers (called "okara" in Japan) from making almond/walnut milk to make veggie burgers (along with onions, carrots, celery, oats and a dozen or so other random veggie ingredients). YUMM!!!

Tonight, I mixed soy beans with hazelnuts to make some fresh soymilk. After adding some cinnamon, vanilla and a few spoonfuls of turbinado, maple and rice syrup (I like variety in my sweets) into the 2 quart vat, I melted 1/3 of a bar of nice dark chocolate into 2 cups of finished product and we had hot chocolate after eating leftover veggie burgers. Words fail to describe how absolutely awesome this is.

This is one of those kitchen appliances that goes into hibernation for a month or two at a time (small kitchen), but is totally worth it. We use it about as much as our juicer, though the SoyToy is a bit easier to clean up and requires much less interaction.

Edit: fixed typo

Cheap bean free suggestions??

Hi,
I recently moved into a house where I will be able to do a lot of cooking (previously in a shared kitchen that was way too filthy so I ate a lot of pasta.) I'm attempting to construct meals that are:
a) cheap & not using that many "fancy" ingredients
b) vegan (obviously)
c) inclusive of at least one serving of vegetables and if there are grains preferably whole grains- I have a lot of energy deficiency issues and whole grains & veggies tend to helkp
d) without beans (exception of soy and lima beans- don't know why, but they don't bother me)
e) not TOO time intensive or requiring that many pots/pans as I don't have very many- I do have a slow cooker, rice cooker, and kitchen aid standing mixer though in terms of special equipment
These are a lot of requirements to meet and I've been having a lot of trouble. Lately I've been making a lot of seitan, fajitas, pasta, and stir fry.. but I LOVE variety so it's not doing it!
Thanks in advance!

help! too much salt!

So, I made rice & beans & veggies just now, for dinner/lunch tomorrow, and it is WAY to salty.

I added some more pepper. Is there anything that I can add to counter act the saltyness? I also added more veggies, and will probably just add another bag of frozen ones to have veggies & beans, with a little rice.

Any other ideas?

edit:
i used more veggies and some lemon. its edible, but too salty for my personal preference, so I'm going to cook up some extra rice to add. I will have rice and beans for about a month i think.

^_^

Indian Cookbooks

Does anyone have a favorite Indian vegan (or ovo-lacto vegetarian if it has a lot of vegan or easily veganized recipes) cookbook to recommend? I love Indian food but have never really cooked any myself and I'd love to start cooking Indian food at home. (This doesn't mean, however, that I'm looking for a beginner-type cookbook, though that would be okay, too.)

Also, if you don't have a cookbook to suggest, but have a favorite Indian recipe to share, please do!

Fat Free Vegan.com - Black Bean and Sweet Potato soup. :)

This was pretty good. Though next time I will probably put in i little less water.
I also added chilli flakes for spice.

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup

1 medium onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small red, orange, yellow, or green pepper (I used all four), diced
1 medium carrot, shredded (or finely diced)
1 large sweet potato, diced
1 15 oz. can black beans, drained
1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
2 cups water
2-tbsp. Pickapeppa sauce (adds a wonderful, distinct flavor)
Juice from one lime

Dump all ingredients, except for the lime juice, into your pressure cooker. Seal, and bring to high pressure. Cook for 3 - 5 minutes, turn off heat and allow the pressure to come down naturally. Add lime juice just before serving.

Posted by Sandie to www.vegsource.com