January 17th, 2008

cookbooks

hey everyone!

i haven't updated my cookbook library in quite a while, so i'm doing some research on which books to buy. i've already ordered veganomicon (can't wait for that one!) and i was considering ordering vegan with a vengeance, but i don't want to unless they are different... like no recipies that carry over from one book to the next.

soooo... for those of you who have both books... is it worth buying both of them?

thanks!!!
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Cupcake quandary

Just a quick question, I'm in a bit of a rush and I just wanted to make a quick recipe from my new cookbook Vegan Cupcakes Takeover The World.

It says to use margarine and that they recommend earth balance. Well I have Earth Balance buttery sticks and I was wondering if that's the same thing? I was looking at the product website http://www.earthbalance.net/product.html and they do have a separate tub that actually says margarine, but would the buttery sticks still be ok? I'm sorry if this is totally obvious but I'm very new to vegan cooking >.

vegan crockpot recipes

(google didnt give me a whole lot and i didnt check through all the tags)

i really love "throw it in the pot and leave it" recipes for their simplicity and so that i can have "real" food on my really busy days.

any one have anything good that doesnt rely heavily on the fake meats/cheeses?  (i saw a cook book on amazon, but the reviewers said the recipes were all fake meat heavy.)  or alternatively, is there some formula for "crocking" standard recipes?

Torta Azteca

or Mexican Lasagna or Enchilada Casserole.

I made this for dinner last night, my roomies and I ate nearly the entire lasagna pan.

2-4 zucchini, shredded
2-4 ears of corn, kernals removed
1 bag spinach, coursley chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
18 or so corn tortillas
2 cans enchilada sauce

Pre-heat over to 350
Put first four ingredients in a bowl and toss until well mixed. Set aside.
Pour both cans of enchilada sauce into a small sauce pan and heat over low.
With lasagna pan near stove top, put a tortilla in enchilada sauce to evenly coat with sauce.
Place saucy-tortilla in lasagna pan.
Repeat last two steps until pan is lined with sauced-up tortillas.
Cover this layer with half of your veggie mix.
Make another saucy-tortilla layer, top with other half of veggie mix.
Top with a third and final layer or saucy-tortillas.
Cover with foil, bake for about 1 hour. If you have extra sauce left over, feel free to pour it over the top of the casserole.

You can easily make variations in this dish. Add shredded carrots, shredded v-cheese, nutritional yeast, soyrizo. Have fun and enjoy.

What to bring for lunch?

Hello all you lovely vegans out there! 

I need help! I work 8 hours a day in an office and try to bring a lunch every day. Lately I've been trying to eat healthier foods and have been mostly avoiding fake meats & cheeses so sandwichs are kind of out. I do like peanut sandwiches and a good veggie sandwich though. Basically I've been rotating between salads, peanut butter, canned soap, and occasional leftovers. I'm sick of it!

Please give me ideas of new things to bring, thank you!!

P.S. Snack ideas would be awesome as well....
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