April 29th, 2008

Maple recipes

So, I live in Canada. Near where I live, there are very many cabanes-à-sucres around, and so maple syrup/sugar/taffy is always readily available. I love maple, but unfortunately I do not have any recipes calling for maple except for beans. If you have ANY (including beans) recipes with maple in them, I would love it if you could share! Thanks in advance!

Entertaining for seven people

Ok, quick question because I don't do too much entertaining. I am having a BBQ Saturday for seven people (including myself). I was thinking of making seitan kabobs with zucchini, onion, bell peppers and mushrooms. How many kabobs do I figure for each person? I really don't eat kabobs too often so I can't even remember how many *I* would eat let alone guests (I'm thinking maybe two or thee?). Also, I am unsure how much seitan to make. A pound? I know this all sounds incredibly silly, but I have a hard time quantifying food and I always end up coming up short.

This is what I am thinking and you can tell me if I am going to be prepared.

1 lb seitan
2 zucchini
2 or 3 bell peppers
1 small package of baby bella mushrooms
1 onion

Thanks in advance!
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MMMMexican Pizza!

So, I had a few scraps laying around and decided to make a quick mexican pizza. Of course, you can add tons more veggies, but it's like 100 degrees outside and I didn't want to go to the store so I made it simple. 

So, I didn't want to deep fry my tortilla pizza crust, so I just brushed it with some olive oil and put it in the toaster oven for about 4 minutes on each side until it was nice and crispy. This actually worked really well, and wasn't all gross and greasy.

Yummiest Easiest refried beans:

I just chopped up half of a white onion and sauteed it in some olive oil in a pan on medium high heat until almost translucent. Then I added about 2-3 cloves of minced garlic. Sautee for another minute.

I used canned beans because that's what I had. I just drained the can, keeping the liquid aside to use to later. Toss in a 29oz (or however many ounces of beans you want/have)  in the pot. Stir around and add a little liquid so it's not dry. I like to cook this for a  minute or two together before I start mashin'. 

**My newly added ingredient that I think make the beans great- liquid smoke. Many authentic beans out in restaurants have lard in them, as I'm sure you all know, and the liquid smoke really makes the beans have that smoky taste, but not in a gross way. I just add a drop or two in the beans right before I mashed them.

Mash the beans until they are the consistency you like. Keep putting liquid from the can in so they do not dry out. salt to taste. With the other ingredients, I have found that not a lot of salt is needed.

Put beans on crispy tortilla crust. I topped it with some shredded cabbage because that's what I had and it actually tasted really good and was more healthy than your usual lettuce. I had some diced tomatoes and topped with hot sauce. This actually isn't too unhealthy, especially if you load it up with veggies.

Anyway, just thought I'd share a quick and yummy way to get some protein and veggies! Adios!


Need vegan lunch ideas

We're going on a camping trip, and I'm wracking my brain trying to think of ideas for lunch. Any suggestions or places to look for ideas? Here are the guidelines:

  • must be portable, but we do have a coldpack to keep it cool (we'll be hiking most of the day)
  • cannot contain avocado, tree nuts or peanuts or any derivitive thereof (allergies)
  • bonus points if kid-tested and liked

    So far I've come up with fruits, veggies, hummus, pita, pita pocket sprout/veggie sandwiches. Then I run out of ideas. Help please, thanks!