May 13th, 2008

Silken tofu + ???? for sore throat

I've got a terrible case of laryngitis, and am running out of ideas for food.  Cold, creamy things are good.  Anything hot, nutty, or "chunky" is out.  I've almost worn out the fake ice creams, and just bought some chocolate soymilk tonight, which is quite good.

I would love to make some smoothies, but I can't use fruit because of the citric acid.  Does anyone have a suggestion as to what else I could use?  I tried one today using silken tofu, chilled green tea, and some soy protein powder, but it tasted awful and didn't hold together very well.  Any ideas for what else besides fruit I could add? 

Other food suggestions are very welcome too!

Help me build a menu!

So, my friend is having a birthday party on Saturday evening, and I've volunteered to make the majority of the food.

Anyway, I'd be so happy if my lovely vegan friends at vegancooking helped me build a menu!

I'm looking for easy-ish, quick-ish recipes (under 40 minutes prep time) that are yummy.

So far I've got:

-Mini blackbean burger wraps (burger recipe from Vcon)topped with guac or tropical chutney (own recipes)
-Quinoa mango & black bean salad (Vcon)
-Spinach asparagus dip (Vcon) with home made pita chips
-Cauliflower hummus with veggies
-Samosa stuffed baked potatoes

I need at least one other salad suggestion, a dessert suggestion, and maybe some other simple recipes, like a one-pot main dish.

ALSO, I don't have a car, so anything one can get at a regular grocery store would be great - that one's just a couple of blocks away!

Edit I should also mention that they don't mind vegan food, in fact, they love it, so I'm not trying to cater to things omnis would find least "vegan" or "normal", I'm just trying to find something fun.

And no mushrooms or brussel sprouts!

mexican food!

I've lived by the southern border all my life (except for a few years away at college), so if there's one thing I think I know, it's what good Mexican food tastes like. Unfortunately, I can't make it myself. To my knowledge, there are no vegan Mexican cookbooks, and the vegetarian cookbooks I've tried were AWFUL.

Can anyone recommend a Mexican cookbook, any cookbook? I don't really care if it's a meat-centric cookbook, as long as it contains helpful information on proper seasoning and other authentic ingredients. I (hope I) am skilled enough to veganize most anything.