July 25th, 2008

Cupcake substitution

I have this recipe for cupcakes that I want to try out:

1/2 C vanilla soy yogurt
2/3 C rice milk
1/3 C canola oil
3/4 C + 2 T sugar
2 T vanilla extract
1 C + 2 T all-purpose flour
2 T cornstarch
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt

I have no soy yogurt, though. I did want to make them fruit flavored. Could I sub the yogurt with peach or strawberry mush with no ill effects?
Roly Poly

Perfect cinnamon rolls

Seriously, she got these just right. The only tweak I made was forming the dough into a rectangle maybe 16"x12" rather than a 12"x12" square, and then dividing the dough into 12 rolls instead of 8 (I think they're plenty big this way: 3-1/2" across and 1-1/2" thick--just remember to reduce the baking time if you do this). But the dough, filling, and topping combine to make one dangerously gooey and tender cinnamon roll. She even includes instructions for doing everything but the baking ahead of time, so you can have hot, fresh cinnamon rolls for breakfast/brunch.

Helping a friend make the transition to veg*n

So, my "save the kitties" friend has finally started to realize the cruelty that goes on in the meat industry, and wants to try to cut meat out of her diet. And, she has recruited me to help her learn to cook and try some new foods. The hard part is that she is very wary of food and gets "weirded out" by textures of things. And likes her veggies in a bowl with salt and butter. She says she doesn't like beans, salsa, corn, especially together (which completely shot down my first easy dinner idea, heat those three together, eat in a tortilla or over rice).

She and her meat-lovin boyfriend are coming over, and I want to surprise them with dinner. I was thinking of making the tofu balls from theppk.com with some pasta and sauce, and a strawberry spinach salad (baby spinach, strawberries, granny smith apple, toasted almond slivers, & rasp. vinagrette mmmm). But I need help coming up with a good balanced meal plan for her, or ways to slowly introduce new foods so that she doesn't get fed up and revert back to meat & pasta.

I gave her links to some blogs and vegweb.com and said that we can look through some of the recipes to find fun things, and start using more meat analogues. I would also like to try and keep the food filling and very healthy.

I'm thinking
stir fry with peanut sauce (maybe using those MSfarms chik strips)
"sausage" style tempeh (i think its from theppk)

What are some other hearty recipes that picky eaters might like? Or good tips for beginners? My taste in food has changed so drastically, that I'm having a hard time remembering what I used to eat, and how to prepare food that is not spicy and using more 'common' veggies, or how to introduce more 'exotic' things.