July 21st, 2009

Baking Recipes without Baking Powder

My stepmom and I are trying to spend the week reducing our reliance on processed food/chemicals by making meals out of foods with as few already-combined ingredients as possible. Basically, with substitution magic, that means no baking powder, tofu, or chocolate. We've done the stir-fry thing quite a bit, and really all that we're having trouble with is breakfast and desserts. And since you all are veritable pools of yummy knowledge...
Any suggestions? Really, just any yummy recipes without baking powder/tofu/chocolate would be greatly appreciated!

Finding the right kind of cheeze for potato skins...

I've been craving potato skins for a few months now.... The appetizer-type things that are deep fried and covered in cheese, green onions, and crumbled bacon. Mr. Jelin and I have a deep fryer that we got over a year ago as a wedding gift that hasn't yet been used and is calling my name...

Making it was bacon bits as a sub for the crumbled bacon shouldn't be hard, but I'm stumped on what I should use for cheeze. Something mild-tasting that will melt. I've only ever tried Follow Your Heart (yuck) and Tofutti slices so I'm kind of at a loss as to what I should use to make the *perfect* vegan potato skin. I have access to Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and would not think twice about placing an internet order to find the right stuff..... Any suggestions?
Bones Belts It Out

Cold Soba Noodle Salad

1/2 package of soba noodles, cooked and drained
Sugar peas
Shredded carrots
Daikon radish sprouts (use sparingly as they are quite spicy, I got one stuck in the back of my throat and I swear I thought I could see through time and space)
Baked tofu, diced
Sesame seeds
1/4 c. Tangy Orange Citrus Ginger Dressing

Mix all together in a large bowl and place in fridge until ready to serve. It was seriously the most perfect meal to have on such a warm summer day.

I have a package of Daikon radish sprouts and I am unsure what to really do with them other than put them on salads or in stir-frys. Any other ideas?

Substitute for plain soy milk powder?

Forgot to add "soy milk powder" to the shopping list. Now I have a batch of cupcakes in the oven and would love to make my husband's favorite icing (ala VCTOTW): Super Natural Agave Icing. I *briefly* checked the memories and didn't see anything right off the top of my head, so I ask this: is there anything I can substitute for the plain soy milk powder? I can't run out and grab some but I'd so love to make these as a surprise for my husband. I have a reasonably well stocked pantry (well, with the exception of soy milk powder ;) so if you have any ideas for me, I'd greatly appreciate it. If not, I guess buttercream will have to suffice. :)

Thanks in advance!