Monday, 11 June 2018

Plantain Burger Buns

This is a delicious recipe to replace bread buns or just on it's own as a dessert. So good!! The sweetness of the plantain offsets the saltiness of the burger pattie. I served with Dr. Praeger's kale burger, romaine & vegan chipotle mayo or aioli (raw version, regular version).


Plantain Burger Buns

Ingredients

1 large very ripe plantain 
1-2 Tbls Coconut oil for frying


Method

Cut the plantain into four equal parts.
Fry on a medium heat, turning frequently until the plantains are browned/blackened on all sides and looking soft.




Remove from heat and place on a paper towel to cool slightly.
Take one piece and stand it upright on a plate (I found using paper towels on either side helped it from slipping.
Place another plate on top and push down slowly, holding the plantain straight with your fingers if necessary.



You should end up with flat plantain patties like this.


Put back into the pan and brown well on both sides.
Allow to cool on some paper towels before eating.
Mine weren't really firm enough to eat hamburger style so I used a knife and fork but was amazing!



Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Vegan Products - June 2018

Apologies, it's been months since I last did product reviews but life gets hectic with three kids and at least it means I have plenty saved up for you ;)

So a bit late, I know but at Easter I found these plastic, biodegradable eggs at Walmart for only a couple of dollars. I didn't see in any ingredients in the dyes that would not be vegan so assuming all synthetic. Loved the way they turned out though!



Also at Easter time check out World Market or anywhere selling Lindt chocolate bunnies because the dark chocolate ones with the brown ribbon are vegan!


Recently found the extremely sort after Beyond Meat Sausages in Original and Hot Italian at Whole Foods Market, Jacksonville. Have only tried the original so far but YUM. Can already think of a dozen recipes this will help me recreate!



Random entry but did you know that Native Sun, Jacksonville (Baymeadows is where I found them) had GF vegan chocolate chip cookies and slices of cake for sale every day in their bakery??? Neither did I, I was probably better off living in ignorance but so delicious!


Found these Farmhouse Culture Dill Pickle probiotic Kraut Krisps corn chips at Solomon's Ventures, Jax and they were so addictive!


Found these America organic pasta sauces in Solomon's Ventures too and they were delicious!!


I know Daiya got bought out by a Canadian dairy company and frankly I usually never buy it anyway because I don't like the taste much. HOWEVER...I have been looking for the Pepperoni Style pizza for forever and finally found it and needed to try it and I had tried all the other flavors. It was pretty good, I have to say. Would love to see someone selling the pepperoni separately! (Sidebar - still totally pissed at Tofurky for discontinuing their vegan pizzas - they were the bomb!)


Recently was put onto these two Trader Joe's seasonings, Everyday Seasoning - perfect for just about everything but magical on potatoes and avocado and Everything but the Bagel which I assume is meant for bagels but is really good on vegetables.


On the subject of Trader Joe's. These vegan chocolate bars I found there are AMAZING!!! So creamy. I found them above the frozen section.


I think this Tribe ranch hummus (yes vegan ranch!) came from Earth Fare because they had someone giving out samples. All their hummus were really good


Can't remember where I got these Harvest Stone Crackers (problem with waiting four months to do product reviews!) but they were really nice and sturdy which I like in a cracker ;)


Tried these Kite Hill fruit yogurts because they were on sale and I haven't liked the soy or coconut based ones. These are almond based and although they aren't perfect they are very creamy and taste close to the real thing. Toddler loved them as well!


Pretty sure I got these Terra Sweets & Beets chips from Solomon's Ventures and they were so good! We even had a guest at our cook out ask where we got them because they loved them so much. 
I don't know where to start with this Frik & Frak mariana sauce. I don't want to peek to soon but THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING MARIANA SAUCE I'VE EVER TASTED!!!!!! Seriously the first time my BFF brought it to me I ate the whole thing with a spoon, sad? Yes, but this is worse. I went and bought some myself and again proceeded to eat the whole thing with a spoon. That's very sad. It's from Lucky's Market and the only thing bad is that it's $8.99 so definitely an occasional treat...really the price is saving me from myself. Also it's almost got a seafood hint to it (somehow??) and so might be great for recreate seafood bisque or pasta dishes.


So I saw these Earth Balance Vegan Aged White Cheddar Flavor Puffs for the first time in Southern Roots Filling Station but then since have seen them at Earth Fare and Whole Foods Market. They are so addictive. They remind me of before I went vegan Quakers did these mini ranch rice snacks that went perfect with beer. This is an amazing substitute. I always say I'll just eat half the bag but always eat the whole thing. 


So recently Walmart started carrying Bolthouse Farms pea protein milk and charging less than the health stores so I was stoked because it's a staple in our house! I had to try the chocolate flavor and it was so good!!! Really thick and creamy.
UPDATE: Walmart doesn't seem to be carrying the large Bolthouse Farms milks anymore - BOO WALMART!!!! Back to Publix :(


After discovering Bolthouse farms at Walmart I also noticed that they have Milkadamia - macadamia based milks which taste really nice and are great for cooking since they are thicker that other nut milks but not as thick as coconut milk. And the taste is very mild.


So I've had Bobo's Bites before and I and toddler both love them so I thought I'd try the Apple Pie flavor. Pretty delicious I have to say! A little on the pricer side but for an occasional treat they are great. Like mini muffins, individually wrapped so great for on the go.


I quite like So Delicious products so I thought I'd try this Cheddar Jack shreds but they weren't the best. Probably on par with most of the shredded cheese on the market and didn't melt well. :(


I'm not sure who normally stocks these Reese Flavorful Artichoke Sauce but I found it at Solomon's Ventures and it was SO GOOD! It suggests for pizza or pasta but honestly it was great just as a dip with crackers. 


I had heard these SOL Cuisine Breakfast sausage patties were GF but I'd never seen then, now I'm seeing them everywhere and they are delicious!




Thanks to a recommendation on the Jacksonville Vegan/Vegetarian page I went to check out Hung Thinh Asian Supermarket on Normandy Ave, Jax and I was not disappointed!! They had all the fake meat you can think of and some of it was actually GF too! So here's what I got...

This was supposed to be faux chicken but it taste just like soy bean curd. Great for flaking into chicken noodle soup though!


I loved seafood before I went vegan so it's great to have a substitute occasional for certain recipes. I love these Mushroom Balls, and faux shrimp (sorry no pic!) and the faux fish pictured below in Thai Curry and Malaysian Laksa.



And the most important reason I went was for vegan ham!!

This first one with the Black Pepper was my favorite (the most expensive as well!).


This was my second favorite.


This one was ok.


I didn't love this one, it seemed to be injected with water or something, the consistency was a little too spongy.





Saturday, 2 June 2018

Smoky Baked Cauliflower

This was so delicious even my two year old keep trying to take it from me, and cried when it was all gone. Use any spices you like with the paprika or stand alone is great too. Trader Joe's* Everyday Seasoning or Everything But The Bagel Seasoning work well.


Smoky Baked Cauliflower

Ingredients

1 head of cauliflower
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp Himalayan pink salt
1 tsp seasoning of choice (optional)
Olive oil


Method

Preheat oven to 375F and prepare a large baking tray with foil and a drizzle of olive oil.
Slice cauliflower into 1/2" slices and place on baking tray.
Sprinkle the top side with 1/2 tsp of smoked paprika, salt & seasoning (if using).
Drizzle some olive oil over the top and bake for 30 minutes.
Flip over the cauliflower and season with remaining amounts and bake for a further 30 minutes.
Allow to cool slightly before eating, break up into pieces of leave whole for presentation.


*If you can't get Trader Joe's in your area here are the ingredients list to try to wing your own;

Everyday Seasoning contains;
Sea salt
Mustard Seeds
Black Peppercorns
Coriander
Onion
Garlic
Paprika
Chili Pepper


Everything But The Bagel Seasoning contains;
Sesame Seeds
Sea salt flakes
Dried Mince Garlic
Dried Minced Onion
Black Sesame seeds
Poppy seeds

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Hungarian "Chicken" Soup

This was a standard dish for me growing up, whenever I visited my Grandmother she would have it ready for us. Can be served with homemade noodles or pasta but on it's own is still a very comforting dish, lovely for when you're sick too. I used vegan chicken from the Asian supermarket but you can also use tofu.


Hungarian "Chicken" Soup

Ingredients

1 kg vegan chicken/tofu, shredded
6 cups water
1 Tbls veg stock (I use Vegeta)
1/2 Tbls peppercorn (in nut milk bag or cloth)
1 parsnip, peeled
2 stems of flat leaf parsley, chopped
2 carrots, peeled
1/2 onion with skin
1/2 tomato
1 celery stick
1/4 red capsicum/pepper


Method

Bring chicken, water & stock to boil.


Turn heat to medium and add peppercorns, whole vegetables & parsley.


Cover and simmer for 40 minutes.
Take off heat and allow to cool slightly.
Remove the whole vegetables, chop and put back.
Remove the peppercorns.
Add cooked noodles/pasta if using and serve.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Mini Potato & Spinach Fritattas

Adapted from a recipe on The Spruce.



Mini Potato & Spinach Fritattas

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil (or other cooking oil)
1 onion (chopped small)
4 green onions (chopped, separate the greens from the bottom)
4 cloves garlic (minced)
2 medium potatoes (thinly sliced)
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper (divided)
1 12 oz. package tofu (firm, drained and pressed)
2-3 Tbls soy sauce
4 tbsp. nutritional yeast
1/2 cup wilted spinach
Optional: cheese


Method

First, drain and press your tofu. Most tofu will taste best if you press it first because tofu is like a sponge - the more water you gently press out of it, the more delicious flavors it can soak up!

Once your tofu is well-pressed, pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees.

In a large frying pan, sautee the onions, garlic, and bottoms of the green onions in olive oil for 2-3 minutes.

Add potatoes, salt and pepper, and sautee for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until potatoes are golden brown.

Blend tofu, soy sauce, and nutritional yeast in a food processor or blender until well mixed. Mixture will be somewhat thick. Add green onions and potatoes and pour into a greased pie pan.

Cook 45-50 minutes, until top is firm and cooked all the way through.

While your frittata is still hot, sprinkle the top with

Jacksonville Veg Fest 2018

Had a great time at the Northeast Florida Veg Fest in March! Plenty of great vendors of all descriptions...




Noo Cow vegan gelato was also selling load fries and Jamaican patties!! YUM!



Revolution Gelato had a stall, the line was so long so I didn't get any but I hope to find it in stores soon!


Got these Health-Ade Kombucha in Power Greens an Sweet Thorn...seriously delicious!!


Manoba Vegan Food had a hot food stand but I just stocked up on some patties for later...yum!


Super delicious cookies from Cookie Kids Super Foods! Available on mail order!