Wednesday, February 16, 2011

V-day dinner and a homemade donut coconut dessert

Good day to you!  It's raining again which is lovely.  For a while there we were experiencing Spring like conditions which was wonderful for working outside.  Now it's back to being inside for a while.

For our Valentine's dinner I let my son choose the dinner  menu. 
served on mashed potatoes.

This may look fancy and taste it as well but it's so easy and quick to  make.
Mine actually looks more colorful than Emeril's but it's because I used a whole carrot intead of half of one.  For the mushroom mixture I used shitake and cremini.   This also tastes wonderful using seitan, which is what I used the first time I made this meal. I'd also like to mention that not all tofu is created equal, my favorite is  Nasoya Organic Extra Firm Tofu which has a wonderful texture and taste.

Beckmen Grenache

Dave brought home a bottle of Beckmen Grenache, that I  had mentioned in a previous post, to enjoy with dinner. Beckman rose and red wines are vegan even though it doesn't say it on the bottle.  They also use biodynamic farming practices.
I was trying to come up with something different for our Valentine's dessert and donuts came to mind.   I remember using the donut recipe from Vegan Yum Yum years ago and how much Keaton and I loved them.  How the wonderful memories came back when they were baking in the oven.  The smell was incredible!
You must make these!  These are light and not too sweet.  These are even better than the ones you would buy at a donut shop.  I don't have a donut pan so I used a cupcake pan and then stuck some decorating tips in the middle to give them the hole in the middle.  Once cooled I poured melted chocolate on them then put in the refrigerator to harden.  This is also very quick to make.  To finish off the dessert...

I used a scoop of coconut bliss on top of the donut.  This is my favorite coconut frozen dessert because it's so creamy, light and slightly sweet.  As you can tell I don't like things that are too sugary sweet. 

The donut and Coconut Bliss was then drizzled with homemade chocolate and caramel sauce.
This was another way that I served up this dessert.  This looks really rich and sweet but it's acutally not.
As a Valentine for Keaton I got him 2 bars of Newman's Own Organic Chocolate.  The one bar that is open is a Dark Chocolate Orange flavor.  He loves them and me too!hee hee.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Vegan Valentine's Day to all of you!

Since I  didn't  make any sugar cookies for Dave and Keaton over the winter holidays I went a head and made a batch for Valentine'sDay.  Click here for this perfect sugar cookie.  It is a bit chewy and soft on the inside and just a bit crisp on the outside.  If you like a crispier cookie roll it out thinner and cook a bit longer.
Some of the cookies I made into a sandwich style and filled with a raspberry tofutti cream cheese like filling and a chocolate filling.  The Chocolate "Buttercream" Frosting I used is so tasty and it's not loaded with margarine and sugar.  This amazing recipe is from Ricki at Diet, Dessert and Dogs and you really must try it to believe how good it is.  The only change I made to the recipe is that I used cocoa powder instead of carob powder and I added about 1/3C. of organic powdered sugar.
Speaking of love...I'm so in love with this salad!  Dave and I had this for lunch one day so I added the tofu just to make it a bit more filling. The ingredients are bok choy, romaine, edamame, carrots, cucumber, and the noodle and dressing mixture is taken from Gramma's Bok Choy recipe.  Then drizzle with sesame oil.  In regards to the dressing for this, the recipe calls for quite alot of sugar that's really unnecessary especially if you use a different vinegar.  For instance  I used a Green Apple Ginger Golden Balsamic Vinegar(whoosh... take a breath) from Global Gardens, which is already on the sweet side.  You can also sweeten the dressing with other sweeteners if you choose.   For more of a slaw salad you can slice the bok choy and lettuce thinner and use more dressing.  Yum this is so good!  Oh and go ahead and add some chunks of avocado and shredded  nori on top which is also delicious!

Dave, Keaton and I are staying in tonight.  Keaton picked the meal for me to make and I'm making a little something for dessert.  Hopefully it will rain and we can enjoy our evening by the fire watching a movie and/or playing a game.

Enjoy your Valentine's with your sweetie and/or sweetie's! 

Oh and remember to share the love with all of our animals. 

XOXOXO to my Cleo dog and Merlin kittty!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Don't eat it/eat it

Confused by my title?  So am I. Lol!

They say to eat something because it's good for you but at the same time it's bad for you.  

It was brought to my attention this past weekend that on a certain t.v. show, it was mentioned that you should eat  Gouda cheese because there is something in it that can help prevent cancer.  I went online to check it out and it's vit. K2.  You can get K2 in a vitamin,  my vitamins have K2 in them. K2 is also made from the bacteria living in our own digestive track.  Of course our soil has been depleted of so many vitamins and minerals that we do need to supplement a bit even if we are eating whole foods. Going back to the Gouda thing, it is dairy and dairy consumption is linked to a variety of health problems and cancer.  Last I heard eating lots of vegetables, fruit and exercise helps to prevent cancer.  

Then you have the mercury and DHA issue.  Last year on that same show they were saying how mercury is poisonous to the body and  no mercury is good for you.  At the same time they are telling you to consume fish(most fish/shellfish contain mercury) for the DHA. Do I really  have to consume mercury to get  DHA? Personally I think consuming mercury to get DHA would defeat the purpose.  I'll get my DHA elsewhere, from algae like the fish do.  Why don't they tell people about getting DHA that way?  

Then there are those people that take what they hear from the t.v. or radio and apply it to their lives before reading and doing research on their own to back up what they hear.  Always do your research first.

  Spices and herbs are great for you too.  Ginger, tumeric, oregano, etc. are all wonderful for you and when you add these wonderful spices to your food or diet that's great!  I see plenty of people that take the time to add these things but continue to consume foods that have no fiber,  are high in saturated fat and cholesterol..  They are on  medications and continue to have the same health problems because they aren't eliminating bad foods from their diet.  I guess what I'm saying is there is no one food or magic pill to prevent disease.  It's about our complete diet that helps prevent disease.   If people would just eat more of a plant based wholefoods diet they would be building a better, stronger machine to fight against disease.

Food is thy medicine!!!

On that note.
Below is a beautiful pic of a yummy meal we had recently. 

Tofu Picatta with shitake mushrooms, served along with gf pasta and broccolini.  The picatta recipe I always use is from VCON because it's the best!

Enjoy your day!