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Vegan “Chicken-noodle-soup” Rice

31 Dec

Yesterday I made some rice that turned out pretty well. I’m trying to find rice recipes that I like that don’t use loads of sugar. (And I’m not a huge fan of the taste of soy sauce). Using a vegan bouillon cube made the mixture taste so much like chicken noodle soup.

Vegan “chicken noodle soup” rice

1/2 vegan bouillon cube
1 cup chopped carrots (I used frozen)
1 cup chopped broccoli (or peas or whatever you have on hand)
1/2 chopped white onion
1 cup (2 cups prepared) rice
Water
2 tablespoons soy sauce (to taste)

Prepare the rice.
Cook carrots and broccoli in large pot on stove. When draining, leave 1/2 cup water in the pot.
Add chopped onions and cook on medium-low heat. Break up the bouillon cube and dissolve it in the pot with the vegetables.
Once onions are cooked, add 1 tbsp of the soy sauce and fold in the prepared rice until the liquid is absorbed and mixed evenly. Add more soy sauce to taste.
Serve hot.

I ate mine with a little bit of earth balance butter on top.

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Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte

16 Sep

It’s autumn again! Time for bright leaves, scarves, and pumpkin spice.

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I looked online and found an article that said even with soy milk and no whipped cream, the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte is not vegan (it includes condensed milk). I emailed Starbucks and asked if this was still true for the 2012 PSL. It took them three days to email me back, to say that they couldn’t give me the information I asked for. I was frustrated; even if they didn’t want to share their super-secret ingredients, Starbucks could have simply said, no it’s not vegan don’t eat it. Also, isn’t milk an allergen? Isn’t it illegal to not share that information? Frustrating. I’m usually an avid Starbucks fan and I’m usually impressed by the quality of their service, not so much this time.
So I’m assuming that the legendary PSL that I lived on during the last few seasons is not vegan, even when ordered with soy, no whip.
I continued researching and found a vegan PSL that I could make at home for significantly less money. I made a blenderful, it was good. Very good. Somehow frothy and spicy and satisfyingly autumn-y. The next morning I went downstairs to warm up the second half of the batch, to discover that my non-vegan roommate drank the rest. He didn’t even bother to heat it up, he said it was great cold. That day he asked for another blenderful.
So even if you’re not vegan, you’ll enjoy this recipe. It has actual pumpkin and real ingredients in it, not a flavored syrup. You can use whatever type of milk and sweetener you have on hand. The mixture keeps well in the fridge for a few days, although you’ll probably drink it all before that.

Ingredients:
*This recipe only makes about two large mug-fulls. Double or triple as necessary.*
– 1 cup strong brewed coffee. (I have an espresso machine so I’ve been using two shots of espresso instead.)
-1/4 cup canned pumpkin purée (I used Libby’s, one can is good for a few batches.)
-1 cup milk of choice. I used unsweetened almond milk.
-4 tbsp vegan (or not) sweetener of choice. I used a mixture of light brown sugar and white sugar. (I love the brown sugar in this! I think honey would work well too, any sweetener will do. Adjust the amount of sweetener to what you like, I have a pretty strong sweet tooth.)
-1 tsp pumpkin pie spice. (If you don’t have this, I used extra cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. I liked the extra ginger a lot but it depends on how spicy you like it.)
-1-2 tsp cinnamon (to taste)
-2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:
Toss it all in a blender and blend for about 30-40 seconds. Taste. Add spices, sweetener, more milk, or more pumpkin according to taste. Get it how you like it. Pour yourself a mug, pop it in the microwave for a minute to get your PSL nice and hot.
Enjoy.

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Research
The article about how the Starbucks PSL is not vegan: It’s Not Vegan
The original vegan PSL recipe I worked from (check out this blog, the recipes are great!): Blog Recipe

Trying to Find Staple Foods

31 Aug

We finally got to try one of Amy’s frozen vegan meals, a burrito. I liked it but the other said it was “alright.” I think the meals are a pretty good vegan option for someone with very little time. (Although many of Amy’s meals are not vegan, they’re organic and offer a lot of gluten free options as well. The packages are clearly marked which I definitely appreciate. I learned about the brand via my sister who has celiac.) Amy’s also has a vegan/gluten free macaroni and cheese option made with rice noodles and soy cheese that I want to try.

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We’ve been eating lots of rice, I finally bought more brown rice and a few bags of frozen vegetables. We need to stock up on the mixed frozen vegetables; now that veggies are a primary food source, I use a whole bag in a meal for two. There are two vegan sauces that I bought to try from Thai Kitchen, I like the pineapple chili one better but both are great. The soy sauce I already had in my fridge is vegan, but several others I had included bonito flakes or some other fishy ingredient.

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The other night I had a meal where I was actually stuffed on legit vegan food (versus getting stuffed on a bag of chips that happen to be vegan >.<). I had a bowl of organic veggie soup, a salad, and a baked potato. On my baked potatoes I've been replacing butter with a splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and using a mixed "steak rub" spice. Baked potatoes have helped my cravings for rich and wholesome and not salad. I would like to make a big batch of vegetable soup that I can freeze and use for awhile, but this meal's was from a can.

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Cheat Meal and Inspirations

29 Aug

When we began eating vegan, we decided to have a cheat meal once a week, like Jenna Marbles. (The video where Jenna explains her diet/exercise: Click Here).
For this week’s cheat meal we ordered a barbecue chicken pizza and breadsticks. It was delicious. But the whole time I was eating, I felt SO guilty about what I was putting into my body. And my digestive system definitely didn’t thank me for the meal.
After speaking with the other vegan, who apparently felt wicked and guilty for eating pizza as well, I think our cheat meal will be healthier next time. Like some crab or an egg omelet. Yum.

I keep getting these cravings for things I’ve never craved before; like I’m pretty sure I could inhale an entire pot of mac n cheese right now. It’s probably because I know I can’t have these foods. Re-reading sections of the Skinny Bitch book has helped. The authors remind me why what I’m craving is actually nasty and undesirable. Thank goodness there’s a vegan book out there that’s so fun and easy to read. Skinny Bitch has some great recommendations, especially for new vegans.

First Meat Substitute

27 Aug

Yesterday we tried our first meat alternative, boca burgers. They were good but definitely not meat. The texture made me curious about recipes that would use crumbled boca burger.

I also bought soy cheese for the occasion! The cheese was great!! Too good to be true. I made the mistake of not checking the label before I bought it. Apparently the only soy cheese my grocery store sells still contains casein, which is made from milk. 😦 I’ll have to go to the market district to buy a truly vegan cheese. I might email my grocery branch and let them know they aren’t carrying any.

Look at that melted, glorious cheese:

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Dinner is Whatever We Find in the Pantry

24 Aug

For dinner today we all stood around the pantry, pulling boxes and cans and arguing about what would taste good.
I ended up cooking a spicy kind of Mexican rice.
I sautéed onions and jalapeños. Then added a can of diced tomatoes and peppers, some shredded carrots, and garlic powder. I cooked that mixture down some and then added some drained black beans. Once the beans were heated, I folded in cooked brown rice and added some cayenne pepper sauce.
The result was good, I’ll definitely make something similar again. I was glad I added in the extra jalapeños, it gave the rice a nice taste.
We definitely need to go grocery shopping ASAP.

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Blender

24 Aug

“Oh god it’s so bad.”
For breakfast I made a peanut butter and jelly protein smoothie with frozen mixed berries, peanut butter, flaxseed, and ice.
I think it turned out ok but the boyfriend hated it. I don’t think he’s a peanut butter fan.
Almond milk would’ve been better than water but we didn’t have any.
I really don’t like using the blender and I’m not a huge smoothie fan, so I’m not going to go chasing after smoothie recipes. It seems like there are so many vegan smoothie suggestions out there that you can’t avoid them while looking for recipes.

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Energy Drank

23 Aug

According to peta’s website, monster energy drink is vegan. I’m shocked and upset and happy about this. Monster is not good for your body. It smells like chemicals. It’s not exactly natural. But this summer monster has been almost a daily indulgence of mine and I’m glad that I don’t have to give it up right away.
I’m trying to cut down on my caffeine, maybe just switch to tea. So I won’t have monster as frequently. I went three days without any caffeine at all before buying today’s monster so I’ve been better about it.
I’m going to miss coffee creamer this autumn.

Sorry about the super frequent updates, but I’m learning a lot with almost every new meal. My posts will slow down soon enough 😉

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Pancakes

23 Aug

This morning we were out of cereal so I made vegan-ish (still used white
sugar) pancakes with some mixed berries we had in the freezer.
I got the vegan pancake recipe from AllRecipes: Vegan Pancake Recipe

The center of these pancakes didn’t cook as easily as I’m used to. I think next time I’ll try to use the dry ingredients from my old non-vegan recipe and use the liquids from this new one.
Sorry I didn’t take pictures, they were gone pretty quickly.

Learning Vegan

23 Aug

Time to dust off the old blog, I have new food adventures 🙂

I’m transitioning into eating more healthy, vegan based foods. Basically trying to be vegan as much as possible, but seeing where it takes me and trying to be healthier with my food choices in general. Apparently Oreos are vegan(?!?); it doesn’t make them healthy.

Today I ate fruit, salad, rice, tortilla chips, and a baked potato. And then more rice.
On the potato, instead of butter I used some almond milk and spices. It wasn’t bad.
We ran out of salad stuff today. I’m interested to see what I end up eating since I have a limited budget.

I have been a bit hungry today. I need to find some vegan bread asap!