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Vegan MoFo: Day Twenty-Three

 

Vegan Month of Food: Day Twenty-Three

It’s a bright and early post for us here today because we’re getting up to go see Harry Potter! I’m not sure if I will have time to detail dinner plans for this evening as we have a BIG grocery shop* planned for Thanksgiving. We weren’t going to do anything special, but there are a few people we know who don’t have any family around so we figured we’d cook and if people want to celebrate, the more the merrier.

I am currently looking for a cobbler dish of some kind to make for dessert while doing the standard fare [veganized of course] for mains. Mashed potatoes and gravy, yams and marshmallows, green bean casserole perhaps. We’re still working out the details.

Anyhow, the very least I will blog about is a short review of whatever vegan goody we decide to take with us to the theater. It may not be until pretty late, but better that then never I’ve been told!

*It looks like we’re forgoing any kind of budget as we’ll be funding Thanksgiving ourselves

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Wow. Harry Potter was AMAZING. Very much worth our money to go see it in the theaters. And the treat we took with us was a bag of Uncle Eddie’s Vegan Peanut Butter and Chocolate-Chip Cookies! So delicious!

The cookies themselves seem to crumble a bit more than other commercial brands, but it’s a real cookie. They aren’t loaded with preservatives. Instead, they’re chock full of organic and non-gmo ingredients that are simple to understand [and pronounce]. There wasn’t much of a chew to the cookies; there was more of a melt-in-your-mouth kind of texture. And they weren’t unnecessarily sweet like some baked goodies can be. All in all, I like Uncle Eddie’s and will be more apt to picking up a bag in the future.

We also tried something else new to us today: vegan jerky. Literate Zombie was sneaky and grabbed a package for $1.39 when I left the line to grab a coconut juice. When I was looking at the receipt in the parking lot, all I saw was TX BBQ JERKY and was instantly confused. Then, my dear husband whipped out the package and we tried some.

OH. MY. GOODNESS. It hasn’t been too long that I don’t remember what jerky tastes like. This stuff [made by Primal] not only flaked like it’s meat counterpart but tasted like it too! The fact that it doesn’t dissipate in your mouth and it holds up to chewing is really amazing. If I ever get a hankering for jerky, I know it can be satisfied with this stuff. It doesn’t happen often so it will be a nice treat every now and then.

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Much Love,

Fruit Killer

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Vegan MoFo: Day Ten

 

Vegan Month of Food: Day Ten

Today marks a milestone for the Literate Zombie and myself, Fruit Killer. We were married three years ago. Ironically, the traditional gift for the big 3 is leather. But thanks to modern devices, the now suggested gift is crystal, glass or pearls.

I prefer delicious food. And tonight we’ll be making Green Bean Casserole! The Literate Zombie will also be in the kitchen stirring up some homemade marinara, which we will be documenting. So until later, I must leave you all to enjoy our anniversary.

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Hello again, MoFoes! After spending an hour in the kitchen, chopping and dicing our way through vegetables and stirring and seasoning up a storm we were rewarded with a beautiful veganized version of a green bean casserole.

Crispy and Creamy: Just like it should be

I made the casserole while the Literate Zombie got to work on the homemade marinara sauce we’re using in two dinners this week. The recipe I used is from FatFree Vegan Kitchen. It is everything I hoped it would be. With this now in my arsenal, I feel prepared to face any potluck invitation thrown at us.

Using fresh green beans and cooking them from scratch made this extra special. After boiling, I poured the beans into a colander. A fragrance hit me that was so strong it brought back memories from my summers in Georgia with my Papa, ‘roughin’ it’ as he liked to call it. We used to go out to farms and pick our vegetables fresh in that steamy hot kind of sun only Valdosta could put out.

Making this tonight brought back lots of snippets from my childhood. Very rare and sweet snippets that has given me a sense of home here in California. For the first time in a long time, I feel like we have a home and not just a stepping stone to the next city.

This is what home tastes like

A few notes about the recipe:

  1. I finely minced the mushrooms instead of just chopping into pieces. In the picture of casserole on the original blog post you can distinctly see a piece of mushroom. I wanted the sauce to be smoother than what was pictured so I cut smaller tinier pieces than called for. It’s a matter of taste really. If you want chunkier, follow the original recipe.
  2. The recipe called for soy creamer…and I see why. I thought I could get away with using regular unsweetened and unflavored mylk but I will be using the creamer in future casserole endeavors. The sauce was thick but not as thick as I would have liked it.
  3. I omitted the cooking sherry. And not because I didn’t have any, because I did. I just tasted it right after the sauce had been bubbling and sending “Taste Me” waves undulating up from the cast iron skillet and it was…perfect. So I opted out and I don’t regret the decision.
  4. I ended up using a 6 oz. can of the French Fried Onions in addition to the bread. Using only 3 oz and the crumbled bread mix wasn’t going to cut it. So you may or you may not want to get more just in case.
  5. The Literate Zombie thought it could have been “sloshier” i.e. leftover sauce.

Truly the best thing I've made in awhile...

Because we were both running around the kitchen making different dishes, I didn’t catch a shot of the marinara. But it will be in the spaghetti and the pizza “casserole-deep-dish” thing we’re still planning on doing this week.

Much Love,

Fruit Killer

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Review: Tempt Chocolate Hemp Milk

In the past, my biggest complaint about non-dairy chocolate beverages was how watery they all seemed to be. With Tempt’s attempt, this wasn’t the case. The milk from hemp seeds made it rich and creamy. But I felt like Tempt was trying desperately to convince me that this was a delicious chocolately drink that I just can’t live without. It felt like they added way too much chocolate.

Chaz liked it though. He said it was like the vegan Yoohoo of the non-dairy chocolate drink world.

I still personally like Pacific Food’s version better. So, I must pass on this one Tempt, but I’m still going to try your other products.


Review: Pacific Natural Foods Hazelnut Chocolate Vegan Beverage

I’m skeptical of replacement chocolate milks. I haven’t had much luck in finding a vegan version of one of the things I had a hard time breaking away from. Either it was the consistency, taste or both that always seemed to turn me off.

Alas, today things have changed for me in the “Hunt For The Greatest Vegan Chocolate Milk!” as I have so lovingly dubbed it.

When I saw this in our cart at the store, I admittedly rolled my eyes a bit at Chaz. I caught myself being closed minded about trying something new without even buying it first! Needless to say now, I’m so glad I tried it.

To try and make up for being so obviously turned off by trying another choco milk replacement, I decided to treat it with some respect and give it an honest go. I used a real glass instead of some lackluster plastic molded container. I devoted all of my attention to really tasting the flavor, trying to notice subtleties in texture and then promptly comparing those results to my memory of cow chocolate milk. I sat down at the kitchen table, felt the weight of the glass in my hand and sipped at it at first.

It wasn’t watery! That was the first pleasant surprise. The second was that it had an authentic chocolate taste to it. Imagine that! The only negative [and that’s really for lack of a better term] was that you really have to shake it up well. It looked a little weird to me in the glass the first time I drank it but I’m convinced now that it was due to the lack of shaking. All in all, I’m sold! Score another for being vegan!

 

Hazelnut Chocolate Vegan Beverage from Pacific Foods

This may sound silly to some people, but the difference between shoveling food in your mouth and drowning it all in whatever you happen to be drinking and actually paying attention to what you’re nourishing [or not nourishing] your body with is phenomenal. I think we’ve all become so inundated with personal, friend and family drama, the latest technology, gadget, etc. we’ve lost sight of the simplest things.

When’s the last time you really enjoyed something simple like a cup of your favorite drink, whatever it may be, in a real glass, sitting at a table and doing nothing else?


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