Monday, February 24, 2014

On My Hearth: Global Bean Stew

We returned to South FL yesterday, both of us feeling a little under the weather. Nothing serious, just a scratchy throat and tired. I made a quick grocery store run, decided to make a healthy veggie-full meal to knock those nasty cold germs out of our systems! This Global Bean Soup from Dr. McDougall was perfect, especially since I had almost all of the ingredients on hand.



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Global Bean Stew (McDougall)

  •   3 cups  vegetable broth
  •   1 medium  onion -- chopped
  •   2 stalks  celery -- chopped
  •   2 medium  carrots -- chopped
  •   1 medium  green bell pepper -- chopped
  •   1 medium  red bell pepper -- chopped
  •   3 cloves  garlic -- minced
  •   2 cups  baby potatoes -- chunked
  •   30 ounces  canned cannelini beans -- drained and rinsed
  •   8 ounces  tomato sauce
  •   1 1/2 cups  prepared hummus
  •   1 1/2 tablespoons  dried parsley
  •   1 1/2 tablespoons  soy sauce
  •   1 teaspoon  basil
  •   1/2 teaspoon  oregano
  •   1/2 teaspoon  paprika
  •   1/4  teaspoon  crushed red pepper
  •   1/2  cup  quinoa -- cooked
  •   1 1/2 cups  fresh spinach -- thinly sliced
  1. Place ½ cup of the broth in a large pot. Add onion, celery, carrot, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
  2. Add remaining broth, potatoes, and beans. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and cook for 30 minutes.
  3. Add tomato sauce, hummus, and seasonings. Cook an additional 10 minutes.
  4. Add cooked quinoa, mix well, and cook for 5 minutes.Sir in spinach and cook an additional 2 minutes.
NOTES : This may be made with other cooked grains, such as bulgur, kasha, millet, rice, or even whole wheat couscous (which is not a grain, but a pasta).
Most natural food stores sell prepared low-fat hummus or you can easily make your own by pureeing cooked garbanzo beans with a small amount of broth, garlic, and salt.
This may also be made with garbanzo beans instead of the white beans.
If you can’t find baby potatoes, use larger red potatoes and chop them into bite-sized chunks.
If you want to use chard or kale instead of the spinach, it will need to cook about 5 additional minutes.
Serve this plain in a bowl, over rice, or scooped up with baked tortilla chips.
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Makes 6 Generous Servings; Per Serving: 366 Calories; 8g Fat (19.5% calories from fat); 15g Protein; 61g Carbohydrate; 14g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 1552mg Sodium.

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This recipe was so good! Hearty and filling and full of healthy ingredients, I can feel those cold germs leaving already!

No menu planning this week, either. Since we hope to be moving (!!!) very soon, I'll be using up as much freezer and pantry items as possible, stay tuned for some of those "mystery ingredient" recipes/posts.

 Hope your week is off to a good start, have a great day!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

On My Hearth: Birthday Cake!

I think I've mentioned before, I have not quite perfected the art of vegan baking, especially not cakes. Hard as I try, the end result isn't as light & fluffy as the traditional version. However, I think that I've done it, thanks to a little help from Chef Chloe! Using her recipe for Halloween Layer Cake, I created a version that was perfect for the birthday girl! I followed the recipe exactly, but didn't bother to color the frosting, and I did frost the whole cake, not just the sides. I left out the icing and just topped the ganache with rows of raspberries. The end result was a huge hit! Not quite as perfect & fancy as Chloe's, but I did my best.

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Of course, the day wasn't all about cake! We also had cocktails at Lulu's..


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and then a delicious dinner at Thai Erawan. Lindsey loved the "Amazing Tofu."

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Alas, all good things must come to an end, and early this morning she and Taylor packed up and headed to Disney World for the rest of her birthday celebration.

As for me, I'll be finding some fun things to do in Ormond Beach today.

Have a good one,



Thursday, February 20, 2014

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to the most beautiful, wonderful, amazing daughter a mom could hope for!


 



 I love you, Lindsey! Have a wonderful day!

Mom~

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bittersweet


Winter in Florida
The month of February is bittersweet for me and my family. On one hand, beautiful, wonderful things have happened: Lindsey's birth. 

Mom, Lindsey & Kristyn
Me and Chip reconnecting and then "tying the knot" with our handfasting. 

February 29, 2012 ~ Handfasting on the Beach
On the other hand, it was the month in which we lost my Mom to cancer.  It's been five years since she was taken from us, and some days it still feels as fresh and raw as the first. 

Last Photo of Mom & her Girls
I've found myself at loose ends, without motivation or direction or even energy.  I putter around the house, doing small chores, the most basic tasks to keep myself and my home presentable, but my heart isn't in it.  I feel more than a touch of melancholy, restless yet exhausted at the same time. 

It doesn't help that we are in limbo, either. We're planning a move, have found a new home and awaiting a firm closing date, which is of course wonderful and exciting but also scary and tumultuous.  I've begun to pack up some things, little by little, and in the process sort through my emotions along with my belongings. We have another month here, more or less, expect to be settled in by Ostara, March 20th, another very significant date for me. 

So, what does this all have to do with veganism? Or fitness? Or even, really, travel? Not much.  The only impact, the only connection to the subject matter of this blog is the emotional toll it takes on me, and how I choose to handle these feelings. Do I stuff them down with food, as I have done so often it he past, or do I let them rise to the surface and deal. Of course, the former is the easiest, the most comfortable, what I'm accustomed to, but we all know where that leads. Binge. Guilt. Shame. Repeat.
I'd like to try the other way this time, and so far, at least for the past two weeks, I've succeeded.  Even throughout horrible hormonal cravings and emotional outbursts, I've kept my eating (mostly) under control.  I haven't lost weight, but I haven't gained either.  I'm holding on, staying the course. Maybe because I'm just sitting quietly, not forcing myself to do anything but feel the pain, sadness, hope, and other range of emotions, I'm working through them.  Perhaps instead of just covering them up and forcing myself to get up and do something, I should just continue to be still and see what happens. Do what I'm doing. Reading. Writing. Walking. Cat Cuddling. Dog Petting. Crying, just a little. Laughing. Remembering. Longing. I've realized that some mindsets, perhaps some relationships, need to "die" before I can move on to the next phase of my life. Maybe they don't need to be packed up, they should be left right here, buried along with the sad memories of this house. I'll pack up only the happy, healthy ones. More to ponder..time to do so.

Moving on to practical matters, I haven't planned a menu for this week, am just winging it as I go along.  Last night Chip had frozen pizza and I ate an Amy's meal.  Tonight it's probably going to be tacos.  Simple. Minimal mess. No fuss, allowing more time for packing, processing, feeling..and, hopefully, finding a happier place inside my head. 

Thanks for "listening."

 








Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Week in Review, Plus a New Chilli Recipe for You!

Despite my best intentions and planning, the week did not turn out as planned. Chip's work schedule was super-wacky so I was eating alone several nights, relying on whatever we had in the house. I mostly lived on potato soup, roasted potatoes, veggie burger and salads.

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I ate dinner out a couple of times, too. One particular night I met my friend Susan at a Thai restaurant. I had perused the menu ahead of time, noted that though they had no tofu on the menu (strange!), they did have several vegetable dishes. I had my heart set on the Vegetable Curry until I learned that they put fish sauce in theirs. Darn it! I'm glad I inquired, but I settled for a plain bowl of brown rice & steamed veggies. I poured on a little soy sauce just for flavor. Ugh! Oh, well, next time I"ll know. Not every meal is going to be a winner!

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Then, of course, there was Valentine's Day. I didn't go crazy, but there were a couple glasses of wine and a tiny bowl of vegan ice cream. Saturday we met up with some friends for happy hour where I enjoyed my weekly french fry fix and shared a Bruschetta with Chip. Our friend Rob (in the foreground) works at this restaurant so he personally spoke to the cook to ensure that our appetizer was 100% vegan. So sweet of him!

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Back to "normal" today, made a pot of chili for dinner. This is another McDougall recipe, delicious blending of traditional flavors with some Moroccan spices thrown in. Super-yummy! I didn't include the peanut butter because I didn't want the added fat, but imagine it would've added a nice flavor to the dish.
 
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Chili with Yams 

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I have been using a lot of red lentils lately because they cook quickly and thicken soups and stews very nicely.  I am also very fond of yams and they go together very well in this dish. This is delicious served with fresh, warm corn tortillas or pita bread.

Preparation Time:  20 minutes
Cooking time:  55 minutes
Servings:  6-8

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 ¾ cups water
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 cups peeled and chopped yams
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 2 15 ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed (I used my own pressure-cooked beans)
  • 2 tablespoon peanut butter (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (optional)
  1. Place ¼ cup of the water in a large soup pot.  Add onion, celery and garlic.  Cook, stirring occasionally until softened, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the chili powder, paprika, cumin, cinnamon and crushed pepper.  
  2. Mix well, then add the remaining water, yams, lentils, tomatoes, and beans.  Stir to combine, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook for 50 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the peanut butter, one tablespoon at a time, if using.  Season with lime juice and a bit of sea salt, if desired.
Per Serving (based on 6 servings, including peanut butter): 394 Calories; 4g Fat (8.5% calories from fat); 21g Protein; 73g Carbohydrate; 23g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 535mg Sodium. 
Note: I cooked this in the slow cooker for about 6 hours on High, turned down to warm until ready to serve. 

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today is my favorite holiday. Seriously. Don't listen to my hunny when he says that whichever occasion coming up next is my favorite. Valentine's Day truly is it. It's all about romance & love, and the decorations are my favorite colors.

And you know, this holiday is not just for lovers of the human kind! Some of the best cuddles and kisses I've ever received have come from my furbabies. (shh..don't tell Chip I said that!)
 

 To avoid the holiday rush and to insure that I can have something vegan for tonight's special meal,  we are planning to have dinner at home tonight but I haven't quite finalized my menu yet.  I'm leaning toward making my Lasagna Rolls..


Or maybe keep it simple with some pasta and Chick'n Cutlets..


And for dessert, maybe some Carrot Cupcakes?




I'm still on the fence, what are you all doing for this special day?

Love,



Thursday, February 13, 2014

Cat Fights in Dog Rescue



Ok, I'm gonna have a little mini rant now. So, if you don't want to read it, move along, I won't mind. And, yes, I know the term "cat fight" is derogatory and belittling, that's why I chose it, it applies in this situation.

Here goes: a friend just shared some gossip that's going around about a very active local dog rescue group. Supposedly the owner of this group just bought a BMW and since she doesn't work, this is causing all kinds of alarm.

How can she afford that? What if she's using the organization's money to fund her high fallutin' lifestyle? Do you see that she got a boob job?!  Who's paying for all of that?!

This just infuriates me. Unless it can be proven that this woman is indeed using charitable donations to fund her personal expenses, who cares?! And what business is it of ours if she doesn't work, or why? Maybe she got a nice settlement in her divorce. Maybe a rich relative died and left her an inheritance. Maybe she has a successful online Etsy shop, ebay business, or maybe she's a telemarketer, talented stock broker, or phone sex operator..who gives a damn?  Maybe she has a sugar daddy (or mama) who supports her! It's none of our freakin' business! And, honestly, we should be glad that she doesn't have to work a full time job, leaving her endless hours to devote to her cause. The society pages are filled with wealthy women who dedicate oodles of time to charity, thank god/dess for 'em!

We women have such passion, such deep emotions, it's what makes us special and why there are so many females at the forefront of charitable organizations. We could truly save the world if we banded together and put all of that energy toward good, toward helping & healing. Instead, we often choose to be catty, jealous bitches.

I've seen more hate, ugliness and cruelty on rescue FB pages and websites, language that would make a sailor blush, and all from women.  It's the reason I no longer get personally involved in local animal rescue, why I don't visit these sites and don't offer my assistance. While I do not have extra income to donate, I do have a lot of free time which could be used to help these local groups, yet I won't do it. I don't have the patience or temperament with back-biting & nastiness, I would rather do my own thing, in my own way, without subjecting myself to speculation or scrutiny. Because like the woman under attack, I don't work outside the home either.  And while I don't particularly like BMW's, I wouldn't turn down a Mercedes convertible. My rescue dog would look really cute riding beside me in the front seat.

Off my soapbox. Have a nice day.



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

On My Hearth: Comforting Potato Soup

While it's still warm & sunny here in Florida, I understand that many of my northern neighbors are gearing up for yet another blizzard. I hope everyone is warm & cozy and have plenty of food to last through the storm. I'll be thinking of you while I enjoy some nice comforting potato soup, wish I could share it with you all!

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Potato Soup

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  •   6               cups  vegetable broth, ready-to-serve
  •   1             medium  onion -- chopped
  •   1             cloves  garlic -- minced (1 to 2)
  •   6             medium  russet potatoes -- peeled and chopped
  •   2             medium  carrots -- chopped
  •   2             stalks  celery -- chopped
  •   1             medium  zucchini -- chopped
  •      1/2           cup  fresh parsley -- chopped
  •   1           teaspoon  dried dill weed
  •      1/2      teaspoon  freshly ground pepper
  •   1               dash  salt
  1. Place a small amount of the vegetable broth in a large soup pot.  Add the onion and garlic.  Cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, mix well, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes, until vegetables are tender and potatoes have started to break apart.
  3. Serve with some fresh bread to dunk into the flavorful broth.
Source:
  "the McDougall newsletter."
Start to Finish Time:
  "1:00"
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Makes 6 to 8 Servings; Per Serving (based upon 6 servings): 107 Calories; 1g Fat (10.0% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 23g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 1074mg Sodium.  



VeganGypsy says: I loved this soup! Great flavors, savory and filling, perfect for a winter's night.

OmniHunny says:  Very good! Has a little "kick" from the seasonings.

I am definitely adding this to my tried-and-true recipe file, will be making this one again.

Hope everyone is toasty warm, stay safe!




Monday, February 10, 2014

Monday Menu Planning: Week of February 10th


Since we ate out a couple of times, I didn't get to make all of last week's recipes, so I'm rolling them over to this week, along with a couple of new dishes to try.


Off to do laundry, have a great day!




Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Week in Review

We had a pretty good week here, lots of good, healthy food and a bit of exercise contributed to a 1-pound weight loss. Slowly but surely, I'm making progress.

Here's a couple of foodie photos from the week:

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Diner Dinner: Greek salad (sans cheese) plain baked potato (I brought my own Earth Balance spread)

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Italian White Bean, Kale and Potato Stew

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Everyday Roasted Potatoes, my go-to breakfast


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Weekly french fry indulgence (I shared!)

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Tofu Scramble with Roasted Potatoes


Well, those are the highlights, here's to the start of another great week!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

On My Hearth: Two Spicy Dishes!

Even though it wasn't Taco Tuesday, I decided to make tacos last night. I served him the "traditional" hard shell kind, made with Boca Crumbles, while I decided to do something different.  I made up a batch of the Black Bean & Corn Salad with Lime, rolled some up into a 100-Calorie Smart & Delicious Tortilla, topped with fresh Chipotle & Tomato Salsa. Wowie! This was so much better than a plain ol' taco, I ended up having another one for lunch today.

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Tonight I decided to make Pretty Stuffed Peppers, second time around for this recipe. I gathered up all of my veggies & spices, got the rice cooking, then looked in the fridge for the cooked black beans. Oops. I only had about 7 ounces, about half of what the recipe called for. What to do? Hmm..how about tossing that leftover taco "meat" into the mix? Sure, what not! That's just what I did, and the result was deee-licous!




By the time Chip got home from work, it was too late to take nice photos of the finished product, so I'm gonna cheat and share some from the first time I made this dish. Let's just pretend they look exactly the same, ok? My Ormond house is so much lighter and brighter than the one down here, the photos are always so much nicer anyway. Below is my version of the recipe as I made it last time, feel free to improvise on the filling depending upon what's in your kitchen.

Pretty Stuffed Peppers


Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown rice, cooked by your favorite method
  • 6 medium bell peppers of your choice; I used 2 red, 2 yellow, 2 green
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 15 ounces cooked black beans; if using canned, rinse and drain well
  • 1 cup seeded and chopped fresh tomato*
  • 8 slices Cheddar-style soy or rice cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.  
  2. Cut each bell pepper in half lengthwise.  Remove seeds and ribs.  Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil; add the pepper halves and blanch for about 4 minutes.  Drain and pat dry.
  3. Heat the broth in a skillet over medium heat.  Add the onion and saute for about 3 minutes, then add chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and black pepper.  Saute for 1 minute more.  Add the beans, rice and tomato and saute for 2 minutes.
  4. Stuff bell peppers with mixture, packing them well. Top each bell pepper with a slice of cheese.  Place in an 8 x 8-inch baking dish. 
  5. Bake peppers, uncovered, for about 20 minutes.  Set the oven to broil, broil peppers for 1 to 2 minutes, until the top is browned and cheese is bubbly.
*For added flavor & spice, you can substitute a can of diced tomatoes w/green chiles (such as Ro*tel) for the chopped fresh tomatoes. I found it also added some needed moisture to the mix.

Note: I'm a bit confused by the serving size of the original recipe..there are 6 peppers, which equals 12 halves, but only 8 slices of cheese. ? However, there was so much filling there's no way it could've fit into fewer peppers. I'm leaving it as is but noting the discrepancy here. I myself just used an extra slice of cheese, put 1/2 slices on some of the smaller peppers.

Nutrition Info:

  • Calories:425
  • Fat: 8.5
  • Protein: 21.2
  • Carbohydrate: 69.1
  • Sugar 10.7
  • Fiber 15.6
  • Sodium 787

I think it's time for a nice cup of tea and a book. I haven't been sleeping well, blaming the little bit of stress I've been under, hoping a cup of Sleepytime will do the trick.

Have a great evening,


Monday, February 3, 2014

Monday Menu Planning: Week of February 3rd



Good morning, how's everybody feeling today? I'm sure some of you are still smiling about last night's football game, others are likely crying in their coffee cups.  Me? I was in bed by 9 pm, didn't know (or cared) who won until Chip came to bed and reported the results.

This week's menu features mainly recipes from PCRM's 21-Day Vegan Kickstart, which, as you may recall, I participated in last summer. If you're new to the plant-based way of eating, or simply need a bit more structure in your diet, I highly recommend this program. There are also a few from The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook by Dr. Neal Barnard and Robyn Webb.  (I'm still crushing on Dr. B., by the way) *wink*

So, without further ado, below is the plan for this week. I've provided links to the recipes (when available) but will also be posting them along with pics and reviews.

Have a great day!







Sunday, February 2, 2014

Super Bowl Snack Attack

Let me get this out of the way first thing: I hate football. Always have, always will. Numerous boyfriends and a couple of husbands have tried in vain to change my mind, attempted to "teach me the game" because then you'll "understand why it's so great" blah..blah..blah.  One even took me to the stadium, thinking surely I'd get caught up in the excitement and finally get what all the fuss is about. I ate popcorn and watched people get increasingly drunk and angry. Not my idea of a good time. However, just because I am not a fan doesn't mean I can't appreciate the Big Day in my own way: cooking and feeding. Super Bowl Sunday is a chance for me to whip up something different, a new tasty appetizer, savory snack or sweet dessert.  Even if it's just myself and the hubby, as it looks to be this year, might as well pull out all the stops and get into the spirit of the thing.

From what I understand, no football party is complete without hot wings. I can appreciate that. Before I went vegan, I loved me some chicken wings. Greasy & spicy, the hotter the better for this gal. No longer able to dig my head into the sand and ignore the plight of our feathered friends, I stopped eating all things chicken almost two years ago.  While I'm proud of my decision and will never again eat animals, I admit that I do occasionally miss some of those meaty foods. Wings are at the top of that list.  I realize, though, that what I am really longing for is not the taste of the animal (eww!) but the seasonings, spice and, especially, the experience that it provided.  Sitting around with friends, ordering up a batch of unhealthy-but-oh-so-tasty appetizers and a couple of cold beers, that's what I'm missing.  You know what? I can still do that. No animal should suffer and die for my belly or my taste buds.

Nowadays it is so easy to be vegan.  There are zillions of meat substitutes; from burgers to sausage to hot dogs, someone has come up with a plant-based alternative.  While I don't consume those faux meats on a daily basis, it's nice to know they're available should I want them.  These are also great transitional foods, especially if living with a vegan-in-training. I'm extremely proud of him for the progress he's made, for "allowing" me to keep our kitchen cruelty-free, so if keeping him satisfied means throwing a Tofurkey sausage in the skillet or a Boca burger on the grill now & then, so be it. I'm more than happy to do so.

Today I'll be whipping up some veg-friendly snacks that mimic the animal-based ones being served at  Super Bowl parties across the country. I promise the end result will be just as tasty as the originals, just a little bit lower in fat, calories, and totally without animal suffering. I'm going to cheat a little here, re-posting one of my recipes as well as sharing some from fellow vegan bloggers, I hope you don't mind. If you're like me and haven't quite finalized your party menu, this will give you the opportunity to plan, shop & cook in plenty of time for the Big Game.

First up, my beloved hot wings.  I've shared this recipe before, it's a big hit in my family. 

Oct 8.

Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower "Wings" 

  • 1 cup water or soy milk
  • 1 cup flour (any kind will work, even gluten free!)
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 head of cauliflower, chopped into pieces
  • 1 cup buffalo or hot sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil or melted vegan margarine
  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. Combine the water or soy milk, flour, and garlic powder in a bowl and stir until well combined.
  3. Coat the cauliflower pieces with the flour mixture and place in a shallow baking dish. Bake for 18 minutes.
  4. While the cauliflower is baking, combine your buffalo sauce and olive oil or margarine in a small bowl.
  5. Pour the hot sauce mixture over the baked cauliflower and continue baking for an additional 5 to 8 minutes. 
Oct 8.

Serve alongside vegan blue cheese dressing and celery sticks.




Note: This recipe produces a very spicy sauce, similar to the restaurant "Hot" version. It was too spicy for Chip who normally orders a "Medium" sauce. If you want a less intense flavor, I'd suggest adjusting your hot sauce/oil ratio. Also, next time I'll spray the baking sheet first as there was a bit of sticking, and perhaps bake a little bit longer to achieve a crisper "wing."  



For more football-friendly snacks, how about:

Warm Vegveeta Dip from Plant Powered Kitchen
Beer Soaked Fries from Edible Perspective
Fully Loaded Nachos from Lunchboxbunch
Vegan Brownies from Oh She Glows

Or perhaps you want something a little bit more filling; here's my super-simple chili that's sure to warm you up!



 I hope I've given you some "food for thought" as you plan your game day gathering.  Have a great time, and may the best team win! As for me, I'll be hiding out in my Mom Cave, will peek out to watch the commercials and the half time show.

Enjoy!