Thursday, September 18, 2014

Green Seed Vegan

Blessed, much needed rain gracing Houston metro area; 
making it too wet to 'play in the dirt.'
Volunteering at Child Advocates office doing paperwork.
Take-out lunch from
Houston raw & vegan restaurant + elixir bar, 
a local treasure.

My favorite, the delicious delectable Cali nuggets,
seasoned, battered, fried cauliflower nuggets,
with the Tosh Panini on the side,
tempeh, spinach, mushrooms, sweet potatoes between fresh baked bread.
Compassionate eating tasting really good!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wonderful Watermelon

Love Fall season, cooler temps, beautiful foliage colors;
saddened by the end of local, organic watermelons here in southeast Texas.

Picked up this big boy from Gundermanns.
Chopped, refrigerated some, froze the rest.
First up, morning watermelon smoothie in the Vitamix.

 Added kale, parsley, cucumber, ginger root, banana, dates, and couple Tablespoons ground flaxseed.
(Almost forgot to photo finished product!)

Remainder of melon? Thinking frozen watermelon daiquiris for Thursday night football watching...

Satisfaction Salad

Home from September road trip,
Yoga retreat weekend,
followed by relaxing Panama City Beach getaway with 
Sensational, Likeable, Unique, Talented,
Stressed-out Ladies Unwinding Together
(also known as S.L.U.T.s).

Sensational Satisfying "Hugh-jazz" Salad
(Say it quickly, please)

Red leaf and romaine lettuces, celery, carrots, beets, mushrooms, red bell pepper, crumbled tempeh sausage (thanks, orange slices, homemade walnut Parmesan, dressed with mashed avocado, fresh squeezed orange juice & nutritional yeast.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Road Wraps; traveling vegan

Spinach wraps for the 10 hour road trip.

Wrap #1: Toufayan Bakeries savory spinach wrap, spread with spinach artichoke hummus, homemade walnut Parmesan (walnuts, miso & nutritional yeast pulverized in food processor or blender), red leaf lettuce, Daiya cheddar, topped with Tofurky slices.

All rolled up & ready to eat!

Wrap #2: Savory spinach wrap spread with hummus, homemade Parmesan, Tofurky smoked tempeh bacon, leftover tofu scramble (tofu, garlic, green onions, sundried tomatoes, carrots, parsley, nutritional yeast, turmeric, curry powder, sautéd in veggie broth) topped with Daiya cheddar.

Yes, both were quite filling and very good!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Vegan Made EZ - Sambar and green rice

Another lovely day in Panama City Beach!

Morning by the pool.

Beach time before the rains came.

Bought the sambar before leaving Texas. Rice was part of a giveaway at The Seed vegan event in NYC last month.

So good together; making traveling Vegan tasty and easy!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Raw & Juicy Vegan Seaside, FL

Returning from Ft. Walton Beach to our home away from home for the week, Panama City Beach, we happened upon Vegan/ vegetarian food truck, Raw and Juicy, in Seaside. 

Had the spring rolls, with peanut sauce. Excellent!

Located at the corner of County Highway 30A and Central Square in Seaside, Florida, you can't miss the charming airstream café.

The café serves fresh organic salads, cold-pressed organic juices, protein shakes, fresh prepared foods, and healthy snacks prepared fresh daily at The Kitchen. Open 8am to 8pm everyday.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Baked Falafel Pops

Happy Labor Day, and Day 1 of Vegan MoFo 2014.

Year of transitions, one of my best friends lost her 8 1/2 battle with metastatic breast cancer New Year's Day; rest in peace, CynthiaF. Her just turned 13- wanting to be 30 - year old daughter is moving to Cali with Grandma, so busy helping with that, & packing up her house to put on the market.
And packing for weekend Yoga retreat in Florida.
Which means first few weeks will be quick food that travels well. Here we go...

September - return of MoFo and football. Yes!

From Dynise Balcavage's Celebrate Vegan* (Lyons Press, ©2011),

I made the Baked Falafel, in the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker.
Why? Because it's convenient, and does not heat up the house like turning on the oven.
Original plan was to grill these on the patio; however, we were Blessed with much needed rain today. (Thank you, thank you, thank you!)
Cake Pop maker to the rescue. The auto-timer green light is geared toward baked pastries, so I had to play around a bit to make sure they were done. Baked in 8-10 minutes, since the beauty of the machine is it cooks both sides simultaneously.

Baked Falafel on bed of red leaf lettuce, with tomato basil sauce.