Thursday, February 25

Tofu Mom Again ♥

Remember the mid-late 90's
when Pampered chef recipes
were all the rage?
I am sure they still are,
I just never hear about them anymore
very much.

I am sure this is adapted from that.
I had never made a taco ring when they
were "in." But this vegan one
sure hit the spot!
It is good!!!!

And remember for all you meat eaters
all these recipes can be adapted.
Just use meat instead.
But expand your horizons and try
these "faux" meats.
They are really good.

Tofu Mom's

Vegan Taco Ring

Click the above link for recipe
and how-to pictures.

It was so easy & fun to make. :-)

Wednesday, February 24

Tofu Mom

I came across a blog via twitter searching "vegan" and this woman aka Tofu Mom is actually a Wash-a-tonian neighbor who can make and do anything out of tofu! She fries it, bakes it, batters it, smothers it, etc... She can make anything! I can't wait to try her chicken fried style seitan!

But one recipe really caught my eye,
and with Amber coming home for the night,
I knew I wanted to make this for her and for us.

Tofu and Broccoli Stir Fry
w/ Peanut Sauce
served over rice.

Amber said, "Better than a restaurant."
Ted said, "Make this again!"
Chris said, "Normally I don't like the
peanut sauce at Thai restaurants
but I love this one."
And I didn't say anything because
I was to busy stuffing my face. :-)

First you squeeze out the water in the tofu.
Dice in cubes, coat w/ cornstarch
and fry in peanut oil.
Adding broccoli and the peanut sauce
and serving it over rice.
It was delicious!
Click above on the name for the recipe.

We all loved it even fussy Chris
who doesn't like anything
not involved w/ meat some how.

Saturday, February 20

Nice weather.

Well, Hi Nina'
Are you outside sunning yourself?

We have had the nicest winter weather.
Sun shining, high 50', low 60's.
It's wonderful.
It's staying lighter later
which is really nice.
I am so looking forward to spring. :-)

Best Dip Ever :-)

This is Alicia Silverstones
Ooey Gooey Guacamole Bean dip recipe.
The first time I made it (for Super bowl)
I heated it in the oven as directed.
But the next time, I left it cold.
It is soooo good!

Layer in this order:

1 can of refried beans
3 avocados, mashed
& mixed w/ 3 Tbs. fresh lime juice
1 container "sour cream" (about 1 & 1/2 cups)
mixed w/ 1 pkg. taco seasoning
1 can diced green chilies, drained
1 small can sliced black olives, drained
3 tomatoes, chopped

Heat in oven for 20 min at 350 degrees
Enjoy w/ tortilla chips

Now... where I said refried beans, it is vegetarian beans, where I said sour cream, its tofutti dairy free sour cream and where I said cheese its FAKE non dairy CHEESE!!!
It taste like the real thing I am so not kidding you!
Chris, whom lives with us will
not touch anything vegan. He throws a fit.
But he loves taco dips.
So I asked him to try it
and now hes addicted!!!
He just cant believe he's not
eating sour cream and cheese.
& what is so cool about it...
no bad fats & cholesterol! Its all good for you! :-)


My daughter gave me a tray of these
for Valentine's day that she made.
How sweet is that? :-)

Mustard Tators

(I cant remember where I got
this recipe. So if its yours, holler
so you get the credit.) :-)

This is soooo good! I have made this twice in the last few days. My husband was pigging out on the second batch saying how good it was, and this from a man who wont eat any kind of pasta or potato salad. And with it being mustard... no worries on a hot summer day.

Mustard Tators

Couple of pounds of Cooked new potatoes
or just slice in thirds small potatoes

(I don't measure actually)
2 Tbs dijon or any spicy mustard
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp. vinegar (white or apple cider)
salt, pepper to taste
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. crushed red peppers
1/4 cup fresh parsley or a few teaspoons of dry

Combine & Toss
Serve warm, cold or room temp
It all taste good! :-)

Friday, February 12

♥ Be YOUR Valentine ♥

On all the different blogs I have had, all deleted now :-O
Every year I have written the same thing around Valentine's Day.
So for those of you have heard this before...
well to bad. Listen to it again. HAHA

I get so sad
when I hear people say
And they say it usually because
they don't have a romantic
someone to spend it with.

That's what makes me sad.
What about yourself?!?!?!
You should be your valentine!

Don't buy into all the romance
movies, books & stories out there.
It's not just about champagne, chocolates & roses.
Or heaven forbid diamonds.
It drives me crazy that
people think to enjoy something
or make someone feel special
they need to go broke doing it.
And if thats what "they" are expecting
then honey move on!

I love Valentine's Day.
Love it.
I love the red, the pink, the hearts
the whole idea of it.
Its a sweet, wonderful holiday.

Be nice to yourself, to others,
give loads of compliments,
hold the door open for someone.
Say please & thank you.

Have a bubble bath.
Watch a favorite movie.
Get a manicure.
Whatever makes YOU happy.
Spoil yourself for the day.

Just be happy!

There is however a little guy
very important to all of us
that should be treated extra special
this Valentine's day.

That little guy is our heart.
Have a heart healthy day.
Go for a walk.

Heart disease is the #1 killer
in women. It far surpasses cancer.

If you smoke - QUIT!
If you love deep fried foods -
cut down on it.
Add POM juice to your diet
(It cleans out your arteries.)
Take a baby aspirin every day.
Get a physical.
But mostly walk.
Walk, Walk, Walk!

♥ Happy Valentine's Day ♥

Thursday, February 11


Excuse the blurry/dark picture, I cared more about eating it than taking a picture. So it was quick w/ my iPhone for my project 365 app. If you have an iPhone and like to have journals, you should download the app. (Just search project 365 in applications, its free!) Its a visual every day photo journal. I thought it would be fun to look back after a year of all the pictures I took every day.

I told Ted I thought it was Gourme-li-cous!
He said, "That's not a word."
Well maybe not but it sure describes this dish.

Its so easy but makes you think fancy
because it smells fancy & looks fancy & taste fancy
I would have never thought to make something
like this. I had never made any kind of a pasta pesto before.
If I had maybe I wouldn't have been
so impressed. I'm pretty simple. HAHA

This is a Sarah Kramer recipe,
whom is in Hawaii right now
posting gorgeous sunny pictures on facebook
from her hotel room and from the beach.

Roasted Red Pepper Pesto and Pasta

Roasted red peppers come in a jar and are usually
in the pickle section of your local supermarket.

Dry pasta (enough for 2 people)
3/4 cup roasted red peppers, drained
1/3 cup walnuts
1/2 cup fresh basil, tightly packed
1/4 cup fresh parsley, tightly packed
1 garlic clove
1/4 cup olive oil

In a large pot of salted water, boil the pasta.
Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender,
blend together the red peppers, walnuts, basil,
parsley, and garlic. Slowly add the olive oil,
while processing, until well mixed. Set aside.
Drain and return the noodles to the pot.
Add the pesto and toss together well.
Serve immediately.
Makes 2 large or 4 small servings

Wednesday, February 10

I kid you not!

I was reading this blog the other day
of this cute girls well I guess she is a young
woman and not a girl that moved to Korea
and does not have an oven.
She is a vegetarian/vegan and is just the
cutest little thing sharing her experiences.
She stopped blogging in July 2009
so I hope she is okay.

she shared a recipe of
Walnut Taco Filling.
I looked at the picture and was like,
NO WAY! Nooooooooo way!
I have been gabbing on & on about it
to Ted ever since. Well walnuts make his
mouth itch and he was like, NO WAY!

Well Yes Way Ted.
I made it today.
O. M. G!
It is soooooooo good!
It taste like meat! I kid you not!
Me, Ted and the Kauffman
literally oinked our way through the
kitchen making and enjoying tacos
from these walnuts. And Teds
mouth didn't itch once.
Ted asked me to make it again! WOW!

The Kauffman said he was taking baby steps
so he didn't try the tofutti sour cream
nor the vegan cheese, which is whats on
my taco in the above picture.

I doubled the recipe:

Walnut Taco Filling

3 cups ground walnuts
(I pulsed in my food processor until
I thought it looked like ground meat.)
3 tsp. cumin
1 - 1/2 tsp. coriander
4 Tbs. soy sauce
pinch of cayenne

Mix all together and set aside
to let the flavors absorb.

Tuesday, February 9

TrYiNg NeW tHiNgS

"Recipe found on twitter."
To be honest all I saw were the words chocolate,
banana and peanut butter!
But after a quick scan realized I had
all the ingredients in my kitchen.

My stomach was growling, its lunch time
so I headed for the kitchen.
Mid way through adding the ingredients
I realized What? Whoa? What?
Is there an ingredient left out?
It calls for cocoa, I assumed unsweetened.
But no mention of adding any sugar.
I remember as a kid sneaking into the
Hersheys can of baking cocoa my mom
had in the cupboard thinking she was holding out on me
and instead of getting a mouthful of goodness
ending up spitting up into the sink
wondering what went wrong.

Anyway.... the smoothie turned out really good.
But next time I will freeze the banana
so its icy & cold in texture. :-)

Try it. Its fun/interesting to try new things.

Peanut Butter Cocoa Banana Smoothie


1 banana (frozen or room temp.)
vanilla soy milk (as desired)
2 tablespoons flax meal
2. 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons peanut butter


Choose the size of glass. Cut up banana, and place in glass. Pour soymilk over banana, into the glass, to the level preferred glass. Pour soymilk, and banana into blender.

Measure in flax meal, cocoa powder, and desired amount of peanut butter. Blend for approximately. 20 seconds. on various speeds. I start with the Blend setting, and then transfer to Whip, and last do the Frappe. The idea is to have the liquid look frothy. I look for bubbles on the top. Pour into the original glass, and enjoy!

Serves: 1

★★★ 2/25/10 Update ★★★
I now add 5 ice cubes before blending.
I have had this every day since first blogging it.
I'm addicted and gets me going.
I feel amazing w/ the flax seeds & peanut butter.
Keeps me full until dinner.

Sunday, February 7

Peanut Butter Crispy Treats

I cannot even begin to tell you how
good this is!!! Yum!
I plan on making this over & over & over again.

I have never been a fan of Rice Krispy treats.
Now Ted on the other hand loves them.
Maybe if I had them as a kid I would
have liked them (my mom was a health food nut.)
I just think they taste terrible. So when I saw this recipe
made w/ peanut butter, I knew I wanted
to make them for the Superbowl game.
And WOW they are good! ~ Ted and I both love 'em!

This is actually VEGAN,
no marshmallows are in this.
Its an Alicia Silverstone recipe.
I don't have her cookbook
(so this isn't word for word exact)
I bought it for Amber for Christmas.
She relayed the recipe over the phone for me.

Peanut Butter Crispy Treats

1 (10oz) box brown rice crisp cereal
1 & 3/4 cups brown rice syrup (1 lb. 5oz jar)
dash salt
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Pour cereal in a large bowl, set aside.

In a medium saucepan over low heat
warm the rice syrup so its more
translucent. Mix in peanut butter.
Once well mixed, pour over cereal & stir well.

Let cool before adding chocolate chips
otherwise the chocolate chips will melt.

Once you have mixed in the chocolate chips
press into a 9x13" pan.
Once set, eat! :-)
(I bet you can't wait. LOL)
I made mine the night before.