Monday, September 15, 2014

Hearty Vegan Slow Cooker Clean Cupboard Soup

 The weather was beautiful this weekend. Almost... dare I say... cold? I had a long day trying to get caught up on class readings and fall cleaning. I cracked all of the windows, put on my favorite fuzzy boots and sweater, and had this soup bubbling away all afternoon.
I call it my "Clean-Cupboard" soup because there isn't a recipe. I just pour all of the ingredients into my slow cooker, turn it to low, and leave it alone. This time I had:
  • ~2 C 15-bean soup mix
  • ~2 C ABC soup mix
  • 3 carrots
  • The center tender stalks of a celery bunch
  • An armful of tomatoes, skinned and seeded
  • A chopped onion
  • Water to cover
I added liquid smoke, salt, pepper, and paprika.

When I get busy my blog is the last thing in my life to maintain. In instances like this I'm glad I do. These tossed-together recipes are what I love most so it's nice to keep track of them.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Vegan Microwave Chocolate Pudding

What a better source for the BEST RECIPES EVER (!!!) than my collection of small-town cookbooks? I'm veganizing a recipe a day this week to show how not-bird-food-like vegan food can be. In other words, how vegan food is just food... only better!
I'd like to reiterate that I'm a terrible photographer and blogger. But I'm an excellent cook and this pudding was awesome.
Even if it does look like a pile of poop.

Seriously though... This is an awesome recipe. It was delicious warm, delicious cold, and even better frozen.

I love my small town cookbook collection. They are filled with WTF?! recipes that sound too good to be true. Like microwaved chocolate pudding? I thought cooked pudding was supposed to be time consuming and difficult? Not true. 

Today's recipe comes from the Palo Alto County (Iowa) Quasquicentennial Cookbook and was contributed by Debi Schneider.

Vegan Chocolate Pudding
Adapted from the Palo Alto County (Iowa) Quasquicentennial Cookbook

  • 1/4 C cocoa
  • 1/4 C tapioca flour
  • 1 C sugar
  • 3 T Earth Balance Buttery Sticks, melted
  • 2 C milk (I used rice)

  1. Thoroughly mix together cocoa, flour, and sugar.
  2. Gradually add the melted butter and milk, whisking constantly. 
  3. Whisk until smooth.
  4. Microwave in two-minute increments on full power, folding with a rubber spatula, for ten minutes total.
  5. Enjoy warm, chilled, or frozen.

Tony's Achilles Surgery & Fig Newtons

Did you know Fig Newtons are vegan?
They are also awesome for feeding pills to dogs- just stuff the pills in the fruity middle. Tony has many many treats in his future... We are looking at a 6-8 week recovery from today's Achilles surgery. He is absolutely miserable. I hope it's just because he's confused from the anesthesia and not in pain. Time will tell!