Archive for Month: July 2010

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Vegan Wine?

I love red wine. Let me repeat.  I love red wine. [Source] Transitioning to a vegan diet meant doing a lot of research.  I wanted to learn how to eat nutritiously and to make great meals. Imagine my surprise when one day I read these two words:  vegan wine.  Huh? First my heart started racing.  What? I have to give up red wine?!  Obviously, this called for further research. Wine isn’t Vegan? Yes, that’s the obvious question. Why isn’t all wine vegan?  Turns out, it’s about how the wine is finished (clarified). From French Wine Online “During the wine making […]

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Grilled Kale (or, I like it hot and cold)

I ♥ kale.  I drink kale for breakfast; I eat kale salads for lunch; I dehydrate kale. It was just a matter of time until I would try it on the grill. Last night I wanted something light to go with my grilled tofu.  I spied a big ole bunch of kale from the farmer’s market that I had washed and dried (salad spinner) Sunday. JL’s Grilled Kale Massage kale in olive oil and sea salt Add onion slices, a dash of Herbamare and pepper Wrap in a foil pouch and grill for 20 minutes At the same time I […]

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Quinoa-Daiya Burger

I’ve just returned from a wonderful weekend with my Aunt Candy. We meet in Pennsylvania for a girlfriend weekend every summer.  (I wrote about our dining adventures on FoodNuts! Check it out!) While driving home (nearly six hours) I started thinking about veggie burgers. A bit of an obsession right now. Actually, what I was thinking was that I would be home late on Sunday and how on earth would I do my weekly food prep? I remembered that I had some cooked quinoa in the refrigerator and thought that surely quinoa would be great in a veggie burger.  So […]

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From FoodNuts! PA: From Lucinda to Pittsburgh

I originally posted this on FoodNuts! a great food/wine/travel blog, where I am a contributor. PA: From Lucinda to Pittsburgh…on FoodNuts! Every summer my aunt and I meet in Clarion, PA for a girl’s weekend.  Why Clarion?  It’s our half-way point. She lives in eastern Indiana and I live in metro NYC. This year, our two dining experiences of note occurred in two completely different settings. Friday, dinner, Lucinda, PA, population 1,200.  We returned, for the eighth summer, to The Wayside Inn Restaurant and Lounge (est. 1873). Aunt Candy at the Wayside Inn Don’t let the picture fool you. This […]

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Vegan GIVEAWAY, thanks to PureNRG!

I started eating vegan in January.  At the same time I also started eliminating wheat from my diet.  When grilling season came around I wanted to use vegan, gluten-free bread crumbs for veggie burgers and on a random Google search I found PureNRG.  I promptly ordered bread crumbs, and a few other yummy items: (My first PureNRG order…the Chia Breakfast Bars had me at hello) Through the ordering process I “met” Robyn, PureNRG CEO, via email. Her customer service was top notch and, as I mentioned in a previous post, she threw in some nice treats for me.  I placed […]

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Dehydrated Vegan Bean Burgers (two ways)

DEHYDRATED VEGAN BEAN BURGERS (TWO WAYS) On Monday I posted about my first attempt to dehydrate bean burgers. Here’s the modified recipe: Dehydrated Vegan Black Bean Burgers (Modified from a recipe on Passion Polygamist) Makes 4-5 patties 1 14 ounce can black beans, drained 1/3 of a 15 ounce can refried pinto beans, salsa style 3/4 cup PureNRG gluten-free, vegan bread crumbs 2.5 T ground flax seed + 3 T water, whisked (egg replacement) 1/2 cup sunflower seeds In a large bowl mash the black beans with a potato masher.  Stir in the refried beans, bread crumbs and whisked flax meal.  Slowly mix […]

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JL goes Vegan featured on 101 Uses for Date Syrup

Link: JL goes Vegan featured on 101 Uses for Date Syrup Yesterday I posted a lentil salad recipe. This morning the recipe was featured on Organics are for Everyone Date Syrup’s site 101 Uses for Date Syrup. What fun!

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A “Date” with a Very Veggie Lentil Salad

Not to be a tease, but I will get to the “date” in just a moment! You may have noticed that I added a blog post to my schedule this week. Angie Hammond and I have been chatting on Twitter for a few weeks and I was so anxious to share her story about growing up on a factory farm and ultimately living a vegan lifestyle.  Be sure to check it out.   I would love to hear about your own vegan / vegetarian / considering story on the JLgoesVegan Facebook page. As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m slowing […]

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Guest Post: From Factory Farm to Vegan, Angie Hammond’s Story

It’s not just about the food, stupid. To be clear, the “stupid” in this scenario is me. I am not sure if you have noticed but I don’t often say I am a vegan. I say I am a dietary vegan or that I am going vegan.  I transitioned from vegetarian to vegan for dietary reasons.  My car has leather seats, I wear leather sandals, and I know there is beeswax in some of my lip balm.  However, since going vegan in my diet, I am beginning to think much longer and harder about my consumerism.  I am addicted to […]

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My Summer Vacation (or, bouncing back from a sports injury and trying not to apologize for eating vegan)

I will get to vacation in a moment.  Let’s start with food! On Sundays my life is not complete unless I’ve prepared a few dishes for the week.  I went to a different farmer’s market and then made a stop at Whole Foods which is uncommon. I tend to stick to my health food store and Trader Joe’s for groceries. I found some good stuff, though! (Great Whole Foods finds, including a vegan cupcake and vegan kaiser rolls!) Before I could start thinking about what to make for the week, I needed to eat.  I pulled together a quick salad. […]

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From FoodNuts! A vegan gets a real meal at Oliva Cafe, New Preston, CT

I originally posted this on FoodNuts! a great food/wine/travel blog, where I am a contributor. A vegan gets a real meal at Oliva Cafe, New Preston, CT As a dietary vegan it is often difficult to find a good meal at a restaurant outside of a metropolitan area. I have just returned from a week on lovely Lake Waramaug in New Preston, CT.  Most of my meals were in our rented apartment, where I could cook for myself.  But, thankfully, of the three meals I had out, one was actually delicious. Oliva Cafe is located in the heart of the […]

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A Newbie Vegan Prepares for Vacation (and enjoys a 4th of July BBQ)

Vacation, sweet vacation!  Ten days off, six will be on a gorgeous lake in Connecticut. (The lovely lake in 2008) Embracing everything that “time off” means, I decided to take a slight vacation from crazy weekend cooking, unlike this weekend or this one. This will be my first vacation following a vegan diet (you can find my vegetarian to vegan story at Cook.Vegan.Lover.) We rent an apartment at an Inn on the lake specifically so that we can enjoy healthy meals whenever we want to have them.  We tend to go out for dinner; however, after some research, I did […]

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