Archive for Month: September 2011

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What’s for lunch? A quinoa-chickpea-kale bowl!

Hey, did you see my post on Happy Herbivore yesterday?  Lindsay asked me to write about What Vegan Means to me. I hope you’ll give it a read (cute pictures of Clover the goat included!) Today’s What’s for lunch installment is about a food bowl.  Really, there isn’t a more perfect lunch if you’re packing it for school or work (and have access to a microwave). I tore up some kale leaves,

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Recreating the “Macnocheeto” (or, rolling up soy curls, beans, rice, pasta and BBQ sauce in a tortilla)

It had to be done. I recreated this, this crazy, ridiculous, awesome creation of Homegrown Smoker that I wrote about in my Portland / Vida Vegan Con #4: Opening Reception recap. Let’s cut to the chase. Here’s the easy way to do it yourself: wrap up vegan mac and cheese, soy curls, beans, peppers, onions and BBQ sauce in a tortilla.  That’s it. Or you can do this: JL’s Mac ‘N Rice ‘N Beans ‘N Soy Curl Burrito

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On going vegan, for Christa

At Vida Vegan Con I had the pleasure of meeting Christa, the women behind VEGGIN’ OUT WITH CHRISTA and we hit it off! Christa wrote a guest post for me last week and this week I’m guesting on her blog!  I shared a post on my experience going vegan and some tips for new vegans.  Be sure to check out GUEST BLOGGER- JL GOES VEGAN! and leave your own tips for new vegans in the comment section. *** Yesterday my friend Daniel wrote a really great comment in reply to Gaining 15 pounds = “torture”? on Stop Chasing Skinny.  He’s […]

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Vegan news you can use (9/25/11) + A weekly round-up

Lots of vegan news this week! The film Vegucated will premiere in New York City on October 13! I’m doing it up and attending both the pre-and post-festivities. Get your tickets while they last!  Vegans represent! Farm Sanctuary is holding the first ever National Conference to End Factory Farming October 27 – 29 in Arlington, VA.  The speakers list is impressive! Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU)  announced that Bob and Charlee Moore, the founders of Bob’s Red Mill, made a $25 million dollar research donation. Sadly, the funds could very well be used on animal research. I shared my […]

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Quinoa & Nut Pate Sushi with Super-Quick Miso Soup

Thursday, early in the morning, I read Gena’s sushi blog post.  It looked delicious and suddenly and I felt compelled to make some myself. Immediately.  I did not have parsnips on hand so I opted for a semi-raw sushi. Recently I’ve seen several recipes using quinoa instead of rice in a sushi roll and at 6:10 a.m. I had quinoa cooking up in the rice cooker and I started pulsing nuts and seeds in my food processor.  By 7:00 a.m. I was ready to roll some sushi rolls. I spread the quinoa and nut pate on a nori sheet, sprinkled […]

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What’s for lunch? Quick and Easy Lentil Soup with a Kick

Are you ready for this? I don’t think I’ve every cooked lentils on the stove top!  I’m made them in a slow cooker, a rice cooker and a pressure cooker. But never in a regular old sauce pan. Yesterday, that all changed. JL’s Quick and Easy Lentil Soup with a Kick

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My non-vegan colleagues get me

In July I moved to a new department at the college.  I miss my former colleagues–I went vegan on their watch! I had a lunch date yesterday with one of them — and another met us in the parking lot to give me a belated birthday card she had been holding for a few weeks. Cute, right?  Even better–the coaster inside the card. See? They get me. Back to the colleague meeting me for lunch. She wanted to make sure we went to a restaurant that could provide a decent vegan meal. Avli, a Greek restaurant in Bayside, NY (Queens) […]

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Guest Post from VEGGIN’ OUT WITH CHRISTA: “I feel it’s paramount to meet people where they are.”

Last month at Vida Vegan Con I had the pleasure of finally meeting Christa Shelton, the woman behind VEGGIN’ OUT WITH CHRISTA.  We met in the ballroom– she asked “you’re JL?” and I asked “you’re Christa?” and we both said “I love your blog!”  I am a huge fan of Christa’s work and was thrilled to see that she was on the positive blogging panel with other women that I admire so.  During their presentation Christa talked about how important it was for her to have a positive message because she is trying to influence family and friends who may […]

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Vegan news you can use (9/18) + A weekly round-up

Happy Sunday! I don’t know about you but I’m tired.  I had a long (but excellent) week at work and then Friday I drove directly from Queens to Manhattan for a Friday night cooking class (nearly four hours of vegan food prep and eating is never a bad thing).  Saturday in the city was action-packed and I crashed last night.  So on this crisp, fall Sunday I have only two things on my to-do list: go for a run with Megan and then get busy in the kitchen (I’m thinking lentil chili and cornbread). How about some vegan news you […]

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Good morning from NYC: A Cooking Class Teaser!

Good morning from beautiful Manhattan! As most of you know, I live in metro-NYC. One of my favorite things to do as a local is to play “tourist” in the city.  My friend Lee (who I met in Philly earlier this summer) decided to join me in Manhattan for a vegan cooking class at the Natural Gourmet Institute. We took it a step further and decided to get a hotel and have a girl’s weekend. I plan to write more about the class next week (Daniel and Brandy, you’ll be in that post!) but for now, here’s me with our […]

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Beneath every body is an untold story.

I recently wrote a post about my response to the statement “But You’re Skinny”  on my community blog Stop Chasing Skinny. Today Lindsay S. Nixon and I explore the idea of body assumption together.  Please scoot over to The Happy Herbivore to read Beneath every body is an untold story.

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What’s for lunch? An easy tofu sandwich!

Early this morning I opened up the refrigerator and had no idea what to pack for lunch.  I spied one-quarter block of tofu.  Idea! I cut four thin slices of tofu and laid them out flat on a salad plate.  I squirted a little Bragg Liquid Aminos over the tofu and drizzled a little agave, sprinkled a bit of nutritional yeast and finished it off with fresh ground pepper.  I cooked the tofu in the microwave for two minutes and chopped up some lettuce, sliced a tomato and cut off two nice pieces of  bread from my Whole Wheat-Barley loaf. […]

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Portobello Polenta Pizza

Sunday morning I found myself organizing the flours and grains in my cupboards.  My recent bread baking adventures require it. I stumbled upon a package of Shiloh Farms polenta, which had this pizza crust recipe on the package. Sunday night pizza! While the pizza crust was in the oven I made a pizza sauce by mashing together two tablespoons of concentrated tomato paste, a chopped jalapeno and diced tomato. I sautéed a portobello mushroom

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Coconut Milk & Chickpea Flour Bread + Peachy Butter

I have the bread baking bug. Saturday evening I was thinking about what bread I might make on Sunday.  Then I remembered that I could prep a bread right that moment and set the timer for the bread maker to begin the process at 3:00 a.m. and be ready for me to enjoy when I woke up. But, what kind of bread? Thanks to Uncle Jim’s response to my last bread post, and reader comments, I learned that gluten is required for bread to rise. I had no idea! I read up a bit on gluten in the bread baking […]

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Guest Post: The Kitchenarian goes vegan for a week!

I have a fun guest post for you today!  A few months ago I received an email from Lorie, the terrific writer and photographer behind The Kitchenarian.  She was going to try eating vegan for a week and she planned to blog about it. Lorie also wanted to offer a few guest posts during her vegan week and invited me to participate. The Kitchenarian is a gorgeous, delicious blog filled with stunning photos and inspiring recipes.   I was honored to be asked!  Of course, I immediately asked Lorie to consider writing a post about her vegan week experience for […]

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Vegan Things to Do in October + A Weekly Round-up

I learned of some vegan events this week and wanted to share them with you. Tickets are on sale for the annual ThanksLiving event at Woodstock Farm Annual Sanctuary and, from what I understand, these tickets sell out FAST!  On October 16, 2011 Terry Hope Romero will be the master chef for this vegan feast which will raise important funds for WFAS. My husband and I will be there. Will you? (Do you think they will let Clover sit with us?) There’s a Vegan Cooking Retreat in Tennessee in October that you might want to consider. I only know about […]

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I won a So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk Smoothie Kit at Vida Vegan Con!

There were lots of great tables to visit in the ballroom at Vida Vegan Con..and many raffles to enter!  Lucky me, the day after the Con concluded I got an email from So Delicious notifying me that I won the Smoothie Kit raffle from their So Delicious Dairy Free booth! What?! I didn’t know what I was signing up for when I filled out that slip of paper!  I got a mini-blender, a cup and tons of flavors of So Delicious coconut milk  – and a smoothie recipe book! It came in a really cool wooden crate but I had […]

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Vegan “Mexican Sausage”

Last February I tried my hand at homemade seitan using Elise’s super-easy recipe.  On Monday, during my bulk cooking frenzy (Mmm Mmm, red beans and kale), I decided it was time to try it again. I mostly followed the recipe (I didn’t have chickpea flour so I used a spelt and for the liquid I used a veggie broth/water mix).  Once mixed I divided the seitan “dough” in two. I rolled up one half as a log and used the other half to make “sausages” by simply adding one teaspoon of taco seasoning (thus Mexican sausage versus Italian sausage). I […]

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I tried to “bake” my first vegan bread

I don’t bake.  It’s not my thing. Occasionally I’ll see a recipe on a blog and I’ll turn on the oven but it’s rare.  Last month I spent a few days with my aunt and uncle in Southern California.  My uncle has a fascinating bread baking hobby.  He’s a connoisseur.  I was his challenge; he wanted to make veganized bread just for me.  In fact, on my first day in their home he knocked on the door of the guest room and asked “Do you eat honey?”  I replied that no, I did my best to avoid it.  “I wondered,” he […]

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The Oneness-Fountain-Heart Restaurant: A vegetarian (and vegan!) treasure in Queens, NY

Did you get a chance to check out my new Red Beans, Kale & Sun-dried Tomato Stew recipe that I posted yesterday? I took a bowl to work yesterday to reheat for lunch. Even better the next day! I hope you try it! Last week a colleague overheard me talking about being a vegan. She asked if I had been to The Oneness-Fountain-Heart restaurant, just a few miles from campus .  I had never heard of it.  She is not vegan, but she is kosher and she highly recommended it.  I went the next day. I love Queens. Little gems […]

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Red Beans, Kale & Sun-dried Tomato Stew

Oh how I enjoyed the long, three-day weekend.  I had lots of downtime as well as a couple of workouts, a nice dinner out (more on that this week) and I had time for bulk cooking. One of my favorite past-times!  I so enjoy spending a few hours in the kitchen prepping dishes that I can enjoy throughout the week. I made two grain dishes, two bean dishes, baked a loaf of bread, made homemade seitan and even whipped up a tofu-based pudding (again, more on this later in the week). Today, I’ll share one of the bean dishes. JL’s […]

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A Labor Day Summer Round-Up: Vegan cooking school, travel eats, gardening and blogging conferences

If you’re in the U.S., happy long weekend! Today I thought I would simply provide you a round-up of summer highlights.  Tomorrow feels like “back to school” day and I don’t have kids and I’m not taking classes this term. But my summer of fun is coming to an end. I prepped lots of food for the week (two bean dishes, two mixed grain dishes and chopped up my fresh veggies) and I’m ready! As we move into fall, here’s a look back on the summer. 1. I planted my first urban bistro garden. My Foray into Urban Gardening + […]

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Portland / Vida Vegan Con #8: The End (or the dinner and lunch dates of my dreams + a 15-hour trek home)

Are you still with me?  Here it is, my eighth and final post wrapping up my Portland / Vida Vegan Con experience. After day two of the conference concluded Megan and I went back to the hotel room to rest. Well, I rested and she packed.  She was on her way home. Me? My red-eye flight to New York was canceled due to Hurricane Irene.  Always one to make lemonade out of lemons, I put the two unexpected, extra nights in Portland to good use. That night Gena, Lisa, Nicole and I went out for a much-needed quiet dinner.  I […]

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Portland / Vida Vegan Con #7: The Conference (Day 2) — What’s your mission statement?

I’m probably making a huge blogging mistake, posting what I consider to be an important entry on the Saturday of a three-day weekend.  While people are most likely on a beach, hiking or taking a technology break I have spent hours today writing about the second full day of the Vida Vegan Con.  At this point it’s going to take eight posts to describe my Portland / Vida Vegan Con experience, and it was so last week, so I need to wrap this series up! Let me start with this. Today I turned 46.  Yep, I’m no longer “post-40.”  I’m […]

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A surprise vegan lunch on campus

I know, I know. I owe you a post on the second full day of the conference.  If you read my recap of day one you know that I spent a lot of time editing photos, linking to speakers and combing through my notes to bring as much of Vida Vegan Con to you as possible. I promise to finish the second day recap on Saturday (darn day job gets in the way). Today let me share a surprisingly wonderful, vegan lunch that I enjoyed on campus yesterday.  Long-time readers know that I pack my lunch (and snacks) religiously.  But […]

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Portland / Vida Vegan Con #6: The Galarama

After a full first day of the conference, it was party time! Hundreds of vegans dressed up, dressed down and ready to eat, drink and be merry! My first stop was the bar (naturally) where I grabbed a glass of The Vegan Vine Red Blend and then stood in the very long (but efficient!) food line.  It was one of my favorite vegan buffet experiences, ever! Sizzle pizza, Gardein burger, Thai roll and a raw wrap. Fabulous. Ready for a shocking confession? There was an incredible Coconut Bliss table where you could make your own ice cream sundae.   I was […]

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