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VeganMoFo Post 13 {recipe}

Dinner: BBQ Seitan and Mushroom Tacos w. Broccoli Carrot Slaw and Lime Marinated Apples. Side of Rice and Beans. #vegan #vegantacos #tacocleanse

BBQ Seitan and Mushroom Tacos

I’ve had taco’s on my mind since our demo at the Bethlehem VegFest a few weekends ago where I made my new Soy-Lime Seitan Tacos. I’ve been coming up with a bunch of ideas for not so common taco options. My latest is what you see above. Seitan, mushrooms and a healthy dose of BBQ Sauce all topped off with a slaw.

This meal came about on one of those nights where I don’t know what to make and just sorta wing it as I go along. I have a lot of fun cooking like that. This particular night my husband took the kids on a walk to their Capoeira school. After dinner my husband said the reason he leaves the house with the kids when I’m cooking is because of how good the dinners are those nights. I’ll take that as a compliment although I think it could go both ways ;)

This recipe is all about approximations. Want more mushrooms? Add more. Less BBQ Sauce? Add less. You’ll get the idea.

BBQ Seitan and Mushroom Tacos w. Broccoli-Carrot Slaw and Apples

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small onion, medium diced
8 oz sliced seitan, homemade or store bought
1 cup sliced cremini mushrooms
1/4-1/2 cup of your favorite BBQ Sauce, we used Annie’s Original

1/2 cup favorite vegan mayo
1 heaping teaspoon whole grain mustard
1-2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1-2 teaspoons agave syrup
pinch of salt
1/2 a bag of Trader Joe’s Broccoli-Carrot Slaw

1 apple, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons lime juice

1 package small tortillas, heated until warm, I used wheat-corn tortillas from Trader Joes. I loved them!

Heat the olive oil in a medium sized saute pan over med-high heat. Add the garlic and onions and cook for 2 minutes. Add the seitan strips and mushrooms and cook until nicely browned and most of the liquid the mushrooms may release is gone, 5-7 minutes. Lower the heat and stir in the BBQ Sauce and heat about 2-3 more minutes to combine the flavors.

In the meantime using a medium sized bowl mix the vegan mayo, whole grain mustard, apple cider vinegar, agave syrup and salt until combined. Add the 1/2 bag of broccoli-carrot slaw and stir to combine. Set aside.

In a small bowl combine the apple slices and lime juice.

To assemble: place a heated small taco size tortilla on a plate and place a big spoonful of the seitan and mushroom mixture, top with smaller portion of slaw and add a few thinly sliced apples on top. Serve.

Can make 6-8 tacos.

VeganMoFo Post 12

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 There we are listed at the 3:00 demo!

A weekend or two ago I headed down to Bethlehem PA for the Bethlehem VegFest with Dianne from VeggieGirl. We were asked to do a cooking demo which I wrote about HERE. The demo was only a 1/2 hour long so we did some walking around, shopping and eating! I really wanted to eat at the Jenny Kuali’s stand but unfortunately they had a bit of an accident that involved the fire department and sending a few people to the hospital! Good news is that everyone involved is going to be ok. They are very vegan friendly and I might just plan another day trip to Bethlehem to have a meal at their restaurant.

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I ended up getting the PA Dutch Brown Bag Lunch from the V-lish stand. The brown bag lunch had a Faux Tuna with Beet Slaw sandwich on homemade bread, Dutch Potato-Onion Soup and a Debbie’s Kitchen Fresh Oatmeal Cookie. The whole meal was great. The faux tuna was a standard mashed chickpea salad. The beet slaw added something special to the common vegan sandwich. The soup was delicious but not what I really needed on what was turning into a warm day. The oatmeal cookie however was outstanding. I wish I bought a few extra to take home. I had other desserts to take home though!

Vegan Treats had their own HUGE stand at the VegFest! I have alway’s wanted to drive to the Vegan Treats bakery and have never done it so I was more then excited to finally be trying their desserts, although I’m sure I’ve had one or two while eating at a restaurant in NYC. You could smell the sugar from at least 10 feet away from the tent and then when you entered the tent you were easily overwhelmed by the sweet sugar smell. I didn’t mind one bit though!  We headed over to their table later in the day after our demo and it was quite picked through but they seemed to have everything in stock still.

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I was so happy to see cannoli’s on the table! I ordered 2 of them just for myself since my husband doesn’t like them. I also took home the biggest whoopie pie I’ve ever seen and Vegan Treats famous Peanut Butter Bomb.

I’ve been wanting a Peanut Butter Bomb for years now. My husband and I shared it while watching Breaking Bad the next night and it was everything I thought it would be. I’m at the same time sad and happy that I don’t live close to the Vegan Treats Bakery. If I lived close by I would be there all the time! It would not be good! I am looking forward though to next years Bethlehem VegFest with the hopes that the Vegan Treats tent will be back!

VeganMoFo Post 11 {recipe!}

Dessert #1: almost raw chocolate coconut pudding! #vegan

Chocolate Coconut Pudding

I mentioned a month ago how my darling husband gifted me with a machete for my birthday. Just so I can open young coconuts for him and the kids. How sweet of him to be thinking of me. The whole machete thing has been working out though. Once every week or two he takes it out of the closet and hands it to me to open our latest coconut that the kids begged me to buy at Whole Foods. The thing cuts through coconuts like a dream. Drinking the coconut water from an actual coconut instead of the tetra packs of them is 10x better tasting. My problem has been what to do with the young coconut meat that is left inside. I don’t like it as is. It has to be turned into something and my first though was why not a pudding? We love pudding and most of the time I made a chocolate coconut pudding out of canned coconut milk so why not use this fresh coconut meat? I set out one night to make it and it was perfect. The second time I made it it was perfect again. The kids get so excited now at the though of this Almost Raw Chocolate Coconut Pudding. Here is our recipe!

Almost Raw Chocolate Coconut Pudding

1 cup fresh young coconut meat
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup agave syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
coconut water to blend. I start with 1/4 cup.
pinch of sea salt

Combine all the ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap pressing it against the pudding so it doesn’t create a skin on top. Place in the fridge for a few hours or over night until thoroughly chilled. Serve and enjoy.

VeganMoFo Post 10

Dinner: Velvet Veggie Soup with Swiss Chard and Cashew Creme. #vegan

Velvet Veggie & Bean Soup w. Cashew Creme and Greens

First off I can’t believe I’ve made it to 10 posts in VeganMoFo. The first year of VeganMofo’s life I think I posted 29 posts that month. The rest of the years I failed miserably at it. I still blame my children. :)

Now onto the post. The weather was middle of August hot a few days ago and now I’m wearing my Herbivore hoodie I picked up while in Portland for VidaVeganCon. I’ve got fall flavors and soup on my mind all of a sudden and I can’t be happier. I freaking love the fall! Weather and food…all of it. With it being hoodie weather and all I needed to make a soup. I pulled both crisper bins from the fridge out onto the kitchen floor and went searching. I found some zucchini and celery from my last co-op box that needed to be used ASAP along with some sweet potatoes in a cabinet drawer. I diced them all small with some onions and garlic, broth and whole peeled tomatoes plus some herbs then added some beans. While it was cooking I knew my kids weren’t going to eat it as is so I decided to blend it all in the vitamix. Reno was intrigued by the beautiful color and agreed to try it. She actually liked it! Miles wasn’t having it which surprised me. I served the soup with a homemade sweet cashew creme and some sauteed swiss chard. My husband and daughter crumbled up some crackers into their bowls.  For my son I mixed some leftover pasta into a bit of the soup and he ate it up! Trickery FTW!

Reno's Lunch: velvet veggie and bean soup, crackers, apple, field roast sausage. #vegan

My daughter liked the soup so much that she immediately asked if she could have it for lunch. I was thrilled! She didn’t want the “green stuff” and I was fine with that since the soup was loaded with veggies and beans. We also had to leave out the cashew cream because we don’t bring nuts to school.  I quickly cooked up a Field Roast Sausage for her this morning and added a pack of crackers and a whole apple. She promised she would eat all the soup and sausage. I hope she did!

I have more ingredients to make this soup again so I’ll be making more today and freezing portions of it for lunches and dinners for all 4 of us. I’m already thinking of what soup to make next!

VeganMoFo Post 9

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A few weeks ago I finally had a chance to eat at Sprig and Vine in New Hope, PA. I’ve been wanting to eat here for years and was so excited to finally being going. What was even more exciting was our dining companions. My blogging BFF Dianne from Veggiegirl and her husband, Lydia and Mauro who blog at From A to Vegan and Jaime K from Save The Kales along with her boyfriend. It was fabulous seeing everyone again over delicious food.

We went on a Sunday morning for Brunch. I started off by ordering a Beet Lemonade. After my first sip I vowed to make this myself at home. The ratio of beet juice to lemonade was perfect. It also wasn’t overly sweet. I drink a lot of lemonade over the warmer months and I always water it down. The color was also stunning.

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My husband and I split a side of Roasted Potatoes to go along our respective meals. At first I thought we should each order our own but this plate of potatoes turned out to be just enough and they really hit the spot.

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Now to my entree. I checked out the menu before we left our house and knew exactly what I was going to get. Fried Oyster Mushrooms with Biscuits and Cashew-Herb Gravy! I could eat Biscuits and Gravy for almost every meal. Add fried oyster mushrooms to that and that’s my favorite meal for life! It was amazing. Creamy herbed gravy. Fluffy biscuits. Breaded and fried oyster mushrooms. Perfection.

brunch at sprig and vine

Bloggers on a bridge between 2 states
(Jaime K, Dianne and Myself)

After our meal a few us walked around New Hope, PA and across the bridge into Lamberville, NJ. It was really a wonderful day and I’m looking forward to going back soon and eating off of Sprig and Vines Dinner menu. I’ll definitely being saving room for dessert!

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