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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 #5 Recipe Soy-Lime Seitan Tacos

Dinner: testing a soft taco with seitan, romaine, mango, tomato and chipotle aioli for our demo at the Bethlehem VegFest tomorrow. Imagine there is cilantro also. #vegan

This past Saturday myself and Dianne from Veggiegirl were super excited (and super nervous) about doing a cooking demo at the Bethlehem VegFest in Bethlehem PA. We had no idea what to expect, how many people would be there, what the set up at the food demo tent would be like. We walked into it almost blind. We decided to make tacos for the event because who doesn’t like tacos?! I personally consider them a food group and would eat them everyday if I didn’t have a family to feed. I came up with the recipe 2 days before the VegFest and I’m happy to be able to share it with everyone. It was very well received at the tasting after the demo. The soy is an unexpected flavor for a Latin type of dish but it works really well with the lime and the chipotle. At the demo I made it with pineapple. At home I made it with mango since I’m sadly allergic to pineapple. I personally recommend making it with pineapple. Something about the flavor combos sounds perfect to me.
Soy Lime Seitan Tacos with Pineapple and Chipotle Aioli (the mango version)
 
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium sized red onion, thinly sliced
5 cloves of garlic, minced
4 cups sliced Seitan
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Juice of 1 lime
1 cup vegan mayo
1 tablespoon chipotle powder
Juice of 1/2 a lime
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups shredded romaine lettuce
1 cup small diced pineapple
2 tomatoes, small diced
1/2 cup cilantro leaves
1 package soft taco shells
Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Mix in the sliced Seitan, lower the heat to medium and cook 5-7 minutes until the Seitan starts to brown and the onions are mostly cooked. Pour in the soy sauce and lime juice and cook 1 minute to combine flavors.
For the mayo combine the vegan mayo, chipotle powder, lime juice and salt in a bowl.
To assemble lay out all the tortillas. Spread a heaping spoonful, of the chipotle aioli in the middle of the tortilla. Portion out the soy-lime Seitan on top of the mayo then load on the lettuce, pineapple (or mango), tomatoes and cilantro.