Recipe Of The Week-Stir Fried Noodles and Peppers

Jan/Feb 2010 Veg News Cover This yummy and easy recipe is from the Jan/Feb. 2010 issue of Veg News

Serves 6

1/2 Package (4 ounces) of alimentary paste noodles or rice noodles

2 tbsp. of vegetable oil

4 cloves garlic, chopped

3 cups 1/2 inch tofu slices, fried

1 cup red bell pepper, thinly sliced

1 cup yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced

1 cup green bell pepper, thinly sliced

1 cup white onion, thinly sliced

1 cup bamboo shoots, thinly sliced

1 1/2 tbsp. salt

1 1/2 tbsp. soy sauce

1 1/2 tsp. white ground pepper

1 1/2 tsp. sugar

1/2 cup scallions, thinly sliced

1 tsp. fresh lime juice

1. In a large pot of boiling water, cook noodles as directed.

Rinse noodles in cold water, drain and set aside

2. In a large frying pan over high heat, heat oil. Add garlic and cook until golden brown.

Add tofu, red, yellow and green peppers, onion, bamboo, salt, soy sauce, white pepper and sugar into pan.

Cook for 7-10 minutes, do not overcook vegetables.

3. In a large bowl combine vegetables and noodles. Add scallions and lime juice, mix together & serve!

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Recipe Of The Week- German Apple Cake

book_jacketThis amazing recipe is from one of my favorite Vegan cookbooks, The Joy of Vegan Baking.

German Apple Cake


German Apple Cake

German Apple Cake

Ingredients-Cake:

3 Apples peeled and cut into slices

1/2 cup non dairy butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 unsweetened applesauce

2 tbsp non dairy milk

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

Ingredients-Topping:

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp cinnnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. lightly grease 9 inch round pan. mix butter & sugar. Add applesauce & milk. Finally add flour & baking powder. Stir until just combined.

Add the batter to pan and arrange apple slices in a circle on the top of cake. Mix together the 3 topping ingredients and sprinkle over cake.

Bake 30-40 minutes, wait 15 minutes before unmolding from cake pan.

A Vegan Mom in South Beach…..

Dad and I in MiamiWOW, what a great time I had in South Beach this past week!!! The weather was chilly, but the company, the sights, the shopping and the FOOD was amazing!!

We never had a lack of interesting and fun things to do! I swear, this place never sleeps!! I shopped like crazy, and found a fabulous pair of GUCCI sunglasses at a great price. I looked and looked for shoes, but leather was all I could find. Oh well, it’s not like I NEED more shoes anyway!

I loved the diversity of the people….. so many languages and accents all around me. I also love that dogs are doted on as much as children!! I have never seen so many gorgeous outfits on canines in my life!! lol  Seriously, these people love their pups!

I can honestly say that finding Vegan cuisine in this area was actually pretty easy!! I mean, I had to make alterations to most items on the menu, but every restaurant I visited was more than happy to cater to my Vegan needs. I found a delicious veggie hash for breakfast at “Joe’s Crab” and an “out of this world” spicy Thai peanut pizza at “Nexxt”. I was also pleasantly surprised to find a “Whole Foods” around the corner. God I love the Vegan cookies there!

Over all this was one of my favorite getaways I have ever taken, mostly because I spent some well needed, quality time with my dad and sister. But also because of the “zest for life” attitude South Beach offers it’s visitors.

You never know who you will meet there…. or what television show you will end up on! 🙂

The three of us were walking down Ocean Drive, and out of the blue we were asked if we would like to be on the show “Man vs Food” on The Travel Channel!!! What a shock! We said yes of course, I mean, who would say no to that?? The host Adam Richman is pretty much the polar opposite of myself….. considering he will eat an entire cow in one sitting and I…… um, DON’T EAT COWS!!!! BUT…. he is a very cool and friendly guy, and I had a great time chatting with him for the show! We talked a bit about shopping, and the great Gucci glasses I bought, but we mostly talked about what South Beach restaurants were offering to me as a Vegan!!! I was so proud and excited to be given a chance to talk about being “Vegan” on national television. I really feel that this opportunity did not simply fall in my lap, but was meant to be… I believe that the universe is giving me gifts, including this blog, as a way to inform and educate people on the importance of cruelty free living.

The episode of “Man vs Food” will air on February 3rd on the Travel Channel at 9pm. Please tune in!!!

Lisa

What am I blogging about anyway???? I'll tell you!!!

Although making the choice to become vegan may seem like no big deal to some people…. it’s actually a life changing decision!! It is one of the most compassionate yet confusing choices a human being can make!

What can I eat?? Where can I shop?? Does anyone understand me??? Do my friends and family think I’m crazy????

Being a vegan can feel very frustrating and lonely at times, this I will admit!! But it can also feel rewarding and exciting!! Vegans do so much good stuff each day. We save animals, we help our earth, we educate others and we improve our physical health. No other lifestyle can take credit for doing all of this!!

Notice I refer to being vegan as a lifestyle, and not a diet. Vegans do not only omit animals from their meals, but from their clothes, furniture, accessories, etc…. Vegans do not wish exploit animals in any way!

So, back to the big question, “what am I blogging about anyway???? I am blogging about the daily struggles of being a vegan. I will also talk about raising veggie eating kids and the difficulties they encounter each day. I will give my personal reviews on vegan magazines, websites, cookbooks & more……

I hope that my blog can be a voice for vegan families and those who are thinking about making the switch to the most compassionate of all lifestyles.

Please give me your feedback!!

Enjoy your veggies,

Lisa

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