Posts Tagged ‘vegan’

May

23

2013

Bianca’s Guest Test Kitchen

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Creamy Avocado Pasta

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Bianca's Guest Test Kitchen

May’s guest spot comes from my beloved sister, Bianca! Chrystal and I recently paid her a visit in Portland, where we ate ourselves into an oblivion. Bianca, who is a vegan that enjoys a helping of cheese from time to time, showed us a great time around the “Green City.” During our trip, she excitedly agreed to share one of her original vegan recipes with us. This one that she picked features one of our favorite food items, avocados! We can’t wait to try it out for ourselves. Here’s B with more.

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Apr

18

2013

Sneak in More Vegetables

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Blueberry Peach Smoothie

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Sneak in More Vegetables

It seems the last several weeks have had their share of indulgent meals, so I was craving something easy and light to help even things out. That’s when I remembered a health tip a fitness instructor told me years ago. She said an easy way to add a nutritional punch to any smoothie is to replace the ice cubes with frozen broccoli. Broccoli? In a smoothie? I imagine we had the same reaction to that suggestion: “ew, gross!” She swore you cannot taste the broccoli, and you get the same texture as if ice were used. Chrystal and I are always on the hunt for new cooking tricks and easy food tips, especially when it comes to healthy eating. I gave it some more thought, and my curiosity started to outweigh my dubious feelings. Can’t taste the broccoli, huh? Guess there’s only one way to find out!

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Jan

30

2013

The Duo’s Ethnic Exploration: Peru

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Peruvian Quinoa Stew

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The Duo's Ethnic Exploration: Peru

Although it is nearly impossible to run out of places to explore when it comes to this monthly feature, that does not mean we have never found ourselves truly digging around for a place that strikes our fancy. You have to truly be interested in it to make it interesting to others. That is not only the key for this recipe; it applies to anything. As Amir mentioned on a previous post, we are currently embarking on another healthier eating challenge, and it involves the ‘v’ word: vegan. When I first challenged myself to eat vegan, I was completely engaged in the lifestyle and found myself moving through it with no problem. For some reason, this time has been a much more challenging affair. I did not want to vegan-ify a culture’s recipe for our sake, so I looked around for something that would fit the bill. That was when I remembered that we both love quinoa. It is an ingredient that fares well in so many recipes, and with its roots in Peruvian cuisine, it was just the thing to investigate.

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Jan

22

2013

Playing with Fire

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Lavender Non-Dairy Crème Brûlée

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Playing with Fire

Chrystal and I began another “vegan” challenge at the beginning of 2013 with a few of our friends. I like to think of it as an exercise in disciplined and thoughtful eating. Each one of us, however, built in a few of our own separate dietary modifications this time around–which is why “vegan” rightfully is in quotations. For me, I’m giving myself the okay to consume honey, as one example. But all in all, we’re committed to 90 days of meatless, non-dairy eating.

This Christmas I was gifted a culinary blow torch. I was itching to fire up my new kitchen toy the moment I opened the box. Of course, the first dish that comes to mind that utilizes a torch is the popular dessert crème brûlée, or “burned cream.” It’s made up of very few ingredients, but the main players of the dish are always eggs and cream. No bueno! That doesn’t work with our new break on dairy. Nevertheless, I was determined to have my crème brûlée and eat it too!

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Oct

2

2012

Announcing A Seasonal Vegan Cooking Demo

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Announcing A Seasonal Vegan Cooking Demo

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Fusion Cusine Class - 10_21_12

This is just a quick announcement to let you know that I will be teaming up with Christa of Veggin’ Out With Christa to co-host a vegan holiday cooking demonstration on Sunday, October 21st from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm at the Westmoreland Lofts. We will offer samples and a few snacks plus a glass of wine to all attendees. Tickets are available on Eventbrite for $22.50 starting today. Make sure to reserve your space, and spread the word!

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Aug

18

2012

Leftovers Renewed

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Sweet Potato Bubble and Squeak Cakes

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Sweet Potato Bubble and Squeak Cakes Duo Dishes

Bubble and Squeak is an English dish that is traditionally comprised of last night’s leftovers. Whatever meat and vegetables hanging around after a big meal are mashed together with potatoes and fried to a satisfying crisp. The dish is named for the bubbling and squeaking sounds it makes as all of the ingredients fry in the pan. You’ll commonly see veggies such as cabbage, peas, Brussels sprouts, or carrots in this dish, but as with most things in life (including our favorite recipes), toss in whatever you like. The beauty is that it will work just fine.

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Aug

13

2012

Revitalize With M Café’s Summer Menu

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Revitalize With M Café's Summer Menu

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Revitalize With M Café's Summer Menu

If you live in Los Angeles, chances are you’ve heard of M Café de Chaya, the city’s mainstay in macrobiotic dining. M Café serves up whole, made-from-scratch foods that are vegetarian and vegan-friendly without refined sugar and other highly processed ingredients. The casual European-style café boasts an array of garden-fresh juices as well. At the beginning of the month, Chrystal and I were invited to the restaurant to check out the new summer menu. Both of us have been there more than once in the past, but it was high time for another visit for a lunch of seasonal dishes and a cooling beverage.

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Aug

1

2012

Shiny and Chic with Bacardi Cocktails

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Bacardi Classic Cocktails Light, Kalamata Olive Hummus, Rajas and Corn Quesadillas, Vegan Peanut Butter and Chocolate Bars, Spicy Roasted Pepper Hummus, Smoked Salmon with Tarragon and Caper Cream, Bulgar Wheat Mediterranean Salad

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Shiny and Chic with Bacardi Cocktails

Chrystal and I were recently sent a party pack in the mail along with some samples of Bacardi Classic Cocktails Light. Our task was to highlight the batch of Bacardi cocktails by throwing a “Shiny Chic” themed party that featured some of own recipe creations. Well, everyone knows you have to seize any opportunity to throw a food gathering when a variety of booze is provided. And that’s exactly what we did! We sent out an invite to a dozen friends, began brainstorming dishes to whip up, and in no time, we were off and running.

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Jun

10

2011

The Glory of Gold

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Sauteed Golden Beets & Broccolini

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The Glory of Gold

Some people just hate beets.  Simply hearing the word “beet” makes these folks run for the hills.  To us, though, that word induces an opposite response, one that involves salivating with delight.  That’s because we know the heavenly taste of a freshly roasted, sweet beet. In case you were one of the people shuddering with fear, we’re not talking about the canned or pre-cooked variety, but even those aren’t so bad depending on how you use them.  If you’re one of these people that want nothing to do with beets, try the golden variety.  You’ll be a convert!

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May

12

2011

Veganizing a Classic

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Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes with 'Cream Cheese' Frosting

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Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes-The Duo Dishes

Not too long ago, a friend hosted a vegan dinner party. Neither is a true vegan, although one of them did attempt the lifestyle for a month. During that time, she found it difficult to whip up lunches and dinners that appealed to her tastes. Eating out was simple, but eating in became a dreaded chore. I ate vegan for three months, but the days passed fairly easily for me after a while because I enjoyed cooking dishes. When said friend decided on a vegan potluck, bringing a dessert seemed like one of the most fun contributions. Most people are scared of vegan desserts and other sweets, but you should quell your fears as there are a number of good ones. Do you remember this fruit crisp, this bread or these muffins? All good stuff. A vegan cake was the next experiment, and it proved to be a success.

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