February 27, 2009

I Can't Believe It's Vegan!

This is a neat website that shows name brand items that are vegan and thereby are both dairy and egg free. You still have to check the labels for peanuts or other allergy items though.

February 25, 2009

Gorilla Bread Made Vegan

The original recipe is a Paula Deen recipe from the food network. I just subbed items to make the recipe both dairy and egg free so that my whole family could enjoy. These are super sweet and full of fat and calories. Not an everyday breakfast items...more of a rare treat.


Ingredients
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup soy margarine (Earth Balance or Fleischman's)
1 cup packed brown sugar
8 oz of Tofutti cream cheese
2 cans of refrigerated crescent rolls (original recipe uses biscuits but these are not dairy-free)

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350. Spray a bunt pan with nonstick cooking spray. Mix the granulated sugar and cinnamon and set aside. In a saucepan, melt the soy margarine and brown sugar over low heat, stirring well; set aside. Press the crescent rolls out with your fingers and sprinkle each with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon sugar. Place a scoop of cream cheese in the center of each roll, wrapping and sealing the dough around the cream cheese. Place half of the prepared rolls in the pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and then pour half of the melted butter mixture over the rolls. Layer the remaining rolls on top, sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar, and pour the remaining butter mixture over the rolls. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Place a plate on top and invert.

February 24, 2009

Crockpot Minestrone

The original recipe is from crockpot365.blogspot.com and is called Pasta Fagioli, but I got the recipe from Busy Mom's Cookbook. Both a neat sites for recipe ideas.

The recipe is really good, easy, and makes A LOT. Next time I will make the full amount and the freeze half of it before I add in the pasta (pasta doesn't freeze well). This time I just shared with family and friends and we were able to eat it all up.

1lb ground turkey, cooked
1 cup carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can of white beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans (14.5oz oz) diced tomatoes with the juice
4 cups of beef broth (check label carefully for milk protein, sub chicken broth if avoiding soy)
1 jar (16.5oz) pasta sauce
2 tsp oregano
1 T Tabasco sauce (I omitted this)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

1/2 cup dry pasta, to add at end of cooking time

Directions

Use a 6 quart or larger crock pot. Brown the meat on the stove top and drain well. Let it cool a bit. Chop up the carrots and celery. Add the rinsed beans, both cans of tomatoes, pasta sauce, and beef broth to crock pot. Add salt, pepper, oregano, and Tabasco sauce. Stir in your meat. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or high for 4. When the vegetables are tender, stir in the 1/2 cup of dry pasta. Cover and cook for another hour on low, or until the pasta is tender. It will swell quite a bit.

February 19, 2009

YUM!!!

So, I finally made it to Whole Foods and was able to pick up some of the Turtle Mountain So Delicous Coconut Yogurt (dairy and soy free). YUMMY! I only got one, passionate mango, and it was delicious. Way better than soy yogurt and has a higher fat content for my daughter (and for my pregnant belly, LOL). I will have to get more on my next trip.

February 17, 2009

Vegan Blueberry Muffins

I made this recipe on Sunday and they were super good. I used fresh blueberries that we had picked over the summer and then frozen. I just let them unthaw in the fridge first. Thank you Maria for recommending the recipe to me!

Click for recipe

February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

For my husband I have chocolate covered peanuts. My daughter is too youngto appreciate the holiday (or candy for that matter) but I did get her a little present. I found Valentine window clings in the shapes of hearts. She loves magnets and so I hope that she likes these as well. I also plan on making vegan blueberry muffins...if the recipe turns out well then I will post it.

February 10, 2009

Too Much Ice Cream

I have found that my system is still adjusting to having milk and egg products. I cannot eat too much of either without having stomach problems (usually diarrhea). So maybe I should remain dairy and egg free along with my daughter???

My latest pregnancy craving has been chocolate ice cream. Sunday night, after my daughter went to bed, I indulged in a good size helping of Ben and Jerry's chocolate brownie ice cream. IT WAS WONDERFUL!!! Unfortunately, I was up at 2am with problems. I guess that I cannot eat so much next time....just a couple of bites.

February 8, 2009

Turkey Meatballs

This recipe is similar to my turkey meatloaf recipe. My husband and I had them with marinara sauce in sub sandwiches. My daughter eats them plain. The neat thing is that they freeze well and I can microwave 1-2 at a time for a quick protein option for my daughter's lunch or dinner.

1lb ground turkey
1/2 cup oatmeal (helps with binding, alternative to 1 egg)
2TBS ketchup
1TBS Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp seasoning salt

Mix ingredients well and roll into small balls. Fry over medium high heat until done.