Showing posts from January, 2011

Pecan Pie

Today is National Pie Day - not to be confused with National Pi Day, which isn't until March (or July, depending on how particular you are).  To celebrate, I made a version of theBest Vegan Pecan Pie.  I also made this for my mother's annual family dinner in December, and it was a bit hit among the entirely omnivore crowd.  It is truly the best pecan pie.  For the pie crust, I'm not including a recipe because I bought mine, but you can find recipes all over the interwebs.  Whole Foods has a nice selection of vegan pie crusts, and I got a whole wheat version.

Pecan Topping:
2 cups pecan halves
1 tablespoon Earth Balance margarine
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar

10 whole grain graham crackers
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons Earth Balance margarine
1/2 cup turbinado sugar
1/2 cup cane sugar
1/4 cup agave syrup
2 teaspoons almond (or vanilla) extract
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup cornstarch

Preheat oven to 350.

For the pecan topping, melt butter in pan on stove at medium heat.…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Cupcakes

These cupcakes are fairly low in fat, and since I mistakenly left out the applesauce, they turned out denser and more like brownies than cupcakes.  Feel free to add 1/3 cup of applesauce to the batter (I have done a version with that before) if you want them more cakey.

Brownie cupcakes:

1/2 cup coconut milk drink or lite coconut milk
1/2 cup turbinado sugar
1/4 cup agave syrup
1/2 cup soy milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup raw cacao (or cocoa) powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 - 1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a mini muffin pan.  (I like that size, but feel free to use the bigger ones and increase the baking time.)

Mix together the coconut milk, turbinado sugar, and agave syrup (not pictured - sorry!).  Mix vigorously with a fork or whisk every minute or so, until sugar is dissolved.

Meanwhile, stir together soy milk and apple cider vinegar and set aside for a few minutes to let it curdle.  (This give th…

Vegan Alfredo Sauce

When I started eating a vegan diet, the last thing I stopped eating was cheese.  I love creamy, cheesy things.  I would always have on hand boxes of macaroni and cheese - different kinds for different moods - including the cheapest, most neon-orange generic box with powdered sauce mix.  Now I buy vegan "cheese" and make my own vegan macaroni and "cheese" - which, while only a distant cousin of my boxed favorites, is enough to satisfy my cravings.

This sauce is more like Alfredo and is, I believe, even better than the too-rich dairy version (or my previous attempts at making it with skim milk).  And the protein and fat content make it a food I can have on a regular basis.  It's derived from a recipe in The Nutritional Yeast Cookbook by Joanne Stepaniak.

2 Tbsp chopped garlic (yes, I use the kind from a jar)
7 oz. lite silken tofu (half a package of the regular, refrigerated stuff - not actually what's pictured here)
1/4 c water
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2-1/2 Tbsp…

Taco Night

You know, most of what I make hardly constitutes a recipe, but that doesn't mean it's not delicious.  This is one example - hence the dearth of photos: I didn't think of putting it on the blog until I was just about to eat.

Vegan Tacos

1 cup textured vegetable protein (TVP) (I use Bob's Red Mill)
2 tsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 T chopped garlic
Chili powder, pinch
Cayenne pepper powder, pinch
Cumin, pinch

1 avocado
1/2 lime or 1/2 tsp lime juice
Salt, pinch
Garlic powder, dash

Fresh salsa:
1 medium tomato
1/4 jalapeno* pepper
1 T chopped onion

4 small tortillas (I used Trader Joe's Whole Wheat Low Carb, because they're high in fiber and protein)
Tofutti Better than Sour Cream

Add one cup veggie broth to dry TVP and let sit for 5-10 minutes. 

Meanwhile, make guacamole.  Cut lime in half, squeeze, and rub around inside of bowl.  Sprinkle salt and garlic powder (and cumin and cayenne, if you're in that mood) over the lime juice. …