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Zucchini Gazpacho With Basil and Yogurt

Serves 4| Hands-On Time: 15m| Total Time: 15m

Ingredients

4 scallions, chopped
3 cucumbers, sliced
2 zucchini, sliced
3/4 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, plus more for serving
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup plain yogurt (not Greek), plus more for serving
kosher salt and black pepper

Directions

  1. Puree the scallions, cucumbers, zucchini, oil, basil, and lemon juice in a blender until smooth.
  2. Add the yogurt and 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper and pulse to combine.
  3. Serve topped with additional yogurt, torn basil, and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil.

By Lindsay Hunt, July, 2014 via realsimple.com –>

Make it vegan

Purchase some vegan yogurt. There are many different brands on the market. Find something plain.
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Or make your own vegan yogurt. I found good instructions on this website and the author claims it is easy, although I have never tried it myself. Make your own vegan yogurt –>

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Vegan Salad Dressing from Fox News – Yes, Fox News!

I found a number of what look to be very tasty vegan salad dressings on FOX News, no less. What they were doing on there, I don’t know. Here’s the vegan Caesar Dressing:

Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing
Serves 6
• 1/2 cup raw cashews
• 1/2 cup sesame seeds
• Juice of 1 large lemon
• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 2 garlic cloves
• 1/3 teaspoon sea salt
• 1/4 teaspoon pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon paprika
• 1/3 cup organic vegetable broth or water

Puree all in a blender or food processor; pulse until smooth. Adjust ingredients as necessary for desired taste and texture.

And here is the whole article —>

gardein – garden grown protein

These gardein meat-free, meat products are so good. Just had a couple of their beefless sliders. I am starting to use the beefless tips in all sorts of dishes. And I just got a few suggestions/recipes on their website. – http://gardein.com

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My brand new Mejier store in South Haven, Michigan has a large selection of gardein, garden grown protein so I have a whole new vegan resource to indulge in.

Thanksgiving 2013

If you are looking for something different for your vegan Thanksgiving main entree instead of Tofurkey, which I love, look for this from Field Roast –
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Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute

Made exclusively for the holidays – a rich, hazelnut-infused vegetarian grain meat stuffed with Field Roast sausages, crystallized ginger, cranberries and apples – wrapped in a savory puff pastry. From family feasts to a festive dinner for two, our Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute is the centerpiece to any holiday meal.

Update coming soon…

So sorry about my lack of posts for quite a while. This old Movable Type program (one of the original blogging programs) is just breaking down like mad on the backend. I am in the process of installing a new version with an updated look and moving all the posts.
Not easy and not easy to find the time, but soon, soon, promise…

Vegan Indian Cooking Made Easy

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Waverley Kitchens contacted me and offered to send me a sample of their new WK Pacs for me to taste test. The pacs contain spices for authentic Indian dishes and detailed cooking instructions that were very easy to follow. You have to shop for the rest of the ingredients yourself. They have vegan alternatives for all their WK Pac recipies. WK Pacs are packaged together as a meal and include a curry, sabji (dry vegetable dish), and raita (yogurt based dish).
MasalaPaneer03.jpgI tried the Masala Paneer Curry, Green Beans Sabji, Mixed Vegetable Raita using their instructions for the vegan alternative – firm tofu in place of paneer cheese, soy instead of cow’s milk, soy yogurt, etc..
It was very tasty, a bit spicy, and very authentic tasting.
If you like to cook and want to make some authentic Indian dishes, but the complex spices elude you, then these are the pacs for you.
They have a nice website, here’s the page with all the different meals they offer. They even have videos on how to make the meals on their website as well as online ordering.
Take a look — http://waverleykitchens.ning.com/page/meals-1