Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Veggie Pot Pie

Before going vegan I would eat chicken pot pie at least once a month; it was one of my favorite foods. It hit me this week that I could totally make it without the chicken- so I did! I'm not sure why it took me almost two years to figure it out, but I will say I won't let that happen again . Here is what you need: 
2 pre-made crusts ( be careful to check for animal products when buying I didn't see any in the Publix brand. 
1/2 bag of frozen peas and carrots
1 onion, diced
8 oz mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup of tofu 
1/8 cup of non-dairy milk
1 Tbs olive oil
1/2 Tbs diced garlic 
1-2 potatoes, diced and cooked ( can used can potatoes in a hurry)
1-2 veggie bouillon 

In a blender puree the tofu and non-dairy milk. 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and pre-bake your bottom crust ( about 10-12 minutes)

Sautée your onion, mushrooms  and garlic in the olive oil, once onions are translucent add in the frozen veggies, tofu mixture, bouillon cubes and potatoes. Cook for a minute or two to heat through. Pour into pre-baked crust and cover with remaining crust. Poke a couple of vents into the top crust and bake until golden brown (10-12 minutes). Enjoy!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Cookie Butter Oatmeal

I like to read VegNews as soon as it arrives I am tearing through it... maybe it's because I feel even more isolated now that I've moved. It's weird for me to be home and vegan. My dad is trying not to tell me I'm crazy too much I'm sure but it's way more obvious I'm different daily living with him. The differences weren't as apparent while I was living alone, but back to the oatmeal. Living with dad we eat a lot of oatmeal. While reading through the latest VegNews I saw an article about vegan teens I found it inspiring as most of them admitted that their friends are not vegan. A few of them were asked what their favorite foods are and I was slightly surprised to see oatmeal listed. I was also excited for a new way to make oatmeal. While reading her ingredients I was perplexed as I had no idea what cookie butter was, my mom and I had a discussion about it and instead of turning to my good friend Mr. Internet we assumed it was a typo. Let me assure you it is NOT a typo. Cookie butter is amazing. We drove to Gainesville for my birthday last week and while wondering around Trader Joes I was surprised and delighted to see cookie butter sitting on the shelf. The only mistake I made was not buying more than one jar. Back to the oatmeal - here us what you need:

1 cup oatmeal
2 cups chai tea( next time I won't sweeten it)
2tsp cookie butter
1 handful of dried cranberries
1/4 cup walnuts

Now if you have the magazine you will see some slight variations ( I used what I had and didn't add the peanut butter), but trust me on this and use 1 tsp less cookie butter and replace it with peanut butter if you like.

Brew the tea and then cook the oatmeal in the tea. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and enjoy!