Archive for February, 2012

February 28, 2012

Gardein on the go? Yes! Lean Cuisine has it.

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

Although I don’t encourage everyone to go out and stock up on a month’s worth of Lean Cuisine (frozen dinners are great if they are a once a week habit or if you’re strapped for cash one week and need to eat), I would say go out and try the new Gardein VeggieCuisine from Lean Cuisine.

I have been waiting for these little meals for months now- since the news came out that Gardein was pairing it’s “meatless” meat with LeanCuisine.  I’m a go-go-go person and sometimes need something that I can pick up and throw in the microwave.

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I would encourage you to be careful if you have to watch your salt intake as LeanCuisine can tend to be very high in sodium and preservatives are not the greatest thing for you either.  But I love the fact that I can now go find something with more substance in the freezer isle.  These will never take over my love for Amy’s but they are a good alternative when needed.

Be aware that these are NOT vegan and I know alot of people are unhappy about that but give them some time.  This is an incredible step in the right direction!

The Roasted Redpepper Fettuccini was really tasty and there was a good bit of chikin in there to make it more filling.  Alot of garlic but that seems to be LC’s signature taste.

Let us know what you think!

February 25, 2012

Delicious Raw Vegan Cuisine: Green Wave Cafe in Plantation, FL

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

Raw Vegan Nachos: Green Wave Cafe in Plantation, FL

My first experience with raw food was not pleasant. The food was bland, more interested in being appealing to the eye rather than the palate and at some times just completely inedible. This turned Jessica and I away from raw food for quite some time, I think even more than a year. We frequently would talk about trying another restaurant, however we couldn’t shake the ill feelings that our first try left.

For Jessica’s birthday I decided to surprise her by finding a raw restaurant, one with good reviews and something less pretentious food. Green Wave Café inPlantation,FLlooked perfect. Albeit a far drive fromMiami, especially in rush hour traffic, once we pulled into the quaint shopping plaza and saw the sign, I knew I’d made the right decision. The entrance to Green Wave looks like a restaurant you’d expect in a small town, as though you were being invited into someone’s home rather than a restaurant. Space is limited, as the restaurant is very small, however the intimate experience with the staff and the ability to watch all aspects of your food being prepared more than makes up for the lack of seating. There are two or three high-top tables and several barstools to sit along the kitchen.

The menu includes several options, of which we chose their nacho appetizer, a cheeseburger, the hummus sandwich and homemade ice cream. The nachos were by far the star of the evening, made on their housemade onion bread (which was only because they were out of the crackers, however this was so delicious I recommend requesting the onion bread). A perfect combination of sweet and savory, the nachos were something I will be craving for years to come. I ordered the hummus sandwich, which is more lettuce than hummus or bread. The bread again was the delicious onion bread, however I don’t think I would order the hummus sandwich again. Jessica ordered the cheeseburger, which again was delicious. Smothered in the same cheese sauce as the nachos, with mushrooms, onions and again on their amazing onion bread, I would absolutely recommend trying this. For dessert we were treated to a free ice cream for Jessica’s birthday, she chose chocolate. I also wanted to try their vanilla ice cream, so we ordered both. I cannot believe there was no dairy in the ice cream, it was rich and smooth, delicious.

This is a new favorite restaurant for us and we will be certainly visiting again. My only complaint is that it is so far fromMiami, otherwise I’d probably be there everyday. Thank you, Green Wave Café, for showing me that raw food can be delicious. If I had your chefs preparing all my meals, I know that I could eat raw on a regular basis. The staff is lovely, knowledgeable and willing to talk you through how they make each item. If you haven’t yet tried raw food, Green Wave Café is the place to go.

Green Wave Cafe

5221 A West Broward Blvd.
Plantation, Florida 33317

+1 954 581 8377

http://www.greenwavecafe.org

Raw Vegan Cheeseburger: Green Wave Cafe in Plantation, FL

Raw Vegan Hummus Sandwich: Green Wave Cafe in Plantation, FL

Raw Vegan Ice Cream: Green Wave Cafe in Plantation, FL

February 21, 2012

California Pizza Kitchen for Veggies

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

I’m sure our savvy-er readers will already know this but California Pizza Kitchen has quite a few vegetarian options on their menu.  They are also extremely family friendly and won’t break the bank.

My favorite part is that they have this little menu with “smaller” portions at a lower cost.  You can get two small portions meals for about $9 (which helps you not have to choose just one item)!

I had the Grilled Vegetable Sandwich and Tortilla soup- which was amazing.  The sandwich was not my absolute favorite; I thought it could be a little more flavorful but it was still really good and tastes great reheated in the oven.  Afterwards we shared the buttercake which had: a layer of sugar crystals on the bottom, the buttercake and then a layer of cheesecake which was topped off with a scoop of ice cream.  Delicious and perfect for a table of four to share and not feel guilty (starting to really love sharing deserts!).

I am really looking forward to trying some more fare at CPK soon!

February 10, 2012

Vegan Samosas: Sukhi’s Potato and Pea Samosas

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

Jessica is always telling me that I need to try Indian food other than Amy’s – and while I have yet to experience a traditional Indian meal in a restaurant, I’m happy to say that I now know what a samosa is…and I’m hooked. One of my favorite things to do in the grocery store is to browse the freezer section looking for new things to try. In my local Fresh Market I was happy to find Sukhi’s Natural Authentic Indian Cuisine.

Whether it is authentic or not would not be something I could judge, but it is certainly tasty. I bought the Samosa & Chutney Crispy Vegan Handcrafted Wraps with Potatoes and Peas. This is a rich snack, something best left for special occasions, but undeniably delicious with the cilantro chutney dipping sauce. Great finger food for a special occasion, even if it’s just for two (hands-on meals and feeding one another is a great kindle for romance).

February 9, 2012

Vegan Valentine: Strawberry Cream Cheese French Toast (Spork Foods)

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by Ashley Morgan  

I posted a very short review of this recipe when I did the post about the Spork-Fed cookbook, which I still love. While going through some photos in my camera (which I still haven’t cleaned out entirely), I happened upon the photos I took when I first tried this recipe and knew it would make a great Vegan Valentine’s Day brunch. A word of caution: this is a gooey, messy recipe to make. But the end results are decadent and perfect for a lovely breakfast in bed with that special someone.

Photo by: Ashley Morgan, Veg On The Run

Recipe courtesy of  Spork Foods

February 9, 2012

Banana Bites- Scrumptious!

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

Another quick post.  I have been craving chocolate like there is no tomorrow and have been trying to find a healthier way to satisfy my sweet tooth.  I saw a recipe for chocolate covered bananas the other day and realized that by adding peanut butter and nuts, it could be a healthy bite as well as a protein-rich one.

They are simple and fabulous, here is how I made them:

Ingredients:
2 Bananas cut up to 1 inch chunks (depending on how many you want)
1/2 Bag of Semi-sweet vegan morsels
1 Tbsp Butter
2 Tbsp Almond Milk (this is optional but helped to thin my chocolate)
Almond butter (a 1/2 teaspoon per banana bite should do it
Crushed pecans

Heat up your chocolate either in a double boiler or on the stove with the butter and almond milk to thin it.  Place your bananas on a tray and add the peanut butter or almond butter on top.  When your chocolate is done, pour over each piece evenly and add your pecans while it’s still all melty.

Put in freezer for a couple of hours and enjoy- totally melt in your mouth fun!  And you don’t have to feel totally guilty feeding them to your kids either!

 

February 8, 2012

Nuture the Heart this Valentine’s Day with Heart-Healthy Vegan Concoctions – Share your Favorite and You Could be Featured on the Site!

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

Love can mean many things: companionship, affection, kindness, compassion, adoration. The ultimate sign of affection is showing an interest in the wellbeing of your spouse, parent, child or friend. Show your love this Valentine’s Day without  fancy gifts or expensive chocolates, make something special that will warm their hearts and feed them right. Indulge your loved ones with a fantastic meal straight from your heart, but sans the cholesterol and fat that makes up the omnivorous diet. This is a great time to let your culinary skills shine while making something that really stands out – you might even convince a few to start eating vegan more often!

 

Today through Valentine’s Day I will be sharing some awesome vegan recipes, making a few for you step-by-step, that you can wow your guests with. Whether it’s an intimate meal for two or a celebratory occasion with the whole family, you can make Valentine’s Day more than just another day for splurging on expensive gifts. Truly show you care for their hearts with a meal that will unclog those arteries and fill their tummies with healthy fiber.

 

I’d also love to hear your Valentine’s Day plans – will you be cooking something vegan for your family? Would you like to share your recipes and/or photos? We’d love to feature some of your best concoctions!

February 2, 2012

Ravioli with Coconut Cream Sauce

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

This isn’t going to be a long post since I made ravioli’s from “Petite Kitchenesse’s” recipe but wanted to at least show you!  The recipe was soooooo easy- only 3-5 ingredients for each part!

However, I did find the most amazing recipe online for something called a “sage butter cream sauce”.  Of course, to make it vegan, I used the rest of the coconut milk leftover from the ravioli’s and added in 2 tbsp vegan butter, no sage (didn’t have any on hand), about 1/4 cup of flour, a dash of garlic salt, salt, pepper to taste.  It was absolutely delicious.

Just make sure you roll out your ravioli really, really thin or they won’t taste as good.

For the Petite Kitchenesse’s recipe go to http://www.petitekitchenesse.com/2011/12/03/vegan-sweet-potato-coconut-milk-roasted-chili-ravioli/.  Bon Appetit!

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