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Wishing all of you special Dads a very Happy Father’s Day!

16 Jun

TiV Happy Fathers Day Frame

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Happy New Year! The BEST Vegan Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons requested by a pretty cool 13 year old

31 Dec

Happy New Year!  The BEST Vegan Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons requested by a pretty cool 13 year old

Vegan Coconut Macaroons from “Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar” by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero

We are not kidding when we say that this book is a MUST HAVE.

This is what you will need and don't forget some vegan chocolate to melt for dipping and drizzling!  We used EnjoyLife!

This is what you will need and don’t forget some vegan chocolate to melt for dipping and drizzling! We used EnjoyLife!

Get the kids or the kid in YOU involved!

Get the kids or the kid in YOU involved!

Super good without the chocolate and incredibly FAST to make!

Super good without the chocolate and incredibly FAST to make!

Delicious!

Delicious!

Pardon the photo quality but inside is soft and a great combo of cookie and coconut macaroon.

Pardon the photo quality but inside is soft and a great combo of cookie and coconut macaroon.

EXCELLENT for parties any time of the year but if you decide to dip them in chocolate, it’s best to keep them indoors for the summer months and in a cool place otherwise there will be some sticky fingers!

We have shocked nearly everyone who has had these when we explained afterwards that they don’t contain eggs.  They also are the most requested cookie by friends and family, if that tells you anything!

What you need for 1 batch:  (we usually quadruple for parties)

  • 3 oz. extra firm silken tofu, like the unrefrigerated Mori-Nu (1/4 of the package)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 tbsp nondairy milk (we prefer almond)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (**we used & prefer Organic Whole Wheat Pastry Flour)
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, melted (**we use more to drizzle on top)

Preheat oven to 350 and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Puree the tofu, oil and nondairy milk in a blender or food processor until smooth (Vitamixer works great if you have), scrape down sides with spatula to make sure you get everything.  Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl.  Mix in the sugars and extracts.  Mix in the flour, baking powder, and salt until well incorporated.  Add the coconut and mix until a stiff dough forms.  Drop the cookies by the tablespoon onto the cookie sheets 2 inches apart from each other; they don’t spread much at all.  Don’t smooth the tops out;  its cool if they have some pieces of coconut sticking out to get a little browned.  Bake for 12 to 14 minutes.  When ready, the bottoms should be lightly browned and the tops just barely flecked with color in a few spots.  Let the cookies cool on the sheets for two minutes or so and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.  In the meantime, melt the chocolate.  Line a cutting board with parchment paper (it’s fine to reuse the stuff you lined the sheets with).  When cookies have cooled completely, dip the bottoms in chocolate and set them, chocolate side down, on the parchment paper.  Place the cookies in the fridge to set for at least 15 minutes.  Store in a tightly sealed container at room temperature.  If it’s hot out, keep them in the fridge so the chocolate doesn’t melt.

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Greek/Cypriot Macaroni with meat… the Veganlicious version!

29 Dec

Greek/Cypriot Macaroni “me kema” (Macaroni with meat… the Veganlicious version!)

Warning!!  Aroma fills the kitchen quickly and attracts family/friends before food is ready!”

One dish that my Cypriot/Greek mother in law taught me is a favorite in our house.  Once I went Vegan and stopped buying/handling/eating meat, I found a better, tastier alternative minus the added cholesterol and so-full-I’m-sick feeling.  This is omnivorous husband and kid approved… a monthly staple in our house.

~Disclaimer:  It should be noted that I am not the best cook in the world, close to it nor claim to be anything other than someone who wants good tasting food that leans on the healthier side.  I welcome your cooking tips and suggestions to make this a better site for all 🙂  With that said… enjoy!  (I know you will… :))

What you need for 4 hungry people:

1lb of Pasta (I personally use Whole Wheat)

1 package Vegan Beef crumbles (Boca or my favorite by Smart Ground)

1-2 tbsp oil (I like olive or grape seed oil)

1/2 cup diced onion (sweet/yellow)

1/2 cup chopped parsley or cilantro (combo of both isn’t bad either)

14oz. can of diced tomatoes (whole tomatoes I like better and then dice myself.  Go crazy… use organic!  Your taste buds will thank you!)

(I’ve been known to add a little tomato paste, tomato sauce or in a pinch, ketchup (GASP!!) at times… with or without it’s still yummy)

(OPTION:  no canned tomatoes?  Use fresh!  4-5 Organic Roma tomatoes and a couple of tbsp of tomato paste works great too!)

cinnamon

1 tbsp Greek seasoning (No Greek seasoning?  Use Italian seasoning.  Have mint?  Go crazy, add a dash ;)

salt to taste

pepper to taste

Vegan Parmigiana is optional but delish!

Directions:

(Cook pasta according to box, save some water when you drain it)

1.  Pour a tbsp or two of your oil into a pan and place your onion, cook until soft.

2.  Add your “beef crumbles” and cook according to instructions.

3.  Add your tomatoes (if using fresh, add some water)

4.  Sprinkle the cinnamon on top (I eye-ball it, sorry…just coat the top like my MIL -completely covering the mixture in a light coat-but I’d say at least a tbsp.  If it gets too thick, just add some water.

5.  Add salt and pepper, mix and put the lid on top for a few minutes for the flavors to come together.

(TiV WARNING:  Aroma fills the kitchen quickly and attracts family/friends before food is ready)

6.  Add the parsley (or pars/cilantro mix) a few minutes before serving.

7.  Add drained pasta to the mix and if too thick and sticking, add some of the water from the pasta.

8.  Serve with a piece of parsley.  Why?  For one, it gives a nice finishing touch and you and I both know that we first feed our appetite with our sight first, then our sense of smell and taste.  Second of all, parsley is a natural and great way to freshen your breath for after the meal and you will be prepared for the hugs and kisses after for making an incredibly quick and tasty meal ;)  Nutritionally, it contains Vitamins A & C, Folic Acid and Iron PLUS contains phytochemicals (phyto=plant) that are linked to fighting cancer cells with antioxidant properties, preventing blood clots and reducing the risk of stroke.

“Try it… it’s Vegan!”

M

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