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Vegan Thanksgiving: Bachelor Style

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Rather a laid-back day today. I woke up, watched some of the World Chess Cup tiebreakers live on the internet, and did grocery shopping, all before breakfast (more like brunch). Spent more than I wanted, but got a great deal on a 1/2 peck bag of absolutely mammoth Macoun apples at only $0.59/lb!

Not long after brunch (a banana with almond butter), I baked an organic acorn squash — half for lunch and half for dinner, which I just finished — followed quickly by cranking up the oven temp to roast four halved brussels sprouts with onions and garlic. A liberal smear of tomato paste, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, and a healthy shake of cinnamon (and cumin) on the squash, and I was good to go:

After snapping this pic, I also sprinkled a nice layer of nutritional yeast over the brussels sprouts and served it all up (or washed it down) with a vegan-friendly Sam Adams Winter Lager.

Dessert, you ask? One of those honkin’ apples, of course! :)

I hope your day was just as delicious and relaxing, whether with family and friends, or bachelor-style, like mine.

Vegan Chicken (Not!) Soup

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

We’re getting some lovely, warm weather for November here in New Hampshire (you know, 55 degrees Fahrenheit). Duly inspired to get out of the house despite an insomniacal night that left me kind of tired, I rang my Mom and Al at 10 AM asking if they’d like some company. Absolutely, was the answer. :)

We spent the day outdoors, getting things ready at their place for “the longest season,” a series of tasks known as “winterizing,” sharing a beer with my step-dad, and generally just shooting the schiznit. Typically, if we don’t have plans to dine out, I bring something along for lunch, and we all fend for ourselves. Today was no different.

Here’s what I whipped up in a jiff. As I was rushing out the door, I neglected to take a pic, but I assure you the results were delicious (not to mention low-calorie, low-fat, low-sodium, and high protein), and you’d never have guessed it only took fifteen minutes from start to finish!

Bring 3-4 cups water and 16 grams Chicken(Not!) Chunks from Dixie Diner to a boil and let it continue while chopping veggies: 1/2 large onion, 1 jalapeno, 2 large carrots, 1.5 cups (5 ounces) broccoli, and 1 small summer squash. After five minutes of boiling/reconstituting the soy chicken, reduce to a simmer. Add onion and jalapeno.

Open a can of tomato paste, add 3 ounces to soup and stir in well, save the rest for another meal. Sprinkle in rosemary and oregano. Simmer, simmer, simmer, eat some of the veggies you chopped, and turn off the heat. Thicken with a dusting of konjac flour (glucomannan powder) and stir.

Add the remaining chopped veggies. (They’ll warm up slightly and be infused with the flavors on your drive — especially the summer squash — yet stay crunchy and raw. If you prefer a softer carrot and sweeter soup, you can add the carrots earlier.)

If you’re traveling with it as was I, find a 1 quart glass Ball canning jar with plastic screw lid. Fill it to the top, wipe off any spills, and you’re good to go. Careful it’s hot! Otherwise, pour it into a big bowl and enjoy.

Speaking of staying up late, Friday night, into the wee hours of Saturday morning, was another one for me as I watched the free, preview web broadcast of David Wolfe from the Longevity Now Experience. Looks like it was a great time. If anyone attended live in California, please do tell.

Raw Food Kids

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

I got a kick out of this and just had to share. It’s a little rap from the prolific young Boutenko siblings (of Raw Family fame) and their friends.


 

Monkey MikePretty cute, eh? What do you think — any parents in the house — would your kids think it “cool?” Better yet, any teens read my blog?

What are your thoughts on educating and popularizing a healthy vegan (not necessarily raw) diet?

 


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