Friday, March 21, 2014

Flashback Friday.....

Here is a recipe from the old blog. I created it a couple of years ago. It is a favorite, and not gluten free.  Enjoy!

Vegan Pastrami
2T coarse black pepper
1 1/2T coriander
1/2t red pepper flakes
1t garlic powder
1T paprika
1t salt
1 3/4c +2T vital wheat gluten
1/4c nutritional yeast
1T olive oil
2T ketchup
1/3c red wine
2t liquid smoke
1 1/4c vegetable broth

In a mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients, except the 2 tablespoons of vital wheat gluten.  Add the wet ingredients.  Knead until all of the ingredients are incorporated. Knead the additional  2 tablespoons of vital wheat gluten into the mixture.  Form into a large sausage.  Wrap tightly in foil.  Steam for 45 minutes.  Bake for another 30 minutes at 350F in a lightly greased loaf pan uncovered.  Slice and eat.
© Two Vegan Boys 2012

It made a delicious sandwich.

Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Food is love.

Krys, and the boys

Monday, March 17, 2014

Weekend update.....

How was your weekend? Our weekend was nice.  It rained.  So, that meant staying indoors, and cooking.  I made a few recipes from the chef I am testing recipes for. Let me just say this.  Amazing!  They were so good!

Saturday, we had leftovers for lunch.  No food goes to waste around here.  Saturday night I made burgers, and fries.  The buns were homemade too.  I used Richa's GF bun recipe. 

Sunday, we made roasted portabellas. The boys had tried a sample of roasted portabella at the store, and they both liked them. Another parenting win.  I served the grilled portabellas with a side of roasted broccoli, cabbage, and collard greens, and oven baked polenta fries.  No picture, due to my boys inhaling their meal.  I love the fact they both loved this meal.  Boogie woke up this morning talking about the "awesome mushrooms", and asked when I would make them again.  Yeah!

Here is the polenta fries recipe.  Enjoy!

Baked Polenta Fries
1 clove garlic, minced
1T fresh oregano
1t oil
2c plain soymilk
1c water
1 1/2c polenta
1t salt
olive oil

In a pot, sauté the garlic and oregano in the oil until the garlic is soft.  Add soymilk and water.  Stir.  Add the polenta and salt.  Turn heat on high and begin stirring.  Once the mix starts to bubble up, turn the heat to low and stir until it is thick.  This can take up to 5 minutes.  Once the polenta is thick, quickly pour into a lightly greased 9X13 casserole dish.  Place in the fridge to cool overnight or at least two hours.  Once cooled, preheat the oven to 425F.  Cut the polenta into fries.  Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.  Lightly brush the fries with olive oil.  Bake for 15-20 minutes.  Turn the fries and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until golden. Serve with marinara or pesto.  Kids enjoy this meal as much as the grownups. (c) Two Vegan Boys 2010

Sunday morning I did some baking. I made 4 loaves of chocolate zucchini bread.  Two loaves had mashed sweet potato in them, the other two had shredded carrot in them.  I try to sneak veggies into baked goods when I can. 

Zucchini bread

 I also made black bean quinoa brownies. I had some leftover quinoa, and cooked some black beans. I decided some brownies were due.  I try to make healthy versions of treats for the boys lunch.  They liked the brownies a lot.  Josh said they tasted a bit "earthy". 

And, Sunday morning breakfast was chocolate chip banana pancakes.  Yum!

Well, I off to cook some rice, and lentils. I told the boys I would make "meat" balls for their supper later.

Hope you have a lovely Monday.

Food is love.

Krys, and the boys

Friday, March 14, 2014

Happy Anniversary!

Josh and I celebrated our 11 year anniversary yesterday.  We have been together 12.  Married for 11, lived in sin for one year.  As one of my friend's likes to say.  Ha! Ha!

I made a favorite cuisine, Ethiopian food.  I used the recipes from the cookbook Papa Tofu.  It is awesome.   It is a zine by Kittee. If you don't have it, you should get it. I  made atar allecha, yemiser w'et, and yetakelt w'et. 


I also made niter kebbeh from PapaTofu.  And, I made a berbere spice mix.  For the berbere spice mix, I used this link.  Tasty!

Papa Tofu, and homemade berbere spice mix.

For dessert, I made a layered coconut pudding, and chocolate pudding dessert.  I layered it in wine glasses. I'm fancy like that.  Hee. Hee. I topped it with chopped chocolate, and toasted coconut.  Delicious!

It was a great day.

Food is love.

Krys, and the boys

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Beet it!

The other day, the boys requested cheeseburger spiders.  They love the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. So, I made burgers, and fries.  Beet burgers to be more specific. 

Growing up, I never liked beets. My knowledge of beets came from a can.  Disgusting! This year, we grew beets in the garden.  And, they were just lovely.

I came across a beet burger recipe on the PPK website. I will admit, I was a bit skeptic.  Not about The PPK recipes.  But, the use of beets.  As I mentioned, so not a fan. I decided I would give it a try.  First, it as kind of creepy seeing the burgers cooking in the iron skillet.  They looked like raw meat burgers.  Yuck!
The finished product was amazing. I couldn't taste the beet in the burger.  The boys liked them too. I served them with a side of oven roasted fries. Boogie tucked some fries into the burger to make it a cheeseburger spider. Fun! 

I made gluten free burger buns, using a recipe from Vegan Richa ( They were delicious.  Check out her site.  The recipes are amazing.

Food is love.

Krys, and the boys

Back from the dread.....

I'm back.  Did you miss me?  Of course you did. I stopped this page, as well as the Facebook page due to needing to care for my youngest son.  Last year, we found out he is autistic.  I call him awesome. What's in a label, anyway?

Now that he is in school, I will have time to update at least once a week, maybe more if time permits.  I am not going to continue to Facebook cooking page.  Too much negativity.  Ugly people can be dreadful.  No meanies allowed.  This is a happy place.

Here's the food.  Last night, I made Indian food. We had a tofu curry, pakoras, and a flatbread. I made the flatbread using carrots, instead of zucchini.  The flatbread recipe is Manjula's kitchen. The other recipes are from another great chef.  I was pleased that our youngest, Little Bear tried the pakora, flatbread, and basmati rice.  Autistic kids are known for being very picky eaters.  Parenting win!  I almost forgot. I also made a ginger apricot chutney. It was really tasty. I just pureed some dried apricots, water, ginger, garlic, and a dash of cayenne.  Sweet, and spicy!

I have been given the opportunity to once again, test for a great vegan chef.  So, some recipes will show pictures.  But. will not show the recipe itself. 

Also, for future reference, all the meals listed on this blog are now gluten-free.  Of course they are vegan.  Since a gluten-free diet has worked wonders on our sweet, autistic one.  We eat gluten-free. It was actually an easy transition. I love to cook, and bake.  So, it has been a fun challenge. 

Check back later.  There will be more posts.  I have missed you, and look forward to sharing recipes.

Food is love.

Krys, and the boys

Monday, May 6, 2013

Goodbye April. Hello May......

Well, April has come and gone.  We have had some strange Spring weather.  It has been colder than what we are used too. I think the garden is confused. 

But, May is here.  That means school is out in a month.  Yay!  That also means the Summer garden will start kicking.  Woo hoo! 

Now, time to bombard you with a ton of pictures.  Even in my blogosphere absence, I am still cooking, always cooking.  That is due to being a very frugal mummy, or too cheap to dine out, or both.  Hee. Hee.  On with the food!

Simple bowl: beans, rice, salsa, nooch sauce, and avocado.

Cinnamon Rolls

Homemade mustard, better than the store.

Homemade bagels

Chocolate Chip Sandwich Cookies

African spiced veggies, and lentils

Tempeh tacos

Boston Creme Pie

Drop biscuit chickUN stew

French toast, apple sage faux sausage, and tofu scramble

Mango jelly

Creamy pasta

If you need me, I am usually in the garden.  We have planted so much this season, and I can't wait to see what we get in return. It is so nice to grow your own food.  Chemical free, GMO free, perfect!

peas and love....
Krys and the boys

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

April showers.....

Bring May flowers.  I hope so.  In our case, the April shower last week brought destruction.  We had a crazy storm it.  I haven't seen it rain that hard in ages.  The swallowtail caterpillars were washed away.  (sad face)  The onions were leaning side ways from the rain hitting so hard, and some of the seeds washed away. Thankfully, we had extra, so we replanted.  We are expecting more rain tomorrow.  Hopefully, it is a gentle storm. 

Now, for the food.  I am always cooking.  Hee hee. I'll start with the baked goods. 

The grocery store had pineapples on sale, so I bought a couple, cut up some for the freezer, some for the dehydrator, and some I used for an upside down pineapple coffee cake.

Upside Down Pineapple Coffee Cake

Call me crazy, but I make crackers for my boys.  Yes, I know they are cheap to buy, but I prefer the boys eating quality food that isn't full of crappy preservatives.  I found a recipe online.  They boys loved them.  As a matter of fact, I had to hide them so they wouldn't eat them all in one sitting.  Next time, I will double the batch.

Homemade crackers

Our local grocery co-op had fresh strawberries on sale from a local farm.  Of course I had to buy some.  The boys love strawberries. I was able to snag a few and make muffins for them. I made strawberry carob muffins.  I used peanut butter in place of the oil.  Not that the boys need an oil-free diet, I  just like to add nut butter for the protein. 

Strawberry Carob Mini Muffins

Now for dinner.  It was quite a busy week for us.  Our usual schedule was jumbled since we were helping a loved one who was sick.  So, dinners were easy since we were all exhasted.  Here is what I made. 

The pizza I made was amazing.  Homemade crust, homemade faux pepperoni, and I used basil, garlic, oregano, onion, and spinach from our garden.  It was the best pizza ever!

Homemade Pizza

Friday night I made seitan fajita nachos.  The boys especially love nachos. 

Super Nachos

The other day, I felt like spring rolls were in order.  So, I made spring rolls using cilantro and mint from our garden. I filled them with rice noodles, tofu, and mango.  I served them with homemade peanut dipping sauce, and fried rice. 

Fried Rice and Spring Rolls

Another night last week, I felt like chili fries.  They aren't necessarily french fries. They are actually roasted potatoes topped with homemade chili, and smother in nutritional yeast sauce.  Wowza!  This was good.

Chili Cheeze Potatoes

Last but not least, I  made some quinoa patties, beans, faux sausage, and mac & cheeze.  The quinoa pattie recipe was sent from a friend. It was quite tasty.  They were pan fried.  Next time I think I will bake them.

Quinoa Patty Dinner

Well, I am off to do some baking.  Hope you have a lovely week.

peas and love....
Krys and the boys