Ⓥegan Pasta

  
Yesterday was my very first experience buying, cooking and consuming Earth Balance Vegan ‘butter’. It was extremely enjoyable and I’m officially now a lifelong customer. Along with Vegenaise, Earth Balance is better than animal-based dairy. SERIOUSLY. It could be the evolution of my palate, but serious tastiness anyway you consume these wonderful plant-based products is a no brainer.

   
   
Saturday night, immediately after work, I went for a ride via towpath to drink some beers and make a small night out of it. I noticed the super moon and was extremely impressed with the visuality of a normally immensely dark (death metal) towpath. I still used my light, but would’ve been fine without my NiteRider Lumina 700. When the moon casts shadows, you (me) know its close to our earth. For the second time this year, I completed a (my) local bars Hall of Foam where you get your name on a plaque for drinking 50 different beers. It was a great night! (Warning: not all in one night)

   
   
Here in northern Illinois, it has been unseasonably warm this September. And yesterday was the first Fall-like day this year (2015:). Chili (and Soup) season is HERE! Last night, after work, I had to make a buttery pasta with the amazing Earth Balance. I decided to make a Mexicano (Ⓥ) Pasta and I’ll just go ahead and call it Mexicano Ⓥasta.

   
 Mexicano Ⓥasta ingredients:

  • Earth Balance ‘butter’, mmmmmmmmm
  • Garlic, minced
  • Carrot, sliced small longways
  • Onion, (red) diced
  • Sweet Potato, WITH PEEL ON (try it!) chopped
  • Oil/BalsamicVinegar
  • SeaSalt/Pepper/ChipotleP/Cayenne/C.R.P./Paprika/FennelSeed
  • Cilantro, I used frozen cubes
  • Kale, frozen & NONGMOProjectVerified
  • Corn, kernels
  • Tomato, grape sliced
  • Rice, Jasmine & cooked
  • Lentils, cooked
  • Radish, sliced
  • Mushroom, sliced
  • Eggplant, chopped
  • Squash, Zucchini & chopped
  • Angel Hair pasta, cooked al dente & not rinsed
  • Thickening agent, instant mashed potatoes

  

T minus ______ until blastoff:

  • Added a bit of Oil to heated pan and sautéed Garlic with Carrot, Sweet Potato, Onion & Eggplant while cooking Jasmine Rice and Lentils on another burner.
  • I added seasonings, Corn, BalsamicVinegar & Zucchini, covering for a few minutes.
  • Once Rice/Lentils are done, I strained and added with Earth balance ‘butter’, Cilantro, Tomato, Radish & Mushroom, covering on a simmer.
  • I cooked Angel Hair (Capellini for those Italians:) al dente and strained. If you’d like, a little Oil on pasta…
  • I added a few pinches of instant mashed potatoes as a thickening agent and served over plated pasta!

  
I couldn’t stop eating this pasta. Not literally, but just about. I might eat the leftovers for breakfast!

  
I hope everyone is having a great week! I also hope no one witnessed any crazies during this Super Moon.

  
And go Chicago Cubbies! Happy Wednesday!

  
I also made Sweet Potato Chips 🙂 (to be mastered)

Ⓥegan Goulash

  
I’m sure that I’m not the only one who runs low on cash and/or is keeping purchases down. I’m low on food and in order to keep costs down I’ve kept myself out of the grocery store. I have quite a few recipe maps just waiting for me to buy the ingredients and to go to town. This Goulash is basically just using stuff in the refrigerator and cupboard that would go well together. Also, somewhat being a geek, I looked up ‘Goulash’ in my dictionary widget. 

  
Growing up, Goulash was more of a pasta/soup kind of dish. It usually was different, but often tasty and comforting. Here is my screen shot with the definition. Also, my Ⓥegan countup and for some reason I have my time as Seattle time…And “countdown” is a word, but “countup” is not. That is not fair. And for the last three minutes I’ve been searching for countdown antonyms. My phone or Safari is not really responding. And I’m not finding anything…..

  
Countdown (noun) – an act of counting numerals in reverse order to zero, especially to time the last seconds before the launching of a rocket or missile

  
Antonyms of Countdown (made-up;):

  • CountUp
  • CountForth
  • CountVertical
  • RiseOvaRun
  • GoalProgress
  • OptimisticForward
  • GlassISoverflowing
  • UpTime
  • UphillHeadwind

Anyways….

   
 Ⓥegan Goulash ingredients:

  • Rice, brown and white (real Rice)
  • Garlic/Ginger, minced
  • Oregano/NutritionalYeast/Pepper/BrownSugar/SeaSalt/ChiliP/OnionP
  • Sriracha/BalsamicVinegar/Water
  • Potatoes, red & russet-chopped
  • Blackeyed Peas, (only had canned) drained & rinsed
  • Corn, (only had canned) drained & rinsed
  • Tomatoes, grapeish and rinsed
  • Radish, quartered
  • Hot Peppers, diced
  • Oil
  • Daiya, mmmm
  • Mashed Potatoes, instant (for thickening)

Garden fresh grape tomatoes after being cooked in something else and then biting into that juicy ball of joy is an amazing feeling and sense of euphoria.

  • I basically sautéed the Garlic and Ginger in oil before adding Potato. Covered and cooked for a bit and then added seasonings and BalsamicVinegar/Sriracha
  • Cooking Rice until almost done, then add Radish and Tomatoes and finish 
  • Add a thickening agent-I used Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • I then broiled Daiya on top

   
 TGIF… It is Friday and that means tomorrow is Saturday. The day of a big ride I’m supposed to participate in, but can’t, due to work conflicting inappropriately. Happy weekend, be safe & party on, dudes!

  

    Ⓥeganism Science

      
    Earlier this year, I turned 30. Earlier this morning (9.19.15), I threw out my back from standing up from a sitting position. My back pain is horrific. I can still ride a bicycle. So, all is (mostly) well.

       
     Yesterday, I tried another from scratch Vegan Burger sandwich. It was not perfect. It has been quite a few days since this blog draft started. And when you smell it… Today is Monday Monday Monday, Monday (as in Monday September 21, 2015.) I freaking love Mondays. As far as my knowledge goes, it’s not a holiday. I usually am off of work on Mondays and that has been my go-to day for 5-10 years. Even back in the day working for the Sicilians, we were closed on Mondays! Every holiday on a Monday puts more assholes in the streets, in my yard, and I’m usually wishing assholes weren’t such assholes, but once an asshole-always an asshole. And it usually sucks to have to share the roads with them.

      
    My back still kills. I’m trying to spin it off. Today was mostly hard gravel and overall super strenuous. I feel I need a good baseball bat to the back. And I mean a real baseball bat, wooden not aluminum. I rode on gravel because it is awesome, because it’s usually low traffic roads and three because I roll well somehow some way. I am guilty of riding road tires on the heaviest, densest and brutal gravel. (Now yesterday) It was busy with dogs, tractors and vehicles. It (I am the king of Procrastinate Island) reminded me of a summer Monday holiday with people just wanting to drive all dangerously and fast. I found a Gravel Matrices in the middle of corn (GMO) country where there aren’t stop signs not even yield signs at the Gravel Matrix intersections.

      
    I am in no way scared of dogs, but on a bicycle around free dogs (which is great) has me severely stressed and anxious of being bit, getting hit by a car and/or falling. And swimming through gravel on my 32 road tires at 30-34 km/h (20+ mph) trying to go faster than the dog while the dog constantly switches sides like he’s hunting dinner and myself constantly looking back while passing through a gravel intersection was just about the worst combination of events I can think of. Gratefully, no one was injured.

       
       
    And then the same thing happened just three minutes later with a giant John Deere tractor. This dude seemingly was gonna run me over until I (I often ride with music in my ears) finally noticed this bone crushing machine directly behind me and I immediately pulled over and stopped. I gave him a good stare, but felt he did nothing wrong really, hence no middle finger. And there were cars driving on all of this gravel like it was a party. One was a mailman, but I’ve never seen so much gravel traffic.

      

    Bean Concoction ingredients:

    • Garlic, diced
    • Ginger, diced
    • Lentil/Split Pea, cooked
    • Red and Pinto Beans, cooked
    • Noodles
    • SeaSalt/Pepper/Sugar
    • Soy Sauce
    • Celery, sliced
    • Carrots, whole baby carrots
    • Onion, diced
    • Spinach, baby
    • Hot Pepper, diced
    • Corn
    • Salsa
    • Grilled Eggplant, diced
    • Oil

    To-Do List:

    • Heat Oil and sauté Garlic and Ginger before adding Onion, Celery & Carrots.
    • I cooked everything else together and Beans were not pre cooked.

      
    I enjoyed a plate and then the next day decided to try Vegan Burgers from scratch. I named them Herbivores Outsmart Carnivore. Other than the consistency, they were amazing.

      

    Herbivores Outsmarts Carnivore ingredients:

    • Bean Concoction, NutriNinja pureed
    • Tofu, soft
    • Nutritional Yeast & Chipotle Powder
    • BalsamicVinegar/Sriracha
    • Mashed Potatoes, instant (experimental)
    • Buns, gourmet & grilled
    • Eggplant, grilled and sliced
    • Tomato, garden fresh (if possible) and grilled
    • Portabello Mushroom Cap, sliced & grilled
    • Daiya, mmmmmm
    • Potato/Radish/Carrot, grilled for the side (if applicable)
    • Spinach, leafy and baby

       

       
    Spin Class:

    • Pureed the Bean Concoction and combined Tofu, Nutritional Yeast, Chipotle Powder, BalsamicVinegar/Sriracha and Instant Mashed Potatoes in hoping to solidify the mixture.
    • I grilled the Bun, Eggplant, Portabello and Tomato before hand on a cast iron skillet.
    • Then I grilled the Potato, Radish and Carrot on the cast iron skillet.
    • I formed patties out of the mixture and put them on a pan lined with parchment paper and baked.
    • Instead of flipping, I broiled the top. The patties were’t as solid as I would’ve liked. I broiled Daiya on inside of Buns on top of Spinach and on top of patties with Mushroom and Eggplant on top.
    • I made this a Dubbel sandwich combining two patties and enjoyed with a Saison Dolores from Almanac out of San Fran.
    • It was very good and the consistency of the patty could be stronger, but very edible!

      
    And this is where my insanity comes out to play.

      
    I am absolutely addicted to potatoes and Colcannon. I had left over Herbivore Outsmarts Carnivore which on its own is basically superfood and added to it to basically make spontaneous Ⓥ Superfood.

      

    Ⓥ Superfood ingredients:

    • Herbivore Outsmarts Carnivore mixture
    • Roasted potatoes, mashed
    • Salsa
    • SeaSalt/BrownSugar
    • Instant Mashed Potatoes, still experimenting as a thickening agent

    This is pretty self explanatory as I don’t attend to teach anyone how to cook, just sharing my ideas and trying to take away your sanity 🙂 It was very good and very powerful!

      

    Ⓥ Superfood Upgraded ingredients:

    • Ⓥ Superfood, powerfully
    • Water, mmmmm
    • Rice, brown and white (real Rice)
    • Radish, sliced
    • Garlic/Ginger/Onion, minced
    • Oil
    • Spinach, leafy and babyish
    • Daiya

    Superman approved processes:

    • I’m guilty of insanity and having too much fun sometimes. This was very enjoyable.
    • I brought water to a small boil and simmered the rice for quite sometime infusing that rice with flavor and SUPERNESS!
    • I sautéed Garlic/Ginger/Onion in Oil obtaining color before adding Radishes and Spinach.
    • I plated the Superfood Rice and put sautéed gravy sauce (?) over top and broiled with some Daiya.

      
    I’m truly not sure if I can ever surpass this entire process, but it kept me not hungry and entertained for a few days. And parents tell their children not to play with their food. I say PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD & HAVE FUN WITH IT! Recipes are guidelines. Do not follow them to a T. Take some pics, have a beer and ride your bicycle. Be safe, be healthy and blog off:)


    (Apologies, I’m not ordering you to do anything, just recommending.)

    Damnit, I almost forgot to share this Dubbel Boca idea…

      

    Tom Relly ingredients:

    • Tomato, garden & deseeded and diced (save the guts!)
    • Garlic/Ginger/Onion/Oregano, minced & lightly toasted
    • Oil/Sriracha/BalsamicVinegar
    • Celery Seed
    • Eggplant, grilled & diced
    • Bun or Bread, grilled heavily and super diced

    Mix

      

    Dubbel Boca ingredients:

    • Boca, vegan & baked or pan-fried
    • Bun, gourmet and grilled on inside
    • Tom Relly, mmmmm
    • Mustard
    • Chipotle Powder
    • Daiya, mmmmmm

      

    Brain Surgery:

    • Have your Tom Relly, ready. If everything else is grilled and ready before hand, life is easier to construct your edibles to be destroyed by you plant eating herbivorous monsters! I created a massive thunderstorm above theⓋ Boca patties. There was heavy winds, loud thunder and not a drop of rain until right before the climax of the evil storm squirted out flavorful Organic Mustard followed by the precise light mist of smoky Chipotle Powders and then vanishing into muggy humid Illinois air (sound effect (of your choice)), these ridiculous sentences are gone.
    • I grilled another Potato for the side. I constructed the Dubbel Boca onto the bottom (already grilled (on the inside)) Bun creating a tight seal of Chipotle Mustardation between the Boca’s. I then piled Tom Relly (it’s short for Tomato Relish, ok…)
    • I put as much Daiya possible on top of this erected edible Ⓥ tower of power and BROILED
    • Serve as hot as your (my) evil soul for inflicting cruel evil torturing pain on this plant based food before I devour it like I hate plants.

      
    Happy Tuesday, y’all.

    Must Watch on Netflix 

    Cowspiracy
    There are many reasons why I’ve been Vegaetarian for three years and now Vegan for three months. Yes, some are to greedily better myself, however, I feel my lifestyle is truly something I can do to help better our world. And to me, that makes it much more worth it. 

    Let’s make a real difference. 

    Grilled Daiya

      

    Grilled Daiya sandwich ingredients:

    • Daiya, ‘Cheddar’ & ‘Mozzarella’
    • Wheat Bread, toasted on one side
    • Hummus
    • Vegenaise Upgraded
    • Grilled Eggplant, NonGMOProjectVerified & diced
    • Seitan, NonGMOProjectVerified/Chipotle&Diced
    • Tortilla Chips & Sriracha, for side or something else

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    Vegenaise Upgraded ingredients:

    • Vegenaise, mmm
    • Mustard, organic
    • Cucumber, diced without seeds
    • Onion, diced
    • Tomato, diced and strained

    MIX

       

     Lunch Bells:

    • Toast one side of Wheat Bread and smother bottom with Hummus and top with Vegenaise Upgraded w/ eggplant on top of Hummus and Seitan on top of Vegenaise Upgraded & broil
    • Add Generous amounts of Daiya to both sided and broil
    • Put sandwich together and grill (cast iron skillet) on both sides
    • Cut in half diagonal if you dare
    • Serve with a side or Tortilla Chips with Sriracha

      
    Super quick and super easy is ideal for a solid lunch. Happy Wednesday!

    Ⓥegan Comfortisms

      
    Vegan comfort food might not be as readily available as say fast food or other animal product junk. It is, however, easy to create with help from great non animal products. Any Vegan ‘junk’ food is healthier and Better for the world than animal base junk food.

      
    I’ve been a big fan of Apple Music the last couple of months and I decided to check up on some bands that I have not been keeping track of in the recent years like I used to. One of the bands that I have been keeping track of since day 2 is deftones. I’ve been purchasing albums since 1997. They are single handidly my favorite band and have been since probably 1998. Their first album, Adrenaline, came out in 1995. And it would have been one of my first albums ever purchased. If I remember correctly, this would be my first five CD and Cassettes:

    1. The Doors – Greastest Hits
    2. Ozzy – The Ozzman Cometh
    3. Limp Bizkit – Three Dollar Bill, Y’all
    4. Rage Against The Machine – Evil Empire
    5. Deftones – Adrenaline

      
    I’ve learned over the years that in order to gain use out of your ingredients, you’ll (me) have to plan around bulk ingredients. And as I’m blogging these (all over your face) there is an overlap of ingredients. Use it or Lose it! I came up with a Ⓥlattaco, grilled apple ampersand The Post-Apolacalyptic Zombie Butcher VeggHead.

       
       
    Just today I used Apple Music to check up on the band Korn and their new music. They really went downhill after Follow The Leader. Deftones have kept themselves very good and still make very interesting music and they appear to continue to. And because of this, I’m going to share a favorite song off of every album.

    1. FIST
    2. Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)
    3. Knife Party
    4. Deathblow
    5. Simple Man
    6. BEWARE
    7. Beauty School
    8. ROSEMARY

      
    I really hope at least one music lover that has never experienced deftones took at least five minutes to click on one of the above links to enjoy. Now onto the food. I was impressed with the look and the simplicity of a grilled apple, but it wasn’t as tasty as I was hoping.

       
       
    Ⓥlattaco ingrediets:

    • Whole Wheat Tortilla, Grilled on one side
    • Hummus
    • Guacamole, spicy 🙂
    • BrownRice/Lentils/SpiltPeas/dicedNonGMOfrozenGrilledEggplant:) cook in below seasonings
    • Sugar/SeaSalt/Pepper/GarlicAmpersandOnionP/ONEBayLeaf/ChiliP w/ water to cook above ingredients in
    • Daiya, ‘Cheddar’ & ‘Mozzarella’ mmmmmmmm
    • Fishless Filets, baked and sliced
    • Seitan, Chipotle Seitan 🙂
    • Onion, grilled for garnish
    • Fiesta Pico De Gallo w/ Pineapple, strained

      

    Rocket Science:

    • This is a Taco Cookie, Flat Taco or better yet an open Quesadilla. It is very easy and very tasty! Smear the living shit out of the already grilled side of Tortilla with Hummus and Guacamole.
    • Generously, but carefully, place a layer of BrownRice/SplitPeas/Lentils/GrilledEggplant
    • Cover with both types of Daiya, Seitan and Fishlessness’
    • Place in nonstick pan and cook over low-medium heat while covering to murder and melt that Daiya
    • Garnish with grilled Onion and Pico De Gallo on top:)

      
    I’ve been trying to come up with a name for this monster sandwich. And like many great Craft Beers, this sandwich deserves a unique and basically dark and disgusting name. It only took a couple of minutes of concentration. It has been named The Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Butcher VeggHead. I feel that is a name that confidently names this beastwich.

      
      
    Vegenaise Upgraded ingredients:

    • Vegenaise, mmm
    • Mustard, organic
    • Cucumber, diced without seeds
    • Onion, diced
    • Tomato, diced and strained

    MIX

      

    The Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Butcher VeggHead ingredients:

    • Buns, multi-grain Ciabatta
    • Boca, Vegan
    • Daiya, ‘Cheddar’ & ‘Mozzarella’
    • Grilled Eggplant, NonGMOProjectVerified if possible
    • Seitan, NonGMOProjectVerified & Chipotle
    • Onion, Grilled then sliced
    • Hummus
    • Guacamole
    • Sugar/SeaSalt/Pepper/GarlicAmpersandOnionP/ONEBayLeaf/ChiliP w/ water to cook above ingredients in
    • BrownRice/Lentils/SpiltPeas/dicedNonGMOfrozenGrilledEggplant:) cook in below seasonings
    • Grilled Eggplant
    • Pico De Gallo, Fiesta w/ Pineapple
    • Potatoes, grilled
    • Sriracha, cock saucy and splashy
    • Vegenaise Upgraded, mmmmmm
    • ChipotleP

       

       
    Survival to sanity:

    • Either toast or grill inner sides of Ciabatta Bun and save for later consumption.
    • Pan fry Boca and after flipping add Daiya, Grilled Eggplant and Chipotle Seitan. Cover and lower heat. Dash of Chipotle Powder on top:) 
    • Heat BrownRice/Lentils/SpiltPeas/dicedNonGMOfrozenGrilledEggplant
    • Grill Potatoes and Onion
    • Hummus on bottom Bun and Guacamole on top Bun (inner, inner Vegan DINNER of top and bottom)
    • Once everything is ready, build the masterpiece of death (LIFE)
    • From the floor it goes (architecturally) bottom Bun, Hummus, BrownRice/Lentils/SpiltPeas/GrilledEggplant, Vegenaise Upgraded, two Boca patties with greatness melted on top, Grilled Onion slices, Pico De Gallo w/ Pineapple, Guacamole and the top Bun.

       
        
     A deftones song, You’ve Seen The Butcher, my fandom of Vegan Zombie, my partial WordPress name VeggHead and the scary darkness of Post-Apocalypse helped mosh pit into the name of the beast which I did eat.

      
    Happy Monday! Happy 50th Blog to me. Thanks for the likes and follows! Stay healthy, my friends! And have fun!

    Vegan Ⓥhinese

      
    In a recent blog, I briefly shared an easy Chinese-style concoction that is super easy to make however you’d like. I made a massive batch and decided to go out with a bang and fix it up just a bit in the end.

      
    I tell ya what, Non GMO Project Verified Food sells me every time. And I usually pay more, but for the pride it delivers me, it’s well worth it. I wrapped my handlebars with new Bontrager tape. And I’m loving the new look.

      
      
    Ⓥegan Ramen ingredients:

    • Ramen Noodles, seasoning discarded
    • Potatoes, diced and boiled (or roasted)
    • Broccoli, fresh or frozen florets-blanched
    • Garlic, minced
    • Ginger, minced
    • Soy Sauce, Vegan
    • SeaSalt/Pepper
    • BalsamicVinegar/Sriracha
    • Vegetable Broth
    • Peanut Oil
    • Vegetable Oil
    • Sunflower Seeds, shelled
    • Fishless Filets, baked & sliced
    • Grilled Eggplant, baked

      

    Chopsticks to mouth:

      

    • Cook Ramen slightly undercooking, draining and leave separate seasoned with Soy Sauce and Sriracha.
    • Cook Potatoes and blanch Broccoli and leave aside.
    • Add Oil/Garlic/Ginger and sauté for a couple of minutes before adding everything else and mixing.
    • This time around I baked Fishless Filets and Grilled Eggplant and just sliced the Fishless Filets and put on top
    • I could have brought more Broccoli to top, but I’m lazy and I was hungry!

    Eat healthy to be healthy!