LBⓋ 3/10

Low Budget Ⓥegan 3/10

  
Chicago-style Vegan Hot Dogs could be a bit cheaper depending on the quality of your Veggies. Any time I’m eating raw Veggies, I tend to be pickier on quality. These are super quick and easy to make and even easier to devour.

  

Chicago-style Vegan Hot Dog ingredients:

  • Smart Dogs, grilled or boiled
  • Smart Dog Buns, regular buns
  • Mustard, mmmmm
  • Tomato, I had leftover grape Toms-sliced longways
  • English Cucumber, diced
  • Celery Salt
  • Onion, diced
  • Tortilla Chips, on the side or choose other side

No instructions needed (I’d hope)     🙂

  
Chicago-style Vegan Hot Dog Cost Science:

  • Smart Dogs (8) = $3.99 @ $0.50 per serving
  • Buns (8) = $1.25 @ $0.16 per serving
  • Mustard (136) = $1.75 @ $0.02 per serving
  • Tomato (10) = $3.98 @ $0.40 per serving
  • English Cucumber (10) = $1.99 @ $0.20 per serving
  • Celery Salt (794?) = $1.00 @less than $0.01 per serving
  • Onion (7) = $1.17 @ $0.17 per serving
  • Tortilla Chips (13) = $2.00 @ $0.16 per serving

These are extremely comforting Vegan Dawgs and at $1.62 per serving, they are most worth it on a regular basis. Lightlife does an outstanding job with their Plant Powered Protein and if anyone ever gets a chance, TRY one of their many products. They even blew my mind having JUMBO Smart Dogs.

Lightlife

To all of you getting some snow, be safe & have FUN!

Chili EⓋolution

I finished this blog this morning spending two hours on it only for WordPress to fail and erase a huge chunk of data. So, I went for a ride.

Friday Morning Ride


  
I’ve been making kick-ass Chili for at least (well documented) five years now. It has only truly been documented a few times, but I mastered my style of chili probably ten years ago I just never knew it until around 5 years ago. I used to make this kick-ass DIP (for chips) using nothing but chicken and actual veggies working in a restaurant kitchen. You know, against the rules kitchen food, to feed the staff. And from there after plugging the concept in with chili type ideas, my style of Chili was born.


I cannot believe I had the mindset, at more than one points in the past, to keep my cheffing secrets, secrets until they made me millions. I have now forever retired from a kitchen that I do not own. Might as well share and help someone develop their own style.


October is kind of a HUGE month for me. The month includes or almost includes: 

  • Trek HulkRip 2nd Birthday (Sept 22nd)
  • Trek Darth Vader 1st Birthday (Oct 30th) 
  • 1000 Vegetarian Day (Oct 26th)
  • 100 Vegan Day (Oct 16th)

When your own personal well-being is healthy and you truly feel well, it makes life much easier. I feel when healthier than not, stress levels are down and energy levels are up.


Since making a Vegetarian lifestyle change, I’ve noticed extremely better health vitals and weight loss without a true workout routine, other than cycling. Every time that I donate blood (Double Red Cell), I am assured my once moderately high blood pressure is still low. My gym is adventure. My gym is outdoors.

Chili Secrets:

  • Use Vegetables instead of powders
  • Use lots of Vegetables
  • Chop everything yourself, don’t be a lazy ass
  • Marinate on lowest of simmers for hours
  • Drink a good Beer

It shouldn’t necessarily be about ourselves as it should be about the animals, about the environment and truly realizing and comprehending the bigger picture. There is an impact bigger than just one person, cutting out meat/dairy or even just consuming less.


 Chili ingredients (2009):

  • Ground Turkey, eewwwwww
  • Bell Peppers, diced
  • Hot Peppers, diced
  • Onion, diced
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Water sometimes Chicken broth
  • Beans
  • Corn
  • Tomatoes, stewed, diced or chopped (can)
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Cheddar Cheese, gross

I’ve made different variations through the years. Creating a creamier sauce with adding Cheese until last year. I made Lentili without butter or oil and almost Vegan. I think I added Cheese that wasn’t completely Vegan.


 Ever find an artist (music band) that makes you super excited after you find out the length of their discography to listen to. And only an eighth of their music is what you want and the rest is garbage. I really appreciate good bands that can stay consistently different through the years. Not sounding the same on every album, but not changing their roots either.

mewithoutyou


 Yam Lentili ingredients:

  • Garlic, diced finely
  • Onion, diced
  • Celery, diced
  • Carrot, diced
  • Hot Peppers – Jalapeño, Serrano, Poblano, Chipotle (in Adobo), diced
  • Bell Peppers – Green, Red, Yellow, Orange, diced
  • Veggie Broth, splashy
  • Tomatoes, deseeded & chopped
  • Day, mmmmmm
  • Kale, chopped
  • Cilantro, chopped or frozen cubes 🙂 lots
  • SeaSalt/Pepper
  • Parsley, chopped
  • BalsamicVinegar/Sriracha/Sugar
  • Sweet Potato, chopped and baked on parchment paper
  • I think I added Mushrooms, sliced
  • Lentils, Red (split) & Green 🙂


  
  
 I ain’t here to give cooking lessons. Use your imagination and have FUN! I did also make kick-ass Vegan Corn Bread. Seriously, play with your food!


  
 Ⓥ Cream Corn ingredients:

  • Corn, kernels
  • Cashew ‘Milk’
  • Earth balance, ‘Butter’
  • SeaSalt/Sugar/ChipotleP/Onion&GarlicP/NutritionalYeast
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Flour
  • Onion, diced
  • Parsley, chopped
  • Corn Meal
  • Parsley, chopped

I just mixed everything together, covered and set out for a good hour.

  
  
ⓋornBread ingredients:

  • Balsamic Vinegar & Sriracha
  • Flour & Sugar
  • Corn Meal
  • Poblano Pepper, just a little & diced
  • Cilantro, diced
  • Baking Powder & Soda
  • Ⓥ Cream Corn

Simply mixed together and baked.


Lentili Colcannon ingredients:

  • Yam Lentili
  • Potatoes, red & russet roasted
  • Cashew ‘milk’
  • Daiya, mmmm
  • Onion, diced
  • Jalapeño, diced
  • Garlic, diced
  • Corn
  • Parsley & Cilantro, chopped finally finely
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • SeaSalt/Pepper/BalsamicVinegar/Sriracha
  • OnionP/GarlicP/Sugar

 

Balls & Strikes:

  • I dry roasted and did not add any oil. I used one pan with PARCHMENT PAPER:) Added things at different times because not all veggies roast in the same time. I then mixed everything together and topped with Yam Lentili. I did not roast the Grape Tomatoes. I heated them up in the Cashew ‘milk’.

10.07.15 I’m taking my love for Chicago-style dawgs and Vegan lifestyle to another level tonight as the Chicago Cubs play the Pittsburgh Pirates in a wildcard matchup. The Cubs, not being in the post-season since 2008, are a stellar team this season.

10.08.15 The Chicago Cubs won and Jake Arrieta threw a complete game SHO (shutout). Jake has shown a poise that I’ve never seen from a Cubs pitcher. His confidence and simply his persona on the mound sometimes gives me goosebumps. The Chicago Cubs acquired Jake (and Pedro Strop) from the Baltimore Orioles on July 2, 2013 for Steve Clevenger and Scott Feldman. At the time I was sad to see Feldman go, but heard both Arrieta and Strop had potential. Arrieta pitched well the remainder of 2013 and 2014. He went 14-7 with a 2.81 ERA (Earned Runs x 9(innings in a game) ÷ IP (Innings Pitched)). And his numbers are in for 2015 with a whopping 22 wins to only 6 losses. Having the best stats ever after the all-star break. Baseball has been around since the 19th century. Baseball has been a game for a few minutes.

I have created the Ⓥ Jake Arrieta’s. Ⓥ=Vegan. I made five of these monsters being strong, consistent & extremely healthy. The Ⓥ Jake Arrieta is a friendly neighborhood Char Dawg.


Chicago-style Relish ingredients:

  • Tomato, deseeded and diced
  • Cucumber, deseeded and diced
  • Onion, diced
  • Hot Peppers (Poblano & Jalapeno), deseeded and diced
  • Celery Seed
  • Celery Salt
  • SeaSalt/Pepper/ChipotleP/OnionP/GarlicP
  • Poppy Seed

MIX 🙂

Since being close to 100 days Vegan, my body has skyrocketed to amazing well-being and health. I’m going to live for 300 years. And I think that I am shrinking while still being very strong. I can ride a bicycle so much better and faster. My energy level is through the roof. And I feel AMAZING.


Ⓥ Jake Arrieta a Ⓥegan Chicago-style Lentili CharDawg ingredients:

  • Chicago-style Relish, mmmm
  • Buns, bigger the better
  • Daiya, mmmmmmmmmmmmm
  • Vegan Hot Dog (I use Lightlife Smart Dogs-JUMBO), charred
  • Mustard, organic 🙂
  • Lentili, mmmmmmmmmmmmm
  • Chipotle Powder, mmmmmm

Extra Innings:

  • Cut the ends of your smart dogs to keep from blistering.
  • Bake/Broil until your level of char or you patience allows.
  • Add already warm Lentili and Daiya and broil.
  • Broil Buns if desired, I’m a char-head.
  • Top with Chicago Relish, Organic Mustard and Chipotle Powder


  
I also came up with a salad concept of Roasted Veggies mixed with Romaine and Lentili as the ‘dressing’. It was good. I made Sweet Potato chips with my first batch of Ⓥ Jake Arrieta’s, but I was a little too tipsy to take a decently good pic. Hopefully today is much better with the art of photography. I also made three Dawgs a little different, yesterday. I feel like I’m forgetting some stuff. DAMNIT.


  
  
The Cubs play STL in a best of 5 NLDS and I’ve been saying all season that if the Cubs want to win big, they have to be able to destroy STL. And they can. Go CUBBIES & Happy Friday!


This Will Destroy You

And it is now Saturday.. HAPPY SATURDAY!

I came up with yet another Lentili concoction. This one is a Lentili Spudwich.

And these are a concept of eating Lentili without utensils, being Potato bowls filled with Lentili and Daiya!

Vegan Dawgs

VeggHead BeerCyclist 2.27

Vegan Dawgs
I’m excited to receive a t-shirt that I ordered earlier this month, today! It is the very first FatBike shirt that I’ve come across. Thanks, Teespring. Hopefully it’s delivered before the mail as the mail always comes around 3:00 pm. The USPS always has me guessing. We will see. 



I had a really good Sour beer last night. It wasn’t just any Sour, it had great complexity and it is the closest local brewery to me being 50 some miles south in Bloomington, IL. It is the third Sour I’ve had from Destihl brewery that was at least very good. It was pricy and I’m poor so I probably won’t enjoy another, but it was well worth it. 



I’ve always loved hot dogs. I ate them as a kid. I always ate them at Wrigley Field either before or during many upon many of Old Style’s. Before magically transforming into vegetarianism to save the world, I found the best Dawg that I have ever had.  And it just took some time, but I dug up the only picture that I have of this amazing delight, Chicago-Style Char Dawg from Gold Coast Dogs inside the Chicago Union Station. 



Ever since experiencing this greatness of a Dawg, I’ve been trying to recreate it and make it better. Since I’ve taken the vow to save the planet by establishing an Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian lifestyle, it has been a bit more challenging. I’ve created quite a few different dawgs from the basic Dawg to elaborate and creative as possible. I always use Smart Dogs by Lightlife. They have smaller Dawgs and jumbo Dawgs. I like the jumbo Dawgs better, just because they have a greater gravitational pull to keep all the ridiculous toppings close by that I throw on them.
While I’m at it, I’d just like to share a discovery that I’ve made involving Dawgs and sandwiches. I like pickles and relish, but unpickled raw cucumber is where it’s at! I haven’t used relish or pickles in a couple of years. I haven’t even eaten them. And catsup or ketchup is baby food. Which most isn’t even safe for babies with all of the tomato flavoring with the sugar. Tomatoes are so much better and healthier. I could talk bad about catsup or ketchup for a very long time. If you don’t have tomatoes, donate the catsup or ketchup to a diabetic who can’t find their insulin and throw some Sriracha on there and grow some balls. Why is there two different spellings for the same product that is basically the same pronunciation. The whole idea of IT, buying, writing about IT, smack-talking about IT, even consumption, kills my brain cells and is ultimately mentally challenging. I’m done. 
I’m sharing 5 different Dawgs that I have pictures for so I can Strava #ProveIt. I seriously accidentally hashtagged ProbeIt. Haha. “LOL” belongs with IT. It’s dumb, overused, and so 2000. I have a basic Chicago Char Dawg, Experimental Mexi-Chicago Char Dawg, Italia-Chicago Char Dawg, Lentili Char Dawg and the 333 Halsted. I am and have been Vegan on Fridays for a few months now. #VeganVriday. I promise that I’m done hashtagging. It won’t be long before the actual hashtag finds its way into the dictionary and/or the bible. 



I’ve made numerous varieties of Lentili. It’s my usually Vegan awesome creation. Really I just use Lentils instead of beans. But the name, Lentili, rocks and makes me want to do a shot every time I say it or type Lentili. I drank a little Jameson last night. I’d have a pretty good buzz after this paragraph. I usually make Lentili without oil, but in this case I used leftover Back Burner Ragu Marinara that I used for some Chicago Stuffed Pies that was made with a bit of oil. 



Back Burner Ragu Marinara ingredients:
-Oil, not too splashy
-Garlic, diced
-White or Yellow Onion, diced
-Celery, diced
-Carrots, whole and then diced
-Sea Salt/Pepper/Sugar/Oregano
-I usually throw a little cayenne in
-Tomato Paste
-Canned chopped Tomatoes or be a chef and chop your own
-Water or Veggie Broth
-Time to simmer down now
Steps:
-Sauté Garlic in oil
-Sauté Onion 
-Sauté Celery and Carrots
-I usually add a few splashes of Balsamic Vinegar after the veggies are sautéed 
-Add Tomatoes and Paste and Water or Broth
-Season
-Bring to a very brief boil without scorch torture 
-Simmer while stirring for hours. 
-You want it to cook down. Things are better with time. Cheese, Wine, Beer… The consistency you want to start out with is a little runnier than chunky as it will thicken and swell upon timely simmering.



Vegan Lentili ingredients:
-Back Burner Ragu Marinara
-Oil
-Bell Pepper assortment, Deseeded and diced
-Hot Peppers, deseeded and diced
-Carrot and Celery, diced
-Garlic and Onion, diced
-Go Veggie! “Cheese”
-Balsamic Vinegar
-Sea Salt/Pepper/Garlic Powder 
-Lentils!
-Water or Veggie Broth
-I used mush that I saved from previously deseeding tomatoes and cucumbers. Why not. 
-Time
Steps:
-Oil
-Sauté Garlic
-Sauté Onion
-Sauté Celery and Carrot
-Sauté PEPPERS
-Add Balsamic Vinegar
-Add Back Burner Ragu Marinara
-Add Water or Broth if needed
-Season
-Simmer for 60-90 minutes
-Add Lentils
-Simmer 30 more minutes
-Add “Cheese” and turn off your simmer contraption 
-Probably hot, but ready to serve or save for your Lentili Char Dawg.



Vegan Chicago Char Dawg ingredients:
-Good Buns
-Smart Dog
-Cucumber
-Tomato 
-Organic Mustard is the shit.
-Onion 
-Pepper
-Hot Peppers or Sport Peppers
-Do not disgrace me with IT (Rhymes with Fetch Crup) 
Steps:
-Char your Dawgs by grilling, broiling or baking
-To somewhat imitate that Gold Coast Dog, I cut the end like they do. It’s not necessary and Smart Dogs are grillable. That is a recent change they’ve conquered. They can withstand more heat. They still bubble a bit, but don’t explode (that I’ve seen).
-Char your bun now or later. One it adds flavor. And two it gives ya a stronger platform, host, boat or Bun as most would say.
-While keeping your charring on your mind, get your veggies prepped. 
-Build your Dawg and top with Mustard and a few dashes of Pepper.
-Add a side and a good Beer and enjoy! 



Vegan Mexi-Chicago Char Dawg ingredients:
     I experimented by slicing the Smart Dogs before charring. It is not necessary.
-Smart Dog, charred 
-Go Veggie! “Cheese”
-Serrano Peppers, sliced (deseed if you want)
-Avocado, sliced (seared if you want. I did it in the pic, just to do it.)
-Onion, diced
-Tomato, diced, sliced or whole?
-Guacamole (store bought or homemade) 
-Cucumber, anyway you’d like
-Mustard, if it’s Organic, all over my face
Steps: 
-I charred the Dogs and then melted “Cheese” on them. 
-Prepare all of your veggies.
-Spread the Guacamole on the Bun and lightly char/toast
-If you build it, he will come eat it.
-Add a side and a beer and enjoy!



Vegan Lentili Char Dawg ingredients:
-Good Bun, charred
-Smart Dog, charred and “Cheese” charred
-Go Veggie! “Cheese”
-Vegan Lentili, heated
Steps:
-Get your charring inferno completed and don’t toast the Bun too much as you’re gonna double char that punk.
-I charred the Bun the first time with a little “Cheese” on it.
-Throw that meatless tube steak on the cheesy Bun.
-Add some more “Cheese” on top and find a way to balance it for the additional charring. I used a shallower bowl. 
-When charred, plate your work.
-Does it look good?
-Throw some Lentili on it add a Beer and a side and you’re good to go! Enjoy! 



Vegan Italian-Chicago Char Dawg ingredients:
-Good Bun, charred
-Smart Dog, charred and “Cheese” melted/charred
-Go Veggie! “Cheese”
-Garlic, sliced 
-Cucumber, I cut them into strips
-Tomato, sliced or diced
-Onion, diced
-Serrano Peppers, sliced 
-Organic Mustard is worth it.
-Parsley, if you’re gonna take a beautiful picture to share to your friends. It is also edible 🙂

Leaps:
-Char your Dog. I believe that I baked the Dog first before broiling. I achieved great color with these. 
-Melt/Char the “Cheese” lightly
-Put sliced Garlic on the “Cheese” EVER so carefully and then go nuts and char the Soy out of it. 
-Also, char your Bun
-In the meantime, listen to some Helmet. Yeah, from the 90’s! 
-Your favorite thing, veggie prep, should have already been done during the Edible Vegan Charcoal process.
-Throw it all together. Distance gets you much more points. Have a beer, take a pic and enjoy. Then go for a bike ride! 

333 Halsted:
This one is my baby. It took some time to name and complete with the awesome sense of success it gave me.
The address is 333 Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60661. It is a National Hellenic Museum. It is in Greektown in Chicago in Illinois in the United States of America found in the Northern America on Earth’s Northern Hemisphere inside our Solar System in the enormous Milky Way Galaxy. Just a tiny dot in the vast universe. 
My thought process was to infuse Greek-Style and Chicago-Style into one Dawg. Greektown is an awesome area in Chicago, by the way. This is a Vegan Dawg, but I did leave the “Cheese” away. Add it if you’d like. I’ve been a fan of different types of tapenade for quite a few years now. Maybe not the correct name, but it should have an elaborate name for the awesome ingredients in it. It’s basically a Greek-Style relish. Tapenade is an assortment of capers, olives and oil originated in Provence. Which is France. I’ve never been. I am not an expert and I guess they like anchovies in theirs. 



Greek-Chicago-Style Tapenade ingredients:
-Chicago Hot Giardiniera, super diced
-Capers, super diced
-Garlic, super diced
-Roasted Red Pepper, skinned and super diced
-Hot Peppers, super diced (I used Serrano)
-Onion, super diced
-Cucumber and Tomato, deseeded and super diced
-Green and Kalamata Olives, diced superbly-Pits not allowed
-Red Wine, drink a glass as well
-Oil and Balsamic Vinegar
-Sea Salt/Pepper/Paprika/Poppy Seed
Steps, Wino:
-I hope that’s good wine. 
-Mix everything together just don’t drown everything with a waterfall of flavor. You just want this tasty concoction to swim and relax, having fun with their friends. 
-Let marinade at room temperature for a while.
333 Halsted ingredients:
-Greek-Chicago-Style Tapenade
-Smart Dog, charred
-Good Bun, charred
-Organic Mustard
Voyage:
-I actually forgot to char the Bun in the picture. Too much wine. It was still delicious. 
-Char the Dog and Bun if the wine lets you. 
-Throw it together 
-I recommend trying those potatoes
-Slice and bake for hourish at 400* F seasoning is always good
-Keep drinking your wine or crack open a 2013 Destihl Saint Dekkera Reserve Sour: Excommunie Trois. The best Sour that I’ve ever had. 



Man, writing these posts are time consuming and make me hungry and make me thirsty. On another good note, it’s super sunny outside and I’m gonna take my Trek HulkRip out for an in town road ride. Thanks for reading this, if you did. I bought all of you readers flowers at Aldi!