Garbonzilli

Yet another last minute spontaneous (soup/chili) season ending decision.

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I made baked Garbanzo beans for a Minestrone recipe and had leftover beans. Utilizing leftovers and minimizing waste in a kitchen depicts how pro you are.

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Congratulations to Peyton Manning on a great career. I feel his delay on retiring helped Denver’s QB remaining issues.

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On a better note, I finally have wheels on my Trek Darth Vader that’ll last forever.

Garbonzilli ingredients:

  • Oil, very little
  • Garlic, freshly minced
  • Onion, diced
  • Celery, diced
  • Carrot, sliced
  • Peppers (yellow, green, red), diced
  • Garbanzo Beans, baked
  • Broth, veggie
  • ChipotleP/BrownSugar/SeaSalt/Pepper/Paprika
  • Tomatoes, freshly  deseeded and chopped
  • Tomato Juice from Tomato guts

Sauté Veggies and add Broth, Beans, Tomatoes and Seasonings and simmer for a couple of hours.

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HAPPY FRIDAY!

LBⓋ16 Ⓥinestrone Soupé

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Here in Northern Central Illinois, spring is just about contemplating and flinching when the teacher called Spring’s name. In Illinois, the climate changes every day. And occasionally you witness all four seasons in one day, especially between the true seasons. Furthermore an awesome excuse to go crazy with soup and chili. Going out with a bang is always up my sleeve. That bike up top is strange, yet intrigued my because of broken spoke issues. No spokes there.

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There is a band Clutch. I first heard Clutch in my teenage years. The song that I remember most from the beginning of my Clutch experience is Spacegrass, recorded 1995 and probably heard by me in 2000 ish.

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I tried various beers from Short’s Brewery way out west in Bellaire. The Fresh Prince doesn’t even know about this as this Bellaire is in Michigan. This beer, Space Rock, automatically made me think of this song and an exact correlation took place (in space).

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They were all very drinkable. I’m not gonna pretend that I can depict every note of every beer. I know good beer from bad beer and everyone who I pretend reads my flog-blogs should know that while knowing I don’t measure my ingredients.

Low Balance Veganism 16:

Oil-free, basically fat-free and totally flavorful

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Ⓥinestrone ingredients:

  • Broth, Veggie (4) @ $1.98 = $0.50 per serving
  • Zucchini Squash, quarterly sliced (8) @ $1.75 = $0.22 per serving
  • Onion, chopped (4) @ $0.80 = $0.20 per serving
  • Celery, chopped (5) @ $1.25 = $0.25 per serving
  • Carrots, diced (12) @ $1.25 = $0.10 per serving
  • Green Beans, chopped (6) @ $1.49 = $0.25 per serving
  • Basil, freshly chopped (4.5) @ $2.98 = $0.66 per serving
  • Parsley, freshly chopped (15) @ $1.00 = $0.07 per serving
  • Tomatoes, freshly seeded and gutted (12) @ $3.98 = $0.33 per serving
  • Tomato Sauce (2.5) @ $0.49 = $0.20 per serving
  • Garlic, freshly minced (3) @ $0.35 = $0.12 per serving
  • Tofu, extra firm yet crumbled (6) @ $2.98 = $0.50 per serving
  • Brown Rice, cooked (13) @ $1.33 = $0.11 per serving
  • Black Rice, cooked (8) @ $5.98 = $0.75 per serving
  • Seasonings(SeaSalt/Pepper/BrownSugar/BalsamicVinegar /OnionP/GarlicP/CrushedRedPeppers/Cayenne) = $0.10 per serving
  • Baked Garbanzo Beans (13) @ $1.49 = $0.12 per serving
  • Bay Leaves, later removed = $0.10 per serving

Being oil-free I oven-roasted my core veggies and then added all to stew in harmony together.

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Making completely from scratch (except for store-bought broth) makes a big impact in the quality of soup. And at $4.58 per serving for the quality and vast servings that can be produced, this is cheaply great soup to motivate springs arrival.

The Soft Parade

Short’s Brewing Company beers tried:

  • Space Rock – Pale Ale (3.75 Untappd bottle caps)
  • Huma Lupa Licious – IPA (3.5 Untappd bottle caps)
  • ControversiALE – IPA (3.75 Untappd bottle caps)
  • Soft Parade – Fruit Beer (4.25 Untappd bottle caps)
  • Bellaire Brown – Brown Ale (3.25 Untappd bottle caps)

The highest rated Short’s Brewing beer was the Soft Parade. A very decent beers from a good brewery in my book. I cannot wait to try more.

LBⓋ 15 Salad Sliders

Salad finger food is here because I’m too lazy to use a knife unless I’m on a plant killing massacre rampage. I mow my lawn with a steak knife. Nothing gives me more pleasure than plant genocide. Kill ’em all!

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I’ve mentioned before (blogged in your eye) that spontaneous thinking is my lifeline and it helps my luck with cooking or in this case, cutting and arranging.

Low Budget Ⓥeganism 15

Nutshell

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Salad Slider ingredients:

  • Tomato, vine ripe and sliced halfly (4.5) @ $3.98 = $0.88 per serving
  • Spinach, baby and sliced (12) @ $2.99 = $0.25 per serving
  • Avocado, sliced (3) @ $0.49 = $0.16 per serving
  • Cucumber, sliced (7) @ $0.99 = $0.14 per serving
  • Onion, sliced (10) @ $1.99 = $0.20 per serving
  • Balsamic Vinegar (32) @ $2.97 = $0.10 per serving
  • Sea Salt (357) @ $1.99 = $0.01 per serving

Slice and arrange. At $2.73 per serving, this is worth it and fun to pop salads.

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Pairs well with clean hands and an IPA.

LBⓋ 13/10 Lentili ‘Cheese’ Fries

Last year, I wanted to share 10 LBⓋ ideas. Low Budget Vegan is more fun to me than probably helpful to anyone else. As I do not have anyone ever reading these, it is a better way of organizing ideas and hopefully one day I’ll influence someone to go Vegetarian, Vegan or just to cook for themselves.

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I bought new wheels for my (bicycle) Trek Darth Vader, hence low budget Veganism. Don’t get me started with these wheels. They have already been returned for a wheelset that’ll work for me better. Anyways….

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LBⓋ 13/10 Lentili ‘Cheese’ Fries ingredients:

  • Daiya, block ‘cheddar’ – chopped (7) @ $5.98 = $0.85 per serving
  • Fries, frozen & roasted (9) @ $2.98 = $0.33 per serving
  • Lentil, canned soup – simmered (2) @ $1.50 = $0.75 per serving
  • Sriracha (96) @ $2.97 = $0.04 per serving
  • Seasonings (GarlicP/OnionP/BrownSugar/LiquidSmoke/SeaSalt/ Pepper/CornStarch) @ $0.07 per serving
  • Broth, Veggie (4) @ $1.99 = $0.25 per serving

Ready….GO:

  • Heat Lentil Soup/Veggie Broth and simmer. Heat VeggieBroth/Seasonings/Daiya/Sriracha and simmer.
  • Control consistency with CornStarch/Broth.
  • Oven-Roast fries and construct.
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This would’ve been made cheaper and better from-scratch, unfortunately time was not on my side and this dude was hungry. And at $2.29 per serving this cheaply and timely produces 3-5 hearty servings and is a healthier comfort food. To be remastered….

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Happy Friday! I recommend enjoying a great beer, having some excellent plant-based food and watching PlantPure Nation on Netflix. Of course, after going for a FatBike ride in the snow as I did last night. If possible.

PlantPure Nation Trailer

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Snow Ride

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Simple Man

Vegan Egg Review

I was immensely excited to try Vegan Egg by Follow Your Heart. I tried a few different things and all were extremely edible. Let’s get one thing super straight, it is amazing to have plant-based as carnivorous-style food. They did an eerily great job at making these Vegan Eggs look and smell like animal eggs. In all honesty, they made me gassy and not-so-friendly-gassy. The egg-smell coming out in gas form is somehow enhanced and extra ‘eggy’.

As far as the cooking goes, I lost patience trying to make an omelet. Scrambled eggs never turned out the way that I wanted. Ultimately, Vegan Eggs are a bit too much of a process for me to prepare more than just a few times. It seems like you have to be precise about the steps. And I am not good at following rules. I never will be. I might be a badass. I might just be extremely lazy. I love the concept and hope people try them and conclude how they’d like.

It’s nice to have comfort food options, but it takes me back to a long lasting opinion of “do we have to pretend to eat animals?”. Sometimes, I eat too much ‘cheese’, ‘burgers’ or seitan…. Seriously most of those plant-based animal-like products are better than the animal products and the benefits are overwhelming. I’m truly just rambling, but nothing beats a sandwich of just veggies and a little mustard. Follow Your Heart Vegenaise is one of the greatest condiments ever, though.

Keep up the good work, Follow Your Heart!

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Leonardo Meatlessburger

I do not intend to be extremely repetitive, but I love sandwiches. And finding fun ways to include sandwiches into my (Ⓥegan) lifestyle, is one of my keys to happiness.

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Dude’s gotta eat…

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And while any dude (or lady) has to eat, they might as well eat happily. While eating happily, they (you) might as well be healthily happily eating. And if you can healthily happily eat, you might as well step it up a notch or two and eat Vegetarian or Vegan to ultimately do an enormous part in saving the planet.

Fight Climate Change

Even scientists say, “eat less meat” when asked how to better the planet.

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I am not one to follow much of what takes place in the movie industry these days, but it’s impossible nowadays to ignore it. When news involves Leonardo DiCaprio, I’ll listen as Leo and I go way back to when I saw Titanic in theater at age 12, I believe. Since then, he’s truly been a favorite actor of mine. Being a true environmental activist is greater than (>) his amazing acting career and is how people with power/fame should go above themselves to try and make a true difference.

12 Celebrities

I’m gonna have to share links to my favorite Leo movies. I have to.

The Basketball Diaries

The Beach

Catch Me If You Can

The Departed

I made a good amount of (ben) Meatlessburger happiness. (The QB for the Pittsburgh Steelers is Ben Roethlisberger:). A brewery that I’ve come across with a few different beers is Half Acre out of Chicago, IL. I did not visit the Brewery (yet), just picked up a few 4-packs. I enjoyed their Pale Ale, their IPA and their Black/Dark Ale. They were all in 16 oz. cans with great decorative properties and the stuff inside is good, as well.

As far as the Meatlessburger goes, I made a gyro-style sandwich, a USA-style sandwich and an experimental chinese-style bunless Meatlessburger. And a LBⓋ (Low Budget Vegan) side… 🙂

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Ⓥzatziki Sauce ingredients:

  • Non-dairy yogurt, plain
  • Lemon, freshly juiced
  • Cucumber, deseeded and diced
  • Cumin powder
  • Garlic, freshly minced
  • SeaSalt/Pepper/BrownSugar
  • Sriracha
  • Onion, diced

Mix. And Enjoy.

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Meatlessburger ingredients:

  • Tofu, extra firmly crumbled (?:)
  • Lightlife ‘sausage’ and ‘beef’, crumbled
  • Daiya Cheddar, block diced cubes
  • Garlic, freshly minced
  • SeaSalt/Pepper/BrownSugar/GarlicP/OnionP
  • Liquid Smoke
  • Parsley, freshly chopped
  • Soy Sauce

Prep. Mix. And enjoy. Add Corn Starch if needed.

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Gyro Meatlessburger ingredients:

  • Ⓥzatziki Sauce

  • Meatlessburger, pan-fried/cast-ironed/baked/grilled
  • Cucumber, slices
  • Tomato, slices (Bushel Boy)
  • Lettuce & Spinach, freshly sliced
  • Bun, gourmet (bigger) and grilled on inside

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USA Meatlessburger ingredients:

  • Meatlessburger, pan-fried/cast-ironed/baked/grilled
  • Daiya, melted/broiled onto Meatlessburger
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumber, slices
  • Tomato, slices (Bushel Boy)
  • Onion, slices
  • Vegenaise, mmmmmm
  • Mustard
  • Mushrooms, sliced and sauteéd

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I will go over the LBV and Chinese-style bunless Meatlessburger at a later time.

Happy Leap Year Day. Is that a thing?

Spaghetti Carbonara

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Most of the time, something truly artery clogging usually murderous involving animals is excuse and motivation for my blog clogging Vegan food ideas. Meat is murder. Cheese and dairy is animal torture. I recently made Vegan Spaghetti Carbonara.

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Yesterday, I enjoyed something called Jesus Toast. I rode through wet and super soft mud/gravel to get to this toast. Only to later realize this Jesus Toast was created by a SIUC Saluki alum. And this Jesus Toast is not your traditional food. Food to me, but a craft beer from Hailstorm Brewing Company out of Tinley Park, IL. The beer is a black rye IPA and very decent. The name is unique and entertaining alone. Made from a Saluki alum is a cherry on top. I also enjoyed an Alabama Hot Tub by Hailstorm.

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Saturday, I rode my heart out along a multi-surfaced Gran Fondo of 100+ KMs. I set a most ascent record with my Garmin Edge 1000 with an ascent of 592 meters aka just short of 2,000 feet. It was an asskicker.

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Spaghetti Carbonara ingredients:

  • Spaghetti, whole wheat & cooked not rinsed
  • Onion, diced
  • Garlic, freshly minced
  • Mushroom, sliced
  • ‘Milk’, rice, soy or cashew non-dairy
  • Egg replacer
  • Pepper, coarse
  • Tempeh, grilled
  • Daiya
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Parsley, freshly chopped
  • ‘Bacon’, Seitan chopped
  • Bread, everything is truly optional
  • GarlicP/OnionP/SeaSalt/Sugar/Cayenne

Progressive Karate:

  • Saute Onion and Garlic. Boil and season ‘cream’.
  • Cook noodles, leave starch and cool.
  • Add egg replacer, Daiya and Mushrooms.
  • Cook down adding noodles. Serve.

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The grilled Tempeh gives that deadly animal flesh look that so many love. To me, it’s nutritious and delicious.

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There was a Spring tease this weekend in Illinois. It was wonderful and hope is evident. Lube those bike chains. Mentally prepare for Spring cleaning. Baseball is in the air and soon here grilled veggies will be the aroma in your neighborhood.

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Save animals, kill plants.

My Sunday Funday was a Sudday Mudday 🙂

Ⓥaco Salad

I’ve blogged it before and I’ll blog it again. Improv cooking sometimes allows truly great ideas to flourish. And having fun with your food is unreal, interesting and extremely entertaining. Perhaps, not always a success, but worth it most of the time.

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From time to time, I do not wanna go to the grocery store. And that alone (maybe a beer or two, also) is my spontaneous/improvisational motivation. Cook and create with what you have on hand. I have strong belief that in a prior life, I was a Mexican chef. Furthermore, I always non-subconsciously almost hoard Mexican cuisine ingredients. A past life is the only way that I can explain it.

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Hopslam:)

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I’ve had some good beers in the last weeks. I had enjoyed my first ever Hopslam on draft. I’ve had it in bottle before, which is great. The preservation and balance in keg is unbelievable. Hopslam is made out of Bell’s Brewing in Galesburg, MI. It is a DIPA (double india pale ale) made with honey. FIND IT. ENJOY IT.

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Seitan ingredients:

  • Vital Wheat Gluten
  • Corn Meal
  • Rosemary/Cayenne/FennelSeed, crushed together
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Veggie Broth
  • Turmeric/Thyme/SeaSalt/Pepper/GarlicP/OnionP
  • Bay Leaves/Celery/Peppercorn/Fennel/Rosemary, for baking
  • Vegan ‘Cheese’ cloth

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Domino Effect:

  • Mix wet ingredients together and dry ingredients separately before mixing together.
  • Form into a loaf and put into wet ‘cheese’ cloth.
  • Put Seitan loaf into Lasagna pan and put Herbs/Veggies with Broth filling halfway.
  • Bake for two hours, flipping loaf in between.
  • Remove from cloth immediately and put in foil or use.
  • I broiled slightly after out of ‘cheese’ cloth.

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Relish ingredients:

  • Tomato, deseeded and diced
  • Cucumber, deseeded and diced
  • Onion, diced
  • Seitan, diced and slightly charred
  • Radish, diced
  • Garlic, minced
  • Lime, juice
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • SeaSalt/Pepper
  • Oil/BalsamicVinegar/RedWineVinegar/Sriracha

Mix.

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Rice ingredients:

  • Rice, Basmati – browned and cooked
  • Broth
  • Leftovers (mostly beans)
  • SeaSalt/Pepper

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Veggies ingredients:

  • Potato, chopped
  • Celery, sliced
  • Carrot, sliced
  • Onion, diced
  • Seitan, mmmm
  • Corn, browned
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Daiya, slices for garnish
  • Rice

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Ⓥaco Salad ingredients:

  • Tortilla, baked as taco bowl
  • Lettuce, iceberg – sliced
  • Spinach, sliced
  • Jalapeno, roasted and deseeded/skinned
  • Vegenaise, mmmmm
  • Seitan, chopped
  • Relish, mmmm
  • Mushroom, sliced
  • Cilantro

Build.

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Happy Friday! Spring is approaching!

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Be safe.

Super Bowl Ⓥunday

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Early explorers not following maps is how people need to follow recipes

-VeggHead BeerCyclist

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In West Philadelphia born and raised, On the playground is where I spent most of my days. I am kidding. I was born in Denver, CO. However the playground situation is true as long as riding a bike and swimming counts, also. I did also grow up watching and idolizing John Elway, the amazing QB for the Denver Broncos between 1983-1999. The reason why number seven is my favorite and why my signature puposely contains a “7” is because of that man. And this Super Bowl, John gave Denver their third SB victory being the Denver Broncos GM and true Sheriff. I was happy to see Peyton Manning win. I was, however, more excited to feast on all kinds of VEGAN FOOD.

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In the first quarter I had Nachos basically as an appetizer. And in the second quarter I enjoyed Potatoes. The third quarter I turned it up just a notch with baked beans. And nothing makes sports more enjoyable (other than beverages) than the ultimate comfort-food, the hot dog. I did pair all of these Vegan courses with different IPAs. I am not sure it could’ve been any better.

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The commercials were mostly bad and at times, extremely mad. There was one about how much water you could save while brushing your teeth, although nothing about the amounts of water it takes to produce this worlds disgusting carnivorous habits. There was one for Heinz ketchup and mustard. And it involved “weiner” dogs running with hot dog buns as floaties. These dogs were supposed to be eaten by someone, I’m assuming. Also, Veggie or meat, no dawgs should be eaten with ketchup. Peyton Manning plugged for Budweiser. I later learned that he owns a brewery somewhere.

GOOD PEOPLE DRINK GOOD BEER

-Hunter S. Thompson

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Seitan ingredients:

  • Vital Wheat Gluten
  • Corn Meal
  • Rosemary/Cayenne/FennelSeed, crushed together
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Veggie Broth
  • Turmeric/Thyme/SeaSalt/Pepper/GarlicP/OnionP
  • Bay Leaves/Celery/Peppercorn/Fennel/Rosemary, for baking
  • Vegan ‘Cheese’ cloth

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Domino Effect:

  • Mix wet ingredients together and dry ingredients separately before mixing together.
  • Form into a loaf and put into wet ‘cheese’ cloth.
  • Put Seitan loaf into Lasagna pan and put Herbs/Veggies with Broth filling halfway.
  • Bake for two hours, flipping loaf in between.
  • Remove from cloth immediately and put in foil or use.
  • I broiled slightly after out of ‘cheese’ cloth.

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Relish ingredients:

  • Tomato, deseeded and diced
  • Cucumber, deseeded and diced
  • Onion, diced
  • Seitan, diced and slightly charred
  • Radish, diced
  • Garlic, minced
  • Lime, juice
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • SeaSalt/Pepper
  • Oil/BalsamicVinegar/RedWineVinegar/Sriracha

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Mix.

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Ⓥombie Anacholypso ingredients:

  • Cashews, raw or not
  • Walnuts, raw or not
  • Broth, Veggie
  • Cilantro, freshly chopped
  • SeaSalt/Pepper/Paprika
  • ChipotleP/OnionP/GarlicP/TurmericP
  • Peppers (green, red & yellow), roasted and skinned

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Mixed in a blender. Served smothering the life out of Tortilla Chips garnished with Cilantro. I also threw some store-bought Salsa Verde on them as well. Went extremely well together.

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Nachos ingredients:

  • Tortilla Chips, I used normal and blue
  • Daiya, mmmmmm
  • Relish, mmmmmm that smell 🙂
  • Ⓥombie Anacholyso ‘Cheese’, mmmmm

  • Salsa Verde
  • Chipotle Pepper

Construct, melt and enjoy.

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Sweet Potatoes ingredients:

  • Sweet Potatoes, skin on and diced
  • Celery, diced
  • Onion, diced
  • Carrot, diced
  • Seitan, chopped large
  • Oil
  • Earth Balance, add later & garnish
  • Broth, Veggie
  • Lentils, dry
  • Guts, non-animal, but utilize Tomato and Cucumber
  • Dill, freshly chopped & add later
  • Tofu, extra firm-extra crumbled
  • Mushroom, sliced & add later
  • SeaSalt/Pepper/GarlicP/OnionP/ Paprika/ChiliP/BrownSugar

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Saute Celery, Onion, Carrot in Oil before adding Seitan, Sweet Potatoes & Tofu to saute & steam by stirring occasionally and covering inbetween on medium-high heat. Add Broth, Lentils and seasonings except the “add later” and simmer, covered. Add “add later”s and serve soon after and garnish with Earth Balance.

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Ⓥaked Ⓥeans ingredients:

  • Beans, dry & Northern
  • Garlic, fresh & minced
  • Corn, I used canned
  • Celery, diced
  • Onion, diced
  • Carrot, diced
  • Tofu, crumbles
  • Tomato, puree
  • Tomatoes, canned chopped w/ juice
  • Cilantro, freshly chopped
  • Seitan, sliced & charred
  • Broth, Veggie
  • LiquidSmoke/BalsamicVinegar/Sriracha
  • SeaSalt/Pepper/BrownSugar

Mix together and BAKE. I baked @ 305° for 3+ hours while covered and rode a bicyclt outside.

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Dawgs ingredients:

  • Smart Dog, simmered in Veggie Broth
  • Buns, slightly toasted
  • Celery Salt
  • Relish, NO KETCHUP
  • Mustard

Have fun with your food!

Beers enjoyed:

  • Dark Horse Brewing Double Crooked Tree IPA
  • Excel Brewing Hop Heist
  • Excel Brewing Plague Bringer
  • Radium City Brewing Passing Time
  • Green Flash Brewing Tangerine Soul Style IPA