Saturday, January 31, 2009

White Bean and Kale Stew & Yves' Veggie Bavarian Sausage Review

In the January issue of Bon Appetit, there's a couple of vegetarian recipes, including one for a fabulous White Bean and Kale Stew. The recipe made a good quantity - about 8 meals and freezes very well.

For that extra "meatiness", I grilled and sliced up two Yves Veggie Bavarian Sausages, which lended the perfect "smoky" flavor to the very delicately flavored stew.

In combinasion, it made a very hearty meal and I'll make this recipe again.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Mock Duck Review from Paradis Vegetarien Chi-Ming

I promised I would offer my review on the mock meats purchased at Paradis Vegetarien Chi-Ming. I made last weekend the Mock Duck (Seafood Flavor) J&T brand.

The package includes two small "loaves"
or rectangular "nuggets" of orange color and the texture is spongy.

I have to say that pan fried, the texture was actually very pleasant. You could easily make little cutlets that you pan fry for additional texture. The taste reminded me of a mix of fake crab and mushroom. As a meat replacement, I say it's a nice change from the regular tofu/tempeh mix.

The ingredients say that it's gluten, mushroom and seasonings (we're hoping that's meatless...). According to the package, it stores 1 year in the freezer, and 2 months in the fridge.

I would buy this again.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Vega Whole Food Health Optimizer Review

I've been on the look out for a vegan vitamin supplement for a few months now. After discussing my new found veggie diet with a colleague of mine (she happens to be a Spinning instructor), she told me about Vega. She said she used it to supplement her diet. She's a flexatarian. Of course, with my attention span equating that of a newt, I kept forgetting the name of the product or even looking it up. Now bare with me, there's a couple of twists to this story so if I bore you, just skip to the end.

Fast forward two months, and after reading Skinny Bitch, I decided to try out "only fruits for breakfast" theory. That didn't work out too well. My stomach was rumbling two hours after the banana and apple. One morning, I had my banana and after the short 20 minute subway ride to downtown, I was already ravenous for more food. I went to Liquid Nutrition to get a shake and there I saw in their menu, The Vega shake. It clicked! That was the supplement my colleague was talking about. I ordered it and that held me over until mid-afternoon, and was only 400 cals for the shake.

Vega is more than a vitamin supplement, it's a whole food supplement, basically acting as a meal replacement or recovery drink after a vigourous workout and is completely vegan.

I bought a container, and had serious sticker shock, $41 for the 8 servings jar!!!! But it's worth every penny. I now make myself a smoothie for breakfast with a banana, some frozen organic berries, soy milk and a half serving of Vega. Even my painful acne has completely cleared up after 10 days of use. Just one word of advice, don't buy the "plain" flavor. The vanilla chai has an overwhelming licorice taste that makes it impossible to drink... It taste awful. The chocolate is descent, the berries is perfect for smoothies.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Vegan brunch @ Aux Vivres

What a day! Despite the bitter cold (-22 celcius), I headed out to the Montreal Plateau for a bit of shopping in the morning - a quick stop over to the Lush store on St-Denis. On my way back, I went to pick up some mock "meats" at the Paradis Vegetarien Chi-Ming. They've been opened for a year now and have an extensive selection of products from mock shrimp, mock eel, mock duck and even plain seitan, which I will be reviewing on this blog as I try them out.

I stopped by Aux Vivres for their brunch. I had the "Complet" which includes scrambled tofu, tempeh bacon, spicy corn bread, a side salad with carrots, beets and a dill dressing. All of it was delicious and so satisfying. Again, Aux Vivres impresses.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Butternut Squash Gratin with Spinach

I had a spare butternut squash laying around the kitchen counter for a few weeks, so I decided to make a side dish to the lentil soup I was having at lunch time today. It turned out so delicious that I decided to post my recipe. Enjoy!

You'll need:

1 small butternut squash, peeled and cubed 1cm
1 cup frozen chopped spinach thawed
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, divided
1 tablespoon bbq seasoning
1 tablespoon no salt seasoning ( I like the Kirkland brand - costco)
1 tablespoon olive oil

Heat the oven to 375F. Mix all but half of the parmesan cheese in a 9" square baking dish until evenly coated with the seasonings and oil. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the squash is tender. Sprinkle the remainders of the parmesan cheese and serve.

Seriously delicious!