Sunday, May 30, 2010

2 Bite Brownies

As an avid reader of VegNews, I understand that the best way to convert people to veganism (or enlighten them with delicious food) is to make vegan brownies (or basically anything with chocolate in it). I tried out this recipe on two occasions: a birthday party and a work get together. These brownies generally went over well. One of my co-workers had about 5 of them and said they were really good. Another one of my co-workers said that she "doesn't trust vegans." Oh well! You win some, you lose some.

This recipe is from the Have Cake Will Travel Blog. I used regular semi-sweet chocolate chips in the recipe as they didn't have any vegan butterscotch or white chips where I shopped. They still tasted delicious. I also used a mini-muffin tin and put the batter in a plastic bag with a hole in it for controlled distribution. That's right, controlled distribution.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days

We just watched this documentary at It is pretty enlightening and inspiring!

Basically there were a bunch of subjects with diabetes who attended a retreat in Arizona for 30 days and ate completely raw and vegan (no fruit). The results are actually quite amazing. Most of them were off of their medications and insulin within the first week (or earlier). One of the participants made a good point about the length of time and inconvenience of preparing raw food - just think about the length of time and inconvenience it would be if you ended up in the hospital for a week!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Vegan in Vancouver

As some of you may know, we made a life decision to move back to Vancouver at the beginning of May. After being in Victoria for 8 months, we realized that Vancouver was truly our home and we missed it!! Here are some images of our new 'hood.

So far we have run into some pretty awesome stuff here. Gorilla Food on Richards and West Hastings has opened a really funky, jungle-like restaurant with amazing raw food options. We are obsessed and addicted to their choco-banana smoothies with cacao powder, dates and coconut oil. Another excellent discovery has been Vega - a protein powder with a whackload of vitamins and minerals and many other very beneficial elements. We have been having a smoothie every day with it. This weekend we are heading to the Eat! Vancouver conference this weekend to browse all the goodies. There is also a presentation at Gorilla Food next Sunday regarding raw food and a brunch by donation. It's good to be back!!

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

A vegan lasagna recipe without tofu is pretty much almost impossible to find. Here is a lasagna recipe that uses pine nuts instead of 'ricotta' cheese.

Pine Nut Ricotta

Soak 1 cup of pine nuts and 1 cup of cashews for at least 1 hour. You could use 100% pine nuts but they tend to be a bit expensive. Dump them in the food processor along with 2 tbsp nutritional yeast, a dash of salt, and rosemary, basil, oregano and 2 tbsp lemon juice. Process until it looks like a ricotta-y texture.


Cook your lasagna noodles. We used kamut, which tends to stay together nicely. You may also want to roast your veggies at this point. Feel free to use different combinations for different flavors. We used:

- zucchini
- eggplant
- garlic
- red pepper
- red onion

Once all of the prep is done, layer your sauce in the lasagna pan of your choice, then a layer of veggies, layer of noodles, layer of nut mixture, (we put a layer of spinach in as well for good measure), and so on and so forth. Sprinkle the top with nutritional yeast or daiya cheese and bake 25 to 30 minutes. This lasagna tends to taste better on the second day, after the flavors have melded together.

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