Whipping up a salad dressing is so easy and can be as simple as oil and vinegar plus some salt and pepper. This takes it up a notch using two shortcut ingredients, frozen basil and garlic cubes (picture below). I find these at most stores these days including Trader Joes and Harris Teeter. I don’t always measure exactly when making a dressing. You can wing it and go by your taste but I typically go with a 2:1 ratio oil to vinegar. This recipe can be doubled to make a larger batch.
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar (could also use fresh lemon juice)
2 frozen basil cubes
2 frozen garlic cubes
Salt and pepper to taste
I make this directly in the measuring cup. Just add oil to 1/2 cup then add vinegar to reach 3/4 of cup. Add in the basil and garlic cubes. Let sit for 5-10 minutes until they thaw, then whisk together. Add salt and pepper to taste.
In honor of National Pumpkin Day, I bring you soft, cake-like, chocolately pumpkin goodness! I make these vegan by using egg replacer and for the flour I use a combination of whole wheat and all purpose. Recommended: eat them warm!
So it’s pretty much been like Summer all Fall so far, but then yesterday there was finally this chill in the air. I remembered that I had bought a can of pumpkin last month when Trader Joe’s put up the big end cap display. Alas, pumpkin is here! I was so excited but it just sat in the cupboard until I was finally ready to bust it out. Continue reading “Vegan Pumpkin Spice Bread”
This past Saturday I ventured out to DC VegFest in Washington, DC and was so excited to try some yummy vegan food! I was only there for just over an hour so I didn’t get to check out every booth or vendor. I actually had looked at a map of the exhibitors and vendors thinking I could be strategic with my time but then I just went freestyle and wandered, stopping by whatever had a crowd or sounded good. So here’s a quick recap of a few of my favorites.
When I saw the Ben & Jerry’s trunk I made a beeline through swarms of people, dogs, unruly kids, and strollers. Yep that’s right, Ben & Jerry’s has non-dairy ice cream. And not just fruity sorbet. This is was actually where I started because why not have dessert first. This was soooo good that I actually had to question whether it was real ice cream and I had to remind myself that it was an all vegan festival so it had to be. Even my dairy ice cream loving BF couldn’t believe it was non dairy. We gobbled this up before I could get a photo.
I always enjoy trying new kombucha and I really liked that this was kind of local to me. Just 2 hours south in Afton VA which is near Charlottesville. Side note – great area to visit…lots of amazing wineries and breweries there and the Farmhouse at Veritas is a fantastic place to stay. Back to Bucha – I sampled the black raspberry and LOVED it! I had to have more and shelled out $5 for a 12oz pour and it was well worth it. They were serving on tap which was kind of cool. Apparently that is a thing, kombucha on tap, and they serve at Whole Foods. I’ll be checking my neighborhood WF soon for this. Also pretty sweet is how green they are for selling on tap and you bring your glass bottle to refill.
I am always excited to try some of these “fancy” nut cheeses and this one had line to get a sample so I had to get a taste. My favorites were the soft French style cheeses almost like a spread. Herb Garlic and the Chipotle Serrano Pepper were two standouts for me. I thought the Herb Garlic would be a great cream cheese alternative to put on a bagel. I gobbled up my samples before I could get a photo.
After checking out the food vendors, all of which had long lines, I settled on a vegan hot dog. If I was going to buy a full size meal, I wanted something good and something I couldn’t get anywhere. These guys are from New York and I can’t actually get their hot dogs down here, plus just in general it’s hard to find a good veggie dog. And judging by the line, I thought they must be good! So 30 minutes in line later, we had 2 tasty dogs. A New York with kraut, relish, and mustard, and a Cali Kush with kale ceasar, avocado, coconut bacon, and chipotle mayo. Sounds like a lot going on but this was actually my favorite of the two. The dogs are actually gluten-free too!