Friday, May 25, 2012

caesar salad with garlic croutons

ceasar salad - no egg, no dairy
rachael ray said on her show the other day: while we may not be vegans, its good to incorporate some vegan options in your cooking. i stand behind this 100%. starting with condiments is a good start... earth balance buttery spread instead of regular butter; and veganaise instead of mayo... oh but i love my anchovies!

caesar ingredients:
• 3 cloves garlic minced
• 3/4 cup veganaise
• 8 anchovies minced
• 1 teaspoon worcestershire
• 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
• 2 tablespoon lemon juice
• salt & pepper to taste
• 1 head romaine lettuce

caesar directions:
1. mix all dressing ingredients together, chill in fridge while prepping the romaine lettuce.
2. wash romaine lettuce and dry thoroughly, one by one. wet lettuce will make your salad watery... kinda like the pic above :( ...learn from my mistakes.

crouton ingredients:
• 3 cloves garlic smashed
• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 4 cups cubed day-old french bread
• salt and dried oregano to taste

crouton directions:
1. heat olive oil and garlic in large frying pan, add salt here
2. add bread cubes and toast until slightly brown, sprinkle dried oregano
3. cool all the way before storing in a tight container

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

corn dog

corn dog -- no egg, no dairy
it was either foster farms or state fair that made their frozen corn dogs with no dairy, then later added milk and egg whites to them-- frustrating. since then, the girls have been asking for corn dogs every time we pass the frozen food section. finally, here they are, all dairy-freed up. i suppose them adding dairy was a blessing in disguise because these are really fun to make-- when you fry them they get all puffy (i'm easily amused). plus, i use the kosher beef franks so it feels a bit healthier, just a tad.

makes 14 mini corn dogs

• 1 cup yellow cornmeal
• 1 cup all purpose flour
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
• 1/4 cup white sugar
• 4 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 egg replacement
• 1 cup soy milk
• canola oil for frying
• 1 pack (7 pieces) hebrew national beef kosher franks
• wood skewers


1. mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. add egg replacement and soy milk. mix well. pour batter in a tall glass.

2. preheat oil over medium heat in a small pot.

3.  cut hot dogs in half-- this allows them to fit in a small pot, using less oil. insert wooden skewer about half way through hot dog, roll in dry cornmeal, dip into batter, then fry in oil twisting the skewer so it browns evenly.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


chocolate, strawberry & blueberry filled crepe -- no egg, no milk
crepes galore! we've been on a crepe marathon this week. crepes for breakfast, lunch, after school snack, and late night snack for mama. we've even used it as a cone (fold in quarters) and stuffed it with ice cream, just the way they sell them in japantown.

crepe ingredients:
• 3/4 cup soy milk
• 1/2 cup water
• 1/4 cup melted earth balance butter
• 1 tbsp sugar
• 2 tbsp maple syrup
• 1/4 tspn salt
• 1 cup all-purpose flour

filling & topping:
• fresh sliced strawberries
• blueberries
• ghirardelli chocolate chips
• powdered sugar
... really, anything you want.

whisk together all ingredients, adding the flour last. for a thinner crepe, add a bit more water until its your desired consistency. then, cook like pancakes, adding a bit of earth balance butter before each crepe. use a 1/3 measuring cup to pour into pan. i tilt the pan to spread the batter thin, if you have a crepe tool, use that. cook til brown and flip. i'll add the chocolate chips here and let it melt while the other side is cooking. wrap fruits in the center and dust with powdered sugar.

prevent crepe from sticking to the pan:
• heat pan at medium heat for at least 5 minutes before cooking. i use a restaurant style pan (no teflon) and i've never had a problem.
• chill batter in the fridge for a few hours before cooking. this also prevents it from sticking. i've been doubling the recipe and storing in the fridge for quick morning crepes. yes, even on school and work mornings. its that easy.

Friday, January 6, 2012

oroweat dutch country whole wheat bread

sliced wheat bread. no egg, no milk.

since oroweat added milk to our go-to bread (boooo oroweat), we've been standing in the bread aisle reading the ingredients of every. single. bread loaf. there.

finally found one at Target. oroweat dutch country 100% whole wheat -- no milk, no eggs. yay oroweat! until they go and add milk to the ingredients again. for now, this is the one!