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.