I know that I have been MIA for a while. Just getting into the swing of kindergarten and pre-school, lost a week or so reading the Hunger Games trilogy and making lots of delicious vegan food of course:)
I saw Bill Clinton on the Today Show this morning and at the end of the interview Matt Lauer asked him if being a vegan sucked. For those of you who don’t know, President Clinton switched to a vegan diet after his quadruple bypass surgery. Mr. Clinton laughed and said that when you are 65 you hope for good (health) days and he has a lot of good days. The general consensus seems to be that vegan = deprivation, tasteless food, tofu and general suckiness. That’s what I am here for. To lead you to some healthy, tasty foods and facts that will chip away at any reservations or misconceptions you may have.
Today was rainy and chilly and I was craving some comfort food. I made vegan shepherds pie. I sautéed some onion, garlic, celery, carrots, baby bella mushrooms and soy crumbles (I like Boca). Seasoned this with some salt, turmeric and thyme and simmered in a cup of veggie broth until carrots are soft. I then thickened with a little cornstarch and unsweetened almond milk (you could also use rice or soy). Instead of topping with mashed potatoes which are not always the healthiest choice I steamed a head of cauliflower and one turnip and mashed with some Earth Balance buttery spread a little tofutti cream cheese and salt and pepper. Pour the veggies into a casserole dish and top with the mash. I baked it at 350 for a few minutes just to set it a bit. This is a delicious, much lighter version of a usually heavy comfort meal.
Tomorrow my book club is coming over and I am making red beans and kale over brown rice with a jalapeno cilantro aioli. Wednesday is a steamed veggie and quinoa bowl with garlic sauce, Thursday vegan penne vodka and Friday all of the delicious leftovers:)
I would love to share recipes, articles, video’s and such with all of you on a more regular basis. I read things everyday that I want to shout from the rooftop. So, instead of being a really annoying neighbor I have decided to start a Facebook Fanpage. I can then share whenever the mood strikes without having to spend all the time it takes to blog. I will still be blogging a few times a month, but I thought this would be a more effective way to share info. So if you like my blog PLEASE like Your Vegan Friend on Facebook and if you really like me suggest me to a friend.
Thanks so much for reading!
Your Vegan Friend