Meat Free Monday: Lower-Fat Tofu Breakfast Sandwich

I love these because they’re savory and a little sweet, just like fast food breakfast sandwiches, but without the nasty heavy greasiness (and, of course, without the animal products).

Ingredients: 

  • 1 block firm or extra firm tofu
  • 8 slices white bread (I still love Sara Lee Artisano)
  • Vegan margarine
  • Jelly (I prefer grape or hot pepper jelly) 
  • Salt and pepper
  • Onion flakes 
  • Optional: vegan cheeze

Directions

  • Cut the tofu into 8 pieces. You’ll use 2 per sandwich 
  • Put the tofu in a nonstick pan on medium high heat.
  • Add salt and pepper and onion flakes to the tofu
  • Let it cook for 5 minutes without messing with it.
  • Flip it, add more salt and pepper and onion flakes, and turn the heat down to medium
  • Let it cook for 4 minutes without messing with it.
  • Toast the bread while the tofu is cooking.
  • Assemble the sandwiches: margarine, jelly, 2 pieces of tofu, and vegan cheeze if you like it.

The onion flakes make it extra savory, the margarine and tofu make it creamy and rich, the toast makes it crispy, and the jelly makes it sweet.

Yum!

Meat Free Monday:  My First Vegan-Versary!


So yesterday was the one year anniversary of me going vegan: the first Sunday of June, 2016. 

I’ve always fallen off the diet or health trend wagon much faster than this. I doubt I’ve even made it 6 months before. But right now I’m a year in and have no desire to change. 

I’m 25 pounds down from where I started, but much more importantly, my blood pressure and cholesterol are dropping, too. 

So yippe!


Okay, I can do better than The Phantom Menace:

https://youtu.be/soeQ1i-tYAg

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There, that’s better!  

Meat Free Monday: We Don’t Need Dairy for Strong Bones

In fact, animal products, including dairy, could be HURTING our bones:

(You can look at the data here)


I chose three two videos because they are evidence-based and cite their sources, while still being easy to watch and digest. 

Also, sorry about posting this a day late.

If you’re wondering what some good plant based sources of calcium are, here you go:


Even fruit can be a good source of calcium:

Meat Free Monday: Super Awesome Easter Treat from My Super Awesome Wife!

 Deviled Eggless Tomatoes!

My wonderful wife made the most delicious treat for our Easter lunch with my parents. They were amazing!  They tasted almost just like deviled eggs,  but lighter and brighter, if that makes sense.

They were so pretty on the plate, and the contrast between the chickpea deviled dip and the halved roma tomatoes just made it so wonderful. 

Plus, they were made with love, and that’s the best thing of all.

Meat Free Monday: Babalu in Jackson, MS

Babalu Tacos and Tapas is positively great.  They have a few vegan things on the menu,  including their outstanding guac and their black eyed pea hummus.

But I got a couple of almost-vegan items made vegan: the vegetal taco (just ask them to hold the cheese. It is delicious!) and the black bean burger, which came with guac, onion, arugula, and a delicious sauce. 

They normally fry the black bran burger, which requires an egg bath, but for vegans, they skip the egg bath and grill it instead. It was outstanding.

Their iced tea was also good. Ask for it with lime, for an unexpected treat.

They have locations in Jackson, Memphis, Knoxville, Birmingham (Alabama, not England), and Charlotte.

Meat Free Monday: How Much Does Meat Really Cost?

Although animal products are often cheap in the store (99 cents for a big pack of hot dogs, 49 cents for a box of mac n cheese), there are a lot of external costs that get pushed off onto the taxpayers, and are hidden from view.

While there are hidden costs to everything, the hidden costs of animal agriculture tend to be a lot higher than those of most plant based foods.

For more information, look at David Simon’s book Meatonomics.  the video below also gives a bit more info. 

Meat Free Monday: I Want to be this Man … in 58 Years

In terms of health.  In terms of attitude, I want to be more like him now. Too often,  I substitute worry and feeling for real best effort, and that causes me to be both stressed and much less effective.

I had my daughter pretty late in life (age 38), so I’m  really trying to do all I can to stay alive and healthy for as long as I can. 

Let’s just say I can identify with a certain replicant.

Meat Free Monday: Emilie Eats’ Vegan Cajun Red Beans and Rice

So I finally took the time to make this recipe.

I won’t reprint the recipe (just follow the link above), but I will give my impressions:

First,  this took a lot more time and attention than I’m used to putting into my cooking. 

It had a lot of ingredients, several steps, and took a long time to cook. This is no problem for a true foodie, but I mostly cook so I’ll have something to eat.

The result was pretty good, but all I can really taste is the hot sauce, the bay leaves, and the dried beans, which I can never seem to get just right. 

So my verdict is: this is not a quick, easy, or lazy recipe. It requires more skilled hands than mine to really shine. Foodies only: for someone like me, it isn’t worth the effort as written.

I may try it again with canned beans. That will cut the cook time way down and remove my main source of error. 

I’ll also use less Tobasco, so it doesn’t overwhelm the other seasonings.

I really think this is a good recipe, but I’ll need to cut it down to my skill level for it to work for me. 

Meat Free Monday: Spinach Sandwich!

Growing up in the South, I’ve eaten a lot of yummy tomato sandwiches, just sliced tomatoes, salt, pepper, and mayo on soft white bread (or toast).

But just last week I discovered you could do the same thing with spinach.

I’ve been devouring them like the end of the world is coming ever since. 

You should give it a try. You can also combine them into a spinach and tomato sandwich, if you think you can handle it 🙂

Oil Free, Tahini Free, Low-Fat Easy Hummus

1 15-ounce can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained.

2 cloves garlic, chopped. This would have tasted better with 3, but the raw garlic makes me smelly, so I’ll cut this to 1 or use minced next time.

2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
If substituting lime juice, use half as much and make up the liquid difference with water.

1 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce

3 tablespoons of the liquid the canned chickpeas came in. Drain the chickpeas into a cup and draw your liquid from that. You can use water.

Blend into a thick paste, adding liquid if needed. It helps if your blender doesn’t suck like mine does. 

This really didn’t taste like much until I added spices. I added smoked paprika, crushed red pepper, a little chili powder, and salt.

original source: 
 http://engine2diet.com/recipe/engine-2-hummus