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Vegan Pizza Day

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Holiday

Today is Vegan Pizza Day -- I actually just found out about this yesterday but hey! better late to the party then totally miss it!

At first I was sort-a bummed that I wasn't home in NYC to eat at my favorite vegan-friendly pizzeria, Slice Perfect.

If I've never talked your ear off about this place: gimme a sec. I love Slice Perfect because they have nailed the true NY-style thin crust, but they use the best, organic (whole-wheat!) ingredients... and they offered daiya way before it was cool. So big props there. (p.s. if you have not had their chana masala pizza, you have not lived).

Anyway, I got over my interim disappointment when I realized this "holiday" would give me a chance to make the fat-free vegan pizza cheese from my cookbook.

What what!

Okay so, in all honesty, this cheese does not taste *exactly* like mozz, or even daiya, but its still really cheesy and tasty in it's own right. It also "melts" to give you that cheese-feel...

and since I've teased you endlessly for 25 straight-days during the cookbook countdown without giving you a single recipe from the cookbook, I'm sharing this one.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat pastry flour (or other)
  • 3 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp yellow miso
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp dry mustard (powder)

Method: Spoon pasta or pizza sauce over 2 whole-wheat pitas. Whisk above ingredients together in a sauce pan and heat over high until its bubbling. Then reduce to medium and allow to thicken, stirring constantly. Spoon over prepared pita and bake 4 to 7 minutes at 450F, until crust is warm and cheese has melted and formed a skin on top. Allow to cool 3-5 minutes before eating.

Hotel Room Burgers (Quick Vegan Burgers) 6-ingredient bean burgers

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

Having driven across the United States twice, I've gotten pretty good about making dinners in a hotel room, but this is perhaps the one I'm most proud of.  Why? Well 1. because I made them in my hotel room (!!) but really because the whole meal cost less than $2 a person!

Who says you can't have a tasty homemade meal in a hotel room?

To make these burgers, all I had to buy was a can of organic black beans ($1.39) and a packet of taco seasoning ($0.93) from the grocery store around the corner. Admittedly, I would have liked an organic brand of Taco seasoning that didn't have weirdly dehydrated things in it, but when you're traveling... you make some compromises.

The other ingredients came from my hotel! I grabbed a handful of plain instant oats from the continental breakfast bar plus ketchup and mustard packets. If I wasn't a stickler for whole-wheat bread, we could have landed complimentary bread from the hotel too, but I used slices from a loaf earlier in the week.

To make the burgers, I mashed the beans with a fork to break them up and then mixed everything else in with my hands.

As for cooking, I used a microwave to warm the patties, about 30 seconds. Nearly every hotel I've stayed in has a microwave that is available to all guests (if one is not already in the room). I also find if the place offers a continental breakfast -- they have a communal toaster as well (if you wanted toasty bread like I did!)

YUM YUM.

Whistler is for Vegan Snowboarders

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

Last week, Scott and I took a much needed snowboarding vacation to Whistler. It took us about 28 hours of travel (each way!) to get there from St. Maarten (yeek!)

The total flight time was around 13 or 14 hours each way, which is exactly how long it takes to get to Whistler from Australia! (We know this because we met a lot of people on vacation from Australia and New Zealand and travel is a popular topic among vacationers!) Let's just say the phrase "marooned on an island" has deeper meaning for me now!

Anyway, Before we left for Whistler, I did a few google searches and checked various sites scouting the vegan food possibilities. Since it wasn't looking too good, Scott and I took care to get a hotel room that had a small kitchenette... where I developed Hotel Room Burgers, that I'll be posting about tomorrow!

Though, (and let this be a testament that the Internet is not a know-it-all), Whistler is actually quite vegan-friendly! Nearly every restaurant in the village had at least one, if not multiple, vegetarian options, many of which were easily adaptable to be vegan. (One restaurant even knocked a few dollars off our meals when we ordered it vegan-style).

And because Scott and I are not used to people know knowing what a vegan is (living here in the Caribbean) we tend to order as follows: "Can we get the vegetarian burrito without cheese and sour cream?" Only in Whistler, the guy whipped around and said, "So basically, you want a vegan burrito?" I smiled.

(By the way, this burrito is made with a whole wheat wrap and brown rice! <3 DUPS)

What was perhaps most surprising, however, was all the vegan -- and healthy! options that were available at all the Whistler ski lodges. Scott and I have been to a number of ski resorts in the United States where the lone vegan option was French fries (and depending on how you feel about cross-contamination, it may not even be an option).

At Whistler, however, they had all kind of vegan choices: 3-bean chili, vegetable soup, falafel wraps, vegetable wraps, cous cous and bean salads, brown rice stir-fry with veggies and tofu, and garden salads.

It was really nice to be able to eat out lunch every day, especially since the mountains are rather large and it can be difficult to get back to where your locker is in time for lunch. We really appreciated the ability to stop right where we were when we were hungry, knowing there was something for us to eat.

Also, a testament to how lovely and friendly Canadians are: The Whistler Vegetarian Society found me on Facebook and welcomed us with open arms. They offered to help in any way we needed during our stay, pointed out some healthy vegan places I could try (taking care to note who uses a lot of oil or no oil) and one group member even invited us to his restaurant for a meal on the house. Love!