Meatless Monday – Here I go again

I did it. I came, I saw and I bought. After some deliberation I broke down and bought the roast ham by the makers of tofurky. I have made vegan ‘ham’ before (a little maple syrup, clove and liquid smoke goes a long way in recreating a flesh-less sweet and smoky essence) and it was ok. It was made primarily of seitan whereas the store-bought one also has tofu.

Seitan is also known as wheat meat and is basically gluten mixed with spices, herbs and liquid, then steamed and cooked. The gluten gives it a high protein content and when cooked the appearance is a little roast beef like. There are numerous recipes contained within vegan/vegetarian cookbooks. In the meantime here’s a link to getting started with a basic seitan recipe.

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/how-to-make-seitan-or-plant-based-vegan-wheat-meat/

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Meatless Monday – Merci me

For shame. First of all, I completely forgot World Vegetarian Day last week (October 1). And secondly, this:

McDonald’s is trialling a vegan burger… the McVegan

Seems McDonald’s is riding the meatless wagon. Never mind them. It’s Canadian Thanksgiving today and this year I made pumpkin pie granola bites. Here’s the blueprint recipe:

Wet ingredients: ¼ cup each of pumpkin purée, maple syrup and oil; ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Dry ingredients: 1 cup rolled oats; ½ tablespoon protein powder; ¼ teaspoon each of salt and tapioca starch; 2 tablespoons each of pumpkin seeds, chopped pecans and dried  cranberries; 1 tablespoon of flax seeds; ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon; 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger; a dash each of clove and nutmeg

Simply mix wet and dry ingredients thoroughly. Press into individual muffin cups or baking pan. Bake in a preheated oven (250ºF) for 45 minuets. Let cool, then devour.

 

Meatless Monday – Link up

There’s a heat wave here so I’m taking it easy for Meatless Monday this week. Here are some links to vegan lunch and dinner ideas.

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/20-filling-vegan-dinner-ideas.html

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/21-make-ahead-vegan-lunch-ideas-to-get-you-through-the-work-week.html

If you end up trying any of these recipes, please share your results.