Just got back from the beach and wanted to share a few pics. We went to Navarre Beach Florida. It's a little more laid back there not quite as busy as some of the other gulf coast beaches. Back to cooking next week!
The plants have grown a lot in just three weeks. The basil and peppers are the most noticeably different in size. The cucumber has small yellow flowers on it. The okra plant didn't make it shriveled up and died a few days after we transplanted it. That pot is still empty we haven't replaced it with anything yet. Also the irises in our side yard finally decided to start blooming.
To make the Seitan for the sandwich you need:1 cup vital wheat gluten1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1 tea sp chickpea flour1 tea sp onion powder1 tea sp garlic powder1 tea sp chipotle seasoning1 tea sp smoked paprika1 tea sp cumin1 tea sp vegetable bullion3/4 cup water1 tbsp liquid aminos1 tbsp vegetable oilCombine all the ingredients well. Flatten out the dough in an aluminum foil covered 8x8 bak
Boiled peanuts are totally a southern thing. They are a common thing to see at road side farm stands and even in some gas stations. I wish I had taken a picture of it but I saw a gas station once with a sign for "Boiled Peanuts and Fine Wines Inside". I made some at home today in the crockpot with this simple list of ingredients. You need:about 1 pound or so of raw green peanuts1/2 cup of sa
Today is our one year anniversary of our blog and we wanted to celebrate by ranking our top 5 favorite and most popular posts from the past year.#5 - No-Chicken Chicken Dumpling Soup http://vegetariansouth.blogspot.com/2012/11/no-chicken-chicken-dumpling-soup.html Usually I think of soup as wintertime food but I also think about chicken and dumplings as a summer dish. It is great with fresh v
Every summer we try to grow some veggies and herbs on the back deck. Our favorite is always basil but we also grow peppers and tomatoes. New this year we are trying a cucumber and okra plant. We use a drip irrigation system that is on a timer and just adjust through out the summer depending on how dry and hot it gets.
Been using the grill a lot since it has warmed up outside. Last night we made seitan burgers and grilled some brussel sprouts. Pre-cook your brussels by boiling for about 5 minutes blanching in cold water, then cut the stems off and then add to skewers. We brushed the teriyaki glaze on the burgers and the sprouts and then added more to the sandwich buns to make it a little juicier.For
The first weekend in May means a few things. Its Kentucky Derby weekend and in our house we will be enjoying cold minty drinks. Mint Juleps are the official drink of the derby but not everyone loves bourbon the way I do so we also serve another drink made with mint the mojito.To make a Mint Julep:2 tbsp fresh mint 3 oz Kentucky Bourbon2 oz simple syrupIn a small glass muddle the mint then add
We have had a weird spring this year. Lots of rain lately and it's been colder than usual so last night was the first night we have had a chance to use the grill in a long while. This is a pretty simple recipe. For the salsa you need:4 cups cherry tomatoes (we used yellow tomatoes last night but any will work)1/2 cup cilantro2 tbsp chili powder1 tea sp oregano 1 tea sp cumin salt to tast
We had some leftover chicken seitan so decided to turn it into chicken salad.For the salad you need:2 cups chopped chicken seitan1 cup grapes3 radishes1/4 cup chopped pecans1 tbsp chopped dill1 tea sp Dijon mustard1/2 tea sp black pepperFinely chop the seitan. Cut the grapes into quarters and chop the radishes into small pieces. You want everything to be chopped into small pieces of similar size.
Cincinnati Chili has different spices is traditionally served over spaghetti noodles and topped with shredded cheddar and crackers.For the Chili you need:2 white onions chopped3 cloves garlic minced2 tbsp vegetable oil1/2 cup chili powder2 tbsp smoked paprika1 tbsp ground cumin1 tbsp allspice1 tea sp oregano 1 tea sp cayenne1/2 tea sp cinnamon1 bay leaf3 cups water29 oz can of tomato sauce2 t
This is similar to the cilantro lime hash I usually get at Bluegrass Grill but maybe a bit spicier. Start with 18 oz firm tofu crumbled and marinate it in:Juice of 2 limes1 tbsp finely chopped cilantro2 tea sp chili garlic sauce1 tea sp turmeric1/4 tea sp ground ginger1/4 tea sp white pepperYou will also need:2 cups chopped potatoes2 green onions chopped1 white onion diced 1 tbsp rough
For the slaw:2 cups brussel sprouts1/2 cups thinly chopped bok choy1 green onion chopped1/2 tea sp ginger paste2 tea sp sesame oil1 tbsp rice wine vinegar1/4 tea sp white peppersalt to tasteRemove the outer layer of the brussel sprouts and chop into thin slices. Mix with the other ingredients and chill for 30 minutes.For the dumplings:8 oz white mushrooms thinly sliced5 radishes diced very small9
Went to Bluegrass Grill this morning and I got the Anne of Green Gables coffee mug and my wife got excited and made me swap with her. She just had a StarWars mug. I got the tofu cilantro lime hash. Supper tasty I need to figure out how to make something like that at home. The wife got the same thing she got the last time a Mediterranean frittata.
Pimento cheese is a southern tradition. Not the gross looking prepackaged stuff you can buy at the grocery store but the real homemade stuff. Its on a lot of the lunch menus around town and its often my go to item at restaurants that are not very veggie friendly. Everyone's version is slightly different but this is my spiced up rendition. For this simple recipe you need:16 oz block sh
This is a veggie copycat version of Steak and Shake's Frisco Melt sandwich. Not sure how it got its name the only thing really San Franciscan about this is the sourdough bread.To make the seitan patty meat you need:1 cup vital wheat gluten1/4 cup nutritional yeast1 tbsp chickpea flour1 tea sp onion powder1 tea sp garlic powder1/4 tea sp black pepper 1/2 tea sp cumin1 tea sp vegetarian b
Rutabagas are a healthy alternative to potatoes and can be cooked in many of the same ways. Last night we decided to make rutabaga fries. First we cut the rutabagas into fry shapes and boiled in water until tender. Drain and pat dry then add to a fryer. Remove from oil when golden brown and seasoned with sea salt and Old Bay Seasoning. For the chard we chopped it up and sauteed it with shall
I was inspired by the Jersey Meets California Foolproof club Sandwich on the blog Cooking & Beer and wanted to make a veggie version.To make two full sandwiches you need:1/4 cup mayonnaise1/2 tea spoon Srirachasliced cheese (we used Munster and smoked Gouda)2 tomatoes thinly sliced2 fried eggs1 sliced avocadolettucealfalfa sproutsabout half a 7 oz package of smoky maple bacon tempehTofurky del
For the stuffing:1 cup walnuts1 cup dried cherries1/2 cup red winejuice of one orange3 apples diced1 tbsp butter1 tea sp red wine vinegar1 pan prepared cornbread1 large shallot2 cloves garlicGrind the walnuts in a food processor and set to the side. In a small sauce pan simmer the dried cherries, red wine and the juice of one orange. Cook until most of the liquid has cooked away. In a separate pan
This is a vegetarian version of a traditional Korean dish. The first thing you need to do is marinade your veggies for 15 to 30 minutes and prepare about one cup of cooked rice per person.For the carrot marinade:1 cup matchstick cut carrots1/2 cup rice vinagar1/2 tea sp white pepper1 tea sp ground gingerFor the mushroom marinade:3 cups chopped white mushrooms1/3 cup soy sauce or Braggs liquid amin
New Years day we didn't feel like leaving the place so we scavenged what was in the kitchen. We had some champagne leftover from the night before and didn't want to let it go to waste. We had received some honeybell oranges in the mail as a gift and wanted to use those as well. To make the vinaigrette mix:2 tbsp champagne2 tbsp white wine vinagarjuice of 3 oranges1/4 cup olive oil1 clove garl
For this recipe you need to prepare spicy seitan sausage to use as part of the stuffing. For the seitan you need:1 cup vital wheat gluten1 tbsp nutritional yeast1 tbsp chickpea flour1 tbsp dried mince onion1 tea sp caraway seeds1 tbsp liquid smoke1 tbsp liquid aminos1 tea sp oregano1/2 tea sp cayenne pepper1/4 tea sp garlic powder1/4 tea sp salt1 tbsp vegetable oil3/4 cup waterMix ingredients toge
Tamales are fun for celebrations. These would be great for New Years. This recipe makes a small batch. You may need to double the dough part if you are feeding a crowd.First start by fire grilling some of your veggies. These will be used in the filling and the sauce.5 tomatos 1 large white onion2 poblano peppers 3 jalepeno peppersdrizzle of olive oilsalt and pepperCut the tomatoes in half an
My wife just got back from a business trip to Portland, Maine and wanted to share a few of her travel finds. No one made fun of her southern accent but several people were very curious where she was from. Lunch one day was at the mall food court which is normally not very exciting but they have a local company there called Kamasouptra (http://kamasouptra.com/home.php) that serves nothing but
We don't bake a lot but around holidays suddenly baking cookies sounds like a great idea. This is a very simple recipe. The hardest part is rolling out the dough but just do it in small batches and use lots of flour on your surface and rolling pin. We tried making different shapes this time but the best ones turned out using a square ravioli punch and a tree cookie cutter we bought for a dollar at
This past weekend we made a Christmas themed cardboard cat house. Its pretty cool. Our two cats Spooky and Lucky are indoor cats but they still seem to get cold in the winter. So we built them a little shelter and decorated it. There is a towel in the inside of the house for them to curl up on. here are a few photos.
Pierogies have become part of our Christmas tradition. For Christmas Eve dinner my wife's family always has a meal inspired by their Polish heritage. On Christmas Eve we will have pirogi with potato filling, sauerkraut, and mushroom. For this recipe we made a mushroom sauerkraut filling but you can fill with anything. For the filling:1 white onion finely diced2 cups chopped mushroom2 cups sa
We just got back in town last night after traveling to see family for the holiday. Stopped at the grocery store on the way home to pick up a few things for a quick pasta.For the pasta:2 cups chopped leaks1 shallot minced1 clove garlic mincedcooked linguine noodles2 & 1/2 cup brussel sprouts quartered2 tbsp butter1 cup vegetable broth3 tbsp spicy brown mustardhard cheese for grating on topMelt
2 sweet potatoes1 cup finely shredded carrots (a food processor works well for this)1 white onion finely chopped1 clove minced garlic1 can (15 oz) white beans drained and rinced14 oz firm tofu2 tbsp liquid aminos1 small 6 oz can tomato paste1 tbsp brown mustard1 tea sp ground sage1/2 tea sp ground marjoram1 tea sp salt1/2 tea sp white pepper1 tea sp smoked paprika1/4 tea sp cayenne pepper1/4 tea s
Sometimes we just like doing a few appetizers instead of a full dinner. It can be fun and interactive. Here are some easy options.For the mushroom pate:2 cups crimini mushrooms1 large shallot diced1 clove roasted garlic1/8 cup red wine1 tbsp pine nuts1 tbsp olive oilPop the stems off your mushrooms and clean. Thinly slice the mushroom caps. Add the diced shallots, mushrooms, and olive oil to a sau
To make the seitan for the sandwich:1 cup vital wheat gluten1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes1 Tbsp chick pea flour1 Tea sp onion powder1 Tea sp garlic powder1/4 Tea sp white pepper1 Tbsp liquid aminos1 Tbsp vegetable oil3/4 cup waterMix the dry ingredients together and then combine with the liquid ingredients. Work the dough kneading it for several minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes then flatten out
Feeling a bit under the weather this week so wanted to make some comfort food. This is a thick hardy soup.For the Soup:1 white onion chopped1 cup chopped carrots 1 clove garlic minced1 celery stick cut in half 1 bay leaf1/2 tea spoon poultry seasoning1/4 tea spoon cumin1 Tbsp liquid aminosalt and peper to taste2 cups water4 cups no-chicken brothFor the Dumplings:1 cup all purpose flour2
This weekend we took a trip up to the Smoky Mountains in east Tennessee. On the way up we stopped in Chattanooga for lunch at Sluggos and picked up some fresh bread from the Bluff View Bakery in the Art District. The daily special at Sluggos was vegan shepherds pie.We kept seeing signs on the interstate for a cheese farm so we decided to stop there too. We bought a smoked cheddar, gouda, and
This photo was at our wedding nine years ago. We gave out wax lips and chocolates as favors and at the end of the night everyone started taking photos with the wax lips. I don't remember the food at all not sure I really ate any. We had a red velvet cake.
Red Kuri Squash looks like a small pumpkin. Its seeds can also be toasted and enjoyed like pumpkin seeds. We also roasted parsnips and beets. The parsnips we served with horseradish butter sauce.We cut the squash in half and scooped out the seeds and then coated with olive oil, coriander seed, turmeric, smoked paprika, and cumin. Bake at 400 for about an hour. After you bake the squash you can eas
What's the best or weirdest sandwich you have eaten? I really love sandwiches. One of my all time favorites is the muffaletta sandwich we posted a few months ago. My wife says she remembers enjoying green bean sandwiches at her grandmother's house. They just put leftover green beans on white bread. For breakfast we had scrambled egg and faken sandwiches. Then for lunch we had grilled cheese a
Last night we made our entry for the PPK Vegan Chopped brunch challenge. The basket ingredients that had to be used were: Butternut Squash, Fresh Rosemary, popcorn, and Apricot Preserves. This is what we came up with.To make the seitan cupcake:1 cup vital wheat gluten2 tb spoons nutritional yeast1 tb spoon chickpea flour1 tb spoon dried minced onion1 cup water1 tea spoon vegetable oil1 tea spoon s
Last night we made country fried seitan stake with mashed potatoes and white gravy served with a side of garlic sauteed green beans. To make the steak you need store bought vegetable no beef broth or homemade. We made our own broth. Its easy it just takes a little extra time. To make the the broth combine:8 cups waters1/3 cup liquid aminos1 white onion chopped2 celery stalks chopped1 carrot choppe
1 large butternut squash2 cups chopped golden potatoes2 shallots 1 tea sp ground sage1/2 tea sp smoked paprika1 tb sp olive oil salt & pepperCut the butternut squash and potatoes into chunks. Dice the shallots and add to a baking dish with the squash and potatoes. Toss the vegetables with the sage, paprika, oil, and a dash of salt and pepper. Mix until evenly coated. Bake covered at 350 for 45
Great soup for rainy day! We have been stuck inside all day watching football. I guess things could be worse.2 TB butter2 onions diced1 clove garlic chopped1 tea sp ground cumin4 cups vegetable stock2 potatoes peeled and diced1 cup creamed corn2 cups corn kernels1 cup shredded cheddar cheese1/3 cup creamMelt the butter in a large stock pot. Add the onions and garlic and cook till golden. Stir in t
Quick review on a product we like, Quorn Meatless Meatballs. They are made from mushrooms not soy. The meatballs are very tasty and have good texture. We made meatball subs with them last night.
Wanted to do something simple so went with roasted fall veggies. These are two really easy side dishes. We served with sauteed blue foot mushrooms and asparagus For the Beets:3 golden beets pinch of saltteaspoon olive oil2 tablespoons butter4 strips faken chopped1 shallot choppedDrizzle the beets with olive oil and add a pinch of salt. Bake covered at 350 degrees for one hour. After you
Several years ago we went to an Oktoberfest event at Five Seasons Brewing in Atlanta. The polka band that played was really good. They played classic music and cover songs of modern artist like Britney Spears and Paul McCartney. We had so much fun that since then we have tried to recreate every year at home. This year we made pretzels, spaetzle, red cabbage, potatoes with seitan sausage. Our
Head of broclie chopped in small pieces 1 red onion diced6 oz shredded cheddar cheese6 oz shredded mozzarella cheese1/4 cup sliced black olives1/4 cup artichoke hearts1 clove garlic minced1 cup of tomato sauce2 pre-made thin pizza crustssmall amount of olive oilfresh basil chopped for garnishLast night we decide to make two different pizzas on the grill. One is broccoli and cheddar cheese and
We went to Chattanooga, TN this weekend for the Southern Brewers Festival. We go to Brewfest every year and catch up with old friends and to try new beers. Saturday morning we ate breakfast at the Bluegrass Grill. It's a small family run place. There is usually a wait but its worth it. They have a lot of veggie friendly options like like Tofu Hash and Glorious Grits with avocado, bell pepper
For the sauce2 peaches1 tomato7 very small poblano peppers from the garden2 tbsp olive oiljuice of 1 limePinch of salt and pepperFor the chick'n1 cup vital wheat gluten2 tbsp chickpea flour1 tbsp nutritional yeast1 tbsp Vogue instant vegetarian chicken base1 tea sp onion powder1/2 tea sp ground ginger1/4 tea sp white pepper1/4 tea sp garlic powder1/4 tea sp ground sage1 cup water1 tbsp vegetable o
Five peaches1/4 cup sugar 2 Tbsp buttercanned flakey biscuit doughoil for fryingPeal and slice your peaches. Melt 2 tbsp butter with 1 tbsp sugar over medium heat. Add the peaches and a splash of water. Reduce heat, cover, and cook the peaches down to a pie filling consistency. Cook about 15 minutes more or less depending on how ripe your peaches are. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. T
3 large tomatoes2 cloves garlic minced2 tbsp fresh chopped basil1/4 cup olive oil2 tbsp balsamic vinegar12 whole okra1 cup cornmeal1 cup all purpose flour1 cup butter milk2 eggsvegetable oil for frying2 tbsp butter1 cup shredded parmesan cheese1 cup raw grits Slice the tomatoes and marinate with the garlic, basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar. Beat the eggs and mix with the butter milk. In a
An easy fig appetizer using honey and blue cheese. There is no real recipe with this all you need is as many figs as you want, honey and blue cheese.First pre-heat the oven to 350. Then cut the top of the figs, then cut an X shape in the top of the figs. Stuff the figs with a small amount of blue cheese, and place on a cookie sheet. Drizzle the figs with honey and place on oven for 15 mins. A
Although I am not Korean I have always found that Korean food's bold flavors and hardiness have kept me coming back to it as a comfort food. I have fond memories growing up of eating kimchi out of the jar at my best friend's house while waiting on the rest of the meal to cook. We hope you enjoy these as much as we do. Korean taco sauce1/4 cup rice wine vinegar2 tbsp soy sauce1 tbsp sesame oil1 tea