Monday, May 26, 2008

Baked Potatoes Au Gratin

I haven't contributed a recipe on my blog in a long time.. this is a recipe that I created when I was really pregnant and wanting some comfort food loaded with carbs. I submitted this recipe on a while ago, before I started this blog. It hasn't gotten a lot of reviews, so if you try this, please give me your feedback there if you can!

4-5 medium Yukon Gold potatoes (or your favorite)
2/3 cup nutritional yeast
2 cups plain soy milk
1 tablespoon flour
vegan bacon bits
French fried onions (French's is vegan)
vegan butter
salt & pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 375

Slice potatoes and place them in a casserole dish, top with butter.

In a separate bowl, whisk flour, yeast and soymilk and pour onto potatoes.

Top with vegan bacon bits and fried onions.

Cover and bake for about an hour, until the top is browned and potatoes are cooked.

Top with more vegan bacon bits and fried onions.

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 15 minutes or less

I always like to serve these with green beans on the side.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

The Lost Ones

Here are a couple lost photos of things we've had this last month. I am trying to catch up on my blog posts that I haven't had the time to do, so here are a couple of lost ones:

Gluten Free Pesto Lasagna:
Pretty much very basic.. I took gluten free lasagna noodles and made it with my favorite pesto recipe, topped with FYH mozzarella. This was super good (although I'm not sure if FYH is gluten free)

Mother's Day Breakfast: Blueberry waffles, soy-sauges and potato scramble.

Saturday, May 24, 2008


Last weekend was my son's first birthday! I cannot believe how quickly time goes by... how fast they grow! We had his party on a perfect weather weekend, at our favorite park in Salt Lake. I made chocholate and vanilla cupcakes from VCTOTW, and we just had finger foods to go with them. I made 3 dozen cupcakes, because that is how much my new cupcake carrier holds, and that was barely enough! See the pics below :)

My new cupcake carrier

3 dozen cupcakes

My sweet boy just realized everyone was signing to him!

Instead of taking the cupcake out of my hands, he decided to just dive right in!

Enjoying his very own cupcake

He got a little messy, and it was so much fun watching him eat that thing. I'm not the kind of mom that doesn't let my child eat sweets. I love sweets, why shouldn't he? He is, afterall, a child. And nothing is sweeter than his mama's milk! So it was not his first time eating a cupcake, but it is the first time I've let him feed himself a cupcake out of the sheer messiness of it!

I also love that new cupcake carrier. I saw it on HSN online, but bought it on Amazon for the free shipping. I will be using it for many, many birthdays, holidays, and every other occasion I can make an excuse to bake yummy treats!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Ethiopian food in Las Vegas

Our last stop on our way home from California was back in Las Vegas for the night. I found a little Ethiopian restaurant, Cottage Cafe, for us to try. We were even able to talk my mother-in-law and her friend into trying it out with us (they are often skeptical of what crazy foods we'll make them try next!). They were reluctant to join us, but were glad they did! I told them that eating Ethiopian food isn't just eating. It's an experience- one to share with your friends and family. On top of that, it's super cheap.

This cafe was empty when we got there, and isn't too pretty. Our waitress didn't speak English, and there were holes in the table cloths. But, the food made up for it, and the price was worth every penny. We ordered the vegetarian combo plus one other dish (I forget which one.. but it was the one that was not included with the combo), to split between the 4 of us. There was plenty of food, and we even had leftovers.. all for about $22! You can't beat that anywhere!

Oh, and by the way.. we stopped at Ronald's donuts on our way out the next morning, and stocked up on donuts for the ride home! I wish we had one of those here!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Vegan in West L.A.

On our way out of Los Angeles, I really wanted some pancakes. I was jealous of our travel-mate that went and got pancakes in the cafe below our hotel, so I researched a bit online to try to find a place were we could get some too. I found a place called The Vegan Joint in West L.A. where we could stop on our way out of town.

Finding it was really easy, just off the freeway, and on a nice little corner-street. I got what I came for- pancakes with tofu scramble, called "Cowgirl Pankcakes". Hubby was overwhelmed with all the options so he ordered pancakes, fresh spring rolls, and Pad Thai. My mother-in-law got some chicken pancakes- with fried chicken that was some of the best fake chicken I've tried. And our other travel mate that ate before we left really regretted eating so much because it was all so tasty!

Pad Thai

Chicken Pancakes

Cowgirl Pancakes

Vegan in Santa Monica

Eating vegan in Southern California is easier than any other place I've been. There were a few options within walking distance from our hotel in Santa Monica. The first one I wanted to try was Juliano's Planet Raw Cafe. I read an article in Men's Journal about Woody Harrelson, he and the interviewer went to this cafe, so I thought it would be cool to try. I liked that they mentioned something about eating desert first, and I am always curious about raw vegan food, but don't really plan on eating a raw diet at this point in my life.

I really loved the deserts here, and if I lived in this area I'd come back for them often. But the price tag was crazy-expensive! Oh, and there is also honey in some of the desserts.. and some of them are with agave nectar, so be sure to ask.

Click on the photo below for photos of our food:

That same evening hubby and I got to go out to dinner by ourselves! We choose another restaurant within walking distance called Real Food Daily. I loved this place! It was very crowded and not very big, but the food was awesome. I ordered the soup of the day, Leek and Chickpea, the TV Dinner Meal- tempeh loaf with mashed potatoes, gravy, and veggies, and Tirimisu for desert.

Click on the photo below for photos of our food:

Monday, May 5, 2008

Vegan on Catalina Island

Vegan dining on Catalina Island was much harder than I anticipated. You'd think that a hip little California town would be more veg-friendly, as they almost always are. Yet that is not the case when it comes to this island.

I did my research ahead of time to try to find a nice place to eat for our first and only night there. I found Ristorante Villa Portofino
which isn't vegetarian, but I figured since the Chef also works for Vegetarian Times that the place should at least be veg-friendly. Well, I was wrong, as everything we ordered came back with cheese on it, even though we ordered everything without cheese. I'm not sure if that was just the fault of our terrible waiter, or the restaurant itself. The menu item we ordered, the Funghi Portobello, also looked like it should be vegan as well. And did you look at that price? $17.00 for the dish you see below! Hubby and I shared it.

The next day we hung out at the Casino, where all the Scuba diving happens. We stopped at a little beach side burger place to see if they had anything, and surprisingly they had a few veggie items on the menu. Their beans are lard-free and cooked fresh everyday. We ordered a plate of nachos- minus the cheese and sour cream, and a veggie sandwich- minus the mayo. It was all tasty, and satisfying for what it was.

So, if you are planning a trip to Catalina, you can get by as a vegan. There are plenty of pizza places you can order a veggie cheeseless pizza, but there is not much else. I'm sure we'll be going back someday, since hubby is an avid scuba diver, and next time maybe there will be something vegan at the Mediterranean spot we saw on our way out.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Vegan Donuts in Las Vegas

On our way to California, I had to make a stop at Ronald's Donuts... it was so worth the trip! These donuts are not healthy. But, they are vegan. I started out with a vegan cream filled/chocolate covered that was my favorite of all the ones I tried. I didn't choose all the donuts in our box, if I would have there would be less apple filled ones (not much of an apple filling fan).

The top two shelves in the shop are all vegan. The bottom shelve is not, but all of those are the cake-type. There is every flavor you can imagine; glazed, sugared, bear claws, cinnamon twists, maple bars, jelly filled....

I've never tried the other ones that vegans rave about.. but these are the real deal!