So, today is technically the last day of Vegan MoFo and that makes me super sad because I didn’t get all of the Return of the Mac recipes done for you that I originally set out to do. (Whomp Whomp) BUT, I have good news for you; because I’m sure as hell not done making mac! I’ll continue to post a couple more mac recipes for the first week or so of October for your reading/eating pleasure. 😀
Now, Kimchi and mac don’t sound like they’d really mix together so nicely, but I’m here to show you that this spicy, fermented food brings some great flavor and umami to this very untraditional plate. Another star of this dish is the silken seitan. What is silken seitan, might you ask? This seitan is made by Golden Age Foods which is a local, Southern California company, and is great for slicing up and putting in sandwiches — which, believe me, I have.
I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this product, but once I unwrapped the banana leaves around it, cut a couple of slices off and tasted it I really enjoyed the texture and subtle seasoning. I tried to save some of the first package for this mac, but I went through it way too fast and had to open up a second one. Oops! I would say that the texture reminds me of a mix between tofu and seitan, where it’s dense, but moist and easy to prepare. I can’t wait until they get this product into markets (hopefully within the next year!).
Instead of using whole wheat or durum wheat pasta, I used gluten-free as the protein content is usually higher in these types of noodles. Pair that with some fresh edamame and the seitan and you have a super-filling meal that is fun and nutritious. I really enjoy the contrast of cold and crunchy to warm and creamy between the Kimchi and the mac and cheese! I bought a vegan, raw kimchi at Whole Foods, but you can find a vegan one at Trader Joe’s that is delicious or just make your own kimchi, like Nicole did!
Before I forget, the Veggie-Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook Giveaway is over! Check you email to see if you won one of the three copies. AND Golden Age Foods has been nice enough to offer up some Silken Seitan to a winner of the giveaway at the end of this post! Yay!
Remember last week, when I said that I’d give you a delicious, healthy recipe? I’m sure you’re looking at the title and photos and thinking, “Creamy Mushroom Casserole? Healthy? Seriously, lady?” My answer to those is, “Yes, Yes and most definitely.”
This recipe brings the comfort of homemade casseroles to the table, while being filled with protein, fiber and little-to-no fat! I love using spaghetti squash in place of pasta, because it’s low-calorie, very filling, has potassium and all of the other nutritional benefits of winter squashes. Soft tofu takes the place of heavy cream to keep the protein count up in a semi-sneaky way. Mushrooms, lentils and kale are simple ingredients that give the dish excellent flavor!
Basically, it’s too cold for most of the country to be eating cold things (or wanting to at least), but you still want to spring back from the decadent meals of the holidays. That’s what makes the casserole perfect for this time of year!
Oh, and I can’t forget to mention that I’m going to have some FABULOUS bloggers guest posting on Vegan Yack Attack this month! These people are all amazing and I truly can’t wait to show you what recipes they have to offer. No to mention, the recipes will all be healthy to help us start the new year off right!
Mic Check, *tap-tap*, 1, 2, 1, 2.. Is this thing on? Holy crap, people, it’s been a hot minute since my last recipe, hasn’t it? I can say with certainty that time has totally gotten away from me, no thanks to travels, exciting projects, and work. First, there was my trip to Michigan, which I briefly touched upon, then less than a week spent at home before I headed out to New York! Exciting stuff, I must say. But, now, I’m home and I’m finishing up The Great Vegan Pumpkin eBook! Yes, this eBook is filled with 20 recipes ranging from savory to sweet and healthy to downright decadent.
Oddly enough, the recipe that I’m showcasing today isn’t in said eBook. I actually made this smoky squash soup for a ladies’ night dinner, yesterday; along with a main course and dessert. What I love most about this, besides the flavors, is that it comes together in under a half hour, it’s oil-free, and the tofu sneaks in a decent amount of protein. Ta-dah! Topped with a crisp kale chip and you have yourself a faux-fancy dish that is perfect for warming up.
I’m also working on a Stuffed Seitan Roast recipe that I’m excited to take on. Nothing against delicious, pre-made holiday roasts, but making your own is just so satisfying. Make sure to check back next week for that recipe!
Let me start off my saying that today is the first day of Vegan MOFO (Vegan Month of Food) AND World Vegetarian Day! So, this month, I’ll be posting more frequently and my theme with be a Month of Grains. What better way to start it off with a post on quinoa and a giveaway? Yes, I know that quinoa is a seed, but it is still considered a whole grain, which are the type of grains that I’ll me making recipes with all month.
When I was asked if I’d like to review the Keen-Wäh Decadence Bars from YogaEarth, I became very excited. I have tried these bars once before, and loved them, so I’m glad that I get to do a thorough review for my readers and tell you what these bars have to offer. I’m a huge fan of organizing with bullet points, so it’ll be easier to find what you’re looking for in this review.
- About the Company: Community, sustainability and health make up the core of the YogaEarth philosophy. YogaEarth supports local community development by sponsoring cleanup projects, events and organizations such as the World Y.O.G.A project. They also loan 1% of all product sales to Kiva.org women micro-entrepreneurs via the non-profit organization’s sustainability-focused lending program in the developing world and all loans are directed to countries where YogaEarth sources its ingredients (i.e., quinoa from Peru).
- Packaging: I honestly love the packaging of these products. With bold colors differentiating the flavors and a subtle background print, you can find your favorite in seconds. Bold text highlights the name of the bars, but the front of the package remains simple and clean, holding the most important information (organic logo, flavor, etc.) without seeming cluttered. Overall, eye-catching and what some might consider “cute”.
- Ingredients/Nutrition: Not only are these bars organic, they have a list of ingredients that has a host of whole foods and some star superfoods, like chia seeds and of course, quinoa. They use raw cacao to coat the base, which makes these protein bars seem more like a dessert than a snack (but in a great way). Keen-Wäh Decadence bars are also Gluten-free and GMO free, yay! With 6g of Protein per bar, these make for a good snack that will hold you over until your next meal or would be perfect for having right before working out.
- Organic Chocolate Chia: This flavor is doubly chocolate with its chocolate-y inside and smooth chocolate coating; if you’re a lover of chocolate, this one is definitely for you. When you bite into it, you’ll find crunchy quinoa crisps in the midst of cacao butter, almond butter and chia seeds. Do you ever work out at night? This would be a great dessert-like snack for afterward.
- Organic Coconut Almond: I have to say, this one is my favorite, although it’s pretty hard to choose as they are all delicious. The Coconut Almond flavor is slight less decadent than the Chocolate Chia, but doesn’t skimp on flavor. I am a huge fan of coconut, so once I bit into the chocolate-covered base, I was in love. (Don’t tell Corey ;))
- Organic Cayenne Cinnamon: This one was also a total hit with me, I love mixing spicy with sweet, as well as cinnamon. So, this flavor took all of those points and wrapped them into one neatly wrapped, protein-filled package. The cayenne isn’t too overpowering or overly spicy, it just emits a subtle heat after you’re done enjoying it. I love that!
Overall, I really enjoyed trying these bars out. I think that they’re a great alternative to a lot of the protein/workout/”natural” bars out there, especially when you compare what they use to make them and the ethics behind the company. If you’re on the run, or are an active person, it’s a good idea to have these on hand! You can order the Keen-Wäh Decadence Bars online, for your convenience.
YogaEarth has also been kind enough to give away some bars to lucky winners, so hold tight for the giveaway contest entry!
UPDATE! YogaEarth will be giving you guys the chance to win on of THREE 6-packs of their Keen-Wah Bars! Each 6-pack with have 2 of each flavor in it, so you’ll get to try all of them out. Enter below using the Rafflecopter widget, and Good Luck!
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Disclaimer: These bars were sent to me from YogaEarth to be reviewed, I did not pay for them, but my opinion remains the same and unbiased.