After cooking non-stop for that last photography project, I have to say that my enthusiasm for making food hasn’t been the same. As far as fun recipe ideas go, my brain has been exploding with them. But, when it comes to putting some actual food in my fridge, I have been less than successful at it. Luckily, the tomato plants in my backyard have been poppin’ off and gave me a great head-start on this dish.
I was partly inspired by a plate that I had at Mohawk Bend’s Authors Worth Celebrating dinner, starring Randy Clemens. There was a spiced Caprese salad where the Mozz was actually tofu marinated in a salty brine. It tasted great, so I thought that I’d give it a go at home and see what I could come up with. Secondary inspiration came from some herbed feta cheese that I used to eat in my pre-vegan days. While the texture is a bit different, I feel like this is a good sub and my mom (who really likes cheese) even liked it!
Pair the salty, herbed tofu-cheese with ripe tomatoes, peppery baby arugula and a squeeze of fresh lemon together and you have yourself a simple, seasonal salad that makes a great side dish. Am I saying that you shouldn’t try to eat this in one sitting? Absolutely not! Go for the gold! And don’t forget to let me know how you felt about it.
Before I give you the recipe, I’d like to know how everyone’s doing! How’s your Summer, thus far? Have you done anything exciting, or are you eating anything drool-worthy? Let’s hear it!
Today, I have the pleasure of reviewing Gena Hamshaw’sChoosing Raw a beautiful cookbook with photos from the talented Hannah Kaminsky. I remember when I started my blog, back when it was only on Tumblr, and I looked up to many awesome and successful vegan bloggers. One of the first people was Gena, and really, why wouldn’t she be? She has recipes that nourish your body but that aren’t intimidating and her narrative is supportive, informative and comforting. You will find all of her greatest attributes in this book!
One of the things that I love about the layout is that it’s broken down by ease of dishes and familiarity. This is great for the vegan-curious or new vegans out there that don’t really know where to start. There is a balanced mix of cooked vs. raw recipes, and plenty of ideas for snacks (I LOVE snacks!). Gena uses wholesome ingredients and has a variety of substitutions for you to use in dishes to make them healthier but not compromise on flavor.
I ended up making two recipes from her book, the Curried Chickpea & Carrot Salad and the Mango Chia Pudding. That may seem obvious seeing as how I love curry and have made many chia puddings for this blog! Both dishes were very good and came together in no time at all. I won’t even lie when I say that I was picking recipes based on what I had on-hand, further more, I had a hard time choosing because there were a lot that used everyday ingredients! I can’t wait to try more recipes from this book and share them with friends and family.
That Curried Chickpea & Carrot Salad really hit the spot, for me, so I’m sharing the recipe with you! Pro Tip: Make a wrap using the salad with spinach, green onion and sriracha; SO GOOD. Also, because Gena and her publisher are awesome, I’m giving a copy of Choosing Raw to one lucky winner! Just go to the Rafflecopter Widget at the end of the post to enter the giveaway.
Can you believe that it’s nearly June? This year is flying by quickly and May has been a complete blur! I’m not really mad about it, although I have some goals that I gave myself that I’m having trouble reaching. Namely, writing my own cookbook! After I’m back from vacation and am done with the cookbook that I’m currently taking photos for I am gettin’ that damn proposal DONE!
Until then, it’s work, work, work, plus a little play for the next couple of months. What’s really pressing at the moment is that I’m going to Italy on Monday! I’ve only been out of the country once, and it was to go to Mexico for a couple of days when I was 16. That being said, I’m a little anxious about not knowing any Italian and traveling there with my family for two weeks, while being the only vegan. Eek! So, if you have any tips, I’d be more than happy to hear them.
For the next couple of days I’m just trying to queue up some posts so that you guys will have some reading material while I’m gone! I think that you’ll really enjoy the posts that I have planned. But, today, I’m featuring my beloved Southwestern Kale Salad. I usually make this with one of two different dressings, Creamy Avocado Cilantro or Chipotle Tahini; both are SO good. I’ll be honest, though, I’m not dead-sure about the measurements for the Chipotle Tahini Dressing, so I’m going to give it to you approximately.
This salad is vibrant with color, has many flavors and textures, plus is very nutritious. We all know what a powerhouse kale is, but add some fiber and protein from the black beans and pepitas, vitamin C from the bell pepper and healthy fats from the avocados and you have yourself a well-rounded meal!
I’m so happy to have Rika from vegan miam on the blog, here today! It’s not her first rodeo, and I’m so glad that she has joined us again. This jicama salad looks like the perfect segway into Spring from Winter and is insanely refreshing. After taking a look at this beautiful dish, make sure to check out the awesome food and travel photos over on her site!
Bonjour my lovely Vegan Yack Attack readers!!! First off, a massive thanks to beautiful Jackie from Vegan Yack Attack for inviting me to be today’s guest blogger. Her amazing vegan food blog makes me (aka culinary adventurer) crave her food more, and subsequently eat more of it whilst traveling. In January of 2013, I wrote my first guest post for her blog about vegan & raw eats in Phuket, Thailand. So this is my second guest post for Vegan Yack Attack!
For those of you who don’t know me or my blog, let me give you a quick explanation of who I am. I’m Rika, I run a vegan food and travel blog vegan miam, with my photographer and partner Doni, covering vegan food, products, recipes, air travel and eateries around the world. In late 2011, I initially started my blog to share our experiences as vegan travelers but quickly found that our experiences abroad motivated us to craft dishes inspired by our travels. There is nothing more rewarding than bringing food back, both figuratively and literally, from our travels. While traveling, Doni and I love to craft local dishes using locally sourced ingredients but we also enjoy bringing concepts and dishes back from our travels to veganize at home. Please check out our travel schedule to see our current location.
Prior to heading down South to Mexico City (DF), the lovely people at Frieda’s Inc. sent me a few of their January specialty items including dried bird’s-eye chili. Just in time to get me in the mood for DF, they included a massive Jicama – and Jicama reminds me of all the fresh, bright, raw vegetable dishes we loved on our first trip to DF two years ago. We love Jicama raw, thinly sliced or julienned in salads and slaws or atop a taco.
Jicama (pronounced ‘hee-ka-ma’) is a popular root vegetable in Mexico and eaten as a raw snack with chili and lime (con chile y limón). According to Frieda’s Inc., Jicama can be substituted for fresh water chestnuts. Underneath the fibrous exterior, Jicama is wonderfully crunchy and juicy. While mild in actual flavor – it is earthy with a faint sweetness – Jicama absorbs dressings especially well, making it a great component for salads.
Selection + Storage:
Look for firm, smooth, roots. The skin often has a scarred or scabby appearance, but does not affect flavor. Do not refrigerate Jicama before using. Whole, uncut Jicama should be stored like a potato – in a cool, dry, dark place. Once cut, wrap in plastic and refrigerate up to 1 week. Learn more about Jicama here.
Explore this brilliant delicacy in a healthy way with this Jicama, Avocado and Radish Salad with Lime Vinaigrette. This recipe incorporates julienned Jicama, earthy and peppery sliced radishes, creamy diced avocado, chopped cilantro and of course, the roasted and ground dried Bird’s-eye chili. Top it off with a tangy lime vinaigrette. Simply serve the salad atop taco or eat on its own!
This is a vegan food blog, run by Jackie Sobon, that covers everything from indulgent desserts, to healthy dinners, and even raw recipes! I also write up restaurant reviews and am sort of a beer snob. You'll find that there is something for everyone, here!
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