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Veganomicon Pineapple Cashew Quinoa Stir-Fry

Published April 26, 2011 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

Flipping through the Veganomicon, this recipe caught my eye. It’s full of things I love… pineapple, cashews, garlic, ginger…mmm! It wasn’t until I read this post though, that I actually went out and bought what I needed. I thought the canned pineapple substitution worked great. It gives you just the right of juice needed to cook the quinoa, and the pineapple is already prepped for you! : )

I cooked the quinoa & edamame a couple days in advance, when I had the time. Per Isa’s recommendation, I prepped all the ingredients first. (Which is what I used to do when I first started cooking so I could focus on the cooking part & not burn things!) So everything was ready to go, and it goes pretty quickly.

Green onions & garlic, sliced chili pepper and ginger, red pepper and edamame

Mint and basil, toasted cashews, cooked and cooled quinoa, braggs, vegetable broth and mirin.

I used about 1.5 tbsp of peanut oil instead of the 3 called for.

I didn’t have to cook the last addition [of quinoa and pineaple] quite as long as the recipe called for before it was piping hot and ready, about 8 or 10 minutes.

I was a good girl and did what I was told for once, and even garnished it with lime wedges as she suggested!

This was a very satisfying dish. Lots of flavors and the squeeze of lime on top was nice too. Oh, and as is usual for most cookbooks, this 4 serving dish ended being about 3 big ones.

Vitamix Green Smoothie #1 (green smoothie #13)

Published February 24, 2011 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

Okay, so after hours of watching Vitamix videos, and reading comparisons with Blendtec, I came to the conclusion that I’d made the right decision in a power blender. (If I did indeed need a power blender at all!) Vitamix appears to be the best one for green smoothies… precisely what I plan to make in them. Another look at their 30 money back guarantee brought to my attention that they will even pay for your shipping back if you want to return it. So fine. I opened up the manual/recipe book/materials it came with and popped in the DVD.

Even after watching all the demos of it’s features, I still think I will mostly be using it for green smoothies. Occasionally soup. (it can make HOT soup!) And every so often frozen desserts. (it can do ice cream in minutes, and other such frozen type treats.) Wait! Am I keeping it? I still hadn’t taken it for a test drive, as I was out of greens this morning. A stop at the store for some organic spinach was all I needed to take it on it’s first test run.  And we have video…

As you can probably tell I was really impressed with the results. Similar ingredients in the KitchenAid were still yielding smoothies that you had to chew a bit per sip. This was actually smooth. The only bits still visible were teeny little bits of the apple skin, which probably would have disappeared if I’d kept on blending. (It blended so fast!) Oh, and that whole worried about it not locking onto the base thing? I didn’t notice a problem. So yah, it’s looking like the Vitamix might have to stay… 😀

Today’s Smoothie was:

2 cups of water
*1/2 cup of almond milk
*4 cups of spinach
1 apple, quartered, core intact
1 banana
*1/4 c. frozen berries
*1/2 c. frozen mango
*1/2 c. frozen pineapple
drizzle of raw agave

*these measurements are approximations!

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