Super Smoothies

Super Smoothies over on Suite101.com serves as a good intro to smoothie making. Fortunately, smoothies are something that are relatively easy to make, but it still helps to have a set of basic instructions to help ensure you get a good taste and good consistency no matter the ingredients.

As of late, I’ve taken a liking to smoothies for breakfast as I drive into work.

New recipe: Light and Bright Pepper Delight

I’m proud to announce that the Veg Blog’s first original recipe is now online, complete with pictures! It’s a simple stir-fry dish put together by my wife and me. Considering it’s our first attempt at putting something together from scratch with an end result in mind, we were pleased with how it came out.

So, take a look at Light and Bright Pepper Delight and let me know what you think!

Broccoli, apple, and peanut soup

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It was rainy and beginning to get chilly last night, showing sure signs of Autumn. So, I decided it would be the perfect evening to try a recipe from Nava Atlas’ excellent Vegetarian Soups for All Seasons. From the “Autumn” section, I cooked up a very unique broccoli, apple, and peanut soup. I was only expecting it to take 35-40 minutes to prepare, but it ended up being a 1 1/2 hour experience (not including the trip to the grocery store). Fortunately, it was one of those nights that I was ready for a more time-intensive dish (and even the clean-up afterwards). The week started off kind of stressfully and cooking was the perfect activity to help me center and refocus.

Anyway, the dish… garlic and two large onions are sauteed until golden and then added to a vegetable broth with some chopped carrots and broccoli florets. Some curry is also thrown into the mix. After simmering for a short while, everything but the broth is pureed with low-fat peanut butter until smooth. This mixture is then added back to the broth and allowed to simmer a bit more. Some more carrots and broccoli are steamed separately and then added into the soup. It’s then ready to serve with optional chopped peanut garnish.

The end result was a nice, hot, hearty soup that would be perfect for a late-Autumn Sunday night dinner. Though I would have preferred it to be a little thicker, I made a few mistakes along the way that made the soup a bit thinner than I would have liked. All-in-all, a great dish well worth revisiting.

Jamaican Jerk Seitan

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Last night I tried out a vegan Jamaican Jerk recipe that Scott had mentioned a few days ago. It took a little while to prepare (due to the long list of ingredients, mainly spices), but came out quite nicely: spicy (though not too spicy, since I used a regular chili pepper instead of a habanero) and flavorful, blending well with rice.

Here’s a reprint of the recipe with some very minor modifications made by me.

And here’s the original recipe, should you want to compare.