Monthly Archives: February 2012

5 Vegan Breakfast Ideas At Home & On The Go

What to have for breakfast when you’re at home and just starting a vegan diet? Or, you’re downtown away from the comfort of your kitchen and left to seek understanding restaurants that won’t automatically butter your toast. What’s a healthy person to do?

There are options!

1. Beans! Beans, we all know the musical fruit song, are your friends. Instead of ordering toast and eggs, most restaurants will have a baked bean option. Mind you, you will have to ask if they used: Worcestershire, bacon, butter, lard or any other animal products. Hopefully they don’t.

aireater.com, Lidia Le Francois, baked beans, vegan

2. Tofu scramble. Depends where you are, some restaurants are progressive enough to have this on the menu, but if not, this could be a great on the go breakfast before rushing out the door you can make at home and use a vegan pita wrap to carry it in.

3. Oatmeal. Some restaurants will make it for you with water if you ask first. This is easy to order out and make at home. I prefer mine with cinnamon on top and dehydrated apple pieces. The wonderful thing about oatmeal is you can add any fruit. Bananas, raspberries, strawberries, mango! Imagine how lovely that would be. It’s incredibly satisfying and sticks to you the whole day. Continue reading

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Enjoy Life no nuts! Seed and Fruit Mix

The kind people at Enjoy Life sent me two items to review as they’ve changed the packaging for their not nuts! Seed and Fruit Mix products. What I love most about their products is that they are completely safe. I know I don’t have to worry as they are vegan and gluten free.

The items I received:
1. no nuts! Seed and Fruit Beach Bash
2. no nuts! Seed and Fruit Mountain Mambo

The first product I tried was the Mountain Mambo, the name had me curious and another motivating factor – chocolate chips!

Mountain Mambo ingredients include: sunflower kernels, roasted hulled pumpkin seeds, raisins, dried apples, chocolate chips, and dried cranberries.

I had to literally stop myself from eating the whole bag. I couldn’t believe how tasty this little mixture was. Now, if you try this, tell me you can stop at one handful, seriously.

Beach Bash ingredients include: sunflower kernels, dried pineapple, roasted hulled pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, dried apricots

Very tasty indeed. No chocolate in this one, nothing saying you can’t add your own chips, but the pineapple really stood out as a key ingredient; nicely done.

None of the dried fruits were overly dry, most were pleasantly chewy and rather enjoyable. I know I will be taking either one to work and just as a snack to have throughout the day. Safe to pre-measure how much you eat as it’s easy to get carried away.

I love the packaging on top of loving the products. Very crisp, clean design, plus a window on the front to show the product itself; this is a huge selling point for people who have never tried it. All the ingredients claims are clearly stated and I love the bar code on the back is in the shape of a fruit, that’s pretty darling and I wonder how they got around bar code regulations to do so; perhaps that’s an American luxury.

Either way, I would recommend either of these products as they’re safe and tasty to boot.

Happy eating!

ps. I was not paid to say any of this, I actually enjoy the product, and that is my honest opinion.

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Eggplant Bacon – Round 2

This is my second attempt at making eggplant bacon. The first time I didn’t marinate the eggplant and cut the slices WAY too thick; this time I added so many different types of spices, cut them thin and let the mix stand for 30 minutes. I did something else rather different, I let the mix marinate on a plate with a high lip instead of a bowl. I figure, the liquid of the mix will only really marinate a certain percentage of the eggplant while another ration of it will remain dry, thus not soaking in the spices etc. Yes, this became somewhat of a math problem; ergo, the plate.

Lidia Le François, aireater, vegan, gluten free

I did adapt my recipe from Raw + Simple I want to give credit where it’s due and not feel like a recipe thief.

Ingredients:

1 small japanese eggplant sliced as thin as possible
1 tbsp sea salt or 1/2 tbsp Himalayan salt (I find it rather strong)
2 tbsp maple syrup/agave
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp gluten free tamari
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp oregano
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp Italian spices
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp black pepper

Instructions: Continue reading

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VEGAN ROCK Tonight @ The Boat in Toronto

I don’t normally do this, but my friend Ash has an event running TONIGHT and I wanted to let everyone know about it as it is a vegan show.

Ladies and gentlemen, the fourth annual VEGAN ROCK! is scheduled for February 23, 2012!

• ALL are welcome to this fundraiser (bake sale/concert)
• All proceeds will go to the Toronto Vegetarian Association!
• There will be bands performing from 9pm until it’s time to sleep
• There will be a dozen bakers providing delectable desserts
• Cover is $10
• This event is open to everyone so tell everyone you know! The past shows have been successful, so let’s make this a success too.

Musicians:

• Dream Awake (http://www.myspace.com/dreamawakemusic)
• More Than Breathing (http://www.morethanbreathing.bandcamp.com/)
• Stefi Beck (http://www.myspace.com/stefibeck)
• Matt “Zaddy” Zadkovich

Please come up and support a good cause!

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Brendan Brazier’s Raw Portobello Patties

I have the “Whole Foods to Thrive” book by Brendan Brazier, creator of Vega and I thought I’d make something different. You can find the recipe on page 247 of the Canadian version. The only changes I made were to add chopped celery and carrot. However, I would recommend, if you’re using a Blendtec or a Vitamix, DO NOT add the walnuts and mushrooms in last as per the instructions. It will not work well and then you’ll have chunks of mushroom in the burger. I highly would suggest doing that step first and then adding everything. The same thing happens when a recipe says to add small nuts at the end, oh no, I chop those first or they don’t get processed at all. Save yourself the hassle.

The recipe says it makes 4 burgers, yeah, if you’re Fred Flintstone, I ended up making about 12. Mind you, I did some smaller ones, but there’s no way this recipe could make only four; I’d like to see that.

raw portobello burger with trimmings, Lidia Le François, vegan, gluten free

So, as you can see, they’re not the most appealing burgers and the white small parts are the portobello mushrooms I chopped up after I realized they were not being diced in the blender. The recipe does say to use a food processor, but I figured I did spend a large amount of money on this blender it should do the trick. They are quite good though, and I followed the instructions exactly and they turned out still a bit chewy/soft, I really enjoy the texture.

Here’s how I dressed it up: Continue reading

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Air Eater Contest No. 12 – FREE Coupon for Galaxy Nutritional Food Product

I’m not a fan of Galaxy Nutritional Foods after I tried their cream cheese, maybe you will like their products, they seem to have quite a few. They were kind enough to send me a free product coupon and two $0.55 off coupons. As I have no interest in their products, I’m giving them away.

Image from: couponkatarina.com

How to enter:
Comment below: I want to win a glutenfree vegan prize from Aireater.com

BONUS entries:
1. Tweet at me, “@LidiaLF I want to win a #glutenfree #vegan prize from Aireater.com #aireatercontest”
2.  Like the Air Eater Facebook page and comment on the wall, “I want to win a glutenfree vegan prize from Aireater.com”

Conest details:
– Only Canadian residents as the coupons are not good in the US
– Start date: Feb. 22, 2012 @ 9:30am EST
– End date: Feb. 24, 2012 @ 12:00pm EST
– Winner will be picked at random

Good luck!

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Raw Zucchini chips

I never really liked zucchini much before incorporating more raw food into my diet. Before I used to think: it’s bland, it doesn’t taste like a potato, it’s just boring. These days I go out of my way to buy zucchini to either eat raw as ‘pasta’, or to make zucchini chips. The first time I made these, I ate them so fast I didn’t get a photo.

I made them again and this time decided to take a picture first. Here goes:

Lidia Le François, raw, gluten free, vegan

Ingredients: Continue reading

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Versatile Blogger Award

I have been given a Versatile Blogger Award from the lovely Toxic Vegan. Just like in her post I’m going to re-iterate the rules for the award:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself.
  3. Pass the award on to 15 more bloggers that You enjoy.
  4. Contact the bloggers that you have chosen to let them know that they have been nominated!

Here are 7 facts about me: Continue reading

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Raw Zucchini Pasta with various sauces

I never knew I’d like zucchini so much as I do now. If you asked me a few years ago I would have made a face and laughed. Now, I really appreciate them and their zero calorie content, as well as the base they provide as ‘pasta’ in a raw dish.

I made raw ‘spaghetti’ with three different sauce toppings:

1. Marinara
2. Cashew ‘cheese’
3. Cauliflower ‘rice’

What are the little dots you’re asking? When you spiralize vegetables there’s a small circle tube that comes from the vegetable and I thought to slice it up and use as decoration.

 

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Raw Dried Cranberries

Now that we have a juicer, I am constantly looking to see what pulp I can dehydrate and what it might turn into. I was a huge fan of Craisins, until I saw how many calories were in a serving. Way too many for what I thought was a healthy snack. I figure making my own is healthier and personally satisfying.

Easy as a raw pie really.

Directions: Continue reading

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