Archive | July 2012

Vegetarian Friday-Herbed Vegetables with Spring Rolls

Today was an EXTRA quick meal day. Forgive me for forgetting to photograph the bags in case you were wanting to pick some up for yourself. I do apologize.
Well, I will try to explain what I did.
I went to the grocery store in the frozen food section and purchased a couple of those “steamed vegetable”bags. I got the herb potato and green beans. When I got home, instead of using the microwave, I added a cup of water and let the food come to a boil in a pot. I added some leftover brown rice,mushrooms,black pepper,and tamari sauce.I let it all cook for about 20 minutes stirring it all very thoroughly. I then popped some spring rolls in the oven,and in less than 30 minutes, I was ready to dig in!

Now how’s that for healthy,non-microwavable,vegetarian food! Yummmm!
What recipes do YOU want to share? I bet you have SOMETHING you love in a hurry! πŸ™‚

“Experimental” Wednesday-Smoky Tofu sandwich

I can’t believe that July is almost over! I am enjoying trying new recipes from various books, and here is the one for this week! I got this recipe from this book on page 153 and 154.

OK.So the book says to drain and dry your tofu as you normally would.(paper towel,press,terry cloth). While it is draining set your oven to 425. Then proceed with the “sauce”. These are the ingredients for the sauce.-3Tbsp.red miso
3Tbsp.lemon juice
3Tbsp.sugar
3Tbsp.tamari or soy sauce(i used tamari)
1Tbsp.nutritional yeast
1/4 tsp.Liquid smoke flavoring
After you mix all of this in a small bowl. Cut up your drained tofu like so..

On a baking sheet covered with parchment paper(I didn’t have this so I used an aluminum sheet from my local dollar tree). (I also left out on my “sauce” the nutritional yeast and red miso.)
Anyway, you brush both sides of your tofu with the sauce and let it marinade for 10 minutes. Brush the tops one last time and let it bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. The Tofu should be darkened around the edges, but not burned.

On MY sandwich I used brown mustard,veggie slices,spinach leaves,and a tomato. I also love my bite-sized tortilla chips on the side!

The result? Well, in my opinion it would have been better had I left out the sugar! It was sort of a sweet sauce, but like I said earlier, I didn’t have the red miso OR the nutritional yeast so maybe that is what it was as well. All in all, I’d say it gets one smiley face. πŸ™‚

If YOU try this or ANY of the recipes feel free to tell us how YOURS turned out! Don’t be shy! I would really like to receive thoughts and comments. Any takers?

“Not-So” Experimental Wednesday-Vegetable Soup

Vegetable soup is great in hot or cold weather! Today,I am going to acknowledge this book for the idea and the seasonings but of course, I had to “tweak it”! I used this book. Page 161.

The seasonings used were these:

When I use seasonings, it is much like a sprinkle of this and a sprinkle of that. Of course if you “need” exact measurements, I would say it is about 1 Tablespoon of each and a medium squirt of the garlic. Now even though the book had its’ own recipe, with my “very short” attention span, I had to “do it MY way” so I used these items to speed things up a bit.

That’s right, I cheated! The vegetable broth made the juice, the frozen vegetable soup mix made the base, and I used my favorite of fresh kale! I know, I know, I should be ashamed! It was delicious though! I put all items in one large pot and stirred slowly until it came to a boil, and then I let it simmer for almost 25 minutes! I served it with garlic bread on the side, and dug in!

I can say this, next time I will leave OUT the tomato paste and add 3 potatoes. I felt it was a bit too “tomatoey” for my taste buds! Yes, I know that’s not a real word! OK,OK, it was too much tomato but other than that, it was still healthy, fast, and filling! So I give only one smiley face. πŸ™‚ Any thoughts?

Who Is A Crafter Around Here?

I am curious to find out just how many crafters there are in this wonderful world of internet! I know it is probably millions! I want to introduce myself and hopefully, I will have others step forward as well and become “neighborly & polite”.

Hello, my name is Naturaleehappee. I make handmade jewelry,

Melt & Pour Soaps,

I love taking pictures with my camera,

and I make Loc Jewelry for those who have locs like me.

When I’m crafting, I feel like it is my outlet,I “unplug” from the world. I never feel negative or sad when I’m making things,instead,It’s quite the opposite, I feel so calm,happy,and creative. It really makes me feel good to know that I can create art with my bare hands. I have many more things that I would like to “give a try”. Hopefully, it will all come together in the near future!

How many of YOU feel the same way? Would you like to join in on the introductions? Come on,let’s hear it! Creative Souls Unite! LoL! πŸ™‚

Vegetarian Friday-meatless Turnip Greens

This recipe is not my usual “quick meals”. I was in the mood for leafy green vegetables and I made this to go along side of my usual eggplant that I get in the frozen section. This is how I make MY Turnip Greens and I like it very well.

In a large pot I put a table-spoon of olive oil and let it warm. I then add my favorite frozen mix of diced onions and peppers(maybe a half of bag,or less). As this is sauteing, I already have my bag of frozen turnip greens beside me ready to go. When the onion/pepper mix is completely thawed, add 1 Tablespoon of crushed garlic. Add your turnip greens,and about a cup of vegetable stock.sprinkle a pinch of black pepper and a pinch of red pepper flakes and stir. Let this come to a boil and then turn to simmer for about 20-25 minutes. During the last 10 minutes, add about 3 boiled and diced potatoes of your choice(white or red). After your 25 minutes it should look like this…

Now you have a delicious vegetable side to go along with any entrΓ©e of your choosing! As usual, feel free to let me know if you like this or any of the recipes from this blog site! :)Happy Eating!

A “Different” Way To “Pay It Forward!”

Are there any movie buffs out there? If you are a “movie buff” then you remember a post I did a month or two ago on the movie Pay It Forward. The movie was basically about doing another good deed towards a total stranger after a good deed had been done for you. In theory, we should all be doing “good deeds” whether we have one done to us OR NOT, but anyway, this movie was a good movie as well as a little sad.

Well, yesterday I was spending the day relaxing at Michaels,(yes, I relax at the craft store)and I noticed a young lady looking a bit puzzled. She was looking at the large, complicated wall of jewelry wire,tools,beads,etc. I was wondering if she was going to say anything when she finally belted out to her young son holding her hand,”come on__________ I guess I can come back another day when I know what I’m looking for!” I then asked her if she needed help. She told me she had some marble beads and was thinking about making some jewelry for Christmas gifts but did not know where to start. I was only too happy to tell her about the items, what she needed to start, and where to find more supplies. She thanked me and I told her that I had been making jewelry for about two and a half years and I remember my first day as well. It felt so wonderful to see her face when I was finished helping AND to hear her little boy say “Thank-You“.

I thought this was the end but you know what? Two more ladies came up to me with THEIR questions! I assume they were listening the whole time and wanted to know if I could help them! That just shows that you never know WHO is listening or watching. I was happy to help them with a smile and it made MY day all the better! I was able to help someone with what I knew from the books and media that helped me! Do you have a similar story of a time when YOU helped a random stranger? Go ahead, tell me all about it! πŸ™‚

Experimental Wednesday-Tofu “egg” Macguffin?

Fast,healthy breakfast is always a winner in my book. I am also the “queen” of “tweaking” as well! The food idea was from this book..

Now, the idea is located on p.64.The idea was to have an English muffin, veggie sausage patties,and tofu for the scramble. That was the idea. The RECIPE for tofu scramble I got from one of my favorite YouTubers, The Vegan Zombigate! His recipe was called Tofu scramble and pancakes. I love his channel and I loved HIS recipe for Tofu scramble as well. So if you check out his site, you will have the ingredients for the Tofu scramble, or you can use your OWN recipe as well! Use the Morningstar Veggie Sausage Patties, and your favorite English Muffins(I use wheat!)You can also add a veggie slice as well if you like. The result?

Three smiley faces πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ and a FULL Tummy! If you have this book at home, please feel free to chime in and let me know the name of YOUR favorite recipe!