Vegan Super Bowl Menu

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For the most part, I enjoy having a food blog (‘food blog’ is used in the most liberal sense considering there are more links to 90’s hip-hop music videos, lists of my favorite ways to be lazy, and my social commentary on shameful behavior than actual recipes). But there are some elements of maintaining a food blog that are not talked about enough and go against my pragmatic sense of how a life should be lived and documented, unless of course you are a professional food blogger who gets paid to do shit like stage pictures in perfect 3:00 PM lighting and lay awake at night thinking up new ways to reinvent the donut.

For example, tomorrow is the Super Bowl and there is nothing more I want to do then share with you our amazing menu and sell you in tantalizing words and mouthwatering pictures that demonstrate the fact that veganizing food-centric events/holidays doesn’t always have to include chickpeas, quinoa, beets, or raw lettuce.  But here’s the non-sequitur of this whole food blogging racket – I can’t hype you up in pictures because I’m not making this epic meal until tomorrow, thus not giving you enough time to hype yourself up via purchasing ingredients and bragging to friends about your spread. It’s bullcrap, I know – but I’m saying screw it and at least sharing our menu with link and old pics from other times we prepared said menu items.

Anyway, we may have just found out who was playing in the Super Bowl a few days ago and I may have thought the 49ers were a baseball team, but I was raised right to leverage every event possible into a good excuse to overeat food and hang out with my friends. If our menu isn’t doing it for you, check out these 19 Delicious Vegan Superbowl Recipes.

SOUP – The Best Ever Chili 

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DIP – Guacamole

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SANDWICH – BBQ Jackfruit 

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SIDE – Vegan Buffalo Wings

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with a side of vegan ranch

TREATS

Ultimate Brownies 

Peanut Butter Popcorn Fudge 

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Web Feast Friday: Rawmageddon Begins


Friday the First can mean only one thing:  RAWMAGEDDON has begun!  Our first 30 Day Challenge went surprising well as we managed to post almost every day during January.  We missed a couple of days, but definitely feel pretty confident that we can continue our streak.  Now that February has begun, 30 Day Challenge #2 has begun in which we eat raw every meal, every day.  Day 1 is in the books with juices, smoothies, nuts, and salads dominating the menu.  We have some interesting recipes queued up for a few occasions and look forward to sharing some of these with our faithful readers.  In the meantime, we leave you with some great ideas for your Super Bowl Sunday festivities!

Anything that’s vegan AND fully loaded has to be good.  Right?

Sunday brunch idea to get primed for the big game!

CUPCAKES!!

For those of you taking on Rawmageddon with us, add this to your Big Game must-cook list.

I’ve ask myself this question so many times.  Now I have an answer.

If you haven’t liked any ideas thus far, here’s a whole list of ideas to help you write your Super Bowl menu.

Here’s the “big game” I’m really looking forward to this weekend.  J-Pow!!

I couldn’t help myself.  I had to end things with some more BTnH.

Web Feast Friday: Sunday Edition


As you may or may not have noticed, our streak of blogging came to an end on Friday, January 25.  I am actually impressed that we made it that long considering the whirlwind of adventures and funtivities we have been engaging in over the last couple of weeks. We spent this past weekend relaxing, skiing, cooking, and imbibing with our dear friends in Sunriver, Oregon.  I’m blaming our streak coming to an end on a fun-friend-filled weekend.  Best.Excuse.Ever.

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Mountains, outdoor activities, and wildlife. Sounds like a damn good time to me!

 

We forgot our camera back at the cabin, so this isn’t actually depicting our day. Add in icy snow and 25 mph winds, and you get the idea.

We had actually been saving up lots of great links to share on Friday, so we figured why not get “caught up” with our blog posts by cranking out some bonus posts on Sunday.  This Webfeast is dedicated to our weekend in Sunriver and will definitely get us back on track and prep us for our next 30 Day Challenge which is our Raw February!

After this past weekend, a detox is definitely in order!

Feeling a little acidic?  We definitely are.

We’re in the process of writing our Super Bowl party menu.  These might make the cut.

A new obsession.

We’re in the market.  Anyone have any recommendations or reviews to share?

This came in handy after a long day on the hill.  Vegan and GF!!

Kickstart my Vegan Heart

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Being huge fans of the website Kickstarter, we find ourselves constantly looking for independent businesses, projects, and ideas to support in hopes of expanding the ever-growing world of vegan commerce.  When you add in our passion for cookbooks, new and old, it’s no surprise that we jumped at the opportunity to fund an all-vegan cookbook inspired by the author’s world travels and culinary adventures.  This project was met its funding goal last October, and we have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the finished product.  The authors have done a great job of keeping us posted on the progress, sharing additional recipes and thoughts along the way, and building the excitement up to the release date.

We recently received our copy of The Lotus and Artichoke and couldn’t wait to crack it open and start cookin’!  Along with the author’s story and pictures of adventures, the book features amazing recipes from all over the globe representing multiple cuisines and ethnic fare.  We’ve already “tested” a couple recipes, and have several more on our growing list to try out over the course of the next month or so.  They will definitely make an appearance on the blog, and we are looking forward to sharing these with all you in.  In the meantime, check out the official website for the Lotus and the Artichoke, and head on over to their Facebook page and give them some love.  If you feel inspired enough, pick up a copy or three for yourself and two of your best friends and get cookin’ yourself!

If you need some extra inspiration or a soundtrack for your cooking, we leave you with this gem.

Web Feast Friday


I don’t mean to toot our own horn, but we are on 18 days and counting on our 2013 resolution to blog every day. We’ve even accomplished one of our 2013 resolutions by hitting the 100 post mark on the blog.  This may not seem like a great feat to those seasoned bloggers,  but coming from a couple folks who can justify doing/not doing many things, we continue to amaze ourselves!  We’ve found a routine that is keeping us on track, and we are definitely taking plenty of pictures and cooking delicious foods that will definitely make an appearance on the blog.  This weeks Feast includes links and lists that can help create routines, or provide ideas to incorporate into your current routine.

Kick your morning off with any and all of these AM activities.

Let’s all commit to this list for 2013!

Lot’s of Top 10 lists always get kicked around this time of year.  This top 15 list is 5 better.

So true.  So true.

For those of you joining us for “Raw February,” here’s some helpful tools.

For those of you still looking to detox from the holidays, or adopting a more detoxifying lifestyle, here’s some tips.

This recipe has Sunday dinner written all over it!

Actually, I’m making this on Sunday.  This too.

This song just popped up while we were watching Girls, and I totally forgot how great of a jam it is!

All About Squash!

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Hi all!  Today’s version of Meal Planning Monday is brought to you by the folks at Eat Plants Live temporary house guest, Evonne.  Evidently this is the rent they charge for filling their lives with happiness and joy the last two weeks (oh, and staying at their house, eating all their food, and taking up space, but whatever).

Much of my cooking is Japanese inspired, and one staple in my diet is kabocha squash.  Since it is national kabocha day in Japan, I figured it needed to be the focus of todays post!  It’s low in calories and carbs, high in fiber and vitamins, and a superfood you should probably be eating more of.  So I’ll share some of my favorite easy and healthy ways to enjoy it.

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First of all, you may be surprised to know that the peel is edible, just make sure that you wash it well before cooking.  And if you can’t find kabocha squash, butternut or acorn squash is a close substitute.

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The easiest way to enjoy kabocha is to cut it into inch cubes, and steam it by microwaving it for 2-3 minutes.  Then dip it in your favorite vegan mayonnaise or Yumm sauce (because seriously, what isn’t delicious with a little bit of Yumm sauce…or a lot, whatever!).

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Simmered Kabocha Squash

Simmered Kabocha Squash

Simmered kabocha is by far one of my favorite dishes!  I find it easiest and most delicious to cook in my rice cooker.

Ingredients:

– 1/2 kabocha squash cut into 1 inch squares

– 1/2 Cup water or dashi

– 2 tablespoons soy sauce

– 2 tablespoons sugar

–  2 tablespoons mirin

– 2 tablespoons cooking sake

– Sliced Almonds (optional)

(If you don’t have mirin or sake, leave it out and increase sugar and soy sauce to 3 tablespoons each)

Start your rice cooker and cook until squash is soft but steamed inside, about 30-45 minutes.

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Kabocha & Kale Stir Fry

Kabocha & Kale Stir Fry

– 1/2 Kabocha Squash

– 1/2 Onion sliced

– 2-3 Cups chopped kale

– Tempeh or Tofu

– Sliced Almonds (optional)

– 2 tablespoons soy sauce

– 2 tablespoons sugar

– Oil for cooking

Stir fry the squash, onion, and tempeh or tofu in oil until the squash is almost thoroughly cooked.  Add the kale, soy sauce, and sugar and simmer on medium low heat for 5-10 minutes.  Add sliced almonds and enjoy!

Japanese Curry

Japanese Curry Sauce Powder

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Japanese Curry

And finally, if you need another easy and delicious meal, give Japanese curry a try.  It has a taste of it’s own, being a little bit sweeter than Indian curry.

Ingredients:

– 1/2 squash

– 2 carrots

– 1/2 onion

– 1/2 red and green pepper

– 2 cups chopped kale

– Tempeh

– Small can coconut milk

– 1 Cup water

– 4 blocks powdered curry

– Oil for cooking

Stir fry chopped vegetables and tempeh in oil on high heat for 5-10 minutes.  Turn down to medium heat and add coconut milk and water.  Cover and let cook for 5-10 minutes.  Add curry seasoning, reduce to low heat and let simmer for another 5-10 minutes.  Serve with brown rice or add more water to make a curry soup.

**Disclaimer: It isn’t actually national kabocha day, but it could happen.  Write your senators today!

Web Feast Friday


It finally feels like winter here in the Pacific NW, and we have a brand new dusting of snow on  the hills throughout the valley.  We’re eleven days into the year, and still holding strong to our commitment/resolution of blogging every day!  We have lots of great ideas for posts, and lots of great recipes and stories to share.  We also have some exciting adventures on the horizon that are sure to create even more blog fodder. Snowshoeing is on the agenda this weekend, along with a little wine tour.  In the meantime, sit back and relax the second installment of Web Feast Friday for 2013!

Simple.  Easy.  Indian flavors.  Love it!

For those of you who want to go raw with us next month, here’s a recipe to bookmark.

The EPL household is a big fan of savory waffles.  These just made the cut for Sunday brunch.

Health vegan Twix bars?

We’re everywhere!!!!

We’re hosting a vegan Super Bowl party this year, and you KNOW this will be served!

Lot’s of recipes this week means lots of cooking and baking is taking place.  One such cooking escapade involves a shopping trip to the Asian market, no real plan, and $100 in groceries.  Stay tuned for that story!

We leave you with some winter running inspiration and motivation.  Play outside this weekend and cook some good food.

Monday Meal Planz

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The first Monday of 2013 got us thinking about some kind of themed day.  We already have Web Feast Fridays, and from time to time, we’ll post on Souper Sunday.  Why not add another topic to provide us with a little guidance and inspiration while tackling our “365 Days of Blogging” goal.

Actually, I am pretty sure that some of our favorite blogs actually post meal and menu planning-style posts on Mondays, and I’m confident that ours will absolutely reflect our current cooking passions/interests/obsessions.  Whether you end up planning your weekly menu around this post or not is entirely up to you.  At the very least, we hope you find something interestingly tasty to share with friends and family at some point during the week.

Those of you still in detox mode will love this!  I never thought of this combination, but I love all these ingredients equally on their own!

Our raw adventure begins next month, so in the meantime, I plan on preparing this at least once before then.

Anything hickory-smoked served with tator tots will ALWAYS earn a spot on the blog!

We love this blog and you will love this recipe!

Easy + Glazed = Mealtime

What would a Meal Plan be without ‘zerts!

Keep the comments and feedback coming!  We appreciate everything you are willing to share with us.  Since we plan on posting each and every day of 2013, we will present you with plenty of chances!  Thanks for reading!

 

Web Feast Friday: New Year’s Edition

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Four days into 2013, and so far, our resolution to blog each day of the year is still in effect!  That means we will be treating you guys to at least 360 more posts in 2013.  Both of us have laid out a list of resolutions/goals for the year, and over the course of the next couple of months, we will be posting all the details.  In honor of 2013 and resolution season, we offer up several resolution/make-yourself-better links to assist with the process.  Feel free to share these with us, and we can all be accountabila-buddies!

These tips would easily free up a good 40 hours every week!  Just think about what you could do with 40 hours.

If you resolution is to find a nice vegan guy/gal to court, make sure you read up on these details.

Keep your feet happy and cruelty-free in 2013!

2013 is guaranteed to be BIG year for Team EPL, and it can be a BIG year for you too!

Watch this movie in 2013.

Follow this blog in 2013.

Here’s a load of links from No Meat Athlete that can help you with all your plant-based fitness needs.

Eat/drink one thing green at every meal.  Here’s some ideas!

It’s a new year, I’m glad to be here!  Happy 2013 folks!

Souper Sunday


 

 

Since this is the finally installment of our Vegan MOFO:  Souper Sunday edition, I figured instead of posting this evening’s chili recipe and pics, I would take the opportunity to post a few links to some of our favorite soups, stews, and curries.  Have no fear, we will definitely be posting tonight’s chili as it goes down as one of our favorites of all time.  In the meantime, check out these recipes and get them on your cookin’ calendar soon!

This roasted corn and sweet pepper soup was the starter for last year’s New Year’s Eve dinner, which included paella!

Around these parts, we love our southwestern corn chowder.

This tortilla soup has been made so many times when we haven’t been able to decided what to cook for dinner.

Our first stew of list includes TVP!  Awwww yeah!!

Simple.  Easy.  Flavas!!!!

No soup list is complete without French onion soup.  This soup with some bread and a BIG red wine.  Yes please.  As I type this, I can’t believe the last time I made this was last year.

We are HUGE curry fans and this recipe is one of our favorites.  In fact, we have made so many variations of this recipe, I had almost forgotten what the original called for.

We have enjoyed making Souper Sundays part of our Vegan MOFO routine, and plan on continuing this “tradition” long after October ends.  Stay tuned for the recap and pics of our epic chili recipe later this week!