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The day of Easy Vegetarian Christmas Special

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eggless bibingka

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eggless mayo or soyanaise

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hamonado

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eggless salad

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my full plate with bibingka, salad and the bonus vegetarian relleno

Isn’t it wonderful to be VEG. With these foods, you will never go back to being carnivorous again.

If you need recipes, I will post it here.

Again, forgive me if i didn’t say this will be picture heavy.

Photos taken by my nifty iPhone4s.

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Tofu, Camote tops and Veggie paste

If you are in a hurry or have only a few minutes to spare and really, really wants to eat, you should try this quick fix.

fried tofu, vegetarian fermented paste and camote (sweet potato) tops

Of course we all have stocks of tofu in our fridge daily. As a vegetarian, I find it very important to have one, just in case of emergency. So this meal does not really take much of your time. Basically, you just need to fry the tofu and make sure that you cover it with some breadings to make it somehow crunchy. I use those locally available and just read the labels to be safe. :) I have some stalks of camote (sweet potato) tops and all you have to do is to remove the leaves and bring it to a quick boil. Make sure you won’t over boil as it will wither and i bet the vitamins gone. We don’t want that to happen so just a quick boil. Then, I have some ready-made vegetarian fermented paste or what we call bagoong here in the Philippines. This vegetarian paste made of black beans, tofu, chili, garlic and onions. I will write about how to make one soon. Make sure you just scoop enough for the camote (sweet potato) tops.

That’s it. Ready meal in 10 minutes. :)Very nutritious and quick. I was also able to check some of the benefits of camote tops just in case.

Happy eating!

Pancake experiment

You might want to try this for breakfast. :)

I call this White chocolate mango pancake. Simply because it has small white chocolates and some mangoes. I made two sets because the first one is a failure but still tasted good. I actually put the mangoes on top while the pancake is cooking on the other side. I am using a regular pan by the way and I am very much considering buying a pancake maker :)

Experiment #1

the first pancake experiment

I think what I did wrong was mixing the mangoes. Although i mashed it first, the heat of the pan eventually burned the mangoes. As you can see on the photo, the mangoes and the white chocolate melted but they’re oh so heavenly. You can try this if you have a pancake maker :)

Experiment #2

the second pancake :)

I think this is the successful pancake for the day. Instead of adding the mangoes while the pancake is in the pan, I just used it as a topping.  You can also try to use other fruits, I’ve tried bananas so far and have yet to try other fruits. For bananas since they are not that watery, I put the mashed banana on the pancake mixture before cooking. In addition, I tried the white chocolates for the first time instead of using sugar and the melting experience is awesome.

Ingredients:

Any vegetarian/vegan friendly pancake mix, some fresh fruits and little white chocolates.

How to cook:

Cook it like the regular pancake with the aid of a pancake maker and then either put the fruit on top before closing the lid of your machine. You can also try to use it as a topping instead just like what I did on the second photo because I use an ordinary pan and my pancake got burned. :)

I am happy with the result and the people who tasted this was happy as well. I think this will be a big hit on children and oh not to mention adults like me.

Happy eating!

Meatless Monday

I started this blog on a Monday and on the first day of the month. I feel that if you want to keep a hobby or do something on a daily basis, you have to start on a Monday. I don’t know the science behind that but it works for me.

Since I am forever meatless, I just named this entry Meatless Monday to give honor to those vegetarians or non-veg doing this advocacy. My recipe is C2 in coconut milk. Why C2 or what is C2? I just made that up actually and it’s Cabbage and Carrots combined :) ain’t I creative?!? Enough of my self-flattery. Here’s my appetizing dinner.

cabbage and carrots in coconut milk.

A very simple meal yet very healthy. I first tasted this meal when we visited Phnom Penh in Cambodia. A restaurant by the name of Apsara is serving a veggie meal for $2.50. Since we are on a budget, we tried this meal and we loved it. I have yet to copy what they serve us there but this is just my local version.

Ingredients:

1 whole cabbage – chopped,  2 whole carrots – cut into long thin strips,   5 or 6 cloves of garlic – minced,  1 large onions – chopped,  1 cup of coconut milk (the first squeeze),  1 tbsp of butter for sauté, half block tofu – diced and deep-fried for toppings,  pinch of salt and pepper to taste.

How to cook:

I use olive oil (when I have some stock) to fry garlic and onions but for this one I used butter.  So on a heated pan, put the 1 tbsp of butter on low fire. Saute the garlic until golden brown and add the onions.  For onions, I try to sauté them until they are shiny because I read somewhere that when you do that to onions, they tend to taste sweet. :) Once done, add the carrots and make sure not to make it soggy and the finally, add the cabbage. Stir-fry the veggies and add the coconut milk for the last part. You can add water if you want to add some sauce or just the coconut milk to make it richer. Put some salt and pepper to taste. Make sure not too salty. Bring it to a boil and once the coconut milk begins to thicken, that’s a sign for me that the coconut milk is all done. You can put the fried tofu on top or you can add it separately after serving.  Viola! Enjoy your simple dish. I would say I was able to serve this for 4 so feel free to change if you feel like serving it to a larger number or to a smaller one.

Happy eating! :)

hello

This is our veggie blog.  It’s plant-based so it is either raw, vegan, lacto-vegetarian (i don’t eat eggs) or the other varieties of vegetarianism.

I’ve tried to create blogs from the past but I guess this is what I am at least knowledgeable enough to keep up. I will create budget-friendly recipes, review products that we use or even review some of our favorite restaurants around the metro or if lucky, even overseas.

I will try to categorize my recipes based on the varieties that I am using and make it economical, sustainable and non-karmic. To inspire me, I created a slogan for this blog:

If it is sustainable then it is economical. If it is economical then it is good for the environment. If it is good for the environment then it is good for our planet. If it is good for our planet then it is good for our body. If we have a good and healthy body, we can use this in service to the Supreme.

L and M.

P.S

GULAY is vegetable in our native language.


						
					

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