Archive | September, 2012

Fajitas with Seitan nuggets

30 Sep

Seitan Nugget Fajitas

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Did I tell you how much I love Mexican cuisine. I swear I was Mexican in another life. I could eat tacos everyday. One thing I do love in my tacos that isn’t normal is corn. I grew up eating tacos this way. I love corn. I could eat it with everything. I mix it into spaghetti or any kind of pasta. Most meals don’t feel complete without a bit of sweetness and of course, corn!

I came across a couple different recipes for seitan nuggets. I decided to made my own version. It still needs some work. I am still cooking with the questionable product of my science project. Until its perfect, I won’t be posting it. Hopefully soon, all the kinks will be worked out. I do have to say though, cooking with vital wheat gluten is pretty amusing.

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Onions, garlic and peppers sautéing.

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Place fajita mix in tortilla with corn, spinach and salsa.

Seitan Nugget Fajitas

Ingredients:

• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 1 onion, diced
• 1 green pepper
• 1 red pepper
• 6 seitan nuggets, or meat substitute of choice
• 2 tsp chili powder
• 2 dashes chipotle Tabasco sauce
• 1 tsp cumin
• 1/4 tsp dill
• 1/2 tsp oregano
• 1 tsp agave
• 1 tsp lemon juice
• 1/3 cup water

Directions:

1. Cook meat substitute accordingly. Set aside.

2. Sauté onion, garlic and peppers in olive oil for about 5 minutes.

3. Add your meat substitute of choice. Then add all of the other ingredients. Cook for about 5 more minutes. Hopefully your meat substitute will soak up all the flavor from the spices.

4. Meanwhile, heat your tortillas, boil the corn and getting any other garnishes ready.

5. Scoop nugget fajita mix onto your tortilla. Garnish with salsa, corn and spinach.

Not your average fajita, but good!

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Wrap up and enjoy.

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DIY Hoodie Dye

28 Sep

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I have this Hollister hoodie. I’ve been wanting to dye it for over a year. It’s getting kinda old. It’s a little beat up. Its not as white as it us to be. It had a few stains as well. It’s so comfy though. It may have some holes from camping trips, but I love it just the same. I’ve had it for 5 years and I couldn’t bare to part with it.

This week I decided to finally do something about it. I picked up some die from Hobby Lobby. Little did I know, this would not be my last trip there. I ended up going back 2 more times, because my hoodie wasn’t turning out to be the color I wanted.

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See all the balls. Now you don’t.

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I used this handy electronic device, to remove all the balls. I really suggest buying one. I bought mine from Ross’s for $5 a couple years ago. I’ve used it to make a bunch of older jackets and pants look brand new again.

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Things are not looking as expected. You can follow the directions on the package if you like. I suggest going to the Rite Website before hand. They have so many colors to choose from and the color combinations needed to get your desired results. I didn’t think about it until after my first dye job left me with a blue hoodie, instead of grey.

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I ended up using two packets of grey. Then, I used 1/2 a bottle of black dye. I dyed my hoodie 3 separate times. Needles to say, it’s still not grey. This purple color will have to do. At least the dye covered the imperfections. I’m not all that fond of the color purple. I still like my final results though. I was hoping to make this hoodie grey, to wear with my grey boots during the winter season. I suppose I’ll still wear it with the boots. It just wasn’t what I expected.

Now, because I was doing so much dying the last 3 days, I decided to do more. I wanted to do a more ombré effect on one of my pink hoodies. I’m not too fond of pick as well. I bought this pink hoodie, because it fit and i needed a lightweight hoodie. I thought, I might as well use the left over black dye.

20120927-142740.jpgNext, I decided where I wanted the ombré effect to start. I tied an elastic band around the hoodie. This helped to keep everything lined up, together and distinguish how much of the hoodie to put into the dye bath. I ended up leaving it in the dye for 20 minutes. I rinsed the dye out of the hoodie. Then, I added more black to the dye bath. I submerged a smaller portion of the hoodie into the bath. I left it for 20 minutes more. Once done, I rinsed it out again and washed it in the washing machine.

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I’m really pleased with the finished product. The purple close to my face, brings out my eyes. Plus, I can now wear this hoodie with more clothes then I could beforehand.

Veggie Burger Wrap

25 Sep

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I decided to cook one of the Perfect Veggie Burgers I had in my freezer. I had no buns and I was in need of some bread. A wrap it will be. I never actually had a burger wrap before. This was new for me, but sure to delight. 20120920-084949.jpg
I found these fabulous wraps at Fresh & Easy. I thought they looked good.
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I love stoned ground whole wheat. It reminds me of the stoned ground wheat crackers I grew up eating in Canada.

20120923-214906.jpg Fresh out of the freezer. Ok, not totally. I actually fried one side and then though I should take a picture. Haha!

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I fried the veggie patty for about 5 minutes on each side and topped it with some Vegan cheese.

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I mashed 1/4 of an avocado and spread it on the wrap. Then, I topped it with a chopped pickle and 1/4 of a tomato, diced. Next, I poured a bit of Louisiana BBQ sauce on top.

20120923-215642.jpgI placed the vegan cheese topped patty in the wrap.

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Next, I topped it off with some spinach. I’m forever incorporating spinach into every dish possible. It really helps me feel great. Plus, it gives me loads of energy.

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Then, I wrapped it up. It tasted pretty good, I must say. I will definitely be making a Burger wrap again soon. I suggest you try it too. You won’t be disappointed.

Perfect Veggie Burger

20 Sep

20120918-230731.jpgLast week, I promised that I would post this recipe, for the Perfect Veggie Burger. This is the most delicious veggie pattie I’ve ever made. All the ingredients are 100% organic. I used a slice of pumpernickel bread, avocado, tomato, spinach and ketchup to garnish. I found the recipe for this veggie burger from Angela Liddon. She comes up with some really great recipes. She hasn’t failed me yet. I did make some changes though. I’m always reinventing recipes to make them my own. Plus, I didn’t have all of the ingredients she calls for.

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The patties that I didn’t cook, I placed on baking sheets and put in the freezer. Let them set up for an hour or so. Then, I wrapped them in wax paper and put them in a freezer bag. Next, I plopped them back into the freezer for another day.

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Garnishing my Burger.

Perfect veggie burger:

Ingredients:

• 1 onion, diced
• 2 large garlic clove, minced
• Flax eggs: 2.5 tbsp ground flax + 1/2 cup warm water, mixed in bowl
• 1 cup oats, processed into flour
• 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs….I processes pumpernickel and rosemary bread
• 1 cup grated carrots
• 1 cup can black beans, rinsed and mashed
• 2 Tbsp rosemary
• 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped & toasted
• 1/2 cup sunflower seeds toasted
• 1 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• 1 tbsp Braggs Liquid Amino Acids (soy sauce)
• 2 tsp chili powder
• 1 tsp cumin
•1 tsp oregano
• Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

1. In a large skillet, sauté onions and garlic in 1/2 tbsp oil.

2. Mix your flax egg together in a small bowl and set aside.

3.Place all ingredients (except spices and salt) into a large mixing bowl and stir very well. Now, add seasonings and salt to taste. With slightly wet hands, shape dough into patties.

4. Fry the burgers in a bit of oil on a skillet over medium heat for about 5 minutes on each side. Garnish your burgers as you wish.

You will be so delighted, if you make these veggie burgers. My Mum, who is not vegan or vegetarian, absolutely loved them. Everyone else who I made these for, said they were the best veggie patties they’ve ever eaten. I couldn’t agree more! It’s been really great to have them on hand in my freezer, for those days when a burger sounds good. Plus, they are fast to make, when already in my freezer ready for me. In 10 minutes they are cooked and a couple more minutes later I’ve garnished them. I hope you go out and make them ASAP. You won’t be sorry!

DIY Pom Poms

18 Sep

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I’ve been seeing a lot of cute rooms with Pom poms lately. Mostly, thanks to pinterest. I decided I should make some for my daughters bedrooms, to put above their beds. My daughter and I set out to buy all the things we would need. Tissue paper from the Dollar Store, Joann’s Fabrics for the floral wire and Sport Chalet for some fishing line. I already had scissors and tacks to hang them from the ceiling.

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I used two different methods for making the Pom poms. I first tried this way. Then I searched a little more and found another great tutorial here that I absolutely loved. I made a combination of the two with different colors and sizes. I had a lot to fun making these. Each time I was done I would run upstairs to my daughters room to hang one and run downstairs to make another. It took me about 3 hours in all to make 26 Pom poms of various sizes and layers. Some had 5,7,8 or 9. This time does include, running upstairs, deciding where to hang and sometimes rearranging.

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I really can’t get over how cute they look. I’m loving these Pom poms. Such an easy way to cheer up a girls room .  On another note, don’t mind the awful paintings on the wall.  We are renting and I can’t paint over them.  My daughter and myself, really wish we could.

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