Monday, March 29, 2010

I've been tagged!

Hey guys! Sorry I haven't posted in forever... been busy! Anyway, today I am going to take a break from talking about vegetarianism to do a thing called tagging! I got tagged by my friend, Gabrielle. You can find her blog here! So, here's the tag!

What do you say when you're really nervous?
Ummm... ummm... uhhh...

Do you believe in love/have you ever been in love?
Yeah I do believe in love :) But I haven't been in love

Have you ever met a famous person?
*sigh* no...

How would you describe your own personal Prince Charming:
Hmm that's pretty difficult. I guess a nice guy treats me with respect, and has a good sense of humor!

If you had to be an animal for the rest of your life, what kind of animal would you be?
Another tough one! Umm I guess a cat...

Who's your favorite Disney Princess:
Cinderella!

(Fill in the blank with a fact about yourself; it can be mulitple words) I've never ____ before
I've never met Taylor Swift before. (but I hope to someday!)

What's your best friend's first name/nickname:
Gobby, Gob, Gobsey... she has lots.

Favorite song in the whole wide world:
Man, this is a hard tag! I have a lot! I'll write two of them: American Honey, Lady Antebellum, and I'd Lie, Taylor Swift

And the rules of tagging say that you have to write your own questions for the people you tag to fill out. Here are the ones I came up with!

What is the best year of you life so far?

An interesting fact that you think not many people know?

Favorite class in school?

Favorite pet's name? (can be a pet from the past or present)

If you were stranded on a desert island, what would you take with you?

What do you believe the meaning of life is?

If you could do anything and not die/get in trouble for it, what would you do?

What is your favorite number?

That's it for my tag!
I tag:
Adrienne
Alina
Skleein

Have fun!





Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Vegan-ism

Just for fun, I'm going to be a vegan for one day a week! That means no animal products one day of each week. I'm not planning on going vegan (with my life the way it is right now, I couldn't do it!), but I think it would be fun to do it one day a week, just to see what its like! So, I'll blog what happened on that day; I'll probably have some more vegan recipes coming now! Anyway, vegans: enjoy the recipes! And vegetarians: now you'll know what to cook for your vegan friends!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Items that seem vegetarian but might not be...

So you may know this, but some foods are not 100% vegetarian... If you look at the ingredients, they will have some items that are actually made of animals. Depending on how strict your vegetarian diet is, you may want to avoid these. I try to avoid these, but if I have to eat them, its not too big of a deal.

Carmine Cochineal: a red food coloring that comes from- I kid you not -bugs. Ha ha... non-vegetarians might avoid this just because they're grossed out by eating bugs. However, some vegetarians might be okay with eating bugs, just as some vegetarians are okay with eating fish.

Animal Shortening: Animal fat that is found in cookies, snack cakes, and other processed foods. I don't think this is very common anymore. Most brands I've seen use vegetable shortening.

Gelatin: An ingredient made from animal bones. This is probably the hardest to avoid! Its found in lots of things. The most common is marshmallows, but it can be found in a lot of other weird things like mints or yogurt. Kosher Gelatin is sometimes made of milk products, which makes it vegetarian, however, it can also be made with skins or bones. If you want to avoid these products made of animals all together, its probably best to avoid Kosher Gelatin unless you know for sure what the company uses to make their Kosher Gelatin.

Lard: Pretty much the same thing as animal shortening. This is found in a lot of refried beans, but not Taco Bell's! Isn't that nice of them? :)

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Enchiladas!

For the past few weeks, I've been on a quest for the perfect cheese enchilada recipe. Living in New Mexico, cheese enchiladas are pretty much how I survive... All the Mexican resturant dishes contain meat, except for this one. I really wanted to find a really good recipe I could make at home, so I began my quest to find it. I finally found it tonight! It's great, and much less greasy than the ones I live off of at restaurants. Try it, and I assure you that you will not be disappointed! I got this from theveggietable.com

Two 1o oz cans enchilada sauce (if it is available, try the Kroger brand)
1/2 cup chopped onions (optional)
1 diced jalapeno pepper (optional)
2 1/2 cups grated cheese
6-8 tortillas

1. Mix together the onions, jalapenos, and two cups of the cheese. Spread half of the sauce on the bottom of a 13x9 inch pan. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Put about 1/4 cup of the cheese mix in the middle of each tortilla. Tightly wrap each tortilla, then place in the pan, seam side down.
3. Pour the remaining sauce on top of enchiladas. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of that.
4. Cover pan with foil. Put pan in preheated oven for 20 mins. Enjoy!

OPTIONAL: step 5: serve over top a bed of lettuce and tomatoes, along with a side of vegetarian refried beans for a complete meal.

As always, leave a comment and let me know how you liked this recipe!