Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Amy's Foods = Vegetarian's DREAM!

Hey guys! I just thought I'd take some time to talk about my favorite frozen food brand... Amy's! First off, I'll post a link to their site, so you can look around at the products... Amys.com

Amy's Kitchen is basically a company that makes frozen meals, but, unlike some food companies, Amy's frozen foods are organic. They have foods that vary from pizza to vegetable korma! Everything I've tried that they make is excellent, and the best part is... 100% of their products are vegetarian! Yep, they never contain meat, fish, poultry, eggs, or peanuts. I love having a variety of Amy's foods stocked in the freezer, so if I don't have time to cook, I just pop one into the microwave.

Now I'd like to show you a few of my favorite Amy's foods!

Yum, this stuff is SO much better than the kind from the box. It tastes homemade, and it's full of protein.
These are the best frozen burritos you will ever find. End of story. I love this kind, because even though I love cheese on burritos, I never miss it with these burritos. This is vegan.
This is my favorite brand of veggie burgers. These taste like barbecue, but they don't have meat! Perfect if your friends/family are all having hamburgers. You'll fit right in! I'm pretty sure these are vegan.
Best. Frozen. Pizza. Ever. Enough said.
This is my newest favorite. I wasn't sure if I'd like it, but I LOVED it. This is vegan.
Yum, you'd think I'd get enough cheese enchiladas at restaurants, but NOPE! I LOVE 'em! Especially this kind!

Oh, nearly forgot to mention, my blog has won an award!
The Little Miss Helpful Award!

This is from Ms. Imperfection. She gave it to me because my blog has helpful tips and recipes for vegetarians! Thanks so much, Ms. Imperfection!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New Mexican Chowder

On my last post, I got a comment from Mizz Ali asking me to post more often...

Believe me guys, I post as much as I can, but I really like to post only things related to teen vegetarianism or veganism... That topic is sort of limited, so I usually only post when I think of something to post about. This is why I encourage questions on my blog, so I know what people want to know about this topic. So, if there is something you'd like to know, please leave me a comment and I will do a post on it!

Anyway, I'm working on posting more myself by trying more new recipes so I can post them. I just realized I haven't posted this one yet! I originally got this recipe from Vegetarian Beginner's Guide, which is a book written by the editors of Vegetarian Times magazine. This book is sort of helpful, but it's written for adults who wish to become vegetarian. It has some very strange sounding recipes... Cucumbers with Garlic Yogurt, just to name one :) Garlic Yogurt? Really?! Haha, it may be very good, but it is pretty adventurous for a teen. As if eliminating meat wasn't hard enough already, now they're asking that you try all these weird things like Garlic Yogurt! This recipe however, was a little bit less strange. It was called Mache Chowder, but I made a few changes to make it New Mexican Chowder. Hope you enjoy it!

2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 large green bell pepper, finely minced
1 medium stalk celery, finely minced
1 small onion, finely minced
1 clove garlic, minced
One 4 oz can green chillie peppers (chopped, not whole)
Two 15 oz cans cream-style corn
1 baking potato, chopped into small pieces
3 3/4 cups skim milk, soymilk, or rice milk
1 tablespoon miso paste (can be found in the Asian food section of your grocery store)
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons finely mince parsley

1 In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add green pepper, celery, onion, garlic, and green chillies. Cook, stirring constantly, until veggies wilt and are tender, but not brown.

2. Add corn, potato, and milk to mixture, stir to blend. Cook, stirring constantly, until warm. Add miso paste, salt, and pepper. Cover and simmer over very low heat about 5 minutes, or until heated through. Stir in parsley and serve at once.

I'm not sure if this recipe would be very good vegan, since cream-style corn contains milk... you can try using normal corn, if you really want to try this vegan. Let me know if it's any good that way!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Lemon Meringue Pie

I made this for my dad on Father's Day, because he loves this kind of pie! He loved it, and so did everyone else, even my extremely picky brother! This is a bit harder to make then some of my recipes, so here are some tips I have...

1. Make sure you mix the cornstarch with the water REALLY well, so you don't have lumps.
2. When mixing the meringue, use a mixer, if you have one. I started doing it by hand, and that didn't work out so well, haha!

I got this recipe from Alrecipes.com.

  • 1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups sugar, salt, and 1 1/2 cups water in a heavy saucepan. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and 1/3 cup water to make a smooth paste. Gradually whisk into boiling sugar mixture. Boil mixture until thick and clear, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together egg yolks and lemon juice. Gradually whisk egg yolk mixture into hot sugar mixture. Return pan to heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in grated lemon rind and butter or margarine. Place mixture in refrigerator and cool until just lukewarm.
  4. In a large glass or metal bowl, combine egg whites and salt. Whip until foamy. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar while continuing to whip. Beat until whites form stiff peaks. Stir about 3/4 cup of meringue into lukewarm filling. Spoon filling into baked pastry shell. Cover pie with remaining meringue.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, until meringue is slightly brown. Cool on a rack at for at least 1 hour before cutting.

As always, let me know if you liked or disliked this recipe!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Imitation Meat

On my last post, I received a question from Cassidy, who asked if there was a vegetarian substitute for bacon.

You bet! Not only is there a substitute for bacon, there is a substitute for nearly every type of meat! These substitutes are called imitation meats. I thought I'd use this time to write a little bit about a few of them.
Here's the substitute for bacon! I've tried this one, because I was curious! Haha, so the picture might look gross, but it's not that bad. The texture is NOTHING like real bacon, and it reminds me more of a cracker than bacon. Very, very crunchy. However, the taste is a lot like bacon, so it's pretty good! I like to make "B"LT's ("bacon", lettuce, tomato sandwiches) with this! This particular type of veggie bacon is not vegan, but there might be other types that are.
This is a sausage substitute. I have not tried this, because I never liked sausage before I was a vegetarian anyway... But if you liked sausage, then give this a try! This contains milk and eggs, so it is not vegan.
This is a chicken nugget substitute. I haven't tried this either, but I really want to try it. I used to love chicken nuggets, so if these are anything like the real chicken nuggets, I will be one happy vegetarian! These are not vegan.
You guessed it! Veggie burgers! My favorite imitation meat! My favorite brand of veggie burgers is Amy's. If you haven't already, be sure you try this brand, because they are great.
These are veggie dogs. They're made of soy, and they taste a lot like real hot dogs. They'r'e really low in fat, which is a good thing and a bad thing... the good thing about that is that they're healthy, the bad thing about that is you can't roast them on a campfire. But other than that, these are awesome!

So there you have it. Morning Star makes a substitute for any meat you miss, so if I haven't listed the kind you miss, visit the Morning Star Farms site at MorningStarFarms.com

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Vegetarian FAQs

Here are some questions I get asked a lot when I tell someone I'm a vegetarian. Yeah, this post doesn't really have a point, it's just for fun! Tell me if you relate!

You're really a vegetarian?

Do you eat fish?

Where do you get your protein?
All kinds of places! Dairy, eggs, beans, meat substitutes, grains, vegetables, etc, etc...

Why are you a vegetarian?
Well, I really dislike eating dead things...

Don't you miss meat?!
Not at all!

How long have you been a vegetarian?
Well, I've been gradually working toward it for a long time, but I've "officially" been one for six months.

So... do these cookies that you made have tofu and junk in them?
LOL... No! Come on, they're cookies! That's not a bad idea though... mwahahahaha!