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October Veggie Moms Thread Anyone?

post #1 of 53
Thread Starter 
Hey thought I'd start a thread for October.........Sept was not so succesful, huh?
But I know we're all still here cuz I see our posts everywhere.
How is everyone?
So I started back vegan today, I just feel better when I am.
Already thinking of the holidays, I know, but it'll be dh's and our first holiday with the dc in our own house So what do you all cook, do? Any fun veg traditions?
Looking forward to an eventful October y'all!
post #2 of 53
i'm here! i wanted to ask you guys if anyone has made the Pumpkin Pie recipe out of How it All Vegan?? I made it tonite (as a test run for thanksgiving with the inlaws), and it's just a bit on the mushy side.. like it's not all the way set. i put it in for an extra 10 mins.. no help.. should i put it in longer next time, reduce the soy milk, what??

thanks!
post #3 of 53
My dh is the baker in the family so i can;t help you with the pie, but i will run it by him later.

We always do a 100% vegan Harvest Holiday aka Thanksgiving. I love the fact that my kids have never been to a 'traditional' fest with all the dead stuff. we will make stuffed tofu and mashed potatoes and stuffings and cranberry sauces and squash dishes and all the good stuff we can gather from the harvest of the fall crops.


We are moving from this polluted town back to our home in nm- totally off the grid and self sustaining. it will be a great change in our eating too- we will not have much refridgaration so we will not have the organic processed junk/fast food filling the freezer!!! i will be forced to cook from scratch- i am very excited for that.

The hard part is living with out running water- but you really learn to appreciate it and not take it for granted and waste it when you have to physically haul every drop of it into your house.
We are heading out there next week for a week and then making the move at the end of november--
mostly i am excited!!
Peace all- maria
post #4 of 53
Hi! I'm pretty new here.. hehe
We are lacto-veg, I was vegan for around 6 years before this.
I'm actually really excited about this harvest thanksgiving thingie.. hehe the vege/vegans WAY outnumber the meat eaters... >:]
I'm allready trying to plan lots of fancy things to make, I love LOVE LOVE cooking!
I haven't made the pumpkin pie from how it all vegan, but i've heard that alot of their baking recipes dont really.. work. hehe
post #5 of 53

Hi all! I'm new to this thread, and returning to a vegetarian diet after being off of it for awhile, so the support and recipe ideas will be much appreciated!
Have a great day, mamas!
post #6 of 53
nak

did you use arrowroot in the pumpkin? this, according to dh will firm it up.(he has been a vegan baker for a living soooo i will admit he knows something )
let me know
post #7 of 53
the recipe calls for egg replacer, i think that's the only binder in it.. the rest is just pumpkin, soymilk, sugar, spices. should i put more egg replacer, or add arrow root as well???? i would love to have your dh's recipe for pumpkin pie!!

thanks!! i need vegan baker friends LOL
post #8 of 53
Hi, my family is a vegetarian family, but we often eat vegan. Shelley4, I use the egg replacer by ener-g, and it is potato starch. Arrowroot is a thickener, like cornstarch, but healthier. Potato starch is also used as a thickner in soups. If you figure out your recipe, would you please post it because I am interested in a good pumpkin pie.
post #9 of 53
Last year we stayed with our friends in LA and went to this vegan restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner. This year we're going there to but I want to cook. I love all of the fixin's sooooo much! I'm going to make:

tofurky
gravy
stuffing
green beans with onions and mushrooms
mashed potatoes
baked sweet potatoes with vegan marshmallows!!!!
apple pie
pumpkin pie with the new Double Rainbow Soy Cream Egg Nog ice cream!!!!

I can't wait!

Two years ago we went to my mother's house where: the fixings were rather a fiasco; she introduced my husband and I to the grown-up kids of her neighbors as "They're vegans", as if she was telling them we were gangsters, or something wierd; she was really passive-aggressive about having her piece of turkey, which we told her we didn't care if she had (and we didn't - it's her house). This time we'll do it better.
post #10 of 53
nak-
he said try more egg replacer-
i will post a recipe when i can find some time w/o one attached to my boob..............
maria
post #11 of 53
hmmm Thanksgiving! I am planning to make vegan pumpkin/sage/pecan ravioli (in red chili pasta) w/ garlic white bean sauce & acorn shepards pie for ds. still deciding on sides and desserts but we usually do a huge feast though it's usually just the 2 of us (now this year the 3 of us! ) we like to pig out and have done a vegan Thanksgiving for several years now (minus last year we went to a resort instead).
post #12 of 53
i dont like egg replacer at all.. hehe
i use either soy yogurt or dairy yogurt.. the cultures work like eggs!! even for custardy things like lemon bars
post #13 of 53
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by rainbowmoon
hmmm Thanksgiving! I am planning to make vegan pumpkin/sage/pecan ravioli (in red chili pasta) w/ garlic white bean sauce & acorn shepards pie for ds.
Sounds Would you mind sharing your recipies?
post #14 of 53
here is the shepards pie recipe...I will type/post the others soon!

Acorn Shepard's Pie

3 acorn squash
1 russet potato
2 tbsp. unsalted butter (we use earth balance but you could use olive oil as well)
1 onion
1 stalk celery
1 carrot
2 cloves garlic
1/2 c. mushrooms
1 c. meat subsitute (i plan to use black beans instead)
8oz tomato sauce
oregano
salt & pepper
1/4 c. parmesan (we'll use a nutritional yeast/sesame combo)

preheat oven to 400 and cut squash in halves. deseed and place face down on cookie sheets. bake until soft (30 min or so) scoop out squash.

boil potato (with skin) until mashable. add to squash.

chop all the remaining veggies finely.

saute onion celery and garlic (about 5 min) add spices, meat subsitute. cook 5 min then add tomatoe sauce. bring to a boil and simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated.

(I plan to puree this at this point in the food processor as it will be for ds)

spoon the onion mixture into squash halves, top with 1/3 potato/squash mixture (or you can just layer in a baking dish if you prefer) sprinkle w/ cheese and bake until heated through (5-10 min)
post #15 of 53
Thread Starter 
Thanks rainbowmoon, that sounds delish
So what do you other vegans do when you go out for pizza? I mean, I don't want to order a whole one just for myself, so do you just opt out or do you take off all the cheese? Dd loves cheese pizza, and my mom has a family night once a week where we all go out for pizza.
post #16 of 53
WE don't go out for pizza. That being said, I recently went to a vegan food party hosted by people in my area veggie group and they told me that a sort-of-nearby pizzaria makes a vegan pizza (if you order a pie) that is really good.

So soon...Plus there is a place in the city that makes a pizza with the Follow Your Heart Vegan cheese. We've got to try that, too. I just wish there was a place really near that we could order take out from.....Dreams.....

-Emily
post #17 of 53
Thread Starter 
You're in SF right Emily? We're in Alameda, whats the name of the pizza joint? I might check it out the next time I make my way over the bridge. Theres a spot in Berkely called Lane Splitter that makes a vegan calzone, it's yummy. You should check it ouut, don't know if you make it to Berkely much, but it's good stuff, and beer too
post #18 of 53
We in Portland are lucky with the vegan pizza thing. It's a Beautiful Pizza makes awsome pies and calzones with follow your heart. If that fails and we must have individual servings of pizza (as is often the case with dd) we usually just order the smallest one available, or a calzone with an extra veggie replacing the cheese.

I want to start a thread with recipes of people's favorite vegan "lazy meals." Sometimes I'm just too tired from running after kids all day to be creative. We end up eating a lot of spaghetti with red sauce and simple tofu scrambles and i'm bored!!!!!
Should I start it here or create a new thread?
post #19 of 53
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by sadkitty

I want to start a thread with recipes of people's favorite vegan "lazy meals." Sometimes I'm just too tired from running after kids all day to be creative. We end up eating a lot of spaghetti with red sauce and simple tofu scrambles and i'm bored!!!!!
Should I start it here or create a new thread?
Whatever you want to do. Why don't you start a new thread and we'll discuss here, maybe you'd get more responses. I really need some help too, dinner is pretty sad around my house because dh is at school most nights, so it can get pretty hectic and I'm usually lazy after being at work for 8 hours and then alone with the kids another 8, ykwim?
post #20 of 53
Thread Starter 
sadkitty you made me start thinking about veg. fall/winter meals. I'll post some recipies once I get home, I'm at my mamas right now, and not a cookbook to be found
Maybe Emily would be nice enough to repost her lentil pilaf recipie, it's quick and easy and my dd absolutely loved it.
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