Archives for July 2013

Vegan Spam Musubi Recipe


I live in beautiful Hawai’i nei. The only thing we love more than our beautiful beaches and sharing the Aloha spirit is,Spam. Auwe! That’s right,per capita, Hawaii eats more Spam than any other state in the nation. Months back, I half-jokingly posted a photo Sham Spam musubi. I received so many requests for  the recipe that I decided to go all out and actually do a video recipe for Vegan Spam Musubi.

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BBQ Veggie Burger Recipe + Maple Dijon Potato Salad


I needed the perfect side dish to go along with these BBQ Veggie Burgers so I asked my friend Ariyele from In the Kitchen:Keepin’ it Real to help me out. Ariyele is the hilarious host of her YouTube cooking show where she creates California-inspired cuisine (fresh-seasonal-local), aimed at foodies and folks who love real food (and don’t eat gluten). Even though she’s not vegan or even vegetarian, the girl knows how to create big flavors with real food ingredients.

Maple Dijon Potato Salad

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Vegging Out :: Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha

 

Ask most folks where to get the best shave ice on the island of Oahu and they will tell you to head out to the North Shore.If you want the real deal about getting a refreshing sweet treat that isn’t a freakishly neon-colored mess of HFCS,I’ll have to share my secret with you.Head to Aina Haina and visit Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha.

In this episode of Vegging Out,I visit HOPA for an all natural Hawaiian style shave ice.Every shave ice is served with the true aloha spirit.Try the kale-spinach syrup paired with pineapple or lilikoi (passionfruit) for a unique flavor sensation!Locals order their ice with a scoop of ice cream and red beans.I pass on the ice cream and top my shave ice with mochi balls. SO onolicious!
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Chocolate Chai Bread Pudding w/ Haupia Cream Sauce Recipe


A German-style bakery in a Japanese department store in Hawaii? I had to check out the gluten-filled goodies at the new Brug Bakery inside Shirokiya,Ala Moana Center. Due to the hype of the grand-opening, the selection was limited but I managed to grab a loaf of the white bread(no eggs,no dairy). I wish I could tell you about the pillowy softness or about how the special rye made the bread taste special. Instead,I totally forgot about the bread until two days later when it was predictably stale.

When life hands you stale bread, you can either make croutons or bread pudding and I favor the latter. And so,I present to you this delicious vegan mess  topped with an insanely yummy haupia sauce. I’ll go gluten-free in my next life.

 

Chocolate Chai Bread Pudding w/ Haupia Cream Sauce Recipe
 
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Spicy chai and rich chocolate are topped off with a creamy haupia(coconut) sauce in this delicious vegan bread pudding recipe.
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Serves: 8-10 servings
Ingredients
  • For the Bread Pudding
  • 6 cups stale bread,cubed
  • 2 cups plant milk (almond,hemp,soy,etc)
  • 2T. The Vegg
  • 2T. Masala Chai Powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • For the Haupia Cream Sauce
  • 1 can coconut milk (about 2 cups)
  • ¼ cup organic white sugar
  • ¼ cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1T. cornstarch dissolved in 2T.cold water
  • Equipment
  • Blender
  • Large mixing bowl
  • 8x8 pan
  • additional pan (larger than 8x8)
  • Large saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
Instructions
  1. For the Bread Pudding
  2. Place cut & cubed bread in a large mixing bowl.Set aside.
  3. Add plant-milk,vanilla,sugar,chai powder and dry Vegg powder to a blender.
  4. Blend on high speed for 20 seconds.
  5. The Vegg will slightly thicken the mixture.
  6. Pour mixture over bread,mix well to coat and let the bread soak up the liquid for about 15 minutes.
  7. Mix in chocolate chips.
  8. Grease an 8x8 pan and pour bread pudding mixture into it.
  9. Press down with a spatula to eliminate air pockets.
  10. Pour hot water into a larger pan and place the 8x8 pan into the water bath.
  11. Bake at 350F degrees for 35-45 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes before serving with Haupia Cream.
  13. For the Haupia Cream
  14. In a large saucepan,mix 1 can of coconut milk,sugars,and cornstarch slurry.
  15. Bring to a boil,stirring continuously.
  16. Once it reaches a boil,remove from heat.
  17. The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
  18. Store unused portion in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  19. Notes
  20. Depending on the type of bread you use,the pudding may come out slightly drier.You can add an additional 1 cup of plant-milk if your mixture seems too dry before you bake it.If it's dry after baking,no worries,just pour on the haupia cream sauce!

Monthly Favorites :: July- Vegan Travel Edition


In a perfect world, I’d pack my Vitamix in my suitcase,fill my carry-on with fresh produce and be off to see the world. The reality is I grab some super tasty snacks and cram my plant-based travel essentials into luggage teetering at 48.6 pounds.Here’s my list of the top 10 products that made traveling as a vegan easier.

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Vegging Out:: Cruising on Holland America’s Statendam

Going on a cruise was not on my bucket list.I’ll meet you anywhere in the world via plane,train or automobile but on a boat?Uh,not really and no thanks.My cousin was the architect of this family vacation and it all sounded good on paper.We embarked on Holland America’s Statendam in Vancouver,BC  and sailed on to Ketchikan,Juneau,Skagway,Glacier Bay and finally disembarked in Seward,AK.

If you ask me about my favorite 5-star vacation experience,I’d probably tell you about the time I stayed at the One & Only resort in Cabo where the staff unpacks your luggage while you sip tequila.And y’know those nifty little sewing kits you get in your hotel room?At the One & Only,the kit will be color coordinated to your wardrobe. Or maybe I’d tell you about the most epic afternoon tea at The Ritz Hotel in London and how they made me the most awesome veggie tea sandwiches ever.For me,the luxury part of the travel experience is all in those little details.Service excellence and the details is where HAL falls short in providing a true 5-star experience.

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You’ve Got Mail:: July Vegan Cuts Snack Box

 

I was so happy to find my Vegan Cuts Snack Box waiting for me when I got back from Alaska.It certainly helped ease the pain of having to open three weeks worth of un-fun mail.I tend to hoard all of the sample size goodies so I’m well equipped when travelling.Several of the products from previous boxes came in handy on my recent cruise.Single use laundry detergent,organic food bars and plant-based protein powder were life-savers.

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Vegging Out:: Vegan Eats Alaska

I wouldn’t say it was easy to find decent vegan meals in Alaska but with a little planning and the help of your HappyCow smartphone app,you can score a tasty veggie vittle or two.

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