Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

To all of the amazing Mother's out there, I want to wish you a happy and healthy Mother's Day!
Last night Sam and I came out to my parents house with my aunt and uncle and my grandparents, and we all were able to spend some quality time together.  We have had some delicious food, and I wanted to tell you about it!

Hanging out with my Mom last night outside in the cabana... it was chilly!

This morning, Sam and I made Maple-Almond French Toast (recipe below), and everyone loved it!  
Last night we grilled out.  Yesterday, was a busy day for me so I didn't know if I would have time to make anything so I didn't cook a thing, but we still had a great meal!  Although, I would prefer cooking because that's healthier since it's fresh, but sometimes you just don't have the time.  Sam and I are the only ones who eat completely vegan so there was still some meat on the menu.  
Burgers were on the menu for the evening, and we purchased Amy's Texas Veggie Burgers, which you can find in the frozen section of your grocery store.  They have a delicious barbeque flavor, and we just put them on the grill like you would any other meat patty, but it doesn't take nearly as long to cook.  We used Ezekiel 4:9 Burger Buns, and we had all of the fixings for the burgers: lettuce, onion, tomato, pickles, organic ketchup, and Vegenaise (vegan mayonnaise).  We also had some delicious sides.  Grilled asparagus, mushrooms, and bell peppers.  I also bought some pre-made side items from the Cafe on the Run at Central Market: garlic yukon gold potato fries and cucumber salad, which had cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onions with a dill seasoning and an olive oil and vinegar dressing.  
The great thing about the Cafe on the Run at Central Market and the Cafe in Whole Foods is that everything is made fresh, so it is just as healthy as if you were to cook it at home.  Also, they label all of their food items if they are "vegetarian" or "vegan," so that makes it really easy when you are shopping for a quick dinner or some simple side items.  Sam and I usually get dinner from Central Market at least once a week and enjoy the band out on the patio on Thursday or Friday nights.  The Cafe on the Run has several options for those simply wanting to eat a healthy dinner or if you are going the vegan route.  You can make your own salad or get a veggie pizza, pad thai, stir fry with vegetables (I add tofu), veggie sandwich, soup, pasta with grilled veggies or tomato sauce, and more! 
I hope all of you have a great Sunday and that all of the Mother's enjoy THEIR day and know how much we love you and appreciate each and every thing you do.  Love you, Mom!

With Love, Health, and Happiness,

Maple-Almond French Toast ~ The 30 Minute Vegan
(Makes 10 Slices, less if using thicker slices)

Ezekiel Bread 
(we used their cinnamon raisin bread)

French Toast Batter
1 1/4 cup soy, rice, or coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
2 Tbsp almond butter
3 tablespoons of flour 
(we used buckwheat flour which you can find in the bulk section at CM)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
1 Tbsp ground flaxseeds (optional)

1.  Prehead the griddle/pan over medium-high heat.  Combine the batter ingredients in a large bowl and whisk well.
2.  Place a small amount of vegan butter on the griddle.  Dip the bread slices into the batter, coating both sides well, and place on griddle.  Flip after a few minutes, to prevent sticking.
3.  Cook until browned on both sides, about 5 minutes, adding more vegan butter to the griddle if necessary to avoid sticking.  Re-whisk the remaining batter between dipping the bread slices.  Serve the toast with toppings of choice (more almond butter, maple syrup, fresh berries, etc.)  


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