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Vegan Bytes #57- Your Vegan Holiday Baking and Style Guide
December 11, 2012
Vegan Bytes #57: Your Vegan Holiday Baking and Style Guide
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Nutritional Spotlight: How Healthy Is That Bowl of Nuts?
When I think of a bowl of nuts adorned with a nutcracker, I think of two things: Eddie from Christmas Vacation sauntering around the living room with a tight white sweater and fake black turtleneck, and the bowl of nuts my dad always kept around the house during the holidays.
The two have one thing in common: we like to eat nuts during the holiday season.
Now, is this little tradition healthy for us, or should we cut back on the nutty indulgence?
If you know me and how I promote a well-balanced vegan meal packed with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, and topped off with healthy oils, nuts, and seeds, you probably know the answer. I put together a list of the most common nuts and their health benefits here.
Vegan Travel: Plum Bistro Seattle
Seattle is an incredible city; it has easy and cheap public transportation, recycling cans on street corners, the trifecta of beautiful views of snow-capped mountains, tall city buildings, and boats on the ocean, it's really walkable, and jammed packed with vegan restaurants. All you northwesterners, take notice: I am officially jealous.
We were in town for three days and couldn't make it to even half of the list of 100% vegan restaurants in the city. We did, however, hit up the most highly rated and found a few of them to be exceptional.
One of the amazing places was Plum Bistro, just off Pike Street in the Capitol Hill area. We had no problem walking from downtown, but we took a cheap cab ride home to avoid the drizzling rain.
Have you heard of Plum's mac 'n' yease? It was by far the best vegan mac-n-cheese I've had in a restaurant, and I have to admit, even better than anything I've made at home. I will be working on recreating the recipe. Besides just the apps, they had several great dishes and a perfect atmosphere for date night.
Click here to read my full rave review of the Plum Bistro in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle.
"Why is my metabolism slowing on a vegan diet?"
"I'm female, 35 and I became vegan two years ago. I was eating a lot of food, more than usual, and even though I lost 8 kilos (17 lbs) in the first 15 months, I felt great and full of energy.
Since then I started gaining weight again. I nearly put the 8 kilos back on. I feel my metabolism has slowed down and anything I eat makes me fat. I feel tired and I have mood swings.
My diet in the last two years consists of whole grains, not much sugar, fruits, vegetables, nuts and some time chips, cupcake and processed food. I don't drink fizzy or drinks from cartons.
My breakfast has always been a sandwich with hummus, brown bread tomato and avocado.
I used to walk about 30 minutes to work and now I walk about 10 minutes.
I did a series of blood tests (including thyroid) but my GP said he wouldn't call me if the results were normal so I assume it was okay as I never got a call from him.
Has anyone had similar problem? Any advice?
What do you think? Do you think Soul's slower metabolism is because of her diet? See how I answered her question here.
If you have any vegan questions and you want some guidance, feel free to send them in by following this link.
Ideas for Vegan Holiday Gifts
Shopping for vegans is just the same as shopping for any other person, it can vary based on the person's personality and how strong their ethical beliefs may be. Unless someone is just a dietary vegan, you will want to make sure that your clothing gifts don't have any leather, wool, silk, or any other animal products. If you're thinking of getting a food product, look out for any milk, eggs, honey, beeswax, or anything related to animals.
Some of my favorite ideas for perennial vegan gifts are:
Check out my full list of vegan holiday present ideas here.
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It's the most wonderful time of the year, and part of the reason is because it's time to bake cookies. I've been baking my entire life, and I've been veganizing family recipes and making my own for years. In this ebook you'll find all your old favorites, like Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, Thumbprints, Linzers, Peanut Butter with Chocolate Bombs, Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls, Gingerbread, and of course, Vegan Sugar Cookies.
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Sneak Peak Recipe of the Month: Vegan Sugar Cookie Cut Outs
It's that time of year again-- cookie baking season. Right around now you start seeing piles of sparkling cookies on plates all around your office and you start imagining what you can make at home without eggs and milk. The good news is you can make absolutely anything anyone else can make, with just a few substitutions.
This month's free recipe gives you a sneak into my Vegan Christmas Cookies ebook, one of our most popular ebooks to date.
To find out what would be most enticing, I asked our superfans on our facebook page what holiday cookies they like best, and the overwhelming favorite was a sugar cookie cut out. If you're one of the fans who requested gingerbread, Mexican wedding cookies, Linzers, or one of many other varieties, we have those in the book too.
I like the cut out suggestion because it's such a versatile recipe; you can add different extracts to give it a totally different flavor, you can add nuts or chocolate chips or vegan toffee bits to give it a completely different kick. Even cocoa powder could completely change the face of the cookie without you having to dig for a new recipe.
See what other recipes are in the vegan holiday cookies ebook here.
Makes: 60 cookies (depends on the size of your cutters)
Ingredients for Cookies:
1 1/2 c. confectioners' sugar
Ingredients for Frosting:
1 c. confectioners' sugar
Prepare two cookies sheets with parchment paper or silicon liners and set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together the egg replacer and warm water, until fluffy.
In a large bowl, combine powdered sugar, margarine, vanilla, egg replacer, and your extra extracts and mix until fluffy and light. Mix in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar.
Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours. You can let it wait on you for about a week if you want to make the cookies later.
When you're ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and lightly grease a cookie sheet. Divide dough into halves and put one half back in the fridge until you're ready to bake.
Roll each half 3/8" thick on lightly floured board. If the dough begins to flake and break apart, let it warm up for just a few minutes. If it gets too loose and warm, put it back in the fridge to firm up again.
Cut into shapes and gently place cookies on prepared sheet. Bake until edges are light brown, 7 to 8 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them sit on the cookie sheet for 1 minute, and then transfer to a cooling rack.
For frosting, mix powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir in milk substitute until frosting is smooth and of spreading consistency. Split the icing into pastry bags and add in natural food coloring to decorate once the cookies are completely cool.
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