Monday, February 16, 2009

A short break...

Between a nasty cold and moving, I apologize for not blogging! I promise I'll be back next week (provided the internet connection at the new place is running smoothly) with more recipes and NYC veggie news!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Chai French Toast

Next time you think you need to debate coffee or tea, you can enjoy both! Alright, so your brunch didn't need to arrive with a side of total cheese, but with a standard dish like french toast, you might as well jazz up the ingredients. I steeped some chai (my favorite) teabags in hot milk before continuing with the normal french toast recipe. You can keep getting creative and add more spices, or use a different tea, like a fruit tea, and garnish with fresh berries. Serve these up with a tall cup of java, the Sunday paper, and some comfy PJs, and you've got the making of a perfect weekend morning!

Serves 4

The Whats:

* 1 loaf (or 8 thick slices) challah bread
* 2 cups milk
* 3 eggs
* 3 tea bags, Chai black tea
* 1 tsp. vanilla extract
* 1 tbsp butter
* ground cinnamon and syrup for serving

The Hows:

1) Heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat- do not allow milk to boil. When hot, turn off heat, and allow the teabags to steep in the milk for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags.

2) Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Whisk in chai-milk, vanilla, and a pinch of cinnamon. Dunk each slice of challah in the egg mix.

3) Heat a frying pan or griddle over medium heat. Add butter to pan; when butter foams, place the milk & egg soaked challah slices on griddle. Allow each side to cook for 5 minutes, or until brown and crisp. Set aside and repeat until all slices are cooked.

3) Serve hot, with a sprinkle of cinnamon and maple syrup. It's also quite good with vanilla yogurt!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Wear Red Day- Feb 6th

February is not only National Condom Month and Black History Month, but it's more recently designated as National Heart Awareness/Wear Red Month. Heart disease affects more women than breast cancer, so it's especially important that we watch what we intake and our levels of physical activity.

Check out the Go Red For Women campaign! And while you're there, sign up for their newsletter, which will also include heart-healthy recipes and a heart check-up quiz to assess your risk factors.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Vegan "Alfredo" With Peas & Carrots

The notion that meat and heavy sauces are essential to classic Italian-American cuisine is not likely to disappear anytime soon, but that doesn't mean you can't have a little fun experimenting with them! Alfredo sauce- a cream-based sauce made of ever-so healthy butter, cheese, and heavy cream- is not likely to win awards for the most heart-smart meal of the year, but I couldn't resist toying with soy based products for this one! Though far from the traditional alfredo sauce, which does not include the rosemary or garlic or veggies (though you'd find them in a pasta primavera!) that I added, I think this vegan version proves that creamy need not equate with an expanding waistline or concerns of animal cruelty.

The Whats:

* 1/4 cup Earth Balance or other vegan butter
* 1 tbsp leaves of fresh rosemary
* 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
* 1 1/2 cups soy milk
* 2/3 cup soy parmesan
* 1 tbsp. cornstarch
* 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
* 1/2 cup carrots, peeled & diced
* 1 tsp. of freshly ground pepper
* 1/2 tsp. sea salt
* 1/2 lb. of fresh spinach linguine or fettucine

The Hows:

1) In a medium saucepan, heat butter over medium heat until melted. Add carrots, rosemary, and garlic powder, and cook for 4 minutes. Add soy milk, and bring to a simmer; simmer for 5 minutes.

2) Whisk in the soy parmesan into the simmering soy milk; add cornstarch, tsp at a time, to thicken the sauce. Stir in peas. Whisk in salt & pepper, cook for an additional minute, and remove sauce from heat.

3) In a pasta pot, bring water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente- fresh pasta should only take about 7 or 8 minutes of cooking time. Drain. Transfer pasta to a large bowl, and toss with "alfredo sauce." Serve hot with a sprinkle of pepper or soy parmesan.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Inoteca in Murray Hill?

Accolades from food critics isn't necessarily a sign that a new restaurant will stay open. After a recent stroll in Murray Hill, Bar Milano, on 24th and 3rd, is now closed. Seems a bit short lived (Bar Milano only opened last summer) for a resto that boasts the same team that brought you 'ino and 'inoteca... but all the more appropriate that an uptown branch of 'inoteca will be taking it's place! With a laid back vibe, an extensive wine list and a number of vegetarian options, the Lower East Side 'inoteca is one of my favorite places in the city. I'll be anxious to see a branch that's walking distance from work!

Monday, February 2, 2009

PETA's Super Bowl Ad

I really don't see the difference between airing car commercials featuring hot chicks in bikinis (in years past) and ads featuring oiled vegetables being rubbed across a woman's stomach, but then again, maybe NBC just has it out for PETA, or they weren't interested in a side of veggies with their Doritos. Claiming the organization's Super Bowl ad was too racy for the airwaves, maybe they should've just deemed it another wardrobe, or vegetable, malfunction. Have you seen the commercial yet? Check out Veggie Love here.

If sex sells, then by all means let it sell vegetarianism to the beer guzzling, football watching public at large. We vegetarians already know that we have better sex :)