How to Cheat and Succeed at Vegan Seder

Submitted by HayGurl on Sat, 04/14/2018 - 20:59
Matzoh Ball Soup

This past weekend was Passover and I spent some of the time with my “chosen” (see what I did there) family at Vegan Seder. I learned a lot of things about parsley and salty tears, plagues, parting the sea and being pardoned by the angel of death. I might have missed a few things, but to be fair we went through like 200 pages of content in about 30 minutes. My greatest achievement for the evening however was mastering a vegan matzoh ball. 

Beeter Burger

Submitted by HayGurl on Fri, 04/13/2018 - 22:24
Sliced Beeter Burger

Whether it’s Beyond or Impossible, seems lots of folks these days are looking for a better burger. I suppose I’m no different. A million years ago (i.e. 3) when I started down this whole blog path, I was making a different kind of veggie burger every week. I even thought I would do a burger a week. Well like everything else in life I am way behind that, but some beets recently came into my life so I thought I would give it another go. Beets make a great base for burgers because of their brilliant color and their chewy texture.

Vegan Guatemala

Submitted by HayGurl on Thu, 03/22/2018 - 21:37
Sunset on Volcan Acatenango

Sorry for the delay but I just got back from a 10-day excursion in Guatemala (and before that a weekend in San Francisco. I am soooo behind!). It was fun, cheap and super easy to be vegan. Many things intimidate me about traveling abroad, and upholding the ol’ vegan diet thing is one of them. It was really easy to adhere to my diet and I didn’t even have to eat corn and beans the whole time (though lots of times I chose to!!).

Pepperoni: A Work in Progress

Submitted by HayGurl on Tue, 02/20/2018 - 21:07
Pepperoni Pizza

This week my friends & I had a pizza and movie night. I’m the kind of person who longs for that fully-loaded supreme pizza replica kind of thing. Of course, no mainstream supreme pizza is complete without pepperoni. Unfortunately, the store near my house doesn’t carry veggie pepperoni, and while most would probably consider it a lot easier to drive across town until I found some somewhere, I for one  (as someone who hates driving and loves cooking) find it much more enjoyable to try making it myself.

Tofu Taco Dip!

Submitted by HayGurl on Fri, 02/02/2018 - 22:31
Actual text from a friend reading "Erika! I have an emergency! I need your Taco Dip recipe for the game on Sunday. You know, the pinkish one with lettuce and black olives that everyone in WI makes."

I don’t know where it originated but my friend is right; Wisconsin is crazy about “taco dip.” If you are not from Wisconsin, it’s almost what it sounds likeyou’re your idea of a taco is closer to that of Taco Bell’s that Danny Trejo’s. Subtract any meat, substitute corn chips for the shell, and put all the fillings into neatly arranged casserole layers and you have yourself a taco dip. Perhaps an appetizer to some, but my family used to have this as a main course. I never really cared for it too much until I started making a vegan version when I was in high school.

Green Shakes

Submitted by HayGurl on Fri, 02/02/2018 - 16:10
Green shake surrounded by spinach leaves

Hello internet! It has been a long time since I have last written. Blogging for me is a lot like journaling these days, I vow to write more often and I’m basically the only one reading it. But once I renewed my domain and paid for the web hosting I realized I really need to do it or I am just throwing money in the garbage, and I really hate throwing things out.

Beer Brats!

Submitted by HayGurl on Tue, 05/31/2016 - 22:00
Beer brats steaming

So I recently signed up for an online cooking course (don't worry, I will blog my way through that) and have been experimenting a bunch with vital wheat gluten (VWG).  Sorry gluten-free folks, this post is not for you. VWG is pretty amazing.  Add some seasonings and a little liquid to this stuff, apply some heat and you have a chewy blob (or whatever shape you give to it) of yumminess.

Rawstravagana - Buckwheat Tabouli

Submitted by HayGurl on Sat, 06/13/2015 - 11:04
Buckwheat Tabouli

I’m back! I haven’t blogged in a while and now that the whole article I just wrote up got deleted I remember why.  I suck at technology.

Anyway, it is that time of the year again…rawstravaganza.  That is what I call my annual week-long stint of a basically raw diet.  I say basically and use “raw” loosely because I am not super picky about it my food stays under certain temperatures or the nuts I buy have been pasteurized or stuff like that.  I’m doin it my way, the rawstravaganza way.