julie\’s kind kitchen

The colors of RAW…
July 10, 2008, 7:42 pm
Filed under: Ani, Isa, Jae

I am no raw expert like Kristen, but I do love how raw food makes me feel! After eating raw, I am full, but not full. I also love how raw food is so colorful and beautiful and simple. In this hot, hot heat here in the valley of the sun, raw food is something I welcome into my diet.

First up, a green smoothie! If you just said or thought “YUCK!”, you should think again. Green smoothies don’t have to be gross. Here’s some simple rules I follow when making mine: (1) Get your proportions right. All greens and a little fruit may not be palatable, but you also don’t want all fruit and one leaf of spinach. Experiment and adjust the fruit/veg proportions to your taste; (2) Blend everything really well. You don’t want to get a piece of kale stuck in your teeth and (3) If you just can’t get past the green color, add some berries. My newest cookbook treasure, Get it Ripe!, has a wonderfully proportioned green smoothie recipe that I have been following lately.

Next up, a RAW soup! Crazy, I know. This is Ani Phyo’s Raw Sweet Corn and Cashew Chowder. This soup was refreshing and delicious. Matt didn’t much care for it, though. He tried it and then had a pb&j.

Matt and I did both like this dip. It’s Ani’s Sun Dried Tomato Hummus from her book (link on the left side bar). This hummus is bean free, which is incredible to me. It really does taste hummus-like.

This is not a raw dish, but it is a tease. Courico Tacos with Grilled Pineapple Salsa from Isa’s upcoming book. These were awesome. I made them using my favorite homemade seitan recipe, Simpler Seitan from Veganomicon.

Curious about raw foods? Check out these links:

Melody is taking on a one month raw challenge

Swell Vegan completed a one week raw challenge

Kristen’s tips on how to make raw food easy


Curry ‘fu, Farmer’s Market and Redo Review
June 25, 2008, 11:42 pm
Filed under: Isa, product review

After seeing Catherine’s mouthwatering posts about VCON’s Curry Tofu, I knew I had to make some asap! After I got home from work yesterday, I decided to get to it. While the tofu got a quick bath in the marinade, I washed a head of kale and steamed some (saved some for another dish) and prepared some whole wheat cous cous with golden raisins to serve on the side. Then I grilled up the ‘fu and called it a complete meal.

This was certainly a tasty and quick meal! I will definitely be making the Curry Tofu again. It was even better today, after a longer soak.

Fast forward to this afternoon when I headed down to the farmer’s market in Downtown Phoenix. Sometimes the produce available can be slim pickings, but there was a lot today! This market surely doesn’t compare to say, what she has access to, but it’s something. I came home with 1 red pepper, 1 green pepper, 1 beautiful eggplant, 1 crooked neck squash, 1 onion, 1 bulb of garlic, 1 peach, 5 plums, lots of potatoes and a big ass watermelon.

Grand total spent: $16.00 Now, that’s a deal.

Remember back in this post when I reviewed some of Galaxy’s vegan cheese? Well Bianca mentioned in the comments that she enjoys “semi-melted” vegan cheese over chips. Egads! Bianca is one smart cookie. The cheese (including the slices) tastes way better semi-melted (rather that melted or straight out of the fridge). Thanks, girl!

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer like I am!

Muffins, Vegan Cheese and Tasty Impromptu Meal
June 13, 2008, 7:23 pm
Filed under: Dreena, Isa, product review

So here are the Quinoa Almond Muffins from VCON that I mentioned I was going to make in the last post. Many of you wanted to know how these tasted, others said they already liked them and even others said they thought they were ok. I have to agree that they are ok. I mean they are good, just not good. I subbed dried cherries for dried apricots because that’s what I had. I think adding a couple of different kinds of dried fruit might jazz up these muffs up a bit.

Thanks for your “cheesy” suggestions in the last post! har har I decided to make nachos (I wanted pizza, but I was too tired to make it at the time). I used some of the Cheddar block and grated it over Trader Joe’s flax chips (I really like these, btw) and heated everything up in a 400 degree oven until the cheese was melted. I then took them out and topped everything with sliced green onions, Dreena’s Guacamole con Alga Marina and a dash of hot sauce.

So, what did I think of the cheese? It’s ok. After I ate a few bites of the nachos, I grated more cheese on top, but didn’t melt it. It tasted a lot better not melted, in my opinion.

This afternoon I set out to make Vegan Dad’s Best Ever Vegan Mini Meatloafs. Tomorrow I am going over to my Grandparent’s house for an early Father’s Day celebration and this recipe looked perfect for the vegetarian entrĂ©e. I purposefully made it a day ahead just in case it wasn’t so perfect, so I would have time to make something else (which has happened to me before!). I didn’t have any HP sauce or browning sauce, but I did add vegetarian worcestershire sauce and liquid smoke.

Well, I took it out of the oven and it looked and smelled SOO good! So, instead of going out tonight (which we usually do most Friday nights) Matt agreed to stay in and sample some of the meatloaf.

So then I had to decide what to have with the meatloaf…

Earlier in the day (pre-meatloaf) I made VCON’s Shredded Parsnip and Beet Salad in Pineapple Vinaigrette. I didn’t make it to go with anything really, it’s just a recipe I’ve wanted to make after seeing this post from Kamutflake Girl. So, I figured-this can be eaten with meatloaf! Lastly, I remembered I had gotten corn on the cob from the farmer’s market on Wednesday and surely corn goes with meatloaf!

And a meal was born!! I’m telling you, this meal was incredibly delicious! The meatloaf was perfect and the salad is so sweet it’s almost like dessert! Thanks Vegan Dad and Isa :]

I call this meal comfort food meets summertime food.

New Look, Homemade Bread and Galaxy Hummus Review
June 8, 2008, 9:36 pm
Filed under: cooking projects, Dreena, Isa, product review

First off, the blog has a new look!! Matt and I (mostly Matt) made the custom header you see above. Walking the Vegan Line and Vegan Dad both have cool new headers, so I decided it was time for Julie’s Kind Kitchen to have one too. The header may be changed a little in the future or not. I am not sure. What do you think?

Next, I made my first loaf of homemade bread! Wee. This is just one of the cooking projects I’ve listed here. I couldn’t find the soy milk powder this bread machine recipe calls for, so I just went with the Oatmeal Bread recipe on the back of the King Arthur bread flour bag. I like it a lot, but it came out really dense. Meaning it’s great by itself heated up with butter, but too dense for any kind of sandwich. Does anyone have a recipe for a lighter bread? Also, I would like for my next loaf to be whole wheat. I have a bread machine that Matt’s mom gave me, so it can be a bread machine recipe or not. I really want to keep making bread because not only is it fun ( I like to knead!), but it’s also so much cheaper than buying bread at the store.

Next up, Galaxy Foods sent us some free samples! So far I’ve only tried the hummus and I must say it’s really freaking good. I love the non-oily taste and little red pepper chunks sprinkled throughout. Plus, it’s organic. That’s good, right?

I am not to sure what I want to make with the vegan cheese. Suggestions? The block is Cheddar and the slices are Mozzarella and Pepper Jack.

Here’s a lil’ bit of that Galaxy hummus on a plate with pita and Dreena’s Quinoa Spring Salad. This is a recipe I have been meaning to try fore-v-e-r and never got around to it. I am glad I finally did, it’s so light and fresh tasting. What a perfect snack!

Can you guess which book is open in the background? Yup, it’s Veganomicon. I have some leftover quinoa and I think I am going to make the Quinoa Almond Muffins. Quinoa in a muffin? I’ll let you know how they turn out.

Finally, my Mom is reading the blog now…HI MOM!!

Munch a bunch of brunch!
June 3, 2008, 9:04 pm
Filed under: Isa

Every Saturday (usually) I make Matt and I a big brunch. There’s something about waking up late on a Saturday and relaxing in my pajamas while eating a big plate of breakfast food that warms my soul. Below are components of one such brunch. One very yellow brunch.

Toasted Coconut and Mango Muffins, Banana Rabanada (Brazillian Fronch Toast) and Red Flannel Hash (mine was yellow because of my yellow beets). These are all testers and will be in Isa’s upcoming brunch book. Oh, except for the tempeh bacon.

Everything was awesome, but the muffs were especially a hit. I played muffin fairy and gave some to various members of my family. Even the coconut haterz are begging for more!