A Slow-Cooked Tandoori Feast

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Tandoori Feast ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”Mahatma Gandhi

For this sumptuous feast we slow-cooked Tandoori Baked Tofu and Tandoori Spiced Potatoes with Spinach from Carla Kelly’s book Quick and Easy Vegan Slow Cooking, pages 118 and 112 respectively, and served them alongside Coconut Rice (page 216) and some warm Spelt Chapatis from Laura Matthias’ ExtraVeganZa, page 137.

I am crazy about the rich, spicy flavors of these Indian dishes. Slow cooking is a nice, low-maintenance way to cook because once your ingredients are heating up in the cooker you can literally walk away for 6-8 hours until your food is ready to eat! No fuss, no muss, no burnt food. We enjoy slow-cooking food so much at our house that we have two slow-cookers, which we used to make both of these Tandoori dishes. Next time we’ll have to make some yummy mango chutney, too!

Both the Tandoori Baked Tofu and Tandoori Spiced Potatoes with Spinach are grain-free.

Tandoori Fact: Tandoori cooking is named after a tandoor, which is a high-temperature cylindrical clay oven in which foods are cooked. Our slow cooker has a red clay pot (pictured above), which really enhances the richness of the flavors.

Almond Rice Balls

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Almond Rice Balls ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“A simple act of kindness the size of a rice grain can weigh as heavy as a mountain.”  ― Feroz Bham

These tasty Almond Rice Balls from Laura Matthias’ ExtraVeganZa (page 21) are a perfect snack or appetizer. Made from a rich, savory blend of brown rice, tahini,  tamari, onion, garlic, dill, and ground almonds, we finished them off in one sitting.

We paired them with some refreshing Revive kombucha. Revive is my favorite brand of kombucha, not just because it tastes the best but also because it’s organic, they reuse their bottles (you just put down a deposit on the bottles when you make your purchase and you get it back when you return your bottles to the store) and they use biodiesel delivery trucks. Sorry, but it doesn’t come in a cool skull bottle, that’s mine. ;)  Check out Revive’s amazing Sustainability Commitment.

Kombucha Fact: Kombucha is an effervescent fermentation of sweetened tea that originated in China.

Camping Fare

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Camping Fare ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“Some national parks have long waiting lists for camping reservations. When you have to wait a year to sleep next to a tree, something is wrong.” George Carlin

Keith and I recently got out of town for a couple of fantastic nights of cabin camping on the coast. We always like to prepare our food in advance before we go camping so it’s easier to relax and enjoy ourselves while we are there. Then we just have to fire up the old camping stove, heat, and eat! :) This was our menu this time around…

Breakfast: Some sweet-tart Cran-Apple Muffins from 1,000 Vegan Recipes page 410, served with fresh fruit, tea and espresso.
Lunch: Smoky Mac and Cheese from The Vegan Slow Cooker, page 115. This is our go-to macaroni and cheese recipe. It is so cheesy and melty you wouldn’t believe it. We added some roasted broccoli & red peppers for good measure.
Dinner: Thick and savory Seitan Beef Stew from Cookin’ Crunk, page 78. This stew is amazing and was just what we needed on those chilly evenings by the fire.
Dessert: Chocolate Banana Walnut Brownies with Holy Chocolate Icing from ExtraVeganZa, page 228. Yum, yum, yum! And for second desserts, some toasted vegan Dandies Marshmallows.

Camping Facts: Camping has been a recreational sport for over 140 years. However, the roots of camping go back hundreds of years. It can be traced back to Native Americans, the first settlers of the United States.

Let’s Go to India! ~ Chana Saag & Spelt Chapatis

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Chana Saag & Spelt Chapatis ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

Mmmm, spicy, warming Indian food! There are few things that I enjoy more than fresh chapatis (Indian flat bread) with dairy-free butter and a savory chickpea & greens stew over rice. Chana saag recipe from The Vegan Slow Cooker, page 80. Wheat-free spelt chapatis from ExtraVeganZa, page 137.

Geek Gaming Snax

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Geek Gaming Snax - from Vegetate, Vegan Cooking and Food Blog

Sun-dried Tomato Olive Spread (with pumpkin seeds) on crostini, from ExtraVeganZa, page 11, and Ryan’s Mushroom Poppers, from The Vegan Table, page 256. The roasted mushrooms were stuffed with Fakin’ Bakin’, Tofutti cream cheese, and chives. Served with grapes, nuts, and store-bought choco-cherry-cream cupcakes. To fortify the heroes and the Overlord through the “Descent: Sea of Blood” campaign. Best game evah!