A Cruelty Free Holiday – Vegan Holiday Basics

A Cruelty Free Holiday – Vegan Holiday Basics

 What would the holiday season be like without our favorite family traditional foods?  That’s what it’s really all about isn’t it?  Finding time with our loved ones to talk and enjoy the foods we grew up loving and savoring for the fall?  My Mom has the most beautiful set of China that only sees the light of day on 2 days each year.  Thanksgiving and Christmas need to have a special menu for those times together.  Special for all.  These basic dishes I’ve put together have all the flavors of fall without the cruelty and expense of slaughter.  Baked, buttery potatoes.  Creamy Slaw salads.  Flakey crusts dripping with piping hot berries in syrup.  Why bring animals into that mix when the food is so fine without them?    Take a look:   Sliced Red and Sweet Potatoes with a touch of Sweet Peppers.   Adapted from a family tradition from both my husband and mine’s youth, it bakes up in minutes, has endless variations for veggies and will last the week while you rest your feet and enjoy your guests.  Christmas Rice – Wild Rice with Spinach and Pomegranates    Brussels Sprouts with Radicchio in a Brown Mustard Orange Glaze  …

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Homemade Fried Tofu, Fresh Veggies & Trader Joe’s Fried Rice

Homemade Fried Tofu, Fresh Veggies & Trader Joe’s Fried Rice

Last spring, I fell in love with Trader Joe’s Japanese Style Frozen Fried Rice.  Convenient, inexpensive & full of healthy ingredients. I also love how the Trader Joe’s website allows you to search for product by category.   No Gluten Vegan Vegetarian Fat Free Quick Meal Kosher Sodium Just click on the category that you’re looking for and you’ll see all their products listed by subcategory:   Cakes, drinks, Grains, Cooking Supplies, Etc.                                                                4 Full pages of  “Vegan” products!    🙂  We like that !!! For quick and easy ‘Vegan’ fried Tofu: 1 Package of Super Firm Tofu, drained and pressed ( I used paper towels to soak up more liquid) Oil for frying 2 Cups of Panko style Bread Crumbs 3 Tbs. of Ground Flax Seed mixed with 9 Tbs. of Water Garlic Powder, Sea Salt & Crushed Red Pepper Remove as much liquid from the tofu as possible and cut into 1/2 inch cubes. Mix 1 tsp. each Garlic Powder, Sea Salt & Red Pepper into the…

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