Thursday, September 24, 2009

SweetArt's Vegan Delights and Pumpkin

Being vegan in St. Louis just got even sweeter. SweetArt now offers vegan cupcakes and vegan brownies EVERYDAY! Kelly of Vegan Thyme recently gave high praise to the brownies. And she's right. Now we have the dilemma of choosing between brownies and cupcakes any day. This week I selected the vegan French Toast cupcake. Moist, sweet, and just the right maple syrup flavor.

This was the finishing touch to a decadent and delicious lunch that started with the Botanical wrap, a whole wheat tortilla wrapped around baked tofu, avocado, red cabbage, scallions, and cilantro with a spicy peanut dressing. And it sounds like new lunch items will be on the menu soon. So go, support vegan dining in St. Louis, and leave full and happy. (Plus you'll get your Nina Simone fix from their playlist while you're there. Could this get any better?)

And now for the dog portion of the post. The Humane Society of Missouri is featuring black dogs for adoption in September. You have likely heard that black dogs are often passed by in shelters, so this month these wonderful pups are highlighted.

Pumpkin is my current favorite HSMO black dog. She looks a little shy in this photo, but she is actually very playful, spunky, sweet, smart, and affectionate. You should see this young girl prancing around on her walks carrying her favorite stuffed teddy bear. She is adoptable at the Macklind location.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Edited 9/26/09 to share the good news that Pumpkin has been adopted!!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Tempeh Sloppy Joes, Creamy Miso Ginger Dressing, and Ruby

Busy summer days mean cooking previously-tried recipes that I know will be quick and easy, but unfortunately that also means less to blog! I made Caribbean Pumpkin Soup again on a recent visit to SC. We also took along Follow Your Heart Organic Creamy Miso Ginger dressing.

I usually prefer to make my own dressing, but the convenience of store bought was appealing to have along on a trip. I'm hard to please when it comes to store bought dressings, but I would definitely buy this one again! It is creamy and a little sweet, and tastes delicious on salad or as a dip for vegan chicken pieces. Above you see it on a simple salad of baby spinach, grape tomatoes, and broccolini.

The salad is alongside one of the few new recipes I've tried recently, Tempeh Sloppy Joes from The Vegan Table. I find myself drawn to try practically every new sloppy joe recipe I see, and this one will go into my regular rotation. I seasoned it liberally with chili powder and the sauce turned out to be very flavorful even though the ingredient list was pretty short. You can find a variety of recipes from the book here and here and here.

And finally, one reason I'm keeping busy this summer is pictured below. We adopted Ruby from the Humane Society of Missouri!

I think she's saying "are you my new people?" in this one.

And here she's decided that getting adopted makes for a tired girl.


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