Busy life!

So I do have to start by saying sorry for the lack of updates! I’ve been so busy , I just didn’t have ti time to update my blog!. But if you take the time and go visit my youtube page,  or simply just click on a image below and it will take you to your destination :D.   Here are a couple of images to tantalize your taste buds. so click away and enjoy!!!!

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APPLE SAGE CARAMELIZED ONIONS AND CHEESE VEGAN SEITAN SAUSAGE – HOT DOGS RECIPE!!

Coming from an Italian household, sausage was always on the menu! So I had to get cracking and figure how I can make sausages for my family that don’t taste like the store bought *FAUX MEATS* that are out there. Not that they’re aren’t good, but when you come from a family that made homemade sausages, those really don’t compare! So I had to roll up my sleeves and create something that I could make that would satisfy my family, especially my husband. You know the saying…If Mikey likes it!!!

Here is one I make that everyone really enjoys, and I didn’t put much heat in it so my grandchildren could enjoy them too. I always say, just add some heat later if you want them nice and hot, or extra spicy. Here is the link where you can follow step by step.

APPLE SAGE CARAMELIZED ONIONS AND CHEESE VEGAN SAUSAGE – HOT DOGS RECIPE!!

These sausages go great like a hotdog in a bun or just cut them up and throw them in a pan, cooked in a little red wine. They were simply delicious!
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Thank you and enjoy everyone buon appetito!!

 

Italian deli cold cut….Mortadella style vegan meat

Ready to make an awesome sandwich? My family and I are hooked on this deli meat and I eat mostly raw, it`s like a guilty pleasure!!

It brings me back to when I was a child and my mom used to make me mortadella and mustard sandwiches! Not only did I look forward to those sandwiches, but the funny part was I never got tired of them! I still think about them today and I REFUSE to put any animal products in my mouth. I don`t even allow any animal products in my home. GOD forbid…I didn`t want those thinly sliced mortadella that the bakery would slice for us, she had to buy the roll and it had to be hand sliced…but not thin, it had to be a nice thick slice with a nice bite to it. I had to feel it under my teeth!

So, after going vegan 8 years ago, that was one thing I truly missed, even though today I know better that those deli meats are so unhealthy for us. With all the nitrates they use to preserve them…they are really not good for us at all! I had to try and make one where it would satisfy my need, and bring me back to those memories I had of my mom making those sandwiches for me, but I had to make it healthier without all the junk that goes into making those deli meat.  Not mentioning all those poor animals that had to die for that sheer moment of pleasure on my taste buds. Not to mention all the calories that was packed into that fatty piece of meat I so loved to eat.

I knew that it would be hard to make, but I had to try and make one as close, and if not, good enough to bring back that memory I have so embedded in my mind.  I am so pleased, so happy with the results, it truly is delicious and so much healthier for us!!!

So you have to give it a go and try it with mustard!! I swear to you I will perfect this even more but for now I am super pleased, and enjoying every bite of it!

Here is the link to the video with what you need and how to make it! Enjoy!

Seitan roll …..vegan cold cut deli meat for sandwiches

If you have been out shopping for some vegan deli meats you will notice how expensive they really are. When you’re making lunches for a family it can really take a bite out of your pocket. They range from $5.00 and up depending on the brand, so I have here a recipe that will cost you pennies to make. . .I really mean pennies! This is a small batch but you can double up and have enough for the week. You can even freeze some so you have it ready-made. Sometimes I cut slices I need and wrap it up already sliced, it sure makes life easier.

This is a new recipe for me that I created, always playing around with ingredients I find or have at home. For one of the ingredients I took some dried shiitake mushrooms I have and milled it into a powder; this adds a nice earthy flavor to the deli meat. If you can’t find the dry shiitake, you can mill any dry mushroom you can find at your local store. If you can’t find it there, try an asian grocery store. . .you will find them there for sure!

I try not to overpower the deli meat with too many strong flavors, so I can also highlight the added veggies that go into the sandwich so everything can harmonize together. With that said, here is the link to one of my deli meats. Enjoy!