Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream (sounds good huh?)
Yummy cupcakes, absolute failure for the frosting. I was so excited to make a Cupcake Wars (looks-wise at least) worthy frosting so I booked it to Bed Bath & Beyond and picked up a cupcake decorating kit. I used ALL my frosting sugar, tried way too many recipes, and kept ending up with a disgusting soupy buttercream that leaked right out of my new fun frosting tools (yum). They still came with us to our New Years Eve party, and I am lucky enough to have friends that pretended they weren't horrific looking...
Heres the recipe for the chocolate cupcake, I tried a few recipes and these were definitely the best!
By the way - I'm still on the lookout for a good vegan frosting - keep me in mind if you know one!!
Baked Spinach Dip
Honestly not terrible, but this was not included because I refused to post any pictures of this experience. My kitchen was beyond a mess, there were spinach & bowls literally everywhere and I'm too shallow to let any of you see me like that ;)
Here's the recipe that I found on this great blog: Happy Healthy Life
- Bag of frozen organic spinach - thawed
- 3-4 cloves of garlic
- Juice of 2 lemons
- 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup cashews - soaked in water for about a half hour
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley
- 3 TBSP nutritional yeast (sounds gross - but it is SO freaking good, gives the cheese flavor!)
- 2 TBSP Vegenaise spread (I definitely put more like 3 or 4 TBSP in)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- Sprinkle of Daiya Mozz Cheese (best fake cheese I have tried
It is pretty easy from here, once the spinach is thawed that the cashews have been soaked you can throw everything in a food processor, blend until smooth, put it in an oven safe dish and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. I would put some more Daiya on top and broil for a few before serving. We served it with tortilla chips but I bet pita bread, veggies, or whole wheat bread would be great too! It got a pretty good review from the friends that were open to it! (Thanks Brian & Kristine!)
So now my kitchen was such a disaster from all my food failures and messes (mostly stemming from getting the right cupcake and being royally effed by my frosting...) and I just wanted to not cook for a while. After a good spin sesh I was hungry and realized that I had pretty much no options but to cook for my self (thanks, LI, for having so many vegan friendly restaurants) so I decided to try a tofu scramble.
Of course at the end I was faced with quite a mess, but dear GOD was it worth it! I tried one bite and my heart almost exploded. I don't know if I was so impressed because I've messed up so many vegan recipes or if it was really that good, but I think you should make it and be the judge!
So here it is, the recipe that brought me back to PLB (again)
- 1/2 onion
- 1/2 green pepper
- 1 block organic tofu (you don't want to mess around with conventional soybeans)
- 2 TBSP safflower oil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 TBSP tamari (or soy sauce)
- 2 TBSP nutritional yeast
- sprinkle of Daiya cheese
- First thing you want to do is drain the liquid out of the tofu and get ready to press it. Here are the steps I take:
- After it is drained I take an absorbent dish towel and lightly squeeze any liquid I can out
- Then I lay the tofu on a cutting board, cut in in half to make 2 cube like blocks and cut each in half so I should have 4 rectangular blocks
- I wrap the blocks in paper towels or kitchen towels, put them on a cutting board, and put heavy books on top
- Then subtly let your husband know that a tofu press would come in SO handy one day ;)
|Snug as a bug|
|I knew those high school yearbooks would come in handy one day ;)|
- While you are pressing your tofu its a good time to chop the onion & pepper into similar bite size pieces
- Once your tofu is nice and dry, take a fork (or get down and dirty with bare hands) and crumble the tofu
|JEEZE I need new cutting boards, sorry!|
- Saute chopped onions, peppers and tofu in oil for about 5 minutes or until it gets some nice color on it
|Spotted: the drippy frosted cupcakes!|
- Add the rest of the ingredients and saute for another 5 minutes
- Serve in a wrap, over a piece of toast, or all by itself with a sprinkle of Daiya and your favorite salsa!
|My new favorite breakfast!|
Peas & Love,