April 15th, 2013 by NashVeggie
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Months have passed since the last post only because there have been many things keeping me busy. One of the more enjoyable things taking up my time is working outside in the garden. Gardens are great because not only does it give you a wonderful reason to be outside but it also gives you plenty of fresh veggies.
I built this square foot tower garden after Mrs. Nashveggie requested something to allow vines to hang over such as cucumbers. It also replaces four 4′x4′ square foot boxes we previously had. Those boxes had become covered in shade form a nearby magnolia tree for a few hours each day and anything planted didn’t get the amount of sun needed. This one garden is situated in the only area of our yard that has no shade as we have many large trees.
Overall, a 3 day project. If time allows and there are requests I can post more specific instructions.
January 29th, 2013 by NashVeggie
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Everyone likes noodles. Some like them more when you can add tofu. That’s not an option you’ll find at many restaurants here but Noodles & Company does offer it for us vegans and vegetarians. There’s a good selection of bowls to choose from for the vegetarian or vegan at this fast casual restaurant so mixing it up is quite easy.
Their first Noodles & Company location in Nashville opened in 2010 in Green Hills. Since that time a new location has opened in Coolsprings. I’ve been given some free bowl vouchers to share and getting yours is a simple as commenting on this article. In your comment tell me what you would like to try from Noodle & Company’s menu or maybe something you would like to see added to the menu. I’m also giving away one pair on Twitter. To win there, follow me and tweet a link to this article. Also, include @Nashveggie and @noodlescompany in your tweet. I’ll pick 2 winners here and one on Twitter, all at random, on February 15th for a pair of free bowls. Yes, you can win here and on Twitter for a combined 4 free bowls if you’re that lucky. You don’t have to live in Nashville to win.
Noodles & Company
995 Meridian Blvd.
Franklin, TN 37067
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January 17th, 2013 by NashVeggie
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Browsing around the grocery stores this week I ran into some new vegan items. In Kroger, I noticed Silk now has iced latte available in half gallon sizes. Being a coffee snob, I’m one to make my own iced coffees at home but for those who need a coffee fix on the go with ultimate pre-made convenience, these may fit the need.
Also, at Whole Foods the much reported Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Puffs and vegan butter popcorn and well as vegan cheddar popcorn is now available. At $3.99 a bag these we’re a bit out of my snack price range. Considering the cheddar popcorn seemed to be no more than popcorn with salt a nutritional yeast, paying more than 99 cents for a big bag is just out of the question for me. I can make that stuff at home by the metric ton. I may try the puffs if I find them cheaper or on sale, however.
November 7th, 2012 by NashVeggie
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I never understood the attraction of bacon. Those who eat animal meat swear by it. It seems to have addicting qualities having a psychological control on their lives. Burger King even served a bacon sundae at some of their locations.
If you’re one of the newly vegetarian or vegan and once had the fatty addiction you can still get the flavor from a few common vegan kitchen ingredients and tempeh. Best of all, these smoky strips are cholesterol free! You could buy these ready made at eh grocery store but what equates to about half a pack of tempeh at nearly twice the price. That’s not a great deal and it takes very little to make them yourself.
1 pack Tempeh sliced longwise into 1/4 inch strips
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup Braggs Liquid Aminos
2 TBS Maple Syrup
2 TBS Tomato Sauce or Ketchup
1 TBS vegetable oil
1/2 TSP Liquid Smoke
1/2 TSP Salt
Mix all ingredients except tempeh in a shallow baking dish. Arrange tempeh strips in the dish so they are covered with liquid and let stand for at least 2 hours or overnight if possible. After soaking, discard liquid and store strips in a sealed container in refrigerator.
Marinate the tempeh strips for at least 2 hours. Overnight is even better.
Anytime you have the urge for a BLT you’re ready to go. Fry these to a crisp, break them up and you’ve got bacon bits for your salad or soup!
Fry the strips up whenever your ready for a crisp addition to a sandwich or crumble them on your soup.
September 13th, 2012 by NashVeggie
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While thumbing through Twitter last week I came across a tweet by a good followee for a smoothie recipe. I’m always looking for smoothie ideas as I usually have one a day. This one stood out with an ingredient I had never considered: Oats. A protein powerhouse in itself it was mixed with some tasty ingredients and began salivating for this smoothie.
1 1/2 frozen banana
1/3 cup oats
1/2 cup chocolate almond milk
1 heaping spoonful of almond butter
Blend in VitaMix for 20 seconds until smooth.
A few days passed and still I had no chance to make this smoothie, one that I knew would be filling and should be an early morning drink. Once I got around to trying it I was blown away. Wow! This things rocks! Very tasty, very filling and full of protein. You’ll definitely need a Vitamix for this smoothie to blend up the oatmeal. I don’t think a standard blender is up to the job.
If smoothies are your thing or even if they’re not you need to treat yourself to a Vegan Man Cave Smoothie. The dude is onto something here. I can’t believe he hasn’t patented this yet. I fully expect to see him on a late night infomercial soon touting this smoothie. (Dude, get on this!)