Archive for July, 2009

Galaxy Nutritional Foods – Rice Vegan

July 23rd, 2009

Rice Vegan - American

“So, you’re vegetarian?  Why not vegan?”

“I love cheese.”

I have heard that reply many times.   In fact,I said the same thing until I realized the connections cheese and dairy have on the animal cruelty angle as well as what you’re actually eating.  Even vegans like something melted on their sandwich.

“I’ve tried those fake cheeses, they don’t melt like the real thing.”

I know where you’re coming from.  Nothing worse than expecting cheesy goo and getting mealy gunk.  So, finding some truly dairy-free cheese singles the image of gooey sandwiches fill my head, but the thought of a mealy texture overshadows it.  I tried Galaxy Nutritional Foods Rice Vegan as opposed to the typical soy cheeses that are available.  It is available in both block-style and singles, I have a few packs of the latter, Pepper Jack, Cheddar and American flavors, to give a try.  Of course the test that first comes to mind, where the cheese should run and hold firm two slices of bread would be the perfect grilled cheese, and it works great for that.  Even adding a few slices of fresh out of the garden tomato and gluing it all together, it makes one of my favorite sandwiches.

But a grilled cheese? That’s too easy.  We need more layers to meld, more flavors to lend it’s own taste to.  Patty melt, that’s should do the trick.  And besides, I love patty melts and it has been a long time since I indulged in greasy goodness.

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So, let’s see, we have some tasty grilled onions a few pieces of fresh rye and some veggie burger patties mashed as flat as possible, it works great, trust me.  But, what is a patty melt without the melt?  Two slices of Rice Vegan American should work (Sorry, no Swiss available).  Rice Vegan seems to do the trick, it does need a bit longer to melt as traditional cheese but the melty goodness can be attained and the flavor is good, no mealiness.   The only thing you don’t have with Rice Vegan is that stringiness when you pull two pieces apart, but the flavor is there and the ability to hold all of those layers together is there.

Vegan Patty Melts with Rice Vegan

Also, I have found many non-dairy cheeses contain casein to lend the ability to melt.  I don’t understand the point of making a soy or almond cheese and then adding a dairy ingredient to it.  If you can’t make it truly dairy-free then why bother?  Rice Vegan is dairy free and contains no casein, yet still has the ability to melt.

Vegan Patty Melt with Rice Vegan

Of all of the single serving cheese substitutes I have tried, Rice Vegan comes out on top.  It melts well and tastes excellent.  Compared to traditional cheese it has half a gram of saturated fat as compared to Kraft Singles, which contains 2.5 grams per slice! If you still have a cheese craving Rice Vegan can fill the void.

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A Different Kind Of Cancer Stick

July 22nd, 2009

The Cancer Project, a Washington DC based advocacy group, is suing on behalf of three New Jersey residents to get hot dog manufacturers to place warning labels on their products to inform consumers about the risks of eating hot dogs and colorectal cancer.   Their site states that eating “one hot dog daily increases our risk of colorectal cancer, on average, by 21 percent.”

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Personally, I think most people know eating processed meat is bad for them, they just don’t care.  They eat whatever they want with purposeful disregard for their well-being and, unfortunately, people will have no issues giving their kids the same.  Warning labels won’t change a thing.

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Animal Cruelty

July 22nd, 2009

I came across a story from Giles County, Tennessee regarding a woman being charged with animal cruelty.  Allegedly, this woman kept more than 20 dogs in her home and chose not to give any proper care.  According to the local radio news the dogs were found in “deplorable condition”.

From WKSR.com :

A Pulaski woman will appear before General Sessions Judge John Damron next month to answer to charges of cruelty to animals.

More than 20 dogs of various age, size and breed were seized from their owner recently during the service of a search warrant.

Debra Sanderson was issued a citation. She was arraigned in court last week.

Pulaski Chief of Police John Dickey told the Pulaski Citizen newspaper that the animals were found in deplorable condition and obviously in need of medical care.

A local veterinarian treated the dogs before representatives with the Humane Society took possession of them.

Sanderson is to appear in court August 27th at 8am. 

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St. Augustine 2009

July 16th, 2009

Once again, we took our yearly trip to St. Augustine in search of sand and surf to wash away the daily doldrums of work and humdrum-ness, and once again we find ourselves in a place that’s not-so-veggie-friendly.  We always make our visit to The Spanish Bakery for gazpacho, fresh baked bread and lemon cookies, a cheap lunch and consistently good, however, this time we found some new places to grab something to eat.

Mango Mangos is a Caribbean-style restaurant with locations on US 1 and A1A.  After looking at their menu online that had a couple veggie selections including a message  stating they would create something for a vegetarian we decided to give them a try.  Our server was very helpful and suggested a Quesadilla Wrap, minus the cheese and chicken and adding avocado.  I had mine with fried plantains and my wife with sweet potato fries.  Both were perfect and delicious, more than we expected. Almost every item on the menu incorporates mango in some fashion.  Topped with, grilled, slathered in, melted in mango and their mango salsa is outstanding.

Mango Mangos - Vegan Quesadilla Wrap with Fried Plantains

I had spotted a place while search before we left called Stir It Up, a small lunch counter on  St. Augustine Beach, and conveniently located beside Mango Mangos.  Noted mostly by reviewers for smoothies there were also reports of good sandwiches to be had.  After driving by the location a couple times since they have short hours (10-5) we finally were nearby while they were open.   The smoothie selection is extensive and they do have a good selection of sandwiches, which are served as wraps, as well.  There isn’t alot of seating and what there is can only be found outside, but this is the beach and who wants to sit inside when you have a great atmosphere to enjoy outside?

St. Augustine - Stir It Up

We both had the Greenrito, a mix of avocado, spring mix, tomato and loads of hummus in a wrap and my daughter had a Natural Mystic smoothie with strawberry, peach, kiwi, pineapple and coconut.  The wraps are $6-7 and smoothies are $4 for a large.  The wraps were served with tortilla chips and were huge, plenty for that after-beach hunger.

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Mrs. Nashveggie’s first blog ever!

July 1st, 2009

For those of you who don’t know me, I am Nashveggie’s other half. This is my first foray into the blogging world.  I think the regulars call it a blogosphere.  I am not up on all the computer/pop culture terms; so if I offend anyone, let me know. I will be making semi-regular posts about baking and green cleaning tips.  Tonight I am attempting a new/old dessert called a pandowdy. It is basically a cobbler with the crust smushed into the filling half way through the baking process.  I am not sure how the mango and apple will taste together, but we will see. I will probably make some soy cream to go along with it. YUM! Speaking of soy cream. There is a fabulous book out there for those of you with a huge sweet tooth.  The Vegan Scoop by Wheeler del Torro is an absolutely fabulous book full of you guessed it-vegan ice cream recipes. So far we have tried the vanilla (yum), chocolate (even more yum), and peanut butter (oh my goodness).  Creamy and light and very easy, if you don’t mind making a custard ice cream base that you have to cool before putting in your handy dandy countertop ice cream maker.  Well, dinner awaits and I love our beautiful arrangement.  (He cooks and I bake!) Though I did make a great skillet corn with roasted tomatoes.

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