vegenaise

lena-malena asked:

Tonight I made a vegan dinner and it was so good I had to share with you. Quesadillas with corn, black beans, cilantro and 2 tsp taco seasoning. AMAZING SAUCE: 1 roasted red bell pepper, 1 jalapeno seeds removed, 1 cup Vegenaise, 2 tsp Southwest chipotle seasoning, 2 tsp honey, 1 tsp Dijon, 1 tsp minced garlic. I hope you try it because honestly my mind is blown by the dipping sauce.

oooh sounds good! Thank you for sharing!

Easy Crunchy Tofu Salad

vegan, makes 5 cups

1 lb firm tofu, drained

1 ¼ cups celery, chopped

¾ cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped (sub or add dill, basil, cilantro)

4-5 Tbsp Vegenaise (vegan mayo)

3 Tbsp Dijon mustard

1 lemon, juiced

pinch lemon zest

1 Tbsp maple syrup

dressing spices:

¼ tsp celery seed

¼ tsp fine black pepper

1/8 tsp cayenne

a few dashes mustard powder

optional fold-ins:

½ green apple, finely diced

for more saltiness add in a splash of tamari (or salt to taste if needed)

Directions:

1. Squeeze your tofu dry with a paper towel and slice into large cubes. Steam for about 5 minutes. Let cool.

2. In a large mixing bowl, add all your ingredients and whisk into a creamy sauce. Fold in the tofu and begin breaking into smaller bits with a fork. Fold well until all the tofu is coated.

3. Fold in the parsley and celery.

4. Adjust salt and spices as desired.

5. Cover and place in the fridge until ready to serve - allow at least an hour for the tofu to chill and the flavors to marinate.

Serve with a side of organic chips (I prefer Foodshouldtastegood Chocolate or plain corn chips)

(Photo/Recipe adapted via kblog.lunchbox.com)

Vegan Pickled tomato dip!  This was a food experiment that worked out well.  

Recipe:  Combine pickled tomatoes, and fresh cilantro in a food processor.  Put processed mixture into a bowl and add mayo or vegenaise. (I used vegenaise to make this vegan.)  Mix together and add coarsely ground black pepper to taste.  You could probably add some jalapeño at the food processor stage if you want to add some heat to this.  Yum. 

How-to, yo: Make vegan mayonnaise!

Store-bought mayo is expensive! I mean, it probably won’t break the bank, but if I could give you a cheaper alternative, you’d be into it, right? Right! Let’s get started! Summer is coming, and we need mass amounts of vegan mayo for all of our potato salads!

Ingredients
1 10 oz. package silken tofu
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
¼ to ½ tsp. pepper
2 tsp. rice or white wine vinegar
Juice of half a lemon

Take these ingredients and process until smooth in your pulverizing equipment of choice. I used a food processor, but a blender works too! That’s all there is to it–now you have mayo! Get to making your sandwiches, potato salad or tofu “eggless” salads!

This recipe yields about 1.5 cups mayo, and I usually end up doubling it. This should last about five days in the fridge.

Remember when Laura showcased all the upcoming Vegenaise flavors? You can make them at home! Add some pesto, garlic, chipotle sauce, bbq sauce, or horseradish to this basic recipe–your options are endless!

Vegenaise coming out with some bomb new flavors!

Here are the new Vegenaise flavors, pictorially, because I’m sick and you should feel bad for me. I tried them all at the Fancy Food Show because I’m fancy and they were all outrageously delicious. Specifically the barbecue, which would make one damn fine bbq potato salad. And the pesto vegenaise, holy shit. UGH IT WAS ALL SO GOOD. I can’t think about it right now because they’re not all right in front of me and I’m already sick – what’s the point of being sick AND sad? HUH? 

Anyway, they should be showing their faces soon in grocery stores near you, let us know if you see them and then also, send them to us!

The Four Basic Vegan food groups:
  • Things you can eat with Sriracha.
  • Things you can eat with Vegenaise.
  • Things you can eat with Vegenaise AND Sriracha.
  • Things you can’t eat with Vegenaise or Sriracha.

Curried “chicken” salad sandwich from our pal Meagen of Vegan Food Addict. She reviewed Vegenaise’s new reduced-fat vegan mayo, and used it to make this tofu-based sandwich. Doesn’t it look scrumptious? I love old-school recipes like chicken salad remade vegan. All it needs is halved grapes to really nail that mid-century textural weirdness.

Get the (totally normal, grape-free) recipe at Vegan Food Addict!

vegEMOJI: vegan pictotexting is here!

I just downloaded the new vegEmoji app a little while ago and as you can see, my friends are already really enjoying it!

VegEmoji is a totally free app brought to you by Vegenaise creator Follow Your Heart and rapper Lil B. Check out Lil B’s MIT lecture where he announced the partnership, as well as discussed everything from Uber to the campus rape epidemic. It’s super interesting. Of the partnership, Lil B had this to say:

…I took on my first consulting job in a company that I’m going to be working with, and I’m developing an app for them. They’re a vegan company, called Follow Your Heart. They deal with no GMOs, which is genetically modified organisms. They don’t have any animal products. It took me a long time to align myself with another brand. There’s a lot of brands that come to me, and they might offer any amount of money, but I’m not going to just conform or change the vibe of my brand or my ethics or what I stand by for money. I work too hard. When you really have pride in your brand and what you do, you have to be very careful of who you align yourself with and who you endorse. A lot of people don’t get it. It takes a long time to get it. It takes a lot of love and a lot of respect.

As someone who works in advertising, the intersection of branding and ethics is a constant in my mind. I mean, advertising doesn’t have to be evil. Every organization can benefit from getting their message out to people. (I’m gonna use my copywriting powers to save all the sharks one day! Believe that!!!!)

But… back to vegEmoji. I tested them out on my little sis too:

She hearts me. 

My fave vegEmoji is the “Meet me at the farmers market” one OBVI. Because me and my brother are always on our weekend farmers market steez. And also because SO VEGAN. But yeah, really everyone should be going to the farmers market if you can. For no other reason then the fruit and veggies aren’t just cheaper, they are way better quality! I swear, I get so mad, even at Whole Foods. I get what looks like some nice Brussels and they taste so blah compared to what I get from the farmers market. But if they got them at the market, I take those baby Brussels and roast ‘em up! Dip 'em in a little Vegenaise mixed with a good mustard, and BAM! I’m a happy rascal. 

So, it’s a fun, easy to use litttle app. And it’s free, like I said. The only thing I wish is the space above and below the vegEmojis was smaller when you send them, but I don’t know if that’s possible. Plus, that’s prob only important if you’re planning to screengrab and post your vegEmoji convos on your corny pink-ass dino-themed vegan blog. BUT WHO WOULD DO THAT. 

Download here (easiest thing is to click this link from your phone).