Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Two for One: Miso Soup & Southwestern Hummus

I'm so excited to share two new and yummy recipes with you guys --- so instead of wait around I thought I'd do an AtV first and post them both right now! But it gets even cooler; both recipes are "Quick & Easy"!
Before I share the recipe for this special soup I wanted to touch on how amazingly wonderful the Miso broth is. It's so simple but SO packed with flavor, and has the potential to take on many different forms. I'm looking forward to using this broth as a "veggie stock" in quite a few upcoming AtV recipes. This isn't just your average Miso soup, oh no my friends, this is edible magic!
AtV Miso Soup
(this recipe yields enough for 1-2 servings, depending on how big you like your bowl of soup)
1/2 tsp Onion powder
1/2 tsp Garlic granules
1/2 tsp dried Parsley
1/2 tsp ground Celery Seed
1/2 tsp pureed Medjool Date (or other liquid sweetener to taste)
1 Tbsp Nutritional yeast
1/4 tsp Lemon Pepper (or black pepper with a squeeze of lemon juice)
3 Tbsp Unpasteurized Mellow White Miso
3 C Warm/hot Water

Add the above ingredients to your blender and blend for about 20 seconds.
Side note: Store the broth in an air tight container in the fridge and it will keep for at least a week!
Soup Contents:
You can get really creative with the contents of this soup if you'd like, but in the above photo I kept it fairly simple -
Wilted/Massaged Spinach
*Spiral Cut Zucchini sprinkled with lemon pepper
Dehydrated Crimini Mushroom
*One of my favorite ways to eat Zucchini in raw soup is to toss it with a little bit of lemon pepper and dehydrate it for 1 hour. The zucchini stays crunchy but takes on a slightly different texture that (to me at least) resembles al dente "pasta". It's so good!

How about one more?
Southwestern Hummus
Okay this is just too easy and too good! (I'm getting hungry just writing about it)

First you make up a batch of your favorite raw Hummus Recipe
Then you make up a batch of Pico De Gallo like this:
3 med. Tomatoes chopped
1/2 large red or white onion chopped fairly small
1 large green Bell Pepper
1 Tbsp Lemon juice
1 or 2 Tbsp Lime Juice
1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
Cayenne Pepper - to taste
1 Tbsp Nutritional yeast (optional, but so good)
1/2 tsp Garlic Granules
1 (heaping) tsp of Pureed Medjool Date (or liquid sweetener to taste)
Mix the above ingredients all together, if you have time (and can patiently wait) let the Pico marinate in the fridge for at least a half an hour.

Add equal parts Hummus to equal parts Pico de Gallo and *poof* You've got Southwestern Hummus! For an additional kick you can throw in some Fresh Corn and chopped Avocado to the Pico - but I didn't have any on hand, otherwise it would be in the photo.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Sarahfae - AtV

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Animal Veggie Addicts: Chito the Miniature Horse!

Well now, this is really exciting! AtV is super excited to introduce the newest addition to our animal pals - Chito!

Chito is a fruit and veggie loving 14 year old miniature horse. Since he went blind he has to live in his owner's backyard but he doesn't mind. Every day he gets an apple from the neighbors as well as a mid-afternoon fruit or veggie treat from his owner. He enjoys carrots, apples, peas, celery and grapes but his favorite thing in the world is a banana. Chito's owner can't even put banana peels in the compost pile anymore. The blind mini has been known to bound right over a three foot fence to grab banana peels, as well an young peas from the garden. Chito's daily companion is a six year old border collie who loves to grab the apples right out from under Chito's nose and drop them somewhere else. Then the hunt is on! A single apple can keep these two entertained for an hour. Chito also enjoys homemade vegan banana muffins on special occasions as well as any miniature fruit or veggies his owner can find, because she thinks feeding miniature animals miniature stuff is funny.
Thank you SO much to Chito's keeper, the very talented and very crafty Rachel Klein of One Pretty Thing (we LOVE her site!) for contacting us. She and Chito wanted to share a couple of important links with AtV: for those of you who keep or are friends of miniature horses, a list of fruits and veggies to do and don't feed your horse.  Also if you are looking to donate to a very important and worthy cause - please visit the International Humane Society and give to their disaster fund which supports the displaced animals of Haiti.
If you have a furry, feathered, scaly, or "other" animal friend that would like to be a part of the Addicted to Veggies campaign please email us your photos. Try to include a fruit or vegetable in the picture, as well as a little bit of information along with the photo, i.e.; animal's name, favorite fruit or veggie, and a fun fact, tid-bit, or story. Don't forget to let us know if there is a earth/animal-friendly site you would like for us to plug, in addition to your own blog.
We look forward to *hopefully* featuring a new animal every week in our upcoming special "Animal Veggie Addicts" section.