Monday, June 30, 2014

Spinach, Kale & Artichoke Dip w/ Baked Sprouted Pita (Vegan, Oil Free)

Artichoke dip is something special in our house. Pre-vegan, I used to make a spinach and artichoke dip that beat (yes, you read that right, BEAT) TGI Friday's version. I'd make it for UFC fight nights, BBQ's, birthdays...I was pretty much asked to bring it everywhere. Now that we're vegan, and try to eat mostly oil free and only good fats from things like nuts and avocados (no oil except coconut every so often), it's been a while. I haven't made a vegan version of it at all. Then Tim asked for it. I made this up as I went along and took a really shoddy picture with my iPod because I wasn't expecting to post it. So what (little) was left over after we destroyed it, I took some pictures of with my good camera. Still shoddy pictures, but at least I made an effort, LOL.

Spinach, Kale & Artichoke Dip
(Vegan, Oil Free, Bad Fat Free)

12 oz. organic firm silken tofu (I used a box of Mori-Nu)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 large garlic clove
1/2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. barley miso
large handful fresh spinach
large handful fresh baby kale
1 can artichoke hearts, rinsed and drained
2 tbsp. cashew mayo (you could use any vegan mayo here)
salt & pepper to taste
(if you're not oil free, you could always add 1/4 cup vegan mozzarella, too)

1 package sprouted pita, cut into triangles (if you'd like these crispy, I bake them at 425°F after wetting them a bit with some water and sprinkling with a little sea salt until brown)

Preheat your oven to 350°F.

Add everything to your blender or food processor except the spinach, kale, and artichokes. Blend well. Taste for salt/pepper. Drop in your spinach, baby kale, and artichoke hearts. Blitz the blender or food processor just a little bit to break up the spinach and kale and artichokes and blend them into the mixture. Dump everything into a small casserole dish.

Bake for 20 minutes or until top is slightly browned at bubbly. I like to broil it for the last few minutes.

Note: You can also microwave this if you're really hungry or short on time. It only takes about 5 minutes but watch it closely because it bubbles a LOT.

Note 2: Stay tuned for my raw cashew mayo recipe (at some point this century LOL)

Friday, June 06, 2014

Peanut Butter Candy Explosion Blondies (Vegan); Lazy Person's Hack & Go Max Go Giveaway

So, I'm guest blogging over at the Go Max Go blog again. If you go check it out, you have another chance to win 7 Go Max Go chocolate candy bars (one of each flavor). Go to the Go Max Go blog for the secret word and instructions to enter, as well as the from scratch recipe. Here, I decided that if you're having a lazy day and you have a box of Trader Joe's blondie mix laying around (or another that happens to be "accidentally vegan") you can just make the blondie base from a box mix and add in your candy. So here you go, you lazy ass. Don't be ashamed, I've been there too.

Here's a sneak peak at what the scratch recipe looks like:


Peanut Butter Candy Explosion Blondies (Vegan)
  • 1 box Trader Joe's Blondie Mix (or any other box mix that's vegan - just check the ingredients)
  • 1/3 cup pureed silken tofu
  • Vegan butter, such as Earth Balance or Smart Balance Organic, in same amount listed on box
  • 3 Vegan Candy Bars, chopped and refrigerated or frozen for at least an hour (Jokerz, Thumbs Up, and Cleo's)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Whisk together melted butter, pureed tofu, and blondie mix (and any other liquids listed on blondie mix, such as plant based milk, water, etc. if you're using a different mix).
  3. Add the candy mix-ins.
  4. Pour into the pan and spread evenly
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Go Max Go Foods Vegan Candy Bars & Ellovi Lip Butter Giveaway!

I'm guest posting over at the Go Max Go Foods blog today...head over to find out the secret word, then hit them up Facebook to comment with the secret word for 1 of 2 chances to win 7 Go Max Go chocolate candy bars (one of each flavor) & a tube of the fabulous vegan lip butter from Ellovi. (make sure to tag me and if you don't already, "like" my Facebook page!!), and make sure to Tweet about it (tag @theveganweirdos, @gomaxgofoods, & @elloviskin) for extra entries and Pin this on Pinterest to share with your friends...