July, 2012

  1. skinny margarita

    July 31, 2012 by Angie

    I love a good margarita. By a good margarita I mean no sugary sour mix. This skinny margarita is my favorite drink to make at home. It’s a hybrid of two delicious low-sugar recipes: Bethenny Frankel’s and this one from Low-Carb Diets from About.com.

    Ingredients

    2 ice cubes
    1 or 2 shots of tequila
    1/4 tsp orange extract (or about half of a shot of Cointreau or any orange liqueur – I suggest cutting the tequila by the amount of Cointreau so as not to become totally wastefaced after one drink.)
    1 tsp agave nectar
    juice of one lime
    water

    Directions

    Put two ice cubes in a 6 or 8 oz bar glass. You can salt the rim first if you’re feeling fancy.

    Pour in the tequila, orange extract or Cointreau, and agave nectar.

    Use a juicer to squeeze the juice of one lime directly into the glass.

    Fill the glass to the top with water and stir. If it isn’t sweet enough for you, add more agave nectar by the half teaspoon to taste. Garnish with a lime wedge for classy presentation.


  2. mini tofu quiches

    July 28, 2012 by Angie

    My love for FatFree Vegan Kitchen grows even stronger after trying this recipe for mini crustless tofu quiches. These vegetable-filled quiches really have an egg-like taste and texture. I had never used Mori-Nu silken tofu before and I always dread dragging out the food processor but this recipe wasn’t scary or all that labor-intensive after all.

    I used green onion, garlic, and spinach for the vegetables. We ate all twelve of them (they’re little) with a salad for dinner last night.


  3. lemon blueberry cashew bread

    July 27, 2012 by Angie

    Week 30 of Reddit’s 52 Weeks of Baking is sweet breads. Do not Google “sweet breads” though. Apparently it is a disgusting animal part “food”. As this is not what I think the creator of the challenge is looking for, I made a bread that tastes sweet.

    I baked a lemon blueberry bread with cashew pieces. I pretty closely followed this recipe from EgglessCooking.com (neat site). I veganized it, which wasn’t difficult as there were no eggs to begin with, by substituting soy milk and Earth Balance margarine. I didn’t have soy yogurt or an orange so I doubled the unsweetened apple sauce to replace the yogurt and used a lemon and its zest instead. I also used chopped cashews instead of the suggested chopped pecans since pecans make me die.

    It came together pretty easily and tastes wonderful. Only thing I would adjust next time is the sugar. I used a bit less than the full cup of sugar the recipe calls for but next time I’ll use a scant 3/4 cup or maybe even less. The blueberries are so sweet and delicious that I don’t think the batter needs to be crazy sweet.


  4. baked breaded zucchini bites

    July 22, 2012 by Angie

    The theme for week 29 of Reddit’s 52 Weeks of Baking Challenge is summer. It can be a summer decoration or a summer ingredient. I made baked breaded zucchini bites because zucchini is everybody’s favorite summer vegetable, right? Well, it’s mine. We used to order a similar appetizer all the time at Bar Louie in International Plaza along with their amazing soy burger. As part of a large anti-vegetarian conspiracy they removed both from their menu and now offer only a portobello burger. Eww. Now we must improvise at home.

    This was pretty easy to make. I chopped the zucchini into rounds and sticks then set up my breading stations. There’s a a little plate for soy milk then the Italian-style bread crumb/parmesan cheese/garlic powder mixture then the cookie sheet. Baking these instead of frying let me stick to the guidelines of the challenge and avoid a lot of fat from the oil. You can also skip the parmesan to make these vegan. I sprayed the tops with olive oil and baked them for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees.

    They held together better than I thought they would without egg and they tasted really great. I’ll definitely make this again. They’d be great for a party.

     Don’t forget the spaghetti sauce for dipping!


  5. arepas de Dominó

    July 17, 2012 by Angie

    Week 28’s 52 Weeks of Baking challenge was South American food. I decided to go with the savory food arepas. I looked a lot of recipes online but followed this one for arepa de Dominó. I didn’t have access to that delicious white cheese – I think it’s the same one used in Mexican queso dip – so I had to settle for shredded reduced fat Mexican cheese which was still quite excellent.

    The arepas were time-consuming to make with the frying step (on both sides for 4-6 minutes each) then the baking step. I thought they were really tasty but I don’t see myself going through that amount of effort for them again.

    I cut them open and made corn-flavored mini sandwiches with black beans sauteed with garlic and onion then cheese on top.

     


  6. mini blueberry tarts

    July 11, 2012 by Angie

    For last week’s 52 Weeks of Baking challenge: tarts, I made mini blueberry tarts. I pretty much winged it after looking at a few recipes and while the results were really tasty the tarts were on the homely side and I struggled to get them out of the muffin tin without destroying them.

    I crumbled about a cup of graham crackers and mixed that with about 3 tablespoons of Earth Balance margarine. I pressed the graham cracker crumb mixture into the muffin pan to make the tart crusts. I baked them for 7 minutes at 375 degrees.

    While the crusts were baking, I mixed together about a cup and a half of blueberries, 1 1/2 tablespoons flour, and about 3 tablespoons of sugar. I poured the blueberry mixture into the crusts and baked for another 20 minutes or so until the blueberries took on a jam-like texture. I let the tarts cool for a few minutes then pressed fresh blueberries into the tops of the tarts.

    As I said, the taste was great, but there is definitely room for improvement in the presentation department. Next time I will use a different crust recipe and a real tart pan or maybe use a store bought flour or graham cracker crust and make a large blueberry pie.