Wednesday, November 20, 2013
For all of you non-dairy people out there (or people looking for a healthier and more delicious alternative), coconut milk is an incredible alternative for regular milk. We love the So Delicious brand coconut milk. Not only do they make pure coconut milk, but they have so many products that use coconut milk to substitute for regular milk. Try it out in some cereal, smoothies, etc!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Next time you're making your daily smoothie, try tossing in some raw cocoa nibs. They add a sweet flavor and that extra crunch that makes your smoothie that much more enjoyable. For those of you that have attempted our "Reeses" shake, try replacing the dark chocolate square with raw cocoa nibs!
Posted by Amanda at 12:19 PM
It's always tricky finding an organic peanut butter that has great consistency. If you're a nut butter lover like us, 365's peanut butter is delicious, creamy, and easy to cook with. Put it in a smoothie, use it while you bake, put it on some celery, or eat a spoonful!
Saturday, November 16, 2013
With holiday season coming up, we know you're probably looking for great dessert recipes, so here is one of our favorites. In parenthesis are the ingredients for the vegan version of this cake (which is just as delicious). This cake is fantastic if served warm with vanilla ice cream (which can be soy, almond, or coconut ice cream too). We hope you enjoy it!
What you will need:
1/2 lb. butter, softened (or vegan earth balance buttery sticks)
3 eggs (or 3/4 cup silken tofu)
2 cups white sugar
2 cups flour*
3 tsp. baking powder
3 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 cup milk (or plain soy milk)
3-5 large apples - pink lady or fuji apples recommended
9x13 inch baking pan
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Peel and thinly slice 3 of the apples (later, if you find this isn't enough apple, peel and add another to the recipe)
- In a large bowl, cream softened butter (or earth balance) with the sugar
- Add the eggs (or tofu)
- In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder
- Add dry mix gradually to the wet mix and then add lemon juice and milk
- Put into the greased 9x13 baking pan
- Cover with peeled apple slices, then layer in extra apple slices
- Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon
- Bake cake in oven for about 1 hour or until the cake is browned.
- Let the cake cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.
*We've also tried baking this cake with gluten-free baking flour and spelt flour. Both worked perfectly and were delicious!
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Sage Vegan Bistro
4130 Sepulveda Blvd. Culver City, CA 90230*
Sunday 9am-10pm Monday-Thursday 11am-12am Friday 11am-1am Saturday 9am-1am
Vegan, Gluten-Free Options
Indoor and Outdoor Seating Available
Overall Rating 5/5
Portion Size 5/5
What You Can Expect:
Sage isn't just a restaurant - it's a dining adventure. When you walk in, you are greeted by a full ice cream and dessert counter that's next to a full drinks bar. The restaurant has an industrial feel to its decorations with wood walls, cement floors, metal (probably aluminum) chairs and tables, and farming tools decorating the walls. We went for an early dinner at around 4:45. Even so, it was still pretty loud inside the restaurant. This isn't a place to bring an intimate date; it's more of a place to bring a group of friends. It has really late hours, which is ideal for nights out on the weekend, and they also have live music on Thursdays and Sundays. The menu can be a bit overwhelming since there are tons of options! This restaurant is extremely gluten-free and allergy friendly, so anyone can find something to eat here. Our waitress even mentioned that she has a nut allergy and can still have plenty of meals on the menu.
To provide the best information (for you and for ourselves), we really splurged when we went to Sage for our first time. We decided to share an appetizer and two meals and each got a shake to-go. We were really full at the end, but totally happy. We ordered the fried artichokes appetizer, the pesto greens bowl, and the "tuna melt" on gluten-free bread (their "tuna" is made out of jackfruit and is better than real tuna fish and their bread is baked in the restaurant). We were impressed after the first bite of the first artichoke and were only made happier as the meal progressed. Each bite tasted better than the last, and we both loved the entrees equally. After the meal, we ordered our shakes. Ariel got vanilla and Amanda got the mocha. They were absolutely delicious (duh). Sage is one of those places where you feel a little sad as soon as you're finished with your meal. As we left, we were already planning when we could come back. You will love it as much as we did!
*Sage has two locations: the one in Culver City and also one in Echo Park!
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
We know a lot of you are vegan or vegan-conscious, but even if you're not, Vegenaise is a great alternative to regular mayonnaise. It's non-GMO, organic, vegan, and just as delicious as regular mayonnaise (if not better)! Soy-free, reduced fat, and grapeseed oil Vegenaise are also available. We've used Vegenaise as a replacement for mayonnaise in recipes and on sandwiches for years, and nobody can taste that it's vegan. It can be found in health food stores and in some major chain grocery stores. Try it out!
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
For those of you who make smoothies/shakes a lot, you know how sometimes what you make just isn't sweet enough. If you're okay with adding natural sugar, we suggest adding dates to your drinks. One date is enough to sweeten a large shake or smoothie, and it won't make the sweet taste seem overpowering or taste artificial at all (as is sometimes the case with stevia, agave nectar, or even honey). Medjool dates are our favorite. Try it out!