Sunday, October 4, 2009

VeganMofo day 4 ~ Easy Chik'N Salad Pitas, Corn Bread my Vegan kids.

Super Easy Chik'N Salad Pitas

2 packages of Morning Star Farm Chik'N strips thawed and Diced
1 Red Pepper Diced
1 Green Pepper Diced
 1/2 Sweet Onion Diced
1/2 Red Onion Diced
1 Bunch of fresh Italian Parsley chopped
Handful of Cherry tomatoes cut in halves
2 cups of  Follow Your Heat Vegenaise
Sea Salt & Pepper to taste (I like Jane's Krazy Mixedup salt)
2tsp Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
Garlic Powder to taste
1tbs prepared mustard
2 or 3 marinated roasted red peppers chopped

Mix Vegenaise, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, prepared mustard, chopped roasted red peppers in a bowl and set aside.  Mix the Veggies and ChikN in a large bowl.  Pour Vegenaise mixture over Veggies and ChickN and stir.  Make sure everything is really covered with the Vegenaise mixture.  Add sea salt and pepper to taste and let chill or serve in Pita's immediately.  Cover left overs and refrigerate.  This salad tastes better and better every day!  All of the dressing ingredients can be increased or decreased to you preference ~ just remember that the Morning Star Farm Chik'N strips are preseasoned and pretty peppery.

Em and her cornbreads
My youngest daughter, unlike me, would rather eat cornbread than candy, cookies or cake, even chocolate cake ~ weird.  She'll actually nag to make cornbread. She/we (but mostly she) veganized a recipe using vanilla soy yogurt and vanilla soy milk.  It makes a really sweet pleasant corn muffin or corn bread. 

Years ago my oldest two and I were walking to the playground and we came across a dead pigeon laying in the middle of the sidewalk.  My son (then 3) looked down at the dead bird and said "Put that bird in a baggie so we can bring it home for Nanny (his grandmother)"  I asked him why would we do that?  He replied  "Cause she eats dead birds." "Not pigeons!" I said. My daughter (than 2) looked up at me and with a completely puzzled look on her face asked "What's the difference?"  My son added "A dead bird is a dead bird right?"  How do you argue with a 3 year old when he's right?

One afternoon when my oldest daughter was in preschool I received a phone call from her teacher complaining that my daughter had disrupted the class that day. I asked what had she done.  The teacher told me that she had made a big pot of Chicken Alphabet soup for the students.  When she came to give my daughter some my daughter said "no thank you" The teacher asked "why not?"  my daughter replied "I don't  eat dead meat soup."  The rest of the children heard what my daughter said and then they didn't want to eat "dead meat soup." either.  That's my girl, revolution starter in preschool.