Pasta with Green Beans

30 07 2010

I LOVE fresh green beans, especially from my garden.  Sadly, my dogs also LOVE fresh green beans, which means I get none.  Therefore, I have to get mine from the farmer’s market.  Which I guess isn’t THAT bad, I’m supporting local business/farmers, I get my green bean fix, and so do the dogs.  Anyway, this is super easy and one of my favorite ways to eat green beans.  This was actually for lunch yesterday, but you could pair it with a salad or some crusty bread and have it for dinner too 🙂

As many fresh green beans as you can handle, cut, stems removed, and steamed

Enough pasta for 2 (or one really giant helping for yourself – leftovers!)

1/4 -1/3 cup olive oil

crushed red pepper flakes

salt and pepper to taste

When the pasta is done, drain and toss with olive oil, green beans, crushed red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.  Voila!


Pan Fried Seitan with Corn on the Cob and Tater Tots

29 07 2010

So, I’m not making this where EVERY recipe is homemade/handmade.  Vegans buy things that are prepackaged, even if you are on a budget.  It makes things easier, and really, who doesn’t like tater tots?  That being said, I’m preparing meals for my family (my boyfriend Jason and I) and sometimes it will include things from a box; but that’s okay.  I want to demonstrate how easy it is to be vegan and that, while yes, you should definitely make your own food at home from scratch, sometimes a little help – via frozen tater tots, veggie burgers, or stir fry veggies – is appreciated.

With that said, I give you my very first dinner/recipe = Pan Fried Seitan, corn on the cob (from the farmer’s market) and tater tots.

Pan Fried Seitan

1 and a half cups of vital wheat gluten

1 cup of water

1-2 tablespoons Braggs Liquid Aminos (or Tamari or Soy Sauce – whatever you have)

Mix all the ingredients together and knead to form a dough, it is too wet, add more wheat gluten.  Cut this into small bites and put into a pot of boiling vegetable stock.  Simmer for 1 hour.  At this point you can let it cool in the stock and put it into the freezer for later use.  Or you can use it immediately for dinner.

Roll the seitan chunks in flour (I use wheat) and fry in olive oil.  It will be crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.  Serve with corn, tater tots and whatever condiments tickle your fancy – we prefer BBQ sauce and ketchup.  Enjoy!

Hello world!

29 07 2010

Hello and welcome to vegan366.  My goal is to post every day about the various vegan dishes I prepare.  I hope you find them tasty and delicious looking enough that you prepare them yourself.  Since this is my first post, I’ll tell you a little bit about myself.  I’m vegan and I LOVE to cook/bake.  I collect old teapots and nutcrackers.  I love vintage cooking equipment, gardening and sitting outside reading a good book.  I work at a used bookstore, run a crafting group with my friends the Cleveland Craft Coalition, own and operate ZombieSocks ( and manage my friends massage therapy business, Essence of Tranquility.  In addition to that, I love a good smoothie, pizza and cup of coffee (although not all at the same time.)  I hang out on Lake Erie a lot with my boyfriend, get up early and go birding, take my dogs to the park and basically never sit down (unless I’m sewing.)  I enjoy doing as much as possible, as often as possible and getting the most out of life.  I also LOVE Henry Rollins and Sarah Kramer.