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Victoria is an award winning songwriter, performer, band leader and jewelry design artist. Depictions of her handmade jewelry appear @ GoodnessInTheCosmos.etsy.com, in art galleries, magazines and journals. Organic and vegan, Victoria aims to make the world more beautiful and harmonious with her music,spiritual art jewelry and support of organic vegan living. Victoria enjoys all things food related, cooking, growing and of course eating her organic heirloom/rare plants grown from seed in her urban garden. Please like the facebook page: www.facebook.com/GoodnessInTheCosmosShowcase, and visit her webstore GoodnessInTheCosmos.etsy.com and blogs: goodnessinthecosmos.wordpress.com for vegan living, music and jewelry posts and livingintheshadowofthechurch.wordpress.com for ministry related posts. foodforavegan.wordpress.com for inspirational photos of organic vegan food.

Vegan Idili Sambar

Idili Sambar

One of my favorite South Indian foods is idili sambar. it is considered to be a ‘complete’ protein of steamed rice and bean buns.

I made this with urad daal (like a split white lentil), basmati rice, both were a new organic brand from India.

First clean everything well, then soak over night. Then clean again and grind the beans and rice up and leave overnight to ‘ferment’.  The next day you will have a nice bubbly batter to use.

You can use the batter to steam the idili, if you don’t have an idili steamer, you can use a steamer with pyrex flat container and cut the idili in cubes, or even muffin tins if you don’t mind aluminum cook wear (I do mind, so don’t do this way). Just make sure you oil the container, which ever one you use. It you are using an idili cooker, then I dip a paper towel in the oil and spread it around.

It will take you a few tries to get it right, but eventually you may become an idili expert.

As for the sambar, it is basically a lentil (red/yellow) soup with veggies in it.  Make it how you want, but we like it spicy. In this version, I have a lot of yellow squash in the garden, so that is what ended up in the stew.

There are lots of recipes online for this.

 

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Quick Vegan Mac n Cheese

Quick vegan mac n cheese

This was super quick:

Make your favorite small shaped pasta (here I have bowtie), then when the pasta is done put in a bowl and top with some shredded vegan cheese. Stir it up until melty.

If your’e vegan cheese is not melting then, put it back in the pot you cooked the pasta in to warm it up a bit more. Fast n easy!

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Vegan Loaded Nachos

Loaded Vegan Nachos

Loaded vegan Nachos!!

I cooked the nachos w/ cheese and soyrizzo,( In the oven at 375 for 15 minutes)  then topped it all with guacamole, olives, tomatoes, sweet peppers, vegan sour cream and salsa.

Vegan guacamole is easy to make. Get an avocado, moosh it up with a fork and stir in seasonings (like lime, cumin, chives, etc. what ever you like).

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Vegan Chili tacos

Chili Tacos

Make some chili, rice, etc. what ever you want, then put it in the taco. Make sure you are using organic corn tacos, soft or hard, as if they are not organic, they are probably not vegan (see previous posts on corn https://foodforavegan.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/the-only-vegan-corn-is-organic-corn/

Homemade vegan chili

My chili secret is to use chilies I grew myself, and to shred all of the veggies. Whatever veggies you put in (except celery or corn), they are better shredded, even the onions. Also, this is a great way to get kids to eat the chili and their veggies too!

Vegan chili tacos

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Vegan chili fries, Dog and Green Beans

Vegan chili fries, dog and green beans

Super easy to make vegan comfort food.

Put some vegan chili on top of fries. Make a vegan dog, top with your favorite condiments.  Boil the beans and serve when cooked.

The beans are from our garden, there are several organic varieties shown here.

 

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