I LOVE Vegan Lunchbox! I bought her cookbook, and I can say it's kid tested, parent/kid approved. Really great stuff. I just made her cherry-chip carob brownies (my husband's allergic to chocolate - I know, what a cross to bear!) and they were totally awesome. I can't believe they have pureed prunes and dates in them. They are fudgey and great. I'm a chocolate fiend, and carob will never be chocolate IMHO, but they're awesome in their own right.
Re: breakfast sausage! I have concocted a recipe that I really like, and I posted it to another message board and have gotten positive responses about it. Here it is, hope it works for you!
2 cups beans (or 1 14-oz can) drained (I usually use black, but experiment!)
1/2 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
2 T Braggs (or soy sauce or tamari)
1 egg (I'm sure you could replace this with flax meal or En-R-Gee egg replacer to make it vegan)
1/2-3/4 cup rolled oats (not instant)
1 T fennel seeds
1 t dried basil
1 t dried oregano
1/2 t dried sage
1/2 t red pepper flakes
Put everything in a food processor and pulse until chunky, adding a little water or onion if it's too dry or more oats if it's too wet (to test, just grab a small handful and try to form it into a sausage patty - it should stay formed reasonably well and not be too gloppy).
Heat a cast iron or nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add a little olive oil. When hot, add as many sausage patties as will fit (leaving room to flip over). Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over each of the patties while they fry. After about 5 minutes, flip over and salt and pepper the other sides. Cook until the other side browns, about 4-5 minutes more.
These are so good and easy. If you don't feel like frying up the whole batch at once, just pop the mix in the fridge and fry it up as you need. The mixture even holds together a little better after it's been refrigerated!
This is a great recipe to experiment with - I added some chipotle peppers once with great results.
Edited by: CHESSAKAT at: 1/26/2008 (16:44)
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