Hello, My name is Tess, and I’m a blendaholic. I absolutely love my Vitamix – I use it at least three times a day and could never live without it. No matter what make and model of blender you’re using at home there are some tips that I share in my new book, THE BLENDER GIRL that will help you get the most bang for your buck with any machine. Even the high-end blenders with all of the bells and whistles need to be treated with care. Whilst they ARE powerful and extremely resilient, they are not indestructible. So, “help your machine help you” to get the best results with any blend.
Spring is here, and it's the perfect time to start thinking about freshening up your diet and getting more of those spring greens onto your plate. It's also the perfect time to pick up a copy of Tess Masters' brand new book The Blender Girl, which is a FABULOUS collection of easy, healthy and delicious recipes that will have you salivating from the minute you open up this beautiful book.
I love new recipes as much as the next guy or gal. But even more I love being able to maximize their pleasure by creating endless riffs on them. Following are four simple strategies I use to do that, and how you can to:
Getting creative in the kitchen is one of the most exciting things about being vegan. Often cooks who were not very adventurous in their pre-vegan days find themselves trying, and loving, all kinds of new ingredients and techniques, and falling in love with food all over again.
We've all heard about chia seeds, and know that we should probably eat lots of them. But if you're wondering about the best way to get more of them into your diet, then you'll want to tune in to this week on the Vegan Mainstream Cookbook Club. We are going to be featuring vegan chef Beverly Lynn Bennett, who has recently come out with a book called Chia: Using the Ancient Superfood. Beverly is an experienced vegan chef who has authored several other cookbooks and writes regularly for VegNews Magazine.
The athlete's body has special nutritional needs that need to be considered to maintain optimal performance—whether you're a casual gym-goer, a weekend warrior on the marathon circuit, or a pro. But how do you know you're covering all your food-related bases when you've decided to eliminate animal-based foods from your diet? And how can you be sure that you're getting the right nutritional balance so your performance doesn't suffer?
Yesterday we published an article from Bryanna Clark Grogan about vegan "meat of the fields" - an interesting history of where they came from, along with her take on making her own. In this article, Bryanna shared a recipe for homemade seitan, and we promised to follow with more great recipes today. Here they are! A pasta with "clam" sauce, an angel hair pasta with "scallops", and fried "sea meat scallops" with asparagus - promising to get your mouth watering! Note, you will need the recipe from yesterday - which you find here - for some of these recipes.
Delicious modern gluten/seitan/grain meat-based recipes abound on the Internet these days (often with the addition of other grain and legume flours), and in the pages of vegan cookbooks, but it’s difficult to find good recipes to satisfy those seafood cravings I was mentioning before. There are fewer seafood sub recipes online, and there are commercial products that I’ve read about, but they never seem to be available where I live. So I have had to devise my own recipes. There’s a “salmon” recipe in my book World Vegan Feast (Vegan Heritage Press, 2011), but what I miss the most is shellfish—not only the taste, but the texture. The basic recipe I’m going to share with you below is satisfying to me, versatile, inexpensive, freeze-able and relatively easy to make. (I’m also including some favorite recipes using the basic product.) I hope you will enjoy these homemade products as much as I do, and devise your own recipes for using them.
If you consider yourself a vegan foodie, you are in for a treat this week! Bryanna Clark Grogan, well known chef and author of World Vegan Feast (and seven other cookbooks), will be joining us on the Vegan Mainstream Cookbook Club!