Saturday, January 26, 2013

Restaurant Review: 3 Brothers Pizza

Yes, that's the door of 3 Brothers Pizza!
(you can see their whole vegan menu on their site)

Unfortunately, we had to drive to Long Island last week. Don't get me started about the toll for the George Washington Bridge ($13!!!!). Plus the Throg's Neck...both ways....sheesh.

Anyway, I did some research to see what kind of vegan food was nearby and I found this place in Rockville Centre, NY (near Baldwin). They have a whole vegan menu! Tons of appetizers, entrees, pasta dishes, and pizza. Wow! We got there right when it opened, so they weren't completely ready yet (chairs still on the tables, etc.). It was nice inside and the waitress was very pleasant. I immediately ordered a soy cappuccino. So good!

I was torn because I originally wanted pizza. But.....I make pizza at home and the only difference here was the Daiya cheese. So we all went for non-pizza dishes. But, since I'd probably never be there again and love trying vegan places, we ordered appetizers:

Mozzarella sticks (made with Daiya) I LOVED these:

Oyster Mushroom Calamari (not really my thing, but they liked them):

Buffalo Soy Drumsticks (not my thing either, but they were ok):

Tofu Crab Cakes (SO DELICIOUS!!):

And as if we weren't already stuffed, we ordered....

Penne alla Vodka (pretty darn good):

Marsala They didn't have the spinach (can't remember if it was seitan or tofu...didn't try it):

Tempeh Parmesan (very good, even though you can't really see the tempeh under the Daiya):

Seitan Cacciatore  They were out of polenta (not my thing...capers, ick...S loved it!):

Their desserts hadn't been delivered yet, so they put these things on our table, free of charge (they were hot and delicious!):

These photos were all from my phone, so I'm sorry for the blurriness... 

Overall, I'm really glad we went. We had a good time with friends, spent a couple of hours there....eating, drinking.....p.s. S had some vegan wine (I think it's actually called "The Vegan Wine"). 

If I were in the area (which to be honest, I hope I'm not)...I'll definitely stop in there again! Mozzarella sticks please!! 

For pasta dishes, you have the option of getting whole wheat or gluten free, for a small extra fee. And I believe you can do the same for the pizzas. They have vegan cheese options too: Daiya or Teese!

Thank you, 3 Brothers Pizza, for a great afternoon! (I think it has new owners now....the vegan brother has moved on...hopefully they keep the vegan menu)

You can find them on Facebook too. Do follow them there, as they give out discounts from time to time...we used it to our advantage :)

Eat smart,

Monday, January 21, 2013

Subscription Winners

Thanks to those that entered the Zinio it turns out, you are ALL winners!

I will be emailing them directly with your full name, email address and the name of the magazine you wish to receive:

Samantha R. (since you did not leave me info, please comment here with your info or email me!)
MaryAnn (please get me your info as well,  I can't find a way to contact you!)

I will contact you to get your information. Please get back to me by Wednesday, January 23rd, so I can email Zinio by the deadline!


Eat smart,

Monday, January 14, 2013

Sprouted Lentil Hummus


I love lentil sprouts. I recently ordered the Peasant Mix from SproutPeople (as well as the Moo Mix and I think the French Garden Mix). I have their small sprouter as well, which I love. But in this green multiple tray sprouter, I went for the mixed lentils this time. They are awesome, however I probably made too much at once. I'm not sure how long they last in the fridge.....anyone? 

I usually just sprout the regular ol' cheap lentils you get in a bag at the grocery store. Those are good too! You should try those first, if you've never done lentil sprouts before. Then you can go fancy :)

I had so many sprouts, I needed to use them in something besides just adding them to my salads. So...I added them into my hummus and it's delicious!

Sprouted Lentil Hummus:

1 can garbanzo beans
1 cup sprouted lentils
1 clove garlic
1 small tomato or roasted red pepper
Juice of 1 lemon
salt to taste

Blend all together in a food processor until the lentils are mostly broken down. Add more lemon juice if you'd like!

 (without sprouts)

(with sprouts)

What other kinds of hummus do you like?

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Avocado dressing

AVOCADO!!! It's a good fat!

Are you bored with your salads? I admit that sometimes I just don't want a salad.....same thing every time. But it doesn't have to be. These days I eat a salad for lunch almost everyday. Here are a few awesome ingredient ideas for your salads:

Replace your lettuce with arugula, kale, spinach, or a nice red leaf lettuce.
Add raw beets or roasted red peppers for sweetness and color.
Add avocado!
Orange/tangerine/grapefruit wedges? (not my thing, but a lot of people like it)
Beans....garbanzo (chickpeas), black beans, lima beans.
Corn, tomatoes, and black beans added make for a nice Mexican style salad!
Sprinkle hemp seeds or raw sunflower seeds on top.
Sprouts....go crazy! Lentil sprouts, broccoli sprouts, clover sprouts...or just plain alfalfa.
and of course.....chopped broccoli, celery, and cucumbers :)

Salad doesn't need to be plain. And to top it off, try a fresh new dressing! Some of my favorites are in the original Forks Over Knives book. My favorite is the OJ Hummus dressing.

Or just top your salad with hummus....or guacamole! Delicious and good for you.

Try this one:

Fresh Avocado Dressing:

1 Hass Avocado
juice of 1/2-1 lemon (depending how lemony you like it)
1 tbsp Creole seasoning (or salt and cayenne pepper)
1/2 cup+  water
optional: handful of basil leaves

Scoop out the avocado and put it in a blender or food processor. Add juice from 1/2 the lemon (to start) and the seasoning. Blend. Add the rest of the lemon juice if you want it more lemony. Add a little water at a time until you get your desired consistency. I like mine on the thick, yet pourable side. 

I've previously posted a slightly different version (but close!). You can find it on the recipes tab.

Coming up: More hummus ideas
                  Vegg reviews (a vegan egg yolk??)

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What are your favorite salad ingredients?

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Super Soft Ginger Cookies

GINGER!!! So good and good for you!

I hadn't baked anything in a while, so I was flipping through some cookbooks looking for something good to make. I adapted this recipe from Dreena Burton's Gingery Cookies (Let Them Eat Vegan).

Super Soft Ginger Cookies (Gluten Free):
(makes about 12 cookies)

1 cup Gluten Free oat flour
1/3 cup almond flour/meal
1/4 cup raw cane sugar (+ extra to coat cookies)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon 
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
optional: handful of chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix. At this point, mix in the chocolate chips, if using. 

Take spoonfuls of the batter and roll into a ball. Roll it in the sugar then place on parchment paper or silicone mat on a baking sheet. Flatten the cookie a bit with your hands. Repeat until all batter is used. Bake for about 11-12 minutes. Remove and let cool. Transfer to cooling rack.

These cookies are VERY soft! You can try baking them a bit longer to see if they will get crispier...or let them dry on the cooling rack longer. 

OPTION: try using less sugar...these were really sweet.

Next up......really easy avocado dressing for your salads!

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