Wednesday, September 03, 2008

How do you like YOUR weenies?

I had some tofu dogs to use up and was in the mood for "beanie weenies". Basically baked beans with hot dogs cut up into them. Only I forgot to pick up meat free baked beans when we went grocery shopping. Being as I did have some barbque sauce to use as well(which tasted fine but was too mild and too thin) and a can of mixed beans, we were still in business! It's important to remember that vegetables are part of vegan eating. It is easy to get totally caught up in the meat substitutes and starchy foods like pasta and potatoes. I love veggies, so that is not a problem with me! I sauteed some onion and green pepper, and a sliced jalapeno from my garden (very mild this year, even with the seeds left in). Then I added half the can of beans - drained and rinsed of course, gotta reduce that sodium! - and about 1/4 cup of barbeque sauce. I didn't want them too sweet or overtaken by the sauce which would happen if I added 1/2 cup of it or more. But the beans still needed some simmering to bring all the flavours together. I added a bit of veggie stock to fulfill that. Cut in two tofu dogs, and let it all simmer until it was saucy and the beans were perfectly tender. Tofu dogs are too soft and their skins too tough for eating on a bun, I found. But sliced and mixed into beans (or even a thick soup or stew)? Yummy. They have that real hot dog smell, and the flavour too although it's a bit muted. A big bowl of beans and doggies, and some whole grain bread slathered with vegan margarine. Good dinner. Now if DH and DD would only stop making faces. Not at the tofu dogs, believe it or not, but rather the onions and peppers. Sheesh.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Say it isn't so, Tootsie!

You may or may not know, but for now I am not eating meat or dairy. Just because. Anyway. I am not being fanatical about it. I'm not going out of my way to find bread and stuff that is completely dairy free, but I do use vegan margarine (for example). Still, I have been reading labels and it is interesting what ingredients lurk in places you never expected. Some boys were selling tootsie rolls for....I don't know. Charity? To raise money for their sports team? To support their crack habit? Who cares. It was right after my workout, I was starving, and it was a TOOTSIE roll. Now, I had a good idea there would be milk ingredients in there. I was going to eat it anyway. But being nosey I read the ingredients all the same. And came to a screeching halt! Yes, I saw the expected milk ingredients. But it was something completely unexpected that was the deal breaker - hydrogenated vegetable oil. DEADLY HYDROGENATED FATS IN MY TOOTSIE ROLL?!?! How could this be? I have fond memories of getting a tube shaped bank full of mini-tootsie rolls for christmas (maybe for other holidays as well). Or the oddly varied sizes and shapes of tootsie rolls at halloween (which have gladly been brought back, with the addition of those lovely flavoured ones). For me, they ranked right up there with kraft caramels and chocolate bars when divying the goody pile. Just chocolate enough, sweet but not cloying, as close to fudge as you can be without being fudge at all. Not exactly taffy but heavenly to chew. I mean, what is not to like? Killer death oil ingredients, that's what. Crap. What's next? Cyanide in the pop-rocks? Arsenic sprinkled on dill pickle potato chips? Sigh. I wouldn't let DD eat the tootsie roll either, I threw it away. DH thinks I have lost my mind (well, even more than usual) - either that or the tofu is affecting me in a very bad way. I explained that if I think hydrogenated fats are poison and won't eat them, then I wouldn't feed them to anybody I love either. I also sweetly told him to shut it lest I start lacing his lunches with bits of tootsie roll. It would be like the perfect crime, to poison him with nostalgia. No court in the land would convict me. BWA HA HA HAAA! Yeah. He said I am not funny. *Snort*