Vegan Sausage and Peppers

I like to make food from scratch as much as possible, but with a recent move I didn’t have much time to cook (or blog, sorry guys!). Things are finally settling down, and I’m getting organized in my new kitchen. Sometimes when life is hectic you just need a quick dinner that’s still yummy and satisfying. This one fits the bill!

Sausage and PeppersIn this recipe, I used Field Roast Smoked Apple Sage vegan sausages. Field Roast also has Italian and Mexican Chipotle vegan sausages which you could try as well, but the Smoked Apple Sage ones are my favorite. Of course you could also make your own vegan sausages if you have a recipe you like and plenty of time to spare! This is a quick and easy vegan version of an old classic.

Ingredients:

4 Field Roast Smoked Apple Sage vegan sausages
1 green pepper
1/4 red onion
4 – 5 cloves of garlic
olive oil
salt and pepper
small handful of fresh basil
4 – 5 rolls

Directions:

  • Slice the sausages into bite size pieces. Chop the pepper and thinly slice the red onion.
  • Saute the sausages, pepper, and onion until the edges of the sausage are golden and a little crispy and the onions are translucent.
  • Press or mince the garlic and add it to the pan to saute.
  • Thinly slice the basil. Add the basil, salt, and pepper to taste. Saute for another minute for the basil to wilt slightly, then remove from heat.
  • Slice the rolls and fill them with the sausage and pepper mixture. Top with mustard, ketchup, or your favorite topping and enjoy!
  • A Very Vegan Day in New York City

    A little while back I had a nice (and very vegan) day in NYC, and I wanted to share a few of the places I visited. They’re all in the same neighborhood and would make a nice day out if you find yourself in NYC needing something to do. I often plan outings based on where there are vegan restaurants I want to try. This particular day started with a stop for bagels with tofu cream cheese at Russ & Daughters, which I’ve mentioned in previous posts. This is a tiny little shop with a lot of character. It was packed when we went in, so I thought it would take a while for us to get our bagels. They were so quick we were in and out in only a couple minutes. The bagels were really yummy too! Definitely a good way to start the day.

    We then went to the Tenement Museum, not vegan, but very interesting! They have tenements that are still set up how they were in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s when there was a big influx of immigrants to NYC. They have various tours, and the one we went on focused on the start of the textile industry in the area. I would definitely recommend a visit to this museum if you’re interested in the history of NYC or American immigrants. After the museum, we made a stop at Moo Shoes, which is a vegan shoe store right down the street from the museum. I didn’t end up buying any shoes, but it was nice to be able to browse and not have to worry about avoiding leather and suede.

    After checking out a few more shops in the area we were hungry again, so we headed over to Caravan of Dreams, which was only a few blocks away. This place has a low key, relaxed atmosphere and the food was really tasty. We tried the Seitan Taquitos and the Applewood Smoked Tofu Sandwich. Both were really yummy and I would get them again. They have a lot of raw options on their menu as well. I definitely want to go back sometime! Unfortunately I only had my phone for pictures, so sorry about the low quality. After dinner, we went to Lula’s Sweet Apothecary, a tiny little vegan ice cream shop. They have vegan ice cream cones, sundaes, rootbear floats, shakes, etc. Our ice cream looked so good, we didn’t even stop to take pictures! It was the perfect way to end a day out in New York.

    Vegan Breakfast Month – Odd n’ Ends Breakfast Tips

    My vegan breakfast themed month is nearing an end. Hopefully some of the recipes I’ve posted have given you some inspiration for new vegan breakfast options. I’ll wrap up the theme with a few odds n’ ends vegan breakfast tips that didn’t seem worthy of a entire blog post individually.

    Pancakes:

    I didn’t include a pancake recipe in the breakfast month, because vegan pancake recipes are pretty abundant and easy to find. I like making regular pancakes from scratch as well as various flavors like banana, apple oatmeal, etc. It’s pretty easy and quick to make pancakes from scratch, but if you want them even quicker, try out Cherrybrook Kitchen’s vegan pancake and waffle mix. It really can’t get much easier, and they turn out pretty well.

     

    For veganizing baked goods recipes, I usually just switch out Ener-G Egg Replacer powder for the eggs, soy or almond milk for the milk, agave for honey, and Earth Balance vegan butter for butter or margarine. Most of the time recipes can be easily veganized using these or other substitutes.

    Soy or Coconut Yogurt Parfait:

    Making a parfait out of soy or coconut yogurt, some defrosted frozen berries, and your favorite granola is a simple and satisfying vegan breakfast. I like to pack this up to take to work with me. I put the frozen berries in with the yogurt. They keep it cold and are mostly defrosted by the time I get to work. Keep the granola in a separate container so it doesn’t get soggy. I’ll also sometimes eat this as a dessert when I want something sweet, but don’t want to eat something more sugary like ice cream or cookies.

    Bagels:

    Bagels are easy to grab on the go or take with you. If you haven’t already tried Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, it’s definitely worth a try. It can also be used in dessert recipes that call for cream cheese. The best bagels, in my opinion, come from NYC. If you live in New York or are here for a visit, I would recommend getting a bagel at Ess-a-Bagel. They have the best bagels I’ve ever had, and they also offer a variety of tofu cream cheeses including scallion, vegetable, raisin walnut, herb, and others. Another good bagel place is Russ & Daughters. It’s a small little store that was packed when I went, but they are surprisingly efficient. We were in and out really quickly. They also offer tofu cream cheese in plain, scallion, and vegetable.

    Smoothies:

    I’ve lost count of how many blenders I’ve broken trying to make smoothies, but they are tasty and a good way to start the day. My biggest tip is to use frozen fruit, and no ice. The frozen fruit won’t break your blender and won’t dilute the taste of the smoothie like ice will. Play with your favorite fruit or veggie combinations, add some soy or almond milk or some soy or coconut yogurt, a little peanut butter or almond butter, and throw in some vegan protein powders like hemp or soy protein for an extra boost. I would strongly advise not using pea protein. It just doesn’t taste very good, and it’s very dominant and difficult to mask.

    Hot Cereals:

    Oatmeal is a great staple for a vegan breakfast, but you can also branch out and try other hot cereals like cream of wheat, grits, rice, and other mixed grain cereals. Add some nuts, a little brown sugar or maple syrup, some raisins, and you have a filling and fairly healthy vegan breakfast.

    Granola Bars:

    If you need something quick that’s easy to take with you, a vegan granola bar is a good choice. There are two brands that I like, NuGo Organic and Pro Bar. These are also great to pack on a trip where vegan options might be limited. If you need a quick snack because you can’t find any vegan options, they’re great to have on hand.

    Kitten-Proofing and Vegan Recipe Journal

    I apologize, I have been remiss in posting this week! It’s been a busy week. I am currently entranced in kitten-proofing my apartment. I’ve been thinking about getting a cat for a little while now, and finally went and looked at a few over the weekend. I was originally thinking of getting a young to middle aged cat, not a kitten, but man those kittens are too cute to resist! I really fell for two cats (of course) and contemplated whether I could fit two into my little apartment, but sense won out and I had to choose only one. I’ll be welcoming this little guy home on Saturday 🙂

    Sorry for the blurry photo. Kittens don’t really like to sit still for very long.

    Kitten distractions aside, I do have another recipe in the works, and it’s a tasty one, I promise! In the meantime, check out this Vegan Recipe Journal I found at Barnes and Noble. I couldn’t resist buying it. I’ve found it’s really useful to jot down my recipes as I’m cooking. Oftentimes I make up or change recipes as I go, and then don’t remember exactly what I did. This helps me keep track of everything I’m using as I go so I can replicate things that come out well. I know I could just write it down in a regular journal, but I kind of like the way this one is organized. There’s even a glossary so you can keep track of what pages your recipes are on. It also has some basic info about veganizing recipes with milk, butter, cheese, and egg alternatives. Definitely handy!

    Vegan Brownie Mix

    Every now and then I peruse the Whole Foods shelves to see if any new vegan products have appeared, and this weekend I found a vegan brownie mix. Yum! I don’t know if it’s new or I just haven’t noticed it before, but of course I had to buy it and try it out. I also bought a vegan pancake mix by the same brand, but haven’t tried it yet.

    The mixes are made by Cherrybrook Kitchen. They specialize in allergy free cake, cookie, brownie, and pancake mixes. In addition to being vegan, some of their mixes are peanut free for people with allergies and they also offer gluten free mixes.

    It’s not like I can’t make brownies from scratch, but sometimes you want a quick treat that only requires a few ingredients. The brownies came out pretty well, though they are a bit cakier than I think brownies should be. I had to cook them longer than the directions specified. They called for 16-18 minutes, but the middle was still pretty liquid after that long. I left them in for about 5-6 more minutes before they seemed firm enough to take out. Interestingly enough, after a couple days in the fridge, they have a more browny-ish texture and I like them better. (I know, I’m surprised they lasted that long too!)