Steve’s Antipasto Soup | Sauce – Today’s Ingredients

No slice no dice. Two hands, a can opener, a pot and a spoon is all you need to make lunches for a week plus a few at-home-meals.

Packed full of flavors, textures and exclamation points – Fly to Italy, Greece, Spain without leaving your kitchen!

Makes 23 cups


Ingredients: Steve waits till all these items are on sale. Use any brand you want, but these are good. Those grilled artichokes are super! If the recipe is too big for your pot, reduce the size (reducing by half works easiest.)

2,28 oz. cans diced tomatoes – Dei Fratelli brand

4 oz. jar chopped Roasted Garlic SPICE WORLD brand

0.42 oz. lightly dried basil by Gourmet Garden


5-3/4 oz. DELALLO MANZANILLA (green) OLIVES, including liquid

6 oz. DELALLO SMALL RIPE (pitted) BLACK OLIVES, including liquid

4.5 oz. jar sliced mushrooms including liquid – Pennsylvania Dutch brand

4.5 oz. jar sliced mushrooms including liquid – POLAR brand

12 oz. jar sweet red roasted pepper strips

2, 7 oz. jars Grilled Artichokes by Napoleon


15.5 oz. can cannellini beans by BUSH’S

16 oz. can garbanzo beans by BUSH’s

15 oz. can whole kernel corn including liquid by FULL CIRCLE


3 c. V-8 Vegetable Juice

12 oz. can tomato paste -I used HUNT’S

salt and pepper to taste


Optional: Top each serving with Follow Your Heart Vegan parmesan shreds.

For some of the meals we cooked up some Veggie Meatballs by Lightlife and served them with the antipasto.

For other meals we served it over cooked elbow macaroni with ridges – RACCONTO brand.


In extra-large soup pot, over medium heat, add all ingredients, except the parmesan and meatballs, stirring after each addition.

Bring to slow boil, then reduce heat and cook for approximately 30 minutes.

Salt and pepper to taste.

If desired, add other seasonings of choice. Steve, for this antipasto, wanted dried Greek oregano, a little brown sugar and a couple dashes of cinnamon.

Pack into microwaveable containers when cool enough.

If desired add 2 vegan meatballs per container, sliced in half and pan-fried till done.

Place the sauce on top of the meatballs. If desired, sprinkle with vegan parmesan.

Then sprinkle with fresh grind black pepper.

Both vegan products (meatball and parmesan) if you decide to use them will definitely wow you. But they are not required in this dish.


Notes: Lucky’s Market on Clifton Blvd. is where Steve primarily shops for the specialty items on sale.

For the non-specialty items he waits till they’re on sale at Sapell’s, Walgreen’s, Giant Eagle, Heinens, Aldi’s, Earth Fare, Whole Foods, probably the same markets you shop at. Everybody always has something on sale.

If you haven’t been to Lucky’s take a ride out. It’s new, different and lots of fun. You can get a pint of beer and 2 slices of pizza for 5$. You can also sip your beer or wine while you shop – low price on both

SLDT, the animal-free chef, at your service






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AFC HOT DOG EGG SALAD SPREAD

AFC HOT DOG EGG SALAD SPREAD

Fresh herbs, walnuts, grated carrot, vegan yeast, added to the ground tofu and meatless hot dogs make the spread more nutrient dense than others we’ve developed. This is our healthier spread! Serve on any bread or as a salad on a lettuce leaf. Tasty as always with enhanced texture from the added ingredients!

Makes 8 cups

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Imperial Chicken Salad – delight soy

IMPERIAL CHICKEN SALAD

Not your run of the mill chicken salad! I know I said I wasn’t going to cook on Christmas day, after cooking holiday dishes for two weeks, but Steve bought Lilly Belle five pounds of vegan popcorn nuggets for Christmas and I just had to make a chicken salad out of a portion of it. Technically I didn’t cook – I assembled. Like I said, not your ordinary chicken salad. Imperial!

Makes 8 cups

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Vegan Parmesan In A Shaker

Vegan Parmesan In A Shaker. And yes, it’s made by Follow Your Heart – the same people who make vegan parmesan shreds.

When I can locate it, I carry the shaker in my purse when going to restaurants that don’t serve vegan cheese and just sprinkle it on anything I like. Nobody says a word about it. In fact, most wait staff are intrigued. So don’t be shy, take it with you.

Now, to another matter. We have a problem in Cleveland, Ohio getting these two great products, because the vendors are unreliable. The stores (at least three that I know of) carry it, and they reorder when they’re out, but it doesn’t show up on the next delivery day or week or week after.  Frankly, we’re tired of asking where it is.

Follow Your Heart needs to step up their efforts and keep a better eye on what their vendors are doing. They could be ruining your business by not delivering the product. Or maybe it’s a problem at the Follow Your Heart level. Maybe you’re not making enough, shipping enough or just lack efficiency. You need to keep the product in the store. Not every so often, but as close as possible to always. The managers are ordering it. So where is it? Heinen’s is one of those places where they’re having difficulty getting the orders filled. So get on it – so we can rely on these two great products being available when we want them.

Otherwise, we’ll stop wanting your product. It’s too much work to be your  word of mouth advertisers, then your ‘follow the product’ people to see where it’s going or why it’s not being delivered. We’re not your charity workers. Fix the problem.






 

Italian Barbecue Sub Sandwiches

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Italian Barbecue Sub Sandwiches

Vegetarian Italian Grain Meat Sausage by Field Roast teamed with Guy Fieri Bourbon Brown Sugar barbecue sauce with excellent results! Served on a toasted sub roll with yellow mustard, ripe tomatoes and Follow Your Heart Vegan Bleu Cheese Salad Dressing.

This is a ‘how to get your husband out of bed on the Fourth of July after he worked all night’ sandwich!

Makes 5-6 small subs

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PLANT MEAT PATE

PLANT MEAT PATE 3

PLANT MEAT PATE

You can say it tastes like any animal you like. It’s still plant meat, and that’s the way hundreds of millions of people all over the globe prefer their meat – from a plant! Enjoy the brilliance of plants that provide what they were intended to provide – nourishment and pleasure!

Makes 2-1/4 cups

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VEGANEGG

VEGANEGG PKG. 2

It took awhile for me to get to this VEGANEGG by Follow Your Heart. Steve finally found it at the Westside Market, but when unpacking the bags I noticed it was outdated by over one year. I almost gave up on it, since the people who sold it gave us such a hard time over a refund, even though he admitted selling us an outdated product and even said he had one more like it.

Anyway, we finally got back to the market and even-exchanged it against my better business judgment, but in hindsight I’m glad I did. Even this one, though, didn’t have such a great code. May 28, 2017 and it’s mid-March. I think most people who sell vegan products wrongly think, that because they contain no animal products, the codes really don’t matter. They do. Codes do matter.

St. Patrick’s Day. Happy. Happy. Me alone with Lilly, not wanting to work so hard today, decided to experiment with this VEGANEGG.

I had already researched it and read some reviews, which were all a bit lack-luster. They talked about the sulphur smell, they didn’t cook up so much like scrambled eggs, think they were looking for an exact replica. Nothing special. So here we go.

I follow the instructions: 2 tablespoons of the egg powder, not packed, into bowl with 1/2 c. very cold water (better from refrigerator than faucet, which is good for me, since that’s where mine is – in the fridge).

Whisk it, or if you want fluffier eggs, then blend it, but because I was only making one portion (one egg) I thought a blender too much fuss for too little product. So I whisked it a lot.

The instructions next said to heat a little oil (I used margarine for more flavor) in skillet over medium high heat. Pour in egg mixture, watch it sizzle, then immediately start scrambling using a spatula, which I did.

It said it takes longer than scrambling a chicken egg, about 6-8 minutes to firm it up. It didn’t take that long. I then salted and peppered the egg as I continued to scramble, but not a whole lot of scramble, since I don’t like my scrambled eggs in little bits.

I tore 1 dairy-free American cheese single by Tofutti on top of eggs, then sprinkled them with a little Follow Your Heart Parmesan. Covered skillet for 1 minute, then folded the egg over onto itself till the cheese was soft and melted enough for me.

I plated the egg, squirted some ketchup on it and ate it right away.

This portion seemed like 2 large eggs to me, not 1 egg as the instructions indicated. But it’s been a long time since I’ve had an egg, so maybe they’re bigger these days – everything else is.

Frankly, I was pleasantly surprised by the result. Although the person reviewing the egg on the internet was correct about the sulphur smell, it was only when I opened the bag. The cooked egg didn’t have a strong odor of anything. It was really like cooking a chicken egg, and now I’m looking forward to making an omelet, then trying some other stuff with it.

Prices vary across the internet, so shop around. I would buy these in bulk, to lower the price, if I could get a good code.

Lilly Belle loved them. I’m impressed with the VEGANEGG and am looking forward to making them for Steve.

VEGANEGG PLATE 1

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FOLLOW YOUR HEART CAESAR SALAD DRESSING

VEGAN CAESAR SPINACH SALAD 1

Hey, if you’ve got the money and not the time, use Follow Your Heart Caesar Salad Dressing for your Caesar salads!

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FOLLOW YOUR HEART PARMESAN CHEESE

FOLLOW YOUR HEART PARMESAN ON PLATE

DAIRY FREE.

I had my doubts. Was I pleasantly surprised. Looked like parmesan, smelled like parmesan, tasted like parmesan. I didn’t even try to melt it, since it tasted so good right out of the container.

The fill is small – in the container. The product is not easily obtainable. I bought mine from Vegan Essentials online. And of course it’s expensive.

I thoroughly enjoyed the miracle of plant parmesan! And Follow Your Heart made it happen. Thank you.






SAUTEED SPIRAL BEETS AND ONION

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SAUTEED SPIRAL BEETS AND ONION

Great side dish vegetable. Tastes like fatty game. Don’t ask. Just be assured there are no animal products, and enjoy!

Serves 2-4

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FOLLOW YOUR HEART PROVOLONE

Follow Your Heart Provolone textures unlike their other cheeses. In fact, I was surprised to find that it textured much like Field Roasts’s Chao cheeses. Beautiful!

It’s one of those singles that you can eat plain and thoroughly enjoy. The flavor is mild and pleasant. No downside in flavor and texture.

I prefer to sandwich it as is in a veggie sub or sandwich. But it also melts. If using in a sandwich melt, or to top a veg burger, then bring to room temperature first for quicker melting.






 

ROASTED BEET BURGERS

MY BEET BURGER 1

ROASTED BEET BURGERS

Large roasted beets, cut into 1/2 inch steaks and served on a pumpernickel bun with veggie mayo, mustard, lettuce, Creamy Original Chao Cheese by Field Roast and Manicini Fried Peppers with Onion. A great way to enjoy a burger if you don’t eat animals and can’t find veggie replacement meats where you live. Made especially for you by me!

Making 1 burger at a time, from previously roasted beets

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