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it’s a little more than a mixed green salad

Posted by vegetablediaries on October 11, 2009

grilled vegetable salad from The Landing Grill and Sushi Bar

grilled vegetable salad from The Landing Grill and Sushi Bar

sometimes i get surprised to find a vegan meal in unexpected places. usually if i go to a non-vegan-friendly restaurant there will at least be a mixed greens salad or something similar to order but i was happy to find a big grilled vegetable salad on the menu at The Landing Grill and Sushi Bar located in westlake village. the salad was fresh and filling, and i ate it with balsamic and olive oil. i think the other vegan item on the menu was pasta but i wasn’t feeling a pasta mood, so i stuck with the salad.

we sat outside next to the ducks..

ducks at the lake!

ducks at the lake!

a little bunny hopping..

bunny & duck

bunny & duck

The Landing Grill and Sushi Bar
32123 Lindero Canyon Road
Westlake Village, CA 91361
818-706-8887

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*monkey bites* raw vegan banana granola

Posted by vegetablediaries on October 11, 2009

monkey bites from Rawk-n-Roll Cuisine

monkey bites from Rawk-n-Roll Cuisine

i must say that the packaging really grabbed me on this raw vegan granola snack from Rawk-n-Roll Cuisine. when something says “monkey bites,” combined with raw and vegan i will stop and listen (or read). well, the monkey bites are little clusters of banana granola made from buckwheat, oat groats, bananas, raisins, dates, agave and cinnamon. all of the the ingredients are organic and for 5 oz. it was about $5.99 at whole foods. this is a very healthful and fun treat; however, prepare to chew a lot! that’s a good thing though.

up close to the monkey bites

up close to the monkey bites

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m cafe de chaya- mmm, dessert

Posted by vegetablediaries on October 6, 2009

carrot cake from m cafe de chaya

carrot cake from M Cafe de Chaya

it’s officially fall in many parts of the world, except for maybe here in southern california.. and to celebrate i ate a slice of carrot cake from M Cafe de Chaya! i must say the people at the M patisserie really know their carrot cakes. although i found the frosting too sweet, i enjoyed the walnuty, raisiny, autumny warmth of this dessert. i also bought a gingersnap cookie but i ate in the car while driving home! the cookie was crisp but it also had a nice chewiness from the molasses and raisins. i quite enjoyed it. there are so many sweets to sample at M Cafe. they do tend to sell out of things in the early evening so be quick if you need a dessert fix!

carrot cake from M Cafe de Chaya

carrot cake from M Cafe de Chaya

M Cafe also serves up great non-dessert items like sandwiches, salads, sushi (they do serve fish but none of their products contain dairy), wraps, and more. they call themselves contemporary macrobiotic cuisine; however don’t let that scare you away, the food is tasty! i visited their location on melrose but there are other locations in culver city and beverly hills.

M Cafe de Chaya
7119 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
323-525-0588
www.mcafedechaya.com

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where’s the beef? and…

Posted by vegetablediaries on October 3, 2009

vegetable diaries' black bean and tempeh burger

vegetable diaries' black bean and tempeh burger

where’s the bun? here is just one of many ways to enjoy a meat-less, bun-less burger! i used black beans here but you can use whatever bean you prefer. as for the spices you can take out the dried basil and oregano and add BBQ seasoning, or whatever other spices you enjoy. i can imagine a blend of cumin, paprika, and coriander would make for a nice and spicy burger. lastly, you definitely want to get a blackened char on the patties. this will help you to flip the burger but it also makes it YUM. enjoy!

Black Bean Tempeh Burgers

Ingredients:

15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained (you can use any kind of bean)
8 oz. package of tempeh
4 carrots, shredded
1 bunch of green scallions, chopped
8 tbsp more or less of tamari
1 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper (i like a lot)
2 tbsp dried oregano
2 tbsp dried basil
½ tsp red chili flakes (or more)
2 or 3 tbsp water (more or less)

Method:

Once the black beans are rinsed and drained put them in a big bowl and mash. Next crumble the tempeh into small chunks with your hands and add to the beans. Add all of the remaining ingredients and combine well. I usually use my hands to get everything together. You can cook the burgers immediately, but you can also put the mixture in the fridge to marinade.

Heat your skillet to medium-high and add about 2 tbsp olive oil. The pan should be nice and hot. Next take about ½ cup of the burger mixture and create a patty with your hands. Cook for about 5-7 minutes on each side. The burgers should have a blackened char. Enjoy with lettuce and fresh tomatoes!

Serves 6

ed: i used 8 tbsp of San-J wheat-free organic tamari and did not find it to be salty. if you are concerned about the sodium, i recommend starting out with 4 or 5 tbsp of tamari and to taste as you go along. you can always add more tamari if you need it.

waiting for a mouth

waiting for a mouth

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ethiopian on the ready

Posted by vegetablediaries on October 2, 2009

Rahel's miser (red lentils)

Rahel's miser (red lentils)

well, here we are on day two of vegan mofo (vegan month of food)! i’m lacking a kitchen at the moment but in the meantime i’ve been able to sample some prepared meals at whole foods. most things haven’t excited me, however i found some ethiopian food from the los angeles restaurant, Rahel Ethiopian Veggie Cusine. everything is vegan and i’m really quite fond of the miser- red lentils with injera. it’s around $6.50, which seems a bit pricey, but i ate one half for lunch and i’ll save the other half for tomorrow. i cooked up some spicy savoy cabbage on the electric skillet and it went perfectly with the lentils. i’ll post the recipe for the cabbage later. there will also be a review of Rahel’s restaurant soon to come. hold on to your pants!

packaging

packaging

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