Posts Tagged 'Fruits and Vegetables'


So, like always, I love experimenting with new foods. I’m really into vegetarian/vegan foods right now because I find them really, really intriguing. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t agree with how farm animals are treated, but its really the substitutions that really get me. I was looking at a brownie recipe (that looked really, really delicious!) that did not use any granulated sugar at all. Instead, they used brown rice syrup. I did not know that rice can make syrup! I mean, if you look at it biologically, any plant can make sugar, seeing as they create their own glucose… but… really, I find that so fascinating.

Another thing I find quite interesting is vegan Jell-0. Of course vegans do not use gelatin because its an animal product, so what is substituted is Ager-ager. Auger is derived from seaweed. I used this stuff on a almost daily basis in my microbiology class to culture and grow bacteria! Who knew you could actually eat it. I think I might share that with my professor on Tuesday.

So, asked the boy what he’d like for dinner. I got the usual “I dunno” answer. Off to the grocery store we went. I had earlier saw a vegetarian rice and bean recipe on the internet that I was interested in making. I’m starting with simple recipes because I don’t want to screw something up, have it taste, horrible, and then have the boy be turned off to vegetarian dishes. I am on a never ending quest to get him to eat more veggies and healthier.

So this is what I cooked up:

Brown rice
Carrot (shredded)
Black beans
Firm tofu (cubed, which will turn into smaller pieces from the stir-frying)
Diced tomato and juice
2 garlic cloves
Black pepper
Fresh oregano
Fresh basil
Sazon (Spanish seasoning, orange color)
Chili powder

It was very, very tasty, and I will make it again. If you do not like chili powder, you can always omit that ingredient. I know some people do not like peppers. The boy had two servings and didn’t pick out the beans or carrots! This meal was defiantly full of win. Mission complete.

Here is a photo of my sleeping dog I want to share. Don’t mind the messed up wall behind her. Shes such a silly dog.


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