Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day everyone!! Wow it is such a perfect day to celebrate the awesome women who are known by the unifying name of, “mom.”  I think I speak for just about all of us when I say our moms deserve so much more then a day of dedication.  Such hard working and caring individuals should be celebrated every day for all they do.

Charissa and I couldn’t possibly ask for a better mother.  This amazing woman puts all of her heart and soul into each one of her children like it was her only job.  A perfect example of how caring she actually is -> when we were babies she never once bought formula or pre-made baby food; before the baby bullet was even invented she would puree fresh food for us every meal.  I always talk about how important child nutrition is and she truly set us up for the healthy lifestyle we live today.

Like most girls, growing up we were not always the easiest two to deal with, hehe :), but like the super woman she is she busted through our mood swings and temper tantrums that we would throw on an all too regular basis.  Though there will always be those days where you want to rip each others hair out, there really is no bond that could even relate to that of a mother and her child.  So today I really hope that everyone is taking the time to fully thank their mothers for the often less then perfect hand they may have to deal with on those, ehem, rare… occasions.  I sure am.

Thank you mom for always being there for us, helping us through the stress and the difficult times and sharing in the many laughs along the way.  You have effected us in a way that we will never be able to fully express and for that we are ever grateful.   The last few years I have really gotten the opportunity to get closer to you and I am beyond excited to see what the future has in store for us!

Unfortunately Charissa and I were not able to be home for Mother’s Day due to work obligations but we did get to spend Friday night and Saturday with her! Friday our brother and his girlfriend joined us for a wine tasting at a fairly new winery in our area for a wine tasting.  While all were delicious, of course, we really enjoyed a new sparkling moscato that they saved for last.  After we got our drink on at Four Daughters Vineyard, we went home for a delicious homemade Chinese meal and some of our dad’s homemade port, yum!!

Saturday we made our parents Cinnamon French Toast and had a lazy day of laying out in the sun and gardening with the parents.  The night definitely would not have been complete without a boatload of grilled vegetables and our Baked Portabella Mushrooms!

For other dinner ideas to cook for mom tonight check out our Main Event page! And remember, it’s mother’s day for many of those animals out there as well, so be respectful and don’t eat their kids! 🙂

Before I sign out and lay in the sun here’s a fun Mother’s Day fact for you!

A mother giraffe often gives birth while standing, so the newborn’s first experience outside the womb is a 6-foot drop! Ha!

Thank you again to all of the mothers out there, we really do appreciate all that you do!

Cinnamon Vegan French Toast

I did it! Another semester complete and one step closer to graduation.  As you all know by now, this semester definitely was a busy one for me so I’m excited for a little break before summer term. After months of doing nothing but burying my nose in the books, I decided to take a morning to do nothing but relax and create a new breakfast recipe.

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After sleeping in I heated up the ol’ cast iron skillet and enjoyed my coffee while listening to the Today Show in the background.  Man was this a change of pace! Such a relaxing morning called for the boss of all breakfasts, French Toast!  Now there are plenty of vegan recipes out there for this breakfast but I have yet to find one that hits the spot with a crusty and sweet but slightly savory flavor.  So I set out with that goal as my guide and created a Cinnamon Vegan French Toast that is celebration worthy.

Cinnamon Vegan French Toast

  • ¼ cup Silken Tofu
  • 1 Tbs. Maple Syrup
  • 1 Cup + 3 Tbs Almond Milk
  • ¼ tsp. Vanilla
  • ½ tsp. Cinnamon
  • Dash of Salt
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Tbs Milled Flax Seed
  • 1 Cinnamon Tea Bag (I used Good Earth Spicy and Sweet Tea)
  • 2 Pieces Bread (I used Ezekiel)

Fruity Topping

  • 1 Tbs Favorite Jelly
  • 1 Tbs Silken Tofu
  • 2 Tbs Almond Milk

Brew the teabag in 1 cup of milk until you get a strong cinnamon flavor.  When you remove the bag make sure you squeeze it well.  Prepare one flax egg by whisking together the flax seed with 3 Tbs of the brewed tea and set aside until gelatinous and cooled to room temperature.

Using an emulsion blender or a food processor combine the silken tofu, maple syrup, 3 Tbs. almond milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt together until smooth with no lumps remaining.  Combine the tofu mixture with the flax egg and set aside.

Preheat a skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high heat.  Dip the pieces of bread in the mixture and sprinkle one side lightly with nutritional yeast and salt.  Place the yeast side down on the skillet then sprinkle the other side.  After the first side has browned  (3-5 min)  flip the toast, re-spraying the skillet before putting the toast back down.  Let the second side brown then use the remaining tofu mixture to lightly coat both pieces of bread.  Sprinkle lightly with nutritional yeast once again and cook until both sides are crispy and brown.

To prepare the fruity topping simply blend all ingredients until smooth.

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The tea really enhances the cinnamon flavor!

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Your tofu mixture should be fairly thick and make sure you wait until the flax egg is jelly-like until you combine them.

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Sorry for the lighting! My kitchen light went out and when I tried changing the bulb it just went out right away again 😦

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The nutritional yeast gives it that browned look and the slightly savory taste that the egg would normally provide a classic French toast.

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Top your French toast with sautéed bananas, roasted almonds, maple syrup, butter, the fruity topping, or all of the above! Personally I really enjoyed the all of the above option as I am known to be a texture fiend 🙂

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For a more classic French toast you can go with the traditional butter and syrup, skipping the fruity topping..or…

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…go all out and try your favorite flavor! Another option you have is to add some of your favorite jelly to the tofu mixture that is used to coat the bread.

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Yumm look at those roasted bananas! I chose to sauté my almonds in the same skillet along with a little bit of maple syrup, milk, and salt.  Delish!

Do you have a favorite non-vegan meal that you would like veganized? We’re up for the challenge so let us know!