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Hey everyone!  It’s been so long since I last blogged.  I really started to miss blogging.  This year has been so busy for me and I really wanted to share everything with the world.  I decided to create a brand new blog that describes who I am now.  The blog is called Vegan Chef Jay and it’s going to be filled with amazing recipes.  I am going to be sharing many recipes from our pizzeria/restaurant  3 Brothers Pizzeria Cafe, in Rockville Centre.  At the restaurant I am in charge of creating the whole vegan menu!  I am really exicted about this blog.  I am so happy to have a place to teach people how to cook my recipes at home!  If you have been following my blog, you will really like my new blog!

Hey  everyone!  It’s been a couple of days since I last blogged. 

Last week I made a very tasty and healthy Lentil & Escarole Soup from the Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen Cookbook. 

Lentil and Escarole Soup
 I have been wanting to try this soup for so long and I am glad I did.  It had a very nice taste to it and the lentils created a nice thick broth which I loved.   I don’t usually cook with lentils that much but this soup inspired me to use more lentils in my cooking!  I recently got these awesome vegetable broth concentrated packets from Trader Joe’s and I must say they rock!  They will definitely be used a lot in my kitchen!  They made this soup taste really good without the trouble of making a vegetable broth from scracth.  

On Saturday, I made another awesome dish that I have been wanting to make for so long!  I made the awesome Tofu Florentine from Veganomicon!
Tofu Flourentine
I though this was very fancy in my option from what I normally eat for breakfast/brunch.  The cheesy sauce rocks, I made mine with extra lemon.  I just love lemon, I always find my self using more than the recipe says.  I like how it gives food a nice light taste.  The broiled tofu used for the Florentine was really good, next time I would probably reduce the water for the basting liquid so the tofu is more concentrated with the soy sauce-lemon flavor.  I am so glad I found vegan English muffins!  I looked for them in my regular supermarket and they had milk in them, but when I went to Trader Joe’s I found some awesome ones.  This is definitely going to be a brunch regular! 

Here are some tester blondies from Isa and Terry’s upcoming cookie book!   These were really tasty! 
Blondies

Here’s my awesome and healthy green smoothie that I made tonight!
Green Smoothie
I have just gotten into the whole green smoothie thing.  The first one I made was awful, as I was low on fruit. Then I started experimenting and made a great tasting green smoothie!  This one was really good!  For this one I used some leftover Escarole from the lentil soup that I made earlier, spinach leaves, a carrot, a banana, a couple of strawberries and blueberries, celery, parsley, pears, orange juice, and flax seeds.  This blend makes a great tasting green smoothie and it is super healthy and makes you energized! Some of them may not look that good but the amount of vitamins you get from these is worth it! My family thinks it weird drinking green smoothies but I just tell them that you don’t know what your missing!  It’s so good as long as you have a perfect balance of fruit and vegetables.  I suggest everyone try a green smoothie, you’ll like it.  Just try different combinations and see which one you like.   Your body will thank you for sure!   

Alright everyone, blog to you soon in a few days!

Hey everyone! This is my 18th Vegan MoFo post. I don’t think I am going to have 20 post by tomorrow. Oh well. I have been a bit lazy this week in cooking. I just made a tagine and that’s it. I didn’t do much cooking. I promise you next week I will have a lot of interesting things on my blog! Anyways, I did a survey from Jess of Get Sconed.

What was the most recent tea you drank?
The most recent tea that I drank was camillolle tea.
What vegan forms do you post/lurk on? I post on The PPK forums. I think PPK is the best forum ever!
You have to have tofu for dinner, and it has be an Italian dish. What comes to mind first?
Eggplant Rollantinior Tofu Cutlets with Marinara
How many vegan blogs do you read on an average day?
I try to read all of my blogroll at least 3 times a week.
Besides your own, what is the most recent one you’ve read?
I just read Let’s Get Sconed which is an awesome blog!
If you could hang out with a vegan blogger that you haven’t met, who would it be, and what would you do?
I want to meet Isa! She has taught me so much about cooking through her books. She’s the best!
If you had to base your dinners for a week around one of the holy trilogy – tofu, seitan or tempeh, which would it be?
I love tofu! So many things you can do with it.
If you had to use one in a fight, which would it be?
Frozen Tofu
Name 3 meals you’d realistically make with that tough protein of choice!
Pecan Crusted Seitan, Panko Crusted Seitan with Saffron Cashew Cream Sauce, Fried Seitan
What’s a recipe in vegan blogland that you’ve been eyeing?
i really want to make Vegan YumYum’s fried seitan salad!
Do you own any clothing with vegan messages/brands on them?
I just own a PETA Shirt
Have you made your pilgrimage to the ‘vegan mecca’ yet? (Portland, duh)
No, But one day I will make it there!
What age did you first go vegan? Did it stick?
I became vegan just one year ago when I was 15. I was vegetarian five months before I became vegan.
What is the worst vegan meal you’ve had? Who cooked it?
I made a nasty eggplant moussaka which was from a betty crocker cookbook. It was really bad.
What made you decide to blog?
I was inspired by all the awesome vegan blogs out there. I wanted a place where I can record my vegan eats!
What are three of your favorite meals to make?
I love vegan spankopita. I love Chile cornmeal crusted tofu. I also like Eggplant Parm Pizza vegan style
spanokpita
whole eggplant parm pizza
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What dish would you bring to a vegan Thanksgiving-themed potluck?
I would bring an apple pie or pecan crusted seitan.
Where is your favorite vegan meal at a restaurant? How many times have you ordered it?
I only been to a vegan restaurant once but I forget what it was called. I ordered tofu which was really good.
What do you think the best chain to dine as a vegan is?
I like Moe’s, it’s like a burrito place, so good! They have tofu there too!
My kitchen needs a………
Immersion Blender
This vegetable is not allowed in my kitchen…..!
All Vegetables are happily welcomed into my kitchen
What’s for dinner tonight?
Well I have been very lazy the past few days. I think I am just going to have some pasta with jarred garden tomato sauce.

Hey everyone!  Kelly from The Pink Apron tagged me for seeing what’s in my freezer.  Thanks Kelly for tagging me!  I use my freezer as a storage center for some of my spices so they don’t go bad as I bought them in bulk. My freezer doesn’t have meat and it rarely has meat since my family doesn’t eat a lot of meat since I became vegan. I’m glad because I am saving so many animal!

my freezer

my freezer part 2

I am tagging the following awesome bloggers to show their freezers

1) Show Me Vegan
2) La Vegan Loca
3) Vegan Eats & Treats
4) Mobetta Vegan
5) Sweet Potatoe

Also today I made some pasta with what ever vegetables were in my fridge.  I have been going on a pasta overload but its OK, because they are so good!  Today I had penne with capers, zucchini, spinach, shallots, broccoli, balsamic vinegar, and garlic!  It was so good and simple!

Pasta Primavera

Hey everybody!  Today was my 16th birthday!  For my birthday I made one of my favorites Spanakopita!  I love this spanakopita from vwav, it is so so good!  I think the reason why I love it so much is because vegetable pies are very big in Albanian food and that it is just so awesome.  I make the Spanakopita alot.  Sometimes I make the dough with the help of my grandma or take the shortcut and use phyloo dough.  Either way it is equally delicous.

 spanokpita

Last night I made a Chickpea-Vegetable Bouillabaise from the Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen Cookbook.  A bouillabaise is tradtionally made with fish but this vegan version is so good!  Bouillabaise means boiling without stopping as this is exactly what this soup did.  I really suggest everyone to get the Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen Cookbook.  I negelected it for a while but now I am loving it and find new recipes to make each time I look at it.

bouillabaise

  Its kinda werid that I didn’t make any sweets for my birthday, its just that I was so busy and kinda ran out of time.  Of well everyday is your birthday when your healthy as my mom always says.  That’s it for tonight everyone!

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I take a cooking class in school. Today I had to cook in class for my class to taste. My teacher wanted me to cook tofu! I was very excited! No one ever tried tofu in my class. I chose the perfect tofu recipe to introduce people to tofu! It is the Chile Cornmeal Crusted Tofu from V’con. I served it in school with the Messy Rice and the Green Pumpkin-Seed Mole from V’con. I had under 4o minutes to cook in school. I had to rush a little. I manged to do everything but I cut my hand on the zester, it was some weird zester. That didn’t stop me, I still kept going! Everyone in my class tasted the tofu. They were amazed. They all loved it. I got compliments like that “That was divine”, “I never knew tofu was so good”. My teacher liked it too. She was very excited to have tofu because she never had it. One kid in my class borrowed my V’con. He liked the cookbook alot! I was so happy they all liked it. I wish I had some time to fry some more, but I ran out, so I just brought some home with me and ate it again today. At home I served it with plain rice, spinach and the green-pumpkin seed mole sauce.

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