My 4 Year Blogging Anniversary!

Veggie Angie 4th Anniversary #veggieangie

Happy Monday friends! Today I’m celebrating four years (and one day) of vegan blogging here on Veggie Angie. I wrote my first blog post on July 6, 2010. You can look through all 244 posts on my Archive page. Wow, it’s kinda hard to believe I’ve had this blog for four years!

Veggie Angie 4th Anniversary #veggieangie

I would have baked a vegan anniversary cake, but why go to the trouble when I have delicious Vegan Zucchini Banana Bread left over? Apologies to my friend Karl, who missed out on this zucchini banana bread after band practice yesterday. I forget it needs extra time in the oven, but it’s worth the wait. I’ll make it for you next time Karl. Oh, time to blow out my candles!

Veggie Angie 4th Anniversary #veggieangie

I would tell you what I wished for, but then it wouldn’t come true! I thought this post would be about reflecting on the past, but I’m much more excited about my future. We’ve been making great progress on our current documentary film following the late artist Chuck Ramirez. This film has been a long time coming and we’re so thrilled to be in production.

Veggie Angie 4th Anniversary #veggieangie

We are taking the rest of the year to focus on completing this film, so I’ve decided to put my blog on hiatus. I’ve really enjoyed bringing you vegan recipes and restaurant reviews each Monday. I’ve also appreciated all the positive feedback I’ve received from family, friends, and all you sweet bloggers out there! I’m not sure how long I’ll be on hiatus and I might drop in to share a recipe now and then. This is no time for goodbyes, just a “see you later!”

xo angie

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Vegan Chickpea Salad

Vegan Chickpea Salad #veggieangie

Happy Monday friends! I hosted a playdate yesterday for my niece Lillian and my friend Jessica’s daughter. They are only a few months apart in age and were so adorable together. We spent the afternoon playing with toys, looking at books, drawing with chalk, and listening to music. I put together a lunch menu for my lovely guests including fresh fruit, white bean hummus dip, these chickpea salad sandwiches, zucchini chocolate chip cookies, sticky buns, and watermelon drink. I realize now how much of a photo-op I had on my hands yesterday, but I enjoyed just spending time with everyone and not worrying about my camera. I know there will be lots of playdates and picnics in my future!

Vegan Chickpea Salad #veggieangie

Vegan Chickpea Salad
Makes 6-8 sandwiches. Easy, vegan, and gluten-free!

· 2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
· 2 tbsp vegenaise
· 1 cup red seedless grapes, cut in half
· 1 cup hamburger dill chips (pickles), chopped
· 1 cup walnuts, chopped
· 1/2 cup raisins
· 1/2 cup green onions, diced
· salt and pepper to taste

Chickpeas #veggieangie

Directions: Puree the chickpeas and vegenaise in a food processor or mash with a fork. Mix in the remaining ingredients. Adding 1 tbsp additional vegenaise if you’d like a creamier constancy. Spread on your favorite bread or wrap and enjoy! I used Sundried Tomato Bread and Southwestern Tortillas, but feel free to use any bread or wrap you’d like. You can also cut this recipe in half if needed, but the chilled leftovers are just as delicious!

Vegan Chickpea Salad #veggieangie

These sandwiches are perfect for packed lunches, picnics, and potlucks. I took a plate of sandwiches over to my friends Ryan and Jenn’s house last week for Ryan’s surprise birthday party. I got a lot of great feedback from the hostess and party guests. Today is actually Jenn’s birthday, Happy Birthday Jenn! I dedicate this recipe to you, it made me so happy that you liked these sandwiches enough to ask for the recipe. Here you are, I hope you enjoy it and have a wonderful birthday!

Vegan Chickpea Salad #veggieangie

I originally saw the idea for chickpea “tuna” sandwiches in the Sunny Days in Texas Zine. I’ve slowly changed the recipe over the years and I’ve finally got it just the way I like it. Feel free to modify my version to suit your own taste. This recipe is also perfect for any upcoming 4th of July party you are throwing or attending. I love vegan food that’s easy to make and share.

Vegan Chickpea Salad #veggieangie

Have a wonderful week!

xo angie

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Vegan Zucchini Banana Bread


Vegan Zucchini Banana Bread #veggieangie

Happy Monday friends! I’m feeling good about getting this week kicked off right. We had a great production meeting yesterday and today we are getting back to our daily exercise and healthy smoothie routine. I love Earth Burger and Thai Hot, but we have to balance eating out with cooking healthy meals at home. That said, I can’t wait till the next time we visit either of those restaurants, it’s all about supporting local businesses (and amazing vegan food).

Vegan Zucchini Banana Bread #veggieangie

Anyway! I have been baking at home lately and my new favorite quick bread recipe is this Zucchini Banana Bread. I got burnt out on my old Banana Bread Muffin recipe (which is still my Mom’s favorite), so I’ve been looking for a new banana bread recipe to try. When I saw Isa over on PPK share this recipe with zucchini, I just had to try it.

Vegan Zucchini Banana Bread
Makes 1 loaf, Recipe adapted from Post Punk Kitchen

· 1 large ripe banana
· 3/4 cups organic sugar
· 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
· 1/4 cup canola oil
· 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
· 1 cup grated zucchini
· 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
· 1 teaspoon cinnamon
· 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
· 3/4 teaspoon salt
· 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Vegan Zucchini Banana Bread #veggieangie

Preheat your oven to 350° F. Lightly grease an 8×4 or 9×5 metal bread pan with canola oil. In a large mixing bowl, use a strong fork to mash the banana. Mix in the sugar, applesauce, canola oil, and vanilla. Then add the grated zucchini, no need to press out the excess moisture from the zucchini. Add in 1 cup of the flour, the cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Mix with a large spoon to combine. Lastly, stir in the remaining 1/2 cup flour and the walnuts. Pour the batter to the prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and check the bread by sticking a toothpick in the center. If it comes out clean, it’s ready. If it needs more time, turn heat down to 300° F and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before slicing and serving, enjoy!

Vegan Zucchini Banana Bread #veggieangie

I love zucchini in baked goods, my favorite homemade cookie recipe is my Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies, which I just might be baking today for a surprise event. I’m terrible at keeping secrets, so let’s just change the subject! My blog has received lots of attention the last few days since my Vegan White Pizza was published on Finding Vegan. Thanks to all of you who have visited in the last few days, it’s nice to meet you all!

Vegan Zucchini Banana Bread #veggieangie


Vegan News

· Join the San Antonio Vegetarian Society for an outdoor feast at Earth Burger tomorrow, June 24 at 7pm. If you’d like to attend, RSVP on Meetup.

· Have you heard about Soylent? It’s FDA approved product designed to replace food. It’s a very futuristic way to think about nutrition. Luckily the powder is vegan, but you have to create your own “plant-based oil blend in order to ensure the correct nutritional profile”.

· Check out this Houston based Community-Based Photography Project called No One’s Dog. They are asking the Houston community to share images of homeless dogs with the hope that increased visibility will lead to positive change in the lives of residents and animals alike. Selected images will be exhibited at DiverseWorks from July 26 – August 9, 2014.

xo angie

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Local Review: Earth Burger Veggie Burger Stand


Earth Burger San Antonio #veggieangie

Happy Monday! If you’re reading this you need to make plans to visit San Antonio’s first Plant-based Fast Food restaurant, like, now. The hubby and I visited on their first day open to the public last Friday. Earth Burger is a free-standing restaurant located in the Park North Shopping Center at 410 and San Pedro. We ordered our lunch from a very friendly Earth Burger employee, got our sweet teas, and sat in a cute diner style booth next to wall of big bright windows.

Earth Burger San Antonio #veggieangie

I excitedly watched a steady stream of people dining inside and going through the drive-thru. It pleased me to see so many people supporting vegan food in San Antonio. The food arrived before I knew it. I barely had time to take a couple of photos before we devoured everything.

Earth Burger #veggieangie
Earth Burger

Earth Burger Sandwich #veggieangie
Spicy Chik-n Sandwich

The burger and sandwich sizes are just perfect, they fill you up without feeling like you just ate a fast food burger. The fries were soft and yummy, but it’s good to know I have healthier options for sides such as edamame, apple slices, hummus and carrots, and kale salad. Their cookies were amazingly soft and chewy, I expected no less considering the amazing vegan baking that goes down over at Green Vegetarian Restaurant.

Earth Burger Fries #veggieangie
Earth Burger Fries

Earth Burger Cookie #veggieangie
Earth Burger Chocolate Chip Cookie

The entire Earth Burger menu is vegan with the exception of the Gluten-free burger and string cheese. Since 2007 the Green Vegetarian team has proven that San Antonio loves vegetarian and vegan food. Their two restaurant locations are greatly supported by their surrounding communities and this new Veggie Burger Stand is off to a great start.

Earth Burger Menu #veggieangie
Earth Burger Drive-Thru Menu

You should visit Earth Burger because it’s convenient, affordable, locally owned, family friendly, and delicious! We plan to visit again soon to try out other menu items. The hubby has his eye on the Chik-n Tender Basket and I know I’ll be ordering the Coconut Soft Serve for dessert!

Earth Burger
Park North Shopping Center
818 NW Loop 410, 78216
Open Sunday – Thursday 10am-10pm, Friday 10am-8pm, Closed Saturday
www.eatatearthburger.com / Earth Burger on Facebook

xo angie

p.s. Go Spurs Go!

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White Vegan Pizza with Sundried Tomatoes and Rosemary


White Vegan Pizza #veggieangie

I can’t believe the Spurs lost by two points in last night’s game! I mean, Happy Monday. We’ve been following the Spurs all season long and are so excited to be in the NBA Finals. We watched the first game at my sister Sarah’s house last Thursday. She made us delicious vegan-friendly party snacks such as Buffalo Sandwiches and Smart Dogs in a Blanket. She inspired me to make awesome game night food. You definitely want something that’s easy to modify, share, and everyone loves. There is only one answer: pizza.

White Vegan Pizza #veggieangie

White Vegan Pizza
2-4 servings, Recipe Adapted from Sweet Beat and Green Bean

Pizza Crust
· 1 1/2 tsp active yeast
· 2 tbsp sugar
· 1 cup warm water
· 1 tsp salt
· 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp + 1 tbsp olive oil
· 2 cups all-purpose flour + 1 cup flour for dusting
· 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary

Garlic Coconut Sauce
· 6 cloves garlic
· 1/2 cup coconut milk
· 1/4 tsp salt

Toppings
· 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes in olive oil
· 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary

White Vegan Pizza #veggieangie

Combine the yeast and sugar in a small bowl, pour in the warm water, and stir. Allow the mixture to proof for 10 minutes. You’re looking for a bubbly foam to start forming on the surface. Mix in salt and 2 tbsp olive oil. Slowly add in flour and rosemary until it combines into a loose dough. If the dough is too sticky to form in your hands, add more flour 1/4 cup at a time.

Lightly flour a clean surface and turn the dough out onto it, kneading for about a minute. Add 1 tbsp olive oil to a large, clean bowl. Transfer the dough into the bowl and roll it around so it’s evenly coated. Cover the bowl with a damp tea towel and allow the dough to rise for 2 hours, or until doubled in size.

White Vegan Pizza #veggieangie

Preheat the oven to 475°F. Rinse the sundried tomatoes, drain, and set aside. Sauté garlic cloves in 1 tbsp olive oil over medium heat until browned. Blend the garlic with the coconut milk and salt in a food processor.

White Vegan Pizza #veggieangie

Lightly flour a large baking pan and the top of the dough. Transfer the dough from the bowl onto the pan, adding flour to your hands and the dough if needed. Gently press the dough into a large oval with slightly thicker edges.

Pour the garlic coconut cream evenly across the crust. Add the sundried tomatoes and rosemary. Bake at 475°F degrees for 10 minutes or until the edges have lightly browned. Allow the pizza to cool slightly before slicing. Enjoy!

White Vegan Pizza #veggieangie

This pizza will go perfectly with tomorrow night’s game. Go Spurs Go!

xo angie

p.s. Apparently, last Friday was National Donut Day. Celebrate late with my Chocolate Covered Vegan Donuts!

 

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