Merry Christmas Eve!

Vegan Christmas Sugar Cookies #VeggieAngie
Vegan Christmas Sugar Cookies

Today is Christmas Eve and I’m spending the day with my hubby baking sugar cookies for all of our Christmas Parties we’ll be attending, four in total over the next three days! I was baking all last week as well, making cookies for the two parties we threw here at the house.

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Christmas Sugar Cookie Cutters

Vegan Christmas Sugar Cookies #VeggieAngie
I love cutting out all the shapes!

The best cookie recipe I baked this Christmas has been Minimalist Baker’s 1 Bowl Vegan Sugar Cookies. They come out perfectly – just make sure you freeze your batter as recommended (at least 15 minutes) before rolling and cutting your cookies. I used the cookie cutters I inherited from my Mom (meaning she left them behind and hasn’t taken them back…yet).

Vegan Christmas Sugar Cookies #VeggieAngie
Vegan Christmas Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles!

Vegan Christmas Sugar Cookies #VeggieAngie
Vegan Christmas Sugar Cookies ready to take to our first party!

These Sugar Cookies were the hubby’s favorite, especially when we covered them in colorful sprinkles. My favorite ones were the Christmas Trees with Dark Chocolate Chips as ornaments. They are best served with a glass of almond milk or a warm mug of cocoa. Try making your cocoa with a couple drops of peppermint extract, so good!

Vegan Christmas Sugar Cookies #VeggieAngie
Vegan Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies

I’m looking forward to sharing these cookies with our families and friends soon. Many of our friends already received their cookies last week after I threw a Cookie Party with my Mom, Sister, and adorable niece.

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Christmas Cookie Party Success!

The hubby and I decided not to exchange Christmas gifts so we could go all out for our parties. We made Chuck’s Curry “Tuna Fish” Sandwiches, gathered fun Photo Booth props, and I purchased lots of different cookie gift boxes to give away to our family and friends. I’m so glad I got to spend time with my Mom, Sister, and Niece – they are so much fun!

A couple of days later the hubby and I had a small party with a few friends. We ate yummy Vegetable Fajitas and Chili, played Christmas Minute to Win It games, slow danced, sang karaoke, and had fun in our Christmas Photo Booth. Mark and I spent a couple of days planning that party, but it was so worth it.

Our friend Jerry stopped by yesterday to give me a wonderful Christmas gift – a handmade frame for a Keith Haring print I bought earlier this year. It goes perfectly over our fireplace mantel.

I did almost all of my Christmas shopping and decorating a few weeks ago and our home has been filled with Christmas spirit since then. My favorite thing was wrapping presents and baking cookies while blasting Christmas music – thanks to my hubby for always providing the perfect music mixes!

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas Eve!

xo angie

p.s. We’ve watched 10 Christmas Movies and counting, my favorites were Christmas at Pee Wee’s Playhouse and Home Alone 2. What’s your favorite Holiday Movie??

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Veganized it: Chuck’s Curry “Tuna Fish” Salad

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My vegan version of Chuck’s Curry Tuna Fish Salad

Mark and I have been working full-time on our documentary film project following our friend, the late artist Chuck Ramirez. We recently traveled to New York to film interviews for the film and I ate the most delicious vegan donuts at Cake Shop in the Lower East Side. Other than that, I haven’t discovered any new restaurants I’d recommend (although Mark continues to search for Mexican restaurants that don’t use lard in their beans and tortillas) or tried any new baking recipes. Since my last post in July I haven’t felt compelled to share anything, but then Mark stumbled upon Chuck’s recipe for Curry Tuna Fish Salad in his research for the documentary.

Chuck's Curry Tuna Fish Salad #veggieangie
Sliced and ready to share!

Chuck's Curry Tuna Fish Salad #veggieangie
Golden raisins, who knew?

After Chuck passed away our friend Hills Snyder compiled stories from those close to Chuck in an article for Glasstire. In the article, our friend Chris Sauter shares the recipe for Chuck’s Curry Tuna Fish Salad. Chris had talked about it in the interview we filmed with him earlier this year, but we hadn’t considered trying it since it had tuna fish. Mark showed an interest in the recipe while re-reading the article, so I suggested using chickpeas since they have a really great tuna-ish flavor. We got excited and went shopping for the ingredients that night so we could make Chuck’s recipe for dinner. It came out good enough to share!

Chuck's Curry Tuna Fish Salad #veggieangie
Best sandwich I’ve had in a while!

Chuck’s Curry “Tuna Fish” Salad
My vegan version of the recipe Chris Sauter posted on

“There are no accurate measures as Chuck was a ‘pinch of this, dab of that’ kind of cook.”
– Chris Sauter

· 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
· About 2 tbsp of vegenaise (enough so the mixture isn’t dry but not swimming in mayo)
· About 1 tbsp of your favorite yellow curry powder (no garam masala)
· A couple sliced green onions
· A handful of golden raisins
· A handful of roasted almond slivers or shelled sunflower seeds
· Ground sea salt to taste

Throw the chickpeas in the food processor – pulse, stir, and pulse. You want the chickpeas tuna-like, not blended into hummus. Mix the chickpeas, mayo, curry, green onion, and raisins together in a medium bowl. Sprinkle with the almonds or sunflower seeds and add sea salt to taste. Serve on slices of delicious bread with fresh arugula, “slightly sweetened ice tea, endless vodka tonics, surrounded by people you love”.

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Chuck’s Curry “Tuna Fish” Salad, closeup

This recipe is an even more delicious take on my recent Vegan Chickpea Salad, the curry, sesame seeds, and golden raisins make for the perfect sandwich filling. We don’t typically use arugula in sandwiches, but the peppery notes from the greens bring all the flavors together. Feel free to play with the measurements until you get it to your liking!

Chuck's Curry Tuna Fish Salad #veggieangie
Chuck’s Curry “Tuna Fish” Salad Sandwich, profile

It’s been so long since I’ve written a blog post, but it’s nice to take a break so I can have better focus on our documentary. I’ll most likely continue my hiatus unless I stumble upon another incredible recipe. I just couldn’t resist the tie between Chuck and my blog with this recipe. I like to think that he would like it, but what’s most important is that it’s made with love and shared with people I care about. Enjoy!

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Only half left!

xo angie

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My 4 Year Blogging Anniversary!

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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. Wow, it’s kinda hard to believe I’ve had this blog for four years!

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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!

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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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