Tuesday, November 29, 2011

TVeg & Holiday Shopping!!!

Happy Holidays!!!!  Oooooooohhhhhhhhhh and Happy Shopping!!!  Now that
 Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over - time to shop That's Vegetarian.   

Pick up Sal y Pimienta Virgin Avocado Oil for your friends, family, and hecSal y Pimienta Bottlek yourself too!  It's smoke point is 520F (271C) compared to Butter 350F (177C) and Extra Virgin Olive Oil 320F (160C).  Not to mention how nutritious and flavorful it is. Some of the health benefits include improved cardiovascular health, nourishes your skin and hair, aids in cancer prevention, and antioxidant properties with the omega 3's and 6's plus Vitamin E.  It has a soft nutty taste with a balanced hint of avocado.  Use it for baking, sauteing, searing and to top finished dishes and salads.   

Special holiday pricing:  250ml ~ $10, reg $12 and 500ml ~ $18, reg $20, plus shipping.  Email That's Vegetarian to place your order today!


Do you live in Southern California or need to get a gift for someone who does?  Check out these SoCal offerings for a gift certificate:
Beauty and The Ink is dedicated to making you look beautiful and our high performance products help us to make you feel good about it too!!  Vanessa Riggs, amazing Aesthetician and Cosmetologist, will provide you with organic, vegan, cruelty free products.  Vanessa has done the research so you can sit back, relax and know you are environmentally friendly!!!  
We have chosen to avoid using toxic chemicals found in many hair product lines which damage and jeopardize the structural integrity of hair.  Using Organic Salon Systems we have 100% ammonia free hair color with no harmful fumes plus there is no scalp discomfort or staining, longer lasting color and excellent grey coverage. Certified Organic ingredients naturally sooth, moisturize, prevent and repair damaged hair. All products have been certified by PETA as cruelty-free and 100% vegan.

Located:  20996 Bake Parkway #110   Lake Forest, CA 92630    949-916-4168  
Call Vanessa now and get 10% off services when you mention That's Vegetarian.

Balancework Yoga and Massage  
BalanceWork Yoga and Massage's mission is to provide safe, therapeutic yoga classes, workshops and massage designed to improve mental and physical health, productivity, and well being.  BalanceWork Yoga and Massage was founded by Mark DeWhitt under the strong conviction that preventative wellness programs can effectively address the problems that cause work related injuries. This leads to happier, healthier employees and employers.  The list of accolades from students and clients speaks for itself.  Contact Mark to schedule your appointment or to get a gift certificate for someone you care about today.  Mention That's Vegetarian for a 10% discount.    


My favorite cutlery is CUTCO by far.  It is made in the USA and guaranteed
for life!!!  How awesome is that?  Plus free sharpening forever.  The list of benefits goes on and on. 
Check out the products on the CUTCO websiteThe Trimmer is one knife a kitchen cannot be without.    
Email That's Vegetarian to get your personal and gift order ready for the holidays. 
Muddy Paw Coffee  
I have recently discovered Muddy Paw Coffee and it is DELICIOUS!!!!  I am normally not a fan of flavored coffee but they have the BEST Hazelnut ever.  I have thoroughly enjoyed every roast of theirs that I have had.  Another great quality, they support rescue animal organizations with every bag ordered.  Not to mention it is sent withing 48 hours of roasting right to your door.   Get your holiday gift at Muddy Paw Coffee.   

I am looking for an animal rescue organization that will partner with That's Vegetarian.  I will provide a venue on my website, show and blog and you provide basic information about your organization and a link at your website.  In turn, you receive money for each pound sold.  Sounds like a win win for me!!  

Just added:
Visited Spice Station today in Silverlake and it was like walking into spice heaven!!!!! I met Bronwen Tawse, one of the owners, and she was full of knowledge of the spices and suggestions on how to use them.  They sell about 140 spices, herbs, salts, peppercorns and chilies, which are available by the ounce, quarter-pound or pound in store or order online.  Colorful index cards list the price, country of origin, uses and medicinal purposes, where applicable. The spices are ground free of charge, or you can take the whole pods, berries and seeds to go.  "Every neighborhood should have access to purchasing the highest quality product at affordable prices. Our goal now is to facilitate this process."

Pop into the store in Silverlake, the Santa Monica location is under renovations, or order online and mention That's Vegetarian for a 10% discount.  

Visit That's Vegetarian's website, blog , and YouTube channel for more information, videos, and recipes!!  You'll find yourself saying "That's Vegetarian?!" 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Cheese Stuffed Fakin' Wrapped Dates

First and foremost, thank you for your support.  It's time to be thankful and show our appreciation.  What better way than to one, say it, and two, make some yummy food.  Here is a creative appetizer for the holiday season. I had this at a restaurant, came home and figured out how to make my version of Fakin' Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Dates. It was a simple appetizer to create an ohhhhh sooooo tasty!!!!!!!!!!!!

The easy part is which fakin’ to use. Morningstar Breakfast Strips are my favorite meat substitute. I do try to limit the amount of processed food but I just can’t forgo this one. The strips do contain dairy byproducts and most “veggie” cheeses also contain dairy byproducts. That makes it difficult to make this a vegan dish. You can check out other “fakin’” products but can’t say I like the way they taste.

Then it gets increasingly challenging. Which cheese? I did a taste test with sharp and medium cheddar, Brie, Gorgonzola, pepper jack, and Parmesan. The sharper the better for my taste, but use whichever you prefer. (See note above about “veggie” cheeses.)

Lastly, the dates. An old Arabic legend tells of the Date palm's creation: "After God had finished molding Man from Earth; He took the remaining material and shaped it into a date palm which he placed in the Garden of Paradise". * Dates are full of vitamins and minerals including manganese, potassium and copper. They are a heart healthy food. It is the only naturally dried fruit. There are hundreds if not thousands of types of dates. The most common are Medjool, deglet noor, and honey dates. I have had them all, ahem those three, and they are yummy!!!

Putting all of these ingredients together creates a savory, sweet, salty, creamy, smokey taste of heaven. Visit That's Vegetarian's website, blog , and YouTube channel for more information, videos, and recipes!!  You'll find yourself saying "That's Vegetarian?!"  

Fakin’ Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Dates

10 Dates
10 Strips of Morningstar Breakfast Strips (aka Fakin’)
A few ounces of Cheese of choice (I prefer Gorgonzola or Parmesan)

Preheat oven to 350F.  Cut dates in half lengthwise.  Remove pit if there is one. Stuff with sliver of cheese.  Wrap with 1/2 Morningstar Breakfast Strip.  Stick with toothpick to keep strips in place.  Place on parchment paper or silicon-coated pan. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.  Enjoy hot or room temperature.

Prep time: 15 min 
Cook time:  15 min
Serves 5, 2 each
Difficulty level: Easy
Fakin' Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Dates Printable Recipe