Nifty Mom

Vegan, Eco-conscious, Natural Parenting, Unschooling Wife and Mom

Vegan Reuben!! December 11, 2008

Filed under: Lunch,Vegan — niftymom @ 11:35 pm
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YAY!!! I’m so excited to shout out that I found a yummy vegan Reuben sandwich!! This is another recipe from the The Vegetarian Mother’s Cookbook. Punkyroo chowed down also. I love it, she has the taste buds as I do, it’s true whatever the mom eats prego the baby will grow buds for it as well, which is great since Hubby snubs alot :sushi,seurkraut, mushrooms, olives, onions (she’ll eat them raw!) . So needless to say Hubby did not partake in this eating session. 

Vegan Reuben


New Cookbook and a Beanball Sub November 29, 2008

While searching around for another cookbook to check out I came across The Vegetarian Mother’s Cookbook. This has a bunch of yummy sounding recipes in it!

Beanball sub

I recently tried the Beanball sub and it was yummy. I do have to state though that all the “meat” ball recipes I’ve tried havn’t kept shape and became firm. Don’t know if its how it’s supposed to be or if I’m doing something wrong but these are the only ones that have kept shape BUT didn’t get firm.

This sub was very yummy though and I will still make them again.


Eggless Salad Bagel Sandwich October 29, 2008

So I tried Vegan Dad’s Eggless Salad recipe from his blog and I have to say it is really yummy. I strongly urge to let it sit overnight like he recomends, it’s so much better then just made. Hubby thought it was ok but he never liked eggs pre-vegan so. But Punkyroo gobbled it down the day after it soaking up flavor (she didn’t like it just made and in a wrap) and put on a bagel with a slice of vegan cheese and spinach. I swear this tastes just like the filling for deviled eggs. Very good! I did add extra mustard, green onions and pickle.




Sushi, did someone say sushi?? October 18, 2008

YAY!! Sushi! So I was a HUGE sushi eater before I went vegan. But times have changed and now my selection of sushi is slimed and not to mention with this economy just thinking of paying $5 for a roll of veggie sushi…yah I don’t think so. So though my random search through other Vegan Blogs I ended up at Post Punk Kitchen watching her first video on sushi! LIGHT BULB! I make rice stir fry and I’ll make a sloppy handroll with some nori sheets but not the short grain, rice vinegar stuff in the middle sushi. So to market to market to buy some short rice (and a sushi mat), well luck didn’t have it I couldn’t find a mat but I got the rice. I remember 1x having a homemade sushi night with my mom previously years ago and If I recall correctly it ended up a HUGE mess and handrolls. So with having a 2 year old with a growth spurt which is making her “hungry” every other minute and extremely impatient I tried to do these as fast as I could. I ended up making all the sushi you see (after the rice cooked and veggies prepped) about 10minutes! Not bad. I loved it but PUnkyroo was having slight trouble on the “nori on the outside” ones but she liked the handrolls and the “rice on the outside” ones. At the end her highchair tray was covered in rice and 25/75 soy sauce and water on the table and a small piece of avocado in her hair.



Cucumber, Avocado, Carrot and “cream cheese” sushi

* I’d suggest watching the Post Punk Kitchen video first to see how to roll ( I used wax paper since I couldn’t find a sushi mat, it worked good)

  • 1 cup short gain rice
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbs rice vinegar
  • 1 small/medium cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced
  • 2 oz vegan cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 tsp wasabi
  • 1/4 tsp water
  • Nori sheets ( I had the handroll ones and it still worked for the normal ones)

I am having a hard time wording how to make these so I suggest watching the video I mentioned. These are very yummy though.


Veggie Club October 14, 2008

I found this recipe from Vegetarian Times magazine but you know how club sandwiches are, the sandwich is packed so high and cut in small triangles so you can imagine one of those in a 2 year old’s hand! Poor Punkyroo she couldn’t get more than a corner of the bread and that’s even after I tried smooshing it down so “ok forget that” and so I modified this sandwich to my toddler’s need.  THis is a very filling sandwich, served with a pickle or some homemade potato or sweet potato fries, yum! Punkyroo was eating her sandwich really good for a while and then she tore it all apart and just turned to eating the bread so in attempts to keep her on the “eat a variety” tract we made her sandwich ingredients into a face on her plate, I wish I took a picture but eh, maybe next time… so we made the sprouts the hair and on the the bread halfs the eyebrows and eyes, pickle was a nose, tomato was the mouth and the avocado in half was two ears; and she ate all the veggies after that. It was funny I realized that technically she was eating a face so the “we don’t eat anything with a face” phrase was kind on contraditory I said “we can make silly faces with our vegan food but we don’t eat anything that had a real face like piggies and cows” and it’s so cute she say “that’s gross” when we pretend to eat her toes or her side to tickler her!LOL. “no, don’t eat me, that’s gross” haha! Anyways here is the recipe for our club sandwich…

Veggie CLub (for 1 person)

  • 2 slices of bread
  • Personal preference of mustard and vegan mayo
  • 1 slice vegan cheese
  • 1/3 cup alfalfa sprouts
  • 1 1/2 slices of tomato (for an even layer that covers the whole sandwich)
  • 2 slices of Avocado (the small one, I can never remember the name of that type)

Toast your bread to desired crispy. Put the mayo on the bottom  and mustard on top. Place sliced cheese on top of bottom piece, then add a thin layer of half the sprouts on top. Then cover the sprouts with tomato and then the same with the avocado on top of the tomato. Layer the remaining sprouts on top of avocado and top with bread. And enjoy!

*If you read my eggplant sandwich recipe you’ll notice it’s the same concept, mainly because I meant to make this but then when opening the fridge I was missing some ingredients so I made some alterations.


I’ll share my lunch.. October 8, 2008

Filed under: Lunch,Vegan — niftymom @ 6:52 pm
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..recipe with you! Last night’s dinner was…disgusting, none of us liked it. So out came a veggie burger and edame beans for Punkyroo and Hubby ended up having something, I can’t remember and I had cereal. I know not the best meal but we decided to stop getting any frozen meals a while ago. Which at one time consisting of either a bag of ravioli, pizza or lasanga a week in case something was yucky with new recipes or I was unable for some reason to cook. Luckily for Punkyroo all her meals where healthy since we never gave her any fast food but every great once and a while she got a slim slice of frozen pizza. Isn’t it funny the stuff us parents will eat but not allow for our children to? I know not all but some do. It’s like “hey you can’t have this food it’s not good for you” but once they aren’t there cookies go down in a blink of an eye.  Ok I’m off topic again so here is the recipe for lunch PUnkyroo and I had yesterday…

ESTA(eggplant, spinach,tomato, avacodo) club sandwich

  • 2 slices of bread
  • Preferred amount of Vegan mayo and Mustard
  • 1 slice of vegan cheese
  • 2 thin slices of avacodo
  • 2 thin slices of tomato
  • 2 thin slices of pan-grilled eggplant
  • 1/4 cup spinach

*first of all, for the eggplant get a small eggplant and thinly slice it. Sprinkle both sides with a little bit of salt, pepper and paprika. Toss in a skillet on medium heat until lightly brown and flip over until cooked through. Set aside done eggplant slices.

Meanwhile your eggplant is cooking you can start making your sandwich. Take your 2 slices of bread and add your mayo and mustard as you please; I put mayo on bottom and mustard on top. THen place your cheese on the bottom slice, then add your eggplant, spinach, tomato and avacodo. Voila!

This was just what was in the fridge at the time and it turned out good. It passed Punkyroo’s approval so that works for me, and I actually ended up making myself a second sandwich!!


Sushi Rice Salad October 6, 2008

Filed under: Lunch,Vegan — niftymom @ 1:13 am
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Last night I ended up making Sushie Rice salad a recipe I got from Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites for lunch.  It calls to be served on a bed of greens but today for lunch leftovers Punkyroo and I ate it without rice and just made hand rolls with them! YUMM! This hits my sushi craving just right, the one thing I really liked when I was an Omni was the sushi with some type of fish inside but this cures the itch!


Sushie Rice Salad

  • 1 cup brown rice, preferably short-gain (I only had long) 
  • 2 cups water


  • 1/3 rice vinegar
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger root


  • 2 sml carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 tsp wasabi powder dissolved in an equal amount cold water
  • 1 sheet nori seaweed
  • 1tbs seasme seeds
  • fresh rinsed greens

Combine the rice and water in a small, heavy saucepan and bring to a boil. Sitr, cover and reduce the heat to low, and cook until the rice is tender, 40-45 minutes. Bring a separate covered pot of water to a boil for blanching the vegetables.

  Meanwhile, in a small nonreactive pan, combine the sauce ingredients, simmer for 5 minutes and set aside. When the water oils, blanch the carrots and then the peppers just until tender. In a serving bowl, combine the cucumbers, blanched vegetables, and sauce.

When the rice is done, toss the wasabi paste with the sauce and vegetables. Add the rice and toss to mix well. Serve the salad at room temperature or chilled ( I served it at dinner and lunch leftovers hot/warm). Crumble Nori sheet into a small bowl. Spoon the rice salad onto individual beds of greens, sprinkle with sesame seeds and nori and serve. * for left over luch handrolls I just ripped 1 full sheet into 2 pieces for better handling of Punkyroo’s 2 year old hands.  Very messy as handrolls but so good and good for you!

Hubby didn’t have any since he doesn’t like Nori so he made some Ramen. And after lunch we ate yummy blueberries that we just got!