Monday, March 25, 2013

Vegan Russian Universal Sauce, Co-Op Cafe Foods, Winner, & Chocolate Crave

Over the weekend we made a quick trip to The Whole Foods Co-Op in Erie.  And by "Quick Trip" I mean...over an hour there, NOT a large-hull of groceries like we usually do when we go there, and over an hour back.

And by Whole Foods Co-Op I don't mean the large chain.  I mean the members and community owned old school Whole Foods Cooperative!

I picked up just a few things including 2 different flavors of Polenta that I have been craving lately!  My biggest treat were the two meals I picked up in their Cafe!  You can check out their food menu here!

I ended up getting the VEGAN Versions of the Erie ForCheeseSake Sub and the Crowd Control Burger.  They were both tasty!  Since I don't do much with Seitan myself, I wanted to try something I normally wouldn't eat so I got the Erie CheeseForSake.  I kept that for my large meal yesterday - it made it thru the night in the 'frige' nicely!  The Crowd Control Burger was totally yummy but was a little crumby.  Not that I was bothered at all by that - as I enjoyed the flavor very much! 

I went back and forth about which country to feature this week on my blog!  My initial thought was Russia - but had a hard time finding a lot of vegan options.  Then I wanted to focus on Jamaica.  But something kept telling me to go back to Russia!  So that is what I did!  Probably for two I have been keeping an eye on my traffic and audience stats and have seen a large increase of readers to my blog from Russia!  Hello to my Russian Readers!  I would love any comments or suggestions on foods I can vegetarian or veganize!  Another reason is because I have been going thru my Las Vegas Photos again and keep coming across the photos of the Russian Restaurant inside Mandalay Bay called RED SQUARE.  Altho I have never been inside - it's been closed the 4 times I have been to Vegas - and in that part of Mandalay Bay - I love the layout and lighting!  It's very eye-catching!

So...I'm going to do my best with Russian Inspired flavors this week!  As you can see above I have a sauce!  It's the very first attempt at Veganizing Russian Flavors and I have to admit I LOVED the taste!

This sauce I found online - it's called Russian Universal Sauce.  Of course I tweaked it just a bit as well as used Vegan Cheesed instead of real cheese!

Here is what I used in this sauce:

2 Large Kumato Tomatoes
2 T Minced Garlic
2 T Earth Balance
2 T Grapeseed Oil
2 T leftover Tomato Sauce from last week
1 C Daiya Cheese
2 T White Cooking Wine

The only thing I would change is to omit the oil next time - I think the Daiya has enough of it in there - just be careful when melting!

This is a very rich and flavorful sauce!  I really LOVE it!  In the other photo above you will see I added rice to the sauce!  I think the addition of carrots and mushrooms would be lovely, too!

I almost forgot to mention the HUGE Salad I had on Friday Night!  I did mixed greens with slivers of cabbage and carrots along with cherry tomatoes, Avocado Ranch Dressing I blogged about last week, and topped it with Hemp Seeds!  It was AMAZING!

I'd also like to take this time to say CONGRATS to Elena Vo who won last week's contest for the Fearless Chocolate Bar!  Thanks for entering!  And for visiting my blog and commenting!  

Stay tuned for more contests coming very soon!

And finally, I would like to share with you another bar from Raw Revolution!  The flavor of the day is their Chocolate Crave

Organic Cashews, Organic Sunflower Seed Kernels, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Dates, Organic Cocoa processed with Alkali, Organic Almonds, Organic Sprouted Flax Seed. CONTAINS TREE NUTS. PEANUT-FREE.

NUTRITION FACTS: Serving Size 1 bar 1.8oz (51 g) Amount Per Serving: Calories 230, Calories from fat 130, Total
Fat 15g (23%DV), Saturated Fat 2.5g (12%DV), Trans Fat 0g (0%DV), Cholesterol 0mg (0%DV), Sodium 0mg (0%DV), Total
Carbohydrates 22g (7%DV), Dietary Fiber 4g (16%DV), Sugars 12g, Protein 7g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 8%, Calcium 6%,
Iani 5%, DV=% Daily Value.
The bar itself - looks like a BUNCH of chocolate!  YUM!  It does taste very chocolate-E especially with the dates!  The Cashews add texture and mass!  There are no big blocks or chips of chocolate - like in some of their other flavors - but it's still VERY tasty and flavorful, regardless!  The aftertaste is lovely, too!  The Chocolate and Date Combo linger sweet and near creamy and I found it really fantastic!



  1. Great idea to feature Vegan Russian Recipes! Since it is early Lent for Russian Orthodox Christians (as it is for us Greek Orthodox - our Pascha- Easter - is 5 weeks away), many are eating all vegan for the next month or so. Perfect timing : )

    1. Good to know! Thanks for letting me know, too! :) I've found it to be challenging as a lot of Russian Food seems to have meat, fish, eggs! I think I might try and come up with an alternative to bacon wrapped Brussell Sprouts! Those sound interesting!

  2. The co-op trip sounds sounds, that's one thing we do not have near us! And the sauce sounds great too.

    1. Thanks :)

      But you have the chains near you, right? I wish I had those, too, actually, any and all options I'm open to! :)