Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Stir Fry Time, A Word About Coconut Animos, Mild Nacho Cheez Sauce, Mac & Cheez Peas, Portabella Burger, B Vitamins

Here's a look at my food creations from last night.  First up is a Veggie Stir Fry!  I used 1 Large Portabella Mushroom, 1 Onion, 1 Carrot, a splash of GSO (Grapeseed Oil), a handful of Walnuts, 2 Mini Red and Yellow Sweet Peppers, 2 C Broccoli, a few splashes of Coconut Aminos, and Water.  This was tasty!  I had a sample of it last night and saved the rest for dinner tonight.

A few words about Coconut Aminos...

I use Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos.  I like the flavor of this because it's almost like a gentle soy sauce type flavor.  I'm not usually a salty-foods and flavors fan but also know it's necessary in foods such as this stir fry.  This was a less salty and more healthy alternative.  I do tend to prefer Coconut Aminos and Braggs Liquid Aminos over Soy Sauce and other Soy Sauce alternatives.  Here's the Product Description from Coconut Secret:

Coconut Aminos Soy-Free Seasoning Sauce 100% Organic, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free,Vegan Coconut Aminos is raw, very low glycemic, an abundant source of 17 amino acids, minerals, vitamin and has a nearly neutral pH. A comparison between coconut tree sap and soy, shows that coconut sap contains 2-14 times the amino acid content of soy. Small batches ensure that our organic, low glycemic Coconut Aminos, made from this natural sap, is a raw enzymatically alive product aged and blended with sun dried, mineral-rich sea salt, hand gathered from pristine waters near the southern islands of the Philippine coast. Ingredients: Organic Coconut Sap aged and blended with Sun-Dried, Mineral-Rich Sea Salt. Nutritional Facts:Serving Size 1 Tsp. (5ml), Servings per Container 48, Calories 5 Calories from Fat 0, Total Fat 0g (0% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Sodium 113mg (5% DV), Total Carbohydrate 1g (0% DV), Sugars 0g, Protein 0g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 0%, Iron 0%. Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on 2,000 calorie diet. Net wt: 8 fl oz

 Another thing I did last night was a Mild Nacho Cheez Sauce.  I started with a suggestion I saw online but thought it was way too salty for my liking so I tweaked it.  It might need a little more tweaking but I thought it was a pretty good start:
1 C Cashews (Soaked 2 hours)
1 C Veggie Broth (I think I will use water next time)
2 Cloves Garlic
3 T Nutritional Yeast
2 T Light/Mild Miso (I used Brown Rice and would probably only use 1 T next time)
Water & Almond Milk to taste and for Consistency

I also added a tablespoon of Wildtree's Spicy Chipotle Ranch to this - I think I will try more of that next time for that little bit of extra ZING!  I couldn't help but use some of the left overs with a handful of corn chips while I wanting for my Macaroni Noodles to get 'done'.

Oh!  Yes...and I added about a cup or more of peas to this to make a "Mac & Cheez Peas" dish.

Next time I might also try this with some Broccoli instead or in addition to the peas but I really liked the way the sweet peas "popped' in your mouth.

I was originally going to have my Stuffed Mini Peppers I blogged about yesterday but I'm saving those for tonight instead.  Last night I needed to use some LARGE Portabella Mushrooms I had bought.  The first one is used in the Stir Fry at the top of this post and the other one marinated in a few tablespoons of Wildtree's European Dipping Oil - Balsamic.  It was EXTREMELY flavorful on its own but I threw it on a Potato Roll as you can see in these photos.
I started by laying down a few leaves of Leafy Greens/Lettuce, then stacked on the mushroom, then a slice of fresh avocado, then a little tomato.  This made a very tasty and flavorful "burger".  Since the Mushroom had a lot of mass to it - it did take a few more moments to 'flatten it out' which I did in a 'frying pan' on stove top and medium heat.

And just for's another photo of this 'burger' to show the height...

No sauce was needed as this had a lot of flavor on its own.  I was pretty excited about these food accomplishments, too!

Another thing I have been trying to keep in mind are foods with B Vitamins in them.  I tend to forget that Quinoa has various B Vitamins in them.  For some reason I ALWAYS remember they are packed with protein - and are a COMPLETE Protein - and are high in calcium, but often forget about those B Vitamins!  Mushrooms are another good source of B Vitamins...and Nutritional Yeast is good, too!  Those are just a few quick examples.  More Coming Soon!

What I Ate Wednesday 


  1. The stir fry sounds awesome! I love coconut aminos and make a lot of stirfry's with that and water. So simple, yet tasty.
    omg... mac n' cheeze YUM.
    And the portobello burger looks pretty tasty too =)

    1. Thanks! I'm thinking there might be another stir fry in my near future :)

  2. Your food looks wonderful! I thank you for the shout out above.(The Charm of Home) I have been eating vegan almost. I do no dairy, soy, tree nuts, or wheat/ most grains. This is beacause of allergies that developed in my mid 40's. I have trouble finding things to eat or recipes and making substitutions. I am so glad I read about this coconut aminos. I could really use this in stir fry. Now I just season with salt. The one thing I can tolerate always is any coconut product! So this is a great find! Thanks for blogging about it!

    1. Thanks for the visit! I hope you don't mind me linking to your site in my Other Stops Tab, too! Coconut products are really stirring things up! I will certainly be blogging about more of them and soon! I have a lot of alternative foods on here, too, so def stop back :) LOVE to hear the feedback! Thanks!

  3. I love the cover, and I am most definitely intrigued. Great pick! Have a wonderful day.