Monday, February 17, 2014

Multi-Purpose Vegan Cheese Sauce, Raw Vegan Veggie Burgers, Trip to Labyrinth, and Gabby Update

Yes...I need to start doing a little catch up once again!  I was going to put this recipe on my blog last week but the week got away from me.  Sorry about that.  Last week I made this Vegan Mac & Cheese.  I used Orgran Vegetable Noodles but the real flavor was in the sauce.  Here's what I did for this sauce...

1 C Almond Milk
1 Yellow Onion
3/4 C Nutritional Yeast
1 Yellow (or Orange) Bell Pepper
3 T Cashews
1 T Tahini
1 tea Wildtree Garlic Galore
1/4 tea Turmeric

It was reminiscent of a "Sharper" type tasting cheese.

It made more than I was ready to use for the Mac & Cheese so I added about a teaspoon of Red Jalapeno Powder and used the rest as a Nacho Cheese Sauce for Tortillas.

I would make this again!  I think this is a good Multi-Purpose Vegan Cheese Base of sorts.
Last night I made Raw Vegan Burgers in my Excalibur.  For years I have had a hard time making veggie burgers at home because they have always fell apart.  These worked nicely in the Dehydrator!  I'm quite excited!  Here's what's in these...

1.5 C Almonds
1.5 C Pecans
3 Handfuls of Baby Carrots
1 Onion
1/4 C Parsley
1/4 C Lemon Juice
1 tea Curry Powder

I had a slew of Baby Carrots I NEEDED to use SOON and thought this might be a good way to try it.  Again...I think this is a neat base to play with and I would like to try them again with some spicy ingredients as well as maybe some corn and other veggies such as broccoli, peppers, maybe some beans or sprouts, even.
It was a weird weekend and I am sure I will share more of it as this week progresses.  One of the BAD things that happened is I whacked my 'pinky toe' on DH's Recliner and my foot is turning BLACK. hurts!  And with this ongoing COLD it sure isn't helping it!

On a GOOD side - I was able to visit The Labyrinth in Jamestown yesterday and ordered one of their Vin Diesel's for lunch/dinner.  It was great!  It's loaded with Grilled Chick Pea Salad, Avocado, Bell Peppers, Red Onions, Cranberries, Diced Tomatoes, Baby Spinach, Vinegar, Sunflower Seeds, Vegan Sour Cream, and Hot Sauce!  It was a 'Party In Your Mouth'. 

In addition to the wonderful wrap...I ordered one of their Soups of the Day which was their Vegan Lentil Chilli and I get for my lunch today!  While I was waiting I thought I would treat myself to one of their Espressos.  I don't do that often at all but I will tell you it would totally worth it!  They have their own Coconut Cream that they do as a milk alternative and the size of this Espresso was something I have never seen before!  It was AMAZING!  So yes...I am a happy camper after that visit.

An update on Gabby - she's been eating much better since we started giving her wet/canned food but now I think there is something else wrong with her.  Not sure if it's a blockage or worse so tomorrow she has an appointment.  She doesn't appear to be in any pain as she's the happiest cat I have ever seen!  She's constantly purring and the sweetest girl!

I just don't have a good feeling about this.  I've read up on Persian Cats often having problems with Poly-cystic Kidney Disease for which there is no cure.  I'm wondering about a blockage now that's she's gaining weight from the wet food but it's all collecting in her stomach.  She's NOT a young cat.  We've had her for about 10 years and when we adopted her they said she was around 2 or so and had been homeless for what they thought was most of her life.  I'm really worried about our little girl!


  1. Glad to see you back!

    The cheeze sauce looks great : )

    Hope Gabby is on the mend soon.

    1. Thanks so much! And thanks for checkin' up on me :) It means a lot!

  2. I didn't realize you were on the outs, Jennifer. Glad you are back, too! The burger looks wonderful!

    Zsu @Zsus Vegan Pantry

  3. Oops! Just lost my connection, and my comment too, I guess. I was saying that I would want to make my own vegan burger patties one day. I've tried eating that once, very nice - they use shitake mushrooms.

    1. I bet with the mushrooms - they were great, too! I hope to do more of these soon - different flavors - the ones I made didn't last long :) LOL

  4. I love making 'cheese' sauce :-) And this looks delicious.
    So sorry to hear that you're kitty isn't doing so well :-( So sad when our pets struggle and they can't tell us what they're feeling.

    1. Thanks! I'm very nervous about the vet visit today...she's such a sweet, happy girl! I hope we don't lose her!

  5. Glad you're back and sorry about your toe, hope it feels better soon! The recipes look great and hoping Gabby gets better soon! The pics from Instagram looked amazing for The Labyrinth, wow!

    1. Hey! Thanks! I'm already planning on making more RAW Vegan Burgers :) I'm kind of craving them now! LOL I will certainly post what I find out about Gabby...I'm very worried! Thanks for the the feedback about the Labyrinth pics...I really like that place! I don't really get over there often so I really do appreciate the chance to go when I can :)

  6. Everything looks great, especially the raw vegan burgers. I used to make them often in my dehydrator. I hope and pray that all is well with little Gabby!

    1. Thanks! I can't wait to make more burgers in my Excalibur!!! I have been worrying about Gabby BIG TIME...just don't have a good feeling...I don't want to lose my little girl! I will keep you posted!

  7. Thanks for linking to What'd You Do This Weekend. Hope you have a great weekend and see you back on Monday.


  8. Sounds like you've been keeping busy busy!
    Your veggie burgers sound awesome! I love the idea of dehydrating them. I can never get mine to stay together, so maybe raw is the answer for me too.
    Yikes! Your poor toe - wishing you a speedy recovery!
    Hope Gabby is ok :/

    1. Yes...I think this is a good solution for those of us who have a hard time keeping them together :) My toe is doing better but it's still very colorful! I know I will think of Gabby Daily...still can't believe she's gone.

  9. Both of these recipes look delicious! And I hope everything turns out alright for your little Gabby. Thanks for sharing, and I am featuring this in this week's What'd You Do This Weekend! Pinned :-)

    Ashley @

    1. Thanks for the visit. Unfortunately Gabby is no longer with us...I miss her very much! Thanks for the thoughts...means a lot!