Vegan Spinach Pesto Sauce

[UPDATE 2023] – I cannot find Soymage Vegan Parmesan Alternative any more. There are number of alternatives to it now. This Go Veggie Foods brand seems popular.

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Well, I am still eating spinach pesto sauce, but it is not as good the second day so I would suggest making just about as much as you need.

This Soymage Vegan Parmesan Alternative [no longer available] is the secret to completely vegan pesto sauce. There is an almost vegan Parmesan cheese I like and I will put it on the blog as soon as I go to the store (about 45 miles from me) that carries it and pick some up.

But in the meantime, make yourself some spinach pesto if you have some basil, spinach, olive oil, vegan Parmesan, garlic, a blender, food processor, or a mortar and pestle for you purists out there.

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I really like pasta, and tonight I had pasta that was a little different — gnocchi.

Cucina Viva Gnocchi

I spotted this package of multi-colored gnocchi, (which means multi-flavored: plain, spinach and tomato) at an upscale supermarket not far from my health food store.

Gnocchi is naturally vegan. I served it with a vegan spinach pesto sauce. I got a bit of basil at a farmer’s market today, but not enough to make straight pesto so I made spinach pesto instead, because I did have a lot of fresh spinach.

The pesto turned out good. I’ll post the vegan spinach pesto recipe tomorrow seeing as I made so much that I will be eating it for days.

Thai Kitchen

Thai Kitchen has a most beautiful website, and I love their instant rice noodle soup.

Thai Kitchen

They make a number of different vegan products. I am very intrigued with the thought of their coconut milk for use in recipes, so I’ll look for some next time I go to my local health food store. Even though they do sell their wares on their website, it was quite a bit more expensive there — $3.50 for 4 packets of soup and I bought one elsewhere for 55 cents.

My favorite soup is Bangkok Curry, nice and spicy. They also have Garlic & Vegetable, Thai Ginger, Spring Onion, and Lemongrass & Chili.

These single packs of soup are great for a lite lunch or a snack. Completely vegan because they use coconut milk instead of cow’s.

More Vegan Cookies

I love these MI-Del Chocolate Snaps. They are a quick, small, taste treat and not anywhere near as loaded with calories as The Best Cookies in the Galaxy.

MI-Del Chocolate Snaps

At 130 calories for 5 cookies and only 45 calories from fat they are a lot less decadent, but do the trick when you are looking for something vegan, sweet and crunchy.

Find these Chocolate Snaps, and they also make Lemon Snaps, Ginger Snaps, Vanilla Snaps, at good health food stores.

Turtle Mountain

UPDATE [2023] – Tofutti Cuties are still around, but most of the delicious flavors of this “Turtle Mountain” brand [no longer called Turtle Mountain] are not. Read an article explaining…

The brand has been renamed So Delicious Dairy Free, Frozen DessertsFeed your soul with artfully crafted frozen desserts. Almond. Cashew. Coconut. Oat. Soy. And dozen of oh-so-tasty flavors. Every creamy spoonful is dairy-free, Non-GMO Project Verified and Certified Vegan.

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Now, I am a huge Tofutti fan. I love cuties more than anything, but I have been to the Turtle Mountain and I must tell you… Purely Decadent SOY Delicious is some of the best vegan ice cream money can buy!

I love Cherry Nirvana, loaded with black cherries and chocolate flakes. I also love Chocolate Brownie Almond with chewy chocolate brownie chunks and roasted almonds. At first, I didn’t believe it could be vegan, so I read the pints and went to their website and this stuff is actually vegan certified.

Here’s a PDF with all the Purely Decadent nutritional information.

Click Here for the SOY Delicious Nutritional PDF
Turtle Mountain
Purely Decadent SOY Delicious
Nutritional Info PDF

Below is a link, not to a recipe, but to descriptions of all the different flavors.
I’d say try one.

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Baja Fresh vs. Taco Bell

Danielle, a regular comment contributor to Almost Vegan, left another tip on my Taco Bell post. She asked if I had a Baja Fresh near me.

baja fresh Baja Fresh USA map - locations

She explained how Baja Fresh was incredibly vegan friendly and also had a very clean, nice environment. Judging from their website, I think she is right, unfortunately there’s not one within 100 miles of me.

You know, I am so happy people come to my blog and are nice enough to leave comments, but the downside is I hear about living real close to Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Market, and now this Baja Fresh place. (sigh) I actually walk my dog every day on a sandy-dirt road surrounded my woods and a couple of small lakes. I “shop” at farms where they just picked the fruits and/or vegetables I am buying… but God I miss big cities. I really do.

Minestrone Soup

bowl of minestrone soup Oh boy, I’ve done it this time. I have made some of the best minestrone soup I have ever tasted, and it is because I just used the ingredients I had in the house. I usually put mushrooms in it, because I love mushrooms, but the ones I had-had gone south.

So, I only used some fresh zucchini, yellow squash, onion, garlic and then canned stewed tomatoes, (stewed are perfect for minestrone) garbanzo beans, and great northern beans. I actually liked it better without the mushrooms.

More of a purist’s minestrone.

Knorr Vegetarian Vegetable Bouillon

The secret vegan ingredients are Knorr Vegetarian Vegetable Bouillon and Soymage Vegan Parmesan Alternative.

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Vegan Blueberry Coffee Cake

A very old family recipe – veganized. Every year, when the blueberries come off the bushes, we take out this pan (9×13) and make a blueberry coffee cake. This is the most simple, but the best thing to eat in the world. It’s also blue food, so no matter how sweet and decadent, it’s good for you.

You’ll need 2 pints of blueberries, a (flour) sifter (very important), 1 cup vegan margarine, Egg Replacer, soy milk, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, for the most amazing vegan taste treat!

The ultimate blueberry coffee cake and it is completely vegan.

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Soy Milk is Hot!

Wal-Mart's Soy MilkLook at this, Wal-Mart is marketing its own brand of soy milk!

I take this as a huge sign that soy milk is really catching on. That is great. Now all we have to do is work on the soy ice cream, soy cream cheese, and soy sour cream. All of which are so good that if people knew, Wal-Mart would be marketing its own brand of those things too.

Taste test: It’s actually pretty good.

(Again, please don’t hate me for shopping at Wal-Mart. I really have to do it or I’ll starve!)


Taco Bell

I go out, I drive past fast food joints, and I am not so strong or so militant that I do not weaken. I actually like to grab something at a drive thru (I’ll admit it) and eat it on the run.

I can do this and stay vegan if I go to Taco Bell, and I really like their Raspberry Iced Tea.

think outside the bun

I get a bean burrito, NO CHEESE — “No cheese?” — Yes, that’s right, no cheese, and I want rice, lettuce, onions and tomatoes on it, Okay? — “Sure, that’s okay.” — Thank you very much.