Monthly Archives: May 2016

Secret Sauce

tahini dressinSince I cook from scratch on a regular basis, I need a few wholesome shortcuts. One of mine is tahini dressing. I use it on a variety of salads and as a sauce on a number of main or side dishes. The sauce freezes very well, so I can make a large batch and store it for quick, future use.

The recipe is below, and I hope that the photos inspire you.

 

Wisk together the following:
1/3 cup raw tahini
¼ cup filtered (or more to desired consistency)
1 Tablespoon chickpea miso
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

 

broccoli

broccoli-based salad

celery root and sweet pot

roasted celery root topped with greens, black lentils, and tahini sauce served with a side of sweet potatoes.

chunk salad

veggie chunk salad

falafel n tater

baked falafel with a side of smashed, fried potatoes and shallots

Hasselback sweet potato

hasselback cut sweet potato

kale salad

kale salad

lettuce salad

lettuce salad

 

side salad with raw falafel full plate

raw falafel on a bed of lettuce served with other raw goodies

 

To be honest, I don’t recall where this recipe originated and if/how much I changed it from its original form. (Recipes are not copywrited, but I do give credit when possible.)

Michigan Restaurants at VegFest Novi

In addition to the large number of food producers at VegFest Novi, I was able talk to several Detroit area restaurants that were sampling their tasty food. Visit them when you are in that area!

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This is the sample from a Kosch Catering. They have a vegan menu.

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Also, Chive Kitchen in Farmington did a food demonstration, but I didn’t see a booth for them.

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Michigan Food Producers 

I’m always amazed to see the large number of creative Michigan food producers as I travel around the state. Here’s what I found while at VegFest 2016 in Novi, MI. Look for them online, in stores, and at farmers markets.

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I’ve had El Cardenal salsa and tamales when they were in Grand Rapids. Delish!

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Ope’s came all the way from Kalamazoo.

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Bob loves the spicy popcorn from Cynt-Sation.

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A vegan? Where do you get your protein? From lentil snacks!! I’ve also seen these at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. 

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MI Pops are from Mason, MI.

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Lots of great flavor selection.

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Detroit BBQ!

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Whole food bars.

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I’ve purchased this pasta at the Detroit Eastern Market; good substitute for those avoiding wheat.

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What’s not to like about vegan soft serve?

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I had to try a doughnut!

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First time I had these was in the U.P. They are available in many areas of MI.

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Gotta have some savory with the sweet!

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Gourmet Dressings.

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More gourmet – from Clarkston.

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Bakery that caters to those with food sensitivities.

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More MI granola!

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Oh my. Pie is my favorite dessert.

 

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Preserves and condiments made in MI.

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HOT!

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Get your gut health here! The Brinery in Ann Arbor.

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They also have fitness sessions.

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Looks like a great choice for a special occasion.

To see the restaurants at VegFest Novi 2016, visit this link.