Monthly Archives: March 2012

Super Bowl BBQ Sauce

One of my favorite condiments is – BBQ Sauce – I put it on burgers, dip fries in it, drizzle a little on baked beans…I just love the sweet and tangy flavor…I used BBQ sauce to cover up the taste of meat for most of my life…I made this realization when I was making my transition to a plant-based diet…It was the sauces and spreads that I really had the taste for – not what I was dipping in it (with the exception of french fries)!  Don’t you just love a good Ah-Ha! moment!  So when Super Bowl Sunday rolled around yes, I’ve been slack on posting) I knew I wanted BBQ sauce on something – but BBQ  sauce on what?…I didn’t just want a veggie burger…the wheels were really turning…you’ll just have to trust me on that…and I had just discovered Pinterest around this time so I was dying to find things to pin…meanwhile, LV was working on perfecting her baked tofu…Finally, I knew what Super Bowl Sunday needed – BBQ tofu sandwiches with coleslaw. I Googled and I Googled some more until I found…Kathy’s Smoky, Sticky, Sweet BBQ Sauce…so I think this actually was my first Pinterest pin…or second. Kathy’s Smoky, Sticky, Sweet BBQ Sauce
vegan, makes about 1 1/2 cups

4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
3 Tbsp Black strap Molasses
2 1/2 Tbsp agave syrup
1 tsp lime or lemon juice
2 tsp Liquid Smoke (Did not use either time I’ve made the sauce)
*I like Colgin brand. It says it’s vegan on the bottle
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp spicy mustard
2 tsp soy sauce
3 tbsp organic tomato paste
1 1/2 Tbsp Arrowroot Powder
*thickens the sauce like corn starch
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cumin
1 Tbsp ketchup
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp cayenne (adjust for heat)

I’d like to point out that this sauce is vegan – and also point out that finding a BBQ sauce recipe and making it vegan is not at all difficult…As personal taste always plays a role in these types of things, I made a few tweaks to the recipe…I’ve made this sauce a couple of times so I’ve learned some lessons too.  Also don’t be alarmed by the number of ingredients…seems like like a lot but after you purchase what you need…you’ll have plenty to make many batches of BBQ sauce.

Not Pictured: Tomato Paste, Cayenne Pepper and Lime Juice

Easiest Directions Ever:
Combine all liquid ingredients in a bowl. Stir in the remaining ingredients one at a time. Make sure to add the arrowroot powder slowly to avoid clumping.

It looks like BBQ sauce, it smells like BBQ sauce, it tastes like BBQ sauce - It must be BBQ sauce!!!

Lessons Learned:

  1. 1/4 tsp of cayenne goes a long way (The second batch I used an 1/8 tsp)
  2. If you don’t need the smoky flavor – you don’t have to add it.
  3. 1 tsp of pepper is too much for my taste (The second batch I used 1/2 tsp or less)
  4. The sauce doesn’t really need the arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  5. To thin it – substitute tomato sauce in place of the tomato paste
  6. Tofu and BBQ sauce are an amazing combo!

    Baked BBQ Tofu sandwich with Slaw


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Vegan Though You’re Not…

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When I decided to go vegan it’s not a decision that I took lightly…I had always flirted with vegetarianism through my natural likes and dislikes of certain foods…but I had to spend time thinking about what it meant for me to become a vegan…what beliefs I hold…was it the right thing for me physically, socially, ethically and mentally…and how that all fit together…because if I am making a lifestyle change it has to be something believe in…

So what do I believe in?

I believe in the circle of life…in science…in progress…in God…in evolution… And the realization that I came to was all of  those things afford me choice…and even free will…and none mandates me to eat animals…I don’t have a primal urge to go kill my food…any primal instinct in my lineage is long gone…I do believe that humans are omnivores based on certain functions that the human body performs and the need for a few vitamins that aren’t reliably found in plant based foods…whether that was an initial design or an adaptation based on necessity – I’ll leave that to the scientists… but just because my body can digest animal products doesn’t mean it has to do so…I do not live in an area or a time period that vegetation is scarce…there are plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, spices and even supplements – to give me what I need nutritionally and don’t include hormones or chemicals…It is true that I enjoy food for more than just substance to keep my body functioning…I’ve always known food as a social activity with friends and family, an experiment in taste, and an edible art form… and I was given a brain and two hands to combine all of these wonderful things into something nutritious and delicious…so what I’m given is a choice…to choose not to eat living things…and I make that choice not with vanity, hate or judgment but with an open mind and a loving heart…

They say you shouldn’t talk about religion, money or politics in social situations…apparently dietary choice should be added to the list…in discussing my choice I’ve been given support from close friends and family even if they have little understanding of what it means…and I’ve been asked, “Why?” with innocence and disgust and one friend even seemed a little angry.  Some people may find it different…strange…weird…whatever adjective you want to use for not being status quo…so their reactions are probably how they respond to change and differing opinions in general…I get this…I do…And realize that it isn’t me or veganism that is the problem – It’s their attitude…I don’t feel judgmental about people who choose not to be vegan because it is so personal…so to those who are a little judgy…I say…even though you’re not vegan, I am going to be and I am still me. 

I do tend to sound a little proud when I talk about the foods I’ve learned to make…but that’s because I am…  

To me becoming vegan is an adventure every day…it’s not a burden…nor does it leave me hungry like your average quick fix diet…I’m still learning, growing and building my vegan foundation…I’m not being forced into it nor would I ever force or guilt someone into veganism…and if you’re worried about my B-12 consumption, I take a supplement…and if you wonder what I’ll wear…well there is a wonderful world of clothing out there that is sans animal product and by-product…and then there is the realization that there are some things that are out of my control and all I can do is my part…

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