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The finished product! Yummy!

     This recipe stems from Giada at Home’s recipe for Vegetable Rolls with Chili Mayonnaise. But, of course, I couldn’t find the rice paper/cellophane noodle wraps at my local grocery. So, already having the know-how to make sushi, I just used the recipe for the chili mayonnaise sauce with some vegetables and rolled that. But, obviously, mayonnaise isn’t vegan and there was also fish sauce in the origional recipe, so I substituted some things and changed a few ingredients around to make it vegan. Hope you try it!

Ingredients for the Sauce

  • 1/2 cup veganaise
  • 1/3 cup sweet thai chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

Ingredients for the Rolls

  • 1/3 red bell pepper
  • 1/3 yellow bell pepper
  • 1/3 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 large carrots
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 pack nori, which are seaweed wraps for sushi (about 10 sheets, you’ll only need 3-4)
  • about 4 cups cold, cooked sticky rice (short grain), I made mine the day before.

Directions

For the chili mayonnaise:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the veganaise, chili sauce, soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic, brown sugar, mint, and basil.
  2. Cut up the vegetables into shoots about 1/4 inch wide and 3 inches long.
  3. Mix in the vegetables and let sit.

For Rolling:

  • Place a nori sheet on your cutting board.
  • Spoon about 3 small piles of sticky rice onto it.
  • Before you spread it, DIP YOUR FINGERS IN WATER! This will make it easier and the rice won’t stick to your hands. Then spread the rice evenly on the sheet, and remember to leave about a 1 inch margin at the top.

               

  • Onto the lower half of the sheet, place a few pieces of vegetables from the sauce bowl.
  • Start slowly wrapping from the lower half up.
  • Once you get to the 1 inch of nori left at the top, dip your finger in water and slide it across the margin. (This will keep it sealed.) Finish rolling.

               

  • With a VERY SHARP knife, carefully slice the log into rolls. (You might want to junk the ends, they usually turn out uneven and loose, but the rest of the log is great!)
  • Finish rolling all of your ingredients into rolls.

To Serve!

To serve these rolls, arrange them on a large plate or seving dish. On the side, have a small bowl for soy sauce at each setting. As an extra, you could have wasabi and pickled ginger on the serving dish with the sushi. Chopsticks are great, too!

 

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Instead of getting caught up in romance and fancy dinners this Valentine’s, have a blast cooking VEGAN DOG TREATS! You heard me! Your little critter needs love, and even if you don’t have a critter of your very own, what better way to spread the love is there than to donate a plate of yummy dog biscuits to your local animal shelter? You can spend your Valentines Day doing something that will make a difference.

Vegan Dog Treats:

5 cups flour
3 cups rolled oats
2-1/4 cups water
5 large carrots, finely shredded
2/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup applesauce

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a bowl, combine flour and oats. Mix in water, carrots, peanut butter, and applesauce.

3. Knead dough until people-cookie dough consistency. Roll out dough to desired thickness on a floured surface. Use cookie cutters to create biscuit shapes.

4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until slightly firm. Let biscuits cool… and let pups enjoy!

Makes: 6 panfuls of biscuits, Cooking time: 20 to 25 minutes a pan

You can cut them out with any cookie cutter, but I personally  love hearts, bones, or dog shapes for these treats. There are many cookie cutter sites that sell these types of cutters, you could even find your dogs shape, or just one you think is cute. (I prefer the classic Westie) Here is just one of the sites of many that sell them.

http://www.kitchengifts.com/dogs.html

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