Patsy talks popsicles

It’s summer. Hot and sticky in our hemisphere. Houston is a veritable steam bath! But then . . . . you know.

How about something totally cool then — like popsicles? Yessss!

I love popsicles, don’t you? I especially love making popsicles. Vegan ones. Naturally!

Recipes

We have loads of vegan popsicle recipes here on Tuesday’s Horse.

Go here for all vegan popsicle recipes search results »

Or by individual posts below:

Patriotic Popsicles. One Green Planet.
Patriotic Popsicles. Click image for recipe. Image: One Green Planet.

• Source: https://tuesdayshorse.wordpress.com/2017/06/05/8-totally-cool-and-tasty-recipes-for-homemade-vegan-popsicles/ »


Vegan Chai Popsicles. Click image for recipe here on Tuesday's Horse. Image source: Unknown.
Vegan Chai Popsicles. Click image for recipe. Image source: Unknown.

• Source: https://tuesdayshorse.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/cool-off-vegan-style-with-these-creamy-chai-coconut-popsicles/ »


Watermelon Kiwi vegan popsicles. By Well Vegan.
Vegan watermelon popsicles (and more). Click image for recipe. Image Source: Well Vegan.

https://tuesdayshorse.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/its-national-watermelon-day-lets-have-some-tasty-vegan-fun/ »


Blackberry Coconut Popsicles. Source image.
Vegan Blackberry Coconut Popsicles. Click for recipe. Source image.

https://tuesdayshorse.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/blackberry-coconut-lime-strawberry-lime-yogurt-popsicle-recipes/ »


Help the Planet!

Click to shop The Horse Fund at Zazzle.com. Zazzle image of custom design paper straws.
Click to shop The Horse Fund at Zazzle.com. Zazzle image of custom design paper straws.

We can help the planet too by using paper straws instead of something plastic.

Buy artisan paper straws on Zazzle via our Gift Shop link and make money for horses with your purchase »

When you get a chance, take a look here at all the darling ways to use paper straws and repurpose plastic ones. You will be charmed at the super cute ideas people have come up with for kids parties and more.

Thanks horse lovers!

Vegan Ambrosia Salad

Ambrosia. Image by Foodista.
Ambrosia salad. Image by Foodista.

Hey it’s Patsy, your friendly veganizer and horse lover.

We love ambrosia salad and wondered if you could veganize it. You can pretty much veganize anything but some things are easier than others.

What Vivian personally loves about this recipe is that it has Dandies marshmallows in it. Dandies marshmallows are vegan and you can get them at Amazon in all sizes.

With a quick search I found a veganized recipe for ambrosia salad already done for us by Veg Girl RD. With Dandies no less.

That was easy!

Dandies Vegan Marshmallows. Amazon image.
Dandies Vegan Marshmallows. Amazon image. Click to shop.

Vegan Ambrosia Salad

Ingredients

• 1 cup red or green seedless grapes
• 1 cup mandarin orange segments (from 3 to 4 fresh mandarin, satsuma or clementine oranges, peeled and segmented; or one 15-oz. can of mandarin oranges, drained)
• 1 cup canned red tart cherries in water, drained
• 1¼ cups fresh pineapple, chopped (about ¼ of a pineapple)
• 1 cup large flake unsweetened coconut
• 1 cup vegan mini marshmallows, or regular-sized vegan marshmallows cut into sixths (it takes about 10 regular-sized mallows to make 1 cup once they’re cut up)
• 13.5-fluid ounce can full fat coconut milk, refrigerated (you’ll only be using the solid part that separates out when it’s chilled)
• 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
• Seeds from 1 scraped vanilla bean or ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Put a medium-sized mixing bowl in the freezer to chill for 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine grapes, orange segments, cherries, pineapple, coconut and marshmallows. If you’re cutting up the larger marshmallows, kitchen shears work great. I cut the mallows directly over the bowl of fruit and stir them in after each few. This helps coat the pieces in fruit juice and reduce the stick-to-each-other factor. I also washed the shears halfway through the process which made for easier and less sticky cutting.

Remove chilled bowl from the freezer. Turn the can of coconut milk upside down and open from the bottom. Carefully pour off the cloudy liquid and set aside. Spoon the thick white solid stuff that’s left behind into your chilled bowl.

Using a hand mixer, beat for about 1 minute. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and continue mixing for another 2 minutes until it increases in volume and looks “whipped”. (Since you’re starting with a fairly small volume, I had better luck using a hand mixer and a high-sided bowl than the wire whip attachment on my stand mixer.)

Gently fold the whipped coconut cream into the fruit mixture. Chill for 1 hour.

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Banana Chai Smoothie Parfait recipe by I Love Vegan

Banana Chai Smoothie Parfait by Brittany at I Love Vegan. Click image to go there now!
Banana Chai Smoothie Parfait by Brittany at I Love Vegan. Click image to go there now!

ADVOCATE FROM YOUR PLATE — It is so hot. We are so busy, talking, talking … talking! And we haven’t had a vegan recipe here for ages. Boy do we need something cool and refreshing and tasty. And here it is. How about you?

Banana Chai Smoothie Parfait

A deliciously frosty, naturally sweetened, and lightly spiced smoothie parfait topped with crunchy granola, fresh blueberries, chopped apricots, and maple syrup. Serves 2.
Author: Brittany at ilovevegan.com
Cuisine: Vegan

INGREDIENTS

Banana Chai Smoothie Parfait
5 frozen bananas
1 cup chai tea ice cubes (directions in notes)
2 tbsp coconut cream or coconut yogurt
1 tbsp almond butter
6 pitted dates
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
1 pinch cinnamon
1 pinch dried ginger

Toppings
granola
coconut yogurt
fresh blueberries
chopped apricots
maple syrup (Pure Infused’s Lavender Chai is a great way to enhance the chai flavour!)

Go here for instructions and more delicious images »

Formula for making a perfect veggie burger without a recipe and grillable recipes too

MEMORIAL DAY — Annie McGee, writing for One Green Planet, has had her shares of ups and downs making veggie burgers over the years and so have we. There are many tried and true recipes but McGee takes that extra step for us.

McGee has a formula for making a perfect veggie burger. Here it is!

Photo: Annie McGee.
Photo: Annie McGee.

Formula for Making Perfect Veggie Burger

(1) The Base. Start your base with a good plant-based protein or a steady starch.

(2) Add Veggies. Add low-moisture veggies first. Carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, root veggies, beets, and so forth, roughly chopped.

(3) Add a Binder. About a 1/2 cup to 1 cup of oats, bread crumbs, prepared quinoa, leftover rice, etc. Alternately, you can use a few tablespoons of binders like flax meal, chia seeds, or hemp hearts.

(4) Kick Up the Flavor. Add some nutritional yeast, garlic, seasoned salt, pepper, freshly picked herbs, or whatever strikes your fancy. The flavors and flavor pairings are pretty much endless.  Tip: For a fresh-0ff-the-grill BBQ taste, add some tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, molasses, and liquid smoke.

(5) Add Final Textures. These are items that should be mixed in by hand, and not processed. Some of the things are too wet and might ruin the texture, some have flavor notes that would overpower the rest of the burger. Examples are apple chunks, jalapeños, blueberries, pineapple chunks, roughly chopped onion, and bell peppers.

(6) Shape and Bake. Preheat your oven to 450°F. Form the batter into patties — you should have anywhere between 8-10 — and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-18 minutes, flip, and bake for about 4-6 additional minutes.

Are you thinking, yeah, but what about the fun of being outside waiting for food fresh off the grill with that outdoor flavor?

Grill vegetables such as potatoes, sweet corn, yams or mushrooms and onions. Wrap them in foil and away you go.

Still not completely doing it for you? Get some totally terrific ideas from these links.

Grillable Veggie Burgers (and Vegan where noted)

10 Epic Veggie Burgers to Throw on the Grill | One Green Planet »

The Quinoa and White Bean Burger (Vegan) is my personal favorite, and our Featured Image up top. So very delicious. I also adore the Red Lentil Burgers with Kale Pesto (Vegan).

I love black beans as a base and I promise this veggie will hold together on the grill.

Grillable Veggie Burger | Minimalist Baker »

Grillable Veggie Burgers. Minimalist Baker.
Grillable Veggie Burgers. Minimalist Baker.

Here’s another!

Kate’s Grillable Black Bean Burgers (Vegan) »

These are super easy to make. You will probably have most of the ingredients on hand too. This recipe is featured on VegWeb.com and comes from Kate’s blog Vegan Ventures.

Hope you try at least one of these tasty burgers. Let us know what you think. Bye for now!

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Quinoa and White Bean Burger (Vegan); One Green Planet.