Christmas Dinner: Vegan Recipes {Funchoza}

Although I had grand plans for yesterday’s dinner, our plans had to be changed at the last moment to accommodate our lives… Well, life does happen when it happens… The unbelievable amounts of snow (as you can see it from the post before this one) was piled up in our drive way, and was threatening to flood our front door, as the snow was starting to melt.

Hubby and I braved 5 hours of snow shoveling. Tired bodies and aching backs was our present to each other for Christmas 🙂 By the time we were done, my brother came and whisked Mom away for dinner, my sister left as well, so it was just Hubby and I. I did not really want to spend too much time in the kitchen, as you can imagine, but, nevertheless, we had to eat.

I did have to push myself, but more willingly than I naturally would have. We burnt a lot of calories in five hours and my body demanded ENERGY! I ended up making 3 dishes, a dessert, and a smoothie. Not bad for someone as tired as I was… I had made Bean Salad, Potato Salad [except this time I did not include: celery, apple and zucchini.

I also half-cooked carrots, and added pickle juice for a more moist texture, and a small bag of frozen peas], Funchoza [Asian dish], my famous Apple Pie (one day I will add a recipe, I promise), and a Tropical Smoothie. Unfortunately I could not eat the pie, since I am off gluten for now, but I did slice an apple and mixed it with cinnamon, lemon juice, nutmeg and a bit for brown sugar for myself. I even “baked” it for about 10 minutes at 350 F to make it taste more like apple pie.

To my deepest regret I could not eat as much as I thought I wanted to. Being that all of these dishes are high in fiber, my stomach was filled before my brain wanted to agree with it. But, there is always the next day…Here is a new recipe for you to try. It is SO easy to make, even a novice can do it. It is fool-proof and DELICIOUS.

Vegan Funchoza

● 1 package of bean noodles*
● 1 large bell pepper, any color, but I prefer red or yellow, sliced in 1/3-1/4 inch slices
● 1 large onion, sliced
● 1-2 carrots, thinly sliced, in then chopped into straws
● ¼ cup water to saute veggies
● Sea salt to taste
● Red dried pepper flakes, or any spicy seasoning, to taste
● 1 small can of tomato sauce or 2-3 tablespoons of tomato paste

*you can find it in the ethnic/Asian food isle

● Boil noodles until tender.
● Meanwhile, combine all other ingredients, except for tomato sauce, and sauté 5-10 minutes on medium heat with water, splashing it as needed.
● Add tomato sauce and sauté for about 2 minutes.
● When noodles are done, drain, cut into smaller length pieces, unless you are willing to work hard with your fork, and combine with other ingredients, until well mixed.
● Serve hot or chilled.
● Garnish with your favorite herb.


Tropical Blueberry Smoothie

● Pineapple
● Orange
● Blueberries
● Splash of Apple Cider

I wish you all a HEALHY state of LIFE!

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