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Vegan Picnic-tastic

Memorial Day weekend in New York meant huge gatherings of friends and families in every park and the scent of sizzling animal flesh on every grill. I, however, got to enjoy a nice little picnic for two in Riverside Park on Sunday (right before I bailed on my rollerblades and became a sheepish, scraped mess). 🙂

The menu

Strawberries, seedless green grapes, marinated green and kalamata olives, supercrazydelicious Baked Kettle chips (salt & fresh ground pepper flavor), and a bean salad and sandwiches I made that morning. Mm mmm mm.

Approximate recipes:

Chili-Lime Bean Salad


1 can garbanzo beans
1 can red kidney beans
1 can sweet corn kernels
1 can black beans
1 jalapeño, diced finely
1 orange bell pepper, diced
Bunch of cilantro, snipped into small pieces
Spices!!! I threw in generous amounts of chili powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.
Juice of two limes

Mix all in large bowl. Enjoy!

Tempeh-Hummus-Veggie Sandwiches

Tempeh (any variety, but I like the Lightlife Garden Veggie)
Teriyaki sauce
Lemon pepper
Baguette (I am in love with a multigrain one from Fairway. Crazy awesome!)
Hummus (flavor your choice, I used roasted red pepper)
Cucumber, sliced
Plum tomatoes, sliced
Red onion, sliced
Roasted red pepper, sliced (from a jar or roast your own)
Spinach leaves

Slice the tempeh thinly and marinate briefly in a bit of teriyaki sauce with a few dashes of lemon pepper.  Sauté in a skillet on each side for a few minutes until browned. Slice the baguette in half and spread the hummus on the bottom half. Place the cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, red pepper, and tempeh, topped by spinach leaves. Cut the baguette into smaller sandwiches. Voilà.  

Obviously you could add anything else you liked to this versatile sandwich. Artichoke hearts? Vegan feta? Grilled mushrooms? All great!

And a couple more pics of the view from our picnic spot. Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend!


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I’m making that bean salad today! What a GREAT post. Thanks! I went to a barbecue recently where I was made fun of for not eating meat. Rough day, but I wrote about it! http://www.denwrites.com

Comment by dennisfinocchiaro

Made fun of you? Were they saying stuff like this?…

“Hey, stop caring for animals, you educated person!”

“Man, yhow dumb are you? Cows are HAPPY when they give milk!”

“Idiot, there hasn’t been any poisoned meat recalled in at least 60 days!”

“If we all destroy the environment as one, it’ll go faster!”

Comment by The Cockroach!

What a beautiful meal. It’s not only healthy but sounds delicious. You must had a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing.

Comment by Tes

Yay for awesome picnicking!

Comment by The Cockroach!

Looks like a nice spot for a picnic, as cities go. Sorry again to hear about you rollerblading incident. I have been wanting to get back into that. You have not encouraged me.

Comment by Steven Morrisroe

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