Thursday, August 4, 2011

Vegan Dining Guide: Newer Vegan Restaurants in the Portland Metro Area

1239 SW Jefferson Street
Portland, OR 97205


1806 SW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201

301 SW Morrison
Portland, OR 97204

14601 SW Millikan Way
Beaverton, OR 97006

Loving Hut just opened May 18th, only a couple months ago. I haven't tried it yet, but oh I will! They serve vegan sushi!!

Cafe Yumm has been around a while but it doesn't come up on google searchs as a vegan restaurant even though their signature sauce is vegan, and they serve a variety of vegan rice bowls, salads, and tofu skewers.

If you're ever in the Portland area then try eating out at these veg friendly spots.

Dessert Recipe: Deluxe Cocoa Brownies

3 ounces firm silken tofu (1/4 the package)
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 325. Grease your square brownie pan with non-dairy butter. Puree the tofu, coconut milk, and oil in a blender or food processor. Transfer the tofu mixture to a mixing bowl, use a spatula to scrape down the sides to make sure you get everything. Mix in the sugar and add the vanilla. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt. Create a well in the dry mix, and slowly pour the tofu mixture in and fold until the batter is moist and smooth. Transfer the batter to the pan and smooth the top. Bake for 30-32 minutes. Let the brownies cool for at least 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

Walnut Brownies: Fold 1 cup of walnuts into the batter.
Chocolate Chip Brownies: Fold 3/4 cup chocolate chips into the batter (make sure they're non-dairy)

I love this recipe! I have finally found the perfect vegan brownie recipe for me and my family. It's tastes like a boxed mix, yummy!