Monday, November 3, 2008

Corn Dawgs! And Vote for Obama!

I purchased Happy Herbivore's first fat-free vegan e-cookbook months ago. But I kept forgetting to make anything from it when grocery list time came around. I'd been eyeing the recipe for fat-free corn dogs since day one, and since I had spare Smart Dogs lying around tonight, I went for it.

Here's a not-so-flattering photo of Happy Herbivore's Corn Doggies:

Don't let my bad battering skills prevent you from trying this recipe. It was difficult getting the corn meal/flour mixture to stick to the dogs, but I'm sure with practice (and patience ... which I did not have because I was hungry!), it gets easier.

I couldn't tell these puppies were fat free AT ALL! The dogs are baked, not fried. And most vegan hot dogs are naturally fat free. Since I've gone vegan, I've not been shy about frying things since I figure I need the extra fat grams that I used to get from dairy. But HH is opening my eyes to the potential of lower fat foods. If all her recipes are this good, I could start eating a little better ... well, unless there are green tomatoes or okra to be fried. ;-)

On the side, I roasted some sweet potatoes with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and paprika.

I cooked them for about 25 minutes on 450 degrees. So good! I have like a million pound box of sweet taters for the winter (thanks to my Mama and Granny for hooking me up).

I also attempted to re-create some Citrus Spinach I sampled at DeJavu Vegetarian Restaurant, a local vegan soul food joint, this past weekend:

I got pretty close to the original with this. I sauteed garlic in a small amount of safflower oil, then added baby spinach, the juice of a half a lemon, and a few drops of Jamaican hot sauce. Yum!

By the way, don't forget to get out and vote for Obama today!!! I'm so nervous about the election, I could just die. If McCain wins, the world will end. So please, please, please (if you haven't already early voted), Vote for Obama!!!

23 comments:

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

I want to make those corn dogs (they're the reason I bought the ebook), but I have to figure out an alternate to packaged hot dogs! Doesn't anyone have a seitan dog recipe?! hehe.

Everything looks SO good!

shellyfish said...

Looks yummy!
OBAMA! OBAMA! OBAMA! OBAMA! I'm also freaking out. The results will be coming in around 4am my time tomorrow, so it's going to be a sleepy night for me - I won't be able to go to bed until I know!

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

that's cool that you have a vegan soul food joint in town! I love getting inspiration from restaurants and trying to make the dishes at home.

miss v said...

ooo, your dawgs look good. i'm not sure my battering skills would be any better... that stuff i hard!

and i can't wait to whip up some of that citrus spinach tonight!

Ricki said...

I've got that ebook, too, but since I don't eat hot dogs, I'd never thought to make the recipe! You've opened my eyes to the other possibilities. . . must give it a try!

As a Canadian, I'm fascinated by all the election hype and can't wait to see what happens tonight. And it's clear that the blogging world (well, vegan food blogging world) is all rooting for the same candidate! :)

VeggieGirl said...

SWEET POTATOES!! CITRUS SPINACH!!

shelby said...

I love that recipe. And all of Lindsay's recipes. They are all really good.


YAY for Obama! I totally agree with you about McCain. Ha and my mom is not letting my Dad vote because he wants to vote for McCain!!! She said she will divorce him. I wish I could vote!

Jen said...

i love me some corn dogs. will have to try recipe. btw, i already voted. we had early voting in IN, so i did it a couple weeks ago. i feel really nervous, almost kinda sick. let's pray to the tofu gods that he wins.

pixiepine said...

Yum yum all that food looks good!

inthedeepend said...

If McCain wins, I'll cry like there's no tomorrow. Just the thought of him winning sends shivers down my spine. And not in a good way. The food looks fabulous as usual. Those corn dogs look so good. I'll have to check them out.

Betsy said...

OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA!!! I hope I only cry tears of joy tonight...I cried too many tears of sadness 4 years ago.

Shenandoah Vegan said...

I cast my vote for Obama at 6:15 this morning. Great looking grub!

Mihl said...

The corn dogs freaked me out. A little bit. Maybe I'm still in a halloweeny mood, but it looks like a finger. Andf I am totally exited although I am not even American. Good luck for you guys and for the O.

Green Eyes, Green Heart said...

Fried okra with ketchup......the only Southern thing about me lol! (Well, that and Paula Deen. LOVE her!) :)

Alice said...

I just got to your blog through veganyumyum and I love it! I can't wait to have your book as soon as it's out. I love the South, I was an exchange student there when I was 17! Can you keep me updated on your book? I wasn't able to find your email...
Alice

happyherbivore.com said...

I\m so so so glad you liked the corn dogs, and just so we're clear - I don't make 'em pretty either. I actually think yours do look nice (and cute). I suck at making food pretty :P

& of course, your sides are amazing and look absolutely delicious as always. I went to the polling place before it even opened and still had to wait well over an hour to vote for Obama - but it was WELL WORTH THE WAIT.

jessy said...

totally voted today! happyface & hooray for Obama! :D those corn dawgs look rock'n to me, Bianca! from the looks of them - i'd say i would be able to eat a million on them! i love the sound of jamaican hot sauce with the spinach! wow, that sounds so good! hooray for a giant box of yummy sweet potatoes! ever tried 'em with chili powder?! they're awesome that way, too! i've never had paprika on sweet potatoes before - totally gonna have to try that! yay!

River said...

They look delish! I love Lindsay's recipes, her new Pudge Free Holidays book is awesome!

T said...

GOBAMA!!!! From swing-state VA to the dirrrty south!

Veggie said...

Hi bianca,

I thought of you yesterday when I saw the huge line-ups (at the polls) on tv. I just new that Obama was going to win at that point, although I couldn't believe that people were lining up for hours some even before the polling stations had opened.

Cyn said...

Yum! That spinach looks especially good to me - I'm totally into spinach + lemon + garlic, and I bet with hot sauce it would be extra delicious.

Theresa said...

Did you get a sense of .... deja vu when you made spinach similar to a restaurant version??

Sorry, I couldn't resist. I know, it was awful.

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