This is most definitely my favorite Guy Fieri recipe. Not because it tastes amazing (although it’s pretty yummy for a standard chili recipe), but because it’s a chili based on the movie Grown Ups 2. I’m pretty sure Guy Fieri and whatever garbage Adam Sandler is currently slinging are the perfect match, and Fieri’s recipe is ridiculous. There’s a bunch of meat and beer in it and you’re suppose to serve it over french fries. Also I’m pretty sure that sentence describes every Guy Fieri recipe ever.
However, this chili is good! Probably not a great summer recipe, though. I had a big ol’ pot of simmering chili on the stove in 90 degree heat and it made the apartment feel horrible, but smell delicious. I didn’t make my own french fries, but instead served mine over frozen waffle fries that I heated up in the over. Bro vegan!
I know, I make a lot of pizza, but pizza is the most perfect food. You can literally deconstruct any meal and turn it into a pizza. I’ve been wanting to try Guy’s Cajun Crab & Asparagus Pizza for a while, but didn’t want to overwhelm the blog with a lot of the same. This tasty pie combines a layer of cajun alfredo sauce with tangy “crab” in the form of shredded hearts of palm, asparagus and roasted red peppers.
I’m constantly looking for different ways to do crab, because the May Wah imitation stuff is gross (the one time I tried to use it, the smell was so overwhelming I had to throw it out). I’ve heard good things about jackfruit, but couldn’t find any in my local grocer, so I turned to the next best thing: hearts of palm. If you shred up whole hearts of palm, mix it with nori, lemon, agave and a bit of Old Bay and let it marinate for a bit, you’ve got the perfect replacement for crab.
I used a cashew cream mixed with nutritional yeast and rejuvelac as the sauce base and added pre-made cajun seasoning, but if you don’t have cajun seasoning you can use the spice blend in Fieri’s original recipe.
Recipe’s under the cut, along with more photos.
P.S. Check out GGV’s new logo! It was created by the talented Sara Lyons and I absolutely love it.
I recently spent a week traveling up the west coast of the U.S. for the first time in my entire life. I’m not very well traveled. Heck, I don’t even have a passport. Needless to say this was a pretty big adventure for me. I met two of my (also vegan) friends in Denver, while they were in the middle of their Punk Rock Karaoke tour. The PRK Collective is a great group of folks who put on fun events to benefit activist groups, including many animal rights and rescue organizations.
Figs from a Santa Monica farmers market — my first time eating fresh figs!
From Denver we drove through Las Vegas to LA, up through San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. My plans of what to do and see were primarily motivated by one thing: food. I wanted to eat at all the wonderful vegan restaurants I’d heard about and never tried, and that’s exactly what I did! So, I present you, dear readers, a “food diary” of my west coast travels, along with my top 3 favorite spots that I visited.
The first food I ever learned how to cook myself was instant ramen. Specifically Top Ramen‘s “oriental” flavor (Can someone please change that name? Ugh), which is accidentally vegan. When I saw Fieri’s Wakka Wakka salad recipe, which is basically a cabbage salad accented by crunchy, uncooked ramen noodles, I was instantly transported back to my days of munchin’ on raw ramen blocks while sitting on the floor of my mother’s kitchen. I adjusted the dressing and added a few handfuls of spinach to this salad so that it would have at least some nutritional value, but you can add whatever veggies you like.
Fieri serves this salad atop a pile of fried wontons, but this is also optional (although very delicious). If you choose to go this route, it may be hard to find wonton wrappers without egg. I couldn’t find any at my local grocery store or Whole Foods and had to pay a visit to Chinatown to get egg-free wonton skins. Still, worth it!