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Mamamia of the Sheen Family Northwest... creative kitchen dweller and exercise fanatic. I enjoy entertaining and trying out my new food ideas on my friends and family. I love going to the farmer's market and other local venues for my ingredients, and there are a lot of places to do that around here! Visit my blog: www.lapuremama.com for more interesting ideas and recipes!

Blog Entries by Ellen Sheen

Irish Stew

Ellen Sheen | March 16, 11 at 07:51 AM | Food

Read More: carrots, potatoes, seitan, soup, stew, vegan, vegan soup

Just in time for all the lovely leprechauns that are sure to emerge tomorrow... I love St. Patrick's day! I love this stew almost as much. It is ridiculously delicious, deceivingly simple and a must for  St. Paddy's day; or...

Roasted Red Onion and Squash Flatbread

Ellen Sheen | March 10, 11 at 07:58 AM | Food

Read More: portabello mushroom, quinoa, vegan, vegan meals

A perfect and simple addition to pizza night, girls night, night... you name it. Filling and delicious and protein packed from that fantastic zucchini tofu 'ricotta' spread that I love so much. For full recipe and more photos and information, go...

Vegan Corned Beef and Cabbage

Ellen Sheen | March 7, 11 at 07:04 AM | Food

Read More: cabbage, corned beef, crockpot, vegan, vegetarian

Wow, this one is fantastic. Just perfect for the upcoming holiday and it comes leprechaun free. For full recipe and more photos and information, go here on the La Pure Mama blog. Enjoy!...

Spicy Tu-No Rolls

Ellen Sheen | February 24, 11 at 07:43 AM | Food

Read More: sushi salad, vegan sushi, vegan truffles, vegetarian meals

Vegan sushi. Oh yeah! So good... seriously! I don't know why I didn't think of it earlier! For full recipe and more photos and information, go here at the La Pure Mama blog. Enjoy!...

Tofu Zucchini Dip

Ellen Sheen | February 22, 11 at 07:40 AM | Food

Read More: appetizers, simple meals, simple recipes, tofu, tofu ricotta, vegan, vegan manicotti, zucchini

This dip tastes like it's bad for you... but it's not! A perfect combination of the protein you need and the 'party food' you want. So good and versatile too... stay tuned for a post using this dip in another...

Handmade Vegan Sausages

Ellen Sheen | February 17, 11 at 07:57 AM | Food

Read More: seitan steak, vegan, vegan meals, vegan sausages, wheat meat

Really tasty and surprisingly simple to make. I will definitely be putting these into my meal rotation. The best part? You have control over the flavor of your sausages. Talk about creativity! Give them a try and let me know...

Vegan Macaroni and Cheese

Ellen Sheen | February 14, 11 at 07:18 AM | Food

Read More: brocolli, cauliflower, Macaroni and cheese, pasta, pasta dishes, vegan, vegan meals

Happy Valentines day! I have made macaroni and cheese before. A couple times. But I completely branched out this time and invented this version that is hands down the. best. vegan. macaroni and cheese. ever. seriously. For full recipe...

Butternut Squash Red Onion and Kale Pasta

Ellen Sheen | February 13, 11 at 03:10 PM | Food

Read More: butternut squash, kale, pasta, red onion, sage, squash, vegan, vegan meals

This is one of those super simple and incredibly flavorful meals. An ideal weekday meal when you don't have a lot of time but want something healthy and flavorful. It's even easier if you buy pre-cut squash! For full...

Banana Pecan Coconut Muffins

Ellen Sheen | January 27, 11 at 07:53 AM | Food

Read More: bananas, breakfast drink, coconut, muffins, pecans, vegan, vegan dessert

Oh my gosh, these are ridiculously delicious. So delicious in fact, I ate three right when they came out of the oven. Highly recommended by moms, kids, teachers and neighbors... I shared! For full recipe and more photos and...

Vegan Black Bean Brownies

Ellen Sheen | January 23, 11 at 12:28 PM | Food

Read More: baking, black bean brownies, brownies, vegan dessert

At first I thought it was a mythical unicorn. But no, it actually exists. And it is amazing and so incredibly easy to make! For full recipe and more photos and information, go here at the La Pure Mama blog!...

Seitan Roast

Ellen Sheen | December 30, 10 at 08:01 AM | Food

Read More: seitan steak, vegan meals, vegetarian meat

The 'meat and potatoes' meal for non meat eaters. The roast is fantastic alongside some roasted potatoes and green beans. The left overs are also fantastic for making 'stroganoff'. My carnivore husband enjoyed the roast... and the leftovers, transformed...

Vegan Eggnog Cookies

Ellen Sheen | December 22, 10 at 09:11 AM | Food

Read More: cookies, eggnog, holidays, simple recipes, vegan, vegan dessert

I am currently having a very difficult time keeping my hands off these cookies. Seriously. They have a delicious 'noggy' taste, especially with the nog frosting on top. A perfect way to use any extra 'nog' you made from my...

Vegan Vegetable Lasagne

Ellen Sheen | December 15, 10 at 06:29 PM | Food

Read More: simple meals, simple recipes, vegan lasagne, vegans, vegetables

It is so good. So filling. So different. You would never know it's vegan... It also has a good story! For full recipe and the good story, visit the La Pure Mama blog!...

Vegan Spinach Manicotti

Ellen Sheen | December 4, 10 at 10:24 AM | Food

Read More: spinach, tofu, tomato sauce, vegan manicotti

I'm telling you, you will never miss the ricotta in this recipe. Actually? I think it's better. Granted, it's been years since I had real ricotta cheese but either way, this recipe is one that even a meat eater can...

Tofurkey, a tofu turkey

Ellen Sheen | November 24, 10 at 06:52 AM | Food

Read More: tofu, tofurkey. Thanksgiving

Call it what you want: tofurkey, tofurky, tofu turkey... with or without the extra 'e', this tofurkey is delicious, simple to make and much more interesting than a store bought tofurky. Now, I do love those, don't get me wrong,...

Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce & Cranberry Orange Pomegranate Sauce

Ellen Sheen | November 24, 10 at 06:43 AM | Food

Read More: cranberries, Cranberry Recipes, orange, pomegranates, Thanksgiving

Two delicious and easy cranberry sauce recipes incorporating the fantastic pomegranate along with everybody's Thanksgiving favorite, the cranberry. For recipe and more information, visit the La Pure Mama blog. Happy 'Save the Turkeys' day! :)...

Collard Wrap with Sunflower Seed Pate

Ellen Sheen | November 8, 10 at 11:56 AM | Food

Read More: pate, raw vegan, sunflower seeds, vegan, wrap

Basically raw, so so healthy and really flavorful. This kind of raw eating is what I'm talking about! Stay tuned for more raw adventures! For the recipe and more information, visit the La Pure Mama blog....

Vegan Butternut Wheatberry Torte

Ellen Sheen | November 5, 10 at 06:24 AM | Food

Read More: appetizers, butternut squash, torte, vegan, wheatberries

This torte was a nod to the wintry weather that is upon us. There is something so comforting and exciting about winter vegetables. Aside from the lovely comforting flavor of this torte, I love the way they look. You...

Vegan Soft Pretzels

Ellen Sheen | November 4, 10 at 04:10 PM | Food

Read More: appetizers, baking, pretzels, snacks, vegan

These pretzels are so much fun to make and wildly delicious. Serve with some rustic spicy brown mustard and you have a fantastic appetizer or snack! Visit La Pure Mama for the recipe and commentary!  ...

Parsley Pesto Bruschetta with Balsamic Reduction

Ellen Sheen | September 21, 10 at 09:19 PM | Food

Read More: appetizers, balsamic vinegar, bruschetta, parsley, pesto, vegan

This is a lovely and simple addition to any meal. I paired it with a tasty and hearty roasted parsnip and sweet potato soup the other night. It would also be fabulous on its own... you can make it...