I think I have limited my time in the kitchen as much as I possibly can. Anything I can do to keep from cooking everyday works for me :)
Two nights a week is FFY - fend for yourself - night. Boo and the Emo kid tend to themselves for dinner, and the two little ones get a very simple meal. The big saver though is cooking double batches and freezing half for a second meal. Last night's dinner was just that.....a frozen dinner. Minestrone, which I have posted about before. It is one of the meals that are now in regular winter rotation, along with split pea soup, chili, and the newest quinoa hash. Essentially, I cook the first half of the month and the second half is all frozen and ready to go...weeeeeeeeee! This works great in winter with all the soups and stews. Summer is a bit different as the weather really determines what, if anything, is eaten for dinner.
I was craving something sweet, so I made snickerdoodles. They were pretty good, although next time I will make them a bit thicker as they turned out a bit crispy since I made them pretty thin.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
I think I have limited my time in the kitchen as much as I possibly can. Anything I can do to keep from cooking everyday works for me :)
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Twice a week it's FFY (fend for yourself) night --- everyone is responsible for their own dinner, except the little ones who share mine or get a sandwich :)
Last night I wanted to use up the last of some rainbow chard we had so I steamed some brown rice, thawed some black beans, sauted the chard, threw in a few spices and got a tasty little dinner for myself. (And Dilly, 'cause he likes my food!) I have been putting turmeric in any dish that will tolerate it, as the reported health benefits of it have convinced me to do so. (I am also using cloves and cinnamon whenever I get the chance.)
And for dessert - two words ------ Mmmmmm Mmmmmm.
Monday, November 13, 2006
I made Quinoa and Black Bean Salad from this recipe. It didn't go over so well with most of the family......they are definitely not accustomed to cilantro and lime, it's way to bright for their taste buds...but I'll keep working on 'em :) I enjoyed it though, and will keep the lime, but might cut back on the cilantro. And I'm not so sure the olive oil really enhanced the dish. Dilly Pickles ate it, he's become my little vegan buddy since he eats most of the stuff I cook without complaint. Such a good boy.
I tried this "Comfort Casserole" recipe from the Vegan Family Favorites Cookbook thinking it would be sort of like a french toast bake. Well, it was...but not quite what we thought. When I was preparing it, it smelled SO good. (No, I didn't use brown bananas...lol...It's prepared the night before and left in the fridge to soak up overnight; then baked in the morning for 1/2 hour) Everyone was looking forward to it, but it turned out mushy on the bottom and very crisp on the top. Probably won't be making it again , I'll just make cinnamon french toast and top it with bananas and raisins. Although I might experiment with trying to put two french toast pieces together and making a banana/raisin stuffed thingy.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Sunday brunch...tofu scramble wrapped in a tortilla with avacado and salsa, french toast, fruit and oj.......mmmmmmm!
The scramble recipe is from the post punk kitchen. The only modification I made was to add some green pepper.
This is the first time I've made vegan french toast, and it was very good. I used the wrong bread though, a crusty type bread, or really thick bread is almost a requirement. The regular sandwich bread I used had to be almost burnt to cook it all the way and it was still pretty mushy in the middle. The Emo kid loved the french toast and Boo said it reminded him of summer camp, so YAY!--I'll take every success I can get.
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Even the picture looks like it....."chicken" fried steak. It was SO good. Chicken style seiten topped with a cheeze gravy...mmmmmm! This is my second attempt at seiten--the first try was so spongy that I almost wasn't going to try again. But, wow, this time it was great. I made a bread crumb coating and fried the "steaks" up. I think we made about 10 steaks and they all got eaten AND I got compliments, not just placates..wooohooooo! The seiten recipe is from veganforum.com and the sauce is a general vegan cheeze sauce recipe using rice milk and nutritional yeast.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
I think the bean salad recipe is from Vegan Family Favorites, but I can't remember for sure. Everyone ate 'em up tonight, but I think I need to add something to it. Maybe some dijon mustard or avocado or something along those lines. We used mini-pitas, next time though I think I'll stick with the normal size ones.
We also finished up the salad we've been eating all week. Because of the spinach scare, we've been trying some different types of greens in the salad. This time it was dandelion greens. Um, well, they were different. They tasted like, well, grass...lol. Kinda bitter too. I don't know if we'll be eating those again. :)
I have also been trying homemade salad dressings all week. I love, love, love, the agave nectar-avocado-mustard dressing, which was actually a combination of a few recipes. I haven't liked any of the oil dressings though. I think I'll make them all again, without the oil and see what happens. (Maybe add a small amount so the dressing will stick to the salad, but not the amounts called for in the various recipes.)
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Ok, so you might think me ignorant or a bit silly, but until this summer the idea of having fruit trees that I could just go pick my fruit off of seemed like a foreign concept. We thought we had an apple tree and a plum tree in our back yard, and we certainly have a plum tree....we have been eating them for weeks now. The "apple" tree is yet to be determined since the squirrels took every last thing off the tree. (Which leads me to believe its a chestnut tree.)
Here is a pic of our plums, along with a pear from a neighborhood tree and some apples from the store.
Red has become quite the picky eater these days. It is getting very difficult to feed her. Last night, I made some tofu nuggets. I though it was going to be a success, but after the first one she quit eating them. The adults liked them though! Dilly Pickles also got his first taste of tofu, in the form of tofu cubes, which he rather enjoyed.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Friday, September 08, 2006
Today's snack...rice cakes w/ peanut butter, bananas, and raisins. Good stuff. Red ate in layers and enjoyed every bite. I cut mine in half and ate like a sandwich. Can't say I'm overly fond of rice cakes, but they are tolerable.
A peek into the pantry :)~ Only because this is the first time in my 35 years of life that I have anything in my pantry that wasn't hamburger helper and mac/cheese.
Corn chowder for dinner. The recipe is from Vegan with a Vengeance---great cookbook, I check it out of the library every month or so and make a couple recipes. One of these days I will break down and purchase a copy.
Two problems I had with this, both mine and not the recipes. First, my veggie broth was way too strong. Second, I didn't blend enough of it to make a true chowder....more like a thick soup. Still good, but next time I will tame the broth and blend more.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Not sandwiches, but substitutes. I used a ton of substitute products today.
Here's breakfast with vegan creamer and vegan cream cheese. I've been eating this stuff for months now--so it has become my normal, but as my family pointed out to me, just because something tastes normal to me doesn't mean it tastes normal to them. So I guess what I can say is that if you have no other choice, morally or for dietary concerns, and can't fall back on regular creamer or regular cream cheese, then you can most assuredly get used to this stuff.
Carrot-Apple-Banana Muffins from this recipe. Pretty good stuff. This is my second attempt at vegan-ized muffins and both have been successful. But, what is interesting is that both times the muffins came out of the oven really moist, like they weren't done. After cooling though, they bounced up into shape. The vegan-ized items in these are the milk, which is almond, and the eggs, which were replaced with banana
Dinner tonight was stroganoff. Sort of. It's a family recipe, red sauce and rice instead of white sauce and noodles. Its a simple recipe (made even more simple by me so that my then 5-year-old would eat it.) The beef boullion cubes in the recipe were replaced with veggie broth granules and the sour cream with vegan sour cream. Alongside the stroganoff there was french bread made into garlic bread with the help of vegan 'butter' and some garlic salt.
(Wow....talk about alot of soy)
Monday, September 04, 2006
Inspired by this post (you have to scroll down a bit), I made a sweet potato/tempeh bacon sandwich for lunch today. It was good, but the potato made it a bit dry. Not sure what I can do to make it less dry...maybe add some pickles??
This is so bizarre. If you offered me a sandwich like this just a few months ago, I would have looked at you like you were crazy. Now here I am wondering how to make it better.....lol.
For dinner tonight we had a big salad and some spaghetti with angel hair noodles. As much as I would love to add some chunk to the sauce, my family won't eat it any other way 'cept plain old boring chunk-free sauce. I think next time I'll steam myself some frozen broccoli and throw it in my portion.
The meals this week seem heavy to me, and we still have a few more dishes to go. Next week I think I'm gonna lighten it up a bit :)~
Sunday, September 03, 2006
What do you call a vegan sloppy joe? I like sloppy jane myself, but you can call them no-joes, or moes if ya want. This is the second time I've made these, and they are pretty good. It's a Rachel Ray recipe, I just substituted non-vegan things, like ground beef, with vegan things, like TVP. I make this the night before to allow the TVP to soak up the sauce. Mmmm good! (Although the picture leaves something to be desired.)
Saturday, September 02, 2006
Pumpkin Muffins. Mmmm. Enough said. (From this recipe - although I did substitute rice milk for soy and maple syrup for molasses. Oh, and because I regularly have brain farts I used way too much pumpkin, so the muffins came out more like little pieces of pumpkin pie wrapped in a pie bread. Still good and when made right will be awesome.)
I just recently learned two things: tomatoes are botanically classified fruit, not vegetable, and if the SKU number on the little stickers on fruit and vegetables starts with a 9, then its organic. Last night I ate my first organic, vine-ripened tomato. Wow! Very good, so much better than the kind of tomatoes I'm used to (which are non-organic, regular store bought.) I could eat these like fruit..just chomp away at 'em like they were an apple.
Burritos and tots for dinner tonight...and yes I put tots inside the burrito - yum! I added some rice to the refried beans to bulk it up a bit, and put in my secret suace. (Ok, so it was a mild taco sauce packet I had leftover from Taco Bell, but it did the trick.)
Friday, September 01, 2006
This chocolate chip cookie was SO good. I was shopping today when I ran across these....proudly proclaiming themselves Vegan right on the front of the package!
I swear any omni would be fooled by these. It was so nice to eat a cookie again...just like the good ol' days :)~ Now there is nothing healthy about it, but man oh man, it was good for the soul. (Although at $2.50 a piece, I won't be eating too many of these.)
(These are made by Alternative Baking Compnay, who just happens to have website.)
Thursday, August 31, 2006
My picture taking abilities are horrible. I've tried everything to get these pictures to look halfway decent...grrr. I may have to invest in a better camera. Na, I need a blender first :)
Anyway, minestrone leftovers with Indian flat bread was on the menu tonight. The leftovers were great, but the flat bread was, well, flat. And I think I put way too many seasame seeds in it. This bread would probably be better suited as a wrap of some sort, rather than as a side bread with dinner.
I LOVE all the vegan food blogs that are out there. Love, Love, Love. There are literally hundreds. Many have been going for awhile, so I have to play alot of catch-up to get current. Tonight I skimmed through Vegancore....OMG! I have dinner inspiration for weeks! (Not to mention quite a few treats, oh how I'm missing good, sweet, baked goods)
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Inspired by this post, we had minestrone tonight. Well, I did anyway. Boo and the Emo kid went to a bbq at her school. So, we will have the leftovers for dinner tomorrow night.
Great recipe, although I did make a few slight changes...but hey it's called 'kitchen sink' minestrone for a reason! :)
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
I have been trying to get Red to eat carrots for forever now. She loved them when she was just starting to eat, and then liked 'em cut up in circles for awhile. Then she just quit eating them. So, I have been trying to figure out different ways of preparing them so she will eat them. I've tried everything..steamed, cubed, with dip (she just licks the dip off and throws the carrot on the floor), a whole carrot to carry around and play with...nope, nada, nothing.
Today, however, I may have stumbled upon the answer-----carrot matchsticks! Why I didn't think of this before I don't know. She ate a handful of them at lunch while doing her food-happy dance, so I know she was enjoying them. Yay!
Dilly Pickles even got in on the action :)
Monday, August 28, 2006
We ate leftover lentils-ole for dinner and nuttin' special for breakfast or lunch, so I thought I'd give you a picture of my most used kitchen appliance -
Yep...my rice cooker. I got it for my birthday a couple months ago and it gets used almost every day. Usually for steaming veggies, but also for rice and stews. Woohoo!
Now, as soon as I stock myself with a blender (I did have one, but I tried to blend a frozen banana, and well, if you want to do that don't use an inexpensive blender!) and a food processor, it just might be a fight for most-favored appliance :)~
Sunday, August 27, 2006
I know, I know....tonight's dinner looks a lot like last night's dinner. But you see, the trade-off for buying only organic is that we eat a lot of stews/soups for dinner. It stretches over a few nights thereby maximizing our $$$. (Also, its the final stretch until payday, so it always gets a little lean around this time)
The recipe is from FatFree. I have used several recipes from this archive, and they have all been pretty good. None have knocked me out, but then they are fat-free, so what can I expect. :) It's basically a lentil stew served over rice. I enjoyed it, and had seconds. Boo tolerated it, and I thought he was going to have seconds but he just took some rice and threw some soy sauce on it. The Emo kid just pushed her food around, and Red enjoyed mixing the food up but didn't eat anything but her applesauce. She proudly displayed her plate for the camera -
Saturday, August 26, 2006
This is probably not the most exciting dish to use as a first post to relaunch this blog, but it's what we're eating tonight and I wanted to get this blog going again :)
This is day number three for this dish, as the recipe made way more than I needed for one dinner. It's actually a mix of several different white chili recipes as I didn't have all the ingredients for any one recipe. It turned out more like a stew/soup than a chili, but it was good nonetheless. I made some cornbread from a recipe at the ppk that turned out okay, but like the description says, it definitely is not a sweet cornbread! (I'm the only one who managed to finish a piece.)
I really need to learn how to photograph food....this is the only usable picture out of 23 taken.......lol.