Yep, sadly I must inform you that I am having an affair......with my computer. I am spending way too much time with it and must make a clean break.
I think a month should do, but if for some reason I just can't resist two weeks will suffice. Be back soon!
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.)