Having lots of broccoli to use up, I wanted to try something new. I found this recipe for broccoli sauce and decided to give it a whirl. It was alright, but not quite there.
1 cup of cooked broccoli
1/2 cup of lemon juice
Blend away and add water for consistency. It gives the pasta a tangy flavor
that resembles pesto.
I forgot the lemon, added some seasoning (Mrs. Dash), and added a touch of nutritional yeast. I have never had pesto, so either I am not a fan of pesto-type pasta topping, or I just favor a creamy sauce.
Some modifying might make it work better. I think I need to figure out some sort of creamy stuff to add to it to make it more sauce-like. I just bought the "Uncheese Cookbook" --- maybe I'll find something in it to supplement this recipe.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Reading through my blogroll this morning, I came across an article that someone posted at tribe. Well, it wasn't an article really, but a post from another blog. I was moved by the story, and it reminded me that my original motivation for becoming vegan was because of our animal friends.
The post is from Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary, and although I just discovered it this morning, I think it will serve as a gentle reminder for me as to why I am striving for this lifestyle. Enjoy.
Sweetie and me
"We called her Sweetie. We don't know what she called herself but, to us humans, she evoked the tenderness, vulnerability, innocence and wonder exuded by those we feel compelled to cradle with terms of reassurance and endearment. Sweetie was one of the 700 chickens rescued from the wreckage of a massive Mississippi "broiler" farm destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. When she and 200 other rescued chickens arrived at Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary last fall, they were barely 8 weeks old, still peeping in their baby voices, not even old enough to cluck. Yet their bodies were already huge and soon to be crippled by the abnormally large size that all "broiler" chickens are genetically manipulated to develop in less than two months - long before they reach adulthood - in order to reach what the industry calls "slaughter weight".
A few months later, Sweetie's legs became too weak to support her enormous body. She started to limp, she staggered, she started to fall, so we moved her from the hen house to the human house where we could keep a closer watch on her.
For weeks, our presence terrified her and she'd hide under the desk every time one of us walked into the room. We respected her need for distance and were careful not to intrude in her "personal space". Sweetie kept herself at what she considered to be a safe distance, and we were all getting used to the new routine.
One afternoon, as I sat down at my desk, I felt a gentle pecking and tugging at my legs. I thought it was Phoebe who had been a house hen for months and rarely missed a chance to socialize. But Pheobe was resting in her nest across the room.
I looked down and there was Sweetie preening the loose fibers dangling from my skirt. I sat motionless, not wanting to startle her. She went on with her grooming offering. After a while, I slowly extended my arm and touched her back. She did not run away as before, so I gently scooped her up and cradled her lumbering body in my lap. At first, she tensed up, darted alarmed glances around the room, made sounds of worry - but she did not try to get away. She just sat there and probingly stared at my face for what seemed like hours. Then, in a heartbeat, she relaxed and fell asleep in my arms.
This is the kind of gift that makes you want to weep - the trust of a completely vulnerable being. And the unshakeable, and devastating knowledge that this small, helpless, battered being, whose life isn't worth more than a dime to the industry, is someone who is full of mind, full of soul, full of important questions - "if I trust you, will you hurt me?" - and full of the yearning to not only love, but to be loved.
So much so that she is willing to risk her life to experience it.
© 2006 Joanna Lucas"
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Yeah, I know..it looks really disgusting.
It's some potatoes, broccoli, green onions, and seasoning. (Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb Blend. Really good. I'm trying to get Boo to cut back on salt so we tried the original Mrs Dash, but it was way to lemon-y for our taste. The garlic blend suits us much better.) A mid-morning breakfast, and the only way to get the little ones to eat the potatoes is with ketchup. I ate around the ketchup, and the little ones, well they ate around the broccoli...lol.
Lunch and dinner were nothing special, and I forgot to snap pics, so this weird potato dish is all I got for you today.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Fresh Abundance delivery
How great is this box of food? Let me tell you --- not only is all this food organic, and/or safe, it's also local whenever possible. The best part though is that it is delivered to my door every week. Woohoo! Every week, starting this week, we will get a box of fruit and veggies. Do we know what's in the box every week? Nope! Ain't it great. If I really wanted to know, I could go look it up on the website, but I am enjoying the idea of getting a box of food each week and being surprised. This week wasn't all that interesting, they said because of the big freeze the boxes are going to be a little scarce. That's okay by me.....I can wait it out. I didn't do such a great job with the picture, but this week's box had broccoli, collard greens, celery, spinach, potatoes, sweet potato, two varieties of apples, tangerines, bananas, an avocado, and grapefruit. There was even a snack bag of tamari roasted pumpkin seeds.....mmm, good.
Chickpea Loaf, Mashed Cauliflower w/ Gravy, Steamed Broccoli, and a simple salad.
I've posted about the magical loaf studio before, and I used it again to create this chickpea loaf. Not nearly as good as the lentil loaf I made, but with a little tweaking it can be fabulous. My favorite part of this meal though was the mashed cauliflower. With my new food processor and this recipe from fatfreevegan.com, it turned out wonderfully! It is very reminiscent of mashed potatoes. In fact, it will take the place of mashed potatoes around here. (Most of the time anyway.) I made the punk-rock chickpea gravy from VWAV again, except this time I smoothed it out a bit in the processor. This group isn't too fond of chunky gravy.
And here are a couple pictures of the kids eating spaghetti. Just because :)
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Baba Ganoush and "ranch" dip
I often read about baba ganoush and thought I would give it a whirl. Um, nope. Not really suited to my taste. I'm willing to give it the mandatory three tries that is required by my own rules for food, but I'm not sure if this is going to be good two tries from now. It may have been the recipe, and I'll try a few different ones, but I'm still trying to acquire a taste for eggplant, so I might wait awhile to try this again. I also tried making a tofu based "ranch" dip. It wasn't great nor was it bad. A little tweaking and I could probably get this dip to my liking.
General Tao's Tofu
General Tao's Tofu from this recipe on VegWeb. Good stuff, but as we were eating it Boo kept suggesting other things that would be good in it--peppers, baby corn, carrots, etc. I told him it might as well be stir fry then. Since we don't usually add tofu to our stir-fry, we decided that we would stick with our own stir-fry recipe, but add some tofu. On its own merit though, this is a good dish. The sauce really needs to be doubled though.
This was an interesting experiment. It started out to be a smoothie, but turned into pudding. Not working off any recipe, I threw a banana, an orange, some flax meal, a handful of baby spinach, a handful of blueberries, and a handful of cranberries into the blender and gave it a few whirls. I was then going to add some soymilk, but the mix was creamy and looked like pudding so I decided to see if the kids would eat it----and they did. Not only did they eat it, but Red wanted as much as she could get her hands on. I was more than happy to oblige, as I added even more spinach to her second helping. Any time I can get spinach, broccoli, or kale into her is a good day!
Over-Roasted Asparagus and Maple Brussel Sprouts with Red Potatoes and Peas
No, that's not a typo.......they were way OVER roasted! I miscalculated the time it would take to make the potatoes so I left the asparagus and brussel sprouts in the oven to keep warm while the potatoes finished. The only problem was I forgot to turn the oven down. Oops. They tasted great, but I know I cooked out any nutrients in them. :) The potato recipe was a Dr. Ornish recipe and turned out okay. It was basically steamed potatoes and peas with a few seasonings.
A typical breakfast for us. Oatmeal with flax, blueberries, bananas, and cinnamon. Fruit on the side varies by what we have in the fridge. I quit buying sugar, and have come to appreciate the sweetness of just the fruit. Boo and the Emo kid are slowly coming around. They still use some agave in theirs. The little ones never used sugar to begin with.
Black Bean Puree with Guacamole
This was a great dip! I'm not sure where the recipe came from. I photocopied it from a cookbook, but didn't write down the name of the cookbook. But as you can imagine, its basically pureed black beans with some seasoning and some guacamole with tomatoes. Mmmm.
Saturday, February 03, 2007
It's not guacamole, but broccomole! Lately we have been eating a lot of broccoli and I have been trying to figure out ways to use the stems. I've added them to my homemade veggie broth and sometimes I julienne them and add to a stir fry, but with this great little recipe I think I have now found the perfect use for them. This tasted so much better than I thought it would. I used this recipe as the base, but didn't have any chiles handy so I added a couple tablespoons of picante sauce instead.
Of course, I could not have made it without the assistance of my new FOOD PROCESSOR! Oh man, I am so happy. I have been waiting to get one of these since I started this vegan transition...and I finally got it!
Speaking of broccoli, I recently discovered broccoli sprouts. I've read that they are even more nutritious than broccoli itself, and for the little ones it's much easier for me to sneak the sprouts into food than it is to sneak in the florets. While I was shopping at the thrift store this week I ran across a home sprouter - and bought it of course. Now I just gotta figure out where to buy broccoli seeds and I can make my own at home :)