Tuesday, August 24, 2010

"You have to risk it to get the biscuit"

Food in no particular order...

Mock Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

I got these from Cuny Queen's blog (see above link). The only change I made was to use oatmeal milk instead of soy. And I used Daiya cheddar. Most people at work are sick of our buns since they eat them every shift. I've seen some people add caramel (yuck) and tomato sauce to jazz it up. But me, I can't eat them, so every once in a while, I want one! Which is why I googled a vegan version...and I'll never look back! These are so soft and delicious. And this version is actually a little more fancy than RL's, with the addition of garlic, parsley and rosemary in the bun itself. Red Lobster just uses Bisquick. Craving satisfied.... overly satisfied actually!

Apple Cake- Vegan Italiano

I haven't tried the cake yet, but I'll add an edit once I've had some. I was skeptical at first because the flour mixture in the cake has no liquid added to it, but the juices from the apples cook it into a juicy, squishy mess. It smells heavenly. A very simple recipe.

Lentil and pasta soup- Vegan Italiano

Om nom nom! I don't think the bowl left my chin area the entire time I was eating this soup. It's nothing spectacular in the world of lentil soup, but it's homey and hearty and so satisfying. I love this cookbook, it never fails and the ingredients are so simple! (No "milks" or "cheeses", tofu or tempeh)

Lunch the other day with Billy was a Lick's veggie burger grilled with Daiya cheddar, roasted carrots and potatoes, and dessert kebabs. The fruit is rolled in brown sugar then grilled til caramelized. Yum!

Coffee Chip Muffins- Vegan Brunch

I didn't hear the timer go off when these were ready, so they're a couple minutes overdone but they are really good. I love the subtle coffee flavour and the chocolate chips really complement it. I like that you use instant coffee, since I had some laying around, but I don't have a coffee maker.

It's nacho night tonight!!

As per my lower post, I got The Vegan Table from Billy, and would like some suggestions for recipes to start with. That means you, lurkers!!!

Does Anyone Have the Vegan Table??

I got this cookbook as a gift. I'm wondering what I should try first. Any suggestions??

Monday, August 23, 2010

"The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it."

We had a BBQ/balcony night on Saturday to celebrate our anniversary with friends. Other than the food pictured here we also BBQ'ed some burgers and hot dogs, rosemary potatoes, and corn. We didn't even have room to do dessert kebabs.

I also made my standard spinach dip which has been featured many times, and is always a crowd hit.

Banana Everything Cookies- VCIYCJ

These have banana, oatmeal and chocolate chips. I wasn't sure if they'd get eaten since they look more like healthy cookies....but all two dozen were gone within the first hour! I had half of one and found it very sweet and I also wanted to save room for yummy veggies so Billy got the rest. But definitely a win.

S'mores Cupcakes- VCTOTW

These took a bit longer than most other cupcakes, just because I had to make the graham crackers first...but so worth it. The cupcake is essentially the graham cracker, the icing the marshmallow, and then you top it with ganache or chocolate flakes. I decided to use up the rest of my summer supply of vegan marshmallows and added it to the buttercream icing...a s'more is not a s'more without marshmallow!!
They're very pretty, but all in all, they taste like carrot cake, so next time I'll just make carrot cupcakes :P and save myself the trouble. But I can see myself eating these every summer. Also, the batter is very liquidy (word?) and therefore they come out very soft, and they're messy. So maybe eat this one on a plate with a fork. Or go for the campfire experience and lick it off your fingers!!

Sunday was our 1 year anniversary, so we spent the day doing fabulous, fun things on a budget, haha. Dinner was BBQ since Billy wanted to help cook and he loves to grill. He had steak and I had gardein chicken with BBQ sauce. Sides were rosemary potatoes, dill carrots and corn, all done on the grill. We thawed our wedding cake and each had a slice for dessert.

On to year 2!

Breakfast this morning was leftover breakfast casserole and a new green smoothie: romaine, strawberry and banana. Yum!

Fruit salad smoothie- Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Foods

Thursday, August 19, 2010

“A good marriage is like a casserole, only those responsible for it really know what goes in it”

Mom's Morning Casserole- Vegan Brunch

I made this for lunch today, as I never seem to get up early enough to make this for breakfast at a decent hour. While making this, I was reminded of Wolffie's breakfast casserole from La Dolce Vegan, although it's quite different. I think I prefer Wolffie's, but this one was still nice. It's layered with paprika potatoes, scrambled tofu, and tempeh, covered with a cheese sauce. Mmmm. Billy likes this one too!

Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie- Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Foods

Another green smoothie. Kale, pineapple, and strawberry. I love getting in my greens and fruit first thing in the morning. And its the only way that Billy consumes kale!

A-1 Veggie Burger and oven-baked fries-Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food

Veggie burgers basted with A-1 sauce, and topped with grilled peppers and onions, and fresh tomato. What a great lunch! For sides, oven baked fries and bbq'd mushrooms. The fries were so simple to prep and soooooo delicious! This meal was a combined effort. I prepped the fries and veggies, and Billy did the grilling.

Taco Salad- Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Foods

OMG. Make this salad NOW. The taco bowls are so easy to make. The whole thing is. The salad consists of refried beans, taco seasoned TVP, salsa, lettuce, cheese and sour cream. We had these for lunch and weren't hungry again til 9 pm. So filling and delicious.

My wedding anniversary is this Sunday. The traditional gift for the first year is paper. Is there a new cookbook in my future?? :)

Monday, August 16, 2010

It tastes good like pepper, but crunchy like a bell.

Ah, Homer...haha.

Billy and I planned our meals together this week to save on groceries, and also, it's nice to occasionally eat the same thing for dinner together!

He has always like stuffed peppers so I thought I'd try a new recipe.

Stuffed Pepper Boats- 125 Best Vegan Recipes

These are stuffed with rice, tomatoes, seasoning, sausage, mushroom, and onion and topped with cheese. The cheese should go on in the last few minutes under the broiler, rather than at the beginning, because it does not melt!

These are delicious...Billy wolfed his down, which translates into "success!".

Banan-o-rama Green Smoothie- Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Foods

Billy doesn't eat a whole lot of greens, or fresh veggies for that matter...unless I plunk them down in front of him. So when he said he loved the spinach mango smoothie I made last week, and then proceeded to pick out TWO smoothies with kale in them....well, you couldn't get me to the grocery store fast enough!

This one has kale, frozen banana and tropical fruit and apple juice. It's so sweet that you don't mind the slight kale aftertaste. The other one had strawberries and pineapple and had a stronger kale flavouring. Also, it wasn't a pretty green colour, so I won't be showing it.

I love these smoothies when I sleep in. Something light and healthy to hold me over til lunch.

I just ordered some Daiya cheese for the first time, so I'm very excited to start cooking with it!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Cookies are made of "butter" and love

Billy and I went to a bonfire at a friend's house last night, so I decided to make some baked goods for everyone.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies- Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar

These are good. They are not the greatest oatmeal raisin cookies that I've ever made, but they're acceptable! There's a lot of oatmeal in them, and I think I prefer the kind with more cookie dough in it.

Vanilla and Chocolate Marble Cupcakes- Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World

I wanted to try a new cupcake recipe, and I had everything I needed for these ones. They are so pretty! I made them with rice milk, which didn't curdle nearly as much as soy milk does, but they still turned out great. I was disappointed there was only enough batter for 8 cupcakes though. These didn't last long at the bonfire. I like how the almond flavour sneaks up on you if you're not expecting it. They were topped with buttercream icing.

Dinner is in the oven!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

A waffle is like a pancake with a syrup trap...

Lentil Rice Pilaf by Casbah

I have had this box of pilaf in my cupboard for some time now. I was saving it for when I didn't have anything else to make...and yesterday was that day. It has a very simple list of ingredients but is delicious. The seasoning is very nice. I also threw in some baby spinach at the end of the cooking time to add some greens. I plan on buying some more and keeping them on hand for days when I don't want to cook. One serving has 8 g of fiber and of protein!

Billy and I made our grocery list and meal plans for the upcoming week today, and afterwards, I was left with the urge to cook. So for breakfast, I made waffles.

Cornmeal Waffles with Blueberry Syrup- 125 Best Vegan Recipes

The cornmeal gives a really nice texture and I love how these are crispy. I had it with some leftover breakfast sausage.

Update: These waffles freeze really well. I wrapped them in wax paper and then foil, and froze them. To reheat them, I popped each quarter into the toaster for a few minutes. They stay nice and crispy!

I'm off to the kitchen to make some goodies for a bonfire tonite!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

More from "Comfort Foods"

I woke up this morning at 6:45 with Billy when he got up for work....highly unorthodox for me! I decided to use the time wisely and make us a delicious breakfast, courtesy of Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Foods. I have now cooked three meals in a row that Billy and I both ate! :P Good wifey much?!?

French Toast- Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Foods

I made it with some cinnamon raisin bread we had, so it was even better.

Breakfast Sausage- Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Foods

These are made with gluten flour and are very flavourful. I will use a bit less water next time to firm up the texture. These definitely need to be pan fried before serving, or else they're too mushy for "sausage".

Finished product:

Before frying:

Linguine with Marinara- Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Foods

This was dinner last night. Very good and simple to make. I used TVP in the sauce which is optional but adds a little something.

Peanut Butter Blondies- Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar

And this was dessert! Fantabulous...then again, anything with pb is! Next time, I will bake these for a few minutes longer, as they're very delicate and crumble easily.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


This is post 250 for my blog! And it only took a couple of years to go from 200 to 250...slacker!

I don't have anything too exciting to celebrate but lunch today was fantastic.

The cookbook Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Foods makes meal suggestions to pair things together and I made a Japanese inspired meal.

Teriyaki Rice Bowl

Very simple and tasty. Jasmine rice with steamed carrots, broccoli and green beans, topped with a homemade teriyaki sauce and pan fried tofu cubes. Billy likes it too, so two thumbs up. Also, very filling, I think it makes 4 servings, not two like the book says.

Vegetable Tempura

I made this one as an afterthought, after we did groceries, so I didn't have shiitake mushrooms or green beans, but I used yam, broccoli and carrot..............so delicious. I adore tempura. And it's just like the one you order in a sushi restaurant.

We just got back from a 5 day trip to visit the in-laws, so there was not much cooking. I was pleasantly surprised to arrive and find that mom-in-law had made her delicious vegan chili for dinner......so good! The rest of the trip was mostly burgers, hot dogs, and pasta.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

On a roll...

I cooked two days in a row....wow...that's big right now haha.

I am in a serious vegan slump, so I forced myself to plan some meals and went out and bought the ingredients. Some of the meals I've made before....because I knew they were delicious and I knew it would get me in the kitchen! Like this mac n' cheese...

Mac n' Cheeze- Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Foods

I've blogged about this before but I didn't have a picture. I've been a little bummed lately about having to cut down on my soy intake. After all, mac and soy cheese is one of my favourite comfort foods. Then I remembered this awesome recipe. There's no vegan cheese in it, soy or otherwise! The sauce is made using veggies and nuts. And it's fabulous. Even Billy loves it. I will still occasionally treat myself to my regular mac and cheese, but this recipe makes me and my thyroid happy :)

'Dilla- Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Foods

This cookbook is awesome for getting me excited about veganism again. When I start to crave certain foods, I can use this book to make something comforting. That being said, the food is still healthy. This is a quesadilla without the queso. Very simple and good. Hummus, spinach, tomato and a tortilla...mmm mmm.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins- Vegan Brunch

We are going camping tomorrow with Billy's family and I wanted to bring muffins for breakfast and snacking. I also wanted to make something from this cookbook, and we love lemon poppy seed muffins, so it was meant to be. I haven't tried them yet, but they look good :)

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Health Food

Spinach Mango Smoothie- Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Foods

Don't let the colour scare you...it's very good! Baby spinach, frozen mango and pear nectar blended up. A great way for me to quickly add more produce into my diet, which has been seriously lacking lately!

Seaweed Soup- La Dolce Vegan

I've blogged this one before here. I've recently discovered I have hypothyroidism, so I've cut down drastically on my soy intake, and I'm trying to consume more iodine (through seaweed and kelp, etc). Did you also know that rosemary is very good for your thyroid? Not only is this soup healthy, it's delicious.


As I approach my first wedding anniversary this month, I thought I'd share this blog post by my friend Caroline about our wedding. She was a bridesmaid, as well as our photographer. If you're ever in need of a photographer in the Sudbury region, I highly recommend her!