I am posting some recipes I have made recently with just a picture and a title; please tell me which ones you would like to see on the blog. You are most certainly allowed to say "All of the above" : ) PS: I'm only posting the good ones! I've had some major flops recently : / PPS: New poll on the right! I would love it if you participated.
A. Zucchini Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
B. Buffalo Tofu Mac N' Cheez
C. Apple Streusel Cake in a Jar
D. Gingerbread Cupcakes with Pumpkin Pie Filling and 2 different frostings
This meal is incredible. With half your daily fiber needs, low fat and sodium, and a generous helping of protein, you can be sure this is a great addition to a healthy vegan diet (or any healthy diet!). I have been longing to make a dish like this since enjoying the fantastic Moroccan Chicken Salad (sans chicken and egg) at California Pizza Kitchen. After taking a looksie through The Kind Diet, I found a couscous dish with a few similar ingredients. To top it all off, I found the most beautiful organic butternut squash at Sunflower Farmers Market and knew I had to do it justice. I suppose this will do ; )
My horrible ways never cease. I have managed to neglect you darling individuals who care enough to read my blog this summer and it was definitely something I did not anticipate. Let me explain...
Once school ended, I started working full time. A week into summer one of my besties flew to CO to spend a week with me. Then I went right back to working full time while she started training for the summer job we once shared. I visited her (and other old friends) often during that two-week period. Once she left to start her job, I started packing up my apartment. I spent my time away from work packing and cleaning and transporting stuff home. Then I moved into another house to house/pet-sit for two weeks. On Friday I left that house, came home, and tomorrow I will go stay with a friend for 3 days so I can work a few more days. Then I'll return home for a couple days, spend a week working in New Orleans, and possibly go back to stay with that friend while I work a couple more weeks. Then it will be a quick transition back home for at least 5 months while I complete my internship/last semester of undergrad : )
Meet Kobi. I'll get to see this angel more than I have in the last 3 years! She likes to talk if you couldn't tell...
Hopefully this explains a little...It's not that I haven't been cooking! I just haven't had the energy to create blog posts, which are unbelievably time-consuming. I feel like I've been a nomad this whole summer.
At the end of this wonderful weekend, I figured I could muster up a bit of energy to share with you my "copy cat" recipe based on a sandwich I often enjoy from the cafe at my work.
This sandwich is jam packed with grilled veggie goodness and a delectable red pepper hummus. Perfect for summer, so go ahead and give it a try!
The first words I heard as I approached my house yesterday afternoon were "looks like we're having a vegan dinner tonight."
This was my brother talking, and I couldn't figure out if he meant I was making dinner, or if my family was simply the bomb dot com. And the winner is...option number two!
Okay...so dinner wasn't vegan; but it was vegetarian, which is so generous of my family. My dad found a Giada De Laurentiis recipe similar to (but better than) eggplant parmesan. And because he can't leave a recipe well-enough alone, he added zucchini and portobellos and made it into a veggie lasagna!
If you're curious about this recipe...we used 6 sheets of no-boil lasagna noodles instead of breadcrumbs and had two layers of veggies. We found that 1 fennel bulb was plenty. Let me know in the comments if you need/want further instruction; I would encourage you to get creative here!
But this girl is not complaining...it was phenomenal. Just take a look yourself!
But I am well-aware that not every vegan (or aspiring vegan in my case) can be this lucky. Keep reading for my [amateur] tips on maintaining a vegan diet when surrounded by omnivores.