Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Adventures Continue

I must begin this post saying that I went to the DC VegFest this weekend.  My first time attending a vegan festival.  I thoroughly enjoyed myself.  But most important I devoured one of the best raw meals that I have ever had.  Courtesy of Khepra Anu.  It was everything that I want a raw dinner to be.  It was Ambrosia on a plate...

Now...more Adventures this week with Happy Herbivore....
Tempeh Joes(page 111)
As you can probably tell I did not use tempeh. Hubby ("C") doesn't care too much for tempeh.  I used a low fat vegan ground beef.  Also, instead of brown rice I used quinoa.  I used all of the other ingredients exactly.  Not quite sure what to expect because I have never had a Sloppy Joe before.  I put mine on a lettuce wrap and the above photo was C's sandwich.   Man, had I known Sloppy Joe's were this good I would have had one a long time ago.   The flavors mixed very well together creating a savory and fulfilling meal.

Oatmeal Cookies(page 205)
Followed the recipe exactly(well not exactly, I added vegan chocolate chips)  creating a chewy and sweet treat.   I baked them for 12 minutes.  Next time I think I will bake them for the full 15 minutes.  They were actually a bit too soft to my liking.  Baking the additional 3 minutes may help that.  My co-workers loved them!

Meatball Sub(page 109)
Followed the recipe exactly for the Meatless ball(page 165).  This recipe is so simple that C thought that I had purchased the meatless balls ahead of time.  He was shocked to learn that I made them.  I use my favorite Trader Joe's marinara.   The meatballs had a great Italian flavor and the added marinara sauce made the sub perfect!

Pancakes(page 28)
I'm not very good at photographing pancakes as you can tell.  I followed the recipe exactly.  These pancakes were very fluffy and pretty good.  I must show you the  photo of the first pancake I made.

Me, being the impatient person that I am, did not wait to see the batter produce the small bubbles that the recipes says.  This is what happened.  I waited for the others :).

Chocolate Chip Cookies(page 203)
When I made these cookies C said, "Scones again?"  Ha ha, very funny.  I followed the recipe.  These cookies were moist and chewy right out the oven.  The next day they tasted more cake like.  I thought I could fool a meat eating friend of mine with these cookies...didn't happen.  He knew something was missing.  He IS a cookie connoisseur.  

And to finish this weekend...
Banana bread(page 47)
I tasted this bread when it was warm and right out of the oven...Again, following the recipe exactly.  It was moist and flavorful.  The outer layer was firm and had a good crunchy texture.  My mouth was happy!

26 recipes down!

Remember to Make it with Love!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

More Happy Herbivore Adventures

In the kitchen this weekend creating more Happy Herbivore goodies.  After the surprise that my mouth received with the "tuna" salad I am beginning to think that the Happy Herbivore knows what she is doing in the kitchen.

I ended my work week making the Spiced Carrot Muffins(page 43)...following the recipe exactly making the Carrot-Raisin Muffin version...
My hubby has an incredible sweet tooth, and with this adventure it is my goal to always have something sweet and healthy, in addition to vegan, in the house for him to munch on.  These muffins fit the bill.  They were moist and fulfilling and they achieved that goal.  Hubby enjoyed them. (Note to self:  shred the carrots more...I thought that the carrots were too big but no one else complained).

Friday night dinner...what better way to end the work week than with Loaded Nachos(page 245)
Well, what can I say??  The picture says it all.  And I thought loaded nachos where no longer a part of my life since becoming vegan.  But, I was wrong.  And the Nacho Cheese Sauce(page 265)...oh so cheesy!!!!  Now, to stay true to the raw girl that I am I added raw sweet corn instead of the frozen version.  In a word...marvelous!!!! (The dollop of sour cream was a vegan store bought version) Hubby approved and my non-vegan daughter loved them.

Next up, for breakfast on Saturday I made the French Toast(page 24)...
Following the recipe exactly...surprise again!!! This french toast was amazing.  I'm assuming it was the chickpea flower that made it taste like the non vegan version of french toast.  The first couple of slices where a little messy, the recipes states to let it cook for 3 minutes...very important step.  After I read that again, the rest cooked perfectly. (Notice in the background the breakfast sausage).  Hubby approved and the daughter was surprised by how appetizing this french toast was.

Saturday dinner, Steak and Pepper Fajitas(page 103), and Chickpea Tacos(page 97)...
Started out by making the Portabella Steaks(page 148).  This dish had the house smelling wonderful with hints of garlic and onions...then I put the chickpeas in the oven for the tacos...
The flavor of these peas could definitely stand alone...They would make a great snack all by themselves...Followed both recipes exactly and the end results were awesome.  Had the BFF over for this dinner and she agreed...
Kinda hard to take a picture of a taco, so I leaned it against the fajita.  Looks a little blurry too...but they still look awesome!  Again Hubby and daughter approved!!!

Wanting to end the meal with something sweet, I decided on the Scones(page 54)...I made the chocolate chip version.  Before I show the picture I am going to say that they were very tastey.  My BFF and her 7 year old god-daughter along with my Hubby enjoyed them.    The reason for the following disclaimer is that I must have done something wrong...I looked at my scones, then looked at the picture in the cookbook, then looked at my scones again and thought...what did I do wrong???  They looked more like muffin tops.  Here's the photo...
what do you think I did wrong???

Sunday morning breakfast was a feast.  Frittata(page 15), Maple-Cornbread Biscuits(page 39), and Cajun Home Fries(page 30)...
Frittata before the oven
finished Frittata...looks amazing
This dish was burtsting with flavor...I followed the recipe exactly, adding fresh spinach and fresh tomatoes along with the leftover breakfast sausage from yesterday(crumbled).   If I didn't know that this was tofu, I would have thought I was eating far my favorite breakfast dish!  

Maple-Cornbread Biscuits...Followed the recipe exactly.  Interesting combination that works very well together...The maple taste adds just the right amount of sweetness and the cornmeal gives the biscuits a texture that you don't expect but you will thoroughly enjoy.   I added a little Earth Balance to them as soon as they came out of the oven...Heavenly!

The Cajun Home Fries were well seasoned and savory.  Following the recipe exactly made the perfect mix of garlic, onion and cajun seasonings.   I will add more cayenne pepper next time to make them just a bit more spicy.  

Hubby's plate before

and Hubby's plate after :)

Now, to finish out this weekend with a bang...For the past two weeks on Twitter I've seen pictures of and read all the rave reviews of the Happy Herbivore  Fettuccine Alfredo(page 163).   I made my mind up that I would be making this today and that's what I did...
Now I see what all the fuss is about.  This dish was delectable.  I followed the recipe exactly creating a creamy, cheese flavored dish. Good thing I ate my dessert before I ate my dinner.  I definitely would've had seconds.   Notice the Bacon Bits(page 137) and parsley atop the fettuccine.    Now, what was for dessert you say????  
Chocolate-Zucchini Muffins(page 45).  Following the recipe exactly and added the optional vegan chocolate chips.  When I had Hubby taste he said, "Wow".  When I tasted I said, "Wow".  Moist and overflowing with chocolatey goodness.  Hard to believe that there's one cup of shredded zucchini in these muffins.

19 recipes down...
Remember to Make it With Love!

PS(I will be eating kale salad and drinking smoothies all week)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

"Tuna" Salad

I had no intention of blogging today.  Heck, I wasn't even gonna make dinner tonight.  The hubby is out of town so I had planned on coming home and eating whatever.  That did not happen.  Let me explain...I work with someone who is as obsessed with vegan food as I am.   We talk about vegan food ALL day long.  She(Tatiana) has not committed to being 100% vegan but she enjoys eating all the vegan foods that I make and she even makes some herself.  She also comes with me to my favorite vegan restaurant (Everlasting Life Cafe) every weekend.  With that said, I mentioned to her that I was going to make Happy Herbivore mock tuna salad(page 113) sometime this week.  My only problem was that I had used the last of my vegan mayonnaise and the store where I get it is not on my way home.  Tatiana said, "I have vegan mayonnaise at home and I will bring to you after work".  So, that is what she did.  Still, I wasn't going to blog about it until this weekend...that is until I made it and tasted it.  In a word, scrumptious!!!
I followed the recipe exactly as she said, even down to the kelp powder. (I'm still wondering why the heck did I have kelp powder in my pantry).   I've read about this recipe, mostly on Twitter.  I should have known that it was going to be tasty and it did not disappoint.  I mixed it in the bowl and tasted it.  One taste led to another taste and another taste and before I realized it I was standing over the mixing bowl eating my dinner...Oh no!  I told Tatiana I would bring her some since she did donate the vegan mayo, and what about the photo for the blog...OK, so I put down the spoon and walked away, but not before taking the above photo(which I also ate) and putting the rest in a bowl for my friend.  6 recipes down!!!

Make it With Love!!!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Lynne and Lyndsay???

My new adventure...Cooking my way through the  Happy Herbivore cookbook.  That's over 175 recipes!  Am I up for this challenge?  I think so.  Why this cookbook? Why this challenge?  Well, this cookbook because it's 100% vegan, it's fat free and low fat, and the first few recipes that I have tried have been delicious and husband approved(I'm still working on making him vegan).   This challenge because I needed something to motivate me to blog again.  One of my favorite movies is "Julie and Julia".  When I got my Happy Herbivore cookbook in the mail I joked about doing a "Julie and Julia" spin on this book calling it "Lynne and Lyndsay".  Since that day I couldn't stop thinking about here it goes.  I couldn't figure out a time limit for myself because I will be doing most of my cooking on the weekends...I will try and knock out at least 5 recipes a longer than 6 months.

I begin my journey with breakfast...
Tofu 18, Breakfast 140, 38

This was my first experience with tofu, followed the recipe exactly.  Added green and red peppers and mushrooms.  It was flavorful...the hubby enjoyed (He has been missing scrambled eggs, I think I found a good substitute).  I'm not a big fan of green peppers so I only ate a little.  I will be making this again leaving out the green peppers.
The breakfast sausage was oh so good.  Again, I followed the recipe adding a little more maple syrup as the recipe said to do it you like your sausage extra sweet.  I did not add the liquid smoke but I can see how adding it would make the sausage even more delish...will add next time.
The biscuits were easy to make and were yummy.  Again, hubby approved.   His only question was are they supposed to be this ugly?  I explained that the recipe said to drop the dough by spoonfuls and this is what they look like.  Maybe I'll try to make them prettier next time...Not!  They were darn good! 49

The cornbread tasted as good as non-vegan cornbread.  So scrumptious I had it for breakfast the next day along with the leftover breakfast sausage.

My last recipe for this blog will be the black bean brownies...Page 209

I had my doubts about this recipe.  I just could not wrap my mind around a brownie with black beans, but I was intrigued and had to give them a try...I will not skip any recipe in this book...unless there is one with green beans...I HATE green beans...OK, back to these brownies.  I again followed the thing I did not follow was the part of the recipe where she says let the brownies completely cool.  I ate a warm black bean brownie...All I will say about this is let these brownies cool completely.  A totally different taste...They are chocolatey and cake like.  Took them to work for some co-workers to try and they agreed...These are surprisingly good!  I only wish I had a better picture...Think I'll eat one now.
Remember to Make it With Love...5 recipes down 170 or so to go!