Thursday, December 20, 2012

"Beef" and Broccoli with "Flavor Bombs"

Gardein beef tips with steamed broccoli over rice with some melted pepperjack "cheese".
Paul made a side dish creation which I nicknamed "Flavor Bombs", which they were. Braised mushroom caps stuffed with a mixture of garlic, mustard, siracha, curry hummus with melted pepperjack "cheese" topped with "Bacn" bits.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

"Tuna" Mushroom Casserole

From this recipe:

First, this had no resemblance to tuna or tuna casserole. None. With that out of the way, it was really tasty. Made the usual no oil adjustments, used mushroom broth instead of vegetable broth, used chickpea flour for the flour. Best of all - plenty of leftovers!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Tofu, Black Bean, Cauliflower Stir Fry

This turned out particularly good - conception was the need to clean out fridge (as all great meals have their beginnings). Stir fry consisted of tofu, diced onion, mushrooms, cauliflower, black beans, fire roasted diced tomatoes (with their juice) and spices (chili powder, rosemary, salt, garlic powder, nutritional yeast, cayenne, lemon pepper and soy sauce. Served over couscous. With a side of kale salad.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Belated Thanksgiving post

Wonderful Thanksgiving spent with my mom, Paul and Mary. Green bean casserole, combination of mashed cauliflower and potatoes, and roasted sweet potatoes, shallots and kale with Tofurkey sausage. Pecan pie and pumpkin pie too. Went by too quickly!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Marley-Ann Arrives

Shelby's baby is healthy and so is Shelby!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Yellow Lentils with Spinach and Ginger

Am not going to move again anytime again in the foreseeable future!
This is our first meal in our new house (real meal, that is) - delicious and easy.
The recipe is here:

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Mexican Style Bean and Rice Casserole

From this recipe: - easy and delicious! Paul had a fun suggestion to spiralize the zucchini next time instead of the dice.

Monday, September 24, 2012

New (to us) Home

Side porch and door from kitchen

Before (master bedroom)

During renovation (master bedroom)
Learning what the phrase "labor of love" means. So very exciting! 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Tempeh Chili Mac with Garlicky Spinach

I am loving Lindsay Nixon's Everyday Happy Herbivore - great cookbook! Dove in and made these two recipes - wonderful!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Eggplant Rollatini

Taking a break from "easy" summer meals, made this eggplant rollatini last night. Quite delicious. This recipe is from a Veg News posting from the new Forks Over Knives cookbook (fighting the urge to order, likely will lose this battle). Lots of leftover millet stuffing, need to find creative use - maybe a stew?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup

Paul asked for chicken noodle soup. I hadn't made this before, much less a vegan version, but took the challenge. Found this recipe and it was perfect. I only had 5 cups of broth, it really needed the full 6. Delicious!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Curried Chickpeas and Kale

From this recipe at - followed exactly and then added some browned "Gimme Lean sausage". Served over rice. Definite keeper!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Thai Green Curry

Used the recipe from The 30-Minute Vegan by Mark Reinfeld and Jennifer Murray as the basis - tofu, red peppers, shiitake mushrooms, onion, baby bok choy, carrots, corn, basil, bean sprouts with lite coconut milk and a little bit of sriracha with green curry paste. Served over rice.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Green Beans, Mushrooms & Tempeh with Rice

While driving back to the Outer Banks yesterday afternoon, listening to NPR's The Splendid Table, a caller asked advice for cooking for a vegan for a potluck. The hostess described a Moroccan dish with green beans, which inspired me to create my own version. I sauteed onion and green beans until soft, added garlic, then some cherry tomatoes and mushrooms. Added some thyme and sage. At this point, I realized tempeh "bacon" would go perfectly with these flavors, so that was added as well. Added soy sauce. And a little lemon. Served over rice. Will definitely do this again :)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Quinoa Kitchari

From The 30-Minute Vegan by Mark Reinfeld and Jennifer Murray - delicious - essentially lentils, quinoa, garlic, onion simmered then soy sauce to taste. Served with kale salad.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Tempeh Piccata

Chloe's Kitchen by Chloe Coscarelli - beautiful cookbook with gorgeous photos. Made the Tempeh Piccata last night, served over garlicky spinach.

Encapsulated Mushroom "Wing"

Another amazing creation from Paul's creative brain. This one - steamed portabella mushroom with garlic and sunflower seeds - topped with pepperjack "cheese" smothered with spicy Wing sauce - great quick snack.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Pasha Mezze

Had an incredible birthday dinner at The Pasha Mezze in Ghent in Norfolk, Virginia. I had the Anatolian Plate (quinoa cake, grilled eggplant steak, grilled tomato over black bean jalapeno salsa and sauteed julienne vegetables). Incredible. And the best part, no dishes to clean this morning :)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Recent Vegan Pizza

On nights when I am at a loss as to what to cook, a pizza is always an easy solution. Quick stop by local pizza parlor for a ball of dough, pop into the market for some Gimme Lean "sausage", mushrooms, onion - with rest of staples at home, dinner is a matter of putting the ingredients for Joanne Stepaniak's "White Melty Cheez" from The Ultimate Un-Cheese Cookbook, into the blender, saute the "sausage", mushrooms, onion and a little tomato sauce (or tomatoes). I pulse this mixture a few times and then spread onto the dough, pour the "cheese" sauce on top, sprinkle some smoked paprika on top and cook at 425 until done.

No-fu Love Loaf

From Let Them Eat Vegan (recipe here). Served with mashed potatoes and's Impromptu Mushroom Gravy. The gravy made the recipe, honestly. The loaf was good, but would not have been nearly as good without the gravy.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Paul's Creation

Paul demonstrated his complete competency of vegan food prep when he created this snack over the weekend. He started with a multi-grain tortilla, added hummus with pine nuts, tofurkey deli slices with sauteed shitake mushrooms. This odd combination was incredible! This photo does it no justice.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Golden Potato and Tempeh Casserole

Phenomenal! Did not use the vegan parm, instead, I used panko breadcrumbs and french fried onions (leftover from a green bean casserole) on top - here is the recipe - this will definitely become a "regular"!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Lasagna With Roasted Cauliflower Ricotta & Spinach

From Isa Chandra Moskowitz's Appetite For Reduction. Recipe linked here (I left out the olives and subbed soy parmesan). Easy and very good - could use some "kick", maybe some hot sauce added in the sauce....

Friday, April 13, 2012

Walnut-Crusted Tofu with Spinach

From Robin Robertson's Vegan On The Cheap, left out the orange segments. Other than being time consuming, it was delicious! Served with the suggested roasted potatoes...

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Spaghetti Squash Casserole

From The Nutritional Yeast Cookbook by Joanne Stepniak, her recipe here:

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

White Beans a la King

Adapted from Joann Stepaniak's The Nutritional Yeast Cookbook "Chick-Peas a la King" but subbed Great Northern beans for the Chick-Peas. Quite easy, quite delicious, very filling! Served over rice.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

Pasta with Sage and White Bean Sauce

From Robin Robertson's Vegan Planet - delicious and easy - topped with Gimme Lean Sausage, served with kale salad.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

Coconut Curry Rice & Kale Salad

Lots of cooking lately, no blogging.
I've focused on Robin Robertson's Vegan On The Cheap. I've owned this cookbook for a while, but it got lost in the stack.
Last night, made her Coconut Curry Rice (page 134). I subbed roasted asparagus for the peas and added some baked tofu. Served it alongside Kale Salad.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sausage & Mushroom Etouffee

From this recipe: Left out the green peppers. Used 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne, was fairly spicy, probably reduce this down to 1/8 next time (and yes, there will be a next time). Served over jasmine rice.