Weekly Wednesday Round-Up – Raw Pasta, Pita Pizza, and Whole Foods

I want to start doing a weekly Wednesday roundup of yummy meals I’ve made. Basically anything I’d put in the PPK’s Food Porn section, but doesn’t deserve an entire blog post.

One of my first raw food meals ever (not counting salad)! Spiralized zucchini and rich marinara sauce.
raw pasta

The mini restaurant inside our local Whole Foods has a vegan sandwich! It’s toasted sour dough bread with balsamic tomatoes, arugula, onions, and basil hummus. Served with a side of roasted red skin potatoes.

Whole Foods sandwich

Fried tofu (from Whole Food’s hot bar) and mashed cheezy bacon potatoes.
fried tofu and potatoes

Pita pizza with mushrooms, onion, bell pepper, and nutritional yeast.

pita pizza

Veggie stir fry with kale, tomatoes, onion, bell peppers, zucchini, and mushrooms all piled on top of brown rice. rice stir fry

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Sentry Soup (Vegan MoFo #19)

redwall

Matthias is the main character in Redwall by Brian Jacques. He is a small orphaned church-mouse who lives in the abbey called Redwall. It was founded by Martin the Warrior, a legendary mouse warrior, and has long been a place of peace. There, Matthias lives with other animal creatures like his fellow mice, squirrels, shrews, moles, badgers, and rabbits. Redwall’s happy existence soon ends though when they are attacked by a rat named Cluny the Scourge and his horde of rebellious rats, weasels, and ferrets.

Matthias sees this as his opportunity to work his way up from being an apprentice to a glorified warrior. Cluny’s relentless attacks soon begin to wear down the resolve and resources of Redwall. As the citizens struggle to continue on, Matthias and his friends learn of a venerable prophecy about Martin the Warrior’s ancient sword. Trying to fulfill it, he and his friends begin to search Redwall for clues to the sword’s location. Each solved puzzle, every unearthed scrap of paper, and any whispered bit of prophecy brings them one step closer to finding the weapon that could save Redwall and its’ citizens.

“When Friar Hugo hurried off to join the defenders he left Cornflower in charge of the kitchens. She had busied herself with setting pans of oatmeal and oven bread ready for the next morning’ breakfast. Cornflower then thought of the sentries up on the wall, and she set about making a large pan of vegetable soup. It was a great favorite with the defenders at nighttime, especially when she made it to her own recipe.” – Redwall (paperback) page 300

The food described in Redwall has always sounded delicious. Especially since most of the animals are vegetarian. I chose the warm and veggie-filled Louisiana River Otter Hot Root Soup from Redwall Kitchen.

otter soupThis is probably my new favorite vegetable soup recipe. I don’t know if it’s the Zatarain’s shrimp boil seasoning, the thick roux base, or just the combo of vegetables the makes it taste so freakin’ good. Either way, I’ll definitely be making this again.

 

Tasty Texas

This past week has been full of “firsts”. I went to my first national conference, rode my first airplane and taxi, and went to my first professional baseball game.

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The conference I had the pleasure of attending was the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences’ 103rd annual conference in Houston, TX. It was a wonderful experience and I learned a lot about the FCS field while meeting many lovely professionals full of advice and networking opportunities.

Sadly, I had very little time inbetween events to explore downtown Houston, but when I did get the time I always managed to go someplace delicious for dinner.

Our first night in we ate at Guadalajara Del Centro. The server was very friendly and knew exactly which items on the menu were vegan or could be veganized. I got the veggie fajitas, which was grilled mushrooms, zucchini, sweet potatoes, asparagus, onions, and bell peppers all slathered in cilantro pesto. Served with sides of pico, guacamole, rice, and refried beans.

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The one “tourist” thing I got to do while in Houston was attending a baseball game of the Houston Astros vs. the Los Angeles Angels.  I honestly enjoyed watching the crowd more than the game, but it was very fun, despite it being hot and having incredibly high up seats.

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I ended up getting a romaine lettuce salad with tomatoes, cucumber, kidney beans, kalamata olives, corn, snap peas, and balsamic dressing.

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Texas really was great, and I can’t wait to visit again soon.

Thanksgiving 2012

Even though it was a few weeks ago, I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving! I know we did. Below is our oh so formally set table:

Thanksgiving Table

We had sliced Tofurky roast.

Plated tofurkeyFirehouse cornbread, veganized by using soymilk, margarine, and an Ener-G egg.

Bisquick cornbread

Roasted balsamic zucchini and onionsroasted zucchini

Mashed potatoes
Mashed tatersGreen bean casserole

Green bean casseroleCampbell’s accidentally vegan mushroom gravy, for the mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce for the Tofurky.

Gravy and cranberryAnd lastly, a cinnamon pumpkin pie brought by our friend Kyle.

Cinnamon pumpkin pie

Delicious Daily Meals

With monies starting to get more tight around the household, I’m having to cut back on my usual vegan splurges. Less Daiya and Amy’s frozen dinners, and more of the cheap vegan staples like tofu and soymilk. But for now, I shall enjoy the leftovers I have stored in the fridge still until the penny pinching takes over.

So that’s why I made this tasty pizza. The open bag of Daiya needed to be used before it went bad, and pizza just sounded great. I made it with a whole wheat crust, topped with sauce, Daiya, freshly chopped tomatoes and onions, with some mushrooms sprinkled on top for extra goodness.

Here is some more delectable Italian food. I made a quick, but satisfying, dinner of spaghetti in tomato sauce, with some mushrooms, chopped onion, and freshly steamed zucchini slices mixed in.

I think sometimes I get caught up in the foodie rush to try and make lots of weird foods with different flavors and textures, and in that forget that sometimes the best food in life is the simplest.

For instance, take this tofurky sandwich pictured below. Kinda plain looking, not too special. But I was just as satisfied with it for my lunch as I would have been with some wacky casserole that used three different vegetables I’d never heard of. Though I made it extra delicious by adding some of my new favorite new sandwich spread, wasabi mustard. This is sooo yummy slathered on two slices of bread and paired with some veggie meat.

Dekalb Farmers Market Outing

On Saturday I was invited to go on a trip with my boyfriend and his family to Atlanta. I got to meet his wonderful grandparents who live there and we also made a visit to the Dekalb Farmers Market. And I must say, wow. That place was incredible, the moment you walk in you’re hit with a wave of sights and smells. We saw people from every walk of life and a lot of different cultures, speaking too many languages to count. The employees actually had a list of languages they could speak on their name tags.

After standing around and gawking for a few minutes we moved on to the food court for lunch and got into the buffet line. At first I was afraid I’d have to stick with the normal vegan fare of a salad, but I soon saw that there were many veggie-friendly food options. I ended up with a huge plate-full of very yummy food. I got sesame ginger tofu (which was by far the best tofu I’ve ever eaten), three bean chili with corn and mushrooms, and steamed zucchini with garlic and fennel seeds. It was all really good, so if you go through Atlanta be sure to eat at the Dekalb buffet.

By the way, my apologies for the crummy picture. They had a strict no photos policy so I just took one quick, semi-hidden snapshot of my food before digging in.

Everyday Vegan Meals

Sorry for the lack of posting lately. I’ve got no good excuses, I’ve just been being lazy.

No recipes today, but here are some of the things I’ve been eating recently:

I’ve been cooking my way through The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook by Jo Stephaniak and so far everything I’ve made from it has been delicious! Above is Cheezy Rice and Broccoli Casserole served with steamed zucchini and Skallops coated in spicy Shake ‘N Bake then fried. One of the other yummy things from the book is Broccoli Cheez Soup (Can you tell I like the combo of cheez and broccoli?) pictured here topped with Bac-os and served with garlic toast.

On to the more junky food that I consume. To the right there’s a No-Queso Quesadilla with added Nearly Beef TVP and served with Tofutti vegan sour cream. Sooo good.

I also had pizza this week. Topped with onions, green bell peppers, faux ground beef and Follow Your Heart mozzarella soy cheese. Delicious when you broil the cheese until it gets all melty.

I really love Worthington canned faux meats. They’re delicious and convenient, since you can just open the can and fry the contents with some veggies for a quick and yummy meal. Here are the Worthington Veggie Steaks after I fried them in a skillet with onions, green bell peppers and some chili powder then put it on top of a tortilla. I topped the mix with freshly chopped tomatoes and Tofutti vegan sour cream.