Posts Tagged ‘veganomicon’

Opposites, Old & New

March 18, 2011 5 comments

This week has been mostly leftovers… which is AWESOME because the weather has decided to be amazing πŸ™‚

These two recipes are, just as the title says, opposites of each and one is a new-to-me recipe and one is a usual one. An old dish, a new one. A vegan dish and a very, very non-vegan dish.

I found this recipe on The Food Network’s website, not on purpose though. We recently bought one of those really heavy dutch oven type pots and since we’ve only used it once so far I figured it was high time that we took it for another drive.

I found this by Googling “dutch oven recipes” and this looked like the best one. I was actually surprised at the number of recipes for breads!

It took a while to prepare this and the beef actually had to marinate over night. I was wary of the marinade since it was AN ENTIRE BOTTLE OF RED WINE with just some crushed garlic. The beef was purple! Actually very yummy and you could only taste a tiny tiny bit of the wine after it was cooked.

I consider this to be a staple dish on my menu planning since I don’t need to look at any directions (or it could just be simple… that too!). BBQ Tofu (original recipe from the Veganomicon), steamed broccoli, and Israeli couscous flavored with curry powder.

I’ve finished up a whole bottle of this barbecue sauce just from making this! We can’t grill at our apartment complex because we have a charcoal grill (boo) so this is the closest I get to “barbecue.” I bet someone in the South is dying when I say that.

So there you have it! An old dish, a new one. A vegan dish and a very, very non-vegan dish.


Food for Thought Fridays: not all beige is bad

February 11, 2011 4 comments

Happy Friday!
You always hear about adding color to you diet and how colorful food are always much better for you than bland, beige foods.

I don’t think all beige is bad and sometimes it just happens.

This past week it just happened that one of my meals lacked color. I could’ve added some bright greens with zucchini and broccoli, but those were being saved for another meal, so beige it was!

Potato pancakes (aka flat hash browns) and Quinoa

Shredded potatoes
No onions, that’s gross.
Cornstarch, Paprika, Red Pepper Flakes, Bread Crumbs.
Mix it up and fry. I used peanut oil (it just smells awesome!)

I got the recipe backbone from the Veganomicon, but when it wasn’t quite sticking together well enough, I threw an egg in there (note: I didn’t have matzo meal, so it might work better for you if you have some).

Still really good though, especially with a bit of locally made BBQ sauce β™₯

I didn’t have too much time to get a lot of articles for today. I did read a lot of them, but many are just repetitive of the same information.

The Eating Rules Philosophy Summed up in Two Venn Diagrams
This pretty much sums up the best & simplest good eating philosophy ever.

Need Inspiration? Watch this Trailer – Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead
I’ll probably have to watch this when it makes its way to Netflix. I love documentaries and personal stories (the accent helps too!). I don’t know what I think about the 60 day juice diet that the narrator takes on, whether it is the healthiest way to go or not, but I don’t doubt the ability to get all your calories, but I think I would miss chewing.

Is β€˜Eat Real Food’ Unthinkable?

This was my favorite article this week. I just started following Mark Bittman on Twitter this past week and have not regretted it. There are three different happenings that he talks about that have occured recently.

New USDA food guidelines: I don’t really care so much about these. I know that they play a bigger role in school nutrition, but the public doesn’t pay attention to these. Michael Pollan’s “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” would’ve summed up what actually needed to be said. (I got to see him speak a year ago! Still pumped about that!)

Vegan Oprah: First, Oprah would do anything for more publicity (really, you’re taking your whole audience to Australia?). Second, as a person that flirts with vegetarianism and veganism on about a 90% basis, I hate strongly dislike the use of faux meats as substitutes. Yes, I eat tofu, but that’s the only ingredient – soy beans.

Wal-mart & the White House: do I need to say anything? Maybe. This is making me almost not like you, Michelle Obama! The idea of walking into a Wal-mart makes me uneasy and dirty feeling. I don’t want the know the lengths that they will go to in order to make ‘healthy’ food less expensive.

The end! It’s Friday! This weekend I am tasked with creating a menu of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for Thursday through Saturday night. It will have to have a veg option for me and also all has to be gluten-free for Megan. I’ll post my menu up here once I finish it πŸ™‚

Hawaiian Sunday, Snow Monday

January 25, 2011 2 comments

After a full day of skiing on Saturday at Crystal Mountain (we actually had powder and got to use our sweet Groupons) the Sunday is usually filled with all of the errands that we weren’t able to get done before.

Sunday started off with breakfast at Northside Grill, where, apparently, it was Hawaiian Sunday. You could get some special things like pineapple juice and pancakes with pineapple, but I stuck with something a bit less Hawaiian.

Spinach Omelette, Hash Browns, & Toast

We spent Sunday by visiting my uncle in the hospital after breakfast. He’s been in the hospital for almost 14 months now and they think he should be able to go home finally in about 6-8 weeks. It was amazing to even see him sitting upright in a wheelchair.

The rest of the afternoon was filled with laundry, grocery shopping, the gym (!!!), and dinner.

Sunday dinner was BBQ tofu and Israeli couscous with zucchini and carrot.

Israeli Couscous with Zucchini & Carrots

makes about 3 servings

1 cup Israeli couscous, dry
2 cups water
1 zucchini, shredded
1 carrot, shredded
1 tablespoon olive oil

Heat olive in a small pot over medium high heat and add in carrot and zucchini. Stir fry for a while then add in dry couscous. Incorporate well. Add water, bring to a boil, then back down to simmering.

Cook until all of the water has been absorbed, about 15 minutes. Stir every so often so that it doesn’t stick. I added in some spices as well – granulate onion, red pepper flakes, and a bit of Lawry’s seasoning salt.


On the exercise front, I actually made it to the gym on Sunday to go running, which was my goal. I ran two miles, with speeds from 5.2 up to 5.7mph, then stopped to do some other stuff. I did crunches with the ten pound weight, dips, and pikes on the pilates ball and knee tucks. I finished up with another mile, making it three total miles. I am doing about 11:30 minute miles. Not terribly great, but I don’t think I’ll ever be a very speedy runner. I’d rather go for distance.

How is your week going so far? Are you managing to keep up with everything you’ve had planned for the week? I’ve got a Slow Food Huron Valley meet-up tonight at Silvio’s that I am super pumped about. They’ll also be talking about their trip to Terra Madre in Italy! Have a good Tuesday!


December 6, 2010 2 comments

One of the things that people probably find hardest in my kitchen, aside from fitting more than one person in it, is that there are no paper towels. I don’t think I have had them in over a year and a half, and one of the only times I really wish I did was when I make baked tofu. They’re super helpful when you press the tofu to get the excess water out… but I think I may have found a way around it.

Ta-da! Tea towels!

Dinner was BBQ Tofu, stir-fried baby bok choy, and (more!) roasted cauliflower. I really just can’t stay away from that stuff πŸ™‚

The bok choy was really good this time. I didn’t add sugar like the recipe says, but instead I used juice from half a clementine. It was slightly citrusy, but not overpowering.

I was up in East Lansing for a lot of the weekend, so here is how the weekly menu is looking. I made the roasted chicken last night (thankfully it thawed out in time!).

Weekly Menu
-Roasted Chicken, Peas & Corn, Israeli Couscous
-Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce**
-Chicken Noodle Soup
-Curry Quinoa & Cauliflower (found tiny romanescos)

A friend of my mom and her boyfriend has a farm out in St. Clair and I have two nice, free-range, organic roaster chickens in my freezer from him. I really need to learn how to cut the chicken into pieces before cooking, but for right now, I have been just sticking with roasting them when I have one.

Three Dinners

December 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Three dinners were sadly overlooked in my last two days’ posts.

On Tuesday evening I decided it was time to try the curry yakisoba that a I bought a while back from Tsai Grocery. It was definitely curry flavored, however I was expecting the more stew-like Japanese curry and not a more Indian style curry. Either way, very yummy. Added in is zucchini, broccoli, and carrots from the Farmers’ Market.

Wednesday night I had to workout with my trainer from 5:30 to 6:30pm, which severely cuts down on my dinner-making time. Because of that we went with the roasted (romanesco!) cauliflower and quinoa (curry with peas and corn stand-by.

Yesterday night, I went running at the gym after work… again making less dinner time. What also didn’t help was that we had to go to my work to print the Best Buy coupon, go to Best Buy in search of a Kindle, only to find out that the Ann Arbor store was currently sold out. By the time we got home it was about 7:10pm and that is when dinner making started.

Bean burger patties (garlic, curry powder, paprika) and Herb-Scalloped Potatoes from the Veganomicon

What’s for dinner tonight? I think it’s BBQ tofu….

Three Day Week

November 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Thanks to Thanksgiving Day this week, I’ve only got one day left of work.
Thanks to Thanksgiving Day this week, it is unbearably slow at work today (hence the blogging). I could do some filing, but yea, not as entertaining (and I need something to do tomorrow as well).

Again though, there are some meals to catch up with.

Saturday we had our friend Brian with us for dinner and we had some rather simple stir fry.

Red Pepper (not shown, since I don’t like it), snow peas, broccoli, carrot, baby bok choy, and romanesco cauliflower

Cafe Japon was at the Farmer’s Market this weekend so I was able to get some shokupan… which means French toast for breakfast πŸ™‚ I am almost out of the preserves I got at the JamPot up north…

Sunday Breakfast

I decided that on Sunday afternoon that I was going to head out to downtown and maybe look at some Christmas presents for people and pick up more shampoo at the food co-op. Is it weird to post an outfit? Because I am. Please ignore that knick-knacks (ps I made the little clay dudes!)

I came back with two gifts for people from Heavenly Metal and some much needed bar shampoo, seeing as I ran out on Friday. I really want to get some pretty bar shampoos from Lush, since they are awesomely colored and smell nice, but ALL of them have SLS listed as an ingredient… so sorry Lush. Twelve Oaks is too far away for me to drive to get some anyways.

Sunday afternoon we went out to the movies to see the new Harry Potter and I was totally surprised that it was already dark when we got out! Given it is a 2.5 hour long movie and it started at 3:15pm… Dinner was simple. Marinara sauce from Veganomicon, some bow-tie pasta I had in the cupboard, and Gimme Lean veggie ground beef crumbles. First time using the veggie ground beef and it was rather successful. I had to spice it up a bit with a bunch of spices since I bought the plain style, but once it was all mixed up in the sauce it was really good.

Monday night dinner marked another first– Chickpea cutlets from Veganomicon and my first time using vital wheat gluten. I wasn’t quite sure about the “strings of gluten” they were talking about and then BAM I became very familiar. The cutlets were simple, but needed a bit more spice which I’ll do next time. I just wanted to make them according to the recipe first so I would have something to base variations off of. Also included were baked potato wedges and stir-fried baby bok choy.

Tomorrow morning I’ll be heading down to the Farmer’s Market to pick up my turkey from Ernst Farms, then one more day of work and vacation until Monday!

Not-so-lazy Sunday

November 14, 2010 Leave a comment

I don’t really do “lazy” days.

Today started off with breakfast at Northside Grill.

Two egg breakfast: scrambled eggs, hash browns, wheat toast.

Toast: a strawberry jam delivery device.

Came home, watched some Battlestar Galactica. Put in laundry, hung up laundry. Finished off the last of the pasta leftovers for lunch. Tim and I went to Wheels in Motion and to talk to the guys there about rebuilding the fork on my mountain bike.

Dinner was some more new things out of the Veganomicon. BBQ tofu, stir-fried bok choy & rainbow chard, corn.

The Ingredients

All Done

A Bit Closer