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My Dad gave me Veganomicon for Christmas, and I can say that I’ve ever been more excited about a cookbook.  I took it for a test drive at a small dinner get together with Preston’s sister and family on Sunday night.   It was supposed to be a really chilly weekend, so I asked BG to pick out a soup – he chose the Roasted Red Pepper and Bean Gumbo.  Perfect!

I can’t violate the lovely ladies’ copyright by posting the recipe here, but I’d be happy to email it to you if you’d like.  It took about 2 hours, beginning to end, to make – and was well worth it.

Here’s where I’ll introduce my guest photographer for this post, and (lucky me!) the resident dishwasher.

We began by snapping a photo of a very essential cooking activity – enjoying a cocktail

Then, it was on to the roux and veggies

Then more veggies – okra, cloves of garlic and roasted red peppers to name a few

The chef adding okra to the gumbo.  I enjoyed all that photo attention – I might have to ask the BG to step in more often!

A lot more went into the pot, including some 2 below, tomato paste, fire roasted tomatoes and veggie broth.  Then, we had a beautiful bubbling (vegan) stew sure to please any carnivore around.

I served this with my sweet potato biscuits and not only was it enough to feed 4 hungry adults plus seconds, there is plenty left for lunches tomorrow.  This recipe will definitely go into the “make again” file.  Can’t wait to try more dishes from Veganomicon!


Vegan Sweet Potato Biscuits

Even if the Vegan Moniker means nothing to you, you’ve got to try these biscuits because they are super easy to make and came out flaky and delicious. Mmmm can you hear Carbzilla roaring through the streets of Denver?

You only need 5 things:

1 c. cooked & mashed sweet potatoes

1c. flour

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/4 c. olive oil

Combine all the ingredients until a doughy consistency is acheived.  Break into 6-8 small biscuits and place on baking sheet.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20 minutes.  Remove, slice open and lather with favorite biscuit topping. Enjoy!

I ate one, two, three biscuits with a side of roasted carrots & brussels sprouts.

Next up: making these for breakfast with Veganomicon’s Mushroom Gravy.

Tofu Burgers

Ingredients : 1 package of firm tofu, pressed.  Sauteed mushrooms, a handful of grated carrots and grated red peppers, 1/3 c. of your favorite Spicy Hummus, 1 cup rolled oats.

Process: Put it all into a food processor.  Blend.  Shape into patties, put in skillet with hot oil and pan fry. If you are me, you’ll top with avocados and Sriracha.  You might enjoy it on a bun with some lettuce tomato and mustard.  Who knows?!  All I know is that these guys are deeeeelish!

Shrooms- Pretty Much Mandatory!

Grating baby carrots was a humorous experience…

Have I mentioned how much I love my food processor?

Strangely meat looking… 

 Came out with the consistency of a crab cake

Avocados are the best condiment

Hippie Apple Tarts

I had a major sweet tooth today (yah, I know – big surprise) so I went about looking for something to make with ingredients I already had.  My sweet tooth salvation lay within the pages of Hungry Hungry Hippie – a very sassy vegan/lifestyle blog.  Recently Miss Hippie had made Vegan Apple Pie w/ Graham Cracker Crust.  I used the recipe as a guide and did my own thang. 


2 c. Graham Cracker Crumbs

3 tbsp oatmeal

2 tbsp applesauce

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/3 c. Smart Balance, melted

Apple Filling:

One large apple, peeled & diced

Flour, just enough to coat

Sprinkle of brown sugar

sprinkle of cinnamon

I mixed all the ingredients for the crust, and when it was appropriately uniform, I pressed it into muffin cups.  I was hoping to have enough mixture for six.

But I only had enough for four.  That okay – more delicious apple filling per cup!

After adding the apple mixture, I popped it into the oven at 400 for about 25 minutes.  The aroma that filled our small apartment was so heavenly, I didn’t really worry about how these little guys were going to turn out.

Um, they were amazing.  The crust held together but was still soft like a cookie, and the apples and brown sugar added a bit of sweetness.  I will definitely be making these again – maybe with a bit more oatmeal next time to create more dough.  Having leftovers for breakfast this morning – Happy Monday to me…

Have a great week!  

Vegan Out: Day 14

Sunday began with a kick my ass Yoga Sculpt Class.  Yoga Sculpt incorporates yoga moves with aforementioned ass kicking weight routines.  By the end of class, my whole body is shaking and I’m ready to go home.  I went to class before having breakfast (mistake) so about 40 minutes into the routine I was day dreaming about what I would eat when I got home.  The dreamed up answer was a piece of toasted Ezekiel bread slathered with peanut butter and then topped with apples and drizzled with Hershey’s syrup.

Made it happen

Since I had just burned about 400 calories and was in full on brunch mode, I decided to whip up some savory after my sweet.

What came next?  Guacamole  of course.  Avos, Tomato, Salt, Lime Juice, and because my Big Guy lives about a 4 hour plane ride away and I won’t be kissing anyone anytime soon, a healthy dose of chopped white onions.

Mashed it all up and served it with some crunch – Carrots & Crackers.  Que Linda!

Feeling quite stuffed, I was off for some QCT (Quality Couch Time).  I caught up on 60 Minutes and spent an hour or two with Benson & Stabler.  It was then time to get ready for Meg’s Chili Party!

Meg’s party offered the perfect opportunity to wear my new kicks!  About a week ago, I heard Nordstrom was offering free shipping on shoe purchases, so I felt that was a good enough excuse to replace my ratty old Converse I’ve been wearing for the past two years.  I got on the interweb to grab a new pair and ended up finding some Pumas I liked way better!  And to top it off, they were on sale and cheaper than the Chucks would have been.  Jackpot! 🙂

Out with the old, in with the new my friends

Moving on to the chili par-tay.  Along the way, I picked up some essentials.  Trippel, Rummikub and Frito Pie Fixins (Cheese, Onions, Fritos)

Meg had her house decorated for football.  Love those flowers!

Here’s the moment of truth – I stuck to my guns and didn’t eat anything non-vegan at the party.  It was tempting, especially with a homemade cornbread available, but I kept it Veg.  Here’s the proof – I PMOC.

(Packed My Own “Cheese”)

No, I wasn’t that excited about it.  Little did I know that in a few moments, missing out on real Cheese and Cornbread would be the least of my problems.  That was the last photo of the night – I dropped my iPhone in Meg’s toilet.  Not quite sure HOW that happened, but it did and now I’ve got an exorcist phone.  It turns on and off at its own will, along with a bunch of other crazy shit.  Amazingly, I managed to fire off a few text messages as well as upload last night’s photos to my MacBook so I could complete this post.

Before replacing it I’m going to try for at least 2-3 days to get it back to functioning properly.  Day 1 of iPhone triage will involve turning it off and placing it in front of a fan all day.

So that’s where I’m at… Toilet -1, iPhone -Nil

But at least I’m still on the Vegan train!

Vegan Out: Day 13

I woke up pretty late on Saturday morning – so late in fact that I didn’t even have coffee…GASP!  I’m pretty surprised that I could even get my shoes on and put myself together to leave the house to go shopping.

First meal of the day was with my Mom at Whole Foods.  I chose some veggie sushi and a vegan thumbprint jam cookie.  So good!

Our next stop was West Elm to get my mom a new duvet for her bed.  I just love West Elm.  It’s a lot like what I’d want my house to look like in the future- Clean, comfortable, inviting.  Here’s a bed set I’ve been wanting for, oh,  about the past 9 months. I just might buy it for myself one of these days!

On to the food – dinner was some leftover Kung Pao tofu from last night.  I didn’t photograph it, because leftover chinese is not so attractive….

After dinner, I was still hungry, so I did some quick googling: “Is Hershey’s Syrup Vegan?”

The answer was an exciting YES! so I whipped up a snack of chocolate almond milk

On a side note, I named the best pet on the planet, our family’s chocolate lab, Hershey about 16 years ago. Sadly, he is not still with us.

He was a really good boy, and tolerated all sorts of shenanigans, like allowing people who are much too large to lay on him, lay on him.

Sometimes, even though I walked him into the vet’s office to be put down,  I forget that he’s dead.  I think that’s what happens when people, places or even animals that are unspeakably important to you are suddenly gone.

But moving on…I was still hungry after my chocolate milk snack, so I filled a bowl with some booty.

Veggie Pirates Booty, that is!  Aaaargh you hungry?!

I have to say, I like the regular flavor of Pirates Booty much more than the Veggie (it sort of tastes like veggie pesto), but it’s not “Vegan Friendly” so it was bumped off the shopping list.  Upon visiting the Pirates Booty website, I have to say I’m pretty stoked to track down the “NY Pizza” flavor. Hellllooo snack time!

In tomorrow’s post – did I break the diet and eat some Cheese on my Frito Pie, or did I stay the course?  Stay tuned!

Vegan Out: Day 12

Friday began with a tasty kick – Cocoa Beach, y’all!

I was really looking forward to lunch, where I headed home to make some more cheesy pizza melts.

I wanted some greenery, so I sautéed some Zucchini in Olive Oil.

I added some Vegan Parmesan Topping which browned up and added a nice crusty crunch to the greens.

That wasn’t nearly enough food, so I went for pizza round dos.

Headed back to work to finish my day, and made sure to fit in another snack – Standard.

For dinner, I picked up some Kung Pao Tofu.  My diet must be pretty bland lately because this dish was SPICY!

Here’s when I open up and tell you that I’m pretty sick of this diet. (Maybe you can tell from my unenthusiastic posts and photos as of late)  I’m feeling crappy and getting bummed that I’ve had to turn down some lunch and happy hour invites because I don’t want to go and sit there like a bump on a log and not eat anything.  So, I can bail just over half way through, or I can stick it out.  Thoughts?

I have to admit, I’ve been plotting my exit for the past 7 hours or so after my friend Meg mentioned she’s making Vegetarian Chili tomorrow.  Immediately in my mind was the delectable Texas Delight – Frito Pie.  If you’ve never had the pleasure, Frito Pie is chili on a bed of Fritos topped with cheese and onions.  Texans love it so much that the Taco Bells in TX even have a special “Frito Burrito” which is basically the pie in a tortilla. Here’s what that gorgeousness looks like:

But I digress.  I think I’m going to have a Frito Pie on Day 13.  Will you hate me?  I hope not.  I like to do what I say I’m going to do, and i said I’m going to eat Vegan for 21 days.  Maybe I won’t stray for even just one meal, and see this ship to the harbor.

I’m telling you though, I think some cheese would do me good.

Vegan Out: Day 11

Day 11: The “Wednesday” of my project, and the saddest picture day thus far.   Today was insane at work, and I scarfed down breakfast and lunch at my desk, so sadly I don’t have much to report.

Breakfast was an apple and the most delicious flavor of Luna Bar: Chocolate Peppermint Stick

Other favorite bar flavors, for my lovely girl Abbey: Lara – Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough & Pecan Pie.  Luna – Chocolate Peppermint Stick, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, Cookies & Cream.  Clif Mojo – Peanut Butter Pretzel, Mountain Mix.  Regular Clif – Mint Chocolate and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut.  Enjoy!!

Lunch was my version of a Bento Box.  Carrots, Cucumbers, Crackers, Hummus, Apples and of course, my beloved Soy Pudding.

I’m beginning to become worried that I’m not consuming enough calories, (despite being full at every meal) so I’m going to try to bump up my snacking.  4pm brought along the third apple of the day, with some Peanut Butter.

After work, and quite lovely Skype date with my man, I headed over to the Irish Snug for their weekly run club meeting.  I hadn’t ran in a while, so the three miles felt a bit brutal.  I was ravenously hungry on the run and focused on the beer that was waiting for me at the bar.  Getting back to the bar with Abbey, I quickly had one beer, then another (The lovely Honey Brown from JW Dundee) and also a giant basket of french fries.  I honestly thought I would feel sick after eating all that, but turns out I’m enjoying the full tummy feeling after all those potatoes.  I was pooped when I got back home and quickly fell asleep, so I didn’t have a chance to redeem all that fry-age with some greens.   Maybe tomorrow!

On a strange side note, I rarely remember my dreams, but last night I spent the entire night (in my dreams) eating steaks and loaded baked potatoes.  I even remember thinking in the dream, “Well, this throws the Vegan thing right out the window.”

So weird!



Vegan Out: Day 10

Well, I’m about halfway through my three-week project and I’m a little sad to report that I’m not really feeling any positive effects from this switch to veganism. I was really hoping that I would be sleeping better and that some skin issues I am having would clear up. This has not been the case, but I’m only halfway through so I guess there is still hope. All that has resulted, thus far, is that I’m consistently waking up hungry in the middle of the night, but am too lazy to get up and feed myself. Plus, who wants to eat at 2am? It’s not 2001 and I’m not drunk in the Denton, TX Whataburger with my friends, so it’s not happening. Let’s do day 10 in reverse, shall we?

My nighttime snack was an episode of Law & Order: SVU, a local beer and the rest of the banana chips.

It is Wednesday, which means I babysat. Getting puked on by a 3 month old ain’t no thang after another delicious Falafel & Hummus meal from Jersualem. Might make that stop a weekly occurrence. 

Aaand they’re gone

I went home for lunch and gave Daiya cheese another go. This time, it was a rousing success! I made “Cheesy” Pizza Melts with Ezekiel Bread, Veggie Smart Prego, Daiya, Spinach and Tomatoes. Just turned the oven on to 35o and got everything crunchy/melty/warm/wilted in two stages. Stage 1: Sauce & Cheeze.  Bake

Step 2: Add Veggies. Bake again!

I cut these guys into manageable pieces and went to town! 

Can anyone guess what I had for breakfast? Since I only have one regular reader (Hi babe!) I won’t post yet another Apple & Peanut Butter with a side of banana chips photo. Instead, I think I’ll post a picture that will be more exciting for said reader. Check out my push up arms! I can do 5 in a row now – might shoot for 6 today.  Woot!




Vegan Out: Day 9

I’ve been feeling a bit funky the past few days and am still wondering if this vegan diet is to blame.  Yes, I’m feeling light while eating absolutely everything I want.  But I’m also feeling lethargic during the day and sleeplessness at night, along with a nagging thirst that I can’t seem to quench.  I’ve googled some of these symptoms without any real answer, so I guess I’ll just deal with it and move on. 

Day 9: The day I ate veggie burgers and tried Daiya for the first time

Breakfast was coffee, apple with peanut butter and banana chips.  Spared you the photo. 

I was craving some junk food, so I went to my local WF and bought some Amy’s Veggie Burgers (Low Sodium, y’all), Daiya “Cheddar Cheese” and Ezekiel Whole Sprouted Hamburger Buns. 

Daiya claims that it melts, so I had to put it to the test

After a few minutes in the pan, it gets a grade of C- for meltiness

All assembled with onions, tomatoes, spinach and ketchup, it makes for a nice hearty burger.  Those Ezekiel buns are a meal in themselves.  Although I have to say, I wasn’t crazy about the Daiya Vegan “Cheese”.  It had a funny flavor and didn’t really add much.  Some things just can’t be replicated, ya know?

For dessert I had some Soy Pudding.  I’ve found it interesting that a lot of these vegan products seem to be overly sweet.  That was my impression on first bite, then I quickly devoured the whole cup.  New favorite treat!

After work I went straight to Yoga, and then on a long distance date with the Big Guy to see “The Town”.   I packed another veggie burger and some banana chips to eat during the film.  The second burger was better because I loaded it up with an entire Avocado. 

I had so much fun watching The Town because I got to see a ton of places that the Big Guy and I have visited in the past 9 months of long distance dating.

It was set in Charlestown, which is where the Bunker Hill monument is

There was a big scene at Fenway Park, where one of the robbers walks right by this statue

My favorite part was a car chase through the North End, which is where the Big Guy lives.  (And also where Paul Revere lived)

It was a nice little mental trip to Boston that was much needed!