Sunday, September 21, 2014

Overcast Chili.

The heatwave we've been having in L.A. finally broke and we are now feeling a bit cooler. This weekend has been a bit overcast at times and it made me want to make something hearty and comforting. A chili was in order. I used my fave recipe from Vegan Planet, East Coast chili. I tried out Gardein's brand of veggie ground which was excellent. So glad I have this brand to turn to after Morningstar Farms changed most of their vegan offerings into vegetarian which annoyed me. I loved the texture of this veggie ground. The chili was hearty and meaty without the meat!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bangers & Mash and Inari Sushi!

Tofurky "Chicken Apple" sausage is pretty good. I like it with HP sauce. The gravy is St. Huberts.

Homemade inari sushi. My fave. I get the fried tofu pouches from Mitsua Market.

Served with salad, kimchee and curry croquette.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Cupcakes, Creme de Menthe Parfait and Lunch.

Vanilla cupcakes with shop bought vanilla frosting and sprinkles. My sweet tooth is outta control this weekend.

Sweetness is my weakness.

I had to try this idea from Midcentury Menu blog. It's a creme de menthe parfait! Vanilla soy ice cream and a healthy drizzle of creme de menthe. I didn't have any whipped cream to top it off so I added extra cherries. If you like mint flavored ice cream, you will love this.

Lunch seems to always go this way on Sundays. My husband and I were eating while watching the Dodger game.

My plate.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Mac & "Cheese" & Sauteed Zucchini and Mushrooms

Well this was certainly delicious! I made the Veg News mac today and it was so good. The sauce is so velvety and creamy. The Veg News "cheese" sauce is basically tender vegetables (shallot, carrot and potato) that are blended with cashews, margarine and flavorings like garlic, mustard etc. I made my sauce with onions, potato, carrot and red bell peppers. Came out more orange in color because of the peppers. I added a side of simple sauteed zucchini and mushrooms in garlic.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Simple Labor Day Food.

Didn't want to work too hard it being Labor Day and all. I simply grilled a Tofurky Andouille sausage and small potatoes and mushrooms on my trusty cast iron grill pan then made a quick arugula salad. I also made a frozen mango daquiri (not pictured). So delicious!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

So tasty!

For dinner yesterday I made the Spicy Chickpeas and Carrots from the River Cottage Veg cookbook. It has great flavors: cumin, garlic, orange zest, orange juice and smoked paprika.

For supper tonight we had a bunch of lovely things to nibble on. Salad, tomato bruschetta, white bean hummus, agave roasted cherry tomatoes (that I made yesterday) with fresh seeded baguette slices.

Arugula, cranberries, grilled zucchini, grilled mushrooms tossed in a light italian dressing.

Tomato bruschetta which is simply fresh cherry tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and basil, salt and pepper.

Popped open the Moroccan Olive Salad that I bought yesterday from World Market. This stuff is good! Green olives bathed in olive oil, tomato sauce and spices.

All served on seeded baguette slices. I love eating like this so much.

So tasty!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Grocery shopping, Pantry items and Leek & Cheese Toastie & Agave Roasted Cherry Tomatoes.

My 99 cents store finds today. Lots of canned beans and a few produce items.

Nayonaise whipped for 99 cents! This stuff is good. Tastes like Miracle Whip. I don't know if it's a popular flavor. They may be discontinuing it.

A well stocked pantry is serious business.

I also stopped at Cost Plus World Market and bought more pantry items. Martini onions, a couple of Moroccan items, capers, HP Sauce, Curry ketchup, crackers and rich tea biscuits...I love it when you only need one thing but end up buying a bunch of other stuff. Recreational food shopping FTW.

Fentiman's cola is so good!

After unpacking all of my purchases, I proceeded to make the Leek and Cheese Toastie from River Cottage Veg cookbook. I subbed Daiya for the cheese and almond milk for the cream. It turned out perfect. It's very rich. The combination of sweet leeks and cheese on the toasted bread made a very satisfying lunch.

Also from the same cookbook, I made the Honey Roasted Cherry Tomatoes but instead of honey I used agave. Also very delicious on toast. The agave lends a very light sweetness.