There's no rhyme or reason to the ordering here... I'm just going down my list in alphabetical order, then Blogger is going to switch them around backwards for me (hey, thanks, Blogger). Therefore first up is our dinner from last night! Michael and I have been doing a bit of a pantry challenge due to some lack in funds for ...well, everything. Earlier this week I cooked up a pot of kidney beans (my first dried bean experience! I overcooked them!...oh well). From the leftovers, I made these kidney bean burgers.
it looks like it's going to eat me instead
These were a concoction of beans, a little wheat gluten, nutritional yeast, bread crumbs, onions, garlic, spinach, basil, oregano, dill, and tahini. Baked for about 30 minutes on each side at 350F. They were downright tasty! Though I could have added more salt to them, for sure.
Next up we have some Indian food that I made based on a cookbook recipe. I have this cookbook that's all curries that I hadn't looked at in forever...then a friend wanted to borrow it, but left it at the house and, flipping through, I realized that not only could I veganize a crapload of the recipes, but there were also many that were already vegan. Doh! This is one of them... It's chickpeas with lots of cilantro (I do like it in Indian food, after all), cumin, dried coriander, tomatoes, carrots, soy yogurt (my addition), peas, coconut milk (also my addition)...
also good for breakfast 2 days later
Those are supposed to be spiced potato pancakes in the background, but they fell apart in the skillet and became fried mashed potatoes instead. This was really delicious...and I can't wait to revisit this cookbook!
Oh...haha.... And here is something I veganized from Paula Deen. Yeah, you read that right.
waffles with chili
See, except she put butter in every single waffle hole, then put chili on top, then added cheese and sour cream. We got a waffle maker from Michael's parents a few weeks ago and this was our first (and so far, only) endeavor. I used the lemon corn waffle recipe from VWAV, except without the lemons. They tasted nicely like cornbread in waffle form. Except the recipe made so much batter that we basically just ate waffles all day long in various forms.
Here we have a pasta salad that we added Boca chicken patties to:
creamy and fabulous
We used my basic awesome pasta salad recipe, and it was rad. I'll get you that recipe at some point, but not today, my loves.
Oh, here's some of that cashew cheese (the blue algae kind) with crackers.
Seriously, Dr. Cow cheese is the best fake cheese ever ever ever.
Now for some seitan.
steamed to perfection
I generally use the basic seitan recipe from VWAV, then tweak it here and there. And I steam it instead of simmering it, because I just like steamed seitan better. And so does Michael. So there. Anyway, these we tried to make like steaks and used some steak seasoning on both sides before steaming, so that it kind of got embedded on the outsides.
Then we did this with them:
After grilling them on the Foreman, these were perfect sliced super thin and served with lemony couscous and green beans. I did make the seitan a tad too salty, but I cured that with the leftovers... I sliced up another and put it in a pita with some sweet poppyseed salad dressing. The sweetness balanced out the salt perfectly.
And now for a sausage overload.
As you can see, some of this is from before our pantry challenge. We went on a sort of Tofurkey sausage binge a couple weeks ago. For this one, I made a tofu scramble with kale (awesome!) and Michael roasted some potatoes and baby sweet peppers.
And here's more:
sausage sausage sausage
These were a different flavor, but I don't know which. Roasted all together with fingerling potatoes and more baby sweet peppers. All of this was stuff Michael brought back with him from when he was out of town. We can't afford the fingerling potatoes here! It's weird, one of those sausage flavors reminded me of a food from my childhood... My family used to go to Christmas dinners at the house of my Polish godparents. They always had stuffed clam shells. The sausages tasted identical to whatever was inside those clam shells. Weird!
Oh, here's some canned minestrone that I took a pretty picture of:
Ate that with the cheese and crackers you saw earlier. Nice little lunch, really!
Wow, this one's really old.
like, so amazing.
I highly reccommend that you make this pizza. Right away. We had loads of the sauce leftover, so a couple nights later I used it to make some Thai peanut veggies over rice.
also really good.
Even if you don't feel like making the whole pizza (which you must be crazy, if that's the case), at least make the sauce. It's freaking delicious.
Ah, here's the first dinner I made out of the pot 'o' beans from earlier this week.
This is beans and corn with a packet of fajita seasoning layered with mini corn tortillas that I got on sale forever ago, the nacho sauce from Yellow Rose Recipes, tomatoes, and black olives, all baked for about 30 minutes together.
Then, we did this to it:
Topped off with lettuce, guacomole, and scallions. This was seriously so delicious. You can imagine how pissed I was when I dropped a plateful of it on the floor.
Next up's another little snack that Michael brought back from Indiana.
Well, frozen spring rolls that we baked in the oven. They were really good. Gingery. We ate them with different sauce packets that were in the fridge...duck sauce, soy sauce, hot mustard. By the way, Evansville, Indiana, has a crapload of vegan food available. Awesome!
And here's something that was just ok:
falafel from like 3 weeks ago
I used the recipe from VWAV, and... it tasted good. But when I went to fry it, the balls literally melted in the oil. Maybe my oil was too hot. Anyway, we had to fish out the bits and reform it all into balls and then broil it to get them to stay together. They were still mushy. Tasty though.
Last but not least was another on the fly dinner made from the last of the treats Michael brought with him.
wild rice tempeh
We roasted the wild rice tempeh (the only kind we can get here is plain old soy) with carrots, leeks, and potatoes (and some more wild rice) in a fake beefy broth. I made a stuffing with almonds, dried cranberries, and cayenne pepper (the stuffing bread I used was leftover from Thanksgiving!). It was a tad too moist, but tasted good. Brussels sprouts rounded it all out.
And I'm done! If you've made it this far, congratulations. I promise from now on to be as prompt as possible with my posts so that they don't drag on quite so much!