New Cookbook: ‘Isa Does It’

You guys. It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here. Without boring you with too many details, work has been kicking my butt (in a good way) and my yoga teaching has been going well, too. Oh, and we got a new cat. By accident. We found this little guy hiding under the hood of our car while it was pouring rain, hence his name, “Honda.” Having a kitten has been quite an adjustment, especially with two older cats. Three cats are my limit. No, really.

Honda

But as far as food, we’ve been cooking up lots of great vegan meals lately. Isa Chandra Moskowitz of “Veganomicon” fame, and several other awesome cookbooks, has just come out with a new cookbook, “Isa Does It,” as well as a series of videos that showcase a few of the recipes from the book. So far, we’ve made the Nirvana Enchilada Casserole, Meat Beany Chili and Corn Muffins, and the New England Glam Chowder. All have been amazing and super, super easy to make, which seems to be the theme of the new cookbook.

IsaDoesIt

As much as I love “Veganomicon,” some of the recipes require lots of ingredients and lots of time. In “Isa Does It,” Isa focuses on simple recipes that pack a lot of flavor, which is exactly what we’ve been looking for lately. Since starting my job over the summer, I’ll admit to ordering takeout way more than we should. For that reason, it’s been nice to get back into the kitchen to make some new dishes. This week, in fact, we plan on making a curry peanut kale bowl and a thai chili recipe from the book. I’ll keep you posted on how they turn out.

I hope you all are well!!

Recipe Revisited: Broccoli Quiche

Broccoli Quiche

I have a hard time coming up with lunch ideas, because 1) I don’t want to spend most of our weekly food budget on lunch, 2) but I still want it to be healthy, and 3) I want the prep to be quick and easy. Sometimes I come across a lunch idea that fits all three criteria and this quiche is one of them.

The last time I made this recipe, I blogged about it on here. And then I somehow forgot about it, which is a bad habit of mine. Anyway, the first time I made it, I made the crust from scratch, which is kind of a pain when you have a kitchen with hardly no counter space. So, this time around, I picked up a pre-made pie crust, which was a bit more expensive, but worth it, in my opinion.

All you have to do is cook the onion, garlic, spices and broccoli, blend your tofu and cashews, mix it all together, and bake. Let it chill overnight. And it tastes great served cold, so you don’t have to worry about using your workplace’s nasty microwave.

The recipe comes from “Vegan Brunch,” and you can find it here.

Breakfast for Dinner: Tofu Scramble, Hashbrown Waffles, Sliced Tomato and Gravy (of course)

breakfast scramble

I had to pull an all-nighter for work this past weekend, so I was pretty worthless on Sunday — as in, wake up-shower-put-your-pajamas-back-on kind of worthless. I missed breakfast because I was too busy sleeping, so when dinner came around, I decided to make up for it. And, boy, did I ever.

While perusing Pinterest, I found a “recipe” for waffle hashbrowns. Basically, you place a layer of frozen tater tots onto a greased waffle iron and press down until you form a fully cooked “waffle.” It’s brilliant, really. I immediately got it in my head to layer the waffle with sliced homegrown tomato, tofu scramble, and, of course, gravy (and hot sauce). The result is pure comfort food. After the first bite, my husband and I nodded at each other, mouths full, in full agreement that this is definitely a keeper.

For the tofu scramble, I always use Isa’s recipe from “Vegan Brunch,” which you can find here.

Enjoy!

My Favorite Winter Soup: French Lentil with Tarragon and Thyme (and a Side of Cornbread)

French Lentil Soup

Of all the recipes I’ve made from “Veganomicon” (and there are still a ton that I haven’t made), I’ve probably made this French Lentil Soup with Tarragon and Thyme the most. (You can find the recipe here.) The soup comes together really quickly; just chop the onion and carrots and throw it all into a pot to simmer. I like to serve mine with crumbled cornbread on top, making it a hearty and filling meal for a cold winter day.

Enjoy!

Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle Tart

Our downstairs neighbors and friends have a Thanksgiving potluck every year, which is always a lot of fun. This year, I decided to bring my family’s Sweet Potato Balls in vegan form, which are practically a dessert. I also decided to bring this Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle Tart from “Vegan Pie In The Sky.” The tart is incredibly easy to make; you just need to allow a few hours to make the crust and then let the whole thing set up in the fridge. The authors, Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero, warn in the recipe’s introduction that the tart is extremely rich, and, man, they weren’t joking. Granted I was really full from dinner, but I could not finish my slice even though it was really, really delicious.

Also, on a side note, because of family obligations, we’ve decided to have our vegan Thanksgiving feast on Friday, but I will post pictures from the meal soon after. I hope you all are well!

Pumpkin Baked Ziti with Caramelized Onions and Sage Crumb Topping

This is one of my favorite recipes from “Veganomicon” — the picture doesn’t really do it justice. Penne pasta is tossed with a cashew ricotta that is mixed with pumpkin, spices and caramelized onions. Walnuts are toasted with breadcrumbs and sage before being added to the top of the penne mixture. The entire thing is baked in the oven until it’s bubbly and delicious. It’s such a comforting dish.

I was able to find the recipe online here, but the cookbook itself is definitely worth the money.

I hope you all are well!

Pumpkin Pie Brownies

We’ve been wanting to make these brownies ever since we picked up our copy of “Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar” a few years ago (sorry for the crappy picture). And these bad boys were made by my husband. I provided the taste testing and they were outrageously good. Rich chocolate brownies are topped with a pumpkin-pie-style topping. It’s a great dessert to follow a pot of chili (I’ll have a recipe for that posted soon), which is how we spent our lazy Sunday. That and back-to-back classic horror movies, such as “The Wolf Man” from 1941.

I love this time of year. I hope you all are well!

Chickpea Cutlets and Lemony Roasted Potatoes

These cutlets are one of the first recipes I made when I first received “Veganomicon.” They really are wonderful, but I still can’t get the shape right. Mine just kind of look like a big blob. I mashed the chickpeas with a potato masher, but, next time, I’m thinking of giving the chickpeas a whirl in the food processor to break them down so that I can form them into neater patties.

As for the Lemony Roasted Potatoes, this was the first time I’ve made them and they will definitely be in our regular recipe rotation. Wedges of potatoes are cooked down in a wonderful broth of garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and herbs — super easy to throw together for a weeknight meal. Making them reminded me that I really need to dig back into that cookbook more because there are so many recipes that I still haven’t made.

A dollop of Dijon mixed with Vegenaise made for a nice dipping sauce.

VeganMoFo 2012 and Pumpkin Bran Muffins

I woke up this morning to find that my work laptop has a virus. Not a good way to start the day/week. But knowing that I had these Pumpkin Bran Muffins from “Vegan Brunch” waiting for me this morning definitely made it much better. You can find the recipe here.

Also, today kicks off Vegan MoFo 2012! And I’m honored to be a part of this year’s blog roll. I promise to do my part to post lots and lots of vegan-related pictures, news and recipes for all of October.

Red Lentil and Potato Dal

A large bag of red lentils was calling me from my pantry. Not sure what to do with them, I picked up “Appetite for Reduction” and came across a Red Lentil and Root Vegetable dish. The dish comes together so quickly that I was sure it wouldn’t have much flavor. Thankfully, I was wrong. Instead of the root vegetables the recipes calls for, I used Yukon Gold potatoes that I had on hand. The red lentils become rich and creamy and the spices pack a flavorful punch. Oven-roasted okra rounded out the meal as a side.

I hope you all are well! I’ll have more posts up soon.