Well, hello there.

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1952 Armstrong Kitchen & Pantry (and my dream pantry)

It’s hard to believe it’s been three years since my last post, but it’s good to be back.

It’s an exciting time to be vegan; there are so many new cookbooks, websites, and restaurants popping up, even in my hometown.

I have so many ideas for new features on this site. I can’t wait to share them with you, and to catch up since my last post.

In the meantime, I’m working on updating the site and have plans for a full overhaul in the near future.

Hope you all are well!!!

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Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Avocado Bowl with Chimichurri

Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl

I was looking for a new dinner recipe when I came across this dish in last month’s issue of Vegetarian Times. Visually, the dish is stunning, and I loved the idea of the simple flavors, but I wasn’t sure how it would translate to my palate. I mean, the dish is basically cooked quinoa, oven-roasted sweet potatoes, avocado and chimichurri sauce. Other than a little salt and pepper, there isn’t any other seasoning to the quinoa and potatoes.

But my first bite put me at ease. The flavor and texture combinations of the sweet potato, avocado and quinoa are out of this world. And the chimichurri added a wonderful brightness and crunch to the dish with the parlsey, lemon juice, garlic, red pepper flakes and paprika. (Ironic, since it’s known for being served with meat dishes in South American cuisine.)

All in all, a wonderful dish that I highly recommend, especially for a weeknight meal since it comes together very quickly.

Enjoy!

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!

An Oldie but Goodie: Chickpea Cutlets, Roasted Cabbage and Potatoes

Chickpea Cutlets

I’ve made these Chickpea Cutlets from “Veganomicon” many times, and have even posted them on here. But for some reason, I’ve still struggled to get the texture right. This time around, however, I made progress.

First, I made sure to thoroughly mash the chickpeas. Second, I baked them (instead of frying), which gave them a firmer, meatier texture. I’ll definitely be baking them from here on out.

For the cabbage, I tried a new technique: I sliced a head of cabbage into 1-inch slices, brushed olive oil on both sides and sprinkled with salt and pepper. I baked the slices for about 40 minutes at 375 degrees — so easy and the cabbage was super-tender and caramelized. I could see grilling the slices, too.

Finally, I quickly mashed some potatoes with a little olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, salt and pepper. For the sauce, I just mixed whole-grain mustard with vegan mayonnaise. A dollop of apple sauce added a touch of refreshing sweetness to the meal.

This is a great weeknight meal because it comes together pretty fast and is pretty cheap to make.

I hope you all are well! More yoga training this weekend. Have a good one!

Vegan Round-up: Grilled Cheese, Dinner Rules and Lots of Cauliflower

Caffe Latte

I hope you all have had a great week! Below are a few links to vegan-related items that may interest you. I’m off to yoga training this weekend. Have a lovely one yourself!

Macaroni and Cheese with Chickpeas and Spinach? Um, yes, please. I want to veganize this.

Who says vegans can’t eat grilled cheese? Here are four different variations.

100 Rules of Dinner

A great roundup of vegan kitchen staples.

There’s nothing like a well-made veggie burger, and this Vegan Chipotle Sweet Potato Burger looks ridiculously good.

Cauliflower is this year’s Brussels sprout. I’m totally calling it.

Greek Wraps with Lemon-Kissed Tofu

Greek Wrap

I always find a ton of recipe ideas while perusing Flipboard, and often email them to myself only to forget about ever sending them. However, this time around, I actually remembered to come back to this particular recipe.

These Greek Wraps with Lemon-Kissed Tofu were actually featured in a contest for Vegetarian Times and So Delicious Dairy Free. I love, love the technique used for pressing lemon zest into the block of tofu and then searing both sides of the tofu block. It’s such a great idea and I plan to use it for other tofu dishes.

I have to admit, though, that I didn’t care for the So Delicious Plain Greek Cultured Coconut Milk. I love coconut milk yogurt, but I found this too sweet for being a plain yogurt. I actually used some salad dressing I had on hand to jazz it up. (Next time, I’ll use a different plain yogurt and turn it into a tzatziki sauce with dill and cucumber.) The final result was pretty tasty and filling.

Hope you all are well!

Product Review: Nasoya Nayo Whipped Sandwich Spread

Potato Salad

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a representative from Nasoya to try out the company’s revamped line of Nayonaise. Now, I realize that it’s advertised as a sandwich spread, but the warmer weather has me thinking about cookouts, and one of my favorite cookout foods is potato salad. So I decided to try out the Nayo Whipped Sandwich Spread in my recipe, which I’ve included down below. (I also received a jar of the original Nayonaise, which I’ll review and post at a later date.)

Nayo Whipped

Tasting the sandwich spread right out the jar, I noticed that it has a slightly sweet and tangy flavor, which added a little extra punch to my potato salad. The sweetness counterbalanced the vinegar and mustard that I added to the recipe. The spread also incorporated really easily, coating the potatoes really well and adding a nice creaminess to the dish. And a little goes a long way.

All in all, if you’re looking to incorporate a little extra zing to your sandwich or your salad recipe, I highly recommend the Nayo Whipped Sandwich Spread.

Vegan Mustard Potato Salad

Serves 6

Ingredients:

3lbs mix of Yukon and red potatoes, cubed and cooked until just tender (these provide two different textures to the salad)
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
1 cup Nayo Whipped Sandwich Spread
1 tbsp dried dill (or a little less if you’re using fresh)
2 tsp yellow mustard
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste (I like a lot of pepper)

Directions:

Salt the warm potatoes after draining. Throw all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix. Add salt and pepper to taste. Note: There’s a lot of room for experimentation with this recipe. Normally, I just eyeball it when I make it and don’t actually measure anything.

Enjoy!

Chloe’s Kitchen: Mac ‘N’ Cheese

Mac and Cheese

As you can probably tell, I love mac and cheese. Up until recently, I’ve been using the Mac and Cheeze recipe from Vegan Yum Yum, which I still love. But it’s still not quite there, in terms of authenticity. But this Vegan Mac ‘N’ Cheese recipe from Chloe’s Kitchen is the real deal. And, because it omits the soy sauce and miso, it’s more budget-friendly than the Vegan Yum Yum recipe. I like to bake mine as the recipe suggests, but it would be great served as a creamy dish. As usual, I like to serve blanched green beans on the side, and for this meal, I served a simple salad of mixed greens and vegan French dressing. I also used panko on top instead of regular bread crumbs for a little extra crunch.

Greek Chili Served Over Linguine

Greek Chili

I love the “5 Ingredients” feature in “Vegetarian Times.” It features dishes that each only contain five ingredients. And in the most recent issue, the 5-ingredient theme centered around chili. We tried the Smoky Chipotle-Kidney Bean Chili last week and it was pretty good. I could see building on it with more flavor when I make it again, but it’s perfect if you’re looking for a healthy, budget-friendly recipe.

This week, we decided to make the Greek-Style Chili. It’s basically chickpeas, diced tomatoes with garlic and onion, a pinch of cayenne, fresh spinach leaves and crumbled feta. (I couldn’t find vegan feta, so I just crumbled Daiya on top. Not really the same, flavor-wise, but it was still good.) The recipe says you can serve it over spaghetti, linguine or rice. As you can see, we decided to go with the linguine. The final result wasn’t what I typically think of as chili; I couldn’t imagine eating it by itself without more seasoning. But combined with the pasta, it was a light and easy weeknight dish that I would definitely make again.