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.

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Vegan Food Happenings

Man, I’m a bad blogger. I’m beginning to sound like a broken record, but I apologize for the lack of posts. This past winter seemed to hit me pretty hard, motivation-wise. But I still cooked quite a bit and I even took a few (blurry) pictures. I tried out some new recipes—some good, some not so good. I even experimented a little on my own. For this post, I thought I’d share a few of the dishes that I made over the past few weeks.

My husband has been working nights for school, so I’ve been left up to my own devices for dinner. I’ve been making lots of tofu scrambles like the one you see below. I use the tofu scramble recipe from Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Vegan Brunch. It’s so easy and leaves lots of room for variation.

For this year’s Super Bowl, I decided to make a few snacks. While browsing the Whole Foods deli section, I came across a bag of pretzel bites that were vegan. They were still warm, so I couldn’t resist. The bags of pretzel bites were on a display with large blocks of cheddar cheese and beer, which gave me the idea to make a vegan version of beer cheese. It turned out way better than I expected. I used Lauren Ulm’s mac and cheese sauce for the base and added a few extra ingredients, including beer, to give it a more authentic taste. I plan on making it again, and when I do, I’ll post the recipe on here.

In addition to the beer cheese and pretzel bites, I also made a big bowl of guacamole.

I’m a big stickler for not wasting food. I’ve been known to throw together some, um, interesting dishes to avoid throwing out food. This cauliflower and lentil dish was such an experiment, but it turned out really well. It consisted of cauliflower, red lentils, and lots of spices that gave it an Indian vibe. Next time, I think I might roast the cauliflower in the oven to add another layer of flavor. Again, when I make it again (if I can remember how), I’ll post the recipe on here.

Finally, I’ve really been making an effort to make a substantial breakfast on Sundays. My husband and I are big fans of “CBS Sunday Morning,” so we’ve made it a tradition to enjoy our coffee while watching the show, and then make a good breakfast/brunch after the show ends at 10:30am. This morning, I decided to make banana-cinnamon pancakes with a side of veggie sausage.

Well, that’s it for now. I’m sorry I couldn’t offer any recipes this time around. Hope everyone is well!

 

New Cookbook: Appetite for Reduction

I don’t know about you, but I ate way too much food over the Thanksgiving holiday. It was all delicious, but I’m feeling the need to detox a bit when it comes to my diet. Over the weekend, I picked up Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s newest book, Appetite for Reduction, at my local bookstore. I’m really excited about it because it doesn’t feel at all like a diet book. It contains “nutritionally balanced” recipes that don’t contain any fake anything, and, from what I’ve read so far, look very easy to make. My eyes quickly went to the Chickpea Picatta and Caulipots, the Goddess Nicoise salad, Ceci-Roasted Red Pepper Soup, and the Spinach Lasagna with Roasted Cauliflower Ricotta and Spinach, which I think I’m going to make for my family’s Christmas Eve dinner.

I’m planning on making the picatta this weekend, which brings me to another subject: this here blog. Since leaving the freelance world and going back to a 9 to 5, my food blogging, as you can see, has fallen by the wayside. I’ve been cooking, but by the time I get home, it’s dark outside, which means that I don’t have any natural light to take pictures. And with me not being a decent photographer, I don’t really know how to make up for the bad lighting. So, until I chalk up the money for photography lessons, I’m going to do my food blogging on the weekend when I’m home during the day to take pictures. Through the week, I intend on writing vegan food-related posts (like this one) that don’t involve cooking and taking pictures.

At least that’s my plan.