What I Ate Wednesday

SquirrelsIt’s time for another edition of What I Ate Wednesday! I can tell the weather is changing, if from nothing else but my food choices. While I have had some of my usual salads and sandwiches over the last week, I’ve actually used the stove! (Gasp!) I’ve been trying to catch up on some of the many, many cookbooks that have beens net to me for review over the past month or so, and since it’s still pretty pleasant out, I’ve also done some grilling. Here’s a sampling of what I’ve eaten over the past week:

 

Mushroom StroganoffFrom Isa Does It I made Mushroom and Tofu Stroganoff. This is not a new cookbook I just received, but I was craving something warm and creamy on a cold and rainy day last week, so reached for this book, which hasn’t steered me wrong yet.

 

BurgerI made at trip to Trader Joe’s last week, and I picked up their yummy tofu burgers as well as some sprouts on the stalk, so we grilled them up over the weekend. Grilled Brussels sprouts are the best.

 

Grilled SproutsHere’s a before and after of those sprouts.

 

Grilled Eggplant SandwichWe also made grilled eggplant sandwiches, along with grilled “baked” potatoes and broccoli slaw. I’ve been buying the broccoli slaw mix from Trader Joe’s, but lately the pieces have been a little too stick-like and difficult to chew, so I need to remember to stick to coleslaw in the future.

 

Tofu and Blackbean RancherousI recently received Nava Atlas’s Plant Power, so I’ve been cooking my way through it. (Actually, if I cooked my way through it, it would probably take a year.) I started with Tofu and Black Bean Rancherous. This is similar to a recipe Nava had in Vegetarian Times several years ago, so I already knew I would love it.

 

NachosAlso from Plant Power was the recipe for Fully Loaded Emergency Nachos with homemade Vegan Sour Cream. Trust me, there are chips under that delicious, delicious mess.

 

Thai Salad WrapsThai-Flavored Salad Wraps are another recipe from Plant Power. This was supposed to be a wrap, but the wrap didn’t want to wrap, so I piled more stuff on it and made it a salad on a tortilla.

 

BBQ Chickpea SandwichesThe final recipe I made from Plant Power was for Barbecue Chickpea Sandwiches. This was quite the tasty lunchtime treat.

 

Breakfast TacosFrom Jason Wyrick’s Vegan Tacos I made Breakfast Tacos, and I came the realization that every day should start off with tacos.

 

Tacos AmericanosAlso from Vegan Tacos were super delicious Tacos Americanos made with seitan.  I have a few more recipes dog-earred for upcoming meals, so expect to see more tacos next week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What I Ate Wednesday: What I Ate Last Week

I’ve had quite the culinary adventures over the course of the past week, with several trips into New York City, meals with friends, and a even few chefs cooking for me. Rather than spend too much time talking about it, I’ll just jump right into showing you the highlights of what I ate!

 

Sacred ChowLast week Cadry from Cadry’s Kitchen was visiting NYC, so I hopped on an NJ Transit train and visited her! We spent a day walking around lower Manhattan and wearing ourselves out. We started out at Sacred Chow, where we split a Thai-Ginger BBQ Seitan panini and a Roasted Black Olive Seitan panini.

 

Ice CreamI accidentally took us the wrong way at one point, but it was a happy accident, as we found ourselves outside Van Leewen Ice Cream, and they just happen to serve vegan ice cream. I had a cup of dark chocolate and salted caramel.

 

V Note AppetizerA few days later we had an amazing dinner at V-Note. I started with Mushroom Scallops and Potato Crisps.

 

V Note MealMy entree was Seitan Cordon Blue. Perfection on a plate!

 

V Note DessertFor dessert I had Chocolate Ganache Cake, which was had a peanut butter filling and came with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. A chocoholic’s dream!

 

Grilled YummiesOver the weekend my meetup group had a potluck, and there just happened to be a chef in attendance. He grilled up an incredible array of tempeh, eggplant, and mushrooms, which were marinated in a pesto-like sauce and drizzled with a spicy tahini. Amazing!

 

Potluck Plate 1There were lots of tasty dishes at the potluck, as always. There was so much food that I ended up having two plates!

 

So Delish popLast week So Delicious sent me not one, not two, but three boxes of new products to try. These candy corn bars made quite the splash on social networking sites.

 

Killer VeganLast weekend also saw the much anticipated opening of the Killer Vegan diner in Union. They kicked things off with an all-you-can-eat brunch. I had biscuits and gravy, french toast, kale, tofu scramble, home fries, vegan sausage, and tempeh bacon. It was super delicious and I can’t wait to see what the rest of their menu is like!

 

Chocolate CakeIn addition to health coaching, I also do a little work for Fran Costigan, the queen of vegan desserts. A few days ago she plopped down a slice of her Chocolate Cake to Live For in front of me and told me I didn’t need to eat it. Um, what? That cake doesn’t stand a chance with me in the room!

 

Blossom DuJourAfter my visit with Fran, I stopped by Blossom Du Jour and picked up some sandwiches to go. Dennis and I split an Avocado UnChicken Griller and a Midtown melt, and I and a tiny caesar salad.

 

That’s what I’ve been eating. What have you been cooking up?

 

 

 

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What I Ate Wednesday: What I Ate Over the Weekend

Anything You Can Eat I Can Eat VeganI’ve been hit with so many negative comments about what I eat from internet trolls that a few months ago I almost stopped doing What I Ate Wednesday. The comments ranged from “you didn’t really eat that garbage, did you?”, to “you eat way to many carbs”, and “that corn is probably GMO.” If I had that much spare time, I most certainly would use it for something a little more exciting than leaving negative comments on blog posts and Facebook, but hey, that’s just me. Because of the trolls, I’ve actually stopped posting photos of what I’ve been eating on Facebook (but with the way Facebook is operating now, I don’t think people would see them anyway), posting them rather on Instagram, where the users seem to be far more friendly.

 

I have noticed, however, that people really are genuinely interested in what vegans eat, so I decided to continue on with What I Ate Wednesday. Last week at the Bethlehem VegFest, I was quite surprised at the amount of people asking Gene Baur and Matt Frazier what they eat on a daily basis, as well as asking for dietary advice for themselves. It’s pretty strange that someone would have the opportunity to speak with the co-founder of Farm Sanctuary and his question of choice would have to do with flax seeds, but I guess that just goes to show that people are still confused about the vegan diet.

 

The truth is that vegans eat pretty much whatever non-vegans eat, just without the meat, milk, and eggs, so there’s really not very much to be confused about. “Anything you can eat, I can eat vegan”, as the t-shirt says. This What I Ate Wednesday post is not to show off how healthy (or unhealthy depending on who you ask) my diet is, how many carbs I eat, or how much “garbage” I eat in a day. It’s simply to show off some delicious food photos and show what vegans really eat. This is what I ate over the long holiday weekend. I did quite a lot of cooking this weekend, getting recipes ready for Vegan MoFo, as well as making things from new cookbooks that have been sent to me to review.

 

Breakfast TacosI made super yummy Veggie-Good Breakfast Tacos from Going Vegan by Joni Marie Newman and Gerrie Lynn Adams for breakfast one day. You’re pretty much guaranteed to have a good day when you start it with tacos.

 

 

PicnicWe went on a picnic (that needed up getting rained out) one afternoon, and I packed us a lunch that included my Greek-Inspired Salad with Tofu Feta and Tahini Dressing, Herb-Crusted Coconut “Chèvre” (also from Going Vegan), and champagne grapes. Perfect lunch!

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI made a trip to Trader Joe’s last week, so we grilled up some of Joe’s Tofu Burgers with lots of veggies, and I made a slaw using Trader Joe’s Cruciferous Crunch.

 

Tofu ScrambleLike the veggie tacos, another yummy breakfast that came from Going Vegan was the Down-Home Country Tofu Scramble made with Sweet and Smokey Tempeh Strips.

 

Raw Taco SaladEven though summer is coming to an end, it’s been kind of hot and humid here, so we ate raw for several meals. I made raw taco salad with spicy chipotle aioli and cashew sour cream on Sunday. I’ll be sharing the recipe for this simple dish soon.

 

Kale ChipsAnd of course, there were kale chips. This is another recipe that will be coming soon.

 

SmoothiesWe also enjoyed Lemon Raspberry Cheese Smoothies from The Blender Girl cookbook by Tess Masters. These were super delicious! I’m looking forward to trying more of her smoothies and shakes.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis Twisted Caesar Please was also from  The Blender Girl cookbook and was super hearty and filling for a salad. I added Tess’s Macadamia Feta to it, and the “cheese” gave it tons of flavor.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI ended the weekend with this super-messy-yet-well-worth-it Seitan Gryo. I’ll be sharing the recipe for in the upcoming weeks.

 

That’s what I’ve been eating. What have you been cooking up?

 

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What I Ate Wednesday – The Bethlehem VegFest

Beth Veg FestOn Saturday Dennis and I hopped in the car and drove to Bethlehem, PA, for their annual VegFest. It was a day long celebration of all things vegan, with lots of food, vegan health and beauty products, clothing, food, accessories, notable speakers, cooking demos, and even more food! I did a cooking demo myself, and I showed how to make Indonesian Broccoli with Tempeh in Spicy Peanut Sauce. I over indulged a little on food from The Cinnamon Snail and Vegan Treats, and I was happy to see old friends and make new ones. I got to chat with Farm Sanctuary’s Gene Baur, I gave my friend Jaime from Save the Kales a hug, and I was fortunate hear No Meat Athlete’s Matt Frazier speak.

 

Vegan Treats CakesOur first stop was at the Vegan Treats table. There were so many delicious treats, and they all looked almost too go good to eat. Almost. Quite a lot of it came home with us. (And no, we didn’t eat it all at once. We still have some of it left!)

 

Seitan al PastorFrom there we went to The Cinnamon Snail and waiting on a massive line for lunch. I usually Creole Grilled Tofu Sub, but this time I had the Seitan al Pastor. It was made with beer battered jalapeños, grilled pineapple, arugula, and chipotle mayonnaise on grilled baguette, and it was 100% delicious.

 

Cinnamon Snail DonutAlso from the Cinnamon Snail, I had the world’s most amazing donut: peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough. 

 

Freakin VeganSomehow, several hours later I was hungry again, so I had a broccoli and “cheese” empanada from Freakin’ Vegan. I went back for another – a “cheesesteak” one this time – to hold me over for the drive home.

 

Chickn n WafflesAt home, Dennis and I split one of Vegan Treats’  now famous Chick’n and Waffles donut. It was a strange mix of sweet and savory and it was delicious!

 

SaladIn addition to all of the sweets and treats, we left with a giant bag full of produce from the farmers market stand that was set up at the VegFest. To make up for the indulging, on Sunday we I ate lots and lots of greens!

 

What have you been eating lately?

 

 

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What I Ate Wednesday

As I was preparing today’s What I ate Wednesday post, I realized that my cooking hasn’t been very creative over the course of the past few weeks. I’ve been eating lot of my standard salads and grilled sandwiches. It could be because I’ve got quite a lot on my plate at the moment, so to speak, or it might have to do with the gorgeous weather we’ve been having. The dishes I cooked up last week weren’t very different from what I ate the week before, but they sure have were tasty.

 

Fruit and yogurtThe nice people at So Delicious recently sent me some of their new almond yogurt to try, and it really is so delicious! I’ve been eating it for breakfast with cherries, champagne grapes and toasted coconut.

 

VeggieBurgerI’ve fallen in love with Trader Joe’s tofu burgers, so I stocked up the last time I was there. We like to grill them and top them with peppers and summer squash. I’m pretty sure these are actually Wildwood’s veggie burgers, but they’re a whole lot cheaper in the Trader Joe’s packaging! I made my Raw Kale Slaw as a side, but used Joe’s Cruciferous Crunch mix instead of just kale.

 

Eggplant SandwichI realize this dish looks almost identical to the one above it, but it’s totally different! This is a Grilled Eggplant Sandwich with a Caesar salad on the side.

 

Greek SaladLunch is almost always a big salad, but I try to mix things up. This one is a Greek salad made with romaine, cabbage, carrots, pea shoots, cucumbers, tomatoes, chickpeas, pepperoncini peppers, olives, toasted pistachios, and lots of and lots of tahini dressing.

 

GyroWell, sometimes lunch can also be a wrap. Seitan Gyros were in regular meal rotation a few years ago, but somehow fell out of favor. I recently came across some Uptons seitan and gyros were the first meal that came to mind. I’ll be sharing this recipe next month during Vegan MoFo. I served my sandwich with a side of kale chips.

 

Portobello PeachThe Grilled Portobello Peach Sandwich is a thing of beauty, and we’ve been eating them on a weekly basis this summer.

 

Taco SaladTacos Salads have also been part of my weekly menu this summer. The “meat” in this one is actually neat meat replacement. 

Cherries One of my favorite summertime desserts is simply fresh cherries with cashew cream. Last week I found myself craving chocolate, so I made a quick ganache to drizzle over the top.

 

 

That’s what I’ve been eating. What’s been on your plate recently?

 

 

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What I Ate Wednesday – Eating In the Great Outdoors

It’s hard to believe it’s August! Not only has time flown by this year, but the weather is so pleasant that I actually don’t mind being outside. Usually summer finds me miserable from the heat and suffering from heat rash and humidity-induced headaches. It’s been so nice in fact that I’ve been taking most of my meals outside and eating in the yard. I’ve been recipe testing for a few friends who have upcoming cookbooks, so some of the recipes behind these dishes are top-secret, but I can show you teaser photos. I will let you know more info when I can. Here’s what I’ve been eating:

Eggplant SammiesLast year we ate grilled eggplant sandwiches at least once a week, but they fell off our dinner radar this year somehow. Last weekend I bought an eggplant and we made them again, and they were so good we wondered why we waited so long to make them this year. We also grilled corn and romaine. (Yes, romaine.)

 

Sir Digby Chicken CaesarI don’t buy veggie meats very often, but in June Beyond Meat tweeted me a coupon for free food, and I kind of stocked up on it. It’s great for making vegan chick’n Caesar salads with.

 

Chickn SammieI also stocked up on Gardein because there was a big sale at the local Fairway. I bought some of their chick’n patties to try to recreate my favorite un-chicken grilled sandwich from Blossom DuJour. I grilled them up with some potatoes and brussels sprouts. If you’ve never grilled sprouts, you really need to try it.

 

VeggieBurgerI also bought Gardein veggie burgers and had them with grilled asparagus and coleslaw. Asparagus is another veggie that tastes great grilled.

 

Tofu GyroThis tofu gyro was so good that I didn’t even mind locking myself out of the house when I went into the backyard to have it for lunch. Oops!

 

Veggie WrapThis veggie wrap was just as good as the gyro, and I managed to unlock the door before I went outside to eat it.

 

Wedge SaladWell, the photo of these wedge salads was taken inside, but we did eat them out on the patio.

 

Birthday Party PlateOn Saturday my friend Jenna‘s family threw a surprise birthday party for her. Her mom made tons of great vegan food, and there was a birthday cake from Sweet Avenue Bakeshop for dessert.

 

Potluck PlateOn Sunday I had a great potluck with my MeetUp group. We had all sorts of picnicky-type dishes and salads. I made three dishes myself – a rice salad, macaroni salad, and a bean salad. All of the food was really tasty!

 

That’s what I’ve been eating. What’s been on your plate recently?

 

 

 

 

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What I Ate Wednesday – A Little Weekend Indulgence

Financial DistrictOn Saturday Dennis and I drove into New York City to attend the Vegan Shop-Up at Mooshoes vegan shoe store. I always see posts and photos from the monthly Shop-Ups and they look like a lot of fun, but they’re usually in Brooklyn, which is a little bit of a trek from our suburban New Jersey home. We did get to attend a few months ago, when we happened to be invited to party on the same day, but usually Brooklyn happenings are a little off our radar. Fortunately for us, this month saw an extra Shop-Up in Manhattan, which isn’t too far, so we decided to make a day of it and attend. We knew it was going to be a day of indulging, so we had giant green smoothies for breakfast. We bought a lot of sweets on Saturday, but we didn’t eat them all in one go, and we still have quite a lot of our haul left.

 

Pala PizzaOur first stop was at Pala Pizza. Pala is not an entirely vegan establishment, but it’s extremely vegan friendly. In fact, the waitress noticed my “vegan” necklace and placed the vegan side of the menu face-up on the table for us. The menu has changed since we were there last, and they didn’t have the Patatosa Pizza I’m so fond of. I had the Broccolini Pizza though, which is made with broccoli, fennel and potatoes, so I was able to satisfy my potato pizza cravings. Dennis had the Funghi E Salsiccia which is made with veggie sausage, field mushrooms, daiya cheese, and hot peppers. We both had cocktails to sooth our nerves after the very stressful drive in to NYC through the Holland Tunnel and through the Financial District and China Town. (People don’t seem to obey any type of traffic laws down there!) We also split an order of Patatini, which is Pala’s homemade potato chips made with truffle oil and herbs. It was all incredibly delicious.

 

BabyCakesAfter lunch we rolled ourselves over to Mooshoes for the Shop-Up, but we made a small pitstop at Babycakes, where we picked up donuts to go.

 

Shop UpOnce we got to Mooshoes, we were greeted with even more delicious vegan indulgences. In attendance were Yeah Dawg hotdogs, Tamerlaine Farm, Sweet Maresa, and Cake Thieves. We got goodies to go from Gone Pie bakery and Lagusta’s Luscious. We also picked up some skin care products from Meow Meow Tweet.

 

Snail foodThe Cinnamon Snail was parked outside Mooshoes, and the line to get their yummy vegan noms was the shortest I’ve seen it in a long time, so even though we were totally full, we decided to get food. We picked up a Korean Barbecue Seitan sandwich, a Creole Grilled Tofu Sub, a cheesecake brownie, and a donut to go. The donut went faster than I could take a photo of it. We ate the sandwiches for dinner at home alongside giant salads.

 

The Vegan Shop-Up will be popping up at Mooshoes again on Sunday, August 10th and Sunday, September 21st. Proceeds benefit Tamerlaine Farm, a new animal sanctuary in Montague, NJ.

 

 

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What I Ate Wednesday – What I Ate Last Week

It’s Wednesday, folks, and you know what that means – it’s time to take a look at what I’ve been eating! It’s been a weird week, with rain, thunderstorms, and a few really nice days with very little humidity. I’ve been eating my usual salads and grilled sandwiches, with a few other things mixed in. Here’s what I’ve been eating:

 

Vegan Finger FoodsLast week I had a marathon cooking session with Vegan Finger Foods by Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes. I made Sweet Potato Skins, Corn Fritters and Jalapeño Poppers all in one afternoon and we ate it all for dinner that evening. Every last bite of it was super delicious! Look for a book review on Chic Vegan soon.

 

Taco SaladIt seems that we have tacos every week, so every week I turn the leftovers into a taco salad. I think I’m starting to enjoy the salad more than the tacos. (Just kidding – that will never happen.)

 

Buffalo Ranch SaladBackyard Buffalo Caesar Ranch Salad from Terry Hope Romero’s Salad Samurai has been a regular in my date lately too. It’s so good that I just can’t get enough of it.

 

BBQ SandwichWhen grilling, we usually make veggie burgers, portobello peach sandwiches or kebabs, but we decided to try something new over the weekend. We grilled up tempeh and portobellos slices that had been slathered with homemade barbecue sauce and topped them with grilled onions and a slaw made from Trader Joe’s Cruciferous Crunch mix. This was quite the epic sandwich.

 

SangriaThere was some sangria to go along with our sandwiches.

 

CherriesOne of my favorite desserts this summer has been a simple bowl of mixed fruit with cashew cream. The cream is so quick and easy to make in the Vitamix – I just mix together cashews, water, a date, and some vanilla powder or extract. I actually don’t even measure what I’m doing, but pretty much just eye-ball it. Cherries are my favorite fruit, and they pair perfectly with cashew cream.

 

PeacefoodWe took a quick trip in NYC over the weekend and had dinner at Peacefood Cafe. We split an order of chickpea fries, Dennis had the monster cheeseburger and I had vegan crab cakes. Sadly, we were full after our meal and didn’t have room for dessert!

 

That’s what I’ve been eating. What have you been cooking up lately?

 

 

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What I Ate Wednesday

I can tell another week has gone by, because it’s time for What I Ate Wednesday once again. It’s been a week full of heat, humidity and rain. On days when the temperature has been bearable, we’ve been outside grilling, but otherwise I’ve been inside in the air conditioning eating salad. I have turned the oven on a few times, but not for very long, because even with central air, the kitchen just gets too hot. Here’s a sampling of what I’ve been eating…

 

TartAfter making last week’s Asparagus and Tomato Tart, I had leftover fillo dough. I also had some broccoli and cauliflower, so I made a Green and White Pizza, but with fillo instead of pizza crust. This was incredibly delish, and think fillo should be used for pizza crust more often!

 

SaladThere have been lots of big salads recently. Elaine Benes would be proud! This one combines steamed and raw vegetable and has a tahini dressing.

 

Grilled VeggiesWhen the temperature isn’t insane, we can be found in the backyard grilling up veggies. This meal consisted of a grilled black bean burger, zucchini, peppers and onions on a hearty roll, asparagus, corn, and a little bit of cole slaw.

 

KebabsWe also grilled up some tofu and veggie skewers, which were marinaded in a lemon pepper sauce.

 

Pepperoni Pizza SaladAlso on the menu were Tempeh Pepperoni Pizza Salads from Terry Hope Romero’s Salad Samurai.

 

TacosWe celebrated Taco Tuesday with black bean tacos from our favorite local taqueria, Tinga in Montclair.

 

Kale ChipsI also made my first batch of Kale Chips of the summer. I can’t believe it’s July and I haven’t made them yet. In years past I’ve had kale chips in the dehydrator pretty much on a daily basis. I’m not sure why I tend to only make them in the summer, but I do.

 

 

That’s what I’ve been eating. What have you been cooking up lately?

 

 

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What I Ate Wednesday

Up until the previous week or so, we’ve been having a pretty mild summer here in New Jersey. I’m not much of a “fun in the sun” person, so I typically spend summers hiding from the heat indoors with the air conditioner on, but June was rather pleasant, so I’ve been outside a lot most of my meals were eaten outside on the patio or cooked out on the grill. Last week saw a change in the weather though. We had scorching heat, unbearable humidity, and a few really awful thunderstorms. Meals were brought back indoors, and I even did a bit of cooking on the stove. Here’s a sample of what I’ve been eating:

 

Asparagus TartAsparagus and Tomato Tart. This was a rainy fair experiment, and a delicious one at that. The sun came out just in time to take pictures of this summery meal.

 

Backyard BuffaloBackyard Buffalo Rance Caesar Salad. I’ve made this dish from Terry Hope Romero’s Salad Samurai a few times now. It’s so good that I can’t bring myself to move on to other recipes in the book!

 

Greek PizzaGreek Pizza with Tofu Feta. This was a redo of a recipe I made a couple of years ago using store-bought feta. I can’t find that brand of cheese anymore, so I created a similar taste using tofu and redid the recipe for Vegan Pizza Day.

 

TacosTacos! This dish was comprised of a few recipes I tested for my friend Annie, who’s working on an awesome new cookbook.

 

Taco SaladTaco Salad. Taco leftovers become taco salad.

 

Potluck PlateVegan Potluck Plate. Once the sun finally did come out, I headed to Pennsylvania for a potluck birthday party for my friends Lydia and Mauro from From A to Vegan. There was so much food that it wouldn’t all fit on one plate, and I certainly couldn’t fit it all into my belly! This photo shows just a small sampling of what was on hand.

 

That’s what I’ve been eating. What have you been cooking up lately?

 

 

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