What I Ate Wednesday: Catching Up with my Cookbooks

What I Ate SquirrelIt’s Wednesday, which means it’s time to show off what I’ve been eating again! I had a huge pile of vegan cookbooks that needed to be reviewed, and I’ve spent the last few weeks cooking from them. (I was finally caught up and then I received a few requests to review more books, and of course I said yes. The should be a 12 step program for cookbook addicts.) Here are some of the dishes I’ve been cooking up…

 

Seitan FajitasThis was supposed to be Seitan Fajitas with Poblano Peppers from Hot Vegan but Robin Robertson, but my tortillas were too stiff and wouldn’t fold. (I used sprouted grain tortillas.) They ended up as sort of large tacos, but the tortillas fell apart while I was eating them, so I pretty much just ate the tasty filling. I added portobello mushrooms because I love mushrooms and seitan together.

 

Blueberry Cacao SmoothieFrom Superfoods for Life: Cacao by Matt Ruscigno with Joshua Ploeg I made Super-Tasty Blueberry-Cacao Smoothies. They were indeed super-tasty!

 

BibimbapI made tofu Bibimbap from The Lusty Vegan by Ayindé Howell and Zoë Eisenberg. This was my first time trying bibimbap and I really liked it, so it most definitely won’t be my last. The dish was supposed to be topped with mung bean sprouts, and I did buy them, but I think they went bad the second I got them out of the store. I ended up using scallions instead.

 

Baked PenneThe recipe for Baked Penne with Pumpkin Cream Sauce from Vegan Casseroles by Julie Hasson is so good that I made it twice – once for a Halloween potluck and once just for us. It’s perfect for this time of year!

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’ve made quite a few dishes from Vegan Casseroles, but most haven’t been photo worthy. (Why don’t casseroles photograph well?) The recipes for Bean and Rice Casserole and Hearty Fiesta Rice Casserole were similar, so I combined the two into one delicious dish!

 

Hot Dog TacosOne of my favorite cookbooks of the year is Vegan Tacos by Jason Wyrick. One night I was in need of a quick dinner, so I whipped up Hot Dog Tacos (which are made with vegan sausages). They’re extremely tasty and only take a few minutes to prepare.

 

Roated Ratatouille and FarinataFrom Vegan Without Borders by Robin Robertson, I cooked Roasted Ratatouille and Farinata with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Olives. Both were really easy to make and they went together really well.

 

That’s what I’ve been cooking lately. Have you been cooking from any new cookbooks? Which ones are your favorites?

 

What I Ate Wednesday: The Lusty Vegan Pop-Up Dinner

The Lusty Vegan Table SettingLast week I had the pleasure of attending The Lusty Vegan Culinary Art Installation at Suite ThreeOhSix in Manhattan. “What is The Lusty Vegan Culinary Art Installation?” you ask. Well, it’s a food and art exhibit from The Lusty Vegan authors Ayindé Howell and Zoë Eisenberg that feature photography, recipes from the book cooked by Chef Ayindé himself, and talks from the authors about food and dating.

 

Zoe and AyindeI do consulting work for Vegan Heritage Press, The Lusty Vegan‘s publisher. I worked on the book, and I’ve had many email conversations with Ayindé and Zoë, so it was really nice to finally meet them in person. They spoke between the meal’s courses, telling stories about the food and the trials and tribulations of dating non-vegans. I have to admit that I felt really lucky to have my vegan guy in tow.

 

mac and yeaseThe first course was Ayindé’s famous Mac and Yease, which was a surprise, because it wasn’t on the menu. (Although I did see a friend post a photo of it on Instagram the night before, so I kind of had a feeling we’d be treated to a taste of it.) This is by far the best vegan mac and cheese on the planet. I’ve only had it once before – about 4 years ago at the first NYC Vegetarian Food Festival – and I’m kind of sad that I don’t know when I’ll have it again. The recipe is a closely guarded secret.

 

Fennel SaladNext up was a simple Pickled Fennel Salad. It was nice and light after the heaviness of Mac and Yease.

 

Crab CakeAfter the salad came a Hearts of Baltimore Crab Cake. I’ve never eaten crab or a crab cake, so I didn’t know what to expect from this dish. I was told that there was an omnivore at the previous evening’s pop-up who said it tasted just like “the real thing”. Even as a meat eater, I was never a fan of seafood and the fishy flavor that came with it, so I was slightly skeptical, but this little appetizer was AMAZING. If I had just been presented with a plate of Mac & Yease and Hearts of Baltimore Crab Cakes, I would have been totally happy all evening.

 

Fillet De SoyThe main course was Fillet de Soy. That little piece of tofu did indeed look a little meaty, but the “meat” look to it came from the delicious Red Wine & Citrus Butter Sauce. I know that if I try to make this tasty dish at home it will pale in comparison to the way it tasted at the pop-up dinner.

 

Strawberry Shortcake BiscuitDessert was a Strawberry Shortcake Biscuit, which had just enough sweet to finish out the meal.

 

The lusty vegan sofaCome back tomorrow when The Lusty Vegan blog tour stops by. I’ll share a recipe from the book and give you a chance to win a copy!

 

 

 

What I Ate Wednesday – What I Ate Over the Weekend

What I ate wedHappy Wednesday! I’ve been swamped with products and books to review, and I’m finally catching up on everything. I just have a few cookbooks left to write about, and I was able to do some cooking from a couple of them this weekend. For today’s What I Ate Wednesday I’m going to show off most of what I ate over the weekend.

 

Tofu ScrambleThe weekend started out with a tasty tofu scramble. This isn’t from a cookbook, and I have no recipe for it. I just threw some things together and scrambled them all up!

 

Hearts of Palm Lobster RollsI’ve been intrigued by the Hearst of Palm Lobster Rolls in The Lusty Vegan by Ayinde Howell and Zoe Eisenberg. I’ve never eaten actual lobster, but I wanted to give it a try. I’m not sure if it was supposed to be an appetizer or a meal, but Dennis and I ate them for lunch.

 

SeitanThis photo might not look like much, but this Seitan Jagerschnitzel was amazing! It’s from Robin Robertson’s new cookbook Vegan Without Borders, and I will have to the recipe to share with you (along with a chance to win the book) next week.

 

SproutsI made Roasted Brussels Sprouts, also from Vegan Without Borders, and served them alongside the Jagerschnitzel.

 

Wine and CheeseOver the past week or so, social media has been alight with talk of Miyoko’s Kitchen new vegan cheese.  I had placed an order a while ago and the package came late last week. We dipped into it over the weekend and then kept dipping. This stuff is amazing! I had ordered the Fairfax Favorite, and, while all of the cheese in it is incredible, the Double Cream Chive was my favorite and the first to go. I’ll be placing another order soon!

 

Fried Tofu SandwichAlso from The Lusty Vegan was the Fried Tofu Sandwich. This was pretty tasty and made for a nice weekend lunch.

 

TacosI actually worked most of the day on Sunday, as I’m a student coach for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I was tired by the end of the day, so Dennis picked up take out. Even though I didn’t cook anything from Vegan Tacos this weekend, my love affair with tacos continues.

 

 

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

 

What I Ate Wednesday

What I Ate WednesdayI’ve been quite the bad food blogger over the past week because I didn’t take very many photos of my food. Maybe it’s because breakfast and lunch tend to be pretty similar from day to day. I did manage to snap pictures of most of my dinners from the past week though, so here’s a sampling of what I’ve eaten:

 

Grilled Tofu BurgersWe grilled tofu burgers, veggies, and corn a couple of times over the past week or so, knowing that our dinners outside are coming to an end. The weather is cooling down and it’s getting dark earlier and earlier. I’m going to miss these burgers!

 

Fattoush SaladI cook (or prepare, in the case of salads) just about every meal I eat every day, and every once in a while I want someone else to do it for me. So one day last week Dennis picked up fattoush salads and hummus from a local falafel place. This salad was so large after eating it for a while it barely looked like I had put a dent in it!

 

Hot and Spicy Thai TofuI recently received a copy of Robin Robertson’s Hot Vegan, which is a revamp of her book Vegan Fire and Spice. I have a bunch of recipes bookmarked, and I started my hot vegan cooking off with the Hot and Spicy Thai Tofu.

 

Sonoran TacosIf you’ve been reading my What I Ate Wednesday posts on a regular basis, you’ll know that I’ve been having a love affair with Jason Wyrick’s Vegan Tacos. I’m slowly (or not so slowly) working my way through the book. A few nights ago I made Sonoran Tacos. The recipe calls for either portobellos or seitan, but I couldn’t decide which one I wanted so I mixed them together, and it was taco perfection! I also made my own tortillas.

 

BBQ Sweet Potato TacosAnd then I made BBQ Sweet Potato with Chile Peanut Tacos. I loved the spicy bbq sauce combined with the cool, crisp coleslaw, and the crunchy peanuts. Yum!

 

Hot Dog TacosAnd last night I made “Hot Dog” Tacos, which are actually made with Tofurky sausages. I loved these tacos, but I may need to tell Vegan Tacos that we need to take a break so I can start seeing other cookbooks. My review copies are starting to pile up!

 

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

 

What I Ate Wednesday – The Taco Edition

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s Wednesday again, which means it’s time for another installment of What I Ate Wednesday! As I mentioned last week, I’ve been doing a lot of cooking from Vegan Tacos by Jason Wyrick. I have eaten non-taco food over the past week, but there didn’t seem to be too much in showing off any of those meals, so I’m dedicating this week’s post to tacos and taco-like meals.

 

Breakfast Taco SaladAfter last week’s Breakfast Tacos, I had a little bit of filling leftover, but not enough for another breakfast, so I made myself a big taco salad for lunch.

 

Tacos AmericanosI made Tacos Americanos from Vegan Tacos. Jason gave the option of using lentils or seitan, and I decided to go for the gluten. they were quite tasty.

 

Vampire TacosThe next night we made Vampire Tacos. These babies are named after the way the tortilla edges curl up like bat wings on the grill. They were so simple to make and yet so delicious.

 

Bricklayer TacosAfter trying my hand at a few taco recipes, it was time to make my own tortillas. I bought a press from Amazon, and I already happened to have some masa harina flour. Making them was much easier than I though it would be, and they were much better than any store-bought tortillas. I filled them with Jason’s Bricklayer Tacos.

 

Purple Potato TacosThe next night I used the leftover tortillas to make Tacos with Purple Potatoes and Roasted Poblanos. Yum!

 

Soyrizo TacosAfter a weekend-long taco abstinence, I found myself at Trader Joe’s on Monday looking for a quick dinner idea. I ended up picking up a package of their Soyrizo, and mixing it with a can of pinto beans and some diced tomatoes. I used their handmade tortillas and guacamole as well. This came together in a flash.

 

Taco SaladOnce again, the leftovers were eaten the next day in salad form. I could probably eat taco salad every day of the week.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

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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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