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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What I Ate Wednesday: Summer Salads

Happy What I Ate Wednesday! I haven’t done a What I Ate Wednesday post in a while because I haven’t been too creative lately. Since it’s warm out, we’ve doing a lot of backyard veggie grilling and I’ve been making a lot of salads. I’ve decided to show off those salads today, though, because they’ve been really tasty. Remember when Lisa Simpson went vegetarian and Homer and Bart paraded around signing, “You don’t win friends with salad!”? Well, I DO win friends with salad. Salad is much more than lettuce, tomato and a vinaigrette, and I like to load mine up with all sorts of yummy stuff. Here are some of the dishes I’ve made recently:

 

Chickn CaesarBeyond Meat tweeted a coupon for a free package of their product a few weeks ago. There was no limit to how many coupons could be used by one person, so I spent most of June picking up packages of Beyond Meat at Whole Foods. Subsequently, I’ve become addicted to vegan grilled chick’n Caesar salads. This one is made with a cashew dressing that I made while recipe testing for friends, a vegan noochy parm, croutons, avocado, cabbage, carrots and lettuce. Perfection!

 

Backyard Buffalo RanchIn a similar vein, I made the Backyard Buffalo Ranch Caesar Salad from Salad Samurai by Terry Hope Romero after Cadry from Cadry’s Kitchen raved about it on Instagram. This was one incredible salad.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlso from Salad Samurai was this Asparagus Pad Thai Salad. I couldn’t get enough of the delicious baked Lemon Grass Tofu it’s made with.

 

NicoiseOne of my favorite summertime salads last year was Roasted Niçoise Salad from Nut Butter Universe by Robin Robertson. It’s easy to forget about recipes when new cookbooks arrive, but this dish is so good it’s worth keeping in regular rotation.

 

Taco SaladAfter Taco Tuesday, I was left with taco leftovers, and the best way to utilize taco leftovers is in giant taco salad. I bought crunchy quinoa tortilla chips at Trader Joe’s and made a creamy cashew cheese to use as dressing.

 

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

 

 

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What I Ate Wednesday

It’s once again time for What I Ate Wednesday! Nothing too exciting has been going on with me. I’m still taking things easy, and I have good days and bad days. Fortunately, I’ve been able to cook, and we’ve had some tasty meals lately. Most of these dishes have come from the recipe testing I’m doing for a few friends. As soon as info on the books is available, I’ll give you the low down, but I can’t share any of the recipes right now. Here’s some of what I’ve been cooking up:

 

WafflesFrozen waffles are made ten times better with coconut yogurt, fresh berries and slivered almonds.

 

WrapLunch for a several days was a wrap with home baked tofu, homemade tofu and veggies along with a salad with vegan caesar dressing. This was so good I found myself craving it each morning and looked forward to noon every day.

 

PastaThis pasta with creamy sauce and broccoli was so tasty that I had to keep the cats away from it. They seem to like creamy, cheesy, noochy foods and can tell when I’m cooking them.

 

TacosTaco Tuesday was made tastier than usual with fresh baked tortilla chips, lime cilantro mayo, non-dairy nacho sauce, and homemade salsa.

 

Taco SaladTaco leftovers became the next day’s taco salad lunch.

 

The Big SaladThere were so many veggies in this lunchtime meal that it reminded me of Elaine Benes’s controversial big salad.

 

Pasta beans and greensBelieve it or not, I’ve never made my own marinara sauce. Until now. The homemade version was so good I can’t image going back to jarred ever again.

 

 

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

 

 

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What I Ate Wednesday: What I Ate Over the Weekend

It’s hard to believe that another week has gone by and June is almost here! This has been a strange year for me, and I’m still recovering from the surgery I had at the beginning of March. I had no idea that it would take this long, and I was hoping to be back at close to 100% by now, but I’m not there yet. I’m happy that I’m able to cook, though. My meals have all been pretty simple and easy to make (I’ve had a little help from Dennis with a few of them), but I’ve been able to prove that dinner doesn’t have to take hours to make in order to taste good! For today’s What I Ate Wednesday I’m going to show off the meals I ate over the weekend.

 

HashbrownsOne breakfast consisted of sautéed greens, frozen hash brown patties and fresh berries.

 

Rocky Mountain Toast copyAnother breakfast was Rocky Mountain Toast, avocado and mixed berries. The toast was inspired by a recipe from Jazzy Vegetarian Laura Theodore, but I didn’t follow Laura’s recipe word for word because I had some leftover scrambled tofu.

 

PancakesAnother breakfast was homemade pancakes and fresh berries. I made the pancake mix and Dennis cooked it.

 

Caesar SaladI’ve fallen completely in love with vegan Caesar salads recently! The recipe for the dressing, croutons and vegan parmesan are part of a secret project I’m testing for. This dish makes the perfect lunch.

 

BLT WrapAnother lunch was a coconut bacon BLT wrap and a big salad.

 

Pizza and SaladAnd another lunch was yet another salad with leftover pizza.

 

PizzaThe pizza was leftover from a dinner the night before. This was made with homemade spelt dough that Dennis made and spinach pesto that I made, and it didn’t take long to make at all.

 

Portobello Peach SandwichSince it was Memorial Day weekend and the weather was nice (for a change), we pulled the grill out of winter hibernation and made portobello peach sandwiches. They were such a nice treat after the long, cold winter we had!

 

Veggie BurgerWe also grilled veggie burgers and asparagus and had them with kale salad and curried potato salad. It was all so good!

 

What have you been cooking up lately?

 

 

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What I Ate Wednesday: Vegan Eating in Brooklyn

Bridge 1On Saturday I was invited to a baby shower in Brooklyn. Because I’m still a little unstable on my feet, I convinced Dennis to drive me with the promise of yummy vegan food waiting for us on the other side of the bridge. (Actually bridges in this case.) For today’s What I Ate Wednesday I’m going to show off some of what we ate.

 

Tempeh WingsWe started at Champs Diner. I have only been there once before, and it was actually before they became a diner – when they were just a bakery. It’s a cute little restaurant with a 50s diner look to it and a menu to match. We started with Buffalo Tempeh, which was crispy on the outside, spicy all over, and oh so delicious.

 

CheesesteakIt was really difficult deciding what to order. Should I get a breakfast dish? A big messy sandwich? A nice juicy veggie burger? In the end I ordered Philly Cheese Steak, which was way too much for one person. Half of this came home with me.

 

Biscuits and GravyDennis had biscuits and gravy, which was a favorite of his growing up. It’s hard to come by on menus here on the East Coast, so he orders it whenever he sees it.

 

BrownieI got a cheesecake brownie to go. This was so moist and fudgy that it took me two sittings to eat it!

 

DunwellAfter Champs, we went to Dunwell Donuts for dessert. Dunwell has a cute old timey ice cream parlor look to it, and I wanted to move in.

 

ShakeI had a butterfinger milkshake.

 

DonutDennis had a glazed donut. I love all of the different fancy flavors of donuts that Dunwell offers, but Dennis prefers the plain glazed. He can be weird sometimes.

 

Shop UpWe also stopped at Pine Box Rock Shop for the monthly Vegan Shop-Up. We picked up goodies to go from Lagusta’s Luscious, Cake Thieves and Meow Meow Tweet.

 

Clementine BakeryAt the baby shower were were fed all sorts of yummies from the Cinnamon Snail, so we weren’t hungry when we left, but we knew we’d need dinner when we got home. We stopped at Clementine Bakery and picked up sandwiches to go, but apparently I deleted the photo from my camera without saving it. (The perils of being a food blogger!) Dennis had a BLAT, which was made with tempeh bacon, lettuce, avocado, and tomato and I had The Schmancy, which was baked and seasoned tofu, pesto, spinach, avocado, tomato, and hollandaise sauce served on a rosemary roll. Both were super delish!

 

 

Bridge 2We headed back to Jersey with full bellies and a car full of goodies for later!

 

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What I Ate Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! I feel like I’ve taken a bit of a backtrack in my surgery recovery progress this week. I did far too much at the bake sale Montclair Vegans had over the weekend, and allergy season has me sneezing, which has strained my abdominal muscles. So this week I’m back to resting and relaxing. I have cooked a little bit, but we’ve also had some takeout. I’ve also been able to get myself out to see a few friends in the last week as well. For today’s What I Ate Wednesday I’m going to show off some random meals that I’ve eaten recently.

 

Kale and PolentaI made a quick and easy dish of Polenta with Kale and Cremini Mushrooms. The recipe is from Robin Robertson’s More Quick Fix Vegan and it was quite tasty.

 

Spicy Peanut SauceThere was a stir-fry with tofu and spicy peanut sauce. This recipe is from a top-secret upcoming cookbook that I’m testing for.

 

Roasted vegThe rest of the peanut sauce went into a simple dish of roasted sweet potatoes, baked tofu and steamed kale. Dinner doesn’t need to be fancy to be tasty.

 

RavioliSometimes when I don’t feel like cooking, I go to the grocery store and pick up ready-made components that can be thrown together. In this case it was pre-made pesto, frozen ravioli and pre-cut veggies. This meal took about 10 minutes to prepare.

 

Tofu WrapMy typical lunch is a veggie wrap and a salad, but I like to mix up what goes into the wrap and what type of salad I make. In this case, I made a Thai Tofu and Veggie Wrap (recipe from Nut Butter Universe by Robin Robertson) and a kale salad with tahini dressing. (The dressing recipe is also from the top secret upcoming cookbook I’m testing for.)

 

TacosOn days that I just don’t feel like cooking, Dennis picks up take out. One day it was Tacos from Tinga in Montclair…

 

Burger…and another it was veggie burgers from PositiviTea in Verona.

 

FalafalsOne day I got out to Uncle Moustache in Montclair (it’s actually now called Uncle Momo, but I prefer Moustache) for falafels and a bunch of other stuff with my friend Liz…

 

Sushi…and another night I went to see my friend Julie at Veggie Heaven in Denville, Julie moved to Portland a few years ago and was back in NJ visiting her family for Mother’s Day. We had sushi, spring rolls and some other yummy stuff.

 

What have you been eating lately?

 

 

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What I Ate Wednesday

It’s time for What I Ate Wednesday once again! I can’t believe another week has flown by. I also can’t believe tomorrow is the first day of May! It’s been 8 weeks since my surgery, but I’m still not back to 100%. I’m sure it’s going to take me a while before I’ll be able to whip up fancy meals and start creating my own recipes again. Most of my breakfasts have been either English muffins with avocado and fresh fruit or waffles with fruit, and lunch is usually a big salad and a hummus wrap. Dinner’s have been where my meals vary, but I’ve been sticking with quick and easy meals. Here’s what  I’ve been eating:

 

Tofu

One night for dinner I made General Tso’s Tofu. The recipe is from Robin Robertson’s More Quick Fix Vegan.

 

No Plan

There have been many nights where I haven’t had a dinner plan. I bought Gardein while it was on sale at Whole Foods for just such an occasion. This dinner was sautéed veggies, roasted purple potatoes and Gardein’s Mandarin Chick’n.

 

Sandwich

I also picked up Gardien’s Chick’n Scallopini and attempted to recreate the Un-Chicken Griller from Blossom DuJour that I had last week. It was quite tasty!

 

Pasta

Another great meal was Lemon-Dijon Pasta Shells, which is also from More Quick Fix Vegan. I added broccoli, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach.

 

Brunch

I also had the treat of a meal at Mundo Vegan in Montclair with my friends Lydia and Mauro from From A to Vegan. I had the tofu scramble.

 

Cheese

I was sent some vegan cheese from SunRawise, so I’ve been snacking on that all week. They’re super delicious. Look for a review soon!

 

What meals have you been cooking up?

 

 

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What I Ate Wednesday: Catching Up

It’s time for What I Ate Wednesday once again! I missed Wednesday last week because the website was down due to problems with my web host. They’ve kind of been slacking for a while, so the rest of the week was spent looking for a more reliable company and then moving things to the new host.

 

I’ve been feeling better since my surgery, but I’m still not 100%. I think it’s going to be a while before I’m totally back to normal, but I have been cooking and preparing most of my meals. I’ve been eating lots of greens and berries, and drinking lots of green juices and green tea. Green seems to be my theme, so it’s a good thing it’s my favorite color. Since I wasn’t able to post a What I Ate Wednesday last week, I have a lot of meals to share this week. Here’s what I’ve been eating…

 

Breakfast

Frozen waffles were on sale at Whole Foods, so I picked up a few boxes. I accidentally bought mini blueberry waffles, but they were really tasty, so it was okay that they were small. I served them with mixed berries. I also bought full-sized gluten-free waffles and served them with super fruit jam, berries and slivered almonds. Other breakfasts were a pesto tofu scramble, a sprouted grain english muffin with avocado and nooch, and a tofu blt on a bagel.

 

Lunch

Salad has been the theme of my lunches lately, and kale salad with tahini dressing has been one of my favorite things to eat these days. I’ve also been hooked on sprouted grain wraps, and have been filling them with veggies and hummus, and when I ran out of hummus I decided to fill them with tofu and more veggies. One day I splurged and bought a frozen pizza, and I had it with – you guessed it – salad with tahini dressing. While I was shopping, I found tortilla bowls, so I thought a taco salad would be fun. Unfortunately they were tiny, so most of the salad ended up on the plate. I stuffed the bowl with a mixture of cooked beans, vegan chorizo and diced tomatoes, and then topped everything off with lots of lettuce, a little Daiya cheese, chopped tomatoes, shredded cabbage, avocado, carrots and a drizzle of hot sauce. All of my lunches have been really delicious, but my favorite meal of late has to be the sandwich I brought home from Blossom DuJour in NYC. The Un-Chicken Griller is my favorite thing on their menu. I love it so much and I get there so infrequently that it’s pretty much the only thing I’ll order when I do make it there. It’s filled with grilled lemon un-chicken, avocado, pesto, vegan mayo and lettuce. I also got their tiny caesar salad. 

 

Dinner

The biggest variety in my meals has been at dinnertime, and I’m starting to get my creative cooking juices flowing again. Last night I made Stroganoff-Inspired Pasta from Robin Robertson’s newest book More Quick Fix Vegan. I added broccoli and a little spinach to make it a complete meal. A few nights ago I cooked Miso-Curry Glazed Squash, Tofu and Kale with Chickpeas, Potatoes and Pepitas, which is a recipe from my friend Jaime K at Save the Kales. This is the perfect in-between season meal because it’s a mix of raw and roasted veggies, and our weather has been kind of raw and roasted lately. There was also roasted purple potatoes with sautéed broccoli and Gardein chick’n; a veggie-loaded veggie burger with kale salad and a half a roasted sweet potato; and gluten-free pasta with beans, greens and lots of nooch.

 

What have you been cooking up lately?

 

 

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