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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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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