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I'm a vegetarian/wannabe vegan barista from Iowa. I spend a great deal of time cooking and reading about food and nutrition and hope to, someday, be a vegetarian chef!

April 28, 2006

Barley and Toasted Pecan Salad



This is the second dish I made to use up some of my barley. I cooked the barley in vegetable broth and tossed it with sauteed carrots and broccoli. I let it cool then topped it with toasted pecans and rice wine vinegar. This was very good! I am looking forward to trying out more grain based salads this summer.

April 26, 2006

Midweek Muchies

Harmonias Midweek Munchies Meme

Midweek Munchies: What Amy is contributing for the week



Squash
Zucchini
Green Pepper
Cucumber
Jicama
2 Roma Tomatoes
Coleslaw Mix
Bananas
Garlic
Tofu
Wheat Pasta
Oatmeal
Unsweetened Banana Chips
Frozen Raspberries
Frozen Spinach
Frozen Cauliflower
Monterrey Jack Vegan Gourmet


I was planning on getting zucchini and squash too, but my store was out! Can you believe that!? The squash part of the produce section was just empty. Maybe I'll go back for it in a few days.

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PURPOSE of Midweek Munchies: Put together by a small group of Veg Women, we hope to spread the word about healthy vegetarianism while obtaining idea starters for meals, recipes, learn about new products, and meet other female veg*n bloggers. Visiting and commenting on other participants lists are encouraged but not required. Have fun and Go Veg!

April 23, 2006

Garlic Stuffed Tofu and Maple-Mustard Potatoes and Beans



I got the idea for the tofu from tofu666 at The Post Punk Kitchen Forums. I marinated my tofu in soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, and some Italian spices overnight. I pan fried the tofu then cut a small slit in it and filled it up with roasted garlic paste. I then baked it for 15 minutes.

The Maple-Mustard Potato and Beans recipe is from Vegan with a Vengeance. It is my new favorite recipe in this book. Try it-you'll like it!

April 18, 2006

Harvest Ratatoullie over Whole Wheat Penne



I made this veggie-ful pasta as part of a challenge at the PPK Forums. I love how beautiful all the colors look together, and it doesn't taste half bad either!

Harvest Ratatoullie

1 c. cubed eggplant
1/4 t. salt
1/2 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 green pepper, diced
1/2 medium zucchini, quartered then sliced
1/2 medium squash, quartered then sliced
1 T. minced fresh parsley
1 t. minced fresh oregano
1 t. minced fresh basil
1/8 t. fresh ground black pepper
Hot cooked pasta
1 medium tomato, chopped

Place eggplant in a colander and toss with salt. Set in sink and let weep for 30 minutes.
Heat a large skillet. Add the oil then stir fry the garlic, onion, and green pepper for 3 minutes. Add eggplant, zucchini, and squash and stir fry 6 more minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender.
Stir in the parsley, oregano, basil and pepper.
Serve over pasta and topped with tomato.

And for desert I had this yummy sundae.

It was Butter Pecan Soy Dream, hot fudge sauce, and chopped pecans. Sooo good!

April 15, 2006

Curried Barley and Lentils

Today I decided it was time to use up some of my lentils and barley. I searched out recipes that used both of them. I ended up kind of combining 2 recipes and adding my own twists based on what I had on hand. It came out really good!



My Curried Barley and Lentils

2 t. olive oil
1/2 c. onion, diced
1/3 c. green bell pepper, diced
2 t. curry powder
1 1/2 c. barley, cooked (about 1/3 c. dry, I think)
1 c. lentils, cooked (about 1/2 c. dry)
1 carrot, shredded
1/4 c. frozen spinach, thawed
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Saute onion, pepper, and curry powder until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in barley, lentils, carrots, and spinach. Heat through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

April 13, 2006

Midweek Munchies

Harmonias Midweek Munchies Meme

Midweek Munchies: What Amy is contributing for the week



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Roma Tomatoes
Green Beans
Green Pepper
Parsley
Frozen Peas and Carrots
Rice Vinegar
Soymilk
Vanilla Soy yogurt
Butter Pecan Soy Dream (it was on sale!)
Macaroni and Chreese (I meant to grab whole wheat. Oops)
Vital Wheat Gluten
Nutritional Yeast
Vegetable Broth Powder
Unsweetened Banana Chips
Pretzels
Sesame Seeds

I was planning on getting zucchini and squash too, but my store was out! Can you believe that!? The squash part of the produce section was just empty. Maybe I'll go back for it in a few days.

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PURPOSE of Midweek Munchies: Put together by a small group of Veg Women, we hope to spread the word about healthy vegetarianism while obtaining idea starters for meals, recipes, learn about new products, and meet other female veg*n bloggers. Visiting and commenting on other participants lists are encouraged but not required. Have fun and Go Veg!

April 10, 2006

Thai Meal


Spicy Peanut Noodles, Thai Cucumber Salad, and Thai Iced Tea

My peanut sauce is made with peanut butter (duh), soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes. I used a bag of mixed frozen veggies, for cheapness mostly, but it did also make things a bit easier. My mix had carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and bell peppers. I also added onions and some tofu that I marinated in soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic and ginger. This turned out pretty good, but next time I thing I'll add some more spice to it!

The cucumber salad is this recipe. It was good, but nothing too special. I will continue my quest to find a good thai side dish. Thai-ish spring rolls would be good, but I figure I've got noodles, do I really need more carbs? I may just have to go for it next time though.

The iced tea is from How It All Vegan. I just followed the Quick Thai Tea for Two recipe (halved it though) and added ice.

April 05, 2006

Midweek Munchies

I did not have to buy much this week. I eat at work a lot (its free) and have a very full freezer and pantry. I'm working on using up all that stuffs. So that said, here's what I DID get this week:

Harmonias Midweek Munchies Meme

Midweek Munchies: What Amy is contributing for the week



basil
ginger
Peanut Chews
oatmeal

Links to other Midweek Munchies
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A special thanks to Running2Ks and Rift for all of their help with coding, graphics, and encouragement for this project.

PURPOSE of Midweek Munchies: Put together by a small group of Veg Women, we hope to spread the word about healthy vegetarianism while obtaining idea starters for meals, recipes, learn about new products, and meet other female veg*n bloggers. Visiting and commenting on other participants lists are encouraged but not required. Have fun and Go Veg!

April 04, 2006

More Pizza



I used my leftover crust from the last time I made pizza. I froze half the dough. I got it out of the freezer and thawed it in the fridge overnight. I then kneaded it for a few minutes and let it sit for an hour before rolling it out. It worked out really well!

I used the same sauce again-tomato paste sprinkled with basil and oregano. This time I also sprinkled some nutritional yeast on.

As you can see, I elected to make two smaller pizzas. I couldn't decide on toppings, so I just made 2 pizzas! One is topped with TVP sausage, potatoes, onion and garlic. The other one I topped with mushrooms, olives, sundried tomato, onion, bell peppers, and garlic.