Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Ultra Healthy

These recipes are all Joanna Stepaniak's from Neal Barnard's Breaking the Food Seduction. Turns out, even vegans can pack on the weight if we aren't careful about what we eat. So, these are low fat, super nutritious meals. And yes, they seem to be doing the job!

First, there's Chuckwagon Stew, with tempeh, potatoes, carrots, and onion. This was good, and even better the second, third, and fourth days. Warm and hearty. Perfect for winter nights.

Southern Beans and Greens served on brown rice. Have you ever seen a healthier bowl of food? It relies heavily on hot sauce to make it interesting, but you feel like a superhero after you eat it, so it's a decent trade off.

Cheddary Soup with Italian Chickpea Spread. This soup is thick and captures the tangy, smoothness of cheese. It uses silken tofu as a thickener and is loaded with nutritional yeast so it's a protein bomb. The spread is nice. It won't replace Gee Whiz as the epitome of cracker happiness, but it was good in combination with the soup.
Here's to a new year of getting and staying fit and feeling fantastic!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Vegan Meatloaf

I'm on the hunt for a good vegan meatloaf. The one in Vegan Comfort Food by Alicia Simpson was tasty, but I didn't get a good picture of it. This one is Vegan Dad's.
It was flavorful and tempeh based. I like finding new ways to use tempeh so that's a plus for me. The glaze was a little too sweet for us. But the biggest problem was that these little loaves turned us into fart monsters. It was terrible! Funny, embarrassing, and terrible. So, I'm still on the hunt.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

To-Fish Dinner

In the days before the veganity, I used to crave Long John Silvers about once every two years. I blame this on my Catholic mother who used Lenten Fridays as a time to indulge in the grease-fest that is LJS's fish sticks.

I don't crave Long John Silvers anymore, but I have developed a fondness for the combination of Old Bay and tartar sauce. And from that we got this meal: tofu marinated in soy sauce, rice vinegar, and garlic,then breaded in wheat and panko crumbs with Old Bay and parlsey, baked up and served with tartar sauce (Vegenaise, vegan Worcestershire sauce, fresh parsley, and finely chopped pickle), plus apple sauce and pretty cole slaw. Long live (and live longer with) the vegan fish dinner!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Shepherd's Pie with Lentils

It's amazing how something so boring looking, like this:

can hide something as yummy as this:

It's based on the Savoury Shepherds Pie from How It All Vegan by Sarah Kramer and Tanya Barnard, except with lots more lentils and spinach. It's finally cold enough to make things like this again, and Mr. Tomato couldn't be happier. Ben even ate it with no complaints until he noticed the onions about half way through!
Here it is how I ate it, with Mighty Miso Gravy, also from HIAV.