Sunday, April 29, 2007

We had some really nice weather last week with almost 90° temperatures; I even got a slight tan! It was nice enough to use the grill for the first time of the season. I made grilled pizza and wow, did it taste good! I also finished my cookbooklet and am going to start giving it out to people.

Grilled Pizza


Tofu Burritos

I have been going a little burrito crazy lately. I used tofu that I had been marinating in BBQ sauce, soy sauce, and a little garlic and cooked it in a cast iron pan with a few shakes of Tabasco sauce. Then I warped the burrito with lettuce and dipped it in salsa.

Stir Fry

I think I stir fry in my wok at least once a week. This stir fry has tofu, snap peas, broccoli, yellow squash, zucchini, and spinach.

The cookbooklet is nice and compact and contains six of my best recipes:

black bean burgers, tempeh burritos, granola, fruit and nut energy bars, lasagna, and sesame peanut noodles.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Happy One Year (vegan) Anniversary To Me!!!

Thanks for everyone's nice comments. To summarize, I went to the doctor and he told me I had lose joints all over which explains why I can pop all of my joints. It seems that I have medial tibia stress syndrome in my left leg that may have irritated a nerve, causing the tingling sensation. Today was day two of physical therapy for my shoulder (which seems to be helping) and I have to get special made orthodics for my shoes or I will continue to get shin splints and maybe even stress fractures (yikes!). I am not allowed to run until I get my orthodics so I joined the YMCA and I have been doing the elliptical. When I do get my orthodics, which won’t be for a few weeks, I have to start out VERY slowly only running on grass and working up from there. My track season is basically over but if I battle hard over the summer, I will be running cross country in the fall.

Back to the food. Today is my one year vegan anniversary! (I only know it because it is also the day of my friend's birthday). What a year it has been. I think since becoming vegan, I have changed my entire outlook on life and have learned so much about the animal product industry. Some people thought my veganism was a phase, but I know I will stay vegan for life. I am working on putting together a small booklet of a few of my best recipes to hand out to people who have inquired about eating vegan. I will post the recipes some time soon. Here are two dishes that I am including:

Tempeh Burritos

I used the Tempeh Taco recipe from the Students Go Vegan cookbook as a base for this recipe. I wrapped up the tempeh in a tortilla with lettuce and tomato with salsa on the side.

Sesame Peanut Noodles

Original post

I changed the recipe around from the one in the original post. I also used whole wheat spaghetti.

Here is the lasagna recipe I promised. I am also going to use this in the booklet. (Midewest Vegan, this recipe has tofu in it but not the tofu ricotta kind. I don't like the tofu ricotta kind so I used a creamier sauce like kind that I really like.)

Lasagna With Spinach and Mushrooms

1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
9 lasagna noodles (uncooked)
10 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed

Tomato sauce:

1 medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 cup vegetable broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
salt and pepper to taste

Sauté the onion in a saucepan until it becomes translucent. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute. Add the remaining ingredients, and cook for 15-20 minutes. Sauté the mushrooms over medium heat and add them to the tomato sauce along

“Cheese” filling:

1/2 cup extra-firm silken tofu
1/2 cup unsweetened soymilk
1/2 cup vegetable broth
2 tablespoons sesame tahini
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 1/2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons corn starch

Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until silky smooth. It should be soupy. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Spread half the tomato sauce mixture in the bottom of a 9x12 inch glass pan. Place a layer of noodles evenly over the sauce leaving a little space in between them. Put all the spinach on top of the noodles and spoon half of the filling evenly over that. Follow with another layer of noodles and then put the rest of the filling on top of the noodles. Top with a final layer of noodles and pull the sauce over this. (The order is sauce-noodles-spinach-filling-noodles-filling-noodles-sauce). Cover the pan tightly with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 30 more minutes, or until the noodles are cooked through. Waiting 15 minutes before cutting the lasagna will help it hold it’s shape.

*I almost forgot, April 22nd is EARTH DAY! How is everyone celebrating?

Monday, April 09, 2007

Hello everyone. I have been cooking and eating all kinds of good food but my mind has been else where and I forget to document most it. I already mentioned that I got a new stove, but the hood (you know, the thing that sucks the smoke out) was installed recently. We never had a hood before but now I can cook things in my wok at extremely high heats and not worry about smelling up the whole house with smoke. I will take a picture of them and post it next time. I have to ask if you could please continue to keep me in your prayers because I have been having pain in my left shin since it started to throb with pain last Friday in track practice accompanied by a strange tingling/throbbing that I still have. I have been unable to go to track practice since then and have missed our first scrimmage, our first two meets, 5 practices, and I was not able to get my uniform and track clothes. I am trying to be strong but it is slowly wearing away at me. I am going to a really good specialized doctor on Wednesday and I am hoping he can tell me exactly what is wrong with me. In the mean time, I am on spring break so I am just trying to keep occupied with cooking and trying to find cross training things to do.

I have been doing a lot of cooking but I recently photographed my lasagna and my granola. The granola is my own recipe and the lasagna is an adaptation of two recipes put together that I will some day type up and post.