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Mediterranean Couscous and Sautéed Cherry Tomatoes

In Main dish on June 24, 2010 at 9:40 pm

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I have recently developed a mild love affair with Mediterranean food.  I happily could live off babaganoosh and pita bread.  Like any true love, it can be costly, and I have found myself eating out at Phoenicians and BFS Restaurant at least once a week.  As such, I felt that it was time I invested in a Mediterranean cookbook, which is how I ended up with The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen.  I expect that this cookbook will make its way into the regular rotation.

My first meal made from this book was Zucchini-Lemon Couscous (p. 101) served with Sautéed Cherry Tomatoes with Mediterranean Herbs (p. 157).  The light bite of the lemon and the powerful flavor of the seasoning on the tomatoes really complimented each other.  Also, the couscous is a very dry dish and it goes very well with the juicy cherry tomatoes, which burst in your mouth on the first bite.

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Vegan Moussaka

In Main dish, Not As Easy on June 22, 2010 at 9:40 pm

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My Monday night supper was not exactly a quick meal but it was absolutely worth putting off dinner until 8:00.  It was a really fun meal to cook!

I cooked vegan moussaka, which really hit the spot.  Every bite of eggplant was better than the next.  The Italian spice definitely made this recipe, which I found on www.ethnicvegan.com.  The only variation that I made was that I used rice cheese instead of soy.

I served it with hummus and pita bread.

I highly recommend cruising over the Ethnic Vegan and checking out this recipe!  Superb!

My Seitan Tastes Like Seitan

In Staple Food Items on June 20, 2010 at 10:52 am

seitan loaf Oh Seitan, how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.

  1. Your name sounds like Satan and allows me to make lots of super lame cool puns.
  2. You are packed with protein levels comparable to steak!
  3. Unlike steak, you contains no saturated fat or cholesterol.
  4. Also unlike steak, you are much lower in calories than steak, too!
  5. You are delicious and cruelty free!

Basically, it is a fabulous meat substitute and this chick absolutely loves it.  However, I do not like the cost- $5.00 for 8 oz definitely means that I cannot eat seitan regularly.  Or so I thought.

Lo and behold Vegan on the Cheap: Great Recipes and Simple Strategies that Save You Time and Money by Robin Robertson.  I bought this fabulous book in preparation for graduate school and two years of poverty. I strongly recommend it! The author has tons of tips about saving money while still eating well. This includes a seitan recipe that Robertson says costs less tan 50 cents per serving.  I bought a lot of the ingredients from the bulk section of the co-op, which was way cheaper than buying them in the boxes… so it may have cost less than estimated.

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Red Chile Asparagus and Quinoa

In Main dish on June 17, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Delicious and easy!

So it has been a few days since the last post- what a whirlwind!  Since I last posted, I have been to Pittsburgh and I found a fabulous apartment!  It is absolutely lovely and it makes me even more excited to begin grad school.  Unfortunately, I ended up getting a bit of a nasty cold and have been out of commission for a few days.  Never fear, I am all better and lots of cooking is about to commence!  I have major culinary plans for the next week.

Until then, here is a meal that I made last week when I was in a bit of a pinch.  It was quick, easy, nutritious, and delicious- my favorites!

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Super Easy Lentil & Hummus Wrap

In Beyond Easy, Lunch, Wrap on June 6, 2010 at 2:17 pm

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I absolutely love wraps- you can quickly stuff a ton of food in them and they just roll up into a clean and easily transported meal.  Perfect for work.

This super easy wrap consists of the following ingredients:

  • 1 whole grain, high fiber wrap
  • 1/4 cup of canned lentils
  • Red peppers, chopped
  • Salad herb blend (parsley, red onion, chives, shallots, garlic, dill)
  • Hummus

I also recommend putting spinach on it.

Oh my, now that’s a tasty burger!

In Lunch, Main dish on June 6, 2010 at 1:53 pm

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I woke up (rather late) this morning to the vibrations of thunder reverberating throughout the apartment.  There is a torrential downpour occurring outside – complete with a local tornado warning – so there is absolutely no way I am leaving the apartment anytime soon!  It is the perfect opportunity to upload backlogged pictures recipes and tremendously update this little blog.

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This veggie burger recipe comes from 101 Cookbooks, one of my favorite cooking blogs.  I was feeling thrifty yesterday and wanted to cook something that I could save in the refrigerator or freezer for a busy night in which I don’t have the energy to cook.  I was going to cook my usual black bean burgers but, alas, that damn pantry is still super low.  I will have to remedy this situation soon.  Maybe when it stops raining.  Anyway, I went in search of a burger recipe that didn’t involve black beans and, voila, I stumbled across this recipe from 101 Cookbooks.

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Strawberry Nut Bread

In Breads and Deserts on June 5, 2010 at 7:43 pm

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This weekend is the first weekend of strawberry season!  I have been patiently waiting for this weekend since last fall when the price of tasteless imported strawberries skyrocketed to $5.00 for one of those little plastic containers.  They are so dry inside that they hardly resemble fresh strawberries.

I went to my local U-Pick this afternoon and bought pounds upon pounds of strawberries- all for less than $10!  I forgot my camera and had to use my phone camera, so the picture of the field is a little shabby.

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I haven’t gone grocery shopping in quite a few days so I really had to scrounge around my kitchen to figure out what I could make with these freshly picked strawberries.

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I finally settled on making a strawberry bread, which I have never made or eaten before.  I based the recipe off this recipe from Workout then Cook.  I made a few minor alternations along the way but I basically used the same recipe.

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Black Bean and Mango Wrap

In Lunch, Wrap on June 1, 2010 at 11:55 pm

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Sorry for the lame title, folks, I am exhausted and incredibly uncreative at this moment (long day at work followed by a long workout).

The title of this entry pretty much says it all about the food: this recipe contains black beans and mangos in a wrap!  I am telling you, though, this wrap is absolutely phenomenal and super easy.  Perfect for summer!  I had it for lunch yesterday and wanted seconds and thirds.  I might make this wrap for lunch tomorrow, too.

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