Vegetable and Pesto Sandwiches w. Cashew Cheese (for the fireworks!)
I’ve been having a very busy summer so far with the kids home and no summer camps lined up. I regret it a little bit each day but we are also having a lot of fun together. We’ve been to the beach, put up a pretty big pool in our yard, saw some fireworks, went to the State Fair and are gearing up for our annual vacation to the Jersey Shore in a little bit. In between all of this I’ve been cooking up a storm. I have a new museli recipe ready to go, some smoothies, a blended coffee drink, a protein packed tomato sauce that is delicious on pizza and the kids have no idea what’s in it, a kale salad and a quinoa salad. I’m pumped about all of it. I also have to finish my eating out recap of Austin, Tx. I’m still dreaming of Bouldin Creek Cafe and Arlo’s. In the meantime here are some of our summertime eats from the last month. We’ve been eating quite well and I desperately need to get back to the YMCA!
Veggie Loaded Caesar Salad
Romaine, cucumbers, orange bell peppers, red onions, sunflower seeds, capers, nooch and a Just Mayo based Caesar dressing. This was very refreshing on a hot day.
Vanilla Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake
We enjoyed these Milkshakes after the Caesar Salad above.
4th of July plate
We celebrated the 4th of July, at home, potluck style with my parents. I made the kale salad and quinoa-chickpea salad along with Field Roast Sausage Rolls and my mom made the potato salad (alway’s leaving some without mayo for me so I can add my own vegan mayo) and some delicious baked beans. You can find the baked beans recipe here!
New Years Eve was very low key for us. With kids, ages 6 and 2, we aren’t really going to go out or throw some raging party. Plus that isn’t really our style. We are true homebodies so a night in picking on some vegan foods was perfect for us.
I spotted Kite Hill cheeses at one of our local Whole Foods. I first balked at the $12 price tag but figured it was a nice treat for the New Year. I served it with some Salted Rosemary Marcona Almonds and Dried Apricots. Crackers and Baguette slices were on a seperate plate. Was it my favorite vegan cheese? Not really but then again I’m not a fan of most vegan cheeses. (I do have a favorite though believe it or not!) Would I buy it again? Only if I was having a bunch of vegans over for a party. On New Years Eve it was just me eating the cheese and although it was pretty good I’ll never finish the whole wheel. My favorite way to eat it that night was on a thin slice of baguette topped with bruschetta. That was good!
Bruschetta with Sliced Baguette
Store bought and delicious. If tomatoes were in season I would have made fresh.
PreBaked Sausage Rolls
A new family favorite! Some store bought Crescent Rolls are accidentally vegan. Full of chemicals but a nice treat once in awhile.
Baked and ready to eat (terrible picture!)
I usually use Field Roast Sausage in these but have been shopping in stores that only carry Tofurkey sausages lately so that’s what I used here. I take two sausages and cut them in 1/2 with wise and then again length wise. Place them on the wider end of the open crescent roll doll and roll them up. Very simple and the kids love them. They are also fantastic cold out of the fridge the next day and my daughter loves having them for school lunch once in awhile.
We also snacked on:
Gardein Crispy Tenders
Trader Joe’s Vegetable Gyoza (my favorite)
Hummus with Carrots, Zucchini, Cherry Tomatoes and Pretzels
It was a tasty way to end the New Year.
Just some photos of what I’ve been eating recently:
Kung Pao “Chicken”
From Veggie Heaven, Teaneck NJ. This reminds me to work on my Kung Pao recipe that I created months ago.
At Home Chipotle
Our closest Chipotle is in a strip mall that has the worst designed parking lot I’ve ever seen. Its basically just for people who drive Mini Cooper size cars not for the larger SUV type cars most people drive around here. On the strip malls busiest days/hours if I want Chipotle I make it myself at home. :)
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding
Courtesy of Urban Vegan’s cookbook which is amazing if you haven’t purchased it yet. I’m excited to hear she is writing another one!
Chickpea Salad Sandwich
A favorite weekend lunch of ours.
I use to teach cooking classes with my friend Donna and she showed the class how to make this dish one day. It was genius and easy. Peter and I love it. Her recipe doesn’t have beans in it but since i’m in need of extra protein because of the pregnancy I added some kidney beans the last time I made it and I’ll forever be adding kidney beans to it. So delicious.
and just for shits and giggles…here is the best photo I’ve ever taken of my cat Riley.
Tofu Scramble, Diner Potatoes, Sausage and Toast
Usually weekend breakfast’s for us consist of coffee for Peter, some sorta iced mocha espresso drink for me and bagels with peanut butter or earth balance (sometimes both). Every once in awhile I feel like actually making us something substantial to eat. It takes some time but with careful planning it’s well worth the effort.
As you can see in the picture above I don’t really scramble my tofu. I like to keep it in smallish cubes with a few of them squished up from mixing. Its just a personal preference. I also like them plain as in without veggies. Just some garlic and onion’s, lot’s of nooch and some spices mixed it. The potatoes are diced, or sliced, boiled until softish and then fried in a pan with some onions until there is a nice crispy crust when they are turned out onto a plate. Fry up some homemade sausages or some Field Roast Sausages and toast some bread and you have one hell of a breakfast. You’ll be so full you won’t even think about food again until dinner time.
English Muffin with Peanut Butter and Sausage
I believe that you will either love this or hate this. I happen to love it. A few weeks ago I was craving a biscuit with sausage. Not having any biscuits nor the time to make them I asked my downstairs neighbors (my parents) for an English Muffin. As I was toasting the muffin and frying up some frozen vegan sausages (homemade would be better) all I could think about was peanut butter. One of my favorite things ever as a kid was a warm English Muffin smothered with peanut butter that would melt and ooze all over the plate. This in turn got me wondering what my English Muffin and Sausage Sandwich would taste like with peanut butter on it. I didn’t hesitate at all, added the peanut butter and the rest is history. I eat this all the time now. It is weirdly delicious and I think everyone should at least try it once in their lifetime.