Monday, November 11, 2013

"Bacon" Wrapped Asparagus

I always see bacon wrapped asparagus on Pinterest and wonder what it would taste like. I figured it would taste good..salty and I made up my mind to make some. I envisioned somehow wrapping tempeh bacon around the asparagus- but that clearly would not work. Then I remembered the eggplant bacon from Appetite for Reduction. I couldn't do it the same way as in the cookbook. Here's how I did it. I made long slices of eggplant with the thinnest setting on my mandolin. I stacked them on top of each other and loosely wrapped them in foil.
 I put it in the oven at 350 for 15 min. or so until they were soft. 

While the eggplant was in the oven, I boiled the asparagus for 3 min and then plunged them in an ice bath. 

With the cooked eggplant slices, I sliced them long ways and dipped them in the bacon marinade from Appetite for Reduction: 2TB soy sauce and 1tsp liquid smoke.

Then I tightly wrapped the eggplant around the asparagus spears. 
I spread a little olive oil on my cast iron griddle and cooked all sides until they were brown and slightly crisped. When you do this, turn the asparagus the same direction you wrapped them. Otherwise they'll become unwrapped. 

These came out really good. We both loved them. It took a awhile though, so have some thing easy and familiar to serve these with. I served mine with stuffed mushrooms. Details about the complete dinner coming soon!
This is what they look like before cooking them.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Pizza Bowl

This is from Isa Does it! It's my new favorite book. I haven't been blogging because I haven't really been making anything new or exciting. But this was new AND exciting! I thought I had brown rice but didn't so ended up using basmati. There's really no point in sharing that...because the only thing you really need to know is how delicious that sauce is. The bowl has rice, sausage, kale, black olives, and a yummy cashew cream sauce. I used tofurkey sausage instead of making my own. I also added a few peperoncini to the top. Oh yum! 
Buy that book and make this for dinner!

Thursday, September 19, 2013


It wasn't all fried but it was the best part! Hahhahaaa!

Fried cremini and shiitake mushrooms, sautéed collards and zucchini with couscous and corn on the cob. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

BBQ cauliflower salad...YUM!!!

This was the best salad I've eaten in a long time. I made Herb-Roasted Cauliflower and breadcrumbs from Appetite for Reduction. I left out the dried thyme and basil and drizzled BBQ sauce on top 5 minutes before the cauliflower was done cooking. 

While the cauliflower was roasting, I prepped the rest of the ingredients: red leaf, romaine, red cabbage, black beans (I made a big batch and have been using them throughout the week) roasted corn, avocado, tomato, red onion, carrots, and cilantro.

For dressing I used follow your heart creamy garlic. It's my favorite store bought dressing, very mild garlic flavor, I use it like I would ranch.

Everybody enjoyed the salad, but not as much as I did (probably because I had a Moscow mule with mine).

Monday, June 3, 2013

Peanut-Lime green goodness bowl

Wow! This clean out the fridge bowl is my new favorite thing to eat. A mix of brown rice and quinoa topped with steamed kale, edamame, burnt broccoli (from Vegan Brunch), dry fried tofu, and peanut-lime dragon dressing (both from Appetite for Reduction). The red dots are sriracha and I used every bit. It was so yummy! Ryan loved it too. The kids didn't hate it and with that many green vegetables I call it a success!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Chicago Dogs

Tonight I made Chicago dogs. I did the best I could given that I do not live in Chicago, and not all of the specialty ingredients are readily available to me. I wasn't able to find poppy seed buns or the bright green relish but I don't care because I found sport peppers at World Market!! I used hot dog relish (yellow mustard and relish mix) kosher dill spears, kumato brown tomatoes from TJs (soooo good!) chopped white onion (soaked in cold water made them sweet and not offensive) and celery salt. The dogs are Yves Tofu Dogs that I rippered (fried). Everybody loved them and they were super fast! You should make them too!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Spicy Tempeh Nori Rolls and Miso soup

Hi there!!! Long time no see. I keep telling Lynzie that I'll post something soon but the weeks just keep flying by. Well she has thoroughly shamed me with her numerous posts of late so here goes...

Last night I made spicy tempeh nori rolls from Veganomicon (also inspired by Lynzie, isn't it enough that I'm posting? Please don't expect me to think for myself too!) and an old favorite Country-style miso soup from The Real Food Daily cookbook.

Oh man, the rolls were so good. Ryan and the kids loved them even though none of them are huge tempeh lovers. Make these for any spicy tuna sushi lover and they'll be hooked (see what I did there?). The miso soup was a perfect addition to round out the meal especially on a cold, rainy day.

Well that wasn't so hard. See you soon...I hope!