Saturday, May 30, 2015

Amy's Veggie Sausage and Hash Browns

This week's exciting find was Amy's veggie sausages at Target! I made them with hash browns and toast, yum! 

Hash Browns: Wash and grate one medium red potato. Rinse the grated potato in cold water, drain, rinse again, drain. Squeeze out as much water as possible. Add vegan butter to a pan on medium heat. Add the grated potato, as well as salt, pepper, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Cook and stir until desired crispiness. (Don't forget to add some ketchup on the side!) 

Buttons has sprawled out close to Leela several times since last week. This picture was taken after she walked over, plopped herself down as close as she felt Leela would be OK with, and then stretched to look at her. (Leela, meanwhile, just kept snoring away.)

Peace. :)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Mushroom Gravy

This week I tried out yet another recipe from Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food. The mushroom gravy recipe made enough for four servings, so I tested it out in four different dishes. It was simple to prepare, and I minced the mushrooms small enough that I didn't feel the need to do the optional blending at the end, though I may try that next time, just to see what it is like as a smoother gravy. (The changes I made from the original recipe were that I only used 1/4 teaspoon pepper and and 3/4 cup vegetable stock.)

The first way I tried the gravy was with mashed potatoes (this was probably my favorite).

I also tried it mixed in with brown rice because the author mentioned that combination in the recipe introduction. It was pretty good, but I think I prefer gravy with potatoes. 

The third way I tried the mushroom gravy was with some Old Bay spice mix fries; yum!

And finally, today, I had the last of the gravy in a Boca chik'n sandwich, with fries on the side, another delicious meal! 

So, bottom line, the mushroom gravy is definitely one that I will make again, as it is very delicious and versatile.

Buttons and Leela, while soaking up the sunshine yesterday, kept getting closer and closer, until Buttons finally stretched and bumped her head against Leela's tail. It was quite cute!

Peace. :)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Tofurky Italian Sausage

This week's post features the Tofurky Italian sausage. The first way I prepared it was to saute it with canola oil, and, once browned, to add half of a yellow bell pepper, diced. (Served with collard greens.) 

The slight variation the second time was to add ¼ tsp of my Old Bay seasoning mix to the sausage and pepper.

Another way I made the sausage was to saute it in canola oil and then stir it into whole wheat rotini pasta with spaghetti sauce and Daiya mozzarella.

The slight variation on this was to add garlic salt to the sausage, and nutritional yeast to the sauce.

Here's Buttons & Leela, cute as always.

Peace. :)

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Pacific Soups

Quick post tonight featuring two new soups I've tried recently...

The first one is the Thai Sweet Potato soup. (I added in some white rice.) I thought this one was pretty good, definitely very flavorful. 

I heated up the second one, the Cashew Carrot Ginger bisque, without adding anything to it. It was good and creamy, a bit spicy, but overall I prefer soups with a bit more substance to them instead of being mostly broth. 

Here's Leela & Buttons hanging out together. 

Peace. :)

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Pizza, Pizza, Pizza, Pizza

Looking through my food pictures, I realize I've tried out a lot of different frozen pizzas (they've been on sale) since the Daiya mushroom & roasted garlic one, so I figured I'd put them all in a post together. Here we go!

Amy's Vegan Margherita Pizza with Daiya Cheeze

I liked this one; it was probably the best of the cheese pizzas, especially since it had a nice, thick crust.

Amy's Roasted Vegetable Pizza (No Cheese)

This one was really interesting; I actually liked it a lot. It was good for a cheese-less pizza; even if it looks a little odd, it was a unique, delicious pizza in its own right.

Daiya Cheeze Lover's Pizza

I've had this one before (this is the “new” version with more cheese). It was alright, but I'd definitely prefer having a bit of a crust at the edge, like they show on the packaging.

Tofurky Pepperoni Pizza

As a non-vegan, my favorite pizza topping was pepperoni, so this one sounded promising. It definitely smelled like pepperoni, but the taste/texture wasn't as close as I'd hoped (but then again, I was used to thin slices of pepperoni, not little chunks, so that may have had something to do with it). It was good overall, but (same as with the Daiya) a bit of a crust at the edge would be nice.

Here's Buttons & Leela being sunshine kitties this morning.

Peace. :)