Friday, January 26, 2018

Barley Miso Soup (with Seitan and Celery)

Hi everyone! I threw together a soup this week; it turned out OK but could definitely be improved upon (more spice in the seitan for one thing). Here’s what I did… 

Barley Miso Soup (with Seitan and Celery)

2 cups water
¼ cup barley
1 tablespoon miso paste
¼ cup vital wheat gluten
¼ cup water
dash smoked paprika
dash pepper
2 stalks celery, diced

As you bring the water (2 cups), barley, and miso to a boil in a saucepan, combine the vital wheat gluten, water (¼ cup), paprika, and pepper to make the seitan; knead for 5 min and then separate into small pieces and add to the soup, along with the celery. Cover and simmer for about 1 hr, stirring occasionally.

The leftovers the next day were better :)

Here’s Cringer hiding under my bookshelf; I think she must have gotten scared by the vacuum cleaner; she usually claims sanctuary in the kitchen when I’m vacuuming, so I was surprised to find her here when I was done. 

And here’s Daisy, who decided to join Leela in the sunshine. That’s about as close as Leela let her get, haha! 

Peace. :)

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Potato and Cashew Alfredo (My cat loves Daiya!)

Hi everyone! This week I tried the potato and cashew Alfredo from My cat loves Daiya! It came together really easily, and I ladled some of it over whole-wheat linguine. Yum! 

And today I used some of the leftover Alfredo sauce to make a mac & cheese with celery (and sriracha on top); it was really good! 

Daisy, Leela, and Cringer say hi... 

Peace. :)

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Mushroom Gravy

Hi everyone! This week I made mushroom gravy; here’s my recipe... 

Mushroom Gravy

2 cups sliced mushrooms (I used baby bella)
1 ½ tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ cup water
½ teaspoon liquid smoke

Saute the mushrooms with the canola oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Once the mushrooms have softened, add the flour, nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine, then add ¼ cup water, stir, then add the final ¼ cup water. Continue stirring, add the liquid smoke, and then blend the gravy. Makes 1 cup gravy. 

Served over mashed potatoes.

Here are Cringer and Daisy enjoying a restful moment on the packing paper they’ve been playing with recently... 

And Leela, who posed for her picture this morning... 

Peace. :)

Saturday, January 6, 2018

January MiniMoFo: Chickpea Noodle Soup (VegNews)

Hi everyone, and Happy New Year! January’s MiniMoFo prompt is “Creating Warmth,” so I made the chickpea noodle soup from the most recent VegNews. (My modifications: I used vegan chicken broth instead of the water and miso paste, shallots instead of the onion, and dried parsley instead of fresh. I also left out the caraway seeds.) It came together really well, and was perfect for the snowy, blustery day we had on Thursday. The leftovers were really good, too!

Here are Leela, Daisy, and Cringer, always finding their spots in the sun...

Peace. :)