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Thursday, March 29, 2018

March MiniMoFo

Hi everyone! “Go green!” is the theme for the March MiniMoFo, and all the new recipes I’ve tried so far this month have included spinach – Brown Rice With Lentils, Mushrooms, and Spinach Stir Fry (AfroVeganChick); Marinated Tofu with White Rice and Spinach; and Creamy Raw Spinach Sauce (Vegan Vittles). This week I tried making the creamy spinach dip from Vegan Vittles, but it didn’t quite work out (*shakes fist at my food processor*), so I gave up and just threw all the ingredients into a saucepan with a bit of water, heating it up and mashing the beans as I stirred, ultimately mixing it in with some fettuccine. So, both a recipe fail (didn’t work as the dip it was supposed to be) and a recipe redemption (was very tasty mixed with pasta). 


Cringer loves using her sister as a pillow…



Peace. :)

Friday, March 23, 2018

Creamy Raw Spinach Sauce (Vegan Vittles)

Hi everyone! The creamy raw spinach sauce from Vegan Vittles was a very simple recipe to prepare, especially since I soaked the cashews overnight, which made blending a lot quicker. (After blending, I warmed the sauce for a bit on the stovetop since I’m not the biggest fan of raw foods, haha!) I poured ½ cup of the sauce over a serving of fettuccine and stirred them together. It was very tasty, and the leftovers have been great, too!


Bonus food: My sister Alena visited earlier this week and we made two different pasta dishes; both were delicious!


mac & cheese

peanut butter pasta

Leela says hello!



Peace. :)

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Marinated Tofu with White Rice and Spinach

Hi everyone! After seeing lots of success with marinated tofu over at My cat loves Daiya!, I decided to give it a try. I used a modified version of the orange sauce from the veganized orange chik’n in Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food – I left out the canola oil and cornstarch (and the mirin, but I always leave that out) – as a marinade for a block of tofu that I’d cut into smaller pieces. Later, I cooked the tofu, still in the marinade, and used some of the leftover marinade as a sauce when I added the tofu to the rice & spinach. It turned out pretty good, and it was definitely an easier way to prepare the tofu, so I’m sure I’ll be making more marinated tofu in the future! Do you have any favorite marinade recipes/ingredients you’d recommend? 


Here’s Daisy, dozing dramatically… 


Peace. :)

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Brown Rice With Lentils, Mushrooms, and Spinach Stir Fry (AfroVeganChick)

Hi everyone! The new recipe I tried this week comes from AfroVeganChick – Brown Rice With Lentils, Mushrooms, and Spinach Stir Fry – and it was amazing! (I used frozen chopped spinach instead of fresh, and left out the coriander.) I know I will make this again sometime soon; the leftovers were perfect, so much so that I was disappointed when I’d finally finished them off! Definitely give this recipe a try! 


The kitties wish you all a “Happy Caturday!” 

Leela

Daisy

Cringer

Peace. :)

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Field Roast Mini Corn Dogs

Hi everyone! I haven’t done much exciting cooking this week; I was feeling kinda blah from what I’d thought were allergies after we got the furnace replaced (but more likely was a cold), so I mostly just did quick and easy meals like potato bowls, noodle bowls, canned soups, etc. Lunch today was another easy meal but something new: I finally saw the Field Roast mini corn dogs while grocery shopping, and they were on sale, so I had to grab a bag to try. I’m glad I did because they were really good! I had them with some Daiya cheezy mac (with sriracha) and added mustard for dipping.


Yesterday was an adventure; we lost power around 3 p.m. because of the storm (thankfully, it was restored by 9:30 p.m.). After braving the roads to get a warm dinner at Wegmans, Zach and I spent the rest of the power outage hunkered down in bed, but we had plenty of flashlights for reading (I started Bright Young Things by Scarlett Thomas). Leela was so excited to find us in bed already (she thought we’d decided to go to bed early) and snuggled in between us! Cringer cuddled with us briefly, but Daisy was too freaked out by the power being out to even think of joining us. After all of that, everyone’s especially happy for the sunshine today…



Peace. :)