Showing posts from March, 2012

Wraps, Smoothies and Cold-Brewed Coffee

Yesterday, I made some wraps. As a result, I think wraps are kind of annoying. This recipe was "White Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Vegetable Wraps with Spinach" from Supermarket Vegan . There's a nice adaptation to this recipe over at Resolute Woot if you want to see what the recipe is like. First, I should say, though this cookbook is called Supermarket Vegan , I don't actually do a lot of the Supermarket bits of it like using canned beans, etc. So, I pressure cooked some white beans (Great Northern because I was out of Cannellini) and seasoned them with bay leaves, pepper, herbs and garlic. Then when those were cooled, I made the spread, which was good, but even after adding extra garlic, was still a little bland. When I got to the wrap part, I found that the Ezekiel 4:9 tortillas had already molded all over the place. I guess this is one of the things you realize when you start buying processed foods that are a little less processed than your usual proc

Whole Wheat Vegan Pancakes

This weekend marks the first time in about seven months that I've seen strawberries that made my mouth water. I know they're from California, but I couldn't resist. We need to eat more fruit in this house! This morning I sent boyfriend to work with whole wheat pancakes leftover from the weekend plus a bunch of strawberries. I had been making this pancake recipe with just unbleached flour but since I'm trying to get away from most of the overly processed stuff bit by bit, I subbed all of the flour with whole wheat pastry flour. I figure that's a start. I actually like the recipe better that way. Nutty and flavorful instead of bland. I upped the baking powder a little bit to make sure they got fluffy but really, I think they key to that is just letting the batter rest. I wait 10 minutes and the batter gets nice and airy and it stays that way while they cook. Whole Wheat Vegan Pancakes 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour 2 tablespoons aluminum-free baking p

Grocery Budget, Omni Notes and Fruit Woes

New things we're trying this week: Earth Balance Mindful Mayo and Organic Valley Soy Creamer. I'm trying to get back in the swing of blogging my food costs. This week there was an offer from American Express to sync cards and shop at Whole Foods. $10 rebate per card, must spend $50. I kind of couldn't resist. Technically, we have four cards, so could have gotten a total of $40 off, but spending $200 would have been difficult without everything being in boxes, jars or cans. Anyway, this is for roughly two weeks of shopping. The total was $112.47 and with the refund, the total was $92.47. What we got: 365 Honey Almond Flax Protein and Fiber Cereal 2.99 365 Berry Protein and Fiber Cereal 2.99 Organic Spinach 3.49 Ezekiel 4:9 Tortillas 2.79 365 Salsa 3.99 365 Salsa 3.99 365 Edamame 2.39 365 Firm Tofu 1.79 365 Firm Tofu 1.79 Organic Cilantro 1.29 Organic Green Onions 1.29 Organic Green Onions 1.29 Bananas 1.88 Organic Tomatoes 7.24 Bell Peppers 1.51 Or

Tofu Scramble, I Love You

This morning's meal: leftover tofu scramble + potatoes. So, last night my smoochy muffin went to Whole Foods and bought lots of yum. I didn't know what time he was going to get back so I made a tofu scramble. This is becoming my go-to meal on lazy nights. It sees plenty of time in the weekend brunch rotation. It's kind of becoming my new comfort food. In another life, that role was played by a pint of Ben and Jerry's, fried chicken, nachos, a giant piece of roast beef or a BLT with about a bajillion slices of the B. Until about six months ago, when I would get frazzled, my mind would still go to those things briefly before I shut it down. Now, though, I'm happy to say that tofu scramble is what pops into my head when all has gone awry. I guess it will be a good day when my mind doesn't automatically jump to food when I'm stressed, but hey. Baby steps here. This is the relationship that I have with food. It really is amazing how many food t

Back on the Wagon

It's been a while since I've written. I kind of fell off the wagon and have been sulking over here and making my way back. It all started with Thanksgiving. I got a vegan meal ordered from Whole Foods and bought snacks and such to eat because we were away from home. Aside from some pizza one night that had cheese, I wasn't doing a bad job at all. Ordered a Greek salad out without feta and otherwise found things to eat that were acceptable. Then, Christmas came and since we were going to be out of town for nearly 3 weeks, I decided to loosen up my "rules" a bit in order not to go completely insane and have to explain myself at every turn. Call it laziness, call it what you will. In a way it was sort of an experiment with my body, too. As if I wanted to prove to myself that YES, it really is the cheese making your cholesterol go through the roof and making you such a chunkamonk. So, I didn't go back to drinking cow's milk. I didn't butter my b