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Tasty Week night meal

Sorry for the long absence, I just reclaimed my kitchen from the mold and bacon grease/roommate related mess. Late classes followed by tasty tasty full meals.

The prep was pretty easy, I defrosted some mock chicken breast, 4 in total. Took two to cover with garlic, olive oil, dijon, thyme, pepper, celery, balsamic vinegar and diced green onions and set them aside to marinate.

The other two were chopped plain and added to a bowl with celery, cabbage, green onions, white onion, vegan mayo, dijon, pepper and so on. So lunch tomorrow was the leftover diced carrots, celery and cherry tomatoes for work.

Back to the cooking, I rubbed 3 potatoes with olive oil and tossed them into the toaster oven. Then I shredded a head of cabbage and 1/2 onion to fry in margerine with onion/garlic/celery/pepper. Splashing in water as needed to braise it up, eventually reducing it with white wine.

Steamed some carrot chunks and added my mock-chicken to the toaster oven.

Final plate! Braised cabbage; steamed carrots; roasted dijon vegan chicken; roasted celery/onions; cherry tomatoes; and baked potatoes.

Not pictured is the balsamic glaze for the carrots and the dijon reduction sauce for the mock-breast.

Added some hot tea for the throat and voila!

Update on my lunch tomorrow to come!

Followed by Cabbage may be the greatest vegetable ever! it’s 79 cents!! For over a pound, easily adds a quick cooking veggie for all meals and keeps forever. Salads, Slaws, Chicken Salad, braised veggies, steamed, used as lettuce or whatever! Good times.

VeganMofo: Daiya the experiment in Vegan Mac-N-Cheeze


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Originally uploaded by B_A_Dxxx88

So a few days ago I discovered Planet Organic carried Daiya, the vegan cheeze craze of the internet. I bought some a decided in honour of Mofo I’d do up some experiments.

Let me just say. WOW. This was possibly the smoothiest, silkiest, creamiest experience of my life. I had 3 bowls and have hidden the rest away in the mini fridge downstairs to ensure my roommates don’t steal any.

I used the recipe more or less as is from Daiya’s website. Kids.. believe the hype.

Bonus photos.

VeganMofo: Taco Dinner

Just a quick write up about a quick and easy favourite. TACOS!

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Back home this was one of the few meals my mother (notoriously picky eater) would eat, so it became somewhat of a staple. Now usually we served these puppies with diced peppers, onions, tomatoes, mixed greens and fancy fixings. But with our limited pantry we keep it pretty simple:

Yves classic ground
Salsa
Garlic
Romain lettuces
And shells

Usually I would dice mushrooms and onions to fry with the garlic but as my roommate hates both those things, we skipped them. First brown your garlic in the pan, then fry your fake meat until heated and crispy. If you have any favourite seasonings feel free to add them in as it cooks, I used paprika and pepper because supplies where limited. Now you add your salsa and continue to cook until it gets all nice and bubbly. The salsa will cook down and flavour your fake meat to make a simple and tasty filling for your crispy shells.

Note: I also like to heat the shells in the oven for 5 minutes so they get extra crispy and a little toasted.

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Serve in shells with lettuces and toppings of choice. Mine was an extra dollop of salsa and hot sauce. MMM.

What are you favourite taco fixings?

Home Sweet Home

First meal back home a simple vegetable stir fry. Basic principles for stir fries, heat wok with some oil (i like to use a splash or two of sesame oil for taste) fry your onions, fresh garlic or ginger (or both!), sesame seeds or nuts, then add the vegetables in order of which cook the longest like carrots.

Be sure to add your favorite spices and sauces half way through cooking. With this stir fry I added my sauce when I added the faux chicken strips. Things like bean sprouts should be added just before consumption.

Fresh vegetables always taste best but frozen works just as well, especially if you plan on using a thick sauce that will coat your stir fry. You can even mix and match frozen with fresh. Be sure to serve your stir fry with your favorite whole grain or grain mix. Here I have a herbed wild rice.