I feel like I should put a little disclaimer out here. Since I’ve renamed and migrated this blog, I’ve picked up a few new foodie followers. To you guys, I say… unless you’re here to laugh at me, you’re sure to be sorely disappointed! haha I am not a foodie. I am not a food blogger. I am definitely not a chef! I’m a decent cook if you give me a recipe though. I can follow the shit out of a recipe. This “Food for Thought” series is just that–me cooking my way through some of my plant-based cookbooks and sharing the good and the bad.
Swedish Meatballs from Happy Herbivore Abroad – I really have mixed feelings about this one. The gravy was perfect, but all the recipe used for the “meatball” was cubed tempeh. For me, the flavor of the tempeh completely overpowered the flavor of the gravy. It took a LOT of gravy to compete with the tempeh. I love tempeh, but its flavor was just a little too strong and out of place here. This gravy would be fantastic with a different vegan Swedish meatball though.
Migas from Happy Herbivore Abroad – Not a fan. At all. It’s similar to a tofu scramble but very bland. The recipe suggested serving it with a side of refried beans and salsa, but I ended up mixing the salsa in with the migas just to give it a little flavor. Won’t be making this one again.
Mongolian BBQ from Chloe’s Kitchen (full recipe in link, and I use this recipe to make the hoisin sauce rather than using store-bought) – This stuff is the shit. Absolutely perfect. It isn’t a new-to-me recipe, but I haven’t made it in a long time for no other reason than I can’t buy seitan around here. (It’s funny…I used to find seitan but not tempeh, and now I can find tempeh but not seitan.) But I had a couple of baggies of seitan left in the freezer from when I made the roast a few weeks ago. Chloe gets two thumbs up and a pat on the ass for this one.
Cheesy Burger Mac from Cookin’ Crunk – Back in my pre-herbie days, before I knew anything at all about nutrition, I ate more Hamburger Helper than I care to admit. Hey, it was quick, it was cheap, and it required no culinary skill. Right down this busy, broke kid’s alley. Somewhere along the way, I saw the light and realized what shit it was and started finding from-scratch versions of my favorites. Then I stopped eating animal products, which all those dishes were laden with, and so I hadn’t made a Hamburger Helper-ish dish in quite a long time. Until I made Bianca’s Cheesy Burger Mac! This really was good, y’all. It had such a satisfying junk food feel to it. haha I either made too much sauce or not enough noodles and “beef,” so the sauce completely smothered everything, but that was perfectly fine by me. I’ll definitely be coming back to this one, and next time I’ll make sure I have some vegan bacon bits on hand to go with it!!! (And file this one under the TMI category, but the quinoa shells gave me terrible gas!!! haha At least I assume that’s what it was as that’s the only thing I’d never tried before!)