Food For Thought VI

Keeping in line with every other aspect of my life, I’ve been in a rut in the kitchen lately, too.  I really haven’t been cooking all that much.  The past few weeks I’ve had salads and popcorn and cereal  and smoothies for dinner more than anything else, and the nights that I have cooked it’s mostly been old familiar recipes.  But I did squeeze in a couple of new ones!

Taco Burgers from Happy Herbivore Light & Lean – Super quick, super easy, super yummy.  WIN!

Thai Tacos, also from Happy Herbivore Light & Lean (full recipe, along with a couple more from HHLL, featured here!) – This one also was really fast to throw together.  Bonus–no cooking required!  I ate it at room temperature the evening I made it and right out of the fridge for lunch the next afternoon.  I think I liked it cold even better.  And the slaw that you top it with is SO GOOD.  I’ll probably make that on its own at some point in the future when the occasion calls for coleslaw.

Morgan’s Veggie Chili from Little House of Veggies (full recipe in link!) – Okay, this is nothing new to me, but it is an all-time favorite and definitely share-worthy.  I’ve got like three chili recipes that I rotate through, and this is one of them.  We’ve had a couple of chilly nights lately, and I was excited to have an excuse to make this again.

I like it chunky.

Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches from Cookin’ Crunk – On my third day of eating the chili, there wasn’t enough left for a full meal, so I needed something to go with it.  I’ve had this recipe flagged for a while, and I figured this was the perfect time for it.  I used to loooooove pimiento cheese before ditching dairy, and y’all, this stuff is just like what I remember.  Appearance, texture, flavor…all of it.  PERFECT!  All hail the power of the chickpea.

Food for Thought VI (Fourth of July edition)

My favorite part of holidays is always just the family get-togethers, and part of that is because I love cooking for everyone!  I’m still trying to convince my family that you do NOT have to have meat and dairy in a dish to make it tasty!  I proved my point x 4 last Saturday at our Fourth of July cookout.

Corn and Black Bean Burger from Food52 (full recipe in link) – These burgers had the PERFECT texture to them.  I added cayenne pepper and hot sauce to mine when I was mixing it up too.  And I think they would have been even better if I’d used chipotle too.

Coleslaw – Nothing special about this one.  Just used a regular ol’ recipe for coleslaw but used eggless mayo instead and WHAT A SHOCK… no one knew.  haha

Boozy Baked Beans by Cookin’ CrunkIf I’m being completely honest this is the first time I’ve ever made baked beans.  My mother-in-law’s are kind of famous, so she always makes those, but she’s not exactly feeling up to cooking these days.  And they have animal product in them.  While these were REALLY good (yes, everyone said so!) they weren’t that thick, sweet baked bean that I’ve been missing since going veg.  I really want to ask my MIL for her recipe so I can adapt that, but like I said, that’s always been her thing and I don’t want to make it sound like we don’t think she’ll ever make them again or anything, so I’m leaving that one alone.

Black Bean Brownies by Chocolate Covered Katie (full recipe in link) – These are f’ing amazing, y’all.  No other description is needed.  EFFING.  AMAZING.  They were half gone before I could even take a picture!

Food For Thought IV

Woops!  I just noticed this one has been sitting in draft form for several weeks.  My Food for Thought was growing mold.  haha

Apple Crisp Muffins from (full recipe in link) – I don’t bake  Like, EVER.  But I came across this recipe one evening and realized I had everything here to make them (once I found out old-fashioned oats and rolled oats are the same thing haha).  I made them the next morning and took them to work fresh out of the oven and everyone LOVED them!  They tease me about my eating, so I love proving to them that you don’t have to have meat and dairy for stuff to taste awesome!

Cheesy Tofu Scramble from Cookin’ Crunk – I make tofu scrambles fairly frequently for breakfast on the weekends but this is the first time I followed Bianca’s recipe.  They’re all basically the same, but I loved the flavor that her soy sauce/spice blend gave it!  She suggests adding veggies of your choice, and for this one I used yellow sweet peppers, green onions, black beans, and kale.  YUM!

Moroccan Lentil Soup from Everyday Happy Herbivore  – Y’all, my whole house smelled AHHHHH-MAZING while this was cooking.  I love lentils, and I love anything with a Moroccan flair to it, so this was just perfect for me.

Tempeh Bacon from Plant Hungry – You just can’t beat a BLT.  Unless you add avocado to it.  I had never tried tempeh until about a year or so ago (because no one around here carries it and I have to buy it out of town!), and bacon was one of the first things I learned how to make with it.  I hate myself a little bit for not doing it years ago.

Red Red Stew with Fried Bananas from Everyday Happy Herbivore – The stew itself was okay, but HOLY HELL, how have I never had fried bananas before?!?!?!  I’d have been happier if I had a meal of fried bananas with a side of stew.  haha