Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The slacking is over. Back to blogging!

It's been a long time. The last blog I posted was back in July. Wow, that was quite some time ago. I've come back to blogging because I miss it. Yes, my life will be insanely hectic for the next 9 months as I prepare myself for graduation, but that doesn't mean I have to give up on what makes me happy. Blogging made me happy for the 1 year that I dedicated myself to it. It was so much fun and it helped me learn a lot more about what it is to be vegan and how to be a healthy one at that.

Ok, enough chatter. Here are a few things that I've eaten lately:

Grits and Kale/tomato/garlic tofu scramble:

Close Up Shot:

This is definitely one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast. Grits are amazing AND filling. I didn't feel hungry again for many, many hours. Plus, you can't go wrong with kale, tomatoes and garlic.

Sauteed Seitan Over Rice

When I first started cooking seitan I thought it was horrible. I followed someone's recipe and found it to be completely YUCK! That's right! Com-plete-ly YUCK! I gave up on it. Few months later, being the open person that I am, I decided to give it another go. I used Isa Moskowitz's Simple Seitan recipe from VEGANOMICON and I have never had a problem with it since. Thanks, Isa.

Israeli couscous w/ Spinach and Tempeh:

This was very good. It was one of those "I just got home from working all day/throw something together really quick because I'M STARVING" dinners. Not a complete dinner but it was midnight and I just needed food.


Now that my good friend Heather lives in town again it gives me the opportunity to cook with someone. She's not vegan but is very interested in learning about the lifestyle and is open to trying just about any food I throw at her. This pizza was simple. Red pepper tomato sauce, sliced sun dried tomato Tofurkey Italian Sausages, thick slices of mushroom and topped off with Daiya Vegan Cheese. The melting was pretty good, but what got me was the taste of Daiya. Absolutely delicious. Won't mind using this every time I make pizza. Ialso sprinkled some Athens Seasoning on the crust for a little extra somethin'.

MmMmMm... So good:

The Holidays:

Thanksgiving was a bust. I didn't cook anything! I just went to my sisters house and filled up on my brother's magical alcoholic concoctions. My family was pretty upset that I didn't bring anything that I could eat. I really should have. I have no excuses. However, Christmas was much different. I made myself Christmas dinner for the first time. I was very happy with it! Even my family was eating my food.

Mashed Garlic Red Potatoes w/ Kale, Green Onion:

Garlic Infused Seitan Roast w/ carrots, broccoli, mushroom:

My plate assembled:

No Recipes this post, but I am having a much anticipated Vegan dinner party at my good friend Rob's house on the 31st. There will be plenty of pictures and I'll definitely throw some recipes at you. I may even have video footage for you all!



Mihl said...

I'll take a piece of pizza and the sauteed seitan. What kind of sause did you use? It looks so delicious!

Mary said...

That pizza, oh my! It looks incredible.

I'm sorry about your Thanksgiving, but I'm glad you got to eat at Christmas. It looks like you've conquered seitan!

LeAnne said...

Indeed, I have conquered the tan that is sei. I think it's just one of those foods that you have to get use to making. If the broth boils too much it can ruin it. Picky seitan!

Landry said...

I'm glad you are back to blogging about vegan cooking. Being MIA on the blog didn't seem quit right. I hope you'll document the process of the party from preparation to celebration to leftovers. I wish I could be there! I miss you, I'm going to try and make Stuffed Bell Peppers by channeling "Neener" since I'm sick of frozen sack food. Love you, Miss you! Lb

LeAnne said...

The dinner party will definitely be documented. Zach said he'll do some filming for me. I'm super excited. I miss you Landry! I want you to be there so badly. I may weep.

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

Awesome! I've never had the grits/scramble combo but must try it because that looks frickin delicious!

Langalot said...

You are an inspiration! So much so, that I've decided to start a similar blog...For The Love of Blood...just like yours but for vampires..."here's a few pictures of whom I've eaten lately..." =). Good to have you back.

Rose said...

oooo gosh, so much goodness!
How good the grits and pizza look! mmmm


Michal said...

yaya your back! i have been wondering what you have been up to :) everything looks so yummy, especially that pizza.

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mangocheeks said...

Welcome back.

I'ver never had grits.

prashant said...

If the broth boils too much it can ruin it. Picky seitan!
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The Law Office of Levinson Axelrod said...

Everything you've made on this post = awesome. Thanks for sharing those pics. Im conjuring ideas. :)

LeAnne said...

It's true! Seitan can be a hassle to make. It tends to come out much better with a lot of broth instead of a small amount. I always make the Simple Seitan from Veganomicon. It always comes out great!