If anyone of you wondered where I ran off to recently, I was in the midst of moving! I recently was lucky enough to move from my god forsaken crap-hole of a rental house to a much nicer area of Denver. I am happy to announce that I can actually go a day without hearing wall-shaking music blasted from all my neighbors! (And when I say ALL, I mean that literally, on all sides neighbors would play music like they wished to share their terrible taste in music with the world, regardless of time of day.) So, since moving is absolute hell in and of itself, I did not take any food photos….either from lack of energy or lack of memory. Also, needless to say, moving does not always produce the best meals the days surrounding the actual move.
But I am happy to say I now I have some food to share with everyone. No new recipes from me personally but NEW for you to try if you haven’t already! I would like to thank my good friend Sara from The Innocent Primate for letting me use her own blog photos, since I didn’t have a chance to take photos of my own creations using her recipes! Thanks Sara!
*Side Note: My plate arrangement is never this nice lol.* A quick and filling meal from The Innocent Primate! I love this meal, and I especially love the leftovers for breakfast!!! It gives me more energy till lunch than cereal or oatmeal does. I think beans should be welcomed into the breakfast menu more often! Yes, the most exciting part of this meal for me is the leftovers for breakfast, but don’t let that fool you. The dinner meal is excellent as well! I love how you can choose to make burritos with this, or just make your own “mini” burritos with pieces of a tortilla….however you do it, it spells a filled belly and good good good!
Changes I made: no hot sauce (but Sara didn’t use it either actually), doubled or so the garlic (I always do that, I LOVE garlic), and doubled all the spices….apparently this meal brings out the spicy side of me since I usually am a self-proclaimed spice wimp (as others will support). So good, so easy, so making myself hungry for it again. Dammit! I wish I had some for breakfast!
Yet another recipe from Sara at The Innocent Primate! So simple…so delicious…so making it again! Until making this soup I had never eaten butternut squash (at least not to my recollection). Surprisingly it tastes quite a bit like sweet potatoes, at least to Matt and I. I was a little concerned with the whole “squash” aspect since Matt has a huge aversion to anything involving squash! But happy to report that this soup even won Matt over. Needless to say this soup WILL be made time and time again…I’m in love with how easy it is…and for it be equally delicious is just down right dinner heaven!
The only changes I made were: I did not roast the garlic in the oven since I didn’t have actual cloves, only pre-minced on hand. I actually only used salt, pepper and garlic in the soup since I was doing it by memory and it did not miss a beat! I did leave about a 1/5 of the potatoes as they were as to give the soup some extra chunkiness. It was absolutely delicious, like I already said a thousand times….seriously, make this soup. You will NOT be sorry. The only thing I was sorry about was that it didn’t make enough! But that is only because we are big eaters .
There is a trend….I get most of my new recipes from Sara and Jo these days, but I can’t help it…we have similar tastes in food! I have in fact tried other new recipes, but I will get to them eventually! This recipe is actually Jo’s recipe, not Sara’s. I usually throw together my own variation of fried rice but I wanted to try an actual recipe for once. This did not disappoint. I pretty much followed it to a T, except I omitted the hot pepper because I did not have one…and well, I’m a spice wimp as previously mentioned. I also used olive oil instead of canola and used brown sugar instead of agave (I also added more but I don’t know how much more, only because I am not as big on soy sauce taste as others). If you are looking for a fried rice recipe, give this a try!
Okay, enough Sara and Jo already! They don’t need any more free press! Just kidding, no doubt there will be another recipe of theirs to come in the near future. But this recipe is from the author of My Sweet Vegan (which is an excellent dessert book), Hannah at the Bittersweet blog. I believe this recipe is from before she published her book (but don’t quote me as I don’t know the exact publishing date of My Sweet Vegan!). Judging by the few comments, I gather this is in the beginning of her blogging days since now she gets dozens daily! If you are looking for a new was to prepare a tofu breakfast dish, this is worthy of a try. I haven’t tried a tofu omelet or anything of that nature before (I’ve stuck to scrambles), so I don’t know how it compares to others.
I made numerous changes, but all of them relate to the amount of spices. I at least doubled each spice, and I tripled the nutritional yeast (I did this because based on scramble recipes I use way more N. yeast than most people do to make my scrambles). Some of you may be shocked to hear this, but I think this needed more of an edge, like the addition of red chili flakes or something spicy. I think it would be awesome with pieces of vegan sausage too! But it really is a good dish!
Well eventually I will have photos actually taken by me to share with everyone, until then I will be relying on other blogs’ charity! Anyone reading this really should give any one of these recipes a try, they are all very good!