Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ethiopian Food!

A couple of nights ago I finally had most of the ingredients to make some Ethiopian food. We had to get red lentils at Whole Foods, couldn't find them at our usual grocery store. We also bought a bag of frozen chopped collards, thanks to a tip from a friend. This definitely makes a weeknight dinner more doable!

For the red lentil stew recipe, we turned to, and it's entitled Mesir W'et. Amazing amount of spices!  For our greens, I found a recipe here ( that was entitled Ethiopian greens. Very easy with the frozen greens.

We didn't have time to make injera (the bread), so we had the stew over brown rice and split a piece of pita. It rocked! I really loved the flavors, and it just felt healthy! My body was very happy afterwards. I enjoyed using the pieces of pita to pick up the stew, too. It reminded me of time in Honduras, using tortillas to smush the beans and then pick them up.

The stew recipe called for berbere, an Ethiopian spice mix.  I couldn't think of where to get this.... an African market? I imagine there are some around here, but I hadn't ever noticed one. I used the alternate (one *teaspoon* of cayenne. Can't imagine a tablespoon!).  But then yesterday hit up Whole Foods for something else and found it!  So - for next time we will have the real thing!

I'll have to see if there are any other veganizable Ethiopian dishes to add to our repertoire.

Just as a note, last night we had the spicy tempeh sushi from Veganomicon! Yum! And tonight we are making broccoli and spinach fajitas, and having my FIL over again. :)  This weekend is our 1 year wedding anniversary and we'll be eating out a lot (staying out of town), so this week we had to cook!

Buen provecho everyone!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Eating Out!

Last night my husband and I met some friends out for dinner before a concert. We don't get to Remedy Diner in downtown Raleigh more often than every couple of months, so it was a real treat!  As usual, it was hard for me to pick a dish because there are so many vegan options! I settled on the Under the Volcano buffalo mock chicken sandwich. OMG.  I try not to eat processed soy foods too frequently, but that was a yummy sandwich. Their three side options are all vegan and I had slaw. The sandwich was huge but I ate it all! :) Good thing, it powered me through the concert and a trip back to Remedy for drinks with our friend the singer!

The upcoming week's menu includes sushi (Veganomicon recipe with spicy tempeh), broccoli-cashew stir fry, and something with acorn squash to take advantage of some Fall foods.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Visit from an Omnivore

Well last night I sat down with my husband and his father to a lovely vegan dinner. I made the African Peanut Stew from Vegan Planet, and served it over quinoa. I always add just a little extra cayenne. It was awesome!  My FIL had two servings and we sent him home with leftovers since he works too much and doesn't often get a chance to eat well.

I love so much about the stew - its bit of fat comes from one tablespoon of olive oil, and from the peanut butter. The rest is pure vitamins and fiber from sweet potatoes, bell peppers*, tomatoes*, kidney beans, ginger, onion and garlic.

*= these came from the summer garden that is now wrapping up.

Bestest part? Use the hand blender to creamify about half of it... Dreamy! And very filling.

Well dear readers, another short post, but I hope I've inspired you to open your cookbooks or search online for a healthy recipe to share with your loved ones!

Until next time....

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

First post!

Testing.... testing....
Is this thing on?

Well, didn't really plan to start a blog until the Vegan MoFo contest  popped up and I thought, "That would be fun!" Hope that doesn't backfire!

No real recipe to post since this week is mostly an eat-down-the-fridge kind of week. We finished up some fajitas tonight that were pretty yummy. I made homemade seitan (from a box of wheat gluten), and marinated the slices in adobo sauce (from a can of chipotles). Fantastic!  I had finally started thinking of branching out from my go-to seitan simmering broth, especially for Mexican meals. I'll have to look into that.

Well, I hope to post much more interesting chronicles of our quest to balance yummy and healthy in our vegan meals.

All for now.