Sunday, November 27, 2011

Holiday Plans!

Eek - how the time flies while your blog sits waiting patiently without a whimper or whine! 

Thanksgiving was very enjoyable for us (as it has been for the last 8 years) at the Triangle Vegetarian Society's annual Vegan Feast.  It was just dreamy. I especially enjoyed the braised greens, garlic mashed potatoes with porcini gravy and apple-pecan stuffing. And the desserts... Wow.

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I *try* to eat a little lighter to make up for the binging and the extra desserts. One of the best ways I have found to do this is with soups!  They are warming and filling and can be made very nutritiously with a moderate amount of calories.

Last night I made a vegetable soup after making my own vegetable stock. It's so easy and you can make it from all the scraps of onion, celery, carrots, parsnips, garlic, etc that you would have discarded from earlier dishes. Just throw those into a container in the freezer labelled "STOCK". Thaw it overnight in the fridge and stock is at your fingertips!  And we still compost all the scraps after making the stock!  Love it. :)

Anyway, last night's soup had potatoes, green beans, corn, tomatoes, pinto beans... I think next time I'll add some barley to make it a tad heartier.

Also up this week is gumbo - another favorite with loads of flavor and moderate calories!  I love the Vegan Planet version. And sometimes we have leftover tofurky sausage to throw in. We also have some cornbread we'll finish off with it!

Upcoming are some Xmas parties that will make eating vegan a challenge.  And a holiday trip to upstate NY to see the MIL. I will try to think of some easy recipes to make up there and share with the family!

Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Mountain Weekend and This Week's Meal Plan

Hi folks! 

Spent a lovely weekend with friends in Saluda and Hendersonville, NC this weekend. Not always easy to find vegan meals in the smaller towns (usually a trip to Asheville is the most fruitful).  The highlight of the eating part of the weekend was a fantastic green plate at the Purple Onion - consisting of roasted turnips, carrots and watermelon radishes, braised mizuna greens and quinoa with eggplant!!  Not certain it was 100% vegan (perhaps some dairy in the quinoa), but it was fantastic!

This week we are having black bean and sweet potato burritos (throwing it together), Ethiopian lentils and greens, miso soup, mjaddarah (lentils and rice) and baked falafel from Appetite from Reduction. I will probably harvest some swiss chard from the garden as the upcoming first frost looms. I am thinking of doing something simple with it, a saute or something.

Unfortunately I missed the Vegan Brunch at Pinhook this weekend, but hoping to get there in December!

What lovely Fall veggies or fruits are you cooking with this week?