I do ♥ my vegan diet and lifestyle, but admittedly, dairy cheese is pretty good stuff and I miss it, although not as much as before. I don’t buy or eat fake-cheese products (I’ve never even tried them but I can guess what they taste like!). I have found one recipe that makes a good replacement for pizza cheese — the tofu basil ricotta was pretty darn awesome on top of our homemade pizza. It definitely wasn’t cheesy or ooey gooey like real melted cheese would be on top a pizza, but nonetheless, the taste and texture were awesome and hubby liked it too. The picture above is vegan pumpkin mac n’ cheese (I used 4 TBS nooch instead of 6 and used plain soymilk). You know, it wasn’t awesome, but it wasn’t horrible either. I think if I made this again, I would definitely use different seasonings and not use garlic powder. It makes A LOT so next time, I’d scale down the recipe. I’d also be very interested in trying the butternut squash version. We’ll see.
Super yummy humus-like spread that accompanies the ratatouille sandwich on page 102 of Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day. This will be a great sandwich spread and will bulk up my boring tomato-lettuce-cucumber sandwiches I’ve been eating since April — I wasn’t even vegan then! Just couldn’t have PB&J sandwiches for lunch anymore since I finally learned (after some of my own suspicions) that I’m allergic to all nuts. And now that the weather is cooling off, I still need to find a “heartier” vegan sandwich to take to lunch, especially since tomatoes are starting to go out of season…… (And just like how I don’t do fake cheese, I don’t buy fake meat products either so there will be no tofurkey slices in my sandwich).
Soy Stroganoff from Robin’s The Vegetarian Meat & Potatoes Cookbook. Super awesome, even found egg-free wide noodles at the grocery store! I swoon for this recipe. I xeoroxed the recipe from a library book I borrowed long ago. (I have been vegetarian on and off since college, and recently made the commitment to go vegan as of August 1, I am sticking with it, I am happy, I am motivated, I am learning a lot, and I find the lifestyle very exciting !!) Anyway, although this is a vegetarian cookbook, Robin offers vegan suggestions in every recipe. I was so surprised when I ordered this cookbook earlier in the summer and saw the stroganoff recipe inside. I felt like I had made a full circle and was reintroduced to an awesome cookbook author (I now have 3 of Robin’s cookbooks). Hubby really loved this dish. Hubby said that the stroganoff dish is better without meat since “by using tofu it is guaranteed to be tender.™” (LOL hubby wants his compliment about tofu trademarked!) Hubby really surprises me sometimes about the awesome things he says about our vegan meals!
Anyway, it seems somehow all the pictures I shared are orange-y! Hope everyone had a great weekend!