What I Ate Wednesday, a week of vegan meals | Woman in Real Life:The Art of the Everyday

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

What I Ate Wednesday, a week of vegan meals


In last week's What I Ate Wednesday post, there was soup and curried chickpeas as well as a barbecue meal and some asparagus/potato salad - the week's menu reflecting our changeable temperatures. As of this week, we are solidly into the warm weather (I hope!) so our menu has begun to change. Until that air conditioner goes on, I'll be saying "It's too hot to cook today!"

Because I'm sharing a look at food highlights from this last week of vegan meals, there are still some items from cooler days - like these delicious vegan cinnamon rolls, made from a recipe in Chloe's Kitchen (a great vegan cookbook from Chef Chloe, the winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars). The recipe involves yeast, lots of time waiting for dough to rise, some rolling, some baking, etc.


And then there's the cleaning! Flour all over the kitchen sort of thing. Plus, Jolene stealing the dish towel off the counter when you leave the room. These cinnamon rolls are well worth the work - sweet and gooey and sinful - but who has the time regularly to do this? If you want a yummy cinnamon treat with a fraction of the work, try my Quick Vegan Spelt Cinnamon Rolls.


I usually have leftover dinner foods for lunch. One day this week, there were no real, complete dinner leftovers, but we had leftover cooked penne in the fridge, as well as some pre-cut broccoli and cauliflower, leftover breaded tofu cubes and leftover barbecue roasted peppers. So I sauteed everything up together with some extra virgin olive oil and Bragg's liquid aminos. And it was yummy.


So yummy that I made something similar for dinner. With no more tofu cubes or roasted peppers, I added rapini and chickpeas that I had soaked, cooked and frozen.


I made my favourite recipe again this weekend - lentils and rice, of course. We ate that along with barbecued veggie burgers and portobello mushrooms.


We went to a community barbecue on the weekend, at which I didn't eat (hot dogs being the meal of choice) and got severely sunburned on my shoulders. I didn't feel like cooking when we got home, so we enjoyed chickpea and potato roti from a local restaurant.


I had another veggie burger yesterday for lunch, this time with a salad and sprouts, as well as tortilla chips and hummus.



I found a brand new, still-in-the-box juicer for $10 at a garage sale this weekend. And it works great! I've been juicing multiple times per day since. You see, I already owned a juicer, but I rarely used it. It is a sad little juicer that is so difficult to take apart and clean. I shared a juice recipe for delicious and healthy Strawberry Lemonade yesterday if you're interested.

Have you switched to summertime meals? (Or winter meals, for my Australian friends.)


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28 comments:

  1. this all looks fab as usual! Yep I'm cooking more cold weather stuff down here, though we've had some really beautiful warm autumn days in the past couple of weeks. I've made two more soups from Oh She Glows but it's difficult going to the effort of making cookbook stuff when I'm the only one eating it!

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    1. Thank you! Soup is one of the best things about autumn/winter, I think! I know what you mean, I sometimes give up on the cookbooks - my husband eats the food, but most of the time the kids turn up their noses at it.

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  2. Delectable as always, those cinnamon rolls are drool worthy this early in the morning. I want one... or four!

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    1. Thanks so much! I would like a cinnamon roll now too...if someone else makes them. ;)

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  3. It's first thing in the morning and everything looks so good but then it always does!!!

    A cinnamon roll would be nice!! Right now!

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    1. Thanks Jill! I would love a cinnamon roll right now too. It kind of flies in the face of my attempts to reduce my sugar consumption though. ;)

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  4. I'm in South Africa and well into the winter meals :) My boyfriend has bronchitis and I'm not feeling well either, so we've been eating mostly soup this week. That roti looks so good.

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    1. Oh no, I hope you guys feel better soon! :)

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  5. Jo, your cinnamon rolls look just like Nanas she is watching you from heaven and saying vegan cinnamon rolls what the?

    Love You

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    1. Ha ha. So true. She would definitely question not using butter. ;)

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  6. These look delightful. I really need to buy some Bragg's! :] // itsCarmen.com ☼

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    1. Thank you Carmen! Yes, I find Bragg's very useful. :)

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  7. Hi Joanne :) I wanted to comment somewhere on your blog, so I thought the latest post would be most apropriate after scoping out your about me! Wow, I LOVE your attitude about the "art of every day life" because you're right, it's something we too often pass by..."moving so fast we forget to stop and smell the roses, let alone SEE the roses"
    I just was in Toronto for the GF expo actually :) and am a bit jealous you write as your full time job! <3 Stay Happy & Healthy, Amber

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    1. Hi Amber, Thanks for visiting and for the lovely comments. :) I didn't make it to the gluten-free expo unfortunately. I hope Toronto treated you well! Yes, writing from home is a nice job if you can swing it. :)

      Jo

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  8. PS. It's amber from Jill Conyers guest blog post on B.Y.O.F. :)

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    1. Loved your guest post about gluten-free living! :)

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  9. Great week of eats! Especially the cinnamon buns - yum!

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  10. Your menu for the week looks delicious! Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. So glad you found it helpful! Thanks!

      Jo

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  11. Love the Kitchen Photo :) ,also the Food looks delicious!

    Happy Weekend xoxo

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    1. Thanks so much! Happy Weekend too!

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  12. Even "messy" your kitchen looks great!! I second the cinnamon roll lovers comments-- and add that I'd eat at your place any day of the week!

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    1. Oh gosh, I just spent about 2 hours tidying papers and stuff in the kitchen! But thank you!! You would be welcome any day of the week. :)

      Jo

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  13. Everything looks so yummy! I'm with you, I can't stand cooking when the temperatures are high.

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    1. Definitely...too hot to cook, plus too nice outside to be in the kitchen! ;)

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