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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