Wednesday, May 21, 2014

What I Ate Wednesday


Now that it's finally warm...sort of...some of the time, I'm thinking about salads and barbecue veggies and fruity desserts and all those warm weather yummies. When you are making the most of spring and summer, a sandwich becomes an acceptable dinnertime meal, right?

That's what we did on Sunday after spending more than five hours shopping with the kids. We had planned to have a barbecue, but we got home late and exhausted, so we cooked up Gardein vegan chick'n nuggets and sauteed veggies to make sandwiches with. You can also see a bit of my drink - rum mixed with Blue Sky natural cola. Summer weather seems to call for a nice beverage too.



On Victoria Day Monday, we had our much-anticipated barbecue dinner, with tofu marinated in bbq sauce, Yves veggie hot dogs, potatoes, peppers and zucchini.


We put barbecued portobello mushrooms on mixed greens salads too. The mushrooms were all kinds of deliciousness.


And there were plenty of barbecue leftovers for my lunch the next day.


I am still obsessed with The Oh She Glows Cookbook. So many great vegan recipes. But the book is perfect for non-vegans too - it's really for anybody who wants to eat healthy yet delicious meals and snacks. Yesterday I made the "Present Glo Bar." These granola bars are tasty and my daughter said you don't even notice the pumpkin seeds. (I made sure to add chocolate chips so she would eat these bars!) If you still don't have a copy, find The Oh She Glows Cookbook in the U.S. or in Canada. If you are hungry for a snack right now, check out my All or Nothing Granola Bars recipe too. It makes a very similar type of granola bar - it's a family favourite around here.


Once I find a great recipe, I tend to keep coming back to it. I made the Oh She Glows "On The Mend Spiced Red Lentil-Kale Soup" for a second time yesterday. Surprisingly, my daughter loved it. (She's 9 years old, so that's a bit unexpected.) My son, on the other hand, is turning his nose up at all my meals lately. They are having a bit of a role reversal. I look forward to the day when they both like my dinners at once.


I also made the Oh She Glows "Creamy Avocado-Potato Salad" yesterday. Okay, to give credit where credit is due - my husband cut the potatoes. A helper in the kitchen is always nice.


Other highlights from the week - I made Oh She Glows "Quick & Easy Chana Masala." (I told you I'm obsessed with this cookbook!) It was indeed quick and easy...and tasty to boot.


Another night, my husband made penne with tofu balls - one of my favourite meals.

What's your favourite cookbook?


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12 comments:

  1. The Oh She Glows is my favourite as well these days. I'm not vegan but I love vegan food and this cookbook is perfect. I loved the On the mend soup as well. My favourite has got to be the enchiladas though (with the 5 minutes enchilada sauce). Delicious! I also love the cumin lime quinoa black beans salad from her website.

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    1. I haven't tried the enchiladas, but I'm glad to hear you like them. I'll have to try them! And the black bean salad sounds yummy too! Thanks Caroline. :)

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  2. That's one of my favourite books too. I also love Isa Does It, and Dreena Burton's Let Them Eat Vegan! and Eat Drink & Be Vegan.

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    1. I will have to try those books too! :)

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  3. We had our first BBQ of the season and it was so much fun. Makes simple veggies a treat :) I love all ky Moosewood cookbooks. I rarely even follow the recipes, but I read the titles and am inspired by combinations.

    That soup always looks so yummy!

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    1. I have a few Moosewood cookbooks and I rarely even look at them. I'll have to give them another try!

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  4. I want everything here. Especially that sandwich and the avocado potato salad. Yum! I agree with Lilly, the Moosewood cookbooks are so great for flavor combos. And I love picking up old church/school cookbooks at garage sales for comfort food recipes.

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    1. I love those oldl church books too. I have a bunch from Nova Scotia. I love the way all the ladies got together and contributed their fave recipes. :)

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  5. My favourite cookbook at the moment is the Mouthwatering Vegan one. I've had it for a few months and its the one I turn to when I don't know what to make.

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    1. I haven't seen that one before! I'll have to check it out. Not that I need another cookbook. ;)

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  6. I just ate lunch, but I'm pretty much drooling over your food pics! That's the funny thing about vegans... everyone thinks we must not enjoy eating but we're all obsessed with food! :)

    My favorite cookbook right now is Isa Does It. She's magical, I swear. The seitan recipes are out of this world.

    P.S. I looooooooove avocado potato salad! Yum!

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    1. So true! I am obsessed with food too. I think coming up with vegan ideas is so fun - it forces you to be more creative. :)

      I don't have any of Isa's cookbooks. I'm looking forward to trying some of her recipes.

      Take care,

      Jo

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