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Recipe of the Week – Pierogies!!! November 28, 2009

Filed under: recipe,vegan — Jessica Dixon @ 10:37 pm

It has been about a year and a half since I’ve had pierogies. I used to love them, but the store-bought kind has both eggs in the dough and cheese in the filling. My dad and I were planning to spend some time together today, and so I suggested we just make home-made pierogies. It’s been years since we’ve done so. He has a pierogi mold, as well as a pasta maker, which made the process that much more fun and easy. It took several hours to complete everything, but the end product was wonderful and tasted just like the store-bought ones I used to eat!

Our fillings for this recipe were potatoes with sauteed onions and mushrooms, and he added cheese to his. Boiled and then sauteed, served with stir-fry veggies. Delish!


Recipe of the Week – Happy Thanksgiving! November 21, 2009

Filed under: recipe,vegan — Jessica Dixon @ 11:46 pm

Since I am actually going to PA for Thanksgiving this year, I figured I would have a pre-thanksgiving meal of my own that is entirely cruelty-free. I do plan to cook something for the family dinner aside from the incredible vegan pumpkin cheesecake I’m making for everyone, but it’s not likely it will be anything traditionally eaten at a thanksgiving dinner (I might make a casserole of some sort).

My local natural food store has Tofurkys currently on sale, and I have never had one, so I bought one and made it tonight, along with roast carrots and onions and candied sweet potatoes. I didn’t make gravy for tonight, but I will likely make it tomorrow for the leftovers. (It’s the same gravy I used for my poutine recipe – delicious!)

Some notes about the Tofurky:
-it’s mostly vital wheat gluten, which may or may not be a very bad thing. I guess time will tell how it might affect me.
-it tastes very similar to Tofurky’s deli slices, so if you don’t like them, I don’t think you’ll like this.
-the texture is very close to being too similar to actual turkey flesh for me, but I can make an acceptably clear distinction, unlike the steak strips I have tried in the past.

That being said, dinner was absolutely delicious. I am so pleased with how everything turned out and it took hardly any effort at all. My favorite part of the Tofurky was the stuffing inside. Almost creamy and very flavorful. And I was even able to use my vegan marshmallows for the top of the sweet potatoes, which made it even yummier! I definitely consider this meal a great success.


Recipe of the Week – Broccoli Cheese Soup November 14, 2009

Filed under: recipe,vegan — Jessica Dixon @ 7:57 pm

This soup hit the spot this week. I was home visiting my family a couple weeks ago, and every one of them was very sick, not with the flu but run of the mill colds. So, I ended up catching a bit of something…but that’s really it – a bit. I could hardly be called “sick” at all. This is the first time since last December that I have had any sick symptoms, and basically it’s just a very minor headache, a little congestion, and the slightest scratchy throat. Thank you vegan diet. 🙂

So, in an effort to get more green veggies into my diet to boost my immune system, I made broccoli cheese soup. I boiled the broccoli with the potatoes in the broth after sauteing the onions. I set aside a cup and a half of potatoes and broccoli when cooked and dumped the rest into my blender. Puree then add the flour and some nutritional yeast to it and puree a bit more. Empty back into the pot and add the remaining ingredients along with set aside veggies. Simmer to thicken and eat. 🙂

I also bought some vegan marshmallows while at the Natural Food store this week, and they are SO yummy.