We’ve been cooking with lentils a lot more lately, partly because I got a craving for meatless loaf, and partly because we only recently fully realized just how much sodium is in canned beans.
So my wife made some lentil burgers, and they were great!
Lentils mixed with oatmeal,
then cooked in a skillet without oil.
dusted with curry powder & red pepper,
then served with catsup and Just Mayo on toast.
In honor of King Elvis of Rock & Roll…
Peanut butter and banana sandwiches.
Seriously, now I know why Elvis liked these so much.
This is an easy, quick, and fresh tasting dip, great for a party when you want something vegan that doesn’t seem too out of place.
- 1/2 red onion
- 1 red or yellow bell pepper
- 1 can corn kernels
- 2 cups salsa
- 2 cans fat free refried beans (make sure they don’t have any lard or pork fat).
- Dice the bell pepper and onion
- Mix the corn, 1 1/2 cups salsa, and onions into the refried beans.
- Microwave the whole thing on 70% power for 8 minutes, rotating at least once.
- Then pour the remaining 1/2 cup salsa onto the top of the dip to give it a pretty red top.
Serve with tortilla chips, and enjoy.
We made pizza three other night, and I happened too have some Daiya shreds, so I put them on half the pizza.
It turns out that after a year of cheeseless pizza, I’ve lost my taste for it. The “cheezy” half just tasted salty and greasy.
I still love Daiya for grilled “cheez” sandwiches, though.
When you find out the only Indian buffet in town uses butter to cook their vegetables …
… when they make you sick to your stomach a few hours later (I’m not just vegan, I’m very lactose intolerant)
Yeah, I’ve got first world problems
I recently ate at Which Wich? after reading this article about its vegan offerings.
I have to say, Which Wich? Has a LOT more and better vegan options than many of its competitors (like McAlisters, Sweet Peppers, Firehouse, or … yick … Subway).
Their samdwiches are great, but beware their hot pepper blend … when they say hot, they mean it.
Their house chips are awesome, a top notch salt and pepper style.
They also have a light and refreshing sweet green tea.
Give them a try the next time you want a deli sandwich.
So my sweet, smart, and wonderful wifie figured out how too make vegan pierogies. They were very good, but they took a long time and a lot of attention.
Then, she decided to modify the recipe, making a casserole with biscuit dough and pierogie filling (black beans, red bell peppers,red onions, potatoes,spices).
It was much faster and extra yummy.
Oddly enough, the meats I missed most were not steaks, burgers, or even bacon. It was hot dogs and lunchmeat. Basically, the trash foods that hardly taste like meat anyway.
When I first went vegan I avoided fake meats and cheeses while I got “clean” so to speak. I then got into Boca burgers and “chick’n,” which are convenient and helpful, but not meatlike.
But now I’m so far in that I hate the scent of actual meat and even cheese. I’m not worried about going back.
And so I get to have HOT DOGS! And LUNCH MEATLESS!
These hot dogs tasted just like regular hot dogs, but without the nasty meat smell. They also have much less fat and zero cholesterol. I like them on buns with catsup and Just Mayo.
The fake turkey lunch meatless actually tastes like bologna to me, but again without that noxious dead animal smell. I’m loving them, on white bread with a little Just Mayo.
So this is my favorite Chinese buffet around.
Why? It is very vegan-friendly if you don’t mind a shared hibachi.
Their make your own has not only soba but udon, glorious udon! As well as a good selection of vegetables and sauces.
Also, they have two vegan sushi types, plus seaweed and edamame on the buffet.
For dessert, they have fresh fruit. The pineapple is my favorite.
I can eat myself silly with yummy food I know is safe.
So yesterday was the one year anniversary of me going vegan: the first Sunday of June, 2016.
I’ve always fallen off the diet or health trend wagon much faster than this. I doubt I’ve even made it 6 months before. But right now I’m a year in and have no desire to change.
I’m 25 pounds down from where I started, but much more importantly, my blood pressure and cholesterol are dropping, too.
Okay, I can do better than The Phantom Menace:
There, that’s better!