Sunday, January 4, 2009

Dithering :) - Plus Some Food Pics



STUFFED GREEN PEPPERS

Here was lunch today :) I did two of these - but we couldn't finish them at all - too much salad to start, I'm afraid. But oh my they were really good! I didn't write down all the ingredients nor do any real measuring, so I'll have to save the recipe for another time. However, there was long-grain brown rice, wild rice, mushrooms, some marinated tofu, onions and garlic and chilies, green peas, water chestnuts and I forget what else all steam-sauteed together in a pan then stuffed into the peppers with various herbs and spices (which is what made it all so very good) and put in the oven with a seasoned crumb topping.

We must have been in the mood for stuffed dishes lately, because the other day I made

CRANBERRY-STUFFED BUTTERNUT SQUASH



This was a pale imitation of a recipe from Erin Dame's Vegan Done Light e-cookbook found here. Great as a side dish with a whole lot of things, I guarantee.

Somewhere along the line lately I made a couple of versions of stroganoff - one using faux beeef strips, one using portobello mushrooms, but somehow that photo has been lost while moving things from one computer to my new one :( (The photos in this post were still on the camera, however, so that's how these came about.) Never mind - it was good (if a bit bland for me) and I will be making it again and posting photo and recipe.

Meanwhile, I have been dithering, hence the title of this post, about to Raw or Not To Raw. I had decided, with help from the dh, that it was too difficult to do it the way we would like in the winter (this part of Canada is not all that far from Michigan, but a long way from California and Florida!) and, also, we weren't ready to forego our hot meals in icy weather. As a result, when I came to the end of the cookbook recipe testing, rather than going back on raw food (well, highly raw food) as planned we continued with the cooked variety, making all sorts of things again that had not been in the cookbook, especially things with soy in them. Around this season a lot of good food is tempting!

And now? Well, we looked at each other today and decided that as much as we think we'll be making a few cooked dishes during the week - and perhaps even a hot soup in the evening - we are going to slowly revert to our attempt to go raw. So satisfying! Now how's that for an about-turn!

NOT ANOTHER STIR-FRY!



My last photo is of the kind of stir-'fry' dishes I like to make now and then - no recipe really needed, perhaps, although I sometimes do do a twist on the usual ingredients. I may not be making so many of these, although the are wonderfully quick and easy, don't you think! Asian food lends itself so well to a vegan lifestyle, and spicy vegan food makes vegan eating a delight!

Cheers, everyone. And continued good wishes for 2009. Make it a good one!

8 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! :-)

Luinda Smigel said...

I like the new design on your blog!
Thanks for the comment and getting me thinking about my blog(s) again. :-)

Love ~ Cindi

Veg-a-Nut said...

Right now I am having a love affair with butternut squash! Your's are looking good!

DJ Karma (of Vegspinz) said...

Yeah, I too have fallen off the raw food wagon in a big way! Salads and cold stuff just doesn't sound tempting in the winter... I did feel a lot more energy when I ate more raw, I must admit! Thanks for commenting on my site- I'll be visiting your's as well!

Zucchini Breath said...

Thank you so much for the comment over at mine! It's really nice to know that I may have an impact on someone. You know, in a GOOD way, lol.

I was craving potatoes and hard squash, etc. Winter and root vegetables that just don't taste good raw unless you process the bejeez out of them and well, by the time I put so much oil and salt and lemon on the darn thing, it would be better just to bake it at 170F for a couple of hours and actually enjoy it!

It's very nice to meet you, River. I look forward to following your journey.

'River' (aka Pat) said...

Lovely to hear from you all! Thanks for writing in. I shall hope to be more active here from now on. If there are no new recipes or none which are yet fully developed, I shall at least let you know what I am making (with the exception, of course, of repeating here all those new recipes in my e-book!).

Love to you all, River (aka Pat)

veggievixen said...

mmm, i love stuffed peppers. definitely adding it to my recipe box. :)

'River' (aka Pat) said...

Veggievixen i've seen your blog :) You do love stuffed peppers! Good for you - so very tasty!!! Shall be visiting you more and more. Good luck in 2009.

Hugs, River