Tuesday: Taco Bowls! I loved these last time. Instead of quinoa, though, I’m going to use a vegan ground beef substitute, like this one or this one. Here’s why I’m trying to rely a little less on quinoa as a protein source for my north american family.
Remember when I used to write about theology? And depression? I guess these weekly menu posts becoming the dominant feature of my blog means that I haven’t had much of the processing time required for me to write something substantive. Which means I haven’t had much time for processing. Which means there’s a depressive episode hanging out in there somewhere waiting to rear her insistent head.
I’m taking some time off of work in a week or so. Hopefully, I can find a quiet corner to have a little cry, write a little word, and plot my next big adventure.
In the meantime, we’ve got to eat:
Sunday: I profoundly enjoyed the vegan waffles from Kitchen Treaty last week, so I’ll give a couple more recipes from that site a try, starting with this Soba Noodle Soup (because I have, quite predictably, come down with a cold). I’m going to add tofu and kale to mine.
p.s. We had a pretty good week of eating while we were on the road. Here are some of the highlights!
Cheyenne, WY: Anong Thai. With three locations in WY, this place is a goldmine. The panang curry was among the best I’ve ever had.
Ogden, UT: Sonora Grill. They have a vegan menu, and I ordered the crispy avocado tacos. It was a HUGE amount of food that I absolutely could not finish. Whoever thought to fry an avocado was a mad genius, though.
Twin Falls, ID: 4 Roots Juice Bar and Cafe. I had a taco salad with this walnut-mushroom taco “meat” that was outstanding, and a vegan chocolate chip cookie for later.
Boise, ID: Thai Cuisine. My dad’s favorite place in Boise, and one we visit every time we’re in town. Amazing people, amazing food.
Mitchell, OR: Tiger Town Brewing Company. VEGAN WINGS in a town of 130 in the middle of Oregon. Hands down my favorite find this trip.
Our house is on the market. That means we have to keep it clean basically every minute, so the goal for this week is to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible, while still eating relatively balanced meals. Here goes:
Tuesday: no kitchen floor…so, we’re going to eat out. No sense in stressing too much about it.
Wednesday: light traffic only. I don’t want to tread on the floor too much yet, so we’ll have ravioli with sauce. Not the most balanced meal, but simple and quick. And for real, these ravioli from an all-vegan company based in Philadelphia are sooooo good.
Thursday: Hello Taco Bowls! I can’t wait to try that quinoa-black bean filling.
p.s. Hey! Some good friends of ours are throwing us an all-vegan potluck going away party. Next week, I’ll have a list of suggestions for what to bring when you are invited to an all-vegan potluck but aren’t vegan yet.
Thursday: Creamy Vegan Shiitake and Kale Pasta (the creamy sauce is made with soaked and blended cashews…like heavy cream, but without the cholesterol or cruelty to cows). I’m going to add some Gardein Chik’n Scallopini to this for some extra protein.
Friday: Isaiah’s having a sleepover. We’ll make pasta, sauce, and our trusty Trader Joe’s meatless meatballs, which are always a crowd-pleaser.
Saturday: Giehl and I are eating out in center city Philly like grownups to celebrate his birthday (thanks to the generosity of my workmates). Good thing I didn’t pack all my adult clothes already. 😉
This week’s challenge? What to cook when this is the current status of your kitchen:
As far as DIY kitchen renovations go, we’re pretty fortunate: we have a stove! But we won’t have running water in the kitchen for a few days this week, so I need to plan meals that can be made entirely on the stove and that don’t require a lot of water or a sink to prep, because tromping up to the second floor and using its tiny bathroom sink is something I’m willing to do about once per meal.
I think everything I’m making this week could also be made on a grill or griddle, if you’re a grill person. I’m not a grill person. Food and outside don’t mix.
Sunday: real-talk time. I still haven’t made it to the black bean and mango quesadillas or the tofu quiche from last week. I’ll try to throw those together today, while I do have a sink. Also real talk? I think I packed my food processor and grater, so I’m really not sure how I’m going to manage those shredded potatoes.
Monday: veggie burgers with raw vegetables and ranch dressing (I’ll try this recipe)
Tuesday: ravioli (they can be easily scooped out of boiling water!) with tomato sauce and sauteed spinach. From the list of ravioli above, I’ll probably buy the Eat Nice brand, as it’s available at our local food co-op. <—that’s a win-win.
Wednesday: I’ll pick from this list of vegan breakfast sandwiches and add a fruit salad, probably splurging on a pre-cut one (something we never do)
Thursday: more veggie burgers with roasted cauliflower
I was out of town all last week, and even though the Christian conference I went to had a TON OF GREAT VEGAN FOOD INCLUDING DESSERT (the world is changing, people, the world.is.changing)…I am missing my normal food routine.
With baseball season out of the way and just one evening appointment this week, I’m going to practice a little care for myself by making sure to choose dishes that are nutritionally balanced and full of good stuff that I can’t always get when travelling.
Sunday: I took my green curry paste out of the freezer, so we’re going to have that One-Pot Lentil Dal with Vegan Naan.
Tuesday: eat out … lately, I’ve been really digging the Disco Chick’n from Hip City Veg. And a few weeks ago when we were there, they had a vegan strawberry shake that was to die for. Strawberries are fruit.
Wednesday: If we can find the right kind of jackfruit (I’ll keep you posted if you remind me), we’ll try BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches with a side of raw carrots.
Thursday: Vegan Mac and Cheese – a recipe I haven’t tried before! We’ll have a big salad for some green, too, obviously.
My pop is in town for part of the week! He went vegan after he reading my books and he’s sugar-free to boot. We also have baseball playoffs this week, a counselling appointment (talk therapy saves lives and marriages), book group…you get the gist.