Posted by: vegevores | July 2, 2012

Pin of the week: Oatmeal Pancake

by Samantha

Hello, hello! In quest to get myself posting more often, I have given myself a little challenge. For at least the rest of the summer, I am going to try to make a recipe that I’ve pinned on my “Recipes to Try” board on Pinterest! I’m going to start doing a similar project on my other blog for everything that’s not a recipe, basically. This way I won’t just pin and pin and pin forever without actually trying stuff. Once I’ve tried the recipes they will be moved to my “Pins I Tried” board where I’ll give a brief review and eventually link to the blog entry about them. If you want to suggest a recipe, please feel free to tag me in a comment on Pinterest or comment here. I’d love to hear from you!

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Today’s pinned recipe was originally from this blog where it is described as quick, easy, filling and healthful. All of that sounded great to me, so in I dove. I followed the recipe exactly as described, I just doubled it because it didn’t look like very much. I started having doubts about it because it was really chunky and not at all pancake-batter-like.

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I was concerned because the recipe mentions “pouring” the batter into the pan. Mine kind of…thumped into the pan.

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I mashed it into a pancake shape with two wooden spoons and cooked it as described.  I spread peanut butter and sliced apples on it.

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Despite all my concerns over the dryness and texture, it really wasn’t bad. I think this recipe works exactly like it’s supposed to and my expectations were misaligned. It wasn’t really to my taste, however. And that’s ok. I like oatmeal and I like pancakes. I just don’t think I like oatmeal pancakes (someday soon I’ll have to post my recipe for spaghetti pancakes. Trust me, it’s not as crazy as it sounds). It totally delivered as far as being easy, quick, filling, and healthful. It was nice because I had all the ingredients on hand and I usually do have all those ingredients on hand. So it may crop up again if I’m strapped for breakfast ideas.

To make a long story short:

Did it work like it claimed it would?: absolutely

Was pinning it worthwhile?: Yeah, I think so.

Will I make this again?: Maaaaaybe? I don’t think I’m going to crave it, but I surprise myself sometimes. And as I mentioned, it’s a few simple ingredients for a really filling breakfast. That can’t be overlooked.

Posted by: vegevores | July 1, 2012

June Foodie Pen Pal Reveal!

This month I did Foodie Pen Pals again and once again, I completely lucked out! Teresa Potter of http://agameofbalance.blogspot.com sent me my package. I told her I was interested in finding some meat replacements and Teresa delivered.

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She sent me chick peas and a recipe for sweet potato and curry hummus, TVP (textured vegetable protein) with a recipe for TVP tacos and red lentils with a recipe for red lentil stew. She also sent some cereal bars and these AMAZING Somersault seed nugget things that I ate ridiculously fast.

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I made TVP tacos last week and it turned out really well! I think next time I’ll prepare the TVP with some vegetable broth as Teresa suggested instead of just water as I did. But once I added quite a bit of the delicious homemade taco seasoning that Teresa sent, the TVP tacos were very, very good.

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Yesterday I used the leftover taco TVP and made taco pizza using the crust recipe found here: http://www.animalvegetablemiracle.com/recipes.htm.

Teresa, thank you so very much for your thoughtful package! I’m looking forward to trying the rest of the recipes you included!

I sent my package to Amanda over at: http://www.semihealthyblog.com/. It doesn’t look like she’s posted her reveal yet, but she had a wonderful blog, go over and take a look!

 

 

Posted by: vegevores | May 30, 2012

Foodie Penpals REVEALED!

This month, I participated in Foodie Penpals. The lovely Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean coordinates something ridiculous like around 800 bloggers and readers. She sends you assigns you a pen pal and you send them a little food package. And, of course, someone sends you a little package. Who doesn’t love mail, especially mail you can eat?

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My package came from Hope of the beautiful blog Positively Hope and she totally outdid herself:

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First of all, there was dark chocolate, so I was won over immediately.

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She also sent me just about everything I’ll need to make sushi: a mat, a paddle, nori, sushi rice, and wasabi. I LOVE veggie sushi, but I’ve never thought about making my own before. I looked it up after I received my package and it doesn’t seem as hard or as intimidating as I thought it would. I’m hoping to make some next week.

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These Annie’s cheddar bunnies didn’t make it much longer than the chocolate did.

And then there was this:

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I had just used up my last tea bag the day before I got Hope’s package and I was in the midst of an allergy related sore throat. I was SO HAPPY to see this wide variety of tea!

Thank you, Hope! I really appreciate everything you sent! And than you, Lindsay, for organizing all of this!

I sent a Foodie Penpal package to Wendy, The Weekend Gourmet which I had a lot of fun putting together and hope she liked!

I’m participating again in June and I would highly recommend Foodie Penpals if you’re interested. It was a lot of fun and a great way to try new ingredients or types of food.

Posted by: vegevores | February 15, 2012

Easy sweetie

by Samantha

Hey veggie friends! Are you rundown the hustle and bustle of your day to day life? Do you despair of making your dinner at the end of a long, hard day? Are you so hungry at the end of said long, hard day worn out as you are from previously mentioned hustle and bustle that  you would rather gnaw on the arm of your couch than wait for any sort of food to be ready to eat?

Or is that just me?

Fear not! I have a quick, vegetarian option for you that I have been taking advantage of lo these many days. What is it?! A baked sweet potato.

Just a baked sweet potato. Now, I know that one lil’ sweet potato might not a dinner make. But I have found that a sweet potato will jazz up some left overs or bring some warmth as a side to a quick salad. Make it savory with lots of salt and butter, make it sweet with lots of cinnamon and butter, whatever sounds right for any given meal (I recommend butter). It’s such a lovely warm spot at the end of a winter’s day.

Here are too ways to bake your sweet potatoes. I have been using the microwave version (because I am very busy/lazy) and it works wonderfully well. Last night I had a sweet baked potato to fill out a meal that would have otherwise been just m’judrah. It was glorious.

http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/baked-sweet-potatoes-10000001537621/index.html

http://kitchen-parade-veggieventure.blogspot.com/2007/08/delicious-microwave-sweet-potato.html

Posted by: vegevores | November 16, 2011

Holiday Hankerins!

Tis the season to bring a dish to pass, my friends! Luckily for me, some friends of mine had a fabulous idea that I highly recommend you steal to kick off your own holiday season: recipe party! There were three hostesses (to help ensure a large group of people who hadn’t necessarily been at a party together before) each of whom invited a few friends. Guests were asked to bring a bottle of wine, a dish to pass, and copies of the recipe of their dish. It was genius! Not only was it a lovely night of wine, food and new friends but every guest left with new recipes all set to be tried out at upcoming family functions.

 

Here is what I brought with me. These do have crab in them, so not strictly vegetarian. Maybe imitation crab would help to appease the vegetarian crowd that doesn’t eat seafood? I don’t know enough about seafood as it relates to vegetarianism to say. But if you can get them to work, they are a sure crowd pleaser. I recommend you bake them at the party if possible, as they are best when eaten piping hot (I have the burns on the roof of my mouth to prove it).

 

Bippy’s Crabs*

1 can of crab meat

1 (5 ounce) jar of Old English Cheese

1/2 stick of butter

2 Tablespoons Mayonnaise

Season salt (to taste)

Salt and pepper (to taste)

1 pkg (6) English muffins

 

 

-preheat the oven to 425 degrees

-melt the butter over medium low heat in a large saucepan

-add the rest of the ingredients and stir until thoroughly mixed and heated through

-cut English Muffins and arrange cut side up on a cookie sheet covered in aluminum foil

-spoon the cheese mix over the English Muffins

-bake until the cheese bubbles and the edges of the English Muffins are golden brown

 

*I have no idea why they are called this. This was my Aunt’s recipe and my grandpa called her Bippy, but I don’t know why. Her name is Marsha. Who knows with family.

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