What's cooking in Spring? (April, May) - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
Reply
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 88 Old 04-03-2011, 05:59 PM - Thread Starter
 
kismetbaby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Nor. Cal.
Posts: 1,937
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

 

The thread for inspiration in the vegan and vegetarian kitchen!

 

Now that spring is here (or almost here) and the farmer's markets are starting to pop with strawberries and other yummy spring foods, let's all share what deliciousness we are cooking up!  

 

*Please post here with what you are up to in the kitchen: meal plans, recipes, ideas, what's working, what isn't, ingredients you are loving, etc.


photosmile2.gif Me= crunchy mama to one rambunctious toddler, born on October 1, 2009. And one sweet little baby born January 19, 2012. heartbeat.gif

kismetbaby is offline  
#2 of 88 Old 04-03-2011, 10:21 PM
 
maciascl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: The Land of Confusion
Posts: 3,563
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

MIL made bean tacos for dinner tonight. Yay for not having to cook!!

 

I have 2 blocks of seitan in the freezer so I may try salisbury seitan this week. Need to use up some tempeh too but I am not sure what to do with it.


Cheryl, wife to an amazing man, homeschooling SAHM to Gavin 12/03, Rhys 09/06, and Ian Aug 11, 2010.

maciascl is offline  
#3 of 88 Old 04-03-2011, 10:29 PM
 
catnip's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: California
Posts: 2,659
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Asparagus and spaghetti with strawberry marinara and pine nuts. It may sound crazy, but strawberry marinara is the best thing that ever happened to spring.

 

Start the water for spaghetti, whole wheat is really, really way better for this, the stronger flavor and coarser texture really complement the berries. Heat a cast iron skillet, add a tablespoon or two of good, fruity olive oil, and a pound of strawberries hulled and quartered.once the berries have started to reduce and thicken, add 2 tablespoons of either really good balsamic vinegar, or a balsamic reduction, 3 cloves of minced garlic, a half teaspoon of salt and a several cranks of fresh ground black pepper. Mix the sauce into one pound of cooked spaghetti, garnish with toasted pine nuts. IT IS SO FREAKING GOOD!!!

catnip is offline  
#4 of 88 Old 04-04-2011, 09:00 AM
 
Dickinson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 13
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

The strawberry sauce sounds interesting...it must be a beautiful color. If strawberries weren't so expensive here (and if the kiddos didn't gobble the whole basket at once) I would try it. Maybe this summer.

 

Last night we had lo mien with  tons of bok choi and garlic. Tonight, I am planning lentil sloppy joes, coleslaw and sweet pot. fries. I have basil in the fridge needing to be used, so I think we will have pesto pasta tomorrow... 

 

So, I really would love to like tempeh but have had some bad experiences with it. Are there some brands that are better? Cooking methods?

Thanks!

 

 

 

 

Dickinson is offline  
#5 of 88 Old 04-04-2011, 11:08 AM
 
catnip's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: California
Posts: 2,659
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I've found that the ways I like tempeh best are recipes that include some sugar. I love the sweet curry glaze that I'm including below, tempeh bacon where the marinade includes some maple syrup, and the baja grilled tacos from V'con, but I add a couple of tablespoons of agave to it. What I find is that a little bit of sweet makes the marinade flavors seem to penetrate better. I made the taco recipe as written for my BIL one time, he's diabetic and so I left out the agave, and it was bland and dull-tasting.

 

 

 

1 8oz package tempeh
3 tbs prepared mustard (I used half yellow and half spicy brown)
1 clove garlic crushed (ok, I used 3, but they were tiny and I garlic)
1/4 tsp minced ginger (omit this if you want, I have prepared ginger in the fridge)
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp curry powder
1/4 cup apricot jam

Preheat oven to 350
Slice the tempeh in half across the length, and then split it so it is thinner. I then cut mine into triangles, but I'm weird. Mix together all of the other ingredients, and dip the tempeh into the sauce, coating it on all sides. Lay the tempeh into a parchment lined pan (you don't want to have to try to clean this glaze off your pan. Trust me) and bake for 25 minutes total, flipping it twice, and adding part of the rest of the sauce each time you flip it.

Serve over rice.

 

 

catnip is offline  
#6 of 88 Old 04-04-2011, 01:18 PM - Thread Starter
 
kismetbaby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Nor. Cal.
Posts: 1,937
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I've never found the love for tempeh, at least not when I try and cook/prepare it at home. There is a local vegan restaurant that makes a tempeh bacon BLT sandwich that is amazing. But I've never figured out how to replicate it.

 

That strawberry sauce sounds fantastic.  I may have to give it a try.

 

I made a kale and white bean soup last night that turned out great.  

Not sure how this week will go. We are leaving for a big two weeks trip this weekend, so I am just trying to eat what we have and not shop.  But that's always challenging and can lead to some odd meals.  I have broccoli and beets that need to be used. . .anyone have a broccoli salad recipe they like?


photosmile2.gif Me= crunchy mama to one rambunctious toddler, born on October 1, 2009. And one sweet little baby born January 19, 2012. heartbeat.gif

kismetbaby is offline  
#7 of 88 Old 04-06-2011, 01:40 PM
 
Dickinson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 13
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Catnip- that sounds good. Thank you! 

 

Feeling very chilled today. It's kind of cloudy and around 12 above. Yuck. We were just getting hopeful with the week or so of upper 30's.  DH is taking DD out after her ballet class tonight so it will be just me and DS and younger DD. I am trying to resist the urge to pick up take-out red curry tofu...trying to be frugal and be happy with homemade (pain in the butt to make) curry or some sort of curry soupish thing. We will see.

Dickinson is offline  
#8 of 88 Old 04-06-2011, 01:59 PM
 
SandyBeachBums's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Montana
Posts: 726
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by kismetbaby View Post

I've never found the love for tempeh, at least not when I try and cook/prepare it at home. There is a local vegan restaurant that makes a tempeh bacon BLT sandwich that is amazing. But I've never figured out how to replicate it.

 


That wouldn't happen ro be Sebastopol would it? I used to live in Petaluma. That was where I fell in love with Tempeh. I love their vegan mayo, too.

Dready Homeschooling Mom 

17 yob

14 yob

10 yob

4 yog

2 yob

SandyBeachBums is offline  
#9 of 88 Old 04-06-2011, 02:03 PM
 
SandyBeachBums's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Montana
Posts: 726
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I made Taco soup in the crockpot on Monday. Then I added some more stuff yesterday. I threw it back on the crock this morning. I had planned tempeh reubens tonight. I haven't gotten the tempeh started yet though. I might just wait till tomorrow and do some spaghetti instead. I wanted to do potato salad, too.

Currently eating oreos and almond milk:o

Dready Homeschooling Mom 

17 yob

14 yob

10 yob

4 yog

2 yob

SandyBeachBums is offline  
#10 of 88 Old 04-06-2011, 03:12 PM
 
Turquesa's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 4,069
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 33 Post(s)

I don't normally have good follow-through with posting in these threads, but let's see how far I get this month!  I do love mining the posts for ideas.

 

4/4 - Pinto Bean Enchiladas

4/5 - Lima Loaf

4/6 - Farm Stand Chili with Chickpeas


In God we trust; all others must show data. selectivevax.gifsurf.gifteapot2.GIFintactivist.gif
Turquesa is offline  
#11 of 88 Old 04-07-2011, 09:27 PM
 
SandyBeachBums's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Montana
Posts: 726
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
tempeh reubens and potato salad has been demolished
looking forward to chocolate peanut butter soy ice cream and oreos.

Costco size box of oreos is naughty.

Dready Homeschooling Mom 

17 yob

14 yob

10 yob

4 yog

2 yob

SandyBeachBums is offline  
#12 of 88 Old 04-09-2011, 10:38 AM
 
maciascl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: The Land of Confusion
Posts: 3,563
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I've not been very good about cooking anything interesting lately. Last night was Quorn patties, tater tots and apple slice...boring and not too healthy. I ust don't feel like putting in the effort when I know my kids are just going to complain about whatever I make. Oh well, I just made MYSELF a pot of lentil and onion soup YUM!

 


Cheryl, wife to an amazing man, homeschooling SAHM to Gavin 12/03, Rhys 09/06, and Ian Aug 11, 2010.

maciascl is offline  
#13 of 88 Old 04-09-2011, 06:24 PM
 
earthworm's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 87
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Made a vegan version of Spaghetti-O's last night. Tonight I made BBQ seitan sandwiches. All of that with sides of whatever vegetables we had on hand. That's all I can remember of this month! A little troubling, haha.


oh noo
earthworm is offline  
#14 of 88 Old 04-11-2011, 10:15 AM
 
PoetryLover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 2,741
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)

subbing!

PoetryLover is online now  
#15 of 88 Old 04-12-2011, 06:56 AM
 
Malva's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,705
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Last night was Quinoa Chili. We make it with red quinoa, kidney beans, diced tomatoes, onion and garlic, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, s&p, 1-2 tbsp of nooch and occasionally 1 tbsp cocoa powder. Garnish with fresh cilantro and eat with unsalted tortilla chips.

 

I was craving pita chips and hummus so I made both after dinner yesterday, to be eaten today. 

 

It finally looks like spring here! The snow is almost all gone!

 

 

 

Malva is offline  
#16 of 88 Old 04-12-2011, 07:04 AM
 
maciascl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: The Land of Confusion
Posts: 3,563
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Made a Vegan Pad See Ew recipe last night. It was ok but I have to remember that anytime I make something with rice noodle the sauce needs to be doubled.


Cheryl, wife to an amazing man, homeschooling SAHM to Gavin 12/03, Rhys 09/06, and Ian Aug 11, 2010.

maciascl is offline  
#17 of 88 Old 04-12-2011, 08:02 AM
 
KatWrangler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Affton, MO
Posts: 11,097
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I made Spicy Black Bean Burgers. They were really good, but kind of soft. I think I did something wrong with them. But they still tasted good.

Anne, Mama to Conner 2/27/04 blahblah.gif  Gabrielle 2/6/06 W/LMC-TCS, Neurogenic Bladder, AFO & KAFO wearer, Neurogenic Bowel energy.gif & Delaney 5/12/08 mischievous.gif &  Beethoven cat.gif& Gizmo cat.gif

KatWrangler is offline  
#18 of 88 Old 04-12-2011, 08:43 AM
 
Heather30ish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 211
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

We're having a lot of stir-fry --some with tofu, some with garbanzo beans--, beans 'n rice, & thai-style curries. My big project for the week is to learn to make really good, fresh spring rolls. Counting the days until the CSA begins...

Heather30ish is offline  
#19 of 88 Old 04-17-2011, 08:04 PM
 
catnip's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: California
Posts: 2,659
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Last night was cauliflower, lentil and spinach curry. Tonight we had veggie burgers, oven fries, broccoli and asparagus. I think I'm going to splurge on chocolate chip cookies for dessert. My original plan was an almond dream sandwich, but then it went from sunny and warm to overcast and cold, and now I don't want to eat ice cream any more.

catnip is offline  
#20 of 88 Old 04-18-2011, 06:48 PM
 
jldumm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: nm
Posts: 675
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
tonight- peanut noodle salad
Tues- kitchen sink enchiladas
wed- spicy lentil casserole and carrot sticks
Thurs- garbanzo Indian curry

Friday- tamale casserole and salad

sat spaghetti

sun- hot cross buns

picnic with bread cheese fruit and nuts


In love with their dad . mom to (dd 5/20/07)notes.gif, and (ds 3/27/09)moon.gif ,and (dd 5/9/11) love.gif, and (ds 5/14/13) nak.gif

jldumm is offline  
#21 of 88 Old 04-19-2011, 11:23 AM
 
catnip's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: California
Posts: 2,659
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Park day! White beans and kale.

 

catnip is offline  
#22 of 88 Old 04-19-2011, 11:40 AM
 
4Marmalade's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 2,084
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Tonight is cashew pasta with broccoli.  I also made an almond-apple crisp for dessert.  I'm not sure about the rest of the week.  I think I have lentil soup, bean tostados and french toast on the list.  

 

I wish spring was here.  The snow was almost gone, then it came back a couple of days ago, disappeared again today but tonight and tomorrow they're calling for more snow, ice pellets and freezing rain.  Sigh.....


Karen - spouse to dh for 11 years, mama to ds (Nov '02), dd (May '05) and ds and dd (Jun '08)

4Marmalade is offline  
#23 of 88 Old 04-21-2011, 09:21 AM
 
Dickinson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 13
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

We are leaving for a 10 vacation on Easter night so I am trying to use up leftovers along with plan Easter dinner. Whatever is left I will send home with my brother-in- law although he is definitely not veg. 

 

So tonight is veg/tofu stir fry with brown rice (yawn!), Friday will be cauliflower soup with fresh bread and salad and Saturday will be Coconut curry lentils. 

 

 

Dickinson is offline  
#24 of 88 Old 04-21-2011, 09:28 AM
 
PoetryLover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 2,741
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)

The last 2 nights were Wild Chick Soup, made with chickpeas and wild rice (it was a big hit), Pumpkin Seed-Coated Lentil Patties with Ginger Dipping Sauce, Potato Squashers and Salad.

PoetryLover is online now  
#25 of 88 Old 04-22-2011, 04:50 PM
 
Gator-mom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: SLC, UT
Posts: 656
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Last night was sweet potato, apple and almond quinoa

Tonight is Indian cauliflower and potatoes over basmati rice

Tomorrow will probably be fried zucchini, wild rice and some type of bean dish with salad

Easter will be baked sweet potatoes, savory buck wheat, steamed broccoli and deviled eggs (which I don't think I've had in years and have never even made!) 


Student nurse Mamma to Kaylum (3/01/2007) and wife to computer nerd DH .

Gator-mom is offline  
#26 of 88 Old 04-22-2011, 05:00 PM
 
PoetryLover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 2,741
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)

Tonight is Chipotle Veggie-Bean Burritos. eat.gif

PoetryLover is online now  
#27 of 88 Old 04-23-2011, 10:38 AM
 
maciascl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: The Land of Confusion
Posts: 3,563
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Last night we had Quorn tenders in green mole, brown rice, refried beans, and pan roasted corn and zuchini. It was so good and so easy! I love dinners like that. The boys still managed to complain but whatever...


Cheryl, wife to an amazing man, homeschooling SAHM to Gavin 12/03, Rhys 09/06, and Ian Aug 11, 2010.

maciascl is offline  
#28 of 88 Old 04-27-2011, 09:30 AM
 
Vegan Princess's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: California
Posts: 3,355
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

It's been a while since I remembered to subscribe to this thread. I'm in a rut and need ideas!

 

Last night was cumin lime tofu, artichokes from the garden, sweet potato. Monday was lentil soup with dumplings. 

 

Cindy


Mama to my veggie girl hearts.gif(1/09) and my sweet rainbow baby rainbow1284.gif (9/12). 

Vegan Princess is offline  
#29 of 88 Old 04-27-2011, 12:29 PM
 
maciascl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: The Land of Confusion
Posts: 3,563
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

LAst night was Italian tempeh, herbed orzo, and lemony broiled green beans.

 

Still need to plan out the rest of the week but I know we are going to try the Lime Cumin tofu at some point, probably with the coconut lime rice. I've seen it posted here serveral times and I just got EDBV from the library. Any other must try recipes from there?


Cheryl, wife to an amazing man, homeschooling SAHM to Gavin 12/03, Rhys 09/06, and Ian Aug 11, 2010.

maciascl is offline  
#30 of 88 Old 04-27-2011, 01:46 PM
 
Vegan Princess's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: California
Posts: 3,355
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I decided to make the baja style tempeh tacos tonight that I saw mentioned earlier in the thread. 

 

Cindy 


Mama to my veggie girl hearts.gif(1/09) and my sweet rainbow baby rainbow1284.gif (9/12). 

Vegan Princess is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off