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New thread, which even I won't lose, since I started it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">:
 

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Last night was vegan Chili -- black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, sauteed onion/green pepper, crushed tomatoes all thrown into a crock pot with salt, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, nutritional yeast flakes, a bit of olive oil, a heaping spoonful of natural peanut butter (sounds weird but try it, I promise it is awesome)and a *touch* of hot sauce...cook on low for a few hours in the crock pot, serve over brown rice <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Tonight will be homemade seitan with stir fry vegetables.
 

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Zonked today, so it's Field Grain Meat Co. smoked apple sage "sausages" with roasted broccoli, and WF maple baked beans and quinoa black bean salad.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Tonight will be homemade seitan with stir fry vegetables.</div>
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Do you have a recipe for the seitan that you love? If so, are you willing to share it?
 

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Yum...can you post the recipe for quinoa black bean salad?<br><br>
Thanks!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yum...can you post the recipe for quinoa black bean salad?<br><br>
Thanks!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">:</div>
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Wish I could, but was pre-made at Whole Foods. Here's the ingredients list, though:<br><br>
quinoa<br>
black beans<br>
red onion<br>
red pepper<br>
parsley<br>
corn<br>
red wine vinegar<br>
garlic<br>
basil<br>
roasted tomatoes<br>
salt<br>
pepper<br>
olive oil<br><br>
Seeing that list, I'm embarrassed that I bought it...how easy it would be to make it myself! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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<span>We are so going out tonight! It's been pantry surprise for a while now and I'm down to the knitty gritty! Then off to shop for groceries! Hooray! (I'm even out of tamari and vital wheat gluten! Yipe!)</span>
 

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I will do my best but I got it from someone's blog that of course I can't remember who/where it was so long ago <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/crap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crap"> and I have modified it for my tastes.<br><br>
Take a box of vital wheat gluten (the big box) and to the dry mix add -- salt, pepper, onion (either powdered or finely diced), garlic (same as onion), a tiny bit of curry powder --- like not even a pinch -- a bit of thyme, and about 1/4-1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes --- I'm sorry I can't give you exact measurements but I just add the spices to taste .... Then add to that two cups of water -- or veggie broth, but if you do veggie broth you want to lay off the spices a bit of course... Also, I find it tastes better if I add a bit of melted butter or oil to the wet mixure too before mixing (hmm probably a tablespoon or so)<br><br>
Mix with a fork or spoon until it all sticks together like a really spongy "dough" --<br><br>
Then, knead it about twenty times in the bowl until it is all spongy and chewy looking -- then let it rest for about 5 minutes...<br><br>
Then, I prefer hard packed seitan (as opposed to spongy texture) so I wrap it like a thick, long sausage in tin foil and twist the ends -- bake at 325 for about 90 minutes --<br><br>
Seitan cooks best at a lower temp for longer rather than a higher temp -- if you cook it at a high temp it will turn into rock solid weird gluten "bread" ...<br><br>
Then, after you let it cool you can slice it like lunch "meat" or you can cut bigger strips or chunks and saute it to taste in recipes -- the end result of the recipe I gave is sort like a "chicken" taste but you can flavor it in recipes to taste differently.<br><br>
HTH<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I always loved seitan when i was veg before, so much nicer than a lot of soy meats. But OMG, the pain. the agony<br><br>
What I didn't realise is that I am Celiac...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
I am going to lurky loo around here, k? I am not veg, but trying to decrease the amount of animal products to only those that I feel are as humane as possible. (ie, local, humane farms, truly free range eggs, local cruelty free milk, etc) Which will mean a lot less, with budgeting etc. So I want some ideas.<br><br>
I grew up nearly vegan (we raised our own eggs, ate organic butter) but as an adult I haven't been able to do it healthfully. Haven't tried since healing from Gluten, tho. Sorry, rambling....<br><br>
Back OT! I am eating a stirfry that I added some really nice shitakes to and it is Oh So Good with chili sauce...
 

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The guys just got back from laser tag so I threw some Buffalo 'chikn' wingz in the oven along with some TJ's wedge fries. We will also have an arugula salad with radishes and cucumbers.
 

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Tonight we grilled it up: field roast sausages on toasty buns (with Wildwood garlic aioli!), potatos-onions-garlic in a foil pouch with evoo and s&p, grilled asparagus and grilled baby bok choy. My toddler is crazy for bok choy (the green parts only) and asparagus. My husband had a full bite of choy the other day and was like, "Oh, <i>that's</i> what the green part tastes like!" because Silas usually eats them all. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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My first post for July is a doozy... Mac and chreese <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br><br>
I was at class, and I really didn't feel like cooking before I went (We went to the beach and I made little box lunches for all of us with hoisin-peanut noodles, salad, and fruit before we went).<br><br>
After returning home, I ate leftovers from last night (the Mediterranean quesadillas and zucchini) and some chips and salsa.<br><br>
Tomorrow and the next day should be better, but I am still trying to figure out what to make which night. I have tempeh reubens and curry night left on the menu for this week, and both are total pig-out meals. But I am going out with my stepdaughter's mom for drinks on Thursday, so I don't want to be all roly-poly tired. I guess I'll just have to exercise some restraint. Where is the fun in that? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I made ratatouille for dinner tonight (totally had to google it to figure out how to spell it!) and then DH and I made a vegan carrot cake with lemon "cream cheese" frosting. Yum!<br><br>
The ratatouille came out really good. I don't like it when it's all just a big mush and there is not bite at all to it. With this recipe all the veggies kept their shape and texture. I had it on brown rice and it was delicious. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I think we're going to have Chickpeas a la King for dinner tonight, served on toast points with a nice big salad.
 

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I kind of fell off the planet of cooking for June, but now that we're getting a farm box every week, I'll definitely be doing better and more interesting things in the kitchen. Last night was a wonderful and simple dinner:<br><br>
-Beets sliced and quick-pickled in water/vinegar/sugar<br>
-Sauteed spinach<br>
-Noodles with fresh sliced grape tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil, garlic salt, & vegan parmesan<br>
-Zucchini cake<br><br>
All the produce was either from the farm box, the farmers' market, or my own garden!!!
 

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Setting big goals here this morning...hoping to get seaweed salad, vietnamese spring rolls and veggie sushi made during naptime today.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yum...can you post the recipe for quinoa black bean salad?<br><br>
Thanks!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">:</div>
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<br><a href="http://tryoutvegan.blogspot.com/2008/02/quinoa-and-black-bean-salad.html" target="_blank">Here's</a> a great recipe for a black-bean quinoa salad.<br><br><br>
Last night I made a vegan Indian feast, with blueberry crisp for dessert. Read all about it <a href="http://chezmama.blogspot.com/2008/07/happy-birthday-p.html" target="_blank">here</a>. Tonight, I'm doing the chickpea cutlets. I'm slicing them into strips and using them to top a big salad. I'll also make some oven fries to throw on top. Then, I'll make a creamy maple-dijon dressing for it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Then, I prefer hard packed seitan (as opposed to spongy texture) so I wrap it like a thick, long sausage in tin foil and twist the ends -- bake at 325 for about 90 minutes --</div>
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Aha!! That is what I've done wrong. Mine has always been spongy & weird. Thanks! Tofurky is getting to expensive to buy all the time, so I will try this instead.
 
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