Category Archives: VEGAN MoFo IV

Hello December & An End-of-MoFo Giveaway

It feels a bit weird to not have a banner to post or dinner plans to write about. Doing something for a month straight starts to pound habits into you! But, all good things must come to an end, as the saying goes. Fortunately, this blog will not cease to exist just because MoFo is over 🙂

We’re having a party this weekend and I’ve heard tales of a vegan chef coming and cooking in our kitchen. I will investigate this further and possibly take pictures as well. The party is actually a fund raiser set up by our landlord. There’s a full cover charge or half if you bring a vegan or vegetarian potluck dish. I love where we live!

Because it is Wednesday and this shindig is on Saturday, this post will not be long as I have to rearrange our space and do a few things to get the house ready. But I will leave you with this:

Go HERE to enter an end-of-MoFo cookbook giveaway over at lavidaveggie.com

Much Love,

Fruit Killer

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Vegan MoFo: Day Thirty

 

Vegan Month of Food: Last Day!

What a fantastic month of vegan cooking, shopping, eating, reviewing, reading, learning and mistake making it has been! I don’t think I’ve eaten better at any point in my life. Not only health-wise but taste-wise too.

Here’s a list of dinners we had from the very first day to now:

Nov 1st: Wizard’s Reply Pasta with Zucchini & Tomato Sauce

Nov 2nd: Seitan Tacos

Nov 3rd: Seitan Pot Roast

Nov 4th: Pinto Bean Tacos

Nov 5th: Aglio e Olio

Nov 6th: Seitan & Beans

Nov 7th: Curry Noodles with Seitan

Nov 8th: Brown Rice & Spaghetti Squash Stirfry

Nov 9th: Vegan Dagwoods

Nov 10th: Green Bean Casserole

Nov 11th: The Who Needs Cheese? Pizza Casserole

Nov 12th: Split Pea & Barley Soup

Nov 13th: Spaghetti with Homemade Marinara & Garlic Bread

Nov 14th: Black Beans & Bananas with Jerk Rice

Nov 15th: Black Beans & Brown Rice Burritos

Nov 16th: Bell Pepper-Zucchini-Onion-Garlic Noodles in Tahini Sauce

Nov 17th: Not Plain Ol’ Salad with Garlic Bread

Nov 18th: Brinner

Nov 19th: Black Bean Sliders on Jalapeño Buns & Sweet Potato Fries with Homemade Chipotle Ketchup & Stone-Ground Mustard Aioli

Nov 20th: Chipotle Chili & Salad

Nov 21st: Chili with Black Bean Bits

Nov 22nd: Broccoli-Zucchini-Onion Brown Rice Stir-Fry

Nov 23rd: Sandwiches*

Nov 24th: Fridge Meal*

Nov 25th: Thanksgiving Meal

Nov 26th: Organic Mushroom Sandwiches

Nov 27th: Soup with Garlic Bread & Apple Strudel

Nov 28th: Stuffin’

Nov 29th: Soup with Red Potatoes & Toast

*These posts were not about dinner but this is what we ate

I did manage to post something every day which I feel is a HUGE accomplishment considering how busy November turned out to be. We started out really strong with keeping track of the budget but as we started a ukulele ensemble and decided to host and cook Thanksgiving dinner for ourselves plus friends, we got sidetracked. We almost had a different meal every night for dinner and we ate very well. All in all, I consider our very first Vegan MoFo a success!

I also discovered some new awesome vegan food blogs like Food Baby thanks to the greatness that is MoFo. And we won a sampler box of Pure Bars as a prize over at Bitt of Raw too!

Come back tonight for our final MoFo meal…

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We just got in from band practice. It’s cold out there! So of course we want something warm and delicious to compensate for the chilly weather. We figure what better way to see MoFo out than to tackle a vegan mac’n’cheese? There is no better way! I’m excited to see how this baby turns out. We’re using organic rice spelt noodles for the “mac” portion and the “cheese” part is a nutch-based sauce. We got the recipe from VegWeb which if you don’t know about it, you really should check it out.

Be back after dinner!

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Okay. It wasn’t bad. But it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting either. Literate Zombie and I both felt like there was too much nutritional yeast. A few spices were missing too. But all in all, we have bellies full of not-so-bad vegan mac’n’cheeze. And chips and ranch[ish] dressing and seared slices of firm tofu.

Not-So-Bad Mac'n'Cheeze

And with that, I close our little piece for Vegan MoFo IV. We are completely satisfied with our MoFo experience and will be back again next year with maybe a more interesting theme that we totally stick to 🙂

Much Love,

Fruit Killer


Vegan MoFo: Day Twenty-Nine

Vegan Month of Food: Day Twenty-Nine

Morning MoFoes! Ever since Thanksgiving, we’ve been eating these really rustic and hearty dishes dripping in comfort. Personally I love it. I adore cold weather requiring clothing with the word ‘lounge’ in its description, snuggling under blankets and eating meals that you have to ladle out of a big silver stock pot.

Tonight’s dinner will be something with potatoes in it. Specifically the two spuds I picked up last night at the co-op. I want to say that I have some celery left, but I faintly remember seeing Literate Zombie eating a stalk or two with the ranch[ish] dressing he made on Thanksgiving.

Anyhow, something will be made and will also be delicious. After seven years of being together, I completely and willing lay the fate of my taste buds in my husband’s hands. On nights when we’re clearing out the fridge, I like not knowing what he’s going to make. It really is a pleasure to watch him plan these meals with really less-than stellar separate components and turning them into delectable dinners.

The details and pictures will be relinquished once I have them…which is after we cook dinner and eat…later tonight.

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One word: FAIL.

I’m not talking about dinner but the pictures of dinner I failed to take. What can I say? I was rocking some Fishbone on the good ol’ iPod and in the cooking groove. And then Literate Zombie came home early from work and surprised me with a hug from behind. I thought it was someone else since it was only 10:30, so the shock from that plus being in the zone put pictures at the back of my mind.

It wasn’t anything fancy. I just bulked up the soup from the other night with the two red potatoes, the rest of the organic mushroom broth, sage, thyme and fresh cracked pepper. I cooked everything but the leftovers over a high flame in our stock pot. I’m thinking about writing a song about that pot I love it so much.

Anyhow, we threw a hunk of toasted bread in the bottom of our bowls, ladled up some vegan goodness and went to town. Because I have no food porn for you tonight, I offer up some cuteness instead. Enjoy…

Greta of Mountain Farm


Vegan MoFo: Day Twenty-Eight

 

Vegan Month of Food: Day Twenty-Eight

MoFo is definitely winding down as the end of the month is approaching rapidly. I think Thanksgiving really took it out of us! Literate Zombie managed to pull a magic trick in the kitchen last night making that soup and garlic bread while I recreated the apple strudel we had on Thursday, on a smaller scale of course.

Tonight, I’m in charge of dinner. I’m heading out to the co-op to pick up groceries. All he requested was squash, mushrooms, greens and noodles so we’ll see what I come up with.

I’ll also post today’s banner and pics from last night when I get back.

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I had to call an audible and went with my idea to recreate the vegan stovetop stuffing we made on Thanksgiving. I think I’m just going to keep making things from T-day because it was all soooo good! So I picked up a big carrot, celery, mushrooms, sprouted bread and the rest of the ingredients we already have.

One thing I’ve learned about myself this month is that I like mono-meals. We made an entire green bean casserole and that’s all we had for dinner. The same with the stuffing tonight. Basically I like big amounts of comfort food 🙂 So, maybe I didn’t learn anything new about myself after all. But this fact alone is worth writing about, especially with the low temperatures warranting loads of warm yummy goodness.

So that’s what we’re eating for dinner and I’ll post pics and the recipe later!

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This is the same stuffing we made for Thanksgiving and it was so worth making it again 3 nights later. This time, I was in charge of prepping the veggies and getting them all soft by sautéing them in olive oil. I toasted up some whole wheat sprouted bread and cubed it all to add in later. Literate Zombie got home and took a shower, then took over the kitchen.

Stuffin'

I definitely had seconds tonight!

VEGAN STOVETOP STUFFING RECIPE

I believe tomorrow we will be having something with the two red potatoes I picked up at the co-op. A hash, perhaps? Maybe steak fries? Potato pancakes? I don’t know what it’s going to be but I am a spuds kind of gal so I’m all about a potato dish.

 

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Much Love,

Fruit Killer

Happy MoFo’ing!



Vegan MoFo: Day Twenty-Seven

 

Vegan Month of Food: Day Twenty-Seven

Late afternoon, MoFoes! Obviously things went off-course with our budget theme when we decided to fund Thanksgiving dinner completely by ourselves. I will say that we feel good about the portion of this month we stuck to it, however. It’s been nice to cook and eat at home, getting away from spending excess amounts of money for the food we eat. It’s really showed us that we can stick to a budget while eating a variety of quality food we have control over.

Tonight’s dinner is either soup or the salad we talked about having last night. I plan on recreating the apple strudel I made for T-day, but in a smaller portion since Literate Zombie won’t be having any. His tooth has been bothering him and sugar seems to exacerbate the problem. But garlic bread doesn’t! I will be sure to take pictures of the strudel since no photos were snapped during Thanksgiving.

Come back and check it out later!

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I’m finally here to post pics from last night! It’s been a busy day so far with laundry and the band coming over and a quick step into the co-op just now. So my first priority is coming here to make up for last night with details!

Literate Zombie whipped up a soup using mushroom broth, carrots, green bell pepper, garlic, spices and a big ol’ slab of bread in the bottom of the bowl to make a makeshift “gravy boat”. Add in garlic bread and apple strudel for dessert and I was a very happy girl.

Black olives in soup is delicious!

Apple Strudel!


Vegan Mofo: Day Twenty-Six

 

Vegan Month of Food: Day Twenty-Six

Talk about the best T-day ever! I didn’t take one single snapshot of food yesterday. We were too hungry to wait any longer as we served dinner an hour later than what we guesstimated. But what a meal it was!

I’d have to say the stuffing and the apple strudel were the biggest hits, but everything was delicious! Dandies vegan marshmallows were AMAZING on the candied yams and using sprouted bread for the stuffing really made it heartier than normal. My mushroom gravy turned into a masterpiece when I used both organic mushrooms and organic mushroom stock. Literate Zombie’s smashed potatoes were seasoned perfectly and leaving the skin on the potatoes made it super rustic.

The leftovers were completely obliterated overnight. I believe we have a can of black olives and stuff to make salad so this is most likely what will be happening for dinner this evening. Maybe I can convince the Literate Zombie to pick up a loaf after work so we can have some yummy garlic bread along with the salad. He made this AWESOME ranch[ish] dressing yesterday with tofu and herbs and Vegenaise that was out of this world!

I am very happy to say that we  are not out fighting the crowds in the name of commercialism. Instead, we are here, veging out so-to-speak before he goes into work tonight. The holiday was a lot of fun with roommates and bandmates alike, coming over to hang out, eat and play music. We both are truly blessed 🙂

Come back for some actual meal pictures and a write up of how convincing I was to get some garlic bread added to tonight’s dinner!

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Instead of salad and garlic bread, we ended up having organic mushroom sandwiches with tomatoes, avocado slices, Nayonaise, stone ground mustard, fresh cracked pepper dipped into Literate Zombie’s ranch[ish] dressing leftover from Thanksgiving. And since I’ve been a bit stingy with the pictures lately, here are some of tonight’s dinner:

 

Chef Snack

Tomato covered with Literate Zombie's dressing

Smoky mushrooms stole the show tonight

Put avocado in anything and it's instantly better for some reason

 

Money Shot

I have no clue what we’re planning on having tomorrow. But when I find out, I’ll be sure to let you in on the secret!

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Much Love,

Fruit Killer

Happy MoFo’ing!


Vegan MoFo: Day Twenty-Five

 

Vegan Month of Food: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

It is officially Thanksgiving 2010. The cooking will commence around 1 and since we don’t have a dead bird that has to be in an oven for 8 hours, I think this will be the most relaxing holiday meal we’ve ever prepared.

On the subject of the holiday, I thought it appropriate to write about what I am thankful for. A very common path to take I know, but if I were to write of these things, now is the time.

I am thankful for my husband. He is the glue holding me together. A best friend in the truest sense, I would not be who I am today if it were not for him. He has opened my eyes to what life has to offer while showing me that acceptance of the very worst can only enhance the positive. I am at a loss for what I’ve done to deserve having him in my life. I am so very proud to be his wife, standing by him through whatever gets tossed our way. We’ve been together for a third of our lives and the fun hasn’t stopped yet.

I am also thankful for my in-laws. They are the only real family I know. They have accepted me for who I am and I feel no pressure to be anything but myself in their presence. I am proud to be a Quirk and to be a part of these people’s lives. I love them unabashedly and would fight to the death for them.

I am thankful that we have a roof over our heads and food in our stomachs. We are able to pay our bills because my husband has a job. We may not have many extras, but we’re happy.

I am thankful that we are vegan. I am proud to say that our lifestyle reflects what we believe in. I am thankful for Jenny Schnaak who re-inspired us to return to eating this way; her friendship is a true blessing in our lives.

I am thankful for the ability to play music. Being in a ukulele band and playing with other people has been such an amazing experience. We’ve made new friends who a big part of our lives now. I am thankful for my hearing, my voice, my hands, my sense of rhythm, the creativity music draws out of me and not being afraid to share my gifts with the world.

I will take as many pictures that I can of today’s festivities. Have a very warm, safe and happy holiday everyone!

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Much Love,

Fruit Killer

Happy MoFo’ing!


Vegan MoFo: Day Twenty-Four

 

Vegan Month of Food: Day Twenty-Four

Thanksgiving Day Menu:

Veg Platter [cucumber, carrot, celery, black olives, green olives] with Ranch[ish] Dip

Romaine Salad with Tomato, Avocado, Celery, Carrot, Cucumber with Citrus Ginger Vinaigrette

Herb Seitan

Smashed Potatoes with Mushroom Gravy

Literate Zombie’s Garlic Bread

Better than Last Year’s? Stuffing

Candied Yams

Dutch Oven Apple Cobbler

Organic Apple Juice

We’re both excited to prepare this massive meal for the holiday. This time last week we weren’t even going to celebrate! I’m tackling the seitan, the gravy, the yams and the cobbler. Literate Zombie has the rest covered. If there is time, I will try to get a few pics taken, but no promises.

Looks like this is it for today’s post however 😦 There so much to be done. Planning a Thanksgiving is a lot harder than I thought!

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Much Love,

Fruit Killer

Happy MoFo’ing!

 


Vegan MoFo: Day Twenty-Three

 

Vegan Month of Food: Day Twenty-Three

It’s a bright and early post for us here today because we’re getting up to go see Harry Potter! I’m not sure if I will have time to detail dinner plans for this evening as we have a BIG grocery shop* planned for Thanksgiving. We weren’t going to do anything special, but there are a few people we know who don’t have any family around so we figured we’d cook and if people want to celebrate, the more the merrier.

I am currently looking for a cobbler dish of some kind to make for dessert while doing the standard fare [veganized of course] for mains. Mashed potatoes and gravy, yams and marshmallows, green bean casserole perhaps. We’re still working out the details.

Anyhow, the very least I will blog about is a short review of whatever vegan goody we decide to take with us to the theater. It may not be until pretty late, but better that then never I’ve been told!

*It looks like we’re forgoing any kind of budget as we’ll be funding Thanksgiving ourselves

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Wow. Harry Potter was AMAZING. Very much worth our money to go see it in the theaters. And the treat we took with us was a bag of Uncle Eddie’s Vegan Peanut Butter and Chocolate-Chip Cookies! So delicious!

The cookies themselves seem to crumble a bit more than other commercial brands, but it’s a real cookie. They aren’t loaded with preservatives. Instead, they’re chock full of organic and non-gmo ingredients that are simple to understand [and pronounce]. There wasn’t much of a chew to the cookies; there was more of a melt-in-your-mouth kind of texture. And they weren’t unnecessarily sweet like some baked goodies can be. All in all, I like Uncle Eddie’s and will be more apt to picking up a bag in the future.

We also tried something else new to us today: vegan jerky. Literate Zombie was sneaky and grabbed a package for $1.39 when I left the line to grab a coconut juice. When I was looking at the receipt in the parking lot, all I saw was TX BBQ JERKY and was instantly confused. Then, my dear husband whipped out the package and we tried some.

OH. MY. GOODNESS. It hasn’t been too long that I don’t remember what jerky tastes like. This stuff [made by Primal] not only flaked like it’s meat counterpart but tasted like it too! The fact that it doesn’t dissipate in your mouth and it holds up to chewing is really amazing. If I ever get a hankering for jerky, I know it can be satisfied with this stuff. It doesn’t happen often so it will be a nice treat every now and then.

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Much Love,

Fruit Killer

Happy MoFo’ing!

 

 

 

 

 


Vegan MoFo: Day Twenty-Two

 

Vegan Month of Food: Day Twenty-Two

Wow I’m posting late today! We had to make a run to the post office to ship out one of my sushi roll pillows. Then we met up with a couple of friends before Literate Zombie had to go to work. But, I’m back now and ready to tell you all about what’s for dinner tonight.

We are having the rice stir fry meant for last night. I have the brown rice slow cooking right now so it will be ready to go when Literate Zombie comes home from work. Carmelized onions, sauted broccoli and zucchini will  be the stars of tonight’s delectable dinner. I am so excited about this!

Tomorrow we’re going to see Harry Potter and then go shopping for Thanksgiving Dinner! This year, we’re celebrating with friends since we don’t have any family close enough to get together with. Delicious vegan food, some ukulele playing and just enjoying the day!

Come back later to read about our plans and how the stir fry ended up!

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Broccoli Zucchini Onion Brown Rice Stir Fry

Tender-crisp broccoli, perfectly sautéed zucchini and onion, all tossed together with organic brown rice in our wok equates to a serious factor of YUM. It’s been awhile since we’ve had a stir fry like this. I didn’t realize how much I missed having them until this dinner right here. So good!

Literate Zombie and I have a “date” to watch Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince before going to the theaters tomorrow so I must skedaddle. ‘Til tomorrow, MoFoes!

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Much Love,

Fruit Killer

Happy MoFo’ing!

 


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