Sunday, March 15, 2009

Spring is almost here

The trees are budding, the weather is getting warmer, and there are more and more people outside. Fortunately DocDufresne and I were able to do a bit more than our taxes this weekend.

We took a trip to the park with Andy and I managed to do some cooking. Then there was the usual grocery shopping run. Sometimes I feel like we're not in our twenties!

My mom sent us two tins of Hamentashen, a traditional Jewish triangular sugar cookie-type dessert filled with fruit preserves. She made them vegan (even foregoing fillings that had "natural flavors"! Jealous?

On Thursday I made "meatloaf" and sweet/white potato wedges for dinner. DocDufresne really liked the "meatloaf." (Now I'm trying to remember what I put in it!)

"Meatloaf" ingredients:
1/4 onion, diced
2 slices of toast, crumbled
1 package Gimme Lean "beef" or "sausage"
1/4 cup ketchup
pinch of cinnamon
1 tbsp molasses
1/8 cup unsweetened soymilk
1/8 cup vegetable oil

1. Sautee the onions in a pan with a little oil until translucent. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add toast and "meat."

2. Mix ketchup, cinnamon, molasses, soymilk, and oil in another bowl.

3. Reserve 1/8 cup of the sauce. Pour the rest in the mixing bowl with the other ingredients and mix with your hands until well incorporated.

4. Transfer the mixture to a lightly greased pan. (I used a large glass cakepan, molded the mixture into a loaf on one side, and added seasoned potato wedges to the rest of the pan.) Top with the reserved sauce.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until the loaf has a nicely browned crust. Serve hot!

Hodgepodge Dinner
The main course on Saturday night was a tofu hash that was quite tasty!

Tofu Hash ingredients:
3 medium-sized white potatoes, diced
1/4 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1 package extra-firm tofu, drained and crumbled
1 tbsp turmeric
1/2 tsp dried parsley
A couple of dashes of soy sauce
1/2 tsp onion powder
3-4 tbsp nutritional yeast
salt/pepper to taste
hot sauce (Crystal is the best!)
Cheesey sauce, optional

1. In a large skillet, saute potatoes, onion and garlic with some oil until soft and browned. Add the tofu.

2. Mix in the spices/herbs, soy sauce, and nutritional yeast. Stir until well incorporated. Continue to saute until tofu is browned.

3. Serve hot with hot sauce and/or cheesey sauce.

Andy made a new friend at the park on Saturday!

DocDufresne made a stir fry for dinner tonight, but wasn't motivated to take pictures of it before we scarfed it down!

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