Monday, April 9, 2012

No Interesting Food Here

Well, I haven't posted in so long because I have not been cooking anything interesting. We seem to have some commitment every night of the week lately, which means lots of spaghetti. Also that's all my kids eat. The kids were on spring break last week, and we ate out a lot. By Friday, I was sick of eating not so great food and was motivated to take charge and cook something decent. I made this salad from Vegan Family Meals.

It was made of roasted beets, "Sweet Mustard Tempeh," and raw kale with an orange tahini dressing. Very earthy - not something you would serve to someone who eats "regular" food! I was proud of my kids for trying all the components without complaining (then they ate Cheerios). Still don't really like tempeh, but this was pretty good. 

Easter dinner:

I wanted everyone to have their favorite foods so we could avoid the usual dinner time battleground. Still meant cooking something different for everyone, but it was worth it. That meant spaghetti for the little girls, mashed potatoes for the big girl, steak for the Carnivore, and tofu for me! I made the citrus roasted tofu from Nava's Vegan Holidays. I liked the glaze but it didn't do much for the tofu.

 I have not been liking my "protein" foods lately, which seems odd to me after being a vegetarian for 30 years. I have a friend who has been vegan for a long time, and recently went back to eating meat after a bout with pneumonia that she felt she needed to eat meat to recover from. What gives? Not that I am craving meat, just better cooking. What are your favorite, most satisfying foods?

Easter fun: pretty dresses and beautiful spring weather!

Our own little Easter bunny!

In other news, my husband did this for his Easter weekend project:

Added that center beam and all the dark wood to the family room ceiling. Doesn't it look awesome? We tried to get a contractor to do it, but all the quotes were so outrageous that he did it himself.

Here is a bad part of living in the south:

Didn't know these critters lived here. They are smaller than the Arizona variety but just as creepy!


Mary said...

Since you ask, I really like the sexy vegan cookbook! I know you like me have a ton of cookbooks. I have made a pasta with meatballs that would full anyone it is meat 'meatballs' I think! The 'balls' are made with tempeh and walnuts and are amazing I highly recommend them. The texture is really good. Also he has a pizza with peppers and'sausage'that I made which is my new fav pizza!

blessedmama said...

Whoa, your husband did a great job! I love your honesty in that your kids eat Cheerios after dinner. Sounds like mine sometimes. I get in ruts about food, too. I know I'm not craving anything meat-like, but I get bored with same choices. So, that's when I pull out an unused cookbook and try some new dishes. It always sparks my creativity and taste buds.

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