Monthly Archives: May 2012

How Can We Make VegCookbook Club Even More Fun?

As we finish up our 5th month of VegCooking together (yay!), and are about to start our 6th (!) I wanted to ask you:

What’s working for you about the VegCookbook Club?

• What’s not working for you about the VegCookbook Club?

• How can we make the VegCookbook Club even more fun?

Lemme know what you think in the comments, or email me at britt AT brittbravo DOT com.

You can see my original vision for the VegCookbook Club on the about page.

Our June VegCookbook is Everyday Happy Herbivore!

Your votes have chosen our June VegCookbook: Everyday Happy Herbivore: Over 175 Quick-and-Easy Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes by Lindsay S. Nixon. Don’t forget that in addition to buying the book through Amazon, you can also order it through Powells, pick it up at your local bookstore, or check it out from the library.

You can learn more about Lindsay on her website happyherbivore.com, her  blog, her Twitter feed (@happyherbivore), and her Facebook Page. You can also check out some of her recipes at happyherbivore.com/recipes.

Full disclosure: The link to Everyday Happy Herbivore is attached to my Amazon Associates account. If you make a purchase after you click on a link, I receive a small percentage of the sale.

What Should Our June VegCookbook Be?

It’s time to choose our June VegCookbook!  Please vote in the poll ASAP. I will announce our June pick on Saturday, May 26th.  I’ve included links to the proposed cookbooks below the poll so that you can learn more about them.


Chloe’s Kitchen
: 125 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Making the Food You Love the Vegan Way by Chloe Coscarelli


Everyday Happy Herbivore
: Over 175 Quick-and-Easy Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes
by Lindsay S. Nixon

Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables by Cheryl Sternman Rule

Vegan Cooking for Carnivores: Over 125 Recipes So Tasty You Won’t Miss the Meat by Roberto Martin

Full disclosure: The links to the VegCookbooks are attached to my Amazon Associates account. If you make a purchase after you click on a link, I receive a small percentage of the sale. Also, I received a review copy of Ripe.

Spinach Spaghetti with Basil-Cilantro Pesto and Artichokes!

Hello VegCooks!

How was your week? I had more time to cook this weekend, than I did the week before. Yay!

My favorite dish of the week was the Spinach Spaghetti with Basil-Cilantro Pesto and Artichokes (pictured above).  This took awhile to make, but was totally worth it.  The sweetness of the spaghetti and pesto combined with the salty tang of the artichokes was super yum.

I served the pasta with a green salad, and the Corn & Edamame-Sesame Salad, which was super quick to make, and tasty.

Even though it’s pretty hot here, I decided to make the French Lentil  Soup with Tarragon and Thyme on Sunday night, so that we’d have leftovers to start the week with. I used smoked paprika, which made it extra delish, and served it with rice, which the hubs and I both added to our soup bowls.

Finally, during the busy workweek, I made a batch of the Marinara Sauce while the hubs sauteed up some onions, peppers, broccoli and Trader Joe’s Meatless Meatballs to put over the penne.  The sauce was a little tart.  Maybe I didn’t cook it long enough, or maybe I’m just used to store-bought sauce, that probably has sugar in it!

What did you VegCook this week?

I’ll be putting up the poll for us to vote for our June VegCookbook soon. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

Broc Mac Daddy + How Do You Find Time to Cook?

Hello VegCooks!

Last week was soooooooo busy.  It was a real struggle to find time to cook.

What are your tips for how to find time to cook during the work week?

I only made one recipe from this month’s VegCookbook, Veganomicon, the Broc Mac Daddy (a vegan version of mac n’ cheese).

I was a little worried at first because it uses so much nutritional yeast, which I like, but I wasn’t sure if I would like it *that* much.

At first, we both said, “It’s OK,” but the more we ate, the more we liked it. As the hubs put it, “It’s growing on me.” We ate it for two nights, and will probably have it again tonight! It makes a ton.

What did you VegCook this week?

Full disclosure: The link to Veganomicon is linked to my Amazon Associates Account. If you buy something after you click on it, I will  receive a small percentage of the sale, which I’ll probably use to buy more books!

Penne Vodka + Chickpea Patties with Mustard Sauce from Veganomicon

Hello VegCooks!

What did you make this week from our May VegCookbook, Veganomicon? I tried out a couple recipes this week.

Penne Vodka
Yummy, creamy and easy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chickpea Patties with Mustard Sauce
Sooooo . . . the mustard sauce was awesome, and the flavor of the chickpea patties was good, but they were very, very chewy. Like, unable to cut them with a fork chewy.

This was my first time cooking with vital wheat gluten, which I’m guessing is what made them chewy. Do you have any tips for how to cook with wheat gluten? I feel like there are some technique tips I need to know.

Thanks!

Full disclosure: The link to Veganomicon is attached to my Amazon Associates account. If you make a purchase after you click on it, I receive a small percentage of the sale.