Thursday, August 21, 2008

A bit overdue...

I haven't posted in a while because I have nothing to post! Food has been sort of blah, and I'm working mostly nights so I don't get a lot of time to cook-- I just throw something together for lunch with leftovers to take to dinner. Boring!

The picture above is of something I created while in this state (the lunch/dinner state) and although it didn't turn out how I wanted it, I like the idea. Clearly, it's stuffed jumbo shells. Not so clearly, it's inspired by Dreena Burton's pesto stuffed shells-- however, although this looks amazingly and wonderfully delicious, I don't think I could possibly eat that for a normal lunch and not die afterwards. That's the type of food you eat at a party (because food at parties is fat-free and calorie-free by default), but I wanted something quiet. Simple. Easy.

This version has my pesto, tofu and mashed black beans to compensate for my lack of tofu. I will tweak this and use either no beans or white beans if they must be used. It also turned out bland. At any rate, expect a good version of this sometime soon, if I ever get around to using the other half of the box of shells!

The other note-worthy meal I made recently was something I actually managed to cook for Phil and I. I must confess, we've been eating out a lot lately. I've been running a lot in my free time, and he works so much he doesn't have much free time, so we've been lazy as of late. I'm hoping to change that and get back to cooking, especially since money is so tight (we're all feeling it, right?) This was just some marinated tofu (I used one of the marinades from Vegan Vittles) that I baked, and served with a sauce I made by thickening the leftover marinade with cornstarch. The couscous was cooked in vegetable broth and mixed in with sauteed oyster mushrooms, red onions and crispy broccoli. Nothing notable in the salad-- just a salad! We eat a lot of them in this house!

In some final news, check out this ridiculous article in Philadelphia's Citypaper, entitled, Veganomics: Guess whose diet is affected most by high gas prices.

What? Are you living in a cave, Boyce Upholt? Everyone's food comes on trucks, dude, including meat, diary, eggs, etc. The deciding factor is less vegan or omnivore, it's local or imported-from-Mexico.

I'm curious to see anyone elses thoguhts on this article. I didn't think it was necessarily 'talkin trash' about veganism-- it just seems sort of, well, pointless and stupid.


SueWho said...

I read the article and I agree - it is totally pointless and stupid. Everyone's prices are going up, everywhere. Plus, the notion that you can't buy everything at one store if you are vegan is a fallacy. I'm speaking as a non-vegan but mother of a vegan, and I think I do know what I'm talking about.
Your food looks yummy as usual - can I come live next door and have all my meals at your house?

Alice (in Veganland) said...

I understand how you feel about boring food, and no time to cook, and eating out too much. I try to restrain myself from the latter, but I end up eating the same every single day :-(.
I'm getting hungry with your post, but there's no way I'm getting up to cook, too tired!

EmLit said...

When you bake tofu, how do you do it (I mean like time and temperature)? I guess I could look up a recipe, but it literally just occurred to me to do that.

Happy Herbivore! said...

I loooove stuffed shells! I always stuff them with tofu-basil-ricotta, smother them in marinara and bake 'em. So delicious! you're making me wish I was having Italian food for dinner

Vegan_Noodle said...

Wow, that article is written by someone seriously uninformed!!

I haven't had jumbo shells in forever.... mmmmm.