Sunday, September 25, 2011

Vegan Local Box 9/22

Green Asian Pairs
Crimini Mushrooms
Red Radish Bunch
Bibb Lettuce
Green Beans
Acorn Squash
Purple Hull Peas
Pinto Beans

It's officailly, at least by the calendar, Fall! So i've started the Crazy Sexy Diet 21 day cleanse as i'm going to do every season change.
This means lots of juicing, raw salads and simply cooked veggies.

I've been obsessed with the garlicky green beans at Justine's restaurant, so i found this Garlic Green Beans recipe that looks the same! I will just sub olive oil for the butter, like i request at Justines!

I will cook the pinto beans like THIS  and eat them with corn tortillas and maybe saute some of the mushrooms
Speaking of mushrooms this Sauteed Crimini Mushroom recipe looks so good without the butter     

Purple Hull Peas - will cook like THIS and eat with rice & steamed veggies 

Acorn Squash - roast & eat with brown rice & cooked greens


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Purslane Salad & Eggplant Soup!

The Tomato, Cucumber, Purslane sald was very good! Tangy & spicy and fresh tasting. I don't love preparing the Purslane - lots of little leaves, need to wash it alot. but it was worth it.

I did use my new cookbooks!

From the vegan slow cooker i made this Eggplant casserole with CashewTofu Riccotta - i love making "cheesy" sauces with cashews & nutritional yeast, amazing results.  Also, i have never really cooked with eggplant before

My son wanted to cook this week - he loves to invent soup, and he was fascinated with the beautiful eggplants - so i told him that roasting it would be yummy, so we roasted it, and meanwhile made a soup of onion, celery, garlic, potato, thyme, basil, veg broth, added the eggplant and then blended it. it was amazingly good!

I also used limes in Lemony Lime Hummus from Blissful Bites, and cucumbers & lime and bell peppers (even though it wasn't in the recipe) in quinoa tabouli from the same book. No pics of those but both winners!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Local box 9/8/11

I just love the color of cantaloupe
it's kind of fun getting similar items each time and coming up with different ways to use them!

here's the box:

Green Asian Pears
Green Bell Peppers
Summer Squash (they appear to be all zucchini this time)
Lady Cream Peas
Eggplant - regular purple eggplant

I just a minute used the cantaloupe & an asian pear to make a smoothie in my vita-mix - also used grapes, strawberry & hemp protein powder. :)

Purslane - i made a great salad last time this came but this time i will make this Tomato, Cucumber, Purslane salad so i can use the cucumbers too!

Lady Cream Peas - well last time, i burned these, like just forgot about the pan. it was bad! So i'm going too attempt again to just eat these as a little salad with cucumbers, onion, cherry tomatos and fresh squeezed lime.

I just got two new cookbooks - Blissful Bites by Christy Morgan (@theblissfullchef) who i've been following on twitter & her blog for ages, and The Vegan Slow Cooker by Kathy Hester - so i want to use them!

Will use the Eggplant in Italian Eggplant Casserole w/Cashew-Tofu Ricotta from the slow cooker book
From Blissful Bites i am going to make fresh corn and zucchini frittata! and use limes in a marinade for portobella steaks & in Lemony-Lime Hummus!

Bell Peppers - not sure! Maybe in the pea salad, in regular salads, sauteed in tofu scramble - something good

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Gumbo n stuff

I just made this amazing Sweet Potato, Okra & Chickpea Gumbo from Fat Free Vegan - so freakin good and it used onion & garlic from the Greenling box as well as the Okra!

Earlier in the week i made the Kale & Butternut Squash salad from Wholefoods website, i didn't have dates so just used some raisins and i added chickpeas to it to make it a full meal.

I also made a really yum Creamy Cauliflower soup from the Vegan Lunchbox cookbook that used onions & garlic, i forgot to take a picture but the amazing thing about this was that the kids LOVED it

that butternut squash was from the box before! good thing they last, i still have this weeks but just roasted it and cut it up for a recipe i will post later and i am gonna make the squash soup this week!