I haven’t posted in a while, sadly. My husband had some pretty gnarly nose surgery and I also semi- remodeled my kitchen. Hopefully the worst is over with and I can get back to my boring life. Between my husband having some intense face breaking surgery and my kitchen being torn apart, I was thrilled when I finally could just calm down and cook a ‘real’ meal again. Real meaning something not frozen. (Even though Amy’s Tofu Scramble and Enchiladas are brain melting good). During my quiet time at the doctor’s office I read a few recipes from my most neglected cook book, Vegan Brunch. I found a recipe for Beer Battered Tofu and was instantly hooked and started making plans for side dishes. It all came together to be an awesome “welcome back to life ” meal.
Every once in a while I’ll make muffins for the weekly snack. Sometimes I have a few leftover that we just didn’t get around to. Then these came along. I had a few overly ripe, (almost too ripe) bananas that needed taking care of. Also a few fresh strawberries, and about a cup of frozen mixed berries that were in the way. There had to be some way to make a muffin out of all of it, right? Absolutely right. We had zero leftover muffins last week.
For as long as I’ve been vegan I’ve hoped and wished for a perfect, tasteful marinade that bled all the way through my tofu and stayed there, instead of just soaking the outside and losing flavor. Last week, my dreams came true. This marinade is what you’re looking for. I drained my tofu, cut it into slabs and let it sit overnight smothered in the marinade with my finger’s crossed. I breaded it, lightly fried it, and placed it on a bun with some light coleslaw and my favorite BBQ sauce. The first bite was so good, Justin and I looked at each other with a big smile and damn near cried it was so flavorful. Finally, after over a year, the wait was over.
I had some mushrooms, a bag of spinach and some bell peppers looking lonely in my kitchen so I decided I’d make a pasta dish. It was my first time making a pasta bake, ever. I basically threw together what I thought would taste awesome, and I think something good happened. See what you think, and feel free to add whatever you desire. Lastly, this makes a ton of food and freezes perfectly. You’re welcome.
I used to not be a breakfast person at all. It was a sad time. Over the last year I’ve made it a point to try and eat at least a few bites of something between 8 and 9 am. Okay, sometimes 10 am. So, I bought a few frozen breakfast burritos to try out the idea of something spicy and savory for breakfast. I loved it and ended up buying a few more. Well, that got expensive quick. Naturally I decided I would get arrogant and make my own. This is what I came up with, and to me they not only taste great, but honestly.. I think they taste better. Give it a try, I included a few extra pictures to guide you in the “rolling process” and it’s actually quite fun.
I gave my immediate family 2 to 3 boxes each of nut brittle to enjoy this Christmas and I got nothing but praise, especially for the pecan flavor. This brittle is unique in a way that it is actually light and “airy” and not rock hard like the traditional brittle I have had my whole life. It doesn’t stick to your teeth or make you feel like you’re about to break a tooth off trying to bite into it. It’s also very easy because the whole batch can be made in about 5 minutes in the microwave, not 45 minutes over a hot stove with a candy thermometer.
This year I decided I was tired of buying my loved ones gift cards to random places. I wanted a personal touch to make them feel special. I ended up with cashew, almond and pecan nut brittle as well as a small box of this dark chocolate peppermint bark. It’s beyond simple to make, and looks very nice on a holiday table, or in a small gift box like I gifted to my family. Hope you enjoy ~