When it comes to hummus I’m not a star vegan child. I honestly don’t like plain ol’ hummus and my mom doesn’t either, so maybe she gave me the trait. I once stumbled upon this group of wild vegans (I’m looking at you, Reddit) and apparently they eat hummus daily, for a pleasurable snack. I felt like I was an outcast for not liking it. For a snack I go for some pecans, peanuts or a chunk of dark chocolate, granola, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, flax muffins, natural fig bars you know, toothy foods. So I got butt-hurt and decided I needed to at least try and be a better vegan example. I actually decided upon a hummus I like. Its got a typical hummus base, hit with a spike of smoky peppers. I enjoy it with carrot sticks, bell pepper slices and cauliflower.
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 have made a total of around 5 or 6 different Shepherd’s Pie recipes over the last year. This is the first one where I actually said ” Wow, this is the one. ” So here you go. I was able to make 3 individual pot pies, and an 11 x 8 ” sized pie I believe. They came out gorgeous, so I will probably make more next week, honestly.