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Christmas – The Day of Food – Part 2

The day after Christmas The BF & I made the trek to his Mom’s house for our second Christmas. For dinner The BF got us the Field Roast Hazelnut En Croute. The meal was simple and nice and I enjoyed being there. I snacked a ton throughout the afternoon and was actually quite full by the time we sat down for dinner. So my plate was small…but good:

Starting with the roll, going clockwise: Roll via Whole Foods, Sweet Potatoes (It was mashed with pineapple, brown sugar, and topped with walnuts – it was good, but I much prefer regular sweet potatoes), Hazelnut En Croute, Cranberry Sauce, Green Beans with Pine Nuts, and a mixed field greens salad with cranberries and walnuts.

The Field Roast was wonderful. I might have to try that for a future holiday’s, a bit more fancy for holiday gatherings than a Tofurky. Flavor was great and it went well with the cranberry sauce. Dessert I failed to picture (sorry!) it was the vegan pumpkin pie from Whole Foods. Good, but my pie is way better.

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Christmas – The Day of Food – Part 1

For Christmas Day Breakfast I made my Pumpkin Oatmeal Bread, while The Aunt made Vegan Blueberry Muffins, Roasted Potatoes, and Oatmeal for me. The meal was awesome.

Dinner was quite a meal. I made a Holiday Lentil Loaf, and The Aunt made a large amount of sides, all vegan, for me and The BF. I was so excited that she offered to made a lot of the usual options vegan, for me.

Well go clockwise from the roll…The roll is from Whole Foods, then we have cranberry sauce, Holiday Lentil Loaf (went so well together…yum!), sweet corn, roasted brussels sprouts, roasted sweet potatoes and then glazed carrots (in the middle). The brussels sprouts were like I always do…EVOO & Garlic, roasted for 45 minutes. It was a great meal!

Dessert – The Aunt made a chocolate cake (the same recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, double batch), then topped with an orange glazed (OJ & Powdered Sugar). It was really good!

 

 

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Vegan MoFo – Day 30 – Christmas Wish List

Each year my family asks for our wish lists. We’ve always done it this way, and personally I like it. I knwo whatever I get the others in my family will be something they want/need and will enjoy. I sometimes don’t like the whole “gift card” thing, unless in cases where the gift card(s) will be added up and used to purchase something large or something to be determined (like fabric stores gift cards). I’ve done the asking for gift cards for that very reason before (I needed new pots and pans!) and this way everyone got to chip in without having to all buy expensive dishes for me. Anway, this year my list was a little bit different and below is the condensed e-mail I sent The Fam.

Donations Farm Sanctuary, The Anti-Cruelty Society, Pigs Peace Sanctuary, or Vegan Action would be rad, since I don’t actually need anything. But for those who want to actually buy me something, here’s some things I like:

Yoga Mat, Accessories (Block, Strap, DVDs)

Electric Kettle (So I can have tea at my desk)

A Tea Cup – this is a cute one too

Donut Baking Pan (because who doesn’t want donuts? both regular AND mini!)

And here’s a bunch of random cool stuff:

Magnets for my fridge
Tofu Express
I like kitchen gadgets for cooking
I could use a good rolling pin
Cookie Cutters are fun
So my list went all over the place, but I’m personally hoping for a few things on the list…mostly at the very very top! I hope everyone else has a very vegan Christmas season! Thanks for Vegan MoFo-ing along with me!

 

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Vegan MoFo – Day 26 – Thanksgiving Day – The Meal

Thanksgiving. A time for friends, family, fun, and food. We had all of that. I invited a few friends over and to my surprise, two came! One for the full on dinner experience, one for snacks and fun since she had a lunch time extravaganza which left her quite full. In another surprise twist The Dad flew in from Connecticut too. The day started with a quick morning freak out (by me) because I forgot the sweet potatoes…so I rode my bike to the store asap to secure the most important item on the menu! Once I returned The BF & I enjoying some of the Pumpkin Oatmeal Bread topped with Earth Balance.

Then I did some online t-day shopping/browsing. The Dad arrived in time for lunch (snobby joes!)

After lunch we got to the real fun, prepping all the dishes. On Wednesday I shared the plan…here’s what actually happened:

Appetizer: Hummus & Olive Tapenade (Homemade by my friend Liz), Pita Bread from Garden of Eatin’, Pita Chips from Kangaroo, Crackers from Doctor Kracker, Lentil & Rice Salad from Casbah, carrots.

I don’t know how much the store bought pita bread, chips, and crackers cost but they all went well with the appetizers we had. They all get a solid 3.5 piggies.

Side Dishes: Roasted Brussels Sprouts – recipe is here.

Carrots & Red Potatoes –  cooked with the Tofurky!

Candied Yams – recipe is here.

French Rolls – I cheated and did store bought, frozen rolls from Alexia.

Price: $3.99

Overall Rating: 3.5 piggies – it’s good, homemade is better, but this is a great time saver and everyone seemed to like them!

Main Dish: Tofurky – mega on sale, I couldn’t say no. I thawed it and made the marinade/basting broth that is on the package. Added Potatoes, Onions, & Carrots to the roasting pan too.

Price: $9.99

Overall Rating: 4 piggies. Easy, convent, tastes good, crowd pleaser. This is a great dish for those new to vegan or serving your omni friends/fam on the holiday. It’s flavor is similar to turkey and its texture is pretty great too. I was planning to do something different for Thanksgiving this year…but this baby was 1/2 off, so I went for it.

Along with dinner we had gravy, again taking an easy way out I found a packet of gravy from Road’s End Organics. This was quick and easy and had good flavor too. Everyone enjoyed it. It cooked quickly and then as soon as I turned the heat off that gravy thickened up super fast. It was good.

Price: $0.99/packet each packet makes 1 cup.

Overall rating: 3 piggies

MY plate was quite full…

Dessert: Pumpkin Cake with Chocolate Glaze (From Vegan On The Cheap) served with ice cream or pumpkin spice cream, depending on your mood. Yes, I tried it both ways.

Adult Beverage: Our Daily Red (vegan wine) I love this wine, great flavor and affordable. I can drink and entire bottle myself. We also had Orleans Hill wine, which I didn’t care for at all. I can’t really explain exactly why I didn’t like the wine, I don’t know much about wine tastings or various aspects of wine, I just know I really like Our Daily Red…it’s good with food, it’s good alone.

Our Daily Red: Price: $8.99 (reg, on sale it’s usually $7.99)

Overall Rating 4 piggies

Orleans Hill: I honestly don’t remember the price and I really didn’t like the wine, so that’s the extent of my rating.

So the meal was great and I’m very much looking forward to my leftovers for lunch and eating more cake when I get home!

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Vegan MoFo – Day 24 – Thanksgiving Day Menu

The plan for thanksgiving is the following:

Appetizer: Hummus, Pita/Pita Chips; Lentil & Rice Salad

Side Dishes: Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Carrots & Red Potatoes, Candied Yams, French Rolls

Main Dish: Tofurky & Gravy

Dessert: Pumpkin Cake with Chocolate Glaze, served with ice cream or pumpkin spice cream

Adult Beverage: Our Daily Red (vegan wine)

I’m getting excited….are you? You’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see it all….

But, here’s what I made today in for breakfast tomorrow. Pumpkin Oatmeal Bread. I licked the bowl, it tasted pretty awesome.

 

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A Vegan Thanksgiving

This was the first year I made a Vegan Thanksgiving for more than just myself, which instantly made me nervous. I’m fairly easy to please with my own cooking…I mean, I cooked it, I typically like it! I was very hopefully that my non-vegan friends would enjoy the dinner. I also made enough for leftovers since we’d be joining a friends family for Thanksgiving on Saturday.

The Dinner Menu:

Tofurky (I took the easy way out on this, next year I’ll make my own main dish!)

Gravy

Poppyseed Dinner Rolls (Based on my mom’s recipe)Roasted Green BeansGarlic Mashed Potatoes

Candied Yams (My Grandmothers Recipe) ~ Which is the one thing I did not get a solo picture of!

The Desserts:

Apple Cake (From the Joy of Vegan Baking)Blueberry Crumble

Pumpkin Pie ~ to be made for my Saturday Thanksgiving

Overall dinner was very good. The everyone really like it. I was shocked (okay, pleased) to see that only two tiny slices of tofurky were left over for me for Saturday. I cooked just enough food so I’d have my leftovers for Saturday dinner, everyone got a little take home desserts, and everyone was full. It was truly a great Thanksgiving. Although, next year, I think I might do a Thanksgiving themed breakfast buffet instead. We’ll see.

I’ll be making my pumpkin pie tonight and I cannot wait. Also, I’ll get recipes posted for everything over the next week or so. I hope everyone else had a great Thanksgiving too!

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