Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Recipe # 18: Sweet Potato Pie

Recipe: Sweet Potato Pie
Verdict: Yummy!
Made this for Thanksgiving dessert. Here are the sweet potatoes before cooking.

Mashed and added to the creamed sugar and butter.

Beating some egg whites. They were naughty ;)

Pie before baking,

after baking,

and ready to eat with ice cream. Yum!

Recipe # 17: Candied Yams

Recipe: Candied Yams
Verdict: Yummy!
Made these for Thanksgiving. They were super easy to make, and everyone enjoyed them, even my husband, who doesn't usually like sweet and savory mixed together. Don't they look pretty?

Here's a picture of the complete meal

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Recipe # 16: Garlic Knots

Recipe: Garlic Knots

Verdict: Super yummy!! I will make these again and again :)

Pizza dough all rolled out. I used pre-made, but you could make your own.

Here are the strips of dough all knotted up and ready for the oven.

Garlic simmering in butter. YUM! I added red chili pepper flakes for a little spice.

Fresh out of the oven.

And ready to eat after swimming in the garlic butter for a little bit.

I served them as an appetizer for calzones, one of my favorite meals :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Gin Thoke: An old favorite

Last night, I made one of our favorite recipes, gin thoke or ginger salad. I used our little homegrown cabbages, and it was delicious. I served it with baked tofu. Yum!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Recipe #15: Spicy Mayan Chocolate Pudding

Recipe: Spicy Mayan Chocolate Pudding
Verdict: I say "Yum!" My husband says "Interesting."
This pudding really is spicy!

The ingredients:

Here is the pudding after the chocolate was added.

The final product, garnished with kiwi, strawberry and a sprinkle of chili powder. The fruit was cooling and really cut the spice. It was perfect.
I love serving pudding in martini and wine glasses :)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Recipe #14: Tofu with Noodles

Recipe: My creation
Verdict: Yum!!

The tofu marinade.

The rest of the ingredients.

Tofu: Cut tofu into cubes. Toss in marinade. Bake in a 450 degree oven until the desired texture.
I prepared the noodles according to the package directions. They soaked up more of the liquid than I expected :). Then I sauteed them with the veggies and some sesame oil.
The final product. Yum!!

Recipe #13: Blood Red Sangria

Recipe: Blood Red Sangria (True Blood)
Changes made: I did not add the figs
Verdict: Alright :/

I made this for a get-together where we had a little True Blood marathon. If you haven't read the books by Charlaine Harris, you definitely should. They are an easy read and so much fun! Anyway, I liked the drink, but not enough to make it again. Others did not even really like it. Oh well :)

Recipe #12: Stuffed French Toast

Recipe: Stuffed French Toast (from a variety of sources and some of my creation)
Verdict: Yum!! Yum!! Yum!! Everyone must try this!!

First, cut the French bread into thick slices. Cut a pocket in the middle of each slice, not all the way through, only cutting one side. Fill with your favorite stuffing.

This one has mascarpone cheese with a teaspoon of vanilla and a teaspoon of sugar.
This one has Ghiradelli chocolate :)
Melt some butter in a pan and dip the stuffed bread slices in a mixture of beaten egg, a little soy milk, vanilla and a dash of cinnamon. Dunk both sides of the bread in the egg mixture.
Add the bread slices to the pan and heat.
When the filling has just started to melt (yum), you can turn them over.
The finished product. Here it is served covered with raspberries and berry syrup, with a side of Morningstar Farms veggie sausage and a glass of grapefruit juice.


Recipe #11: Green Chutney

Recipe: Green Chutney from Vegetarian Times.com
Verdict: Yum!, but a little disappointing

One of my favorite restaurants is Casablanca in Eugene, Oregon. They make the best falafel, and they serve it with great sauces. One of them is a jalapeno relish. It is spicy, and I love it. When I saw this recipe, I thought it would taste similar to that amazing, spicy sauce that I love so. Unfortunately, it is very different. Still yummy, but definitely different :)

Reipe #10: Pink Lady Martini

Recipe: Pink Lady Martini from Martini by Jonathon Goodall
Verdict: Yuck

Ingredients: 2 fl oz gin, 2 dashes grenadine, 1 egg white, 1/2 fl oz fresh squeezed lemon juice

Here is the finished product, all frothy and eggy :( We really could not get over the fact that it had raw egg in it. Not an appetizing thought :(

Yucky, eggy :(

Recipe #9: Gloom Raiser Martini

Recipe: Gloom Raiser from Martini by Jonathon Goodall
Verdict: Yum!

Here are the ingredients: 2 fl oz gin, 1 fl oz dry vermouth, 2 dashes grenadine, 2 dashes absinthe (the real stuff)
Here is the final product, garnished with a lemon twist.


Recipe #8: "Cream" of Cauliflower Soup

Recipe: "Cream" of Cauliflower Soup from Vegetarian Soups for all Seasons by Nava Atlas
Changes made: I did not use onion; I used regular vegetable broth; I seasoned to my taste (spicy)
Verdict: Yum!

Here you can see the cauliflower, potato and beans simmering away with some spices. This soup is blended to be creamy, but doesn't actually contain any cream or milk.

Here is the final product all blended together and garnished with steamed green peas and oregano. A good, hearty soup.

Recipe #7: Veggie Chorizo Burritos

OMG! I have been so bad about updating this blog. I really don't know why. I have been mostly keeping up with the recipe a week that I had originally intended, but not completely, so I am going to change it up a little. I will try at least 52 new recipes within a year from the start date of this blog. I am starting to number the recipes instead of the weeks and will continue like that. Onto the recipe....

Recipe: My creation
Verdict: Yum!
I started with some Yves veggie chorizo and McCormick's taco seasoning. I had never used the chorizo before and only bought it because I found a really great deal on it at Grocery Outlet :)

I added some black beans for a little interest and cooked them together with some hot sauce and Bragg's Liquid Aminos. No oil!
All served on a whole wheat tortilla with lettuce, tomato and onion for me.....
lettuce, tomato and cheese for my hubby :)


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Week 7: Low Fat Scramble

I was inspired by Hungry Girl and her use of egg white products, so I decided to try a variation of one of her breakfast scrambles. These are the two main ingredients.
I Can't Believe it's Not Butter Spray instead of butter. Egg white product instead of eggs. I added some soy meat, onion and hot sauce.Mmmmmm. Looks appetizing, right?

It actually tasted ok. The texture was a little weird. Probably will never make it again.
Look what it did to my pan. The spray "butter" did not do its job.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Week 6: Snacks and Soup

Recipe: Low calorie not-fried cheese sticks
Verdict: Yum. Definitely try again

I got this recipe from Hungry Girl: 200 under 200. The recipe uses Fiber One Original cereal and egg substitute.

This light cheese stick gets cut in half and dipped in egg substitute.
Then they are shaken in a Ziploc bag of blended Fiber One and seasoning.
They are then baked in the oven. I did not get a picture of them after baking, but they looked pretty much like this, except with cheese oozing out.
They were served with Chef Pastorelli pizza sauce, possibly the best pizza sauce ever. Since I don't eat cheese, I did not get to taste the cheese sticks, but Rob tells me that they are excellent and should definitely be served at our next party!!

Recipe: Blooming Onion
Verdict: Ok. Will not try again.

Take a sweet onion. Cut in sections almost to the root and place in water to allow the onion layers to open up.
Again this recipe is a Hungry Girl recipe and calls for Fiber One Original and egg substitute. It was very difficult to cover each little piece of each layer of the onion with the egg and the cereal.
Here it is after baking. It was not super pleasant to eat, since the coating was very uneven and clumped in areas. I really like onions, so I couldn't stop eating it, although I did remove a lot of the coating :) There was a dipping sauce recipe to go with the onion, but since it sounded a lot like Thousand Island dressing and I already had some in the fridge, I just used the pre-made Thousand Island. It went well with the onion.

Recipe: Fresh Asparagus Soup with Parmesan Crisps
Verdict: Yum. Will try again.
Modifications: I made half of the recipe. I used garlic instead of shallots. I added red chili pepper flakes.

I got this recipe from Vegetarian Times online. Here is the beautiful asparagus, all cut up and divided in piles.
Asparagus cooking in veggie broth with seasonings.
Meanwhile, I made some parmesan crisps. The recipe called for lining the cookie sheet, so I used wax paper.
Unfortunately, the paper stuck to the bottom of my crisps. Ooops.
Second attempt. No wax paper. Success:)
After the asparagus is blended, lemon juice is added.
Rob's soup with parmesan crisp.
My soup with croutons(a slice of bread cut in cubes and baked).