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I saw this recipe popped up the other day for me.

Tofurkey Italian Sausage and Rice Recipie (Vegan) | My Mind In Bytes.

I had just tried Tofurkey Italian Sausage for the first time a day or so before.  I’ll have to post the full recipe – but I ‘veganized’ an allrecipes.com recipe for stuffed zucchini, and used some Tofurkey Italian Sausage that I had in the fridge in lieu of the ‘traditional’ italian sausage that the recipe called for.  I had also seen it used on a Vegan Zombie episode when he made pizza rolls.  This stuff is really good!  I have to admit – I’m only a partial fan of the Tofurkey brand, at least so far.  And I was really pleasantly surprised at how good this sausage tasted!  The seasoning was right on, just a touch of spice – I would imagine that this sausage and rice recipe would hit the spot!  I’ll be adding it to my “to try” list!

 

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I’m going to a friend’s house tomorrow night for a girls night.  Just a plain old girls night – hanging out, eating, talking, drinking, and laughing!  This is the first ‘girls night’ since I’ve decided to become vegan.  So it’s my first ‘party’ experience.  I can’t recall how I got linked to this recipe, I think it was through Twitter, but I thought it would be a great one to try to bring to the party!

Kristina’s Kitchen » Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip- w/ some modifications 🙂

I even have most of the ingredients that I need to make it!  I probably won’t tell anyone that it’s vegan, unless they ask (although some may read this through my post on Facebook).  We’ll see how it goes!

What’s your favorite vegan ‘party snack’ to make or bring to non-vegan parties?

I stumbled across this recipe on Twitter recently, and it sounded super yummy!  Especially since it’s been so hot, in the 90’s but feels like 100’s, here in Chicago for the last week!

Ice Cold Red Tea Latte :Mosaic Kitchen

I’m a HUGE fan of the So Delicious products, and this sounds so easy and so delicious!  I think I’ll have to give this one a try this week!

I heart Pad Thai!  I was a little disappointed when I thought about it and realized that pad thai isn’t vegan, as there are usually scrambled eggs included.  Although, I think it might be something that can be ordered without, I just haven’t tried yet.  But, I saw this recipe posted by One Green Planet the other day on Facebook, and I had to save it!

Recipe: Street Pad Thai | One Green Planet

I’ve looked up various pad thai recipes in the past, and felt a little overwhelmed by the list of ingredients.  But this one actually seems pretty reasonable.  So, I’ll put it on my ‘to try’ list – and I’ll be sure to post back once I actually get around to trying this one!

I admit, I’m a fan of The Pioneer Woman – even though she’s definitely not of the vegan persuasion.  I love her writing and her blog is fun to read.  And then there’s her recipe site Tasty Kitchen.  I was afraid that my switch to vegan food meant that I should delete this ‘favorite’ from my web browser.  But, the other day the featured recipe was vegan!  So, I decided to re-visit this recipe site and was happy to find this…

Vegan | Tasty Kitchen: A Happy Recipe Community!

She has a “Special Dietary Needs” option which includes vegan… yay!!  So, now I’m slowly making my way through the recipes and adding ones I’d like to try to my recipe box.  I’m excited that I can still be a part of the Tasty Kitchen community even though I’m no longer partaking in the meat and dairy part!

Thank you Pioneer Woman for including ‘us’ in your community!

Last Friday I was able to pick up our first bunch of veggies from our CSA share at Green Earth Institute.

CSA Veggies - July 8th, 2011

This week’s haul included Garlic Scapes, Scallions, Bok Choy (it’s related but not actually Bok Choy), Kale, Sage, Peas, Summer Squash, Beets, Radishes, and Lettuce.  To tell you the truth – I had never heard of garlic scapes or the ‘bok choy’ relative before.  And, I’m trying to be mindful and use as much of these veggies as possible!  This is on top of the 3 heads of romaine that I harvested from our own garden on Friday.  Here’s how I used them this week:

Saturday:

For lunch we had a nice big salad with home-grown romaine, beet greens, a little bit of radish (2 of the small ones), carrots, sugar snap peas, and garbonzo beans.

Sunday:

I had planned to make a stir fry Saturday night, but it didn’t work out – so that’s going to be dinner on Sunday!  I’ll use some of the garlic scapes, bok choy, maybe some summer squash, some sugar snap peas, a bag of frozen stir-fry veggies, some baked teriyaki tofu, and chow mein noodles.

Thanks to the folks at Galaxy Foods – I got to try their Chive & Garlic Dairy Free Cream Cheese.  And, while the kids are still fans of the plain version (if they put anything at all on a bagel).  The husband and I have found a new love!

Galaxy Foods Dairy Free Chive & Garlic Cream Cheese

This cream cheese is just awesome!  It’s got a nice garlic flavor with little pieces of chive – but it’s not overwhelming at all!  It’s smooth and creamy just like the plain version but with the nice savory flavor.  I’m going to look up some recipes that usually call for regular cream cheese and try these as an alternative!  (I’ll be sure to post the results!)

This is definitely an A+ in my book!  Now, I just wish they made a larger tub!


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