Days 152/153/154 – Food Frenzy!

This week seems to be all about the food! I’ve  been committing myself to eating a strict vegan diet in the past month and as a result, have found myself spending much more time in the kitchen trying out vegan recipes old and new.  Even Oprah dedicated a show this week to veganism and while it wasn’t totally the show I thought it would be, it was interesting to see veganism in the big picture. Here are three recipes that I made this week that quickly joined the ranks of my favourites 🙂

Day 152 – Meatloaf
Not the most photogenic of the recipes but certainly tasty. I’m not too fond of meat subsitutes as they’re made from soy which is an ingredient I try to stay away from since it’s highly processed and not great for the body in high levels, but since I was trying out new recipes I figured that it would be alright to put a little fake meat into the mix. This recipe seems like it has a lot of ingredients but it’s really quick to make and the results are really tasty, the walnuts really add a great texture to the finished product and I used the leftovers as fillings for burritos which were excellent.

The recipe:

Ingredients
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
1 small carrot, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 slices bread, roughly chopped
1 cup walnuts
5-6 veggie burgers, or 1 1/2 cups mock “ground beef,” crumbled
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes
1 tablespoon tahini or nut butter (your choice)
1 tablespoon tamari
2 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire sauce
1 cup vegan “cheese,” finely grated
1/4 – 1/2 cup ketchup
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  2. Lightly oil an 8-inch loaf pan and set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, saute the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic in oil until onions are translucent. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a food processor, blend the bread and walnuts and set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the sauteed vegetables, bread mixture, “beef,” salt, pepper, oregano, basil, nutritional yeast, tahini, tamari, Worcestershire sauce, and “cheese.” Mix together until well blended.
  6. Press firmly into loaf pan and bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Pour ketchup evenly over top of loaf and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let sit 5 minutes before serving

 

Day 153 – Banana Bread

Another day, another loaf. This recipe is one of my all-time favourite recipes. The dates really add a nice texture and make this bread moist. You must make this!

Recipe:
Best Banana Bread
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp. lemon juice
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup sugar
¾ cup chopped dates or apricots
½ cup chopped nuts, if desired
1 ½ cups flour
½ cup wheat germ
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, mash the bananas with a fork until very mushy. Add lemon juice, oil, sugar, dates or apricots, and nuts and stir together. In a separate large bowl, stir together the flour, wheat germ, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture and mix together gently until “just mixed.” Spoon into a lightly oiled loaf pan and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Test with a knife to see if done. Makes 1 loaf.

Day 154 – Chocolate Cake

I’m doing an alphabet photography assignment and the letter C works perfectly with a gift that I recently received from a friend, a peace sign shaped cake mold!! The cake is easy to bake and came out perfectly, although I think I need to work on my decorating skills 🙂


The cake recipe is located here: All Recipes

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