Sunday, April 15, 2012

Quick Fix Vegan

This is one of my top five "go to" cookbooks! I don't know why I thought I had written about this already.... or why I didn't. Maybe because the pics were dark and blurry? These were all taken with my old camera and it was usually a hit or miss deal. I didn't even include them all. But I just wanted to say- if you don't have this book yet- GO GET IT! 

These pictures were taken a while ago when I was recipe testing for the book. 

 Cream of Mushroom Soup
 Shortcut Mushroom Artichoke Risotto
 Sicilian Style Orzo Salad with Walnuts and Raisins
 Coconut Pistachio Cookies
 Catalan Style Creme Brulee

 Orecchiette with Puttanesca Pesto!!!
Don't let this bad photo fool you. This is the best pesto I've ever had.
 Chocolate Cheesecake Squares*
 Super Nachos
 Two Tomato Pastry Purses

*Obviously I didn't make these as squares. This cheesecake was wonderfully decadent! The recipe didn't call for pretzels and balsamic glaze either but Robin graciously suggested you could do as I did and top it that way. How cool is that?!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Mini Mushroom Quiches

This recipe came from Vegangela: hereI made them in regular sized cupcake pans with the puff pastry. These were seriously delish! Made about 22 of this size. Later I saw a comment that they could be made crustless, but didn't think that would work as well for minis. Next time I'm thinking of using a hash brown crust and then fill with the mushroom mixture. I know I saw a recipe in Cook's Illustrated for a potato crust. Does anyone have a recipe like that? 

Thank you Cara!

Wow- these were seriously delicious! Thanks to Cara of Fork and Beans 
for this wonderful recipe!

Lots of steps- but my new cupcake corer here made it much easier!


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Everday Eats

Just a few things I've been whipping up lately...

 Not just any old hummus- it's regular hummus mixed with a little of this amazing stuff: 
 What a great combination this turned out to be!

 Nacho Baked Potato- daiya cheddar, sour cream, black olives and cilantro.

Raw zucchini "pasta" with warmed marinara.

Fruit with PB2 powdered peanut butter

The Big Salad - greens, chickpeas, avocado, kalamata olives, orange pepper, hemp seeds.

Is there anything not made better with olives?