Posts Tagged ‘mushroom’

Here is my proposed menu for today. I say “proposed” because sometimes at the last-minute I’ll change the recipe or add something to the menu.

I just started cooking the make ahead stuff for the Vegan Mushroom Lasagna – It contains mushrooms, kale, marinara and béchamel sauce.



Bourbon Glazed Salmon Steaks

Mushroom Lasagna

Roasted Asparagus

Crescent Rolls (vegan of course)

Dessert ~ Two small cakes from Vegan Treats

I can’t wait to dig in!!


PS: I’m posting the lasagna recipe now!


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Not  a snow day per se  but…

it is snowing lightly and as the temperature drops, the snow is accumulating on the trees and grounds around my house.

 I am sitting in my living room looking through our big bay window. I am watching the snow fall and it just makes everything seem quieter. It’s such a beautiful view. I am all sunken into one of our big cushy leather chair and cannot see the road…only the snow and the trees.

On my way back from getting my nails done today (very very important, you know haha), it had begun to snow and I was remembering a blog post I read this morning. The post was on a blog belonging to someone whom I thought I knew but as it turns out, I was wrong.

In any event, she spoke about soup and feeling yucky and I felt bad for her and remembered that she loved to cook and loved to make potato soup. (At least the person I thought I was remembering did these things). It made me think, “Hmmm good day for soup. My girl has to work today and I’d like to send her off with a nice bowl of soup.”

My mind whirled around thinking about the ingredients and should I add quinoa, barley, bulgur or tagliatelle  as  “bulk.” As I was sautéing veggies… carrots to a light caramelize state, mushrooms, scallions I was thinking what to do next. I don’t like soups that lack “substance” i.e., are too liquidy without any bite so to speak. So after sautéing veggies at the beginning, I sprinkle in some flour and cook the rawness of it off before adding liquid. I don’t make it a chowder but it does give the “thin” broth some more substance. I had decided on some Anenili (sic) pasta (tiny little circles) but it just didn’t seem to happen for me.

I remembered that I had a couple of cups of peeled and cubed butternut squash in the fridge so I dumped them in. Then cooked it for a while until the squash was cooked thru. It was really nice. Then just before serving her some (after we got back from school), I dumped in some frozen chopped spinach (that I keep on hand in case I am out of fresh). It tasted very very nice. At this point I would add some nutmeg but the herbs I already added were good enough.

I almost always top off a dish like this with some red wine vinegar but opted that out. Vinegar is good to splash into cream soups or into a hearty veggie dish as well.

And that’s my story for today. I know I still have some reviews and recipes to put up on my pages and I’ll get to it at some point soon.

Happy Wednesday!

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…one, two, three


I feel like my patience and sanity are being tested every where I turn in the past couple days.  Let me ‘splain, Lucy.

Well obviously I didn’t post on the 26th as I said I would…doesn’t look like anyone is totally upset by this LOL

Christmas dinner went well. I made my daughter TVP chicken cutlets. She loved them. I found the recipe on vegweb.com and specifically here… vegan fried chicken … but I will also be starting a recipe tab as soon as I post this, I am trying to think of a name for the tab.  

She LOVED it. My son liked it, he ate the last 1 1/2 patties. My husband, the one whose support I count on…made a face. Sigh. I swear, as he gets older, he totally deteriorates in maturity. This concerns me mostly because all my life growing up girls were told that boys mature at a slower rate in both body and emotional levels. When they finally get to an age like, let’s say 47, you would expect the male figure to be, well a little MORE mature than he was at let’s say, 17, right? HA! Just wait, you’ll see what I mean.

But I digress…

The rest of us hunkered down on a standing rib roast, baked potatoes, and glazed carrots. The two sides my daughter ate as I made the glazed carrots with vegan friendly ingredients.

All in all it was a good Christmas until…. dessert time. I bought a vegan friendly, frozen apple pie. You bake it frozen so it’s kind of like a fresh pie.  Well I thought I’d be a little fancy pants and brush the top crust with “butter” and sprinkle pretty sugar crystals…the bigger kind, you know, that sparkles, etc. So I did that and popped it back in the oven to brown up a bit.

My daughter takes one look at the slice of pie she served herself and FREAKS! Apparently sugar crystals have confectioner’s glaze in them (not all but most) and that is made from a beetle secretion much like a bee makes honey. This is an animal product in a vegan’s eyes. I guess finally she decided she could just scrape off the little crystals off the top of the crust and eat the pie. Success!


Then came MONDAY. Well…drove her to the pediatrician’s office in NJ…a 90 minute ride but I’m not taking my kids anywhere else for their annual physical. They’ve had the same doctor since the day they were born and I trust her. She knows them better than anyone else. If they’re sick, which is rare, I take them to an MD here. Anyway it turns out she’s lost 16 lbs since last year. OMG! She is a stick anyway. So she’s 5′ 7″ and 105 lbs. The MD is NOT concerned about an ED at all. She is concerned that she eats properly and that she eats very little, if none at all, soy. Why?

Apparently soy is not good for women*…I had read about this a few years back and I forgot why but I do know I made sure I stayed away from it as much as I could. BUT now the other thing is the thyroid. Young women will find that if they consume large amounts of soy, they will have issues w/their thyroid years later in adulthood. I have been busy the past couple of days finding alternate sources of protein. The MD also told her to eat WHATEVER I make her and she must have beans or nuts w/every meal. *evil laughter*

Now to today. I was having coffee with a very good friend and relaying her the information about my daughter. She said she wonders if that’s why she had to have her thyroid removed years ago. She said that when she was born, she couldn’t tolerate milk and for several years she lived on soy products. Interesting. (At least to me.)

Tonight I made a fake stroganoff type thing for her using seitan. I will post that in my new tab and EVEN add a link to take you there on this post!

Turns out she really doesn’t like the texture of a meat product. It freaks her out. My husband tried it and said it was more mushroom like than meat like. But to a person who has not had any meat whatsoever for almost four months, it would taste like meat.

ANYWAY, that’s how things are going here.  I will revisit this post to add the proper Lancelot links for you 🙂


*Also not good for boys either due to the estrogen level found in soy.

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