What do ya make when you've had a miserable head cold where food has no flavor and your appetite has been basically nonexistent only to finally come out on the other side of it ravenous?
This is Native Food's Tempeh Scallopini and Mushroom Shallot Gravy with Mashed Potatoes and VwaV's Roasted Garlicky Brussel Sprouts, and it was fantastic and so simple to make!
I wanted to make the roasted garlic mashed potatoes that NF suggested but never remembered to roast the garlic beforehand. I did, however, take a tip from their recipe and add some coconut milk to my potatoes instead of all soy milk (which I also used). I skipped the garlic oil theirs called for and just used some Earth Balance, salt, garlic, and black pepper. I like the subtle flavor and texture that the coconut milk gave 'em. This was a fantastic meal. The only downside was eating it ENTIRELY too fast!
Another lovely thing from the Native Foods cookbook that I treated myself to lately...
Mexican Hot Chocolate!
I haven't had hot chocolate since I became vegan. Never really occurred to me, but when I spotted the recipe upon getting the book I new I wanted to try it. Normally, I'm not too fond of chocolatey things that rely only on cocoa powder for their chocolate flavor, but mixed with cinnamon, soy milk, and a pinch of salt this was reeeeeeeally good and will be made again and again in the coming winter months, to be sure!
And everyone is familiar with Ramen Noodles, right? Well, I'd used some in the past for a killer noodle salad recipe from a favorite cafe in Gainesville. The oriental flavor was always vegan....until now. Now? they contain beef fat. blech. Good thing I randomly read the label (for the billionth time!) when cooking them during my head cold induced misery! With the noodles ready to go I wondered, 'what on earth will I season them with that will taste good?' Then it hit me!
I like this boullion. I don't love it, but I like it. And that's a lot for me to say as I usually don't like most at all. It works in a pinch and is totally vegan. They have mock beef and chicken flavors but I just stick to the veggie variety. Just about a 1/2 a tsp in my noodles and Mmmmm,
just like the good ol' days...only better!