Saturday, April 21, 2007

It's a cooking day!

Spicy Noodles
I did some batch cooking today to get ready for the week. First up, another clean out the fridge spicy noodle. This one has red chile peppers, scallions, carrots, daikon, cilantro, sesame seeds and a spicy garlic/lime peanut sauce. I have a half gallon container filled with this. All I have to do is throw together a quick slaw and prep some tofu for a quick weekday meal!
Vegan Lasagna
I made a regular, non-vegan lasanga for the family, but who wants to hear about that? Not me! This vegan lasagna contained tofu ricotta, fresh basil, fresh spinach, homemade mushroom and olive marinara (it looks like it's burned on top, but those are the mushrooms and olives) and my own vegan cheez. I based the recipe off a Bryanna recipe, but have changed the ingredients a bit to fit my taste buds. I will say that it's a miracle to make a cheez that actually melts!




Vegan Enchilada Bake
Again, the cheez was based on the Bryanna chemistry... but the flavors all my own here. This was a cashew cheez. So good. The salsa verde really helped the cheez look melted. I also used a lot of it. I will not be eating a lot of this as the cheez is very fattening.
Vegan Pineapple Oat Bran Muffins
These babies are so good. They are mostly stevia sweetened and only contain 2 tbsp of olive oil and 2 tbsp of sesame seeds for the fat. They will make a great bfast for my kids.
Brunch at work tomorrow. I'll try to take pics, but if we're busy, then they probably won't happen. What I need to do is take pics after work some time.

21 comments:

  1. Courtney6:26 PM

    Everything looks so great! All of your food always sounds and looks so amazing. You need to come out with a cookbook!

    Good luck with brunch tomorrow!

    Courtney

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  2. The spicy noodles are right up my alley. I love that you keep a container full of sauce in the fridge so you can whip up a batch in an instant. Great way to plan ahead. Pineapple and Oat Bran in the same muffin? ...I'm so there :)

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  3. Once again, your bulk cooking looks wonderful! I love, love oat bran muffins and just today I discovered a big bag of oat bran in my crowded pantry - yay!

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  4. "It's a cooking day!" - That's what I like to hear! :) First off, I have got to make some spicy noodles soon. Those look just fantastic. Second, your homemade cheez melts?! That's awesome--I've been dealing with that Follow Your Heart stuff which ALMOST melts if you slice it juuuuust right...

    Mmm, muffins...

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  5. That enchilada bake looks amazing! All of it does in fact! Hope your brunch goes well tomorrow!

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  6. looks good!

    did you got my email?

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  7. "Clean out the fridge" spicy noodle. Love it!

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  8. I love making lasagna, and eating it too, of course. Yours looks great, and the cheez sounds nice too. I've never tried making my own vegan cheez, partly because I'm not vegan so I eat regular cheese (rarely though) but also because I am lazy. It sounds like a lot of work to make it.

    Your muffins look great. Isn't stevia fantastic? I love cooking and baking with it.

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  9. Everything looks delish, especially the enchilada bake. Wow, cheese that actually melts -- I hope you post the recipe! I love making lasagna. I'm usually too lazy, though. :)

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  10. That cheese looks, in a word, amazing.

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  11. I made lasagna last night, it was ok but not nearly as mouth-watering as yours looks! Wow, look at that cheez melt. I've never made nut cheez, it does sound like a lot of work. I can't find agar anywhere, otherwise I'd be making that tofu-feta stuff that sounds sooooo good.

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  12. The noodles look delish and yes the lasagna. I have not had lasagna in years. Oh how yummy it looks. I was at whole foods today and got myself 1/4 lb of there spicy noodles. It was $7.99 a pound. Highway robbery, but what a girl to do when she is starving. :o) How is your book coming? Any prospective dates. I can't wait to cook everything you make.

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  13. All of the food looks delicious! Congrats on the job BTW. Sounds like you really like it. I can't wait for the Cafe Indigo blog!

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  14. Your vegan lasagna is magnificent, Melody! You've done it again!! A cheez that melts is like finding gold... that's awesome.

    Also drooling over the enchilada bake! Cashew cheez is absolutely divine. i've had it in mac 'n' cheez from the local beach area co-op.

    Nice to see those stevia-sweetened oaty muffins. Yeah!

    i'm so excited that you are lovin' the job. Keep up the great work, Melody!!

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  15. Anonymous9:53 AM

    It all looks delicious, especially those noodles!

    Ari
    (Baking and Books)

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  16. oh, everything looks so damn tasty- fattening cheez and all...yum!

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  17. that's quite a cooking day! those muffins looks lovely... and that first photo... i have a hankering for pasta these days.

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  18. when you cook, you COOK, girl! yowsa--love the pineapple muffins and the lasagna...

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  19. I love how that enchilada bake looks! And the noodle dish does look quick and fairly easy. Don't worry about not blogging - we know you have your priorities and sometimes the day doesn't allow time for things that we would like to do.

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  20. That enchilada bake looks delicious!

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  21. Everything looks delicous, as usual. Have you been nominated for the food blog awards? You really need to be.

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