Saturday, June 09, 2007

I've been a bad blogger!

This was a delicious stir fry of baby bok choy, red cabbage, onions, garlic, ginger and a soy/siracha/sesame sauce. It's in the fridge for a meal later in the week along with these sesame noodles.

I finally got around to using the Smart Ground. I have been hesitant to use it because it reminds me so much of meat. I was pleansantly surprised. I sauted it up with onions, garlic, chiles and other mexican spices, then added baby spinach, cilantro, tomatoes and lime juice. I layered it with more salsa, corn tortillas, corn, my vegan cheez, and olives to make this enchilada bake.


The thing that is amazing about Smart Ground, is that it lasts forever if it's not opened. I'm not sure if that is a good or bad thing. Basically, it reminds me of TVP, which I prefer due to cost, but Smart Ground would be a useful convenience food. We haven't eaten the enchilada bake; it's in the freezer for a meal later in the week.

Messy, messy messy...bbq tofu and buffalo seitan, ready to go in the oven. It's nice to have sandwich fixins on hand for the kids and husband for the week.

My new favorite thing. Split peas with quinoa. This also had roasted garlic, balsamic vinegar, evoo and fresh basil.

Bread/buns for the week. This is half white flour, half white whole wheat. Before baking, obviously.
Super simple marinara with fresh basil. I made two quarts for later in the week.
Sorry I have been so absent. I've just been very busy with work and a new personal chef client! Fun stuff.

15 comments:

  1. Hi Mel,
    I am so glad to see you back. I was actually worried, but am glad you were absent because of being busy with vegan stuff. Everything looks wonderful. Boy I sure wish we did not live on opposite ends of the US. I will have to be patient for your cookbook. Any time frame?

    I have only used that smart meat stuff once. I am with you on how much it looks like real beef, but was also surprised how well it works. I made seitan last week and ground some to use this week for DH birthday tacos. *fingers crossed*

    BBQ looks yummy. Do you make your own BBQ sauce or do you have a favorite?

    Hope you have a wonderful week!

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  2. Melody, congrats on the new client. Whoo hooo!!! Have you ever posted yor vegan cheez recipe? It looks so good on your enchilada bake.

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  3. as always your photos are incredible!

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  4. Don't apologize for being busy! It sounds like you're doing really well and having a lot of fun.

    Everything looks amazing. Split peas and quinoa sounds nice, I've never had that combo.

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  5. Congratulations on the new cient! I've only used the Smart Ground once, but I can't remember what I used it in. The enchilada bake will be a great meal. Split peas and quinoa sounds like a great combo. I'll give that a try. The breads look especially yummy!

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  6. i've never used Smart Ground because the look is to meaty for me. i'll have to give it a try one of these days. everything looks great. i love the split peas w/ quinoa it sounds like such a nice combo of flavors.

    JENNA

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  7. Melody, i love all your photographs here and i am sure i'd love the food. You are a stellar chef and photographer!!

    i am a big fan of Smart Ground... it is eerily like meat, isn't it?!!? i prefer it to the other TVP stuff out there...

    Split peas and quinoa, 'eh? That sounds like a groovy combo, along with roasted garlic! HELLO!!

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  8. I have never tried smart ground because of the cost and I learned how to use TVP in a way that I like before the commercial stuff was available here. I agree with everyone about how great the food looks. The split peas and quinoa reminds me of the way my favorite lentils with quinoa stew looks. Now back to the split peas, I am hankering some now. :b

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  9. I have seen the Smart Ground but never bought it. But your mix looked good in the pan. I may have to give it a try.

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  10. Looks so good, especially... everything! I've been hoping things were still going well, but I figured they were. It's good to get a post from you. A new client - how exciting! Take care.

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  11. ooh, the colors in that last photo are so pretty. and your enchilada bake looks delicious - I like the smart stuff, but always forget to use it, so it's a good thing for me that it lasts. :o)

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  12. bad blogger? it's all about quality, love, not quantity. and your quality is always primo.

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  13. Nice to see some more posts! White Whole Wheat Flour is that softer type of wheat, right? Not half and half? I used to be able to find that at my local grocery store, but for the past few months it has disappeared.

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  14. Oh, I'll take one of everything please! Coincidentally, I just made a bbq tofu lunch for myself.

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  15. We made this marinara sauce again. It is amazing! Way to go, Melody!

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