Saturday, September 29, 2007

I love my freezer

Roasted cherry tomatoes, fennel, onions and garlic. This was eaten on a homemade bread with white bean dip and used as a base for soup and some pasta sauce that is in the freezer.


Super fast dinner of fresh pico, guac, tofu sour "cream" with roasted garlic, corn tortillas with homemade salsa verde and my taco cheddar style "cheez". The only thing missing was chipoltle lime black beans, but it was hot and I didn't feel like making them that night.


White Bean Soup. I adore my pressure cooker so much. Everyone should get one! This soup only took 30 minutes and was insanely simple. Just beans, veggie stock, garlic, thyme, red pepper flakes; topped with evoo, smoked paprika and more thyme.

One ugly wrap. Fortunately it tasted better than it looked. Turkey style seitan, dijon mustard, romaine, smoky aoili, tomatoes and onions on a sun dried tomato whole wheat tortilla.

I had some spinach I needed to use up, so I made a lower fat spinach/walnut pesto. So freaken good. I used some of the leftover tofu/roasted garlic sour 'cream' instead of oil. This is in the freeer for a meal later in the week.

I was cleaning out my freezer, and I found a bag of frozen brussel sprouts. Now, I love me some roasted sprouts, but fresh is best for those in my opinion. What to do? hmmmm... I had some of the leftover taco "cheddar"... onions, garlic, carrots, celery, potato, veggie stock, earth balance meet the sprout! You all managed to compliment each other into a great bowl of soup. I topped it with smoked paprika and some fresh cilantro.


Toaster oven pizza. This was on a homemade whole wheat cruts with lots of veggies, homemade sauce and some cheddar style "cheez".
Ribby ribby rib. More goodness from my freezer. I love being able to have a stockpile of easy food to prepare on the nights when I'm so busy! It's a good thing we like sandwiches so much. I actually am not a huge fan of seitan anything, so I can only stomach these maybe once every 3 months or so. Mark and Turin love them though.


Pizza Pizza. Made the crust in the bread machine. Whole wheat with sesame seeds. Topped with tons of veggies, veggie pepperoni and FYH cheese. Kids did not like the FHY... they like my cheez better and of course, dairy cheese the best. At least they ate it.
I'm super busy cooking for a party tomorrow. Woohoo!
Hopefully, I'll be able to post pics of all the food, but I have to get permission first.

21 comments:

  1. wow... what a post! it seems like you've been busy cooking :)

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  2. DROOL-fest, as always, Mel. I really love the 'cheddar-y" soup the best. Your photos are always practically scratch and sniff.

    This post reminds me I need to raid my freezer [and my pantry, too].

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  3. Beautiful food as usual! Love the soup, it looks so smooth and creamy! And the raosted cherry tomatoes look divine!

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  4. I love my freezer, too--it feels great to pull out a home-cooked meal on a busy night!

    As for the pressure cooker, I'm beginning to think I ought to get one. Most everyone seems to love theirs, but... I'm nervous something bad will happen! They sound like they could be dangerous. Do you feel like they're perfectly safe?

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  5. wowza ... yum!
    I love my freezer, too.

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  6. Laura,

    I think pressure cookers used to explode and do all sorts of scary things. I was intimidated too by the thought of one, but the new ones have a lot of safety features and are perfectly safe.

    Here is the link to the one I have:

    http://www.amazon.com/Presto-6-Quart-Stainless-Pressure-Cooker/dp/B00006ISG6/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-9802212-1171121?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1191200161&sr=8-1

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  7. Wow, Mel, all the food looks fabulous! My freezer never treats me this well! Best of luck with the party - hope they let you share some photos with us! :)

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  8. Great looking food. I agree about freezers, they are a life saver on busy days/nights.

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  9. wow as always your photos make us drool!

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  10. Wow - everything looks great but I'm intrigued by the spinach pesto. Pesto is one of my fave foods but I've never tried anything but basil. That brussel sprout soup looks pretty inviting too....and the pizza...it all looks good, as always.

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  11. Mel, your dishes are always spectacular; and hey, that wrap looks gorgeous to me!! I too love using ingredients that are in my freezer, begging to be used in a completely different way than it was used previously (if that makes sense, haha). I look forward to seeing more food photos, if permission is granted! :0)

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  12. I love your freezer, too! Almost as much as I love fennel. I could eat a little bit of everything.

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  13. My freezer has good stuff in it, but not like that. Holy vegan cannoli!

    The ribs and the white bean soup are my favorites I think.

    Ah, pressure cooker...on my list of items I want to buy.

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  14. My freezer is jam packed with food. I told myself a while back I wouldn't make anything if it didn't involve using up something already in the pantry. Well, that led to a very full freezer! It's hard getting through so much food when it's just the 2 of us.

    I noticed your new masthead! Way to go Melody. I really hope that your restaurant materializes. You are such a wonderful chef. I know you would do well.

    I've got your teriyaki tempeh marinating in my fridge right now. I was going to cook them for dinner but I forgot I had leftovers so I decided to let the tempeh marinate overnight and cook tomorrow. I'll let you know how it turns out.

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  15. wow. that's amazing. see...i wish i knew what half that stuff WAS, let alone if i like it or not. lol i have such a hard time branching out with what i cook because i don't know what ANYTHING tastes like and i hate wasting tons of food to cook this huge meal and none of us like it.

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  16. Yep, freezers are fabulous. I love the roasted fennel and tomato dish....

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  17. Holy cooking! Can I come live at your house! Absolutely amazing!

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  18. Damn Melody- your freezer is just a cornucopia of yumminess!

    And by the way, my life is so far from glam- I would actually consider giving it up if I could be blessed with your cooking talent.

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  19. Hi! I'm just dropping by to let you know about a food blogging event I'm hosting, called "A Vegetarian Feast." The first round is thanksgiving themed, but broadly it can include any vegetarian dishes that use fall ingredients or make you think of Thanksgiving. If you're interested in participating or mentioning the event on your blog, you can find details here. Thanks!

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  20. That pizza is amazing! I was thinking I might make the chickpea noodle soup from Veganomican tonight but now I'm not so sure. My pizza would have FYH "cheese" too, I don't know how to make good "cheese" for pizza.

    I love roasted brussels too, but I tried fresh for the first time and DF said he liked the frozen ones better! I think I might have undercooked them? Who knows...

    Another beautiful post :x

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