Monday, September 03, 2007

Lots of food

Herbed 'Feta', veggies and olives along with some homemade crusty bread was a great for lunch snacking. I also made a big salad and a Green Goddess dressing which I did not photograph. The dressing, 'feta' and the bread will be going in the cookbook.

Speaking of the cookbook. Thanks for all of the testing request emails. Right now, I have around 20 people testing. I feel more comfortable keeping it to people that I "know" at the time being, but that may change in the future. I am saving all of the requests. I got over 100 emails, and it totally overwhelmed me, so keeping it closer to home feels like the right thing to do. I hope you all understand.
Our BBQ went well. I made a batch of my Low Fat Spicy Noodles which were devoured. I almost always have a batch of these in the fridge and I'm sure you all are getting sick of seeing them on this blog!

This was a delicious Black Eye Pea dip, along with some homemade crusty bread.
Summer Black Eyed Pea Spread (it tastes so much better than it looks or sounds!)
-3 cups cooked (and drained) black eyed peas or 1 cup dried black eyed peas, pressure cooked with kombu for 25 minutes
-2 large cloves garlic
-2 t umeboshi vinegar
-3/4- 1 t kosher salt, depending on personal taste
-1/2-1 tsp freshly ground black pepper, depending on personal taste
-1 T fresh thyme (I think the fresh thyme is very important. I haven't made this with dried thyme, but if you do, I'd add a scant 1 tsp.. but please use fresh if you can)
- 4 T extra virgin olive oil
-2-4 T fresh lemon juice depending on taste (2 is around half a lemon, 4 the whole lemon. I used the whole thing.. but start with half and then add more to suit your personal taste)
-1/4 t ground coriander
-Garnish: 1 medium tomato, fresh chives and and drizzle of olive oil and freshly ground pepper.

Method: Mash the peas with a potato masher, add the pressed garlic and the rest of the ingredients. Taste and adjust seasoning. Let cool if the peas are just cooked or chill if canned. Add more lemon juice or salt if needed. I served mine with homemade crusty bread, baby spinach, tomatoes and vidalia onions.
Total crap pic, but this was our spread. My All American Burgers, Marinated Seitan Cutlets, Seitan Turkey Breast, Homemade Chipotle BBQ sauce, Spicy Noodles, Big Salad, Homemade Bread, Store bought buns, a tiny bit of dairy cheese for the meat eaters (everything else was vegan, of course), Black Eyed Pea dip, Spinach, Onions and Tomatoes.
I was going to bake a cake, but we were all pretty full, so I didn't. It was a fun, simple time with friends.

This was my husband's lunch today. Seitan, peppers and onions on an onion bun, with spicy mustard , baby spinach and chipotle sauce.

My lunch. A 60 calorie pita, topped with the tofu feta, homemade marinara and veggies. Delicious and totally guilt free. I have lost a total of 45 lbs in the past year. (I have more to lose still)
I am not doing weight watchers anymore, but I do try to limit the excess fat and calories and the low carb pita bread at 60 calories and the lavash at 100 calories has been a huge help.
My kids wanted french toast this morning, so I created a new recipe for them. I lied and told them it was made with eggs and they believed me. This recipe will be going to my testers as well, as it is made with several secret ingredients.

Super healthy breakfast muffin. Whole grains and sweet potato come together in a tender muffin. Sugar free and great for a quick breakfast. I like to have healthy muffins for the kids to grab in the morning, as well as for myself. I am often out the door by 5:45 am.. and will work straight through until the afternoon, so a portable breakfast is a good thing.


  1. Wow--everything looks great!

    Congrats on losing the weight; that is quite the accomplishment!


  2. The picnic food looks great. The herbed feta is intriguing. Is that your recipe or from somewhere else?

    I'm also planning to try the turkey and black bean spread soon.

  3. what a beautiful spread ya got there melody! My hubby would LOVE your hubby's lunch!! looks great! I am totally looking forward to your cookbook!
    take care

  4. Mmmmmmm, isn't black-eyed pea spread the best?! i make one very similar to yours every time we have black-eyed pea leftovers.

    which reminds's been far toon long since we have!

  5. Wow that a lot of weight loss! congrats!!!!!!!

    the food looks totally good, im droling.

  6. The picture of the Spicy Noodles on the blue plate is so beautiful. I can't wait to try them.

    I made the All American Burgers for dinner tonight and after one bite, Marty said, "These are the best patties you've ever made." Wooooo Hooooo! I agree. They're very flavorful. Especially with the special sauce. I swear, I wanted to eat that sauce with a spoon.

    I wish I would have had more time to make the muffins. I guess that's going to have to wait until next weekend.

    The pita pizza is a great idea (congrats on the weight loss by the way). Do you just heat it up in the toaster oven?

  7. So much good food!! I can't wait to see a new french toast recipe, I'm addicted to that stuff.
    Congrats on losing 45 lbs.! That's awesome.

  8. It all looks great, Mel--esp the vegan feta. And congrats on the weight loss. I have put on a few pounds (middle age is lurking!) and am trying to keep them at bay, so I'm interested in learning the secret to your success

    Do you have a publisher for your cookbook?

  9. Everything looks delicious, especially the black eyed pea dip!

  10. I'm going to try the black-eyed pea spread and the turkey breast very soon, this weekend I hope. All your pictures are gorgeous. I'm going to have to take your idea for the pita pizza--I don't know why I've never done that before!

  11. Oh, wow wow, yum!
    I need to get off my ass and test!

  12. beautiful! I've been wanting to make vegan feta for awhile. I think you've convinced me to find that recipe! thanks.

  13. I love all bean spreads and delicious blackeyed peas are far too often neglected! I think it looks super and I can't wait to try it. And I love those healthy and sugarfree muffins!

  14. Great food, and congrats on the weight loss - 45 pounds is amazing! And as a recipe tester, I cannot wait to try those muffins!

  15. Silvia10:37 PM

    Hi, this is my first visit to your blog. The pics are great but why don't you include the recipes? I am particulary referring to the muffins.

  16. Way to go on losing all that weight! I've been struggling for a couple of years to lose weight; currently the scale is going up and not down...

  17. Congratulations on the cookbook! I wish you all the best! And I just love the look of the noodle dish; I could go for some right about now. (sounds of stomach growling....)

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  27. I love this kind of recipes becuase help me to be healthy, due to the fact he major quantity of ingredients contains a lot of nutrients. I like especially the salads.

  28. Just made the black eyed pea hummus, with the addition of one habenero pepper and it is pretty good! Thinking of putting it in collard wraps for New Year's dinner.