Tuesday, January 15, 2008

In which I turn the oven on

So, yesterday I was stuck at home all day during a snowstorm. Perfect day for cooking! My lunch today was delicious, a Chipotle BBQ sauce baked tofu sandwich with roasted red peppers, smoky dijon aioli and romaine on low calorie (40 calories per slice!) italian toast. The other day, one of my friends asked me for a low calorie hummus recipe. I knew that Isa had a cauliflower hummus recipe in Veganonmnicon so I based this hummus on that idea. The recipe is quite different from hers and it turned out great. One day, I'd like to try hers too!
Quinoa black bean chili. My kids love this and will certainly enjoy it.
My 100 calorie lavash pizza. Using this as a crust, you can cut the calories by 400 calories! I made a quick sauce out of tomatoes, onions, garlic, fresh basil, mushrooms and some leftover eggplant. Topped it with FYH cheese, which is delicious with the sauce.

My pics are out of order here! I roasted butternut squash and of course had to roast the seeds as well. Yum!
Here's the Chipotle BBQ tofu, ready to be baked.
What a beautiful squash!
Oh, how roasting brings out the best in veggies!
Roasted red pepper and fennel. I'm thinking of making a roasted butternut squash, pepper and fennel barley risotto later on this week.
So, I'm sure most of you have checked out Julie's awesome sausage recipe and video! It inspired me to play around with seitan. I WILL follow her recipe to the T someday because it sounds delicious, but today I did a major clean out the fridge seitan, but used a cooking method based on her recipe. Wow.. I LOVED it! I have some in the fridge, I'm taking some to my kids and some if sliced and in the freezer right now. I used so many odds and ends in this seitan, but it really turned out well. I think this is my new favorite was to cook the seitan.

Ready for the fridge.. Combined with the baby spinach, I'll have a variety of great food this week.

16 comments:

  1. You're set for the week. Mind if I bop over? ;)

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  2. I'm snowed in today, so it's definitely perfect timing for more cooking and baking!! I see you've definitely made good use of your snow day, cooking up all that marvelous food!! :0)

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  3. I need a snow day so I can stay home and cook!! Please send some to Houston, thank you.

    Everything looks yummy, especially that roasted squash!!!

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  4. Oh my goodness!! Everything here looks amazing. Great work. =)

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  5. I made Julie's sausage a couple days ago and we loved it. I can't wait to play around with it! Yours looks wonderful. Can you share what you did? I wish we lived closer and I would come to your house for lunch. YUM!

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  6. The lavash pizza is a great idea and your tofu sandwich looks fantastic.

    I'm so glad you like the steamed seitan. It works well for cutlets too.

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  7. I can't say I've had lavash before, but it does sound like it made for a nice guilt-free, thin-crust pizza.

    Mind if I come over later, for some of your special seitan and your future butternut squash risotto?

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  8. That is an amazing array of food. All of which looks delicious! I am very intrigued by Julie's recipe/method as well. Also, great idea for lavish pizza!

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  9. Great idea on the lavish pizza, that way you can eat the whole thing guilt free, ha!

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  10. I have been on such a chipotle kick lately, and that sandwich is lookin mighty fine right about now.

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  11. What a great idea, to put the hummus in a red pepper bowl. I'm going to try this :o).

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  12. I want your quinoa black bean chili! and that is seriously one of the prettiest food photos ever.

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  13. Everything looks great - what a great way to most of being stuck inside.

    I'm going to have to check out that seitan recipe. So far, your turkey seitan test recipe is the only one I like.

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  14. Everything looks great - what a great way to most of being stuck inside.

    I'm going to have to check out that seitan recipe. So far, your turkey seitan test recipe is the only one I like.

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  15. did you say video? i only saw the recipe and it looked pretty huge.

    i love to cook but not that much. i sure wish i had that gene.

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  16. Anonymous12:52 PM

    Your bread pictures are outstanding. Do you use a lot of that King's white wheat flour? I need to get some of that sometime.

    I also liked your scallion pancakes.

    How do you get your wheat bread to rise like that? Sometimes, my wheat bread is flatter...well most times it is.

    Traci Lynn

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