Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Monday Menu Planning (a little late)

I'm a little bit late on my menu planning, had the recipes selected and was planning to post last night but I was whisked away for another beach visit instead!

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Surely you can't blame me for taking advantage of that beautiful sunset, not to mention the lovely company! We ended the evening and the long weekend with a bowl of 16 Bean, Leek & Kielbasa Soup, which we gobbled up while watching a movie.

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The Verdict: AMAZING! This was the best recipe from Betty Goes Vegan so far, and quite possibly the most delicious bean soup I've ever eaten! For once, Chip and I were in agreement. Now, this is not super-duper healthy due to the faux meat, olive oil and french fried onions, but I personally could just eat the base of the soup w/o those additions and be quite happy! Chip on the other hand wants the goodies, and I don't blame him. Since I left the "meat" separate, we'll both be able to enjoy the leftovers to our own liking.

Now, on to this week's menu. Once again I'll be focusing (mostly) on recipes from Betty Goes Vegan and The Vegetarian Meat and Potatoes Cookbook. I checked both of these out from the library but am enjoying them so much, I've decided I need copies for myself!

Man Crush Meatless Monday ("meaty" meals a man will love): 
Taco Tuesday (Mexican-inspired): Tempeh Tacos
Worldly Wednesday (dishes from far away lands): Rasta Red Beans and Rice
Throwback Thursday (retro recipe redux): Cheeseburger Pie
Fun Friday: Leftovers, dinner out, whatever!
Soupy Saturday (no explanation needed): Cuban Black Bean Soup
Slow Cookin' Sunday (Crock-pot cookin'): Dinner TBD, dessert Easy Apple Cobbler

So, there you go. I have my grocery list made, heading to the store now.

Have a wonderful day!


Monday, September 1, 2014

The Week in Review

Due to the holiday weekend, I'm running a little behind on menu planning. Here's our week in review:

You already know about Monday's Beefless Stew (yum!), so I'll continue on to Tuesday's Mexican Corn, Tomatillo & Red Bean Stew.
Mexican Corn, Tomatillo, and Red Bean Stew
Mexican Corn, Tomatillo, and Red Bean Stew

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Mexican Corn, Tomatillo & Red Bean Stew

The Verdict: Very tasty & flavorful with just the right amount of spice! I served this with cornbread so I could sop up every bit!

On Wednesday Chip  surprised me with dinner out, went over to Caribbean Jack's so we could check out the adjoining marina. Chip's new sailboat will be delivered next weekend so we have to acquire dock space quickly! This restaurant is known for its seafood and other bar fare, but I was pleased to find a Caribbean Spinach Salad on the menu which hit the spot.

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Caribbean Spinach Salad at Caribbean Jacks, Daytona Beach

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Docks at Caribbean Jack's
On Thursday we just had leftovers, then Friday we had a dinner & movie date night! After seeing Fort McCoy at Cinematique, we headed over to Zen Bistro. I've never been disappointed with their food, and the Pineapple Curry (with tofu) was no exception.

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For lunch on Saturday I made the German Hot Potato Salad and served it alongside Field Roast frankfurters topped with sauerkraut & mustard.

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The Verdict: I really liked the potato salad, but found the bacon flavor a bit too intense. Chip said it wasn't what he remembered from his visits to German restaurants & delis, had a few bites and then left the rest for me.

Saturday's dinner was the Chicken-free Pot Pie..

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Chicken-free Pot Pie

The Verdict: I'm showing a pic of the pie "topless" because once I added the crust everything went terribly wrong! Unlike the blog, the cookbook version of the recipe called for a whole wheat crust. Honestly, I didn't think that sounded great and thought it even less likely that Chip would like it. I was right. The crust was dry and fell apart, ended up smushing it into the pie and topping with more gravy.  Next time, I'll use my tried & true pie crust and I'm sure it'll be much better.

Sunday I tweaked the Louisiana Vegetable Gumbo recipe a bit, adding a link of sauteed vegan sausage and about 2 cups of cooked red beans.

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Louisiana Vegetable Gumbo

The Verdict: Delicious! I served this over long grain white rice as suggested, but next time will choose the healthier brown rice variety.

This morning Chip and I took a nice long beach walk..

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and I threw together a quickie tofu scramble with roasted potatoes for breakfast..

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We've been relaxing and vegging out ever since. I have the 16 Bean, Leek & Kielbasa Soup simmering in my Crock Pot right now as I work on this week's menu plan. I will pop back in again later to post that.

Have a great day, Happy Labor Day to my American friends!