Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Black Bean Burgers and Sweet Potato Wedges

I'm on spring break, and I've been a real lazy body. I've basically spent my days thus far sleeping and counting down the days until I leave for New Orleans (tomorrow!). I did, however, get around to making real food over the weekend.

The days are getting warmer and longer, which means one thing: summer is on the way! Even though my summer will be jammed pack with grad classes and attempting to make some money some how (with the "how" part yet undetermined...), I love summer! I love making various vegan burgers, and lately, I've been craving black bean burgers.

I've tried a few different recipes for black bean burgers, and this is by far my favorite. Other recipes throw things like carrots, corn, and green peppers into the patties. And while I don't dislike these things - in fact, I love corn and carrots - they just don't belong in my burger! Instead of lots of veggies, this recipe features wheat gluten to give it a slightly chewy texture (much like these chickpea cutlets) and I love it!

You can top these with whatever you like, but sometimes I like just ketchup and mustard. I paired these with some simple sweet potato wedges and I could almost taste summer...

The recipe can be found here, and you can substitute the paste with ketchup.

That's it for the week, because tomorrow I'm bound for the Big Easy!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Lemony-Garlic Tofu with Roasted Asparagus and Brown Rice

I wanted a light (and also inexpensive) dinner, and had a hankerin' for something lemony and garlicky. I thought tofu might best absorb the flavors I was craving, so I Googled "lemon-garlic tofu" to see what results I'd get. I found this recipe on PETA's website. My feelings about PETA aside (read: I'm not a fan), this turned out pretty well.

I made some brown rice and threw some asparagus in the oven with a bit of olive oil, and there you go. Pretty easy and really yummy. And I think tofu and I are becoming friends again.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Chewy Chocolate-Raspberry Cookies

A friend of mine hosted a game night this weekend, so I thought making these cookies for game night would be a reasonable way to satisfy my craving for a chocolate cookie and also avoid the temptation of eating them all myself.

I love the combination of raspberry and chocolate, and these cookies have a different sort of texture. Someone said they had a texture similar to brownies, and so these were dubbed "crownies" and also "brookies." Either way, they're rich and delicious.

These come from Veganomicon, and the recipe can be found here. Just be sure to not overcook these, as doing so even just a bit can turn them into chocolate rocks.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Veggie and Hummus Pizza

This concoction was largely inspired by a post over at This is Vegan.

I decided to buy sun-dried tomato and basil hummus because I love sun-dried tomato and basil, so I thought this would be a nice change of pace for my lunches, which include hummus and raw veggies several days a week. The hummus itself was okay, but it really didn't go with baby carrots or celery. As in not at all.

To avoid wasting it, I decided to make some veggie pizzas. These were really simple to put together, and made a great light lunch. You could also easily cut these into smaller bites and serve as a finger food. This poor excuse of a recipe can easily be modified to suit your tastes.

You'll need:
- a pizza crust
- hummus
- veggies (I used cucumber, green pepper, and onions)

1. Cook pizza crust per its directions. Cool completely.
2. Spread humus over crust. Add veggies.

Yeah, I'm a culinary genius.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Chunky Chili

Hi, I'm not dead. I've just been sick for about forever (I very rarely get sick since going vegan, but wow the last month or so has been bad!), and after recently receiving an acceptance letter to grad school (yay!) I've been absorbed with getting everything set up to start classes in May. My apologies for neglecting you!

I've had chili on the brain for a while lately, so when the obnoxious question "What should I make for dinner?" arose, the answer was obvious. For once.

I didn't really follow a recipe, which is rare for me because I don't really trust my culinary instincts. I can follow a recipe like no one's business, but don't ask me to make up something. This was pretty much exactly what I wanted.

To make something similar, you'll need:

1 sweet onion
2 bell peppers
3 15 oz cans of beans (I used black and kidney)
28 oz diced tomatoes, with juice (I think it's 28 oz; I know it's the big can)
1 tbsp cumin
3 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp cocoa powder
dash of sea salt
dash of cayenne pepper
pinch of red pepper flakes

1. Cut fresh veggies. (You can cut these however big or small you like them. I like mine kind of chunky.) Saute in 1 tbsp olive oil. After three or four minutes, add the spices.
2. When the veggies start to soften, add tomatoes and beans. Simmer until heated through.

Yeah. It was that easy. Not super fancy or elaborate, but yummy enough! Feel free to adjust veggies and/or spices and/or beans to your liking! This can easily be served over brown rice, too!