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Menu plan Jan 25-31

This week I’m only going to focus on recipes by Ginny, vegan in the freezer as I’m in the middle of other projects. Next week I’m going to be posting recipes by Jill the veggie queen.

White pizza sauce

Brown rice and broccoli casserole

Chili pasta casserole

I’m going to use the white sauce for pizza, also for pasta with stir fried veggies- frozen or fresh veggies what I can buy that doesn’t cost me an arm and a leg. The casserole dishes can be revamped and turned in burrito’s.

Use hostage #veganinthefreezer so we can see what you’re cooking up!

 

How are you going to use these dishes as left over? As is? Or are you going to get creative? Let us know and drop us a line or two 🙂

 

 

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When one plans ahead, one has yummy dinner

On Tuesday I had potatoes baking in the oven, rice cooking in my instant pot and three recipes in mind, as I was eating my left over soup. I love Laura’s new book Vegan-ease, and while I didn’t want the recipes for dinner that night, I knew I wanted to try them for Wednesday’s dinner. And seeing how I prepped the main ingredients the day before- all I had to do was some chopping of veggies and assemble the rest of the ingredients. A teaspoon of this, 1/4 teaspoon of that, wrap and bake. EASY!!!

The first dish I made was an oven fried casserole : rice, broccoli, ginger, garlic. I added onions and celery to it. Look how pretty it looks- this is before it was cooked.

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Put foil in it and pop it into the oven and cook for 45 mins. Clean the kitchen and voila : this happens

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This tastes like good old fashioned, home made soup that your grandma cooked, or the recipe that has been handed down for generations. Only no broth. It’s comfort in a bowl.

Now, time for the potatoes. I baked 5, two for chilli chickpea stuffed spuds (3 for fries). I cooked the chickpeas in the IP, but you can used canned for extra ease. Plus I baked the potatoes ahead of time- saved me about an 1 in the kitchen. (Though I could’ve baked them when I cooked my casserole)

Check these bad boys out:

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They are just waiting to be put in the oven. Once baked they have a wonderful texture- crunch from the chickpeas, softness from the potatoes. Has a great flavour from the chilli powder and smoked paprika. I can see warm salsa going on these even though it does not need any extra flavour or texture. They are great! In fact I might have had one for breakfast 🙂

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See?!?!?!  Plan ahead and you shall be happy!! Tonight, I’m making fries. I’m also going to freeze some of the casserole in appropriate serving containers and putting it in the freezer- for those days I don’t feel like cooking but want a healthful homemade meal.

How do you like your potatoes?

Take a Stroll back in time

We are so lucky today! We have recipes at our finger tips, we have Facebook groups, Twitter, other social media. We have our platform. In fact today’s generation has it easier to connect with like minded people. We could be called spoiled brats, which in a way we are. I remember when I first went vegetarian -I was (all) alone. Against the will of my parents “because you must think you buy burgers in the store”. I was young and thought, yes- that’s where you buy them. We raised beef cows, and let me tell you- if you went to a meat packaging plant- you would stop eating animals.

Ok- enough about that- I’m not trying to preach or say I’m perfect- I eat vegan junk- big deal, I do try and eat healthy most of the time.

But let’s get back to the 70’s- how many vegans do you know? You might think you know them- granola tree hugging, hippie type people right? Wrong! That stero type would go to those who were in a phase. And if I want to buy into that?! I would think everyone wore bell bottoms, took LSD- and gave the middle finger to the man. Ok I might be confusing the 60’s with the 70’s- but what do I know? I was born in the 70’s.

I had some time and cheetah banana’s today- and I thought- Dreena’s  banana bread should be made. I misplaced my copy of plant powered families, but knew she had a similar yet not as healthy of a recipe in another book. I was floored that her first book, The Everyday Vegan, was released in the 70’s!!! Maybe that’s why I like her style, her recipes- there’s always something comforting about them. Even if it doesn’t  just involve potatoes and veggies (we had meat, potatoes and veggies every night- how boring) – it just feels like….. Hanging out with family or a good friend.

It sounds strange- but you should check Dreena’s site out.

Heres a picture of my maple banana bread.

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Who was the first plant based/ vegan chef you were introduced to and have loved most of the recipes they come up with?!

Ok- the book was released in 2001- but that whole confusion had me tripping back to the 70’s, that I barely remember.

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