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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Food & Find

Liv is my #1 helper when it comes to cooking, and her favorite thing to cook is muffins. Here she is stirring the dry ingredients for 'Wolffie's Banana Blueberry Muffins' from La Dolce Vegan! (p. 274) I like the hint of molasses, but perhaps the flavor is too strong for the girls?

I thought they were great -- warm from the oven with a bit of Earth Balance... But the girls didn't like them -- even though there were big, plump blueberries inside....

Can't win them all -- and the best compliment is from a critic!

They loved this! These smoothies had:

Fresh Banana & cantaloupe
Frozen Strawberries & Mangos
Carrot/Orange juice & Ice

They were as thick as they look.

It was a solo dinner for me and this is what I chose, 'Pureed Chickpea Pasta Sauce with Fresh Herbs' from Vive le Vegan! (p. 99) over Soba noodles. This recipe has 17 ingredients, excluding the pasta, and I had them all! Right down to the fresh oregano from our garden - I had to use a flashlight to pick it last night. This was really yummy and if you're a garbanzo fan, you gotta try it.

And now, for the "find" part of this post...
Look what we found at Costco -- A 12 pack of Amy's burgers! At .80 cents a patty, I think this is a great deal. I'm so pleased to see vegan, organic, delicious food available in bulk! One more testament that the Veg Lifestyle is becoming more mainstream. Can you believe this is the first time I've tried Amy's? Hands down, this is the best veggie burger I've had. Period. The only down-side is that we have to gack down the "other" brand burgers in the freezer.


Blogger Shananigans said...

Wow, that is a great deal on the Amy’s burgers! Last time I had a Costco membership all they ever had were Boca burgers, they’re definitely not my favorite brand. That chickpea sauce sounds amazing, but complicated. 17 ingredients sure makes it sound like a lot of work! Let me know how you enjoy my Netflix recommendations. Have a lovely day :)

10:21 AM  
Blogger Melissa West said...

I love that chickpea pasta sauce. It is so yummy. 17 ingredients makes it sound like so much work, but it is one of the easiest things to whip up. I love the photos of your girls cooking.

Great job on the entertaining post below. Love pesto!

12:30 PM  
Blogger meesh said...

I'll have to keep a look out for thoses burgers next time I'm at CostCo. We usually go there for the five lb boxes of grapes and blueberries. Ah, gotta love buying in bulk.

12:50 PM  
Blogger Village Mama said...

The thick smoothies look delicious! Great image of you ripping fresh oregano by flashlight ; )

1:49 PM  
Blogger madeinalaska said...

your little helper is a doll!

i agree about the molasses it can be strong and i think some people are more sensitive to it then others..
love the little plate.. that is soo cute..

i have been thinking of making that noodle dish.. looks great!

2:06 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...

hi shananigans: i'm just proud of myself for having all the stuff on hand. please don't let that put you off on the recipe. it's super easy & not at all complicated. it all goes inside the food processor. presto - all done & delicious.

hi melissa: agree -- yummy & easy. :o)

hi meesh: we also get the frozen blueberries @ costco -- it's a big bag of organic!

hi village mama: i felt like an herb thief undercover. yes, it's an exciting life! lol! :o)

hi madeinalaska: thanks!

3:41 PM  
Blogger Urban Vegan said...

First--that photo of Liv is GREAT.

Those smoothies look like beautiful butterflies, and that Chickpea Pasta Sauce looks rich enough to convert Ted Nugent.

6:40 PM  
Blogger JAM*tacular said...

Great action photo of future veggie crusader :)


7:26 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...

thanks, urban - i always love seeing your plate around here!

hi jam*tacular: i love thinking of my livi-liv that way! thanks for your comment & maybe someday she'll make her own veggie decision like your son did.


9:45 PM  
Blogger Dori said...

Fresh oregano, the best. My kids don't care for black strap molasses either. The smoothies are so colorful and cheerful, would have been my top pick too!

5:30 AM  
Blogger Teen Vegan said...

Those muffins look amazing! I hate it when muffins don't have enough berries in them, lol :)

And I'm so glad to hear that I'm not the only person who has resorted to picking fresh herbs from my garden with a flashlight! I do that practically every other night.

Awesome blog, btw! :)

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the last couple of months, I've been visiting everybody's blog and thinking that you guys are great in general but also for having blogs and putting your ideas and creations out there.
I'm in Québec, Canada where we don't have a lot of products that you lucky people have, like Earth Balance and stuff. We don't have as much info about veganism and animal rights in french either, anyway, compared to the US.
So I'm talking about you on my forum and providing links to all your blogs and people are saying : "to bad we don't have french blogs like that".

And so I went ahead and started my own blog in french. I just wanted to tell you this so you would know that all the time you spend on your blogs not only inspires vegan anglophones but also francophones like me.

Blessings to you Vicki and to you all !

1:17 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

That chickpea pasta sauce looks wonderful! I'm definitely a garbanzo fan, I'll be sure to make this soon.

1:04 PM  
Blogger KleoPatra said...

Liv is such a gem. What a great helper!

I'm w/you on molasses, by the way. It is rather strong. The muffins sure look good! Love the blueberries...

Those smoothies are gorgeous, especially lookin' great in those cups that accentuate the colour differences. GORGEOUS!! You are such a fab photog on top of everything else. Can you tell i'm a fan of yours?

Chickpea pasta! Yowza, that really does look good - the 17 ingredients plus pasta is much too much work for lazy me... Great plate it's on as well.

Wow, COSTCO to the rescue on the Amy's burgers. I hope they have those here at our COSTCOs. Every time i start getting used to finding something great there, they seem to discontinue it. They used to carry this shiitake mushroom burger that was out of this world... *sigh* I am going to see if we have the Amy's here... here's hoping!

12:24 AM  
Blogger Sweet Pea said...

I tried those muffins as well and wasn't impressed. The flavours were too strong. It's not often that I don't like something.

11:51 AM  
Blogger Turquoise CRO said...

mmmmMMMMMMM those smoothies look delish!!! and that little cat dish is sooooo sweet!

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