Vegan MoFo Day 9 – Laziest Apple Pie

The other night, I was at my mom’s for sad reasons. She already had a get-together planned and didn’t want to back out of it. A distracted mind is a content mind! She decided to make a pie out of a bunch of apples that were starting to go soft. When she asked me to get the pre-made crusts out of the freezer, I noticed that they were shortening-based and. . . . “accidentally vegan!” I got excited and my mom decided to make her crumble topping with Nucoa*, not butter. Yay for me!

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Look at that accidentally-vegan goodness.

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I’m not one to buy pre-made pie crusts, but when it’s already being made and I am asked to chip in, I sure as hell won’t say no. Another benefit of using a pre-made crust is that baking, which is usually a precise science, becomes a more “wing it” type activity like traditional cooking. In pie, the crust is the only thing that’s really finicky. With that out of the way, the rest comes easy!

My mom cut the apples up and tossed them in some brown sugar, cinnamon, corn starch, and the juice of one lemon.

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She made a crumble-topping out of rolled oats, brown sugar, and margarine.

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We then baked that shiz per the package instructions and it was pretty darn tasty! I didn’t even miss the “mode” from a la mode, which I used to consider necessary for apple pie. I wouldn’t enter it to a fair or anything, but it’s not a bad way to use up excess apples in one hour. 

*I can’t, for the life of me, find any evidence of Nucoa’s new formula. When Smart Balance bought them out, it became the poor man’s Earth Balance. Similar process but less authentic buttery taste for half the price. I use this stuff all the time but I can’t! Find! Proof! Online! That! It’s! Okay! Looks like I already have a new post idea. . . 

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Vegan Mofo Day 8 – Breaking from Food

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My parents’ beloved dog Sparky passed away yesterday. He was only five years old. 

It was a huge shock for everyone. He was feeling lethargic for a few days, but my parents thought it was from the other dog Annie being re-homed. They thought he missed her, and didn’t feel too worried. By the time his condition worsened, it was too late to save him. 

They went into the vet at six and I got the call at ten that he had passed. 

I was allowed to go home early because I was such a mess. He was just the sweetest little dog and so freaking young. Visiting my mom that evening was really hard – the house felt so empty

I know this is the vegan month of food, but it’s hard for me to think about food. 
To keep this somewhat relevant, I’ll add that I’ve been stress-eating. Apple pie for breakfast, hummus pack and Slurpee for lunch, and Gardein sliders with tater tots for dinner. I ran into my mom at the store on my break. I felt embarrassed, buying such crummy food. Crummy and expensive food. But I just can’t see the point in trying. Not quite yet.

I should have an actual weekend this week, which is the most amazing thing I’ve ever heard. I will cook! It will be glorious! I will blog about good food!

Vegan Mofo Day 7 – A Preview of Things to Come

About a year ago, I found myself really into freezer cooking. This happened to come around right around the time. . . my phone and camera broke. Yep. I had an in-progress draft saved here for months now and thought it would be a great teaser for where my blog is going.

As you can probably see by the picture and description below, I had quite the stockpile going! It was rather eclectic, but it worked.

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Pictured above (in varying degrees of visibility):

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Random snapshot I took while doing the prep. Pictured: chickpea cutlets and mustard sauce (not in freezer pic above).

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I also documented my first freezer-to-crockpot experience: the chili and corn-muffins. I froze everything but the water and lentils and added them in once defrosted. Muffins defrosted on counter while the stew cooked. YEP, amazing.

What did I tell you? AMAZING! The avocado could have been applied in a prettier way, but I was tired. It was near midnight. That was kind of the whole point with freezing and slow cooking. But I was very happy with how it worked out, flavor-wise! 

If you’re curious, the jambalaya didn’t work out so well. It wasn’t the freezing process that killed it, but two things:
1) I was using brainy seitan (my first attempt!)
2) The recipe was just NOT meant for a crock-pot. Oops! 

Everything else worked out just as well as the chili, but I no longer had a camera to document it. I definitely want to show you guys more freezer meals as time goes on, so anyone as busy as I am can still enjoy a delicious meal. 

Until tomorrow!

Vegan Mofo Day 6 – I’m Drowning

Ugh. Guess who got called into work Thursday? Me. Who stayed an hour late Friday? Me. Who’s staying 3-4 hours late today? Me. Who’s trying to run a food blog for once but HAS NO TIME?! MEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEME.

I never intended for this blog to be like a third-rate Laziest Vegans, but that’s apparently where we’re at. 

I bought these awesome ciabatta hot dug buns on clearance and have been using them to make garlic bread. Garlic bread is something I never really had the urge to make vegan and I’m not sure why. It’s so. . . easy. Like, you take your normal garlic bread stuff and basically.  . replace butter with Earth Balance and replace the parmesan with nooch. I didn’t have any parsley on hand, but it was still amazing!

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Mmm.

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I also have been stress-eating these “Soy Creamy” ice cream sammies from Trader Joe‘s. It’s hard to beat ice cream at this price and the only flaw is that they’re not Neapolitan. Double yum.  

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Also from Trader Joe’s: crescent rolls. I usually just buy Pilsbury’s or store-brand, but I forgot until I was at Trader Joe’s. D’oh! I used some leftover Tofurkey dogs and made crescent dogs. Yum. Lazy and yum.image

Classy “bite out of it” shot. It’s like the cross-cut but lazier and less hygienic. 

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One perk to coming in on my day off is that my boss decided to give me a $5 Starbucks gift card as a “thank you.” I used it to buy my yearly green tea frap and it was, of course, delicious. Oddly enough, it’s no longer listed on the menu. But if you ask, they’ll still make it. 

Please ignore the non-vegan frapp in the background. It’s a figment of your imagination. (I’m one of those vegan “traitors” and have an omnivorous partner. Sorry if that offends you.) The purse, however, is a $15 “all man-made materials” bag. No leather to be found! 

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And finally from Trader Joe’s: hummus cups. Basically the cheaper version of what I’ve been supplying demand for at 7-11. It’s also a bit more authentic in that it’s served with pita chips, not pretzel crisps. Delicious. Great served with re-constituted peach tea. Or lemonade. Or lemonade slurpees. . . Except they stopped those this week. Sad-face. 

This post has been incredibly disjointed. Thanks for sticking around and waiting out a proper post! Someday soon, I hope. Someday soon. I have some big projects in the works (but I won’t discuss those until they’re finalized). Until next time!

Vegan Mofo Day 3 – I Need Some Real Posts, Dude

Today wasn’t the cooking/baking day that I had hoped for, but instead a day of getting the car fixed. I also caught up on sleep, which was nice. However, I might lose my “Sunday” tomorrow due to being called in. Can’t I just cook and sleep? Please? No?

My guy and I went out to eat and I realized that I’m. . . I’m not used to food blogging any more. It’s just no longer an instinct. I had this amazing Coconut Bliss  bar that was on sale but forgot to take a picture until the last bite. The guy took the picture for me and couldn’t stop laughing because it was, and I quote, “the stupidest picture I have ever taken.” Sorry. I assure you, it was delicious! Like many vegans, I’m getting sick of the coconut takeover. Coconut ice cream in a complimentary flavor is just divine, though. I can’t help but compare this ice cream bar to Magnum or Haagen Daaz: the rich ice cream bar of the vegan world.

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My beautiful picture to capture the moment.

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The food food was from the Qdoba nearest our house, which is conveniently in the Whole Foods parking lot. Do I enjoy being able to have a filling dinner and a dessert? In one trip? Yes, yes I do.

I usually go for the Mexican Gumbo, but a veggie gumbo doesn’t come with guacamole, even if you go cheese-less. The burrito comes with guacamole, says so right on the menu!, but I still almost got charged extra! Guh. I went for a “naked” burrito with the tortilla on the side, and we split chips and pico. It really hit the spot in a way only. . . Qdoba. . . . will? I almost forgot about Chipotle, which Reno technically has now. You know what Reno does not have? Sofritas. Multiple locations. Basically, the Chipotle has fewer options for me and is over-crowded. I’d much rather have the option of tortilla soup and a smaller crowd, given the choice.

Plus, did I mention the shared-parking-lot thing? Yeah, that’s freaking sweet too.

I really want to update you on jam and/or pie! And bread or pizza! These are projects I am really looking forward to, but I can’t get any reasonable time off work. Please don’t give up on me yet!

Vegan Mofo Day 2 – Vegan Break Food

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The struggle to like tempeh is real. I can’t get my mind around it. . .maybe it’s the visible mold, or maybe the somewhat crunchy texture, but I just can’t get on board. Zayne made me this awesome Tempeh Helper from Appetite for Reduction and while the seasonings and sauce were what I can only classify as “amazeballs,” I couldn’t get past the tempeh at all. I think next time I’ll make it with TVP. Sorry, Indonesia. I tried.

I decided to kid myself and save it for leftovers. This pictured container is currently rotting away in my work fridge because. . .ew.

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Luckily I work behind a grocery store! Enter vegan fast food. I do not endorse any of this, health wise. Taste wise, it was amazing. Like vegan McDonald’s. The sauce I am PRETTY SURE is vegan. I hope. It was on sale and. . . Yum.

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I topped the sammich with mayo and buffalo sauce, then mixed the ketchup with mayo for the sauce. Holy mayo, Batman. I know, I know. I’m a fat white American. Everything you heard is true.

It was amazing, of course. I’d eat this way every day if I could.

I like to keep a somewhat steady flow of snacks in my work locker. Typical suspects include ramen, canned chili, peach tea packets, and quarts upon quarts of vanilla soy milk.

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This is what it looks like now. No chili, little soy milk, coconut water packets, and buffalo sauce. But you get the idea. I hate to be without snacks!

I have the next couple days off and plan on doing some serious baking. Things will get better, I promise. And hello to my new followers! I’ll be checking out your blogs later!

Vegan Mofo 2014 – Day 1

I was going to do an awesome daily theme kind of thing this year, except I made a pretty big mistake: I forgot about MoFo. I forgot to sign up for the official blogroll, again. I literally realized today that MoFo started. . . . Today.

So that was a mess-up.

So I’m going to do it like last year: blog 20+ days this month and cook my ass off. I have a camera as of a few weeks ago, so this will be a nice little kick-start to my blog.

Yeah, I’m upset that I forgot. Again. But I’m going to make it worth it. I’m going to do my best.

For today, enjoy some Instagrams of food that I’ve taken since having a camera again:


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Some odd plum-like fruit from my parents’ house. . . I think I’ll make jam!

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The tree the strangeness came from.

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Arabian Lentil Rice Soup from Appetite for Reduction with Olive Oil Bread from Isa Does It. I used green lentils instead of red since not only is that what I have, but it’s what I have too much of.

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These stupid hummus cups that I eat like every day now. Damn you, 7-11!

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And finally, more from Appetite for Reduction. . . basic chickpea and quinoa salad. Yeah, It was okay. I’m not much of a salad girl, if we can be honest.  Especially. . . oil free salad? With no croutons? Meh. Too healthy for me. 

That’s all for now! I’ve got some stuff in the works and hope to make this MoFo better than before!