As I sit here and write this ash is falling, a thick blanket of smoke has settled in above, and it smells as though I am in the middle of a heavy campfire. Wildfires broke out in the Columbia River Gorge, about 40 miles east of my home, over Labor Day weekend. The fires were reportedly started by teenagers playing with fireworks and smoke bombs along the Eagle Creek Trail. It has grown to more 10,000 acres in just a few days. Residents near the fire are evacuating and hoping they have homes to return to once this fire is out. Wildlife is fleeing in order to seek safety. Individuals are risking their lives fighting this blaze day and night.
Today's Vegan MoFo theme is Silly Food! And of course, I made vegan sausage cheese balls. This recipe can fall under several themes for this week - food memories, silly food, and family traditions. Before my vegan days, my brother and I would make these every Thanksgiving and Christmas.
I still try to make these once a year using the Betty Crocker recipe (the recipe we used when I was a kid) that I veganized.
Rainbow week is continuing and today’s theme is all about making your food look black & white. Hot chocolate seemed like an easy thing to make today! But it also carries an important message. Chocolate is big business for many companies and several countries. The majority of cacao beans are grown in Western Africa, Asia, and Latin America, with more than 70% being grown in the Western African countries of Ghana and the Ivory Coast.
Today's theme is supposed to be about a rare color. Meaning, what color do you rarely eat?
I really couldn't think of a color, other than black, that I don't eat very often. I try to make sure I cook with a variety of colors or snack on fruits and veggies of all colors. So I am being a rebel and going off theme today!
I made lemon pepper tofu with roasted vegetables. Air-fried lemon pepper tofu has quickly become one of my favorite meals. I love the way the lemon shines through in this recipe. It is tangy, fresh, and full of flavor.
Today's theme is multicolor! How many colors can you fit into one dish?
A salad is an easy way to fill a bowl with multiple colors. For my salad today, I used a mixture of romaine lettuce, mixed spring greens, carrot ribbons, diced cucumbers, sunflower seeds, and nutritional yeast. I topped the salad with a homemade tofu ranch dressing.
This week's theme is all about eating the colors of the rainbow. And, no, I am not talking about Skittles (even though they are vegan!). Today is how to play with monochromatic foods. I selected to make foods that are all a shade of brown - pinto beans, whole wheat toast, and Upton's Naturals Bacon Seitan.
This is one of those go-to meals - one that is easy, nutritious, flavorful, and filling. I made this for breakfast, but of course, it can be savored any time of the day. Plus this is a meal that you can customize to your mood and flavor palate.
Today's theme is hilarious! Feed the Alien – An alien lands on your doorstep. What are they going to eat? This topic was fun to brainstorm. I thought about soup, tofu scramble, and eventually decided a bowl of granola and fruit would be best to feed the weary alien. It is healthy, filling, and delicious. Everything an alien needs after a long journey!
What is your dream destination? Italy is on the top of my list of dream destinations.
With Italy in mind, I made a slow cooked minestrone. It is a hearty soup packed with green beans, kidney beans, navy beans, zucchini, carrots, celery, and tomatoes.
I also sprinkled a little bit of vegan parm cheese shreds on top upon serving.
I love this soup for a blustery fall evening or a family potluck. Everyone will enjoy this soup.
Today’s theme – where does your favorite food come from? For me, I love Mexican food. Having grown up in Texas, I mainly ate TexMex meals. This dish is a take on one of my favorites growing up. It is black beans, tempeh, and butternut squash enchiladas.
A small warning, this recipe is a little time intensive, but it is worth it. The filling can be used for these enchiladas or for a few ideas that I posted below.
It’s that time of the year when every commercial is lined with glitter, snow, mittens, and warmth. All of which are wrapped up in the latest fancy tech product, a shiny piece of jewelry, or the hottest toy to hit the market. Sale! Sale! Sale! The holiday frenzy has begun!
It is so hard not to get wrapped up in the twinkle of giving holiday gifts to our family, friends, coworkers, bosses, neighbors, book club members…and the list goes on. But when you step back, are those gifts needed, making a difference, or enhancing their lives? Are they appreciated or would that person prefer to have a handmade gift or even to spend quality time with you instead?