Saturday, August 05, 2006

midweek munchies, wheat berry salad, menu

Harmonias Midweek Munchies Meme

Midweek Munchies: What Melody is contributing for the week

1 gallon organic milk
3 lbs peanuts
soy sauce
wasabi rice crackers
whole wheat bulkie rolls
toasted sesame oil
raspberry all-fruit spread
wasabi paste
dried apricots
annies cheese crackers
rice vinegar
2 loaves whole wheat bread
4 blocks extra firm tofu
4 avocados
5 heads garlic
a lot of ginger root
fresh basil (large bunch)
3 mangos
1 lb cremini mushrooms
5 lbs onions
baby spinach
bean sprouts
sun dried tomatoes
Total: 72.37 ... I will be doing more shopping later in the week, as I will need more veggies/fruits and other things.

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PURPOSE of Midweek Munchies: Put together by a small group of Veg Women, we hope to spread the word about healthy vegetarianism while obtaining idea starters for meals, recipes, learn about new products, and meet other female veg*n bloggers. Visiting and commenting on other participants lists are encouraged but not required. Have fun and Go Veg!

Over the next four days, I will be making:

Pad Thai (I will try to follow the VWaV recipe)
Mango Ginger Tofu (another VWaV)
Mooshi Veggies and Tofu (I didn't end up making it today)
Pesto Sauce
Pasta with basil, toasted walnuts, sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and kalamata olives
Veggie Burgers
Soymilk.. (I make this at least 3 times a week)
Some sort of "cheese"

There will be food porn. I'm looking forward to cooking again! I may even do a little bit of baking depending on the weather. I need to make pizza sometimes soon, as I have cheese for the dairy heads that will need to be used. It's amazing to me how much cheese I used to eat.. I hardly buy any now. Me going vegan has been great for my kids because they get less cheese by default. I can't believe I don't even miss it on pasta anymore. I loved me some fresh parmesan and romano.. gorgonzoloa and feta..

Yesterday I made some ice cream out of silken tofu, soymilk, coconut extract, vanilla extract, stevia, cocoa powder and about 1/2 cup of walnuts. I pureed it all in the vita mix til smooth, then chiled it and used my ice cream maker. It is really good. I still have around 4 cups left.

Today, I made a Wheatberry salad inspired by Bryanna's post. I used 2.5 cups of wheat berries.. (The same wheat I use for my flour), and boiled it with water and a bouillon cube. When it was tender, I added around 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar, 2 garlic cloves, 1 red bell pepper, 2 carrots, 1 red onion, about 1 cup of shelled edaname, about 1 cup of frozen corn, 2 large tomatoes, salt/pepper, fresh rosemary, fresh thyme and chives. It was a little wet, so I added some dried TVP to soak up the juices and up the protein level... and then poured around 4 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil. It is delicious and I have quite a bit leftover. I don't have my camera (my kids and husband took it on a hike), but I will take a pic of it when they get back. I served that with Coleslaw for a light, but satisfying lunch. I also served watermelon slushies. (fresh watermelon, ice, lime-juice and a tiny bit of stevia blended in the vitamix.


  1. looking forward to pics and experiences about.. Pad Thai, Veggie Burgers, Seitan.. do post Seitan recipe u use..

    Also what do you use to make soymilk?? Soymilk maker??

    .. try making Native Chi's from Native foods cookbook.. its awesome!!

  2. You make soymilk!? Wow!!

    Great bunch o'munchies there. Can't wait to SEE what else you make with all the great stuff you bought!

    I have halved my cheese consumption from what i used to... and that's half of what i used to eat... not much anymore but still sometimes i crave it. I do eat only the kind with vegetable/micobial rennet, but i really want to cut it out completely.

    I know you've been able to and you do inspire me likewise, Melody!!!

  3. Sounds like you're going to be making a lot of delicious foods over the next few days :) I bet the watermelon slushies were cool and refreshing. They sound really good.

  4. Mmmmmm. Watermelon slushies. I made some the other day and they were out of this world. Glad to hear your feeling better and up to cooking these days.

  5. You have been--and from what it sounds like--will be busy!

    I have never tried to make soy milk. How cool.