Three meals from My Current Favorite Cookbook

My newest cookbook/love/obsession, 1,000 Vegan Recipes, is still batting 1,000.  I’ve made four meals from it and all of them have been very good.  I already told you about pasta with white bean and garlic sauce; here are the next three I’ve tried.

Red bean chili:

[vegan chili photo]

The stuff that kinda looks like meat — bulgur wheat!  This chili was delicious, but just a bit too spicy.  Still, the best vegetarian chili we’ve had.

Ziti with roasted pepper-walnut sauce:

[vegan ziti photo]

No, that’s not parmesan cheese on top… it’s ground walnuts!  The sauce in this one was really flavorful — roasted red peppers, tomato paste, onions, garlic, and some spices, combined in a food processor.  Better than any non-vegan ziti I’ve had.

Salad with fennel, macadamia nuts, and dried cranberries:

[macadamia salad photo]

Of everything I’ve made from 1,000 Vegan Recipes, this salad is the best so far.  It has a light, sweet vinaigrette dressing with shallot that goes really nicely with the cranberries and nuts.  Here’s my adapted recipe for that one:

Vegan Macadamia Cranberry Salad

Ingredients for the salad:

  • 1 head green leaf lettuce, chopped
  • 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup Craisins
  • 1/4 cup macadamia nuts, chopped

Ingredients for the dressing:

  • half a small shallot, minced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Combine the salad ingredients in a bowl.  Process the dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor.  Mix and eat!

The one problem I’ve had with the book so far is one that a commenter mentioned — some of the measurements seem a little off.  This isn’t a huge deal for me, since I usually eyeball ingredient amounts anyway, but it can be a problem.  Exhibit A:

[scorched pot photo]

My freaking Dutch oven got scorched!  And we’re still trying to get the char off of it.  This is what I presume happens when there’s not enough water in a chili recipe and you let it simmer for 45 minutes.  As we were adding the water, I mentioned to Erin that it didn’t seem like enough.  Should have done something about it.  Luckily, we salvaged the chili.  And eventually, the Dutch oven will be cleaned.  For now, it sits soaking in the sink and filling the house with wonderful aromas.



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  1. Matt – fill the dutch oven with water, a good couple inches, and boil the stuff of the bottom. All these recipes look and sound delicious!
    .-= Nicki´s last blog ..For My New Friends =-.

  2. How adorable! I can see the baby’s face! You guys are going to be the coolest parents ever. 🙂
    .-= Lindsey @ Sound Eats´s last blog ..Getting Ready for the Weekend! =-.

  3. What a beautiful pic of the baby!! I agree with you, I think the baby is smiling. ;o)

    I have been reading your blog for a little while now, and I have been learning a lot. I am vegetarian but i’m highly considering going vegan. One thing, do you find like you it becomes VERY expensive to buy all of those producs (natural grass, hemp protein etc). When I read your blog and Angelas (OSG) I keep a notepad of products I would like to try, the list is huge and I’m worried on how much I am going to spend buying them all.

    Also, I am going to start running ;o), and just signed up for my first 5K (That must sound like a joke to you ;o) ). I am so excited and nervous, the good thing is that I have 2 months to get ready for it.

    Have a lovely day.

    • Angela and many other amazing Vegan bloggers have been writing to highlight their journeys and tricks into the world of vegan. It’s in support of Vegan Week which is going on now on my blog. So stop by…I have been learning HEAPS.

    • Eliana, thanks for commenting! Yes, that kind of stuff is expensive. I’m kind of trying to get away from the hemp protein; I use much less than a serving each time and use more ground flaxseed instead. And the Amazing Grass isn’t something I take regularly, but I just felt like I needed it for a boost. Still, we spend more on food than is absolutely necessary, but I’m fine with that. When we stopped eating meat, it saved us a lot of money…all this good stuff probably brings our bill back to what we were spending before.

      Awesome that you signed up for your first 5K! That doesn’t seem like a joke to me, I know how big a deal a commitment like that is if you haven’t run much. Let me know how your training goes or if you have any questions I can answer.


  4. Try using bartenders secret to clean the dutch oven. I had a similar thing happen to one of my beloved pots, and a splash of water with a heavy dusting of bartenders secret completely cleaned the pot. I dont use it often, its very strong, but its worth a shot if the soaking doesnt work. Love your blog!

    • Christina, great suggestion! In fact, I’ve used to clean scorch off the dutch oven before. At first the layer was way too thick for that, but I think now we should be able to scrape away enough and use the barkeeper stuff to get the rest.

  5. That chili looks fantastic. I think I may need to go find that cookbook. Everything looks so tasty and I am tired of my same ol’ thing.

    Congrats on the baby. S/he does look very happy. Hope your wife has a easy, healthy pregnancy!
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Energeeeeeeee =-.

  6. Great baby picture! That’s so cool that you can see the baby’s face!

    That recipe book looks fabulous! I’d really like to try the chili.

  7. Gorgeous baby picture!! I’m certain he/she is smiling with all those tasty recipes you’re whipping up 🙂
    .-= katherine´s last blog ..Squishy =-.

  8. Your food looks amazing. Your little one is being fed well 🙂
    .-= Michelle Gay´s last blog ..Food Coma–Japanese Style =-.

  9. AWWWW. Everyone is getting baby fever. It’s starting to seem more real now I’m sure though! I don’t know if I could stand not knowing the sex! Make the big day more exciting though.

    And I love good vegan cookbooks. I may have to try that one, but I’m still working through the one I have.

  10. ahhhhhhhhhhh! Congrats 🙂 I don’t know how ya’ll are not finding out the sex- I’m way too type A for that. haha. All the recipes look good. I am making something similar to that pasta based on a Giada recipe soon. Enjoy your Wednesday- what are you guys up to for Thanksgiving
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..V8 Soup Giveaway =-.

  11. oh…the eats all look great! Happy to hear baby Fraz is healthy!
    .-= Traci´s last blog ..Triangle I Love You! =-.

  12. Oh, the baby looks so cute 🙂 I had vegetarian chili for dinner last night also! Mine took 15 min. to cook and was fab. I’m thinking about getting that book.
    .-= Hethir´s last blog ..Hethir’s Vegetarian Chili =-.

  13. The sonogram picture is the best! Is it a 3D image?? It’s just amazing how you can see your baby’s features and he/she is only 18weeks old! We didn’t find out the sex of our first and it was a great surprise when he was born. I actually thought we were going to have a girl, so it was an even bigger surprise for me! 🙂

    I think I may need to get that cookbook. So far my favorite vegan cookbook is Veganomicon. Every recipe I’ve made from it has been delicious! Like you, I’m not completely vegan, but I’d say we’re more vegan than vegetarian, so I’m always looking for good recipes to make.

  14. Mmm all of those meals sound delicious! That salad looks great.

    Squeee!!! Your baby! So exciting:)

  15. Congrats to you and Erin on the baby! How exciting! Baby looks like a little runner to me! 🙂
    .-= Shari B.´s last blog ..Nifty Ninety =-.

  16. That chili look awesome
    And that’s sooo cool that you can see you and your wifes baby already!
    .-= Evan Thomas´s last blog ..Encyclopedia Achoo To Distance PR =-.

  17. Hehe, am I the “a commenter”? Ingredient flubs aside, the chili and pasta look REALLY good. I may indeed need to add that book to my next Amazon order.

    18 weeks already, wow! Glad to hear she’s coming along strong.
    .-= Amber Shea (Almost Vegan)´s last blog ..Almost vegan in Venice I =-.

  18. Congrats on the baby! I am just 20 weeks and we aren’t finding out either! It’s so exciting! We have our next ultrasound next week!
    .-= The Healthy Hostess´s last blog ..Chicago: Sunday Dinner =-.

  19. All those recipes sound wonderful! I’ve found I’ve had to tweak a lot of recipe ingredients, mostly spices and such to make them right. It always makes me wonder ‘who is testing these recipes??’ lol
    Congratulations, yay! so exciting, I’m still amazed by the wonders of it all that a little tiny baby is growing in there, so neat!
    .-= EatingRD´s last blog ..first time for . . . running? =-.

  20. I also signed up for my first 5k!! lol not much for now, but I’m excited to try this running thing out. I did 5 miles last weekend and my joints revolted, so I’m going to take it slow 🙂
    .-= EatingRD´s last blog ..first time for . . . running? =-.

    • When will you be running yours? Mine is in February so that should give me enough time to train for it. I’m so nervous. ;o) I saw your blog, and you seem to be in good shape so you will do GREAT.

  21. Baby is deffo smiling! How cute! 🙂

    p.s.: [Italian pedantic foodie mode: on] those are not ziti, they’re penne rigate!!! 😛

  22. Ooh, ultrasound pics, how exciting!! The way you two eat, that is going to be one healthy baby!
    My sympathies on the pot scorch, been there, not fun. But worth it to get that fabulous food you made!
    .-= meatlessmama´s last blog ..Broccoli and Noodles with Peanut Sauce =-.

  23. I just had Black Bean Veggie Chili last night with Bulgur…don’t you just love the addition of bulgur? Who would have thought!

  24. I love the idea of using ground walnuts in place of parmesan! Do you think I can just grind up the nuts in a food processor/blender?

    And I might make the white bean pasta recipe for my family over the holidays. Even though they love meat & potatoes, this dish might get their approval 🙂
    .-= Megan (The Runner’s Kitchen)´s last blog ..Powered by Vegetables =-.

    • Megan, I just ground up toasted walnuts with a little salt in a coffee grinder. They might bounce around too much in a processor or blender, but you could try.

      The white bean pasta dish was good. Like I said, the recipe calls for more garlic than I used, so if your family likes it, go for it.

  25. ahhhh soooo exciting! he/she looks adorable and like a mean marathon runner already 🙂

    LOVE the idea of ground walnuts on the pasta! made your butternut squash penne last night – twas’ delicious!!!
    .-= Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian)´s last blog ..Sick =-.

  26. That cookbook is sounding more and more like a winner… I wonder if it’s available here?

    I love it when people allow themselves to be surprised by their babies’ gender! What a cute picture!
    .-= Hanlie´s last blog ..Failure or Success? =-.

  27. Eleanor says:

    Thug kitchen – hands down best vegan chili. Give it a look.

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