Saturday, September 20, 2014

MoFo #20: So Many Mac & Cheeses

Earth Balance's new mac and cheeses in a box are great. So simple. The orange cheddar is a little better than the white cheddar. The orange one isn't as pungent or electric orange in color as that other big brand. I really wish the box was three times as big!
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I also made a new roux-based recipe. I can't seem to find the recipe link. It's similar to this recipe though. It wasn't as creamy as I would have liked; I guess I'm spoiled by cashew sauces. The second photo is Isa's chipotle mac!
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Friday, September 19, 2014

MoFo #19: Sweet Earth Seitan

I recently discovered Sweet Earth seitan products. I have tried two types of veggie burgers from the company, the Santa Fe and Teriyaki varieties. The Santa Fe burger has black beans, corn, and green chiles. The Teriyaki burger has ginger, garlic, and green onions. I made the Santa Fe patties into your usual burger, cooking them on the stovetop. However, for the Teriyaki burgers, I decided to make a bowl. This was a total cheater meal - microwavable brown rice, frozen peppers and onions, the seitan burgers, and soy sauce and chili garlic sauce for extra flavor. I added a few sesame seeds and Sriracha on top of the bowl.
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

MoFo #18: Cashewtopia Gelato, CoYo Yogurt, and Hatch Chiles

I found this Cashewtopia vegan gelato in the Tampa Whole Foods. I'm home for the month of September, so my mom and I are spending time together when she's off work. We went to WF one day for lunch and because I wanted to buy supplements. I couldn't help but browse a little after I got the items I wanted. Each store carries slightly different inventory, so it can't hurt to look. My mom has a love of chocolate and cherry together, plus she's an ice cream addict. I knew she would love this! It tastes great, but it does melt quickly. I also snagged some EB mac, Beanfields, and EB puffs. We have a family function coming up and I'm bringing my own food and snacks.
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When I was still in Houston, I found this new CoYo coconut cream yogurt at HEB. It is the fatty part of coconut milk (the cream) cultured for yogurt. It's tangy and thick, but goodness what a calorie bomb. This little container (~5 oz) is over 300 calories. Geez. Most vegan yogurts are about half that! I normally don't count calories, but I don't know if I'd eat this yogurt often. It's all fat, high calorie, and about $5 for a single container!
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Another HEB find was HATCH CHILE goodies. I had never heard of hatch chiles before moving to Texas. There are mild and hot varieties. I bought a salsa and tortillas (made in-store!) with the mild varieties and a guacamole with the hot variety. I used these to make quesadillas, an obvious choice. I added vegan refried beans (the cans marked vegetarian and fat-free are usually vegan) and cheddar Daiya inside the tortilla, baked them in the oven, and then topped with the salsa and guac. Quick and simple.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

MoFo #17: Irregardless Cafe - Raleigh, NC

As I mentioned in a previous post, I went to visit the dude's family. I had never met his family in person, so it was a big deal. We used Facetime to talk when the Japan move was announced. They wanted to meet the person who was dropping everything to move with their son. Fair enough. His family was super nice. Sometimes I feel like my family rushes to get through holidays, but the dude's family seemed content just being around each other. His sister is married and they have a baby. After having a baby, they moved really close to his parents, like a half mile away from his parents' house. They joked about the house across the street being for sale, but I don't see his job ever allowing him to live in NC. His dad works in the business side of biotech/medical. He currently works for a company that models disease risk based on biometrics. Because his work has always been health-focused, his parents were totally cool with eating vegan food at home during our visit. They eat mostly plants anyway (70-80% they said!), but also some fish, no cheese but some milk, etc. They told the dude he looked much better (he's lost 20 lbs in the last year), which made me laugh because I thought the dude was pretty lean before he lost all that weight (from p90x3 and a wicked case of strep throat). One day we ventured out for lunch and some sightseeing. We stopped at Irregardless Cafe. I ordered the vegan polenta lasagna. Nom. We walked around a local grocery, saw UNC and NC State, went to the farmers' market, and stopped for this lunch. One night we even walked around their neighborhood after dinner. It was a busy few days, but I'm glad we achieved this relationship milestone. :)
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

MoFo #16: Thai Cottage - Houston, TX

Mofo wouldn't be complete without a Thai Cottage post. We had to get here one last time. We ordered the yellow curry, his favorite. There are lots of potatoes, carrots, and tofu chunks in a rich coconut sauce. I normally order fried tofu, but the dude prefers the baked tofu. This is one of the few places that does not use fish sauce in their curries. They have egg noodles listed on the appropriate entrees, so it's pretty clear what is vegan-friendly.
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Monday, September 15, 2014

MoFo #15: Phoenicia Specialty Foods - Downtown, Houston, TX

When I was downtown for the Comic Con with the dude and another friend, we escaped the con's chaos for a walk. We saw a festival happening on Discovery Green, but we couldn't figure out if there was an admission. We listened to the music for a bit and even saw some people dressed in Carnival-style dance outfits. Houston is such an interesting city, there is always something going on. After walking around Discovery Green, we walked down to Phoenicia Specialty Foods. It's a market with a restaurant/bar attached. The restaurant part did not have a vegan-friendly menu, so I went into the market part for a few bites. I found vegan sushi, lentil salad, and elephant beans in tomato sauce. The lighting wasn't the best for a photo, but it was tasty.
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

MoFo #14: Hobbit Cafe - Houston, TX

Many people have recommended the Hobbit Cafe to me over the last year. The dude and I finally ventured over there this summer. We had the spinach and mushroom enchiladas with mole sauce, but I requested no cheese. I really enjoyed this meal. It felt like comfort food! Next time we'll need to try their veggie burger. Hobbit Cafe has some really interesting decor, we got a kick out of the old posters and trinkets. There are movie posters, carvings, figurines, and all things Hobbit/LOTR related on the walls.
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