Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Belated Halloween!

And we're back!

It's been a busy two weeks, we're not really sure why. But lately the scene at our apartment has included quick dinners and falling asleep at 10pm on the couch. Unfortunately, pretty much everything we have cooked has been based off of others' recipes. Tomorrow is our last CSA pickup (how sad!), so we're hoping to have some good stuff coming our way, that will inspire us to come up with some new recipes.
For now, here's a glance at some of the recipes we've used these past two weeks - all came out delicious with some of our personal touches, and most were very budget-friendly:

Butternut Squash and Macaroni Casserole
(vegan) - pretty much followed the recipe as is, but sprinkled with paprika and of course served with Louisiana Hot Sauce.
Roasted Squash and Spinach Pizza - we used a mix of smoked mozzarella and crumbled blue cheese. We also decided to keep the skin of the squash on, since we know where our squash comes from (meaning, no chemicals) and washed it. Why not use all parts of the vegetable? We also used leftover homemade whole wheat pizza dough that we had frozen a few weeks ago.
Cabbage and Chickpea Minestrone (vegan) - in our endless search for uses for cabbage, this soup warmed us up on a rainy night. We used 2.5 fresh, diced tomatoes instead of canned and used canned chickpeas. Other substitutions included: green cabbage instead of red, 1/2 of a large red onion instead of 1 yellow onion, 3 chopped radishes instead of celery, 2 garlic cloves instead of 4, and the most important - vegetable broth instead of water, for more flavor. We loved this soup, not only for the massive amount of soup we now have in our freezer, but also for its simplicity and flexibility of its contents.
Beet Rosti (vegan) - by far, one of the best uses of beets that we have found. So filling, and so nutritious. We made two smaller pancakes out of the recipe instead of one large one. We dipped our slices in some greek yogurt.
Pancakes (vegan) - our favorite pancake recipe, which we made both days this weekend since we were already on a sugar kick from all the Halloween snacks... We mixed in pecans and chocolate chips, because apparently we enjoy paving the path to obesity sometimes.
Pumpkin Pie (vegan) - perfect recipe. This woman is a genius - we hate using tofu in vegan pies.

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