Here is what I did for the Tahini Sauce:
1 C Raw Tahini
1 C (or more) of Water
1/2 C Lemon Juice
3 Cloves Garlic
1/2 tea Cumin
1/2 tea Wildtree Lemon Pepper
I was VERY happy with this Tahini Sauce! I threw everything together in one of my Ninja's! The flavor was creamy, powerful, slightly bitter - but in a good way - lemony, and YUM!
It was a meal in itself but I did use corn chips for dipping! I would have even used celery if I had any that is! My Fresh Produce was getting VERY low at the point in the week and all the local stores - the produce didn't look all that fresh...so I ended up buying a lot of frozen this past weekend! I guess it's better than nothing, eh!? I can't wait for Farmers Market Season!
I had a lot of the Tahini Sauce left over from the Falafel that I mentioned above and want to use it - instead of losing it! I decided to do some Veggie Penne Pasta - it's been a while since I have had Pasta - I cut way back! To bump up the nutritional value on it a bit I decided to do some Asparagus in with it and used the Tahini Sauce here, too! This photo is a little tricky...it's almost like I am play "where's Waldo" with the green spears...but...the flavor was good and it worked well here!
I'm in the process of getting some new bowls and plates so you don't have to keep looking at the same 3 background colors!
Next...I made a a (Vegan) Cheese-E Sauce that I originally found over at FatFree Vegan Kitchen and did a few small tweaks to it!
1 C Water
1 C Coconut Milk
3/4 C Foods Alive Nutritional Yeast
2 T Arrowroot
1 tea Wildtree California Garlic Pepper Blend
2 T Tahini
1 T Lemon Juice
1 Nice Squirt of Yellow Mustard
1/2 tea Turmeric
1/4 tea Cayenne Pepper
Why did I start this cooking project in the first place? Because of these Hashbrown Patties! I got a package of 20 from our local Aldi for CHEAP! I think they were $1.09 total. Well, my husband wasn't crazy about them stand-alone and I couldn't bring myself to waste 16 patties! So...since they didn't have any animal ingredients in them I thought I would try a "first ever" for me! Hashbrown Casserole!
I think I ended up using 9 or 10 of these in the Casserole, by the way!
I did them on stove top with Wildtree Basil Pesto Grapeseed Oil!
So that is what you see here, I mixed all of the ingredients into a large pot and cooked a bit more until the "cheese" was thickened and distributed throughout all of the ingredients!
YES! Even the chopped up Hashbrowns are in here! The whole sha-bang!
I'm not going to lie...I sampled some and it was tasty! BUT...it was time to put everything into a Glass Dish and Bake! I did that at 350 for about 40 minutes. I also added a bit of Rice Crumbs to the top as well as a little Vegan Parmesan Cheese, too!
I like it a bit crunchy! I have a confession, tho, I never had this going up so I don't really have anything to compare it too but I can tell you what I like now and this is something I really like! Next time I want to try it with Daiya Cheese!
And here is photo of the finished product and project!
Also next time I would like to try Carrots and Celery in this, too! But after doing all of this I realized this could be tremendously versatile!
I can't wait for the leftovers tonight for dinner. Along side with this I did some Brussel Sprouts in Balsamic Vinegar but I roasted them a little too long...they were still good, tho!
I really can't help but smile when Paco is...PACO...sometimes...I mean...look at THAT Face! I can't stay mad long! This was taken on "Daddy's" lap and I swear he did this blanket folding all himself! Then he popped his little head out!
Riley was pretty comfy and cozy on the sofa on his back! He's such a goof ball...then again...he fits right in with the rest of our family, eh!?
I didn't leave Suzie out of it! I snapped a photo of her sleeping, too!
I couldn't catch the cats sleeping this weekend or I would have posted some pics of them, here, too, but they continued to be cute and active around the house all weekend!
And I have one more of Paco from last night, here, too! I caught him in mid-wink! All I can think of on Friends when Joey said "How's It Goin'". What would your caption for this photo be!?
Thanks for reading all the way to the bottom of this really LONG post, tho, I do appreciate it! I have LOTS more to share...and remember...this week is Algerian Foods Week and I will have at least 2 or 3 recipes this week with that region of the world in mind!