Monday, March 24, 2014

Foods Of The Weekend

Happy Monday!  This post I will show you some of the foods that I did at home over the weekend.

This was the large lunch I had on Saturday.  I wasn't sure if I was going to eat much of a dinner so I wanted to make sure I ate an early lunch before visiting my parents.

We ended up going out to a Buffet later that night and there were quite a few options for me there as well!

As for this specific plate, tho, here's what's on it...starting on the top...I made Seasoned Rice!  Here's the quick recipe for that...

1 C White Rice
2 T Earth Balance
2 T Nutritional Yeast
1/2 tea Garlic Powder
1 T Dried Basil

It was so simple but was so flavorful!  I really enjoyed it.  Then...moving to the right...I have Mango Chunks topped with a little Cashew Cream that was left over from the other day.  My husband had some on a cracker and really liked the Cashew Cream.  He asked me to make more so I did that last night.  Then on the other side of the plate you'll see 2 Indian Vegetable Burgers.  I have yet to eat these as an actually veggie burger on a bun.  I love these so much!  The main ingredient is potato.  I was able to stock up on 2 boxes of them while at Trader Joe's in Buffalo last weekend!  I think they are GREAT stand-alone.

I had this next dish for Dinner last night and saved some leftovers for my lunch today.  It's Polenta Triangles (Sun Dried Tomato Flavored) that I did on my stove top in a dab of Wildtree Tuscan Dipping Oil.  The herbs in that oil when well with the Sun Dried Tomatoes.  I then added in some plain corn and plain peas - both organic and both from my freezer.  I added a few table spoons of Medium Salsa at the end - the Salsa was from Trader Joe's, too!  It was on sale!

Another thing that happened this weekend was while I was doing some kitchen cleaning I decided to check Facebook on my phone and saw that Opal tagged me and challenged me to some Vegan/Raw Vegan Food Creations in my Excalibur.  I said I would join in!  So...this week you will be seeing more dehydrator recipes and ideas from me.  In the meantime...make sure you check out Opal's site too!  For my first recipe and idea...some Nut/Seed/Cheese Crackers that I just took out this morning!

Here are a few of them I ate this morning for my first taste test.  I think they turned out wonderful flavor-wise!

I must say I sampled a bit of the 'mixture' after smoothing it out on a 'sheet' using a spatula.

I think I would make this recipe and use it as a sauce, too, it's just that good!

Here's the recipe...

1/2 C Cashews
1/4 C Walnuts
1/4 C Brazil Nuts
1/4 C Hemp Seeds/Hemp Hearts
2 T Lemon Juice
2 Mini Sweet Red Bell Peppers
2 Mini Sweet Orange Bell Peppers
1 Large Stalk of Celery
1 Small Zuke
1/2 C Nutritional Yeast
2 Cloves Garlic
1 T Bragg's Liquid Aminos

I know that this is more 'nuts' than Opal would use but I thought they were really good.  And I think just a few small crackers is enough for a snack!  They were really filling so a little goes a long way!  I do think that the Zucchini and the Celery helped break it up a bit, tho!

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  1. The plate does look colorful. For myself a good indication I have had too much plant fats is that I will get sleepy. So yeah... seeing an excessive amount won't be on my table. But, as I told some of my friends despite that the foods I eat are delicious, some are surprised since I don't touch any processed foods. I've ran into some vegans and raw foodist that think the way I eat is extreme, but it really isn't. I eat very simply. Whole foods without too many extras. I don't try to force my way onto anyone else.

    I did get interested in purchasing another dehydrator again since the recent cold weather meant not being able to dry anything outside. Now, I'm able to do so regardless of the weather.

    1. I'm so glad you got another dehydrator! I'd really love to do something on a weekly basis to challenge ourselves and others to get those units out and create foods using them! I have a lot of other ideas up my sleeve for this week! I have one item on tap for today that only uses 2 ingredients!

    2. Yes, I'm happy to my friend gifted me that at the right time. It's strange we seem to do that for one another a lot. I'll get her something she has been thinking about and vice versa. I'm so glad her feelings won't be hurt that iIm upgrading and just paying the difference.

    3. LOVE it when friends and family members are in 'sync' with each other :) That's a special bond!

  2. Happy Monday indeed ... glad it's over. :-) Great eats, especially the rice. Just wow on the crackers, I need to get get my dehydrator out!

    1. You should!!!! I think Opal and I are going to try and do a weekly meme for Dehydrators! You should join in!

  3. Gosh!!! Your lunch looks real awesome, drooling! I am most attracted to your Indian vegetable burgers. Bet they taste real good! Slurpssss!!!!

    1. Thanks so much! And those Indian Veggie Burgers are wonderful! The main ingredient is Potato but the spices and other things like Celery are a wonderful contribution to the over all flavor as well!

  4. Hi Jennifer,
    I love the blend of flavors and textures in your Seasoned Rice and Polenta Triangle dishes! What tasty, satisfying meals! I also love the fact that you are trying different dehydrated recipes. Your cracker ingredients sound amazing. Thank you so much for sharing these healthy and delicious recipes at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

    1. Thanks for the continued encouragement! I hope to do something with Onion and Zukes this week! I need to hurry up and figure that out for Thursday's post :)

  5. Thank you so much for sharing these healthy and delicious recipes at the Plant-Based Potluck Party Blog Hop as well, Jennifer. You're the best!

    1. Thanks so much! I'll have another "plate" pic today, I think :)

  6. Your food is always so creative Jennifer =) I love the idea of the cashew cream on the mango. And great way to flavour rice! I'm always just cooking my plain or in veggie broth - I really like the idea of just lightly seasoning it.
    The raw crackers sound so good! I can't wait to see more dehydrator recipes this week =)

    1. Thanks! I'm still quite excited about this Cashew Cream :) I'm a little low on Cashews, tho, so, I might try one with Walnuts soon!