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A vegan food diary

24 Sep

Inspired by all the great “What I Ate Wednesday” posts, I decided to do my own little food diary entry today.  I think it’s really helpful to see how other vegans construct their meal plans and it gives me ideas for things I can do to mix up the inevitable weekday monotony.  Today was a lot of purchased foods because I got up too late for breakfast at home and was super busy at work.

Breakfast: Berry Upbeat smoothie from Jamba Juice

Lunch: vegan hummus wrap and Peet’s soy pumpkin latte. The wrap was pretty disappointing–bland hummus and the veggies consisted of shaved carrots and purple cabbage. Who thought that sounded like a good idea??

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Snack: salad from my university’s cafeteria

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Dinner: leftovers from a pretty disappointing casserole I made last week from the new book One Dish Vegan. It’s layers of butternut squash, potato, cauliflower, spinach, and walnut parmesan with a white sauce drizzled on top. It was super bland even though I added loads of fresh herbs and made extra walnut parm. It also makes for terribly unattractive food porn. Sorry, folks!

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So, not my proudest day of food but at least it was pretty healthy! 😛

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MoFo #9: Autumn root vegetable salad

9 Oct

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Happy Tuesday!  My fall salad post for the week is the autumn root veggie salad with maple fig dressing from Veganomicon.

This salad feels fancy but it’s actually pretty simple — just field greens, roasted beets, sweet potatoes, and plain potatoes. It’s just kind of time- and dish-intensive. The beets are supposed to be roasted whole and the potatoes and yams are supposed to be boiled. Well I just cranked up the temp in my oven, pre-chopped all the veggies so they would cook more quickly, and roasted them all at the same time in individual foil packets. It was so much easier (and less to clean up!) that way!

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Excuse my ugly oven. I had a pie spill its fillings a while ago and I kept the smoking down by pouring baking soda on top of the mess…which I still haven’t cleaned up!

I pretty much hate making salad dressings, so this was my least favorite part, especially chopping an entire cup of sticky mission figs. They get sauteed with onions and garlic, which smelled amazing, then the pan is deglazed with a little white wine.

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After adding some maple syrup, dijon, and balsamic vinegar, the mix gets a whiz in the blender to yield a really chunky salad dressing. I think it would also be a great dip or a veggie glaze.

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I hastily threw everything together into the final salad because I was impatient and hungry. So it’s not the prettiest pic I ever took but I love all the colors! And it was delicious to boot. There’s something to be said for adding feta to sweet salads like this and I felt like it would have been a good addition. I think I’ll have to root around for a vegan feta recipe before I finish up these leftovers.

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