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Patties, Pizza, and Pumpkin Pie (+more)

Posted Oct 23 2008 1:20pm
What's been on our plates lately?

We started off the weekend with some good old-fashioned snack food. First, I made nacho cheez fromThe Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook, which we used as a dip for veggies and tortilla chips and then as a topping for tacos the next day. This was my second attempt at a fake cheese recipe that turned out well, especially with some salsa mixed in.

Next, we have the best hummus recipe from Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People (this recipe isn't raw, by the way, because I used cooked chickpeas). Great with some veggies for dipping.

On Saturday night I made pizza for dinner. It contains a few recipes from VwaV: tempeh sausage, tofu ricotta, and the pizza sauce. After searching high and low for a pre-made wheat-free crust (I never have any luck with yeast, so I didn't feel like trying my luck at working from scratch), the bf and I decided to buy a mix from Namaste Foods that is wheat-free, yeast-free, and sugar-free, as well as being vegan (my only complaint is that it's not organic):

The crust tasted really good and was easy to assemble. We decided it was the best pizza we've had since going vegan. Oh, and if you've never tried putting potatoes on a pizza, you should - it's great!

Last night for dinner, I made black bean millet patties, my first recipe out of my newest cookbook:The Everyday Veganby Dreena Burton. I was going to get all fancy and make gravy and baked turnips (we keep getting tons in our csa every week and I don't know what to do with them - I've never eaten a turnip in my life!) to go with the patties, but after the cupcake incident, I only had time - and patience - for baked potatoes. So it goes.

I had a leftover patty today for lunch, topped with leftover nacho cheez and salsa. I probably overdid the condiments a bit since these patties are really good in their own right. Last night, I topped it with some vegenaise in place of the missing gravy, which was also good. I think the patties were actually better today, because they'd had time to solidify in the refrigerator overnight.

Last, but certainly not least, is my first piece of "impossible pumpkin pie." Yummy! For my taste, it could have had a teensy bit more sweetness (I used date sugar, which is more subtle than white sugar), but other than that it's excellent. It would be good topped with some chopped maple-coated walnuts or pecans (I think there's a recipe in VCTOTW, among other places). I was surprised at how well it held together as I removed it from the pie plate, and I can't emphasize enough how easy this pie is to make.

A weekend of good food - hopefully an indicator of the week to come!
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