Why is it when I don’t have time to blog, I get a bunch of folks wanting to send me products to try? No worries, I’ll eventually get to talk about the goodies. This time VegeUSA offered to send me coupons for free product. I got excited cruising their website. I’ve had a few of their products, but they have a ton I haven’t tried. Sadly, when I got to the store, they only carried two I’d already had. So I decided to get a little experimental with one of them, the Vegan Black Pepper Steaks.
So, I took a partial bag of Trader Joe’s stir fry veggies, fried them up with some onion and then added the black pepper steaks and their juice. Then I added maybe a 1/4 cup of stock to make the sauce thinner. Then I mixed it up with some cooked rice noodles.
It was pretty good, but I think the sauce was diluted too much. Here’s what I should have done. Dress the cooked noodles with a little sesame oil and soy sauce, stir fry the veggies as I did and cook the pepper steaks separately according to package directions. Then mixed the veggies and noodles and put the pepper steaks on top rather than trying to make the sauce cover everything. Oh, look, I’m eating kale again.
The steak has a really nice texture. The sauce is asian-inspired, so you’ll want to keep that in mind when using this in a meal. The next product I try will be the Citrus Spareribs.
With all the Daiya hype over the last couple of years, poor Teese has kind of been pushed to the side a bit. Now that Cosmo’s Vegan Shoppe is closed and Sevananda doesn’t carry it, I don’t think you can even get it in town. But recently I filled in a survey they tweeted about and was chosen to receive Teese as a thank you: the Creamy Cheddar Vegan Sauce, Mozzarella and Cheddar.
The first thing I did was make Mac & Cheeze for a potluck. Boil up pasta, toss with a tube of Teese Cheddar Cheese Sauce, sprinkle top with bread crumbs, vegan parmesan and a little paprika, and bake until less crispy than pictured here. Normally I might mix something else in there like broccoli, but this is lazy mac & cheeze so no veggies, just straight up.
Here it is hanging out with kale salad, spinach salad, tots and I think that’s a chik patty on that bun. It was a tad dry so I either overcooked it or should have used 12oz. of pasta rather than the full pound.
Just a tad though. Still made awesome leftovers, here with a beer brat and kale salad.
gloATL had a weekend of performances set up at the Old Fourth Ward Skate Park and even though it wasn’t clear exactly what would be happening, we decided to check it out. But first, we grilled out over at Star & Simon’s. Or, we watched Simon grill and then enjoyed eating it.
Field Roast’s frankfurters are the best veggie dogs you can get.
Simon made a rack of Gutenfleischer’s ribs. Nom.
We brought leftover chili and Daiya to top the dogs. Star made a kale and kelp noodle salad. And we brought chips & ranch dip.
After dinner, we walked the still-in-progress Beltline to the skate park.
The dancers were in the skating bowls and also moving through the crowd. Skating continued during the performance and sometimes the skaters intricately worked their way through and around the dancers.
Apparently it was a style of dance called Gaga.
After watching and getting rained on a little bit we headed back. And had the Old Fashioned Chocolate Pudding Pie from Vegan Pie in the Sky with coconut ice cream.
April’s ATL Vegan Drinks was at Urban pL8 and Kevin made it back in town just in time for us to bust it over there. Since we didn’t make a reservation, I didn’t want to steal slots at the allotted table, so we sat separately with the Gunns.
It’s Friday, let’s start of with a Manhattan.
They had a special menu for ATL Vegan Drinks and they also have a couple of vegan or veganizable items on their regular menu. I had the roasted beet sandwich because I like them and Kevin doesn’t so I don’t cook them much at home.
It was a very nice sandwich, but the real star was the Sunflower Seed Crusted Tofu on a squash purée. It totally needs to be on the regular menu.
We also got a side of kale and shared it. They also have kale chips.
Of course I saved room for dessert. This is what they call a paleo chocolate cake. I didn’t pay attention to what was in it but it seemed like dates, nut flour and coconut were involved. It was almost like a raw dessert. Keep that in mind if you ever see it on the menu. Just so you’re not expecting a regular cake. But don’t discount it. It was really good.
No biggie. Just another evening of playing Cards Against Humanity and eating delicious food. Lasagna, kale salad and vegan ham & cheese sandwich pockets. And that purple drank? It’s just a violet fizz. So tasty.
Oh yeah, and Steph made samoa cupcakes. So decadent!
It seems like the smoked BBQ tofu at Burnt Fork BBQ keeps getting better. Get the platter and don’t forget the kale. It’s awesome.
A few weeks ago I took a day off and spent part of it taking about a 20 mile bike ride around town.
Grave stones among the trees
Mirrored fence in Oakhurst
Springing trees in Oakhurst
PATH just south of Agnes Scott
Flowers in Decatur
Water break on the Candler Park PATH
In Little Five Points
MLK on Freedom Pkwy
Atlanta from bridge over Freedom Pkwy
Bunny at the Krog tunnel
Picking up a banh mi in East Atlanta at We Suki Suki. It fits perfectly in a bottle cage.
About to destroy that banh mi with some leftover kale salad.
You know what else is awesome about those tempeh wings I posted about earlier? Leftovers make a great sammich. I heated them up on the George Foreman, slathered the bun in Veganaise and made a garlicky kale salad for the side, using red kale this time.
Falafel isn’t that hard to make, but when I saw frozen bags of falafel balls at Trader Joe’s and they were vegan I decided to try them out. These were really good. No complaints at all. I whipped up a quick tahini sauce to drizzle on top. It was tahini, hot water, garlic and lemon juice, I think.
The Kale Slaw with Red Cabbage and Carrot is another recipe from the Whole Living Kick Start Cleanse. And another winner. Of course you pretty much can’t go wrong with kale. And this is another one that sticks to mostly seasonal produce. Also, it’s pretty!
Diving back into World Vegan Feast, this time something with simpler, homier flavors, the Italian Polenta Loaf with Beans and Kale (scroll down). So, clearly that’s a big pile, kind of a patty, not really a fried up slice of loaf. The amount of polenta the recipe called for didn’t seem to envelop the rest of the ingredients well enough. It did set up pretty well in the loaf pan in the refrigerator, but when it was sliced to pan fry, it wouldn’t keep together. Not sure if the answer is to chop the greens finer, use less of them, or what.
This definitely wants a sauce or gravy, even if just a little bit. Instead of Bryanna’s recipe, I used the simpler Rich Brown Gravy from Vegan Vittles. It’s also low in fat so this turns out to be pretty healthy and satisfying.