Saturday, September 15, 2007


Our schedule this week was so hectic and busy with meetings, classes, and studying for tests, that we ended up cooking quick and easy meals.

(Also loved having fresh fruit such as nectarines, mango, and pears!)

We liked getting meals from the freezer, such as Amy's Black Bean and Tofu Enchiladas, frozen vegetables, and leftover Corn and Chive Pancakes, and quickly heating them up for a fast dinner.

We also brought our lunches to school twice this week which made things quick and easy. We made either Edamame salad sandwiches or Tofurkey sandwiches. The Edamame sandwiches were very tasty, somewhat like egg salad, and were quick to make (in Passionate Vegetarian cookbook). We added Pear and Apple chutney to the tofurkey sandwiches - so divine! We made our own chutney for the first time (in the Student's Go Vegan Cookbook by Carole Raymond), and it was really easy and tasty. Better homemade than buying it at the store for an expensive price.

Another quick fix is black beans and sweet potatoes. We boiled the sweet potatoes this time and then pureed them to make mashed sweet potatoes. Very good, but so much leftovers. We only bought 3 sweet potatoes for less than $1.00 and it lasted 3+ days! We froze about 1 cup and made sweet potato biscuits this morning! We also were creative and combined some mashed sweet potatoes, some black beans, some cornmeal, and some spices and made black bean sweet potato cakes. They were a little soft (not firm like a bean burger) but still good and unique. We were just trying to think of different ways to use the same ingredient, so as to not get tired of the same thing.Last weekend we enjoyed one of our classic favorites - spaghetti with lots of vegetables and whole wheat pasta. We made homemade garlic breadsticks to accompany the meal!On Wednesday we drove home back in Houston for an appointment, and we made Edamame Stir Fry with Couscous and Mustard Sauce for our mom and stepdad. The meal was excellent and quick too (from Student's Go Vegan Cookbook). It had edamames, red bell pepper, broccoli, pineapple, and onion and the mustard sauce wasn't too spicy nor sweet. Easy with 2-minutes-to-cook couscous!

For sweets, we made our own granola (which is alot cheaper than store-bought), and made Graham-pb-cocoa-balls.
1/2 c. peanut butter
1/3 c. honey
14 whole wheat Mi-Del grahams, crushed
2 1/2 Tb cocoa powder

Mix all ingredients and form into balls. Freeze.

When we wanted a ball, we took it out of the freezer and ate it after 1 minute or so when it softened slightly but still had crunch in the center. Very addicting and only requires a few ingredients to make!

Well, this past week and this next week are extra busy with exams and getting ready for an interview for an internship. Does anyone have any interviewing tips?

Hope you all take time to enjoy those moments of peace and relaxation.
- LK

P.S. Healthnut - we'll post later about the meme!

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