Showing posts with label Healthy Hedonist. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Healthy Hedonist. Show all posts

Sunday, September 14, 2014

MoFo: Feeling Saucy

Since I have been making a concerted effort to eat more veggies, especially at lunch time, I've also discovered the importance of a good sauce.

life is just so much better with sauce

If I just eat a bunch of raw veggies, it's fine and yummy enough - but it feels like I just had a snack, and not like I got to have lunch. Even a plate of plain steamed veggies just feels a bit blah. But! If I have a nice sauce that I can pour on, or mix in with the veggies, or dip the veggies into - suddenly the whole mood changes. Suddenly it feels like a bonafide meal! 

Some of my most favorite sauces lately have been tofu ricotta, homemade queso, and the Green Goddess dressing from Appetite for Reduction... I try to look for sauces or dips that are high in flavor, but not super rich or fatty, since I'm usually trying to keep my calories down. 


Yesterday I finally made the grilled Brussels Sprouts kabobs I've been wanting to try (fun! yum!), and I made a batch of spinach-basil sauce to go with them. I used a recipe from Healthy Hedonist - it's got jalepeno and light coconut milk and a whole pound of spinach and ginger and lemongrass.... positively packed with flavor. In truth, I don't think it was the best match with the brussels sprouts, but that's okay because they were just great on their own. I still have a lot of that sauce left over, so I'll have to come up with some other uses for it. I love how brilliant and green it is! 

I find that having one or two sauces/dressings/dips on hand in the fridge greatly increases my chances of eating veggies, and decreases the chances that I will just nibble mindlessly all afternoon.



Last week I even tried my hand at coming up with my own sauce. It had parsley and garlic and almonds and lemon juice. It was pretty lame. Just sorta thin and unremarkable in the flavor department. But luckily, Mr. VE&T came into the kitchen, and he had all sorts of good ideas. He added some of my homemade soy yogurt, and some tamari... and suddenly the whole thing was much more interesting and delicious.

Mr. VE&T is always encouraging me to make up recipes on my own, but I don't feel like I'm good at it at all. He's the one with all the ideas! He came waltzing in and made my lame-o sauce into something tasty and worthwhile. I keep suggesting to him that he develop a passion for vegan cooking! ha ha. In the end, we had our sauce with oven fried potatoes, steamed romano beans and some lightly sauteed tomatoes and onions. It turned out to be a pretty good dinner!

So, what are your favorite dressings / dips / sauces? I gotta expand my repertoire!
my attempt at drawing myself feeling "saucy"

Monday, February 18, 2013

Share the Love!

A wonderful friend of mine had a little baby a few weeks ago, and people have been bringing meals to her and her family. I really love this tradition. She and her partner are both pretty great people, so they have tons of friends who are eager to help. Also, her wonderful mom is in town for a while to help out, which is extra sweet. I was looking online (at mealtrain.com) for a night when I could sign up, and realized that no one had signed up for Valentine's Day. What the heck!? 

I thought it seemed super special and sweet to cook for new parents on Valentine's Day... when they're probably tired, but also filled with love for each other and their newest little bean. Over the years, I've noticed that when cooking for others, people tend to make a lot of casseroles. In fact, one friend finally had to request: "No more lasagna!" (words one never thinks they will utter!) So, I wanted to go a super fresh and delicious route, and ended up making 3 different salads for them to share.

First up, I made the raw kale Winter Salad with Pita Chips and Sumac from Vegan Eats World. I'd had this once before when a friend brought it to a potluck, and I loved it. In fact, making it this time around, I really wanted to start eating it all myself! Maybe I'll have to put this on the menu for next week. :) 

(as you can see, I put the pita chips and sumac in separate baggies, so that they could be added right before serving)

Next up, I made a Roasted Red Beet & Edamame Salad from 30 Minute Vegan Taste of Europe. The recipe called for lima beans, which I couldn't find. I really love this recipe: it's fast and delicious. The dressing is lemony and has fresh dill in it, and all the flavors go together nicely. I got really giant beets and slow-roasted them, so that I could cut them into little heart shapes. I have three different sizes of heart cookie cutters (medium, small, and tiny) - so I mixed 'em all together.

Finally, I made one of my favorite salads of all time. I think it's from Healthy Hedonist: Spelt and Wild Rice Salad with Roasted Hazelnuts, Grapes and a Citrus-Cumin dressing. This salad is so damned good!! I used a combo of long-grain brown rice and black forbidden rice, which made the salad really pretty too. The dressing has toasted cumin seeds, fresh-squeezed OJ, fresh lime juice, and other goodies in it, and the whole thing is just magical.

it is hard to take a good picture of brownies

Finally, I made a batch of my favorite brownies - 3 giant heart brownies, 3 small heart brownies, and 3 boring rectangular brownies... and a zip lock full of organic raspberry coulis for drizzling over the chocolatey goodness. I figured, you just gotta have some chocolate on Vday, right? Plus, after such a healthy dinner, there's still some enthusiasm for a robust dessert.

It always seems to me that Valentine's Day should be about celebrating love in all it's many forms, not just romantic love between two people... and it felt extra sweet to be thinking about and doing something special for my friend and her family this year.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Official Mr. VE&T Week!

Thursday is Mr. Vegan Eats & Treats' Birthday - so as part of his celebration, he gets to pick out all our dinners this week. Mr. VE&T isn't vegan, but he is certainly an enthusiast of all things yummy - so he'd been having a fun time reviewing his favorite meals and picking some out for this week.

There wasn't much hesitation about what last night's meal would be: Tofu Watercress Salad. This is a recipe from Healthy Hedonist, and it's really great. Dry-fried tofu cubes with a Japanese-inspired sauce, over a bed of watercress, celery, cashews, scallions, and a garlic-gingery dressing. It's super fresh, but also full of umami (mmm... umami!) and full of abundant sources of zing. Mr. VE&T is always asking me to make this, and this week I finally did! :)

Stay tuned for more dinner picks from Mr. VE&T!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Deeelicious Dinners

Even though I don't blog everyday, I DO actually eat everyday. More than once. So, now, I've got a nice little backlog of various delicious dinners of late. Now that spring is right around the corner, I am trying to use up various goodies from my pantry and freezer, to make way for all the fresh corn and fresh tomatoes and other glorious goodies that will soon be back.

Classic Black Bean & Veggie Chili from "Appetite for Reduction," Isa's newest book. As you'll see, I've made a few things from this book now, and I really like them. The recipes are great for weeknight dinners where you want something healthy, yummy, and ready in under and hour. This really is a simple little chili recipe, but it's quite tasty, and chock full of veggies, which is perfect for me!

Although it's not pictured, I also made the Chipotle Chili with Sweet Potatoes & Brussels Sprouts from AfR (except I used kabocha squash in place of sweet potatoes), and that one we really, really loved. Probably my new favorite chili recipe of all time. And I was probably too busy eating it to take a picture of it.

Also from Appetite for Reduction, Chickpea Piccata. I loved Isa's suggestion to serve it with mashed cauliflower-potatoes (aka Caulipots) & over arugula. What a fun dinner! It felt so fancy, but it really wasn't all that complicated. Honestly, those caulipots are sooooooo good.

Indonesian Corn Chowder & Grilled Tofu
Last summer, I took a bunch of ears of perfect raw corn and cut off all the kernels and popped them into little ziplock baggies, and then into the freezer. All so that I could put corn in my chili in February, and make a whole pot of Indonesian Corn Chowder (from Healthy Hedonist) in the first week of March. Excellent! Alongside the chowder I made some grilled tofu marinated with Indonesian shallot marinade (adapted from a tempeh recipe in Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian). Both were so delicious, and made a great combo together. So nice to have some summery flavors in the middle of winter!

I guess I've been in a soupy mood. It must be all the nice rainy days we've been having. Here you see a big bowl of classic Minestrone Soup. I sort of base my recipe off of Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen, but I use the recipe for the variation where you boil all your beans and the soup takes hours to make, except that I just use pre-boiled beans out of my freezer. Easy peasy! Plus I got to use up some of my oddly VAST collection of mini pasta shapes in the cupboards. Apparently I cannot resist buying mini pasta shapes, even if I have no planned use for it.

Sambar & Chickpea Curry
Using one of the South Indian cookbooks I brought home from India with me (it's called Southern Spice), I cooked up this tasty little dinner! Honestly, this sambar wasn't my favorite sambar recipe, but obviously, even a mediocre sambar is still mighty delicious. It's not like we didn't eat it all, folks. But that Chickpea Curry was another story. Chock full of coconut and curry leaves that stuff was over the moon delicious. Sooooo good, and definitely something I will make again.

My awesome friend Gabrielle surprised me with a copy of Kansha, the recently published all-vegan Japanese cookbook. It is so beautiful, it's practically just a coffee table book. But luckily, it's a cookbook too. So, post-holidays, home from India... I finally cracked it open with some serious intent to make something. My package of udon noodles called to me from the cupboards, and I settled on Udon Noodle Soup. Isn't it lovely?

Here it is after it's all mixed up together and ready for eating! You can see that this is Mr. Vegan Eats and Treat's bowl, not mine, because of his insitence upon using a fork/spoon, and not chopsticks. I'm just fine with chopsticks, I think they're fun! This soup was great... but unfortunately not my total fave. Mr. VE&T loved it, but he's more a mushroom fan than I am. I've come a long way in healing my once-estranged relationship with mushrooms, but this was still a little heavy on the 'shrooms for my taste. Also, I accidentally overcooked my udon noodles a little, which made me grumpy! Still it was a yummy dinner, and would be probably be heaven for a mushroom lover who knows how to cook udon noodles properly!

Middle Eastern Feastern!
Foul Mudammas, Baba Ghanoush, and Eggplant Caviar & Pita Breads
Last but not least, my masterpiece of weeknight dinners! A multi-dish offering of homemade pita breads, and three different spreads. I made homemade pitas once before... and while they were totally delicious, they did not poof. This time I used the recipe from The New Book of Middle Eastern Food - which suggested preheating the oven and the baking sheet to 500 F for 20 minutes before baking. As you can see, it worked! I got Perfect Pocket Poof. The recipe made a lot (18?), so all the pitas we didn't eat went into the freezer to maintain their freshness. I'll definitely make these again, they were fun and delicious!

Also I used up some good pantry items - a big jar of grilled eggplant chunks and a big can of fava beans to make these delicious dips: Foul Mudammas, Baba Ghanoush, and Eggplant Caviar. As it turned out - they were a perfect trio! The Foul was thick and tangy - with garlic and lemon, the Baba Ghanoush was mild and rich with tahini and smoky grilled eggplant, and the Eggplant Caviar was fresh and light with fresh herbs and grilled eggplant. The best thing to do was to stuff equal amounts of all three spreads into a pita pocket and chow down! Obviously, this was a pretty ambitious meal for a weeknight... I think we ended up eating dinner around 10:30, but we're down with that. Luckily, there was tons of food and I got two more lunches out of all this goodness. Just remembering this meal makes me wish I could eat it right now... it was an incredible dinner!


Sunday, August 01, 2010

Food... I Eats It.

We had our super dear friends Jane and JP & their daughter over for dinner a little while back. Jane and JP are organic farmers, and they grow the most AMAZING produce. I am most especially an addict of their strawberries & tomatoes... but really, everything they grow is so delish! They brought over two gorgeous salads: one with some mustardy-dill-new potatoes and the other full of fresh, fresh greens. Jane's not eating wheat these days, so in the background you can see the spelt focaccia I made... Not the most gorgeous loaf ever, but it was actually really delicious. I used this recipe.

I also made up a big batch of hummus... added in some crushed fennel seeds, sprinkled on some toasted sesame seeds, and then topped it with a dash of argon oil from our recent trip to Morocco. Wow, that argan oil has a *beautiful* flavor - nutty like hazelnuts, but lighter. Very delicious! It was a lovely little dinner affair!

This is one of Mr. Vegan Eats & Treats most favorite meals of all time. Any time I say "what should we have for dinner tonight?," he invariably says "Tofu Watercress Salad!!!!" This recipe is from The Healthy Hedonist. The whole thing comes together in under 30 minutes, and it's full of delicious and super-nutritious watercress, along with a very delicious asian-inspired dressing. Highly recommended indeed!

Here are some goodies from the garden recently. Purple Queen "green beans", delicious strawberries, and some tasty zukes. Mmmmm, garden bounty is the best!

This is a typical breakfast for me lately... a HUGE mountain of fruit. The strawberries are from my friend Jane's farm, and then I just add whatever else I've got around: blueberries, blackberries, nectarines... After I took this picture, I added a big dollop of unphotogenic plain soy yogurt. I always use Wildwood brand soy yogurt, because it is the only plain soy yogurt that is unsweetened. I like my yogurt tart, thank you very much!

Also, my friend Sophia came over recently for some pickling action! You may recall that the two of us embarked on our maiden voyage of pickling together last year... so we decided to make a tradition of it. This resulted in me running around the house all morning making up a song about "Pickle Pals for Life" and how once you have a Pickle Pal, you must stick with your Pickle Pal forever, because these are the rules of the Universe. As you can see, we even made fancy little labels for our dill pickles.

Look how many pickles!! Six jars each! Last year we made Dill Pickles and Bread and Butter pickles... but after tasting the glory of homemade dill pickles, we knew what our priorities were! 100% Dill, baby! Pickles, we has them.

You can see that it is very hard to remain cool and sophisticated when you have just finished making yourself 6 jars of dill pickles.

Sohpia with her giant bounty of pickled goodness! In order for the pickling magic to occur, we have to wait until sometime in September before we can open them. This is the worst part of pickle making for sure. So, until then, I have tucked them in the cupboard where they will not tempt me.

I have been a naughty blogger lately... though you'd never know it, I've been cooking up all sorts of lovely meals, and taking all sorts of pictures, so I promise more blogging this week. I'm gonna catch up with that memory card!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Dumpling Party!

This weekend we had a great little dumpling gathering! The theme was any sort of dumpling or pocket-of-goodness type item (think spring rolls, egg rolls, calzones, samosas, etc). Here's some of what was had... although in hindsight it appears that I didn't photo document a few of the tastiest items! Bad Amey!

Sophia brought these beautifully perfect little mochi daifukus! They were so cute and yummy. Very impressive thing to make from scratch (she used kittee's recipe). It was only my second time having a mochi sweetie, and I really like their smooth, velvety texture and understated sweetness. I also especially liked this little ones that Sophia made... not too big, but just a few perfect little nibbles.

Sophia's partner-in-crime Max has just freshly arrived home after two weeks form Germany, so he went with the Germanic theme and made Sommelknodel (best name!) with tomato herb gravy. These dumplings were dense and bready, and perfectly balanced with the sweet acidity of the tomato sauce. I think there were only two left at the end of the day!

I made mini-empanadas. I used a recipe for empanada dough from one of the Spanish cookbooks I got from the library, and free-formed a Spanish-style filling made with caramelized onions, ground up seitan, smoked pimenton, tomato sauce and potato chunks. Pretty yummy, but not my favorite ever. The recipe would need some tweaking before I would bother to share it... we'll see if I ever decide to revisit it.

Next up, I made a big batch of little mini Farmer's Market Tamales. I used the masa from "Voluptuous Vegan" but the filling and concept from "Viva Vegan." This was a great tamale recipe, chock full of fresh veggies and flavors. Also, this turned out to be an especially great tamale recipe for making mini tamales, because in this recipe the filling and masa are mixed together, rolled up, and steamed... rather than first laying out the masa and then spooning in the filling and all that. Why don't we always just mix together the filling and the masa?! It was super easy that way!

My final contribution was mini cherry pies with bing cherries & marzipan. Do I really need to explain to you that these were delicious? I didn't think so. Not necessarily beautiful, but definitely tasty.

Unfortunately, I didn't photograph one of my favorite dishes of the afternoon - Erin's "Chicken" & Dumplings - a totally delicious concoction of seitan and dumplings in a thick, savory gravy. Man, it was crazy good. I was probably too busy rushing back for seconds to reach for my camera. Put it in my pie hole!

Speaking of pie holes, Kylie brought this amazing pie. Wow. It was a mixed berry pie with a vegan cream cheese layer and a lavender crust. Served up with vanilla ice cream. I've never had anything like this, so I wasn't sure what to expect. But, I took one bite and I was totally amazed. The combinations of flavors were so beautiful and unexpected and harmonious. MAN. That lavender crust, with the berries, with the ice cream... ahhh.

Alana brought these Chinese BBQ Seitan Buns with Spicey Soy-Ginger dipping sauce. The dough encasing the filling was just perfect - flavorful enough to be delicious, but mild enough to complement the filling. And the filling was a sweet-salty combo of goodness - especially with that beautiful dipping sauce. I think she said this was from Bryanna Clark Grogan's book "Authentic Chinese Cuisine." These buns even had fermented tofu as one of the ingredients - Alana is a real odd-ingredient connoisseur, which I truly admire!

All of our little doggies were having a great time - they were so stoked for more friendly faces and all the friendly company... but none more so than Snoopy. Snoopy LOVES cuddles. In fact, as I type this, he is all curled up in a little ball on my lap. So, naturally, he was making many friends at the potluck. I know it's not a food shot, but I couldn't resist this cute picture of the Super Duper Snooper Pooper and Alana snuggling together. Look at those little paws!

After all that carby feasting, I was looking for a lot of veggies and plentiful colors for dinner that night. So, I whipped up these three quick dishes, which turned out to be a truly complementary and compelling dinner. First up, Moroccan Carrots (from this recipe on about.com, minus the added olive oil). I love this recipe and I think it is quickly becoming one of my favorites. It takes about 10 minutes to throw together and it's totally delicious.

I also made two wonderful dishes from one of my other library books: Arabesque. Zucchini with Garlic, Mint, and Vinegar ~ I'm not a huge zucchini fan (uhh... so, exactly why did I plant a big, thriving zucchini in my garden?!), but I think this recipe may have single handedly changed my stance on the zucchini issue. I love that it required almost no oil, and the flavor of the dried mint was a new and unexpected pairing with the zucchini... definitely successful, and definitely something I'll make again. I also made Beans with Caramelized Onions and Spinach - except that I used some of the blanched kale from our freezer in place of spinach. I cut the oil dramatically and still this dish was so full of flavor and so fun to eat. Mr. Vegan Eats and Treats was all dressed up to go out for dinner, but took one pass through the kitchen and decided to stay home and eat with me... mwahahaha! evil laughter! Looks like "Arabesque" is another book bound for my wishlist!

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One last little thing... while we're on the topic of dumplings and such, I'll include these pictures from a delicious dinner that we had last week. My Project Freezer efforts are going along quite nicely, and this meal was part of that effort. These are the Pumpkin-Pecan Wonton Ravioli from "The Healthy Hedonist" - and they were so tasty, and pretty easy too. The filling is made with pumpkin, pecans, & caramelized onions and is CRAZY YUMMY.

The author gives two options for serving - either with Sage & Butter Sauce, or with Porcini Broth. I went for the high-flavor & low-fat option of the cooked down Porcini Broth and it was delicious. The broth was light but added moisture and a touch of umami depth. I know this picture isn't the prettiest food porn pic you've ever seen (BRAINZ!), but trust me when I tell you that the flavors were incredible. Back in the freezer, I've still got one more pack of wonton wrappers and a few more cups of frozen pumpkin... so now I think I know what I"ll do with them!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Afghan Cilantro-Mint Sauce

The other day, I got to talking about a now-out-of-business restaurant that we used to love. "Parwana" was a local spot serving Afghan food, and they had lots of vegan options on the menu. The food was so delicious and full of interesting flavors. Just like Italian restaurants might give you bread and olive oil as a starter, or a Mexican restaurant will give you chips and salsa... Parwana always gave diners bread with this amazing mint-cilantro sauce.

So, we were talking about how much we missed that magical sauce... and I figured I could probably recreate it. Armed with a fridge full of left-over fresh herbs from my Persian New Year gathering, I searched around on the internet and combined a few different recipes and ideas. In the end, I came up with something just about perfect. I'm so stoked!

For dinner we had Moroccan Chickpea Soup (from "Healthy Hedonist"), Hindu Kush Flat Breads (from "Silk Road"), and some of this Afghan Cilantro-Mint Sauce. Very international!

Check out the sauce, I hope you like it. It's pretty darn zesty from the garlic and cilantro... but it's also easy to get down the hatch. I look forward to exploring more uses for it!

Afghan Cilantro-Mint Sauce
Makes about 1 cup

{Note: I used a small food processor to make this, which was perfect, but I'm sure you could use a regular food processor, a blender (and some patience), or even a mortar and pestle.}

1 clove garlic, peeled
1/2 c walnuts
1 c cilantro leaves, semi-packed
1/2 c fresh mint leaves, semi-packed
4 scallions, chopped
3 T lemon juice
1 T white vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1-2 T water, as needed/desired

Drop the garlic clove into the food processor or blender and chop it up. Add the walnuts and pulse a few times to chop them up. Add all the remaining ingredients, starting with 1 Tbsp water (add more if you want it saucier or if it seems too thick to blend easily). Blend it into a thick green paste. Eat it up!


Thursday, October 15, 2009

VeganMoFo 15: My Favorite Cookbooks!

You know those questions like "if you were going to be stranded on an island, and you could only bring 5 cookbooks, which cookbooks would you bring?" Well, here's my attempt to answer this pressing concern.

I have a LOT of cookbooks. I really like cookbooks, and I pretty much never make up recipes from scratch. I'm really good at following recipes and getting good results, but somehow I'm just not very good at making recipes myself. My infrequent attempts at recipe-creation are usually just unsuccessful enough that I go back to the books.

First off, these are my two primary reference books. I have found some lovely dishes from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, but most of all I use it as a quick reference - how long to bake a potato and at what temperature, a quick way to prepare turnips, flavor pairings with beets, and so on... I especially love the section that's devoted to vegetables in alphabetical order. Also the Joy of Cooking. Back when I worked at Yahoo!, I won this JoC in a department baking contest. Hoorah! At the time, I didn't realize what a great prize this was. I use the JoC to refer back to the traditional way "things should be done" - like biscuits and pies and how to use a frosting tip. I also use the JoC for measurement conversions, classic recipes to veganize, and I am most grateful for the two amazing vegan cake recipes in this edition: vegan orange cake and vegan chocolate cake. They are totally reliable, easy, and delicious cakes.

Next up, Dreena's last two books. Dreena writes a lot of healthy and tasty recipes, but I will admit that there is really only one reason these books made the cut today: COOKIES. Dreena's cookie recipes RULE THE WORLD. They are always great, don't use margarine, make moderately-sized batches, have perfect texture, and are super freaky yummy. For cookie recipes alone, Dreena's books are very special to me.

These are probably my Top Five: Fresh Food Fast, Vegan with a Vengeance, Voluptuous Vegan, Healthy Hedonist, and Real Food Daily. (*) I love love love these books. They are my official "take to the island with me" picks. (Oh shoot, I forgot about Vegan Brunch. Hmm... I think Vegan Brunch is the winner. I really, really love Vegan Brunch. Maybe I can talk the Island Officials into letting me bring 6 books.) When I am looking for something delicious, flavorful, healthy, and interesting, these are the books I've turned to time and time again. I know I've made a recipe or two from each that I didn't really care for, but by and large, I've found these books to have a really low Dud : Success ratio.

(* If you click on the title of each book, you can see the times I've featured recipes from these books on my blog... The lists aren't complete, but I've been going back retroactively and adding labels to my posts, especially since blogger search quality has really gone downhill recently)

Last but not least, I love these little cookzines of mine. For the last 9 years, I've made a holiday cookbooklet for friends and family, full of the favorite recipes that I discovered that year. They are a great resource for tried-and-true recipes and old favorites. Most of the time, I like to make something I haven't made before... just for the adventure and excitement of it all. But sometimes life calls for an old favorite, and that's when I reach for my little ol' cookbooklets.

I don't want to leave you foodless, so here's last night's Giant Salad for dinner... Yes, there's lettuce under there somewhere.

...served with a side of toast, steamed green beans (super good!), and corn with the Spicy Miso Dressing from Vegan Soul Kitchen. A super yummy dinner!

Friday, October 09, 2009

VeganMoFo 9: Recipes for Happiness


Mr. Vegan Eats & Treats has one all-time favorite fruit: PEARS. Every once in a while, appropo of nothing, he'll say "make me a pear pie!" or "will you cut me up a pear?" - even if it is not pear season and there are no pears in sight. So, this time of year, with pears in abundance, is a happy time for him!

However, poor Mr. VE&Ts is somehow confused by pears. "what is this thing?" "how do I eat it?" If the pear is still in its natural state (ie. not cut into pretty little slices) he will not eat it - despite his professed love for pears.

So, sometimes I am feeling nice and I will cut up some pears for him. Then, he is so excited about his pears that he won't even wait for me to take a picture first.

Those pears don't last long! Even Yummers Potatoes wants one!

Recipe for Happiness #1:
1 peckish Mr. Vegan Eats & Treats
1-4 ripe pears
1 paring knife
1 Amey-in-a-good-mood

Instructions:
Amey-in-a-good-mood should take the knife & the cut pears. Put on a plate. Feed to peckish Mr. VE&Ts. Happiness.

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Recipe for Happiness #2 comes from Mr. VE&Ts himself. This week he gets to pick dinner every night, and so tonight he came up with a very tasty meal:

1. White Rice. Although it is not my favorite, Mr. VE&Ts absolutely loves white rice. LOVES IT. So, of course, his vision for this evening's meal starts with white rice.

2. Tomato Soup. As much as he loves white rice, he loves it 100% more with tomato soup. I made the tomato broth from a recipe in "Healthy Hedonist" and cooked it down a bit so that it would be more substantive. Then I blended it up in the Vitamix for maximum creaminess!

3. Sauteed Jalepeno Corn. This was Mr. VE&Ts' selection from "Vegan Soul Kitchen"... which he decided should be served with tomato soup over rice. I have to say, he was on to something! It was a fast, fresh and delicious dinner. I was so happy to still find fresh sweet corn at the farmers' market. And the red jalepenos were from our very own home-grown jalepeno plant! Hoorah!

Lastly, in my effort to introduce you to my fellow, I leave you with Mr. VE&Ts' favorite song for today. His favorite song changes moment by moment, but for tonight, this is the one he's wandering around the house singing with great enthusiasm: