Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Vegan Comfort Food

I was reading back through my blog last night, FINALLY responding to some of the comments from last week, when I became fixated on the post about Rosetta's Kitchen over in Asheville, NC. I got to thinking back, about how delicious that meal was, and it really got me hankerin' for another big ol' plate of vegan comfort food. So into the kitchen I went to try and recreate something similar for my lunchbox today. I didn't have the time to fool with trying out a brand new recipe like the Peanut Butter Baked Tofu, plus I'm not sure that it was really something that I liked THAT much, it was a little too rich for me, so I ended up fixing something that's really quick and really easy... and REALLY delicious.

Vegan Chicken Fried Steak is something that I came up with on here a while back. Of course there's not any real chicken or steak in it, and it's not even fried, but that's the best name I could think of for this. All I did was warm up a Boca Chik'n Patty and then smother it in some delicious Vegan Brown Gravy made using my favorite recipe. You might remember that I like to doctor the recipe up a little bit by adding an extra Tbsp. or so of Soy Sauce, along with 1/8 tsp. or so of garlic powder, a pinch of thyme, a pinch of sage and some fresh ground black pepper. Gosh this gravy is good, even better than what I've eaten in restaurants. And if you haven't tried it all over a Boca Chik'n Patty yet, you really should go do that right now. It's CRAZY good. The only problem is, after I eat one, I want two or three more. Luckily, the lunchbox won't let that happen today.

I also brought along some homemade Mashed Potatoes, covered with some more Vegan Brown Gravy. And you know, I don't have to feel bad about putting this gravy all over everything because the stuff is FAT-FREE. I did put the potatoes in a smaller container instead of a larger one to help me control the calories a little bit. Plus, I omitted bringing any type of bread like a roll or cornbread muffin, like I used to do so frequently.

I also whipped up a big bunch of Kale & Onions by just frying up some onions & garlic in a skillet and then wilting a bunch of Kale in it. You know, I had never eaten Kale before in my life until that meal last week at Rosetta's Kitchen. I've seen various posts about it on other message boards where people have someone in their family who hates it and such, so I was kind of wary of it. But HOLY COW I love this stuff. It's my favorite green now and I plan on eating lots and lots of it in the future. There's a lot of Kale in my house right now because of that "secret weapon" for my health & weight loss that I mentioned yesterday (if THAT gives you any hint as to what it is). Like I said, I'll be doing a post about that in a few days.

And for dessert, I just whipped up a quick Trail Mix by mixing together some Raw Almonds, Raw Cashews, Raw Sunflower Seeds & Raisins. YUM!

So there you have it, a nice little lunchbox full of delicious vegan comfort food. It was really easy to cook up. The only thing that even really took any time was boiling the potatoes so that I could smash them up.

That Vegan Brown Gravy really is one of the greatest things ever. You could feed that to any omnivore and I think they would love it. I like to put it on EVERYTHING.

So thanks for checking out the blog today. See everybody tomorrow!


Courtney said...

Isn't kale great? You should try kale in a "blended salad!" It is actually pretty good, and you can't taste it very much at all with some fruit added in! I have a vita-mix (which I love), and it gets everything smooth and creamy realy easily. It might take a little longer in a regular blender, but it is worth a try!


curmudgeon said...

Oh man... if i ever took anything that comforting to work I'd need a siesta. I might do something similar with breaded tofu tonight. thanks for the inspiration. I love kale in every form; it's even great raw, in a chopped salad.

maybepigscanfly said...

I'm so glad that you tried and love Kale. It really is an amazing green. If you want any recipes you should definitely try Susan's Kale and Toor Dal (I know you like her recipes and it's one of my absolute favorites). I've only made it with red lentils but I'm sure toor dal is good too. Oh and I recomend trying purple kale too. I seem to like it more, although it's probably just in my head. That gravy recipe sounds good and I'm going to have to try it out- thanks for the link. Can't wait to hear more about the secret weapon!


Stephanie said...

I just discovered your blog a couple of weeks ago; it's a new favorite! Kale is amazing. Speaking of Susan's recipes, her Kale and Portabella Lasagna is wonderful.