Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Well well

So I've never really been sure I've liked sauerkraut or not, but I'm going to put it in a DEFINITE yes category after this past week. I never had it growing up, and I guess it never really has crossed my path in a memorable way thus far in my life. I finally made the Tempeh Reuben from VCON and it resulted in a happy taste-bud party in my mouth! Nik is a big sauerkraut fan, so he was pretty excited about this sammich. And ohhh what a sammich it is. We even had leftovers for lunch the next day! The bread is really yummy kalamata olive bread from one of the stands at the farmer's market too. Ohh delicious delicious messy sammich.

I haven't made these in a realllllly long while, but eggplant started popping up in my CSA last week and eggplant wingz are always the first thing that come to mind. Really easy to make and perfect for a summer meal. I cut my eggplant up, long wise (you could prolly skin it if you hate breading things that have a skin on one side), salted it and let it drain for 20 minutes or so in a colander. After rinsing the salt off, I dipped the eggplant in a mix of flour, spices (I go italian, with basil, parsley, thyme, garlic powder, sea salt, pepper), then dip in soymilk, and then into a bowl of panko bread crumbs. Bake on a pan with olive oil drizzled or misted over it, on 350F for about 30 minutes or until nicely browned and tender, flipping halfway through. I make up a hot sauce mix of Earth Balance + hot sauce + a little vegan worcheshire sauce + a few tablespoons of ketchup + a small drizzle of agave + pepper. I'm not really precise about it. Just make your favorite BBQ or hot sauce! I toss the eggplant in the sauce and serve. I had these with sides of fried green tomatoes, and a red onion/cucumber salad.

Pasta salad! It wouldn't be summer without a gigunda bowl of clean-out-the-fridge veggies because I don't wanna cook or go shopping!

Spicy stirfry! Which, by my standards, means it really isn't all that spicy. Veggies include bok choy, carrots, zucchini, red onions, and broccoli. Whole wheat lo mein noodles.

Blueberry-banana ice cream! One frozen banana + half a pint of blueberries + 1-1.5 cups soymilk + agave to sweeten. Whirled it in the vitamix and put in ice cream maker. Mmmm.

My mom is coming for a weekend visit tomorrow! We're going to a FREE show tomorrow night at Coney Island. Blondie, Pat Benatar, and The Donnas! How freaking cool is that?? I'm excited. I just hope it doesn't rain! Have a fabulous weekend everyone!


  1. Mmmm your Eggpant wingz look and sound scrummy and I LOVE Sauerkraut too!

  2. Ooh, I want to make eggplant wingz!

  3. Great pics! That sandwich sure sounds good. You know, I've never tried a vegan reuben before! I think I'll get out my copy of VWaV and make one soon.

  4. You reuben sounds super good and is making me want a sandwich really bad! Eggplant wings are a fantastic idea too, I never really know what to do with eggplants.