Cleaning Craving

standard May 12, 2013 Leave a response

After three weeks of constant traveling, disorientation events, and moving madness, I finally had a chance to cook again. I got a huge CSA bounty this week and had no idea what to do with most of it. Since I am in the middle of my usual pre-move “use it up or toss it out” phase, I dug out my cookbooks and found recipes that maximized what I received plus what was left in the pantry. Three hours later, I had enough food for the next two weeks before we leave. Perfect.

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All these greens turned into:

  • cabbage soup
  • cole slaw
  • kale chips
  • salad with roasted chickpeas and carrots
  • brown rice with leeks
  • lentils, leeks, and greens pasta sauce

It feels oh so good to have an empty pantry, fridge, and freezer and pre-made meals ready. Reminds me of the days when I had weekends free for bulk cooking and bake fest. I have no idea how we accumulate so much stuff in such a short period of time. It will be nice to start over and try to maintain a minimalist kitchen. Our new kitchen is half the size of our current one, so I won’t have much of a choice!

A Vegan Paradise

standard April 7, 2013 Leave a response

I love Austin. I really cannot say that enough. When I found out the first annual Texas VegFest was happening here last year, I was really excited. Then I looked at my calendar and realized there was no way I could make it back from Philadelphia that weekend.

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Thankfully, this year the date was wide open. I also had the opportunity this year to volunteer at the festival, which was even more exciting. Not only did this afford me a way to see the festival without roaming around aimlessly by myself, but I got to put my work skills to use in an environment that I love. I worked as a Team Leader of volunteers helping to organize the sponsor and vendor tables. This meant front row access to delicious vegan food. Yes, please!

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On top of delicious food, there were fantastic speakers, live music, and a children’s activity area. I was really excited to see Austin local Christy Morgan, who is a vegan chef, and Isa Chandra Moskowitz, who ended up sick and unable to attend at the last minute.

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The best part about VegFest to me was having all the vegan food vendors I have been meaning to go visit all in one location. With my crazy travel schedule since we have lived in Austin, I have not had a chance to visit many places on my ever growing list. I was not ready to leave this city without ever tasting some of the amazing vegan dishes I had heard so much about.  At VegFest, I got to eat at every place at once. Truly, a vegan paradise!

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There is really something for everyone here. I was amazed while listening to Christy’s cooking demo at the number of vegan-curious questions that arose. Many people are just scoping it out, trying to figure out how to change their diet and lifestyle, how to live healthy lives.Texas VegFest is a great place to see how awesome, fun, and easy a plant-based lifestyle can be.

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If you’re in Austin next year, you must go to Texas VegFest! I promise your stomach will thank you.

Five Pounds

standard November 11, 2012 Leave a response

How much lettuce can you eat in a week? That was the question I got to quickly answer as I realized I had purchased a pound of greens at the store the day before I received four pounds of kale, arugula, and bok choy in my CSA share. Oops.

I usually go through greens really fast, so on Tuesday it didn’t seem like a lot on hand. By Friday I still had three pounds to go. And I was going out of town on Monday. What to do?

All the bok choy got sautéed down into a variation of this dish.

Kale and the store-bought greens got stuffed into my blender each morning. My poor Cuisinart didn’t know what to do.

The arugula went toward this salad. Which I didn’t know when to even eat, since I had already made an entire batch of this salad and had 8 cups of shaved Brussels sprout goodness to chomp through. Way to plan ahead on that one.

Anything leftover got sautéed down and added to a quick pasta dish. Thankfully I had leftover sauce in the freezer from making this dish a while back, and was able to make a quick nutrient dense meal to finish off all those greens.

Definitely a close call. Now off to another week of bad hotel food, excess coffee, protein bars, and green juice. I bet I’ll be missing all these greens by the end of the week!