After cooking non-stop for that last photography project, I have to say that my enthusiasm for making food hasn’t been the same. As far as fun recipe ideas go, my brain has been exploding with them. But, when it comes to putting some actual food in my fridge, I have been less than successful at it. 😉 Luckily, the tomato plants in my backyard have been poppin’ off and gave me a great head-start on this dish.
I was partly inspired by a plate that I had at Mohawk Bend’s Authors Worth Celebrating dinner, starring Randy Clemens. There was a spiced Caprese salad where the Mozz was actually tofu marinated in a salty brine. It tasted great, so I thought that I’d give it a go at home and see what I could come up with. Secondary inspiration came from some herbed feta cheese that I used to eat in my pre-vegan days. While the texture is a bit different, I feel like this is a good sub and my mom (who really likes cheese) even liked it!
Pair the salty, herbed tofu-cheese with ripe tomatoes, peppery baby arugula and a squeeze of fresh lemon together and you have yourself a simple, seasonal salad that makes a great side dish. Am I saying that you shouldn’t try to eat this in one sitting? Absolutely not! Go for the gold! And don’t forget to let me know how you felt about it.
Before I give you the recipe, I’d like to know how everyone’s doing! How’s your Summer, thus far? Have you done anything exciting, or are you eating anything drool-worthy? Let’s hear it!
My garden’s harvesting is coming to an end soon, with the exception of some tomato plants that I started pretty late in the season, and overall it’s been pretty successful! Even though these Summer wraps are a simple dish in execution and ingredients, I am extremely proud of them. Four of the main ingredients came from my garden, and that is something that I wouldn’t have been able to say just a couple of years ago.
Even though the corn stalks I had didn’t produce much, and the cobs are pretty miniature, they tasted great and had some excellent kernels. If my zucchini plant hadn’t fully succumbed to powdery mildew this wouldn’t have been my last homegrown zucchini of the season; but, you gotta take the good with the bad. I’ve never grown carrots before this year, and that was a very cool, patience-testing experience. Pulling a grand-looking, orange root from the earth was definitely a highlight for me. Then there’s the chard, which was started a little late but continues to grow and is quite the sight to see with its multi-colored stalks and deep green leaves.
With the addition of some red onion, tomatoes and mushrooms, these wraps have an array of colors and are not only delicious, but easy on the eyes. Salt and pepper are the only tools used for seasoning other than fresh Farmers Market basil, keeping it basic by letting the fresh produce shine through. Being wrapped in chard makes these wraps healthy and great to serve as an appetizer at a Summer dinner party.
Another month, and it’s already started off super busy. I’m beginning to see a theme here! While tomorrow I have a catch up post, of the more personal kind (which I mostly never do), today I have a simple breakfast recipe that you will absolutely love. It has all of the nostalgic flavors of homemade school lunches, but with a different texture and a comforting warmth about it.
With ingredients that are incredibly easy to attain, you can make this oatmeal breakfast in minutes. In fact, right after I made the first batch I told my mother about it, she was intrigued so I whipped up another serving in no time at all. The verdict? This breakfast is a winner in our books!
Happy Hump Day to you all! This week has been busy already, and it doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. I hope that all of you are having a great week and are gearing up for the weekend much like I am. Just a quick update on what’s going on around here: I have been talking with a lot of great companies that I met at Expo West, so hopefully I can show you all so new product reviews soon; went to lunch with Jill of Vegan Cuts at Seed Bistro before dropping her off to Whitney of Eco Vegan Gal (I miss you already, Jill!); and I have a few great recipes that I’m hashing out for St. Patrick’s day.
But, before Expo West the rest of it happened, I was featured on Spry Living’s Food Bloggers We Love! The recipes I ended up doing for them were based on the ideas of being healthy, made with whole foods, and easy to make for those of you who are just getting into veganism or are vegan-curious. I had a lot of fun with this, and all of the dishes are filled with flavor and color; making them appealing to everyone.
Here are the links to the recipes, and a bit about each of them:
Massaged Kale Salad with Homemade Avocado Cilantro Vinaigrette– Sometimes salads can get boring. But, when you start learning about what combinations of foods can help you absorb more nutrients, they become a lot more interesting. In this salad, you have chickpeas and tomatoes paired together to help your body absorb more calcium, while the creamy vinaigrette and pepitas up the protein content.
Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup– I find that the slow cooker is often an under-utilized kitchen appliance that can create some amazingly delicious meals with ease. Here is a black bean soup that is simple to make, and has all of the flavors of traditional Cuban black bean dishes with a couple of extra ingredients stirred in.
Grilled Portobello Burger with Caramelized Onions & Jicama Salad– For warmer weather, you can never go wrong with a burger. In this case, the greasy meat is substituted with a grilled Portobello mushroom topped with perfectly caramelized onions. A touch of balsamic really gives a burst of flavor to what may become a summertime favorite. Serve it with a refreshing shredded jicama salad or even a side of watermelon
Zesty Lemon Cranberry Muffin Tops– These tasty treats are the best of both worlds when it comes to cookies and muffins. They are fluffy and have great texture from the cranberries and walnuts, but are half the size of a muffin. Now, you can have a healthier treat, full of flavor, without feeling an ounce of guilt.
I hope that you check all of them out and share them with friends!
Also, I have something really exciting planned for tomorrow that will go along with a recap of Expo West!
This is a vegan food blog, run by Jackie Sobon, that covers everything from indulgent desserts, to healthy dinners, and even raw recipes! I also write up restaurant reviews and am sort of a beer snob. You'll find that there is something for everyone, here!
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