Saturday, May 22, 2010

More Vegetarian Meals

When I posted My Husband is a Vegan Freak, I promised to give you more vegetarian meal ideas.  Here are 7 meals we've had recently:

Black Bean Cakes with Pineapple Salsa, Salad, and Strawberries

Homemade Veggie Pizza with Whole Wheat Crust
(his without cheese, mine with)

Dirty Rice (includes soy crumbles) 
and Spicy Collards with Stewed Tomatoes

Vegan Sloppy Joes
(made with textured vegetable protein aka TVP)

Huge Salads with Sunflower Seeds and Beans
 (mine also with Buffalo Mozzarella)

American Chop Suey (with soy crumbles)

Spicy Madras Curry with Tofu and Vegetables 
over Whole Wheat Cous Cous
(tasted better than it looks, I promise!)

He cooks with recipes (his favorite source is,while I rarely do.  I call it creative cooking.  I see what we have in our kitchen, may or may not look up a recipe for ideas, and then just go for it.  In 8 years, I've only had to throw out 3 meals because they were not fit for consumption.  Not a bad average, don't you think?


  1. The pizza looks delicious!! Let's have a design-your-own pizza night!!

  2. Anonymous12:36 PM CDT

    The food looks great!! I can't wait for you to visit so I can taste some of your awesome cooking again : )
    There is now a new and amazing vegan cheese that melts and tastes great so B can have cheese on his entrees too! It's called Daiya and we have become converts to it. -M

  3. Wow, you've been really busy. You're so imaginative, and everything looks yummy.

  4. Hello,

    I found your blog through Kimberly Wilson's podcast and I came by wanting to link your blog to my cousin, whom I thought would benefit from your writings. I still think she will, but I definitely needed to leave a comment myself in regards to this and your previous post about your husband.

    In that post you mention a vegan diet as being an "extreme" way of eating. As a vegan, I know that many people believe this, but (and I have discussed this very topic on my own blog) I do not find it extreme at all. Number one, all the food you posted here looks absolutely beautiful and inviting for anyone to eat. Number two, you mentioned the appalling ways that animals are raised for slaughter in our country - indeed, around the world - but especially in the factory farms. Is that brutality and the way we let others - many poor, minority workers - do that nasty bit of dirty work for us... is that not actually more extreme than making a bowl of seasoned beans with rice?

    Part of my ethic of non-violence is also one of non-violence toward other human beings. I cannot believe that those who work in the dirty, violent slaughterhouse conditions are very happy themselves. What are the fathers like when they come home to their children at night after a day of working in a place with nothing but animals screaming in fear and being abused before they are slaughtered?

    Please don't misunderstand. I am not taking issue with what you presented here on your really beautiful, inspiring blog. I am not a person who looks to incite arguments in comment areas or on forums, etc. Most of the time I am simply a lurker. From time to time though, I do like to speak up and address points that I think ought to have another's perspective. As someone who has been vegetarian for 22 years and vegan for 3 and has raised my children to be vegetarian, no one in my family feels like we are doing anything extreme. We all enjoy wonderful, regular meals together, enjoy treats, and generally tasty food. We simply do not eat animals and honestly, my children see that as rather extreme.

    It's just simply a different way of viewing "normal". One could argue that a kosher diet is extreme or an Indian or Korean diet, simply because unfamiliar ingredients are used. But when one does become familiar with new foods and uses them repeatedly in different and delicious ways, then they become normal... even comfort food. Where many Americans find macaroni and cheese to be comfort food, Japanese often say that of miso soup. So, I do believe that it really is more simply a different way of viewing one's habits than to say one is more extreme than another.

  5. oh my goodness!
    the colors are gorgeous in these meals
    & i'm a vegetarian & put way too little effort into my cooking. this is so good for me to see!
    thanks for the beautiful inspiration, dear one!x

  6. Mrs Pivec,
    Thank you for finding my blog and sharing your views in a comment! I salute you for being vegetarian for 22 years and vegan for 3 and raising your children vegetarian. You have made a difference to animals and the environment by your longstanding food choices.

    I agree with everything you said but I stand by calling veganism extreme. Here's the definition of extreme straight from my Macbook: not usual, exceptional, far from moderate, furthest from the center. Given that only 1.4% of the population is vegan (Vegetarian Resource Group) and whole food groups are eliminated in a vegan diet, I think that definition is fitting.

    I hope you continue to comment and share your views with our community here at NCB. With deep respect, Kathianne

  7. I love the way you presented all your dish. All looks delicious!