Archive | October, 2012

| Vegan MoFo 2012 | Day 4

4 Oct

 

Much thanks to everyone who left suggestions for my grocery list!  It seems I  forgot quite a few important things.

Most days we eat pretty simple meals– see also dry cereal pictured above (best way to avoid soggy cereal is not adding milk, no lie).  Fortunately, when it comes to simple, fast, and delicious I have a few cards up my plaid (because it is Fall, and I like to dress like a lumberjack) sleeves.  My most notable card? Appetite for Reduction– I am pretty sure when Isa sent that baby off to the publisher she put a finger in the air and gently whispered, “Count it.”

The other night I made the Cauliflower Pesto soup in, like, 20 minutes.  Even if it had tasted mediocre it would have been worth it to have something healthy and from scratch cook up in such a short, mom-friendly amount of time, but it tasted awesome.  Like Cauliflower frackin’ Pesto in my mouth, ya’ll.

I’d post my low quality Instagram photo, but I can’t bring myself to muck up your feed with all those pixels.

 

 

 

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| Vegan MoFo 2012 | Day 1

1 Oct

 

It is full on Fall and VeganMoFo has begun!

This is MY season.  To me, wearing a sweater is like wearing a hug all day long, and warm, stick-to-your-ribs cooking has soul healing properties.  I am so ready to get down to it, except… I’m not.

It is exactly one month since we moved, two weeks since our belongings joined us, and I still don’t have my kitchen in order.  For me, MoFo is going to be heavily dedicated to getting my pantry set up.  It has been a long time since I have had to start completely from scratch.  So all suggestions are welcome!

Here are some of my Vegan Pantry Musts:

  • AP flour
  • White Whole Wheat Flour
  • Quinoa
  • White and brown rice
  • Starches (corn, arrowroot, tapioca)
  • Whole Wheat and Brown Rice pastas
  • Dried beans (chickpeas mostly)
  • Active Dry Yeast
  • White and brown sugar
  • Better Than Buillion Veg Broth
  • Maple Syrup
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Rolled Oats
  • Vinegars (as many kinds as we can fit)
  • Olive, Peanut, and Sesame Oil
  • Coconut Milk
  • Jarred tomato sauces
  • Tomato Paste
  • Miso (usually light)
  • Soy Sauce
  • Herbs/Spices (whole and ground) (as many as I can find space for)
  • Powdered Soy Milk
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Chocolate Chips (my kitchen isn’t square if I can’t make cookies with what’s in my pantry)
  • Peanut and Sunflower seed butters

 

Did I miss anything important?  Do you have any store or brand specific must-haves?  I am living within reasonable distance of both Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s for the very first time.  I’d love some suggestions of what to take advantage of.

Happy MoFo, ya’ll!