Friday, September 16, 2011

HH's Portobello Steaks

Happy Friday!!!   I started my morning off with some more pumpkin oatmeal.  I used regular oats this time instead of steel cut.  I also added a little ginger and some goji berries, which seem to have disappeared in the picture.  Oh wait there's a little gojo in the middle.  Oatmeal has hit the spot the last couple of mornings since it's been cooler.  I am however missing my smoothies... I feel like I'm having withdrawals.  :o)  I have to work tomorrow, so I guess I'll be braving the cooler weather with a green smoothie.   I have a feeling that I'll still be drinking smoothies this winter.  Or, maybe I should just start juicing more....hmmmmm    Anyway, for a mid morning snack I had a banana with peanutbutter spread on it.

The cookies that I made to take to the party last night were a very BIG hit.  Everyone raved about them and couldn't believe that they didn't have eggs or butter in them.  I not only saw everyone eat a cookie, most of them ate two!   WOOHOO.....   About last night...I have a question.  What do you do if you are going to a party and you know for fact that there's not going to be anything there that you can eat?  Do you eat first or take your own food to eat?  I couldn't decide what to do last night, but finally decided to take my own food, since it was actually a dinner party.  I made HH's Portobello Mushroom Steaks, which were sooo good.  I used baby bellas though instead of the large ones.   I took some brown rice to go with them.  I didn't have time to make anything else, and I had actually made the bella steaks Wednesday night...just in case.   Everyone was eyeballing my supper last night and telling me how good it looked.  I think they were wishing that they had it instead of their BBQ!  They were secretly jealous, at least I like to think that anyway.  I had the leftover portobello steaks for lunch today.  I did take a picture of them this morning....upside down...oops

I didn't have time to make my own salad this morning, so I bought one at work and added the baby bellas to it.  The mushrooms were so juicy that I didn't have to use any type of dressing, which was very nice for a change.  I added a little nooch and dulse flakes too.

We have another party (birthday) to go to tonight.  The host questioned Tony as to what I could and couldn't eat.  Tony told them not to worry about it, that I could handle it.  So, I'm on the fence again trying to decide whether I need to take my own food or wing it and hope that there will be something there that I can eat.  This is the only time that being a vegan is tough for me, but I guess it is what it is.  I don't want people to go out of there way to accommodate me.  At the same time, I feel awkward if I take my own food.  Is being a vegan ever hard for you when it comes to things like this?

I hope you have a great weekend!



  1. Yum, i LOVE portabellos! For a dinner party I'll usually just bring my own dish but I'll make it a big one so there is enough for everyone :) That way I know I'll have something to eat and I can show everyone how awesome vegan food tastes! I am so excited that it is warm oatmeal weather again too :)

  2. Your mushrooms look so good! mmmm
    As for eating out I struggle too- if its a good friend I'll offer to go over earlier and help prep so I can make sure there's something I can eat but otherwise bringing food that everyone can share is usually my way. People will try more than you think they will- especially if you don't tell them whats in it first! Just make sure you make enough, when other people decide its actually good it can disappear pretty fast!

  3. Those bella steaks are going on our menu!

    That's awesome that the cookies were a hit.

  4. The portobello steaks look great! I know it can be hard going to parties... but I usually find that they make things for us too, if they know in advance, that is :-).


  5. If it's a dinner party, and that's the focus of the party, then I would think the host or hostess would know that you are a vegan. I would think they would either prepare something for you, or if they didn't know how to do that, ask for your help in what they should do. Either way, it makes you feel welcome. If you know ahead of time that they would be helpless trying to make a vegan dish, then you could ask if they needed help or suggestions. They might be relieved and then offer to have vegan side dishes on hand, really for everyone, and then you would also feel welcome. That's what I would do if someone with a dietary need were invited over that I wanted to welcome but didn't know how to feed.

  6. Those mushroom steaks look awesome!

    Sit down dinner parties are difficult, unless of course the hosts are on the ball and prepare something you can eat. I agree that bringing your own food seems awkward...but so is sitting at the table and not having anything to eat. I like the idea of bringing your own food that everyone can share.

  7. I never go to actual dinner that's a tough one. Usually, it's just with relatives so that's easy to bring my own food. I think bringing your own food is the best approach, but I agree it can be awkward. I think it's best when they ask what they can do, and you're able to just say, "Oh, don't worry; I can bring something!" I hate having to bring it up myself. It's easier for me because if I'm not eating, I can hide the fact a lot easier by just helping my kids. Anyway, I'm glad they were impressed with your meal, and I'm glad your cookies went over so well! Good job making veganism look appetizing.