Monday, October 3, 2011

Another 3 Day Weekend Recap

 Happy Monday!  I had another three day weekend and it's still hard to believe that Monday got here so fast.  I feel like Maggie in this picture....Huh...Monday already?  :-)

Saturday night I made HH's Mock Meatloaf and Brown Gravy.  Lucky for me these recipes were on her website, because I still haven't gotten my cookbook back from my co-worker yet.  I let a man that I work with borrow the cookbook after him and his wife watched Forks Over Knives.  His wife has really been enjoying the cookbook.  Tony enjoyed this meal as well.  He said this was the first mock meat anything that he had eaten that didn't weird him out...ha   I did make a change though.  I didn't have any Gimme Lean Hamburger style.  All I had was Gimme Lean Sausage style, so I used that in place of the hamburger style.  It turned out just as good.  I also made some mac and cheese out of the left over nut cheese from our pizza night last Thursday, which turned out very good as well.  I used some brown rice pasta this time.  This was a first with the brown rice pasta for me, and I liked it.  :o)  We also had fried okra, and I made some more fried green tomatoes....yum!

Here's a picture of just the "meatloaf" after we had cut into it.

Saturday for lunch I made a "meat loaf" sandwich which was out of this world.  Tony's sister gave us some bread that they used to make sandwiches out of at their coffee shop, which they just closed, because they are moving to Cincinnati.   I don't know what kind of bread this is, but I will find out.  It's fresh like the Ezekiel bread with no preservatives, so we have to keep it in the freezer.  I know it has flax seeds in it and it is awesome!  I toasted the bread in a skillet with a little Earth Balance Buttery Spread, then added the meat loaf, that I had warmed up in another skillet along with a little gravy.  I then toasted it a little more.  This was so good!  It's strange to think back to when the thought of a meat loaf sandwich grossed me out.   I sure don't feel that way anymore!    

I was about to forget about my Friday night supper.  It was quickie.  I had curry veggies and rice.  I took a pack of frozen veggies and cooked them as the package stated, then added a cup of coconut milk and a tablespoon of curry powder. I let the mixture sit on very low heat for about 5 minutes then spooned some over the top of Basmati rice.   So yummy for such a quick dinner.

Saturday morning I made the Cinnamon Coffee Cake from The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.  Oh boy was this ever so yummy!   I had forgoten all about having this cookbook.  I was browsing through my book shelf searching for recipes that I thought Tony would enjoy, and there it was.   There are so many good looking/sounding recipes in this cookbook that I want to make.  You'll be seeing more goodies made from this cookbook....that's for sure.

Saturday we worked in the yard all day trimming shrubs and all that fun stuff.  I picked the rest of our peppers out of our garden too.  Our pepper plants have really been producing over the last month.  There were way more left on the plants than what I thought.  Here's our pepper bounty.  I did leave a few small ones on the plants, so maybe they will continue to grow before it gets too cold.

Last night I made Quinoa-Stuffed Bell Peppers, since we had so many peppers.   I used a recipe from Vegetarian Times that can be found here.  These stuffed peppers were way better than the stuffed bell peppers that I made a few months back.   I had a lot of the filling left over though, so I put some of it in the freezer.  I thought it might make a good soup before long.  I hope it freezes well.

That's my recap for the weekend. :o)  Again, I had planed on blogging over the weekend and not getting behind on reading your blogs, but that didn't happen.  I just couldn't bring myself to get on the computer.  I'll be catching up today though and checking out what you're doing for Vegan MOFO.



  1. Haha! Maggie's captures the sentiment perfectly. I feel the same way on Mondays.

    All the food looks great, especially the 'meatloaf'. I never liked meatloaf before going veggie either...ironic. The sandwich sounds so yummy too.

    All those peppers, what a beautiful harvest!

  2. I love the sausage style so much better. I even use it for veggie burgers. It has a better flavor. :)

  3. aww, Maggie, how can I resist that face. :)

    That meat loaf looks awesome, I'm going to have to give that recipe a try, it looks so comforting, the meat loaf sandwich is calling my name.

    Those are some pretty peppers!!!

  4. Fried okra and green tomatoes, yum! The “meat”loaf looks great too. Growing up, I always had a sandwich like that on the day after. Kudos to you for shrub trimming! I had planned to trim bushes and weeds around the yard this weekend and it definitely didn’t happen. Lovely peppers (the stuffed ones too)!

    By the way, I love Maggie's face! What a doll!

  5. Aww Maggie is such a sweetheart :) Great looking meals! The cake looks so delicious and even though I don't like the taste of peppers, they sure do look pretty! Fried green tomatoes always sound so good, I need to try them!

  6. We just had some meatloaf and the brown gravy from HH last night! Then, today I had a leftover meatloaf sandwich for lunch. We're tuned into each other's eating! lol

    I'm jealous of all of your peppers. That's quite the bounty! Emma & Rowan would be all over the bell peppers. That's their favorite veggie. :)

    Those stuffed peppers look amazing. I'll be checking out that recipe!

  7. I am going to have to try that "meat loaf" as I bet my husband would like it and hopefully the kids too. Will also be trying the simple curry veggie rice dish you made, how simple! What amazing harvest on your peppers, love this time of year!

  8. I want to try the HH meatloaf. I love her brown gravy. Sounds like a great fall meal.

  9. You've been making lots of great stuff!

  10. Not sure if you & Molly are getting kickbacks from Happy Herbivore but I guess I will be making some HH meatloaf this weekend.

    Your garden was so successful! Very inspirational.