Hey there! I hope everyone is doing well! I got a surprise in the mail Saturday. I got my new Everyday Happy Herbivore cookbook....YAY. I glanced at it Saturday night and saw a lot of yummy simple recipes that I can't wait to try. The first one that I tried was a breakfast recipe. Sunday morning I made the Marmalade French Toast on page 40. The recipe called for apricot marmalade, which I didn't have, so I used orange marmalade. Tony and I both thought it was great. I put a little too much maple syrup on mine, so it was a tad to sweet for me. I had not problem devouring it though.
Saturday night I made HH's Cajun Meatloaf and Brown Gravy. The brown gravy recipe can be found here on her website. I'm trying to stay away from wheat for a while, so I used brown rice flower instead of whole wheat pastry flour, and it was just as good...maybe even better. :o) I've tried HH's other meatloaf recipes, but hadn't tried the cajun yet, so I thought it was time to give it a try. I'm so glad that I did, because it was very good. I also made twice baked potatoes. I didn't have any vegan sour cream, but did have some vegan cream cheese, so I used the cream cheese to replace the sour cream. I thought the cream cheese was great in the potatoes. In fact, it was so great that I doubt I'll ever use sour cream again. I topped it with vegan cheddar cheese and imitation bacon bits. It's been a long time since I've bought imitation bacon bits. When I opened the jar, I poured some in my hand and threw them into my mouth. At that moment I had a flash back into my childhood of getting in trouble for eating all the imitation bacon bits as a snack...ha I had forgotten how much I loved them.
Sunday night I made some potato soup. This was the first time that I didn't use a recipe. I totally winged it, and it turned out great. I cooked my potatoes in just enough water to cook them, then added a can of cream of mushroom soup, about 1 to 1 1/2 cups of vegetable broth, 1/3 container of vegan cream cheese, 1 tsp onion powder, salt, and pepper. The soup is done once you get the cream cheese incorporated into the mixture.. I then topped it with vegan cheddar cheese and imitation bacon bits....YUM!
Last night we made pizza. Looks good right? Well, in this case looks are very deceiving! First off, I was supposed to have gone some where last night, so I hadn't planned on being home to cook. Yes, Tony was going to have to fend for himself. My plans fell through though, and I ended up being at home with no idea of what to cook for supper. We had a can of crescent rolls in the refrigerator, so we decided to make a pizza crust out of it. Tony rolled it out and put the dough onto our pizza stone. He then added the sauce and our toppings and put the pizza into the oven. I cooked it for about 15 minutes. I took a big ole bite of my pizza that looked so good and bleh.... The "pizza crust" was all doughy! With that being said, we will never use crescent rolls for pizza crust again. It may have been better if we had cooked the crust some before adding everything, but we didn't do that...oh well. My half of the pizza is the left side, and the stuff that looks like meat is some cajun meatloaf. The topping part of the pizza was very good. We sorta turned into kids and ended up just eating the topping off the pizza....ha
Oh, one more thing about the pizza. Tony thought he would sit the pizza stone on the stove eye and try to cook the crust a little more. He had the stove eye on a med/high heat. BIG mistake! All the sudden I heard a loud pop and what do you know....the pizza stone broke...it broke into three pieces. I guess the lesson learned here is to never use your pizza stone to cook with on the stove eye! :o) Lucky for us we have an extra one that we have never used. :o)