Saturday, December 09, 2006

Greece-Italy-France - All in One Night!

I think I'm coming down with a cold, but that didn't stop me from making a tasty meal! I made one of my favourite vegan salads that is meant to mimic a caesar salad. No idea where I got the recipe from, but it involved ground almonds, nutritional yeast, soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. No anchovies there!

For the main course, I made a quick and tasty comfort food from Shelley Null's Healthy Cooking for Kids. I didn't really realize that it was mostly vegan until I bought it years ago, and I thought it was a great book for a fussy vegan like me, who sometimes acts like a big kid. These are Mario's Stuffed Shells - basically, I puréed extra-firm silken tofu with garlic and onion powder, and spooned it into cooked jumbo pasta shells and arranged in a greased 9x13 pan. I covered it with a jar of pasta sauce, put foil on top, and baked for 30 minutes at 450 degrees.

For dessert, I had made Glazed Orange Scones from VwaV. Wow - amazing. They are very similar to a favourite Xmas cookie that my family makes, so it was almost like getting an early taste of what will come when I do my Xmas baking next weekend! Kyle, Tracy and Pete taste tested, and the feedback was very positive. Given my success as a scone maker, I'm going to try and make a pumpkin scone next, since Kyle has been buying them lately from Starbucks, and I want to see if I can compete with them!


Anonymous said...

The stuffed shells look delicious. I have made them before, just like that but I puree the tofu with some spinach. I also add some basil and oregano. They're so simple and delicious.

I haven't tried those glazed orange scones but they look so delicious. I can't wait to see all your xmas baking!

Tracy said...

Those scones were FANTASTIC!

Anonymous said...

Yummy yum yum! My mom used to make stuffed shells all the time, but I have yet to try a vegan version. It sounds so simple that I just might not have an excuse anymore! I love mixing cuisines, too - our meals tend to be a funny hodgepodge around here.

And those scones - wow! Yours will surely be better than Starbucks.