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PostPosted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 7:34 pm 
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made the Fusili with Potatoes Green Beans and Lemon Basil Creme tonight.
i thought it was ok. kinda basic. came together super duper quick.
i thought the combo of potatoes and pasta was weird because it's starch on starch and the potatoes dont add any flavor but apparently according to the blurb before it potatoes and pasta is a classic italian combo so what do i know.

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan on the Cheap
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made a few things recently.

yesterday i made the peanutty pumpkin stew and the curried vegetable salad.

neither me nor my husband liked the stew. it was just weird we thought. it was kinda bland and kinda weird at the same time.

the curried veggie salad we both really liked. that recipe is definitely a keeper.

tonight i made the smoky red bean chili with chipotle cornbread dumplings. it was way too spicy for me. i dont think i can do chipotles. my husband thought it was ok.

i also made the orange chipotle dressed salad with black bean salsa. my husband doesnt like tomatoes so he didnt likethe dressing at all. i thought it was pretty good. the dressing was a little too spicy for me but i just used a little. i also added avocado to it.

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan on the Cheap
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 11:55 pm 
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had the french lentil chili tonight (with pardina lentils, cause i didn't have french) it's really tasty, and super easy!

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can someone who owns this book look something up real quick for me?

does the garden rotini and chickpea salad have lemon juice in the recipe??

i borrowed this book from the library and this recipe i really liked so i typed it out and printed it. in the directions i put something about adding the lemon juice to the dressing and i didnt put lemon juice in the ingredient list.

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LisaPunk wrote:
does the garden rotini and chickpea salad have lemon juice in the recipe??


1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:31 am 
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I've been cooking from this book for about 3 weeks. I've enjoyed everything so far and have definitely noticed a difference in my grocery bills. Most of the things I've picked so far were recommended in this thread:

~French Lentil Chili (loved the lentil texture in this)
~Smoky Tempeh with Cabbage & Potatoes (I'm thinking of using Sweet Potatoes next time & maybe some kale)
~Three-Bean Loaf with Creamy Mushroom Gravy (The best loaf I've found so far with a delicious gravy)
~Deconstructed Enchilada Bake
~Better Bean Burgers (I loved the simplicity; these will be my go-to burgers)
~Pepperoni-Mushroom Pizza

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan on the Cheap
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I made the Cacciatore Noodle Bake last week. I liked it, but thought it could've used some kind of lovely nut parmesan or cashew cream. I did manage to get 6 servings out of it instead of 4 though with having a smaller dish on the side.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:14 pm 
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I've made a few things since getting this book in May.

Pasta slaw: I totally winged the amount of cabbage, and I've never been a huge coleslaw fan, but I liked that the pasta added a bit of substance. In the summer I like to make a few big salads to have in the fridge so we can have triple salad night or something to go with burgers, and this was perfect. Mr Moon and I ate pasta slaw or multiple nights and didn't get bored. Outside of the pasta picking up a bit of a weird hue, it was a nice thing to have in the fridge over a number of days.

White bean and barley salad: I made this with the pasta slaw to have for "salad night". I was amazed at how rich it tasted, the mustard/cashew/soy sauce combo in the dressing was really interesting. I would make this again.

Tonight I made the White Bean and Barley "Risotto" with Kale and Tempeh and I am really pleasantly surprised. Outside of the smokey tempeh not getting quite as brown as I hoped, it is really yummy. I didn't have dried savory (I'm not really sure what the flavour is like on that one) but I remembered it being a component in poultry seasoning, so I went with sage instead. I'm happy I did because the outcome is awesome.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:29 pm 
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Tonight I made the White Bean and Barley "Risotto" with Kale and Tempeh and I am really pleasantly surprised. Outside of the smokey tempeh not getting quite as brown as I hoped, it is really yummy. I didn't have dried savory (I'm not really sure what the flavour is like on that one) but I remembered it being a component in poultry seasoning, so I went with sage instead. I'm happy I did because the outcome is awesome.


Sounds like a good idea. This about.com page lists thyme, marjoram or sage as good substitutes for savory.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 12:02 am 
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I did my best this week to stay under $25 in groceries and meal plan, so I decided to try Mom's Bread and Cabbage Soup. Holy crepe it is good! I think it might now actually be my favourite soup ever. It was very easy to make too.

My only complaint is I think produce is getting even more expensive here, so I didn't meet the serving cost. I paid $4.33 for a small cabbage! And no it wasn't organic :(

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ouch! :-( down here cabbage is usually .75 per lb. (and around st. paddy's day it's .17 per lb)

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan on the Cheap
PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 6:37 am 
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I was given a huge savoy cabbage that I need to come up with a few different ways to use. The first was the farfalle with white beans and cabbage recipe. I used some of her flavour adding recommendations written in the blurb but not the recipe - the red pepper flakes, sage and green onions. It would have been extremely mild without those add ons and was pretty mild still, so at the end I added a bit more margarine and a couple tablespoons of nooch.

It was a nice outcome and would make it again but not something I'm going to go out of my way to buy cabbage for or anything.

I really wish we weren't having such warm weather! All the best looking cabbage recipes are wintery.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 7:42 pm 
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More cabbage! Cabbage and potatoes with smokey tempeh crumbles. I used yves veggie sausage patties instead of tempeh but seasoned them the same way, and served with roasted beets on the side. Also used red potatoes and veggie stock instead of water. This was really surprisingly tasty and incredibly filling.

This book is rapidly becoming my favourite out of/limited produce book. I am finding myself glutted with produce lately but not necessarily all things that go together. But this book is helping me find options for many different basics.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 8:16 pm 
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Tonight I made the Dan Dan Style Linguine. Added a thinly sliced orange pepper that was getting wilty, and did a few subs: rice noodles instead of linguine, napa cabbage instead of bok choy, sesame oil and sriracha instead of the hot chili oil and red pepper flakes. Packaged breakfast sausages instead of tempeh. So, I changed a lot but I still think I got a good idea of the recipe as written.

Wow. This was so good!!! And so flexible, a great blueprint style recipe. Mr Moon sat down and said "this is delicious, it tastes like Asian Hamburger Helper." High praise!

Oh, came together pretty fast too. Would have been even faster if I had thawed my sausage patties ahead of time.

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^ actually that's what I like about Vegan on the Cheap. A lot of recipes are a good blueprint that I feel comfortable messing around with. Even if it turns out the way I don't like, I usually have a good idea on how to make it more to my taste.

I made the Vegetable Cobbler the other day! Had an exam this week and figured it would feed me through a few days of studying. And holy crepe did it ever! It makes a lot of food and its really good. It took me a long time to make it (I think three hours total, including the time I had to make the seitan) so its not something I can slap together on a week night but definitely something to be made on a day off and eaten throughout the week. My vegetarian roommate also really loved and and is copying the recipe.

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Last night we made the Linguine with Lentils & Roasted Butternut Squash. I'm not a huge fan of beans or pulses with pasta, but I am a huge fan of bn squash & this was really tasty. It took a while, what with the roasting and all, but it wasn't difficult or anything.

The only change I made was to cut down on the pasta and used only 1/2 a box or 8oz, which is supposed to be 4 servings. There was plenty of pasta, plenty of everything really. I think it would be nice with some nut parmesan or to be really decadent, some cashew ricotta on top.

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