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 Post subject: Vegan Blog Cooking Challenge - Week 1 Vegan Richa!
PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 2:54 pm 
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This is the official discussion thread for week 1 of our blog cooking challenge.

During this week period from Monday July 1st – Sunday July 7, choose 3 recipes (or more or less depending on your schedule) from Vegan Richa. Come back here to tell us all about the recipes you made and post photos** if you can!

Here is the Vegan Richa blog: http://www.veganricha.com/

As a note, this is a 10 week blog-explore-along challenge, where we try recipes from 10 different vegan blogs and report back.

The current schedule is:

1. Vegan Richa: http://www.veganricha.com/
2. The Elizavegan Page: http://elizaveganpage.blogspot.com/
3. Oh She Glows: http://ohsheglows.com/
4. Fatfree Vegan: http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/
5. Olives for Dinner: http://www.olivesfordinner.com/
6. Good Good Things: http://good-good-things.com/
7. Lunch Box Bunch: http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/
8. The First Mess: http://www.thefirstmess.com/
9. The PPK blog: http://www.theppk.com/blog/
10. Cookbook Aficianado: http://cookbookaficionado.wordpress.com/

Happy Blogsploration!

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Blog Cooking Challenge - Week 1 Vegan Richa!
PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 3:29 pm 
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so happy this is happening! I'm about to leave for spain for a month, but when I get back, this shiitake is on! thanks for planning such an awesome and budget-friendly (read: I'm too broke to buy more cookbooks) cooking challenge series!


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Blog Cooking Challenge - Week 1 Vegan Richa!
PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:53 pm 
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Yay! I was just getting on here to see if there was a thread for this yet. I'm starting a bit early since I'm camping all next week. At the moment I'm enjoying these potatoes: http://www.veganricha.com/2011/10/potat ... vegan.html

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Blog Cooking Challenge - Week 1 Vegan Richa!
PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 10:49 pm 
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I love this challenge! I am super excited to find some new blogs to follow.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:05 pm 
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Way past my bed time but I am recipe hunting instead. Apple cake with caramel sauce? YUM. Nacho casserole? YES PLEASE. Lentil biryani? I HOPE SO. hopefully I have time for cooking next week.....

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Blog Cooking Challenge - Week 1 Vegan Richa!
PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:32 am 
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This sounds great, looking forward to it! (Will need to figure out posting pics but I'm sure I'll be fine!)


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:11 am 
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There is a ton of recipes to choose from on her blog! I am hoping to participate, just browsing through the blog now and drooling over all the pics :)


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:26 pm 
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I am so excited to be doing a blog cooking challenge. I keep on wanting to particpate in cookbook challenges and don't get around to it, but I browse these and other blogs all the time, and already have a to-make list for several things, so I can't wait to be discussing it with you all once I know what I'm making. Thanks, Tofullish, if you were the one to start this, or everyone else who was involved as well.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 11:41 am 
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Anyone have any favorites from this blog they can recommend?


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 11:59 am 
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Her chipotle mac and cheese is very good

http://www.veganricha.com/2012/07/roast ... heese.html

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 12:07 pm 
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The chickpea flour omelettes are amazing. Its my favorite breakfast. Even my omni husband loves them, as does our toddler and they are a great way to use up veg. Superversatile and superyum!

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 12:25 pm 
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Chicki wrote:
Anyone have any favorites from this blog they can recommend?


I loved her chickpea flour fritatta with chard and mushrooms (and almond cheese, which I omitted out of laziness). I also really liked her tempeh and spinach paneer. Love love love her website, and she updates it often.
Lots of cool pizza ideas too, since it is Vegan Pizza Day today.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 1:46 pm 
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I made the chana masala hummus pizza using Isa's pizza base for dinner. It was good but I messed up the base a bit so I ended up with a bit of a soggy base.

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Blog Cooking Challenge - Week 1 Vegan Richa!
PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 5:12 pm 
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daisychain wrote:
I made the chana masala hummus pizza using Isa's pizza base for dinner. It was good but I messed up the base a bit so I ended up with a bit of a soggy base.


Now I really want to make this!


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 6:25 pm 
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The palak tempeh was amazing. My DH said it was his favorite way to have tempeh ever, and said the only problem was that I did not make more of it.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 1:20 pm 
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I totally forgot this was starting this week :(

I know I have the stuff for the chickpea flour omelets, so I'll have those for breakfast a couple of days, and I'll look around her page later to see what I can make with what I have, since I really don't want to have to run to the store again.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 1:49 pm 
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A day early and I've got "Mom's black eyed pea curry" simmering on the stove. It smells heavenly, I will update later with the final results after eating.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 6:39 pm 
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I was thinking of making these but now I need to make the Palak Tempeh!

Vegan Richa omelettes
Yellow dal and rice (http://www.veganricha.com/2012/02/yello ... rrots.html)

Lentil Biriyani (http://www.veganricha.com/2013/06/lenti ... -bean.html)

Vegan Richa Green Beans (http://www.veganricha.com/2012/08/green ... ntils.html)

The whole cauliflower in makhini sauce looks so good, but kind of fussy, so I'll make Gobi Aloo instead. (http://www.veganricha.com/2011/05/gobi- ... lower.html)

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 10:07 pm 
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So the "mom's black eyed pea curry" was amazing! I just ate the last of it. My husband complained about "Indian food again" when he smelled it cooking ( I've been on a curry kick lately) but said it was "really tasty". It was one of the best curries I've ever eaten and now I want to make it again, and soon. It gets bonus points for being easy to make and has simple ingredients that I already had on hand.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:34 am 
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:13 pm 
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No words needed, the pictures say it all! That bread looks AMAZING!


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:25 pm 
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So far I made the Toor Dal. I was expecting something to be as good as the other kinds of dal that I have made, but this went above and beyond expectations. The recipe called for cilantro, bay leaves, and black mustard seeds as the main spices, and sometimes when I make indian food I feel like all the recipes just include all the spices, depending on what website or book I'm using, so it was great to have some flavors focused on and let them morph a familar dish to something that I've never had before.

I also made the jeera rice, but I used methijeera powder (cumin and fenugreek) as well as the rest of the spices involved. I did taste it before the addition, and it was nice, but I've been dying to open my bag of methijeera since it seems useful to have the two of them premixed, and they turned out to be better than the sum of their parts together.

http://www.veganricha.com/2012/04/toor-daal-with-bay-leaf-and-crisp.html

The next night, we were going to have sushi, but I had a craving for the toor dal again, som I made it friday and saturday nights in a row. Then on sunday there were leftovers, so I ate them for dinner on my salad. I could not get enough of this.

Later in the week I'm going to try out the bhindi zunka, along with the black eyed pea and mung bean stew one night.
Another night I may go for the Gobi Musllam, since the sauce sounds decadant, but I'm not going to serve it whole, as I think it looks less appealing that way and will probably be quicker if its cut up.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:39 am 
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I made the Palak Chole last night and it was amazing. My husband and daughter loved it - I did leave the chilies out for them, but added a bit of hot sauce for myself. Served over quinoa instead of rice. Will definitely make again - the sauce was really thick and fragrant and just perfect. Excited for leftovers for lunch! http://www.veganricha.com/2010/03/palak ... inach.html

And I made the omelettes for breakfast this morning, because I wanted a good high-protein start to the day. I make this about 3x a week and it is so easy and so good. Today I made it with zukes, kale and onion, but I have some Daiya pepperjack and mushrooms that I can't wait to use in this for either tomorrow or today's lunch.

My computer is broken, so I can't upload pictures, but will take some and upload once I have my new laptop.
Love reading everyone's posts!

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:10 pm 
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Here are her veggie burgers if anyone needs July Fourth inspiration!
http://www.veganricha.com/2013/05/memor ... vegan.html

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:35 pm 
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Challenge accepted.....

I made the Lentil Biriyani last night. So super easy. Just throw everything in the pot and let it do its thing. And the ease was not in direct proportion to the taste...it came out great.

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