Thursday, October 13, 2011

Baked Penne Pasta

This weekend, while we were kid free, Mike and I decided to try a new baked pasta recipe.  I had a recipe, but then I didn't follow it at all, so I'll just post my own recipe.  I forget where the inspiration came from.  I think it was vegweb.  It was really simple to make and tasted delicious! 

1 can tomato sauce
1 can tomato paste
1 can petite diced tomatoes
1 recipe cheeze sauce
1 box penne pasta
1 tsp Italian seasoning (more or less to taste)
1/2 medium onion
5 cloves garlic (I love garlic so you can adjust this if you're not a garlic lover)
Bread crumbs (optional)
Nutritional yeast (optional)
Salt (to taste)

Before baking
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Saute the onions until translucent.  Add garlic and cook until fragrant.  Add in the tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and Italian seasoning and let simmer.  While it's simmering prepare cheeze sauce and pasta according to package instructions.  Make sure you don't over cook the pasta.  Dump cheeze sauce into the skillet with the tomato mixture. 

Just out of the oven

In a casserole dish (or a 9"x13" cake pan) place a layer of the cheeze/tomato mixture so the pasta doesn't stick.  Next add a layer of pasta, then a layer of sauce on top of the pasta.  Repeat. In a small bowl or baggie, mix bread crumbs (1/2-3/4 cup), nutritional yeast (1/4-1/3 cup), and salt.  Add on the top of the top layer (which should be sauce).  Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes until top is golden brown and it is heated through. 

Plated for dinner (sideways sorry)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Weekend of Baking

K spent the weekend with my parents so I took the opportunity to do a little bit of baking.  I made a dozen banana muffins, a loaf of banana bread and apple crisp.  It was all amazingly delicious!  
I had a whole bunch of bananas that really needed to make into banana bread so I used the recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.  I used Ener-G egg replacer instead of eggs, but followed the rest of the recipe.  I made a triple recipe (I had a TON of very ripe bananas). 
 I also made apple crisp.  The recipe for this is also from Better Homes and Gardens.  Now is the perfect time to make Apple Crisp (or anything with apples).   
 Next time I make this, I'm gong to try to use dates instead of sugar.  I'll post the recipe if/when I get it.  I think we might need to finish what we have before I make any more.  

If you want either of the recipes just leave a comment with your email address and I'll email it to you.

Happy Fall and Happy Eating! 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cheezeburger Mac

Recipe for Cheezeburger Mac
Cheeze Sauce (Recipe HERE)
1 pkg ground meat substitute
1 box small shells

Cook pasta according to package directions. Make cheeze sauce while pasta is cooking. Drain pasta, dump the pasta, cheeze and ground meat into a pan (I used the one that the pasta had cooked in) and mix on low heat until all ingredients are heated through.

"Cheeseburger" Macaroni

We made a new dinner tonight. It was so wonderfully scrumptious Cheezeburger Mac. I served with broccoli (K and Mike had their broccoli on the side and I mixed mine in with my Cheezeburger Mac). I'm gong to try to be better about adding pictures to my blog, but I didn't get a picture of this meal. There's too much to do tonight before bed to stop and take a picture. Find the recipe HERE

Z man, who is now 8 1/2 months enjoyed some homemade sweet pea puree' and organic applesauce. In a little while he will also enjoy some delicious (not really) soy formula. It's not totally vegan, but at least it's not made with cow's milk! There's nursing story here somewhere if you really want to hear it let me know. :)

Have you tried anything new recently? What was it? How'd it turn out?

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ice Cream

I know, it's been ages since I last posted on here. Things have been busy in my world. Anyway, the other day I made peanut butter, banana ice cream! It was delicious and so very easy!

Soy milk (~1/2 cup)
bananas 4 large
peanut butter (~1/2 to 3/4 cup)

Throw everything into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour mixture into ice cream maker and start the ice cream maker. Wait until it's thick and then eat it all up!

It was great the first day when it came out of the soft serve ice cream maker, but the next day it was pretty solid. It was fine once it was a bit melted.

I'll try to be better about posting...I know, I know, I always say it. Maybe I'll actually do it. haha :)

Thursday, March 10, 2011


My family goes through about 2 loaves of store bought bread every week. We buy what's cheap and vegan (and it says whole grain, but it's not not good for you bread). I've tried multiple times to bake bread for us that will work for sandwiches and toast, but I haven't had much luck...until today! I found a recipe (somewhere on the internet) for 1 hour whole wheat bread a few weeks ago and this morning when I awoke to one slice of bread I decided I should try it out. What I made today won't work for sandwiches, but it is amazingly light and fluffy, whole wheat, AND it really only took about an hour! The loaves were kind of small and didn't rise a ton, but I think I could bake it without a pan and it would hold its shape pretty well. I'm anxious to see what meat man thinks about it. There were some pretty cool bonuses to making my own bread today that I think are worth a mention. 1. I got to spend some great quality time with my daughter. She helped me knead the dough and measure the ingredients. She had a great time, and I know we made some memories! 2. It's a good upper body workout. 3. The house smells heavenly!! :-)

Do you bake your own bread? If so, what motivates you to continue doing it?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Finding Time

It's been a few weeks since my last post, and a lot has happened in my world since my last post! I am now the proud mommy of 2 kids! My beautiful daughter Miss K is an amazing big sister to a wonderful little boy. He was born on Jan. 14th. He was 6 pounds 8 ounces and 19 1/2 inches long. Everyone is doing well and we're starting to adjust to life as a family of three. My wonderful husband stayed home with us for 2 weeks and my mom came and stayed for almost a week after that. It was great to have all the help at home and around the house, now I'm on my own (during the day anyway). Things are much more difficult now. Mr. Z is a marathon nurser so from 4ish- 5ish I'm feeding him (which is when I normally fix dinner) so Mr. M (my husband) has stepped up and started cooking more meals, but there are some things he's just not that comfortable cooking. I haven't tried anything new in the kitchen, although I have a lot of ideas of things I want to to find the time and energy to do it! I'm sure that the kitchen will get back in order and I will wake up enough to make more than boca burgers and tater tots, but for now, we're getting (processed, convenience) vegan food on the table. And I am trying really hard not to feel guilty about not cooking as much as I was before the arrival of Mr. Z.

Next time I have a moment I'll blog a bit about my new adventure in cloth diapering.

Thanks for reading!