Sunday, February 17, 2008

Weekend Good Eats

Chris made this for lunch today after our LONG hike. Ok, so it was only 3 miles, but it is 1.5 miles up a hill so it feels longer. Plus, we were each carrying a child (or 2) for most of the hike. Athena actually did real well, and hiked 3/4 mile on the way up. We went to a local spot called Cowles Mountain. Chris and I used to hike it all the time before the kids, and then a bunch still when we just had Athena, but today was the first time the 4 of us made it to the top! It was a good feeling to be at the highest peak in the city of San Diego. We forgot the camera though, oops, but I found some pictures from back in 2005 when Athena was 14 months old!
Anyway, back to the food. Chris made these noodles with peanut-coconut sauce from The Artful Vegan. That sauce recipe is incredibly good. We had a big super omega salad too with avocado, hemp seeds, and pepitas.
Saturday night, we were feeling like indulging in one of our old favorites, falafel. This was inspired by the "falafel deluxe" we used order at this Middle Eastern restaurant in SF. It was huge and full of falafel, potatoes, eggplant, hummus, and more. These are the largest wraps you will ever see. And once, after a 10K, Chris ate 2 of them. Those of us who witnessed this could not believe he did it. It was incredible! So last night, we made a yummy version and I made my first attempt at Baba Ghanoush. It was delicious! I used the recipe in the link only instead of microwaving the eggplant, I sliced it into discs, salted it, and broiled it 5 minutes on each side. Then I removed the peel and made it as directed. I have always loved baba, but for some reason I thought it would be "difficult" to make. It really isn't at all.
After our long week, Friday night I made sweet potato waffles and baked potatoes, featuring Athena's plate. Sweet potato waffles were based on the pumpkin waffles from Vegan with a Vengeance, and they were super! Can you tell I love waffles? And yes, the waffles are animal shaped, I have a farm themed waffle iron (my mom gave it to me), and while it is kind of ironic for a vegan, I love this iron as it makes the BEST waffles. So we will continue to eat our waffle animals.
LEMONADE***The sugar free lemonade in ED&BV is super yummy. Just thought you should file that one in your brains because today was the first day I tried it. Looking forward to more of it because I love lemonade, but this kind I don't have to feel bad about drinking loads of sugar (it is sweetened with stevia).


Eileen said...

Coming out of lurking to ask a question about the waffle iron - is that the Villa Ware animal iron? I ask because I saw one on clearance this weekend for only $20 and was tempted. I love your blog - great ideas for feeding kids and I have a 4-year old.

veganmomma said...

Yes that is the one! My mom is a super clearance shopper.