Monday, October 19, 2009

Potato Broccoli Soup

Had dental work done today, so no hard chewing allowed. My boyfriend pureed up some potato broccoli soup and we had soft brussels instead of rough salads. The soup was good, greener in person than in the photo. Lots of fresh thyme.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Queen of Sheba

Here is a lunch photo from Queen of Sheba at 1503 9th Street, Washington, DC. It is a veggie platter with misir wot (spicy lentils), atkilt (with cabbage and carrots but sadly no potatoes), collards, tomato and peanut butter fitfit (crazy, filling injera salad), and green beans. The alcohol, caffeine, gluten, and sugar cleanse I started this month is almost over. I'm glad I got some Ethiopian food into the mix.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Black bean burritos

Here are black beans (with garlic, onion, tomatoes, brown rice, and squashes) and corn tortillas. We ate these burritos with my cousin who is just returned home from a long stay in England. She confessed that Mexican food is hard to find over there. Although I'm not sure if this counts as Mexican food. More like hippie Tex-Mex.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Garlic stir-fry

This is a garlic stir-fry with tofu, fresh chives from PA, and fresh broccoli from the farmers' market. The baby corns were canned and the snow peas were frozen but not too awful. (Some vegetables freeze better than others. In my opinion, snow peas, green beans, and carrots are especially not at their best frozen.) Brown rice and garlic are great fall comfort foods. And big salads are wonderful year round.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Dosa Hut

We went to Fairfax, VA last night for veggie Indian food at Saravana Palace. I got this giant paper masala dosa, listed in the "Dosa Hut" section of their menu. It was the biggest dosa I'd ever seen and had potato and onion curry filling. (A small boy at a nearby table got a similar sized dosa in a pyramid shape.) I also had bowl of mulligatawny soup and chili pakora.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Nufu and tomato sandwiches

Second weekend of my alcohol, caffeine, gluten, & sugar cleanse. Really do miss the caffeine the most. Planning all sorts of post-cleanse binges (bread sandwiches, Sticky Fingers spree, baking a whole cake, etc.). Last night we finished off the gluten-free bread and tried another new product: nufu. Paired well with tomatoes and a tahini dressing.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

African Peanut Soup

Recently returned from a whirlwind trip to Philly. I was worried that the city's excellent bread and brew would suck me in but I did okay. Had a caffeinated tea by accident.

This thick African peanut soup filled me up before and after the journey. It is rich stuff, with peanut butter, brown rice, squash, onions, peppers, tomatoes, and garbanzo beans. And here is an impressive pile of roasted brussels sprouts.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Tempeh and avocado sandwich

Tonight's dinner was tempeh sandwiches on gluten-free bread called "Glutino." The sandwich was loaded with avocado and thick slices of tamari marinated tempeh. The bread kind of fell apart, even though it was toasted. Also had salads. The salad below looks messy but tasted great.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

White beans, red quinoa

Tonight we were planning a rice and beans dinner, a good Sunday staple. But the natural food store's bulk section was sold out of long grain brown rice. (I told my mom about it and she said Rachel Ray was to blame, for spreading brown rice to the masses of late.) So we had our first red quinoa, which had a great nutty flavor. And super large salads.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Veggie Soup

Day two of this three-week October cleanse. Doing it to shake up some habits I've developed. So far, so good. Mainly I am jonesing for caffeine, especially at work and bike commuting.

Tonight my boyfriend (the usual cook, who doesn't burn quinoa) made an excellent veggie soup with some farmers' market produce (sweet & white potatoes, yellow squash & zukes, tomatoes), leftover quinoa, broccoli, and baby corn. And I made the huge salad, this time with the addition of white peaches.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Vegan MoFo

Vegan MoFo returns! This will be my second year participating in the vegan food blogging month. I've just started a 21-day health cleanse, ala Kathy Freston. So these will be an interesting first three weeks. Then I hope to bake something crazy on Oct. 22nd that combines alcohol, caffeine, gluten, & sugar.

So here is a first cleanse dinner. It is a big dark, leafy green salad with squash, peppers, tomatoes, and peperoncini. And spicy chili atop quinoa, which I somehow managed to burn (first time for lots of things).