my favorite dinners

Sometimes I make recipes that aren’t my own. I know. You’re so confused right now. You feel like maybe you don’t know me at all. You thought that I made three meals a day from scratch, with no outside inspiration. Who am I?

Haha! Of course you never thought that! You know I’m totally lazy. That’s why we’re friends. You accept me for who I am and, in return, I show you kitty photos.

“Hello, my name is Court Kitty. I am absentmindedly resting my face on a jar of sesame seeds. Also note my brother’s foot next to the tomato. He’s asleep, per usual.”

“Hello, my name is Court Kitty. I am sitting on top of the refrigerator while my brother is passed out in the wok behind me. This is normal behavior for us.”

 

Moving on.

Even if I were some kind of recipe-creating-and-cooking machine (I know a few people like that and they are my heroes) I’d still turn to my favorites every once in a while because I’m convinced that I can’t live without them.

These are my favorite meals. They’re my go-to dinners. They keep me (and Moose) full and energized. Oh and they’re also delicious. Let’s begin.

In no particular order…

Toasted Quinoa Mexican Soup from Virtually Vegan Mama

Photo Credit: Jennifer – Virtually Vegan Mama

This soup is award-winning and deservedly so.  There are so many flavors in this soup. Your tongue is going to be dancing for joy. Don’t skip the avocado, it makes it creamy and dreamy.

Hazelnut-Crusted Sweet Chili Tofu from Como Water

I took this photo. It’s not pretty. But I promise this tofu is phenomenal. This recipe is excellent proof that tofu can be delicious when prepared correctly. We dip it into Trader Joe’s Sweet Chili Sauce and it’s just so dang good.

Cold Soba, Sesame and Carrot Salad from Faith Durand at The Kitchn

Photo Credit: Faith Durand – The Kitchn

Make a giant serving of this and save some for leftovers. Eat it for lunch. Or breakfast. Once I had it for dinner and then also for breakfast and lunch the following day. I’d do it again, too. Maybe tomorrow.

Hummus Smeared Faux-Dillas from Veggie Terrain

You cannot get any easier than this. Buy a pack of tortillas. And a tub of hummus. Also a jar of salsa. Now spread it all around, toss some other things on there and cook it for a few minutes. These babies are surprisingly filling and very addictive.

3 Ingredient Tomato Sauce from The Baked Life

Photo Credit: Jen – The Baked Life

Admittedly, I only made this sauce for the first time last night. But it’s so delicious, I know that it is now a staple at our dinner table. (If we had a dinner table, that is. Oh the joys of NYC apartment living!) This recipe isn’t vegan, but just substitute Earth Balance for the butter and you’re all set. Jen, who is brilliant, suggests pairing this sauce with rigatoni and some Daiya mozzarella shreds. I say let’s go for it!

And last but certainly not least…

Chickpea Ratatouille from Dreena’s Vegan Recipes

I love traditional ratatouille and Dreena really stole my heart with this one. I like to serve it with quinoa and, in my opinion, it’s even better the next day. You can find this recipe on Dreena’s blog and it’s also in her book, “Vive le Vegan!: Simple, Delectable Recipes for the Everyday Vegan Family”
There you have it. I stand by these recipes. I eat them all the time. If you want to make one of them and invite me over for dinner, Sebastian and I are not opposed to that.

“Hi, I’m Sebastian Bob. I can do no wrong.”

12 thoughts on “my favorite dinners

  1. Oh that quesadilla looks gooooooood. I started following your blog after I saw a recipe pinned on Pinterest. I was just going through all your recipes and stopped at this page because of the cat pictures- namely, the cat asleep in the wok. Years ago, when- as my grandmother used to say-when the world was young, and butter was ten cents an acre- we had a square electric frying pan which was *the* preferred spot for cat sleeping.

    I can never read enough blogs about food, or look at enough cat pictures, so looks like I’ll be sticking around a while. And I am totally making the faux-dilla tomorrow instead of the planned falafel.

  2. Pingback: sweet scents and more favorite dinners — the tolerant vegan

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