Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Food Update, Animals, a Barbecue, and a Costume

Unamas! is a local Fresh Mex kinda place and they have some wonderful food. It's not a veggie restaurant but they have some things that are easily made vegan. Taco Salad anyone? No cheese, no sour cream, extra extra guacamole. :D

In keeping with a lowered sodium menu (I haven't been very good lately) I made a pinto bean salad/spread thing. It tasted exactly like the hummus they have at a sandwich shop near me. Weird. Slap some on a wheat pita bread and top it with some spring mix salad and you got this sucker:

Pinto Bean Spread (low-sodium):

4 cups (approx. 2-1/2 15 oz. cans) cooked pinto beans
2 T dried minced onion
3 T pickle relish (not the sweet relish!)
2 tsp. prepared mustard
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. cumin or more to taste
Pepper to taste

Drain and rinse pintos. Using a food processor, blender, or potato masher, combine all ingredients until smooth. Serve.

Shelle's Father's birthday happened to end up on a beautiful day with warm weather. So what else to do during nice weather? BBQ!! I fixed my plate with grilled zucchini, yellow squash, salad, rice, cauliflower and corn (where is the corn in the pic...oh well). It was a great day. I happened to catch Minnie sunbathing nude on the cement and a pic of Minnie and Marley socializing.

I came across a recipe for Sun-dried Tomato Alfredo (low-sodium) which I easily veganized although the result was just okay; nothing special

Sun-dried Tomato "Alfredo":

8 oz. pasta of choice (I used organic whole wheat linguine)
2 cups regular soymilk
2 T cornstarch
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. oregano

Cook pasta according to package directions. While pasta is cooking, shake soymilk and cornstarch together in a jar. Place in saucepan over medium heat and cook and stir until thickened and beginning to boil. Add nutr. yeast, tomatoes, garlic powder, and oregano, and stir until heated through. Serve sauce over drained pasta.

Last but surely not least, I was invited to a "masquerade party" for Eduard's birthday. So I was naturally thinking that it was sort of a costume party with masks and such. I went out to a costume shop called Debbie Lyn's Closet and rented a cape (yes a cape) and a pirate shirt...just a frilly shirt with funny doily edges. Seinfeld fans will probably be thinking "puffy shirt" right now. Well I felt like I stuck out like a sore thumb because I had this weird get-up and most people just came with nice clothes and masks. I didn't feel too bad though when Andrea, the Italian stud, showed up dressed in an afro. Haha.

Here's Jay and I...notice Jay is not wearing any costume whatsoever:


Shelle said...

Awwww, my babies are on here!!!!! Yes, I must agree that Andrea was indeed an Italian stud...or perhaps an Italian stallion, baby!

Alice (in Veganland) said...

OK, this was difficult, but from all the tasty things you posted, I think "Sun-dried Tomato Alfredo" is my fave. It sounds great and easy. I'm definitely bookmarking it!