During the last 7 months, I have cooked occasionally. Actually, I've cooked more than occasionally, but didn't take pictures or have the energy to blog about it. I'll recap now, though.
Blueberry Streusel Cake with Lemon Icing. While it was tasty, it wasn't a dessert that my sons appreciated, so only a couple of slices were eaten. (I mean, really, how much could I eat?!?!?)
Chipotle Chili with Sweet Potatoes & Brussels Sprouts from Appetite for Reduction (p. 238). Luckily, the recipe is on theppk.com, and I've included the link for you here. I will be making this again this fall/winter. It had such a great flavor and just enough zing for me. I highly recommend this chili. I know it sounds weird to put both Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes in chili, but it was excellent. Sometimes it really pays off to walk outside of my food comfort zone and try something totally new.
Creamy Avocado and Sweet Potato Soup. It was pretty tasty. I like a creamy soup now and again. It was a good way to use up the avocado that was reaching the end. In fact, I have an avocado and a sweet potato that I need to use. This would be an excellent soup for his week. New York Times Veggie Burgers. These were quite tasty. My oldest son loved them. I made 6 regular burgers and 1 baby burger. I got to eat one of the regular burgers the day I made them and the baby burger a week or two later (I froze the leftover burgers), but my son ate the rest. I need to make these again.
Banana Crumble (recipe at the bottom of the webpage). I added sliced fresh strawberries to it. It would have been good with half or even a third of the crust listed in the recipe. There was WAY TOO MUCH crust on this and not enough fruit/filling.
Ole-Fashioned Chili Beans (click on the 169 and it will take you to the recipe) from Quick and Easy Low-Cal Vegan Comfort Foods. The chili is a bit on the spicy side, but good. I made it because I was going to make Chili Cheese Fries (page 165 of the cookbook), but I ended up just eating the chili. I have some of the chili in the freezer and need to thaw it so I can make the Chili Cheese Fries. All of the recipes in this book have less than 350 calories. I still need to make the Seitan Cheesesteak that is pictured on the front of this cookbook.
My dishwasher was over 30 years old. I believe my house was built in 1978, 1980 at the latest. The dishwasher was the original one from when the house was built. It hadn't been working well for a while, but I scrubbed the dishes before I put them into it. It still left streaks. I was just tired of it and knew I needed a new dishwasher. Plus, it sounded like a jet engine when it ran. It was extremely noisy.
Curried Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Soup from the Fat Free Kitchen Vegan blog. This is one of my favorite soups. It hits the spot no matter when it's made during the year. I also made Smoky Refried Bean Soup from this website, but I have no pictures of it. I made it during the summer (June), and I liked it very much. It's a heavy soup though, and really best suited for the winter months.
Leek Mushroom Potato Stew. OK, I didn't have any leeks, so I used more onion and a huge handful of chives (I have a huge plant on my deck). I put in 24 oz. of button mushrooms because those were the only mushrooms I had. I used Yukon Gold potatoes, because I didn't have purple potatoes. AND, while I had chorizo sausage that I could have used, I decided to use two links of Field Roast Apple Sage Vegan Sausage, that actually seemed to go perfectly with the flavor of the stew.
I liked this stew, BUT, I hated the pasta in it. I will make it again, but I will not put pasta in it. It was mushy and did not reheat well. Otherwise, it was a lovely stew. I will look for some Field Roast Chipolte Vegan Sausage to use in it. I might like the extra zing.
I ate them with one of the Vegan Patties Like You've Never Had smothered in pickles and a generous squirt of mustard. It was a lovely dinner for a Monday night after a dentist visit in the afternoon. bah! I'm not a fan of the dentist, but I go when I'm supposed to. I never want to have any kind of serious periodontal disease. My ex-husband had perio gum surgery and it looked absolutely torturous.