Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Vegan junk food and yummy fettuccine alfredo

Almost Vegan...

On my quest for some "quick meals", I came across a recipe for vegan onion rings.  I decided to pair them with "Chicken" bocas (vegan) and whole wheat sandwich thins.  So, I started cooking when I realized Kevin nor I had gotten whole wheat bread crumbs at the store.  I sent my errand boy  teenage son to get some. He came back with bread crumbs, but one of the ingredients in the seasoning was cheese.  GRR!!!   Now what was I supposed to do?  Cubscouts for the middle boy was starting in less than an hour.  Should I use the frozen rings in the freezer, or proceed with the recipe?  I decided to proceed, taste one only, and give the rest to the family.  I don't know if you've ever cooked vegan before, but some of the ingredients are EXPENSIVE.  Here are what our vegan onion rings looked like...

I won't be giving this recipe because honestly, they were awful.  Even my teenager wouldn't eat them.  He eats EVERYTHING.  My husband put it best when he said they tasted like onions dipped in sand.  Bleh!  It worked out well for me, since they had dairy in them anyway.  

This was really good...

 (The cheese slices were soy)

Tonight we had one of my favorite meals so far.  It came from my Skinny Bitch in the Kitch book.  I hope the title doesn't offend anyone.  It's a great read, but there's no getting around the title.  

Tonight was Fettuccine Alfredo.  We had a few substitutions in this recipe.  I went to Whole Foods to get vegan Parmesan, only to be told they didn't carry it.  The worker told me to use Almond Mozzarella instead.  I also bought soy creamer and coconut oil to make up the sauce.  We also used spinach pasta instead of whole wheat.  Anyway....  I got home and realized the cheese I bought is not vegan.  I know, I know, that's two goofs.  Well, I used it anyway.  It contains a milk protein I wasn't looking for when I bought it.  Besides, I thought the man at Whole Foods would know.  Apparently not.  

It was a terrific recipe anyway.  My kids ate all of it.  The middle boy even asked for a second helping.  I want to make it again WITH the right cheese.  I'm hoping the large Whole Foods will carry it.  My husband pointed out AFTER I had eaten a big helping of it that coconut oil is reeaaallly fattening.  So, we might not have it that often ;)

See you tomorrow for my first weigh in!


  1. Speaking of (non)junk food, I saw online today a recipe for rutabaga fries. You just slice them up, toss them with oil and salt and bake them in the oven. Vegan, right? Assuming you use the right kind of oil? I'm thinking of trying it. The kids who were eating them in the online video said they were great. I'll let you know how it goes. :)

  2. Thanks! Let me know how it goes. I'm always looking for new ideas.