6.14.2008

Chickpea Burritos

Well I know I promised loads of foods and what not. But work got the best of me. I worked more hours than scheduled, and still have another long day tomorrow. But then I get a day off. Woooohoo, but not really as I am working inventory so Ill be at work from 8pm to 5am, so that will not be fun. Anyways, so that is my reasoning for not doing all the cooking I wanted to do this week.

But I did make one of the recipes I wanted to. I looove Vegan Dad's recipes. He always has quick and easy meals that are simple but delicious. And I tend to have all of the ingredients just on hand. So I decided to make his Chickpea tostados. What I loved about the recipe is it used hot spices, but then cinnamon. I had never thought about using cinnamon in a spicy dish. It was sooo delicious. The spice from the cumin and chili powder would flood your mouth, but then was cooled down by the sweetness. It was really great. For my toppings I used red pepper, lettuce, black bean and corn salsa, refried beans, and a little mozzarella cheese. My mom had already started making dinner for me, when I told her Id be making my own dinner. So she had a potato for me. So I put refried beans and salsa in it. It was good, but I was stuffed from my burrito that I didnt really eat much of it. Due to work I was super busy and tired. But I was able to eat the leftover chickpea and onion mix 3 days in a row. It was that good. I made two days burritos and the other day I had cooked some whole wheat pasta to take with work, but I had extra. So I mixed the chikpeas in with a little refried beans and mixed it up good. Then topped it with a little salsa. It was good and filling. The rest of the week was made up of hummus and veggies, leftover alfredo.
And tonight pizza! I had made it because my friend who is spending the summer abroad in Prague leaves tomorrow. So we were going to do something before she left. She invited me over for pizza, so I said sure, I'll just bring maybe some pasta. But then I realize I had the left over dough. I had to defrost it in the microwave, a bit of it dried out, but most of it was still good. Just a plain cheese using Tofutti mozz slices. It turned out really well. The cheese got a bit runny it melted so well. So I just waited 10 minutes to eat and it was PERFECT! IT was so amazing. I was so glad. Her sister is vegetarian and wanted to try it. And she said she loved it. She had had a lot of bad experiences with soy cheeses, but who hasnt. Though she thought the pizza was amazing. I was really glad.

I also got a chance to try this Double Chocolate Decadence Cookie from Alternative Baking Company Inc. It was very very yummy. Very large and very delish. I wish I had heated it up a bit. It was very cakey since it was so thick. But I would definitely by one again. Though I do love baking my own. I will be making my grandad some cookies for Father's Day. Though I am still unsure what to do for my dad. eek, one day left! Ill figure something out. And I also want to try and make Isa's blueberry brownies. I have to return the book tomorrow, so Im going to have to make it tomorrow, or just pay fines for the book being late. Once I get my first paycheck Ill be heading over to the bookstore to get Veganomicon and a few other cookbooks. Anybody have a favorite?

Well other than work this week, I did get to IKEA! It was amazing and fun and so bad to my checkbook. I was able to get all my dishes, glasses, silverware, and a load of kitchen supplies. Plus a new dresser, desk, and chair. I move in a week, so its exciting as can be. So next week will be spent working a ton, packing, shopping, and hopefully getting to make another Vegan Dad recipe of Chickpea Shepherd's Pie (Im on a chickpea kick) and want to try a frittata recipe. So look forward to that.

Off to go eat a slice of cold pizza and watch a movie.

6 comments:

Catherine said...

I'd really recommend Joy of Vegan Baking -- it's great! Other good vegan authors include Sarah Kramer and Dreena Burton -- how many cookbooks can a person carry home from one shopping trip?? :)

Oh, and my best cookbook shopping tip is to check used bookstores first -- you never know what you'll find!

Vivacious Vegan said...

I have to agree with Catherine - I've been very impressed with Joy of Vegan Baking. There are a lot of winners in that book. However, I haven't been very wowed by any of the recipes in Sarah Kramer's books. They're good but not knock your socks off good.

Our trip to Chicago last week was amazing! I am so in love with that city that I want to move there now. Although I don't think I could handle the winters.

Vegan On Stage said...

I always see those cookies at Whole Foods but have never tried them... heating it in the mic wave is a good idea! Nothings better than a warm cookie :)

Alice (in Veganland) said...

Hey! I'm glad you commented on my blog so that I got to know yours! it's great!
And you know what? Cornstarch is also called maizena in Spain, and I always thought it was the brand that was called like that! Now I guess it's not!

LK said...

ABC Double Chocolate Decadence Cookie is sooo good! When we lived in a dorm last year, we would run down to the hall to the microwave just to heat it up and enjoy the gooey warm chocolaty goodness! It taste like a gooey brownie when heated for about 20-25 seconds.

Paulina said...

Haha, thanks for your comment on my blog :)

I love, love, love ABC cookies! The Pumpkin Spice one is my absolute fave