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Tardy June leftovers

July 21, 2010

At Pizza Fusion, Matt ordered his customarily incongruous combo of pork sausage and vegan cheeze (I’m telling you, they give him the strangest looks), while I went for my usual roasted peppers, artichoke hearts, and roasted garlic with extra red sauce.

I made a “fruit soup” one night with raspberries, bananas, and hempseeds. It’s basically just an extra-thick smoothie, but eating it with a spoon makes it feel more like a meal than a drink.

Here’s a homemade stir fry that turned out great. I pressed, marinated, and baked the tofu according to a recipe in The Chicago Diner Cookbook, but I winged the rest of it, as usual (which is why I never seem to post stir fry recipes!).

This is a single-serving cup of chia seed pudding based on Averie’s recipe. It thickens up all on its own in the fridge.

I finally took Matt to Eden Alley, Kansas City’s first (and until just recently, it was our only) all-veg restaurant. We shared the complimentary bread and vegan agave butter, as well as a glass of fizzy, berry-flavored kombucha.

Matt got a Mediterranean platter with a baked falafel patty, hummus, wilted spinach, apple-raisin chutney, and brown rice. He went crazy over this! Before he’d even finished, he was suggesting we eat there again soon.

They have some of the best vegan tacos I’ve ever tried—local corn tortillas filled with seasoned TVP, mushrooms, onions, and cashew cheddar cheese, served with brown rice and salsa.

For dessert, we shared a slice of lemon poppyseed cake. I don’t usually go for fruity desserts (at least not when vanilla or chocolate is an option), let alone citrus ones, but this just looked too moist and delicious to pass up. With its sweet ‘n creamy glaze and chopped walnut topping, it was inexplicably stupendous. I need this recipe, stat!

One of the first things I tried making when I got my new dehydrator was corn tortillas. They turned out ok for a fledgling effort, but the sunflower seed/sun-dried tomato refried “beans” that I made alongside (recipe from Raw Food/Real World) were insanely good.

These were so.so.SO awesome! Salty and savory and truly authentic-tasting. I’ll definitely make this recipe again, and hopefully post about it too.

One night at JP Wine Bar, Matt and I shared a hummus duo—roasted red pepper on the left, plain with olives on the right, and spice-dusted, grilled pita in the center.

Last but not least, Henry and I shared a weeknight dinner at Paradise India. We started with pappadum and accoutrements, as usual.

From left to right: Henry had the baighan bharta, roasted eggplant cooked to a paste with tomatoes and onions. I had navrattan korma, nine different vegetables cooked in a creamy curry sauce, made vegan by using coconut cream in place of dairy! We also shared a piece of naan and a piece of gobhi paratha, bread stuffed with grated cauliflower. With fluffy basmati rice pilaf, the meal was complete.

Well, almost. We had to have dessert! We shared the two vegan selections on their menu. On the left is puuda, a “sweet Indian tortia made with wheat and jaggery.” On the right is bundi laddo, a “sweet made from chickpea flour and lentil.” I wouldn’t even know how to begin describing these! We rolled the almost-rice-pudding-ish puuda up in the bundi laddo, which were like thin, cardamom-flecked pancakes, and ate our own little verson of Indian crêpes. YUM!

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26 Comments leave one →
  1. July 21, 2010 11:35 am

    I LOVE Paradise India! It’s the only Indian restaurant in the KC area that I feel comfortable eating, knowing that they’ve very vegan-savvy. I’ve heard good things about Masala’s, too, but haven’t tried it yet.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      July 21, 2010 11:44 am

      It’s true, they are really helpful and accommodating at Paradise India!

      My very favorite Indian restaurant is Korma Sutra, the OP location specifically (which is actually the original), because the owner himself is always there waiting tables. He’ll shower samples on you—pakoras, mango lassis, naan, chai tea, kulfi, kheer…free goodies galore! And he’s very friendly, funny, and knowledgable.

      As for Masala’s, I did eat there once quite awhile ago, at the Sunday lunch buffet. It was very good, and there’s a zillion choices, but I haven’t been back mostly due to the price. According to my friend Henry’s Indian co-workers, though, it’s the favorite restaurant of many of the Indian people in this area.

  2. fitandfortysomething permalink
    July 21, 2010 4:44 pm

    yum what lovely food! i especially love the kombucha-gosh how i miss it!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      July 22, 2010 11:41 am

      I have one bottle in my fridge that I’m holding onto! Do you know when that stuff is going to get sorted out so it can go back on the shelves?

  3. Rachel permalink
    July 21, 2010 5:12 pm

    I have never been to (or even heard of) Eden Alley, but Matt’s meal sounded AMAZING! I really want to go there! We should definitely go some time!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      July 22, 2010 11:42 am

      You would love Eden Alley! They have a wide selection of multi-national dishes, so there’s something for everyone. You can look at the menu here. Let’s eat there soon!

  4. July 21, 2010 6:58 pm

    Great vegan eats!!! Yum! I need to be invited next time. 😉

    I am totally with you on the stirfry recipes. I always and usually wing them, but my hubs reminds me to keep my recipe notebook in the kitchen so that I can be jotting down the measurements and ingredients.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      July 22, 2010 11:43 am

      Hehe, I can invite you! As long as you cover the cost of your plane ticket =X

      I should keep a recipe journal like that…maybe next time I make a stir fry, I’ll remember to jot down what I put in it!

  5. July 21, 2010 9:28 pm

    Thank you! You’ve just reminded me that I have chia seeds in my cupboard – hurrah for single-serving desserts! I also love Matt’s pizza – if that’s not omnivorous living, nothing is. Super big kudos to him 😀

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      July 22, 2010 11:47 am

      If your cupboards are still as sparsely populated as you’ve said, then that’s quite funny that among the small selection of ingredients you have, one of them is chia seeds, of all things!

      Hehe, indeed; Matt could be the poster boy for omnivory 😛

  6. July 22, 2010 1:13 am

    “sunflower seed/sun-dried tomato refried “beans” —-OMG Those look amazing! I dont even like refried beans, i mean, not my go-to type of food but those look divine! I make a raw vegan taco “nut” meat that uses sundrieds and not not sunflower seeds but walnuts, and its amazing. if i do say so myself 🙂

    i am featuring your comment tomorrow about working out at home without leering losers at the gym..couldnt have said it any better myself!

    and thx for the choco chia shout. Yay for single servings! you can make extra of that and freeze it. I do it all the time for scott. And it will keep for a week or more..just take it out and eat it like ice cream when ready!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      July 22, 2010 11:49 am

      The “beans” were so awesome! When I make taco nut meat, I usually use Ani Phyo’s recipe…but next time, I may have to throw in a few soaked sun-dried tomatoes as an homage to you 😛

      Thanks for featuring my comment, too!

  7. July 22, 2010 7:22 am

    Wow~ I just kept scrolling down and seeing more and more things I love! Vegan dishes, berry soup, Indian food, scoops of hummus that look like ice cream! I think I’m hungrier than I thought I was…

    My town doesn’t have very good eats to offer. I’d give anything for a vegan restaurant!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      July 22, 2010 11:53 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed seeing my random meals! That’s too bad there’s no veg eateries where you live, but honestly there’s only a tiny handful where I’m at. The vast majority of my eating-out meals are at regular restaurants. With just a few exceptions, it’s really easy to find or ask for something vegan (AND non-salad!) just about anywhere.

  8. July 22, 2010 8:53 am

    Mmm love the leftovers pics! Def. food porn 8) That lemon poppyseed cake looks so yummy!
    Btw did you press the tofu in the stir-fry with a tofu press machine? I need one… I can’t keep making tofu scrambles forever just ’cause I squeezed the life out of my tofu with my hands. 😛

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      July 22, 2010 11:56 am

      I think the lemon poppyseed cake pic is my favorite from this post :]

      Funny you should ask about a tofu press…that stir fry was actually the inaugural use of my new TofuXpress! It worked like a dream. I’ll have a review of the TofuXpress coming up on here in the next few weeks!

  9. July 22, 2010 1:23 pm

    crepes are to-die-for! these look so good!

    wow and the pizza is incredible Shea ❤

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      July 22, 2010 2:02 pm

      It’s Amber Shea actually ;] And thank you! Those Indian “crêpes” were incredibly unique and delicious.

  10. July 23, 2010 7:44 am

    I have never considered putting artichoke hearts on my pizza, but that sounds incredible!

    And all that Indian food looks delicious. I heart pappadum.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 6, 2010 10:17 pm

      I don’t remember where I tried it first, but I always get artichokes hearts on my pizza when they’re available!

      I heart pretty much any Indian food 😛

  11. July 23, 2010 1:50 pm

    Your fruit soup sounds wonderful, especially since I’ve been looking for ways to incorporate hemp seeds into my daily diet. So far they’ve gone mostly into salads, and definitely nothing sweet. Great idea!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 6, 2010 10:19 pm

      I’m in love with hempseeds! I’ll put them on or in just about anything – sweet, savory, it doesn’t matter 🙂 Try them in smoothies, on soup, or on pizza!

  12. November 6, 2010 10:13 pm

    What type of dehydrator do you have at home/recommend?

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 6, 2010 10:16 pm

      Hi Jenny – I use an Excalibur 5-tray dehydrator. With temp controls, even heating, and a 26 hour timer, it’s a really superior applicance!

      • November 7, 2010 7:42 am

        Thank you. Also, I saw on one of your posts that you are in search of a good brownie recipe. I have not tried this one yet, but here is a link for a vegan brownie recipe. They are supposed to be chewy and fudgy. 🙂 http://www.notarabbit.com/2010/11/what-fudge.html

        • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
          November 7, 2010 9:49 am

          Those do look pretty good! I’ll have to add those of my list of baked goods to try once I get home. 🙂

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