Black Friday Meals!

26 Nov

Couldn’t wake up for the black Friday deals today, so instead I decided to make some black friday meals! I know what you’re thinking… yesterday was Thanksgiving, how can I be making more food?! There’s always time.

First let me explain to you what I had for my vegan Thanksgiving dinner at the family’s house:

Lentil Loaf smothered in vegan gravy (recipe follows)

Stuffing

Baked chickpeas

Steamed green beans

Earth Balance buttered mashed taters

Salad with balsamic vinaigrette and black olives

and for dessert warm apple crisp literally from oven to plate!

The vegan lentil loaf was a creation from many different recipes: The Vegan Table’s Old Fashioned Lentil Loaf, The New Farm Vegetarian Cookbook’s Lentil loaf, and Whole Foods Market’s Celebration Lentil Loaf

Thanksgiving Lentil Loaf

Serves 10-12

2 cups lentils, dry

2 cups quinoa, cooked

1 red bell pepper

1 green bell pepper

8 garlic cloves

10 oz. mushrooms (we used white)

1/4 cup red onion

2/3 – 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs

2 tsp. fresh sage

1/4 tsp. each of thyme, paprika, and onion powder

1 Tbsp. olive oil

Directions:

Put the lentils in a saucepan with 4 cups of water and bring to a boil; lower the heat and simmer, covered, until all the water has been absorbed.

Meanwhile, saute all the vegetables with the oil in a skillet until crisp tender, they will cook the rest of the way through in the oven.


Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.

Press firmly into a large (16X9) baking dish…

and bake in a 350 F oven for 35-40 minutes or until set and darkened on the top.

Let rest 10 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!

… I want to tweak this recipe, it was very filling and great tasting, but it needed moisture.  I wanted to add a half cup of vegetable broth added along with the bread crumbs, which may add the needed moisture to counter the dry breadcrumbs.

All in all though I gave this a thumbs up!!

And…

Today we made a great apple cake!! This was based on another recipe I saw in The New Farm Vegetarian Cookbook.

Applebutter Cake

Serves 6

 

1/2 cup oil

1 cup sugar

2 cups all purpose flour

2 cups apple butter

1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. each nutmeg and ginger

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup raisins, rehydrated

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

 

Directions:

 

Mix the oil and the sugar in a bowl until well incorporated;

add the applebutter and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together with a whisk, all the dry ingredients.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat/mix until smooth.

Pour into a lightly oiled and floured 9X13 pan (or a loaf pan)…

and bake at 350 F for 30-35 minutes.  Let cool on a drying rack then enjoy plain or with a little bit of vegan buttercream on top!!

Another black Friday meal we had today was leftover kale soup…

What a great start to the day :) Now it’s time to join all the shoppin’ crazies out there and get our shop on! The runners high from yesterday’s Volvo 5K is still with me!!  Here we go…

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4 Responses to “Black Friday Meals!”

  1. ryan martin November 29, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    We got great black friday deals and meals!!!

  2. Hilary Roberts September 22, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    Hi!

    I just finished making the apple butter cake and unforunately it didn’t turn out at all! I cooked it for almost 50 minutes and it was getting way too crusty on the outside… and totally runny and uncooked in the middle :(

    • veg-unite February 25, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

      Oh no!! I hope I didn’t copy the recipe down wrong ):

      I’ll cook it again soon and re-post my errors! Sorry!!!

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