Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Colorful holiday foods

Good day everyone! 

My day started off happy and you want to know why?
Dave(my husband) and I drove down the street to our health food store to get a coffee before he went to work.  We step up to the counter and lying there is the longest, most delicous smelling loaf of unsliced sweet bread.  I told the lady how good it looked and she said that it's a vegan pumpkin chocolate chip bread that was still warm from the oven.  My heart just sped up....she had the other gal slice off a piece for me.  YUM!  I'm saving the other half for Keaton.  Then while we were waiting too pay another girl gives us a sample of pumpkin spice cake...Dave asked if it was vegan and she said "yes".  My lucky morning!  It was soooooo moist.  It's not every day that this kind of thing happens for a vegan.

Pumpkin chocolate chip bread

Want to impress your guests with colorful and delicous foods this Christmas and that don't take hours and hours to make?  How about....
Quinoa Pilaf (recipe below)

Marinated Pan Grilled Tofu, Roasted Asparagus and Quinoa Pilaf
This was a huge hit with Dave and Keaton.
Two Bean Tempeh Chili with finely chopped kale.
This is a great way to add more greens into your diet.  Finely chop your greens and mix into the chili. 
Roasted Vegetable Pasta with a kick.
This recipe is adapted from Gluten Free Goddess.  You can
take any vegetable really.  I used asparagus, roma tomatoes, eggplant, onion and bell pepper.  I also eliminated the use of raisins.  You can also add finely chopped greens to this as well and no one would know.
Quinoa Pilaf

2 C. vegetable broth
1 C. quinoa, rinsed
1 med. yellow/white onion, diced
1 small bell pepper, diced
1/3 C. parsley, chopped
1/4 C. pinenuts, toasted*
S & P

In a medium saucepan heat up broth and quinoa until boiling.  Cover with lid and turn down heat to low.  Cook for about 20 min.  Once quinoa is cooked take off heat and let sit for about 10min. then fluff with fork.  Take off lid and cool down to room temperature.

While quinoa is cooking heat up a heavy pan(I use cast iron) and toast pinenuts.  Keep close watch as to not burn.  This only takes about 2 min. or so.

In a large pan heat up 1 T. olive oil or broth/water to saute onion.  Once the onion is softened add the bell pepper and cook for 2 more minutes.  Take off heat and add the quinoa, onion, bell pepper, parsley and pineuts. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Scoop into serving dish.

Marinade for tofu

1/3 C. Olive Oil
1/3 C. lemon juice
1/3 C. Italian parsley
1/3 C. Cilantro
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste

In a blender or processer add olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, cilantro, garlic.  Blend together.  Add in red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste.

Slice tofu up and lay in a casserole dish.  Pour marinade over and let sit in refrigerator for a couple of hours.  Heat up grill pan and spary with olive oil.  Grill tofu.  Serve with leftover marinade.

I hope this gives you all some ideas.  If anything whip it up for dinner one night just for your family.What are your plans for Chrismas dinner? 
Until next post.  Have a great day! 


  1. Oh how I wish I could eat bread. I am so highly allergic to yeast and I crave a slice of it so bad.

    Also I have a giveaway going on in my blog. Hope you can stop by and enter.


  2. That pumpkin chocolate chip bread looks divine! So wonderful that you're able to casually walk into a shop and meet up with delicious vegan baked goods! Such a hopeful sign.

    All the food does look colorful and very festive! I love the quinoa pilaf/tofu combo!

    We're doing homemade vegan ravioli for Christmas...sort of a tradition with us.

  3. Rose-What a nice tradition making homemade ravioli. I was thinking about making homemade ravioli this year. My in-laws are having Christmas and they aren't vegan so I don't have any idea what's on her menu. Regarding the pumpkin bread I did buy it from the health food store. We live in an area with many danish bakeries and there is no vegan baked goods anywhere and lots of animal based restaurants.

  4. Wow, that thick slab of pumpkin bread has got my mouth watering. The gooey chocolate chips and moist crumb are irresistible!