Dining at home….
…Co-op style. Free, delicious, homecooked vegan meals delivered to my front door. The vegan dinner co-op that I am part of is going well. It is 4 families and we each cook a meal once a week. This week was the first week. It is really strange for me not to cook 5-6 times a week. When 5:00 rolls around, I can relax three days a week instead of cooking dinner right off the bat. I love to cook, but it is a nice break. And the meals have been delicious. Nothing beats homemade vegan food delivered to you. Monday night, one of the mother’s brought over a sweet potato curry with basmati rice. It was garnished with fresh mint. It was very tasty and the mint was a perfect addition. She also included mini gingerbread muffins which the boys scarfed down. Tuesday night we were delivered a Spicy Eggplant Stew with Potatoes, Mushrooms & Chickpeas, whole wheat bread and a salad. The stew was so filling and delicious, I had no room for the salad so I opted to eat it for lunch the next day. The bread was homemade and so soft. Wow. Arthur had three slices of it and Adam had two. I am going to try to make the bread. Wednesday was my day to cook. The weather here has been cold and rainy, so I cooked the ancho chile lentil soup from V-con. I made some homemade baguettes using the recipe from The Garden of Vegan and served it with a salad and a spicy mustard vinagrette. I also made mac and cheeze for the kids and threw in some mixed veggies. Thursday night was another soup night. I know some of you might be thinking “soup twice in once week.” It was not a bad thing, believe me. The soups were different enough that it was not overkill. Plus it has been cold here and perfect for soup weather. Insert the quote from Austin Powers “It’s freakin’ freezing in here Mr. Bigglesworth.” Thursday night we were delivered a orange flavored black bean soup, homemade Ezekial bread and a side salad. I love beans and I especially “heart” black beans, so this soup was right up my alley. And who doesn’t love bread. Well maybe the people on the Atkins diet. Boy are they missing out. We are a bread loving family. And nothing beats homemade bread. It was funny to eat salads this week. As Josh once mentioned, we do not eat a lot of salads. People assume that all we vegetarians and vegans eat are salads. Not true. The salads were good and they were a great addition to the meals. As I mentioned in a previous post, the dinner co-op is doing a 1 month trial run. I hope it works out. The meals are delicious, there is minimal dishes and it isn’t difficult to cook for three other families. You just double your recipe. Our fridge and bellies are full of goodness.
Sweet potato curry
Spicy Eggplant Stew with Potatoes, Mushrooms & Chickpeas
ancho chile lentil soup
Orange-scented black bean soup
Oh, and another great thing about a dinner co-op. It cuts down on the grocery bill since I cook three less meals a week. Now that’s a sweet deal!
Okay, so it has been cold here. Well, by our standards anyway. Nothing like Alaska. But, they did mention on the news that we might get some snow tomorrow. It is supposed to be 22 degrees in the morning. I hope there is some snow for the boys to see. I think they would love it.
Hope you have a wonderful day and a great weekend. Tonite is pizza night. Yippee!
My two little artists.
peas and love….
Krys and the boys