Cooking and Baking

Food I Made This Week

Fudgy Black Bean Peanut Butter Brownies

(recipe courtesy of ThingsRFine)

And these are actually vegan unlike some of the other things I posted thinking they were vegan… but it turns out animal parts are in all kinds of weird things you would never suspect.

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Going into my new Breville Smart Oven….

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Yummmmm!!!

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Food I Made This Week

Vegan Shepards Pie

Shepards Pie was my favorite dish when I was a kid. Now I’m always looking for new ways to make a vegetarian or vegan Shepards Pie that doesn’t suck. I’ve tried it with lentils, and with sweet potatoes, and they both turned out really good. This time I tried replacing the meat with Cauliflower.

I chopped the cauliflower up along with tomato, bell peppers, white onion, celery, and carrots. I tossed it all with extra virgin olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, and sprinkled with Montreal steak spice – in an attempt to give it some of the flavor the meat would have.
I spread it all on a baking sheet with tin foil and cooked it in the oven at 450 until it looked finished.
Once the mixture was cooked I poured the it into baking dishes. I couldn’t find my big one so I used two small dishes.

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Then I topped the “meat” mixture with corn and mashed potatoes And baked it in the oven at 350.

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I sprinkled Smoked Paprika on top. I made one with cheese and one without. Yes, this is real cheese… I tried to use vegan cheese before but it’s just too disgusting. I’d rather top my food with dirt.

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They both turned out really good. I’ll definitely make this again. I think next time I’ll do a mix of cauliflower and lentils boiled in beef bouillon… I know that’s cheating but I think it will make it taste better.

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It does look like meat!

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Food I Made This Week

I love to cook so I figured I would share some of my creations with you guys.

Mini Pizza’s

I made these with garlic naan bread instead of traditional pizza crust , topped with tomato paste, chopped up tomato, spinach, green and black olives, slices of bell pepper and hearts of palm. Then topped with mozzarella (the kind that comes in a ball in water, not that Kraft shit) and sprinkled with salt, pepper, and basil. Then I put it in the oven at 350 until the cheese was melted and the bread was crispy. It was actually really good, better than I was expecting. I think next time I’ll top the whole thing off with some balsamic vinegar.

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