Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Vegan Mini-OMAC Session

First let me say a big Thank You to everyone who offered support and understanding on my last post. It was much appreciated. :)

Now from a previous cooking day, I have a LOT of Seitan Chick'n leftover (different recipe from my previous Seitan attempt). It turned out really rubbery and I was ready to throw out the batch. But a fellow blogger saved the day! A Veg*n For Dinner had some tips on working with Seitan here that suggests some tips for saving batches of Seitan that don't turn out as planned.

So here is what I'm planning on making:
  • 4 small/medium size pizzas
  • 4 entrees of Seitan Chick'n Parmezan over wheat spaghetti
  • 4 entrees of Seitan BBQ Chick'n with rice & mixed veggies
  • 6 entrees of Seitan Roast Beef with mashed potatoes & mixed veggies
  • 4 Seitan Roast Beef subs (Philly Cheesesteak Style)
  • 10 Rice & Chick'n burritos
  • And time permitting, TVP Burgers & Chick'n Pot Pie
32 Meals in all! If I can get it all done in time. :)

Some items I already have in the pantry and for the rest Wookiepants has allotted $25-30. Surely you notice that the above doesn't contain a lot of veggies, but hopefully this can be improved in the future. I also wanted to create meals that would show my fellow dinner companions that Vegans really do eat tasty stuff--not just boiled potatoes and salad!

Luckily living near a Bulk Barn, this allows me to buy just the right amount of spices/flour needed and not get stuck with a whole jar of something. Spices that I'll buy are: Sage, Cayenne, Italian Seasoning, Vegan Beef Bullion, Soy Flour, Anise Seed, Red & Green Peppercorns, Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, Rice Flour, Tapioca Flour, Vegan Chick'n Soup Powder. Hopefully, and most likely, this will come to about $5-8.

That leaves me with about $30 for: 2 cubes Firm Silken Tofu, Tahini, 4 cans White Kidney Beans, Jalapenos, Black Olives, 3 Green/Red Peppers, 2 Sweet Onions, Lemons, Frozen Mixed Veggies, Potatoes, Fries, Mushrooms and Tortillas. Hopefully this will all fit in my budget, if not the Mushrooms will be first to go.

Tomorrow evening I'll post some photos and how everything went down. Also, I'm making a Seitan Roast for the first time, so will post how that turns out.


Aunt Juli said...

Hello Dear :)

I'm sorry I didn't read your post sooner.

I definitely feel you on the unable to eat because everyone else is eating meat situation. While mine is not as extreme, I have been cooking a lot lately for my roommate, her boyfriend, and about 4 of our mutual friends. I love to cook for them, but they are all fake meat skeptics. So, I cook chicken and ground turkey (I'll never eat beef again) and just suck it up and use eggs and butter and the like. No cheese though. No one wants me to be sick. BUT... can I just say that in the past few weeks I've noticed a much better digestive system and improved energy. AND my grocery bill has been cut in half! So here are my suggestions.... (I know you're thrifty, but I must at least attempt to help)

At the supermarket you frequent most, ask the store manager when their fresh shipments of produce come in each day/week. The other day I happened to be shopping for a few items when some of the fresh produce was being unloaded and I got bananas that were reduced to $0.33/pound because they had to make room for the new green ones. I also got some tomatoes and squash the same way...

Secondly. DO NOT GIVE UP! Even if you do have to slip a few times, I've decided that becoming a vegan is just that. Becoming. I find it very hard to just wake up and be able to fit perfectly into society and be able to gracefully order off of restaurant menus and make a 5 course fake-meat-but-you-can't-tell-it's-fake-meat dinner. It takes time to adjust, and don't give up!!! You will make it! You'll have a job soon and Wookiepants, You, and Teen Daughter (like how I'm using your fake names?) will have a place all to your own with a kitchen to spend hours perfecting seitan and the like.

I promise to start blogging about my cooking experiences soon. It's midterms and I'm not feeling the best so... anyway.

Call me if you need anything :) Much love :-*

Tara said...

I'm really looking forward to seeing your posts on these recipes!

Becks - Not a Rabbit. said...

It sounds like you've got it all planned out! Glad to hear things are looking up a bit :o)

aimee said...

Wow, that looks like a lot of work! Good Luck!

Lenora said...

Best wishes on mini-OMAC :D
I haven't ventured in seitan myself... I've thought about it, but guess I'm draggin' my feet. I mostly do beans and starting to experiment with tofu. Can't wait to hear how it goes!