• Marinated Tofu from The Kind Diet
  • Collards with Pine Nuts and Raisins from The Kind Diet
  • Trader Joe’s prepared multi-grain pilaf

The verdict – I think the direct quote was “I’m probably not going to love any of this stuff, but it was OK.”  And he said he would eat it again.  I was thrilled he ate the collards without one complaint and ate them all.  That is a success.  This wasn’t necessarily what I would have picked for our first dinner, but I had it all without a special trip to the grocery.

1/3/2012  TVP Tacos

  • 2 cups TVP soaked in 2 cups water in skillet (mix in skillet to reconstitute TVP)
  • 2 T Braggs liquid aminos
  • 2 T oil
  • 1 sliced red or yellow pepper
  • 1 sliced oncion
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • cilantro and sliced tomatoes for garnish

The verdict – I used Trader Joe’s taco seasoning and it was really spicy.  I might try a different kind or only half next time.    Used this in whole wheat tortillas with refried beans (to help cut the heat) and fresh cilantro.  I thought it closely resembled ground meat.  No complaints.  I had the leftovers the next day in some sweet potato soup with cilantro and fresh lime juice and it was yummy.

1/4/12  Penne Pasta with Pumpkin Cream Sauce, Sauteed Mushrooms and Toasted Walnuts

  • 1/2 package Penne Pasta
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • sauteed mushrooms
  • toasted walnuts

The Verdict – We both really liked this one.  A definite do again.


  • Trader Joe’s Veggie dumplings
  • Trader Joe’s Garlic Naan
  • Grean Beans and oranges

The verdict – Jackson said the NAAN was the best bread he had ever had (that is saying something!).  It was good so I stocked up on my next trip.  Dumplings were good, but not as good as the shrimp ones we normally get.

1/6/12  Arugula Pizza with Sauteed Veggies

  • I package whole wheat pizza doug
  • 1/2 package Arugula
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 zucchini chopped
  • 8 oz sliced portabella mushrooms
  • 1 small red onion sliced into ribbons
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar

Shape pizza dough and cook dough at 400 on cookie sheet for 10 minutes after rubbing olive oil on both sides.  Saute vegetables and garlic until desired tenderness.  Sprinkle cooked crust with salt and pepper.  Spread arugula on dough.  Cover with veggies.  Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

The verdict – I loved it.  Bill said he could have had the salad without the dough, but I don’t think it would have been filling enough.  It’s hard for him to think of pizza without cheese and tomato sauce.

1/7/12 – Roasted Sweet Potato Burritos

Try this yummy sweet potato recipe from Ellie Krieger as a side dish or in  these tacos.  MMMMM!


  • Roasted sweet potatoes using recipe above
  • 1 t cumin
  • 1/2 can of black beans rinsed
  • vegan cream cheese
  • 3T chopped cilantro
  • juice of one lime
  • vegan cream cheese
  • 4 whole wheat tortillas (warmed in oven in foil)
  • guacamole

Warm tortillas in oven during last 10 minutes of sweet potatoes roasting.  Add a smear of vegan cream cheese to each tortilla.  Add 1/2 cup roasted sweet potatoes, 1/4 cup black beans.  Sprinkle with cumin.  Top with cilantro, lime and guacamole.  I served with broccoli slaw, but might have been better with a romaine salad.

The verdict – Yum!  Bill added salsa, I didn’t want to drown out the other flavors.  He would have it again.