Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Donation December

We all need to give back in some way or another. This month I chose to give some non-traditional Christmas gifts, because my budget is tight (hence the gift guide for grad school budgets) and because my family (thankfully) isn't in need of much.

Each of them, along with some homemade edible treats, received Oxfam Unwrapped donations, which go to folks who need a lot more than any of us do.  Check it out and consider a gift like this for next season! 

Some of my homemade goodies!

New recipe November!

My goals was simple: practice cooking, and try to find some good vegetarian dishes that wouldn't scare away omnivores. Easier said than done! Too much tofu, tempeh, or nutritional yeast was sure to frighten both friends and family!

Here's what I made:

1. Vegan Mushroom Risotto--adapted from A Whisk and Two Wands: Delicious! I rehydrated the dried mushrooms that can be found at Trader Joe's to create my own 'mushroom broth'. This one was the most omnivore-friendly IMHO!

Photo cred: A Whisk and Two Wands

2. Eggplant and Zucchini Polenta bake--adapted from a Betty Crocker recipe. I went heavy on the veggies, light on the cheese, and used pasta sauce instead of tomatoes.

Very easy and very tasty!

3. Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai--I found the recipe on the newsletter in my CSA box...it was the least yummy of them all so I won't bother to post it!

4. Apple Crisp (for Thanksgiving!)--okay, okay, so I've made lots of crisps before so this isn't really a *new* recipe for me per se, but I wasn't going to try anything too fancy when other people would be eating it on Thanksgiving day! I used a recipe similar to this Chow recipe and this Cooking light recipe

Do you have any vegetarian recipes that are your 'go-to' favorites?