Tuesday, March 29, 2011

And we have nearly reached the End

Of vegetarian (almost) month, that is. I have to admit, I crave meat these days, but not chicken. Mostly a good hamburger, but more on that later.

So since the Sister Missionaries came over for our gourmet grilled cheese & tomato soup, here's what the Forbes have been eating.

That Friday we tried a Falafel Bar that we've passed a few times. It's just down the road from my favorite wing place and if we weren't off meat I don't know if I would ever pass up Duff's for falafel. (btw, it's kind of scandalous that I prefer Duff's to Anchor Bar since wings originated at Anchor Bar. But I have to go with my gut.) I'm so glad we tried the Falafel Bar because it was delicious. Stewart got the falafel wrap and I got the spanakopita. This is how I judge Mediterranean restaurants. Very good. I grabbed a take out menu on my way out. Coincidentally this place is kind of on Husband's way home from school.

Spinach mushroom quiche. I prefer Stewart's quiche with ham in it, but this tasted ok. Then it made me sick. Bummer. Husband, who was unaffected, took one for the team and finished it over the next few days.

Cream of Mushroom Fake Bake. This was way too mushroomy after the quiche. And super cheesey which we don't do too often any more. We threw away some leftovers, even.

Singapore Noodles. This was this week's stir fry. Quite good. The house smelled like curry for days afterward. My area of the office did too since I made the mistake of taking some for lunch.

Mushroom & olive pizza and french fries. I am most happy that I found suitable NY style pizza in Buffalo. We've tried a few places but no where does it just right. This still is no Paesans but it will get another try. Maybe their pepperoni pizza is better. And pizza joints here do buffalo wing pizza.

Home made spanakopita. I like it so much Husband suggested I try making it. Apparently he thought I needed something to do with an hour and a half on Sunday besides nap. But it was worth it and it's been serving as lunch since. The recipe called for too much butter so next time I'll cut back on that. And now that I'm comfortable working with phyllo dough I think I'll try making baklava sometime. And mmm, spinach.

Black bean soup. This is a favorite of ours and I'm surprised we made it this far into a vegetarian month without it. So good. It will be dinner again tonight.

Tomorrow is Smoked Mozzerella sandwiches with roasted red peppers, olive tapanade and pesto. I think I'll make some potato chips to go along with it.

And to finish out the vegetarian month, Stewart will make a tortillas with potatoes out of our Spanish cookbook. You know, because he's Mexican. Friday we plan on being in Batavia, on our way home from the temple so we'll stop at the Mexican place there and order something chicken enchiladas or something equally meaty.

Saturday we are going to Grovers where they serve even the salads with a hamburger patty. The burgers are just under a pound and the fries and onion rings come in the same basket. I can hardly wait. Let the meat-gasm begin!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Week Including Our One Cheating Day

Since the last post here's what we've been eating. I'm a bit behind so I might not get the days right, but I can remember what we've had.

Jenny's Tamale Pie-really good. We had a variation at least a year ago, though it was not Jenny's. Jenny's is better. And anything with a corn bread topping is good. It made good lunch leftovers too.

Dinner out. I met up with some ladies from church and we ate at Panera. I had to try something new because my usual apparently has meat substances in it. So I tried the mozzerella sandwich. Soo good. I may have a new favorite. I picked up a veggie burrito at the nearby Chipotle for Husband on my way home.

Fideo out of my vegetarian cookbook. I think I prefer this made with vegetable stock over my usual beef stock. It's not as good as what you get at Cafe Rio but for out here it works in a pinch. And I can add extra feta so it's not a total loss.

Burritos. We were supposed to have dinner with friends on Friday but they cancelled on account of being sick so we had to eat at home, just the two of us. Fortunately it wasn't too uncomfortable.

Sunday was our St. Patty's Day meal, that we had planned in as our one day to eat meat this month. I made my corned beef pot pie, Stewart made bread, and we at with two of Stewart's classmates and their partners. Ashlee made a French Onion Soup and the sauce and cookies we had with ice cream. An amazing meal. We had to leave the leftovers with Kevin. I think he had almost an entire pot pie to himself this week.

We had a lot of leftovers throughout the week and have frozen what was left for another day. You can only eat the same leftovers for so long, you know.

Sweet & Sour Tofo. I can safely say that we both like tofu now, when it's prepared correctly, which I can now do. There were a lot of veggies in it, too. Again, good leftovers.

Last night we fed the Sister Missionaries grilled cheese, tomato soup (not the premade, canned stuff, though) and pesto pasta salad. Not the most impressive meal we've ever served them, but we finished with crepes so they went home happy.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Vegetarian Week 1

One week in and we're going strong. Even after running 5 miles in the rain yesterday, we did not succumb to the meatball.

Our menu this week was:

March 1: Tofu Peanut & Noodle Stir Fry from our Wok cookbook. It turned out really good though peanut butter on red pepper strips and broccoli is a little weird.

March 2: Ziti with Sharp Cheddar from our vegetarian cookbook. This is not a new recipe to us, it's one we love. I think this is where we first discovered the joy of the leak.

March 3 & 4: Leftovers from the previous two days. We are just two people and cooking usually leaves us with a lot of food. I like it this way. It was nice to not have to cook those days. Coincidentally I also did not do any dishes. As a result I did a lot of dishes today.

March 5: We went to dinner with some friends to a local Italian place, Vino's, which is famous for it's meatballs. Alas, neither of us got said meatball, though our dining companions each did. We will return in another month (I'm thinking that while it's no Sabs we will eat here when my parents visit, you know, once Buffalo thaws) and then there will be meatballs for all.

March 6: Hungarian Stuffed Peppers from our Starting with Ingredients cookbook. This might be my favorite cookbook EVER. But don't pay the full list price of $45 or so. Stewart found it online for something like $7. We did the vegetarian variation and filled the peppers with wild rice and mushrooms instead of veal and sausage. It was good, but Husband doesn't like the texture of baked peppers. btw, he picked the recipe.

This week we have planned: Fire Roasted Corn Chowder that we didn't get to last week on account of a fridge full of leftovers, Jenny's Tamale pie, a dinner at Panera, and if necessary the Fideo, which is not alike or as good as Cafe Rio's.