Breakfast potatoes and mindfulness

April 22, 2012

Jonny has always loved breakfast best and I used to cringe when he would devour huge Denver omelets loaded with meat and cheese, along with a pile of greasy home fries.  He was headed to the Flyers playoff game this morning (Go Flyers, they just won!  Woo hoo!), and I knew he would appreciate a yummy breakfast before he left.  I made him some Veggs with tofu and the above potatoes.  I did add some of his beloved Field Roast Italian sausage and cheddar Daiya to the Veggs, but I kept the potatoes entirely oil-free and healthy to counteract the "sinful" Veggs.  I really spice them up and cook them at a high temperature in a non-stick pan so they get crispy.

Big Sexy Potatoes

4-5 Yukon gold potatoes, cut into squares with peel left on
1 medium onion, chopped
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1-2 T. Bragg's liquid aminos
Liquid smoke, 5-8 shakes
1/2 tsp Smoked paprika or regular
1/2 tsp Cumin
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Put potatoes into pot with lid and cover with water.  Bring to boil and simmer for 10 minutes or until a fork goes in but they are still firm.  Drain.

2. In a large non-stick pan, add 1/4 cup of vegetable broth and bring to simmer.  Saute onions and garlic for a few minutes until soft.

3. Add drained potatoes and all seasonings.  Stir to coat.  Bring temperature of pan up to medium-high so that you hear it sizzle.  Let sit for a minute or two, so the potatoes start to brown and then stir.  Add more broth if needed.  It took me about 20 minutes to get the potatoes to my preferred crispiness. 

4. Taste and adjust seasonings.

5. Serve with ketchup and your choice of hot sauce.

Jonny loved his breakfast and I just got the game report on his food, and he did great!  He usually gets a big, soft pretzel, but one of the vendors just started carrying hummus and crudite and he got that instead. 

I went to a mindfulness meditation workshop with my mom and mother-in-law yesterday, which was wonderful.  One of the things I definitely want to incorporate is more mindful eating.  I told Jonny all about it and we started practicing it last night at dinner.  Putting the fork down in between bites, really chewing and tasting the food, it makes such a difference and I find I am eating less.  Are you a "mindful eater?"  Please share your thoughts on this.



First Vegan Passover

April 8, 2012

Jonny's not in the photo, because he took it.

So, we had pretty much a vegan Seder, and it was a big success!  We did have several omnis in attendence, so everything was vegan except for the matzo ball soup, which my mother made, salmon, which my brother-in-law made, and a couple of the desserts.  Sadly, my two attempts at vegan matzo balls were a disaster.  The first try, I used a boxed mix and substituted "The Vegg," and the second time, I tried Isa Moskowitz's recipe using silken tofu and m...
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Vegan In State College Review

April 4, 2012

Jonny and Charlie outside of Aardvark Cafe, State College, PA

They have a separate vegan menu, prepared at a vegan workstation!

Jonny and Aardvark owner Brandon

We spent the weekend at Penn State visiting our big boy, Ethan, and weren't sure how the food situation would work out for us.  Well, we needn't have worried!  Things sure have changed in good old Happy Valley since The Big Sexy was a student there many moons ago. 

On the way to our hotel, we drove by a wonderful health food store called...

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A Happy Cruise Story

January 18, 2012

Amy, Sous Chef Johnson, Charlie, Maitre 'D Gerhard Waldukat and Jonny

With all the horrible news coming out of the tragic ship accident in Italy, I realized I am overdue in reporting on our own cruise experience a few weeks ago.  Frankly, I was quite apprehensive beforehand.  It doesn't get much more mass-market than the gigantic, 4,100 passenger Norwegian Epic, and researcher that I am, I was a little concerned about our food options after reading some unflattering posts from vegan cruisers. ...
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"Cheezy" Mashed Cauliflower

January 11, 2012

Happy New Year everyone!  I'm going to write a post about how we dealt with the food on our cruise in the next few days, but I wanted to share a quick one tonight.

Charlie's awesome 4th grade teacher came over for dinner and although she told us she was not a big cauliflower fan when she heard it was being served, she ended up taking a second helping.  This was a hit with everyone, as you can see by the above photo of what was left after dinner.  I'm happy to say, this is a no-oil, no-anything...

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Morning Elixir

December 16, 2011

Jonny still alternates between a fruit/veg smoothie and cereal with almond milk for breakfast, but I've been blazing my own path the past couple of weeks.  It changed when we were at my sister Stephanie's house in Tarrytown, NY for Thanksgiving.  She is a holistic health coach who recently started working with a local caterer/shop to offer juice cleanses.  She made me some delicious juice while I was there and it inspired me to pull the juicer I bought when I dabbled with "raw" a couple years...

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Amy and Jonny's Excellent NYC Vegan Adventure

December 12, 2011

Jonny and I had a weekend to ourselves, so we decided to mosey up to NYC.  Jonny has been feeling frustrated with his recent weight plateau, but we took a pass and had a good time.  Only 1 lb up each this am, so I guess it wasn't too bad.  Here's the run-down of our vegan food extravaganza.

Friday night, we lucked out with a 6 pm reservation at Dirt Candy.  It's so teeny-tiny that they need to use the dining tables as a prep area.  I know this because we got there an hour before our reservatio...

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Summer's Last Gasp - PESTO!

December 8, 2011

Rocky running through Philadelphia's Italian Market

Charlie spent the night at my mom's this past Saturday night, so Jonny and I took advantage and drove into Philly for brunch Sunday morning.  We went to a great place called Mi Lah Vegetarian, which is actually vegan.  I've noticed a few other places using the more commonplace "vegetarian" classification.  I wonder if they are afraid of scaring people off?  We shared the blueberry pancakes and seitan burrito and a side of brussels sprouts (Jo...
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Jonny's at the Flyers game, here's what we ate

November 22, 2011

I was inspired by Fran Costigan, who mentioned soba noodles the other day on her Facebook... I threw this together for me and Charlie and we both really liked it.

1 lb of firm tofu, drained
2 cups of frozen mixed vegetables
3 cups of fresh baby greens for cooking (or use baby spinach)
1 box of soba noodles
3 Tbs peanut butter (I used Trader Joe's with flaxseeds)
1 cube of Dorot garlic or one clove minced
Vegetable broth
Bragg's liquid aminos
Ginger powder
Hot pepper flakes

Cook the soba noodles and set ...

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Kale Chip Competition

November 14, 2011

As many of you know, Jonny is pretty much addicted to the kale chips I've been making for the past few months.  Our dehydrator gets a workout an average of twice a week since he gets cranky if we run out.  He loves them so dearly, I doubted that another recipe would captivate him as much.... until I saw Brendan Brazier's Sour Cream and Onion Kale Chips on One Green Planet:

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About Me

Amy Ostroff a/k/a A vegetarian since age 10, I made the transition to vegan after seeing "Forks Over Knives" in May, 2011. I'm still pinching myself that Jonny is doing it with me!