Catching Up: Vegan Pasta, Vegan Sushi, Vegan Quinoa

May 9, 2010 by Keri

After a long weekend, I’m back to share some tastiness.  My mom and her boyfriend came home from vacation Friday afternoon, so I spent a day catching up with them before making the drive home.  For the road I picked up another Starbucks frappuccino, this time with extra coffee.  Hey, it’s hard to resist now that they’re vegafiable!  But let’s back up to Thursday for a minute.  Thursday night I made vegan pasta-penne with sautéed mushrooms, steamed asparagus, and roasted eggplant tossed in a little olive oil and garlic.  It was a hit with the little man, and I really liked it as well.  I fed some of the leftovers to a friend that stopped by after dinner and he didn’t seem to be ill when he left, so I consider that culinary success. (I’m kidding, it was good.)

Vegan Pasta Recipes

I guess after this I ate some food I didn’t find worthy of pictures, or maybe I was just lazy.  It’s all a blur.  Anyway, my mom and her boyfriend brought me back this IngenuiTEA teapot, so we had to try it out.  The first attempt was a bit too strong, but then we found the instructions.  I picked up some vanilla almond loose leaf black tea to make in it, so I’ll let you know how that goes.  It took me far too long to pick one from the giant wall of teas at Whole Foods.


When I got home we just grabbed a vegan pizza while I worked on unpacking the mountains of stuff I found necessary to take.  Then, I tuned the new guitar my dad got me, played around a little with the chords I remember learning as a kid, and settled in for some random internet and Betty White on SNL, followed by a few odd documentaries.  Oh, and I’m super proud of the fact that my fingers are sore.  Toughen up, wussy fingers!  Today, a little grocery shopping was necessary, and since I’d been too tired to eat anything, I picked up a container of Whole Food’s vegan sushi.  Yum!

By the time we got home from grocery shopping and a few other errands, it was time to make dinner.  For dinner, I combined cooked quinoa, steamed green beans, toasted pumpkin seeds, cashews, and dried cranberries with just a little bit of soy sauce.  It may sound odd, but it was actually really tasty. And as much as I loved visiting my family and staying in my mom’s home, I missed my kitchen with all my gadgets and ingredients.  I love you Mom, but I’m pretty sure your cinnamon expired in 1989.

Vegan Quinoa Recipes

After dinner I finished writing out the invitations to a bridal shower I’m holding at the end of May.  Hand written is quaint, but I thought I might go cross-eyed if I wrote the bride’s name, date, time, place, my name, and my phone number one more time.  And for some reason, my not-pretty-but-not-dreadful handwriting becomes awful when I have to address envelopes to people I’ve never heard of or spelled out before.  I’m excited about being done with the invitations so that now I can get to the good part.  Planning the food!  I hope everyone had a lovely Mother’s Day.  Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!  I don’t have a digital picture of my mom on hand, so I’ll post a picture of her cat instead.  I’m sure he misses me terribly.

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  1. Danielle (Coffee Run) says:

    I love Starbucks’ new menu items! Have you seen their raw granola bars and vegan cookies?? Starbucks, you get a pat on the back 🙂

    I always miss my gadgets/cooking ingredients when I go home…which is why I’m packing my entire kitchen this time lol

  2. Jess - The Domestic Vegan says:

    Happy Mother’s Day, mama! Looks like a wonderful day. That tea thingamabob looks cool!

    • Keri says:

      Thank you! 🙂 Yeah, I used the tea thingamabob this morning and it’s actually really cool!

  3. Veronica @ lifewithnature says:

    Those sushis look delicious! I love vegan sushis.