Potatoes, Pigs, And Portobellos

May 5, 2010 by Keri

Since I missed posting last night, and I’m blaming a good book, let’s start with my favorite dish from yesterday- home fries!  I whipped up a skillet full of red potatoes, onion, and red pepper.  When they were finished, I topped them off with ketchup and a little mozzarella Daiya. Yum!  I’m trying not to live in the past, but I’m starting to wish I was eating yesterday’s lunch right now.

Vegan Breakfast Recipes

Today was a really long day.  My son and I took a 2ish hour drive to house-sit for my mom for a few days and I got stuck behind a truckload of pigs for an hour.  It had to be some sort of cosmic joke because it was heartbreaking.  When traffic slowed I could see their little ears and legs poking out, or one try to climb over the others to avoid being trampled.  I wish them turning off the highway could have made me feel better, but I continued to stew on it through my son’s upbeat CD about pigs frolicking on beaches by the tropical sea.

When I got into town, I stopped at the store to stock Mom’s fridge with some fresh produce, but I also brought some of my own from home.  I knew my husband wasn’t going to use it and I didn’t want it to go to waste, so I packed it on up.  Does anyone else travel with produce? It’s a shame that most of what I found was so heavily packaged, but I’m grateful to find organic goodness away from my usual shopping spots.

Vegan Groceries

My aunt called about hanging out, so I wanted to cook a vegan dinner for my aunt, uncle, and their 3 year old daughter.  Without much time to plan, and few working brain cells from a long drive, I went with portobello steaks in a balsamic marinade, herbed smashed red potatoes, and roasted broccoli.  Everything turned out really delicious and I think my family liked it as well.  Okay, well not my cousin.  Apparently, some kids don’t like potatoes. Who knew?!

Vegan Roasted Vegetable Recipes

I also picked up some SO Delicious Mini Banana Split Ice Cream Sandwiches for the kids (okay, we all ate one), and they were so good!  A little pricey, but definitely a delicious little treat.  The whole sandwich was banana flavored, but each stripe had it’s own flavor as well, chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry.  I’d definitely buy these again!

Vegan Ice Cream

I hope everyone had a great weekend (and beginning of the week)!  I’m looking forward to creating some fun dishes this week, since cooking in someone else’s kitchen is always a bit of a challenge.  I’m so tired that I can’t think straight, so time to get some sleep!

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  1. bitt says:

    oh my gosh that is awful that you got stuck behind the truck with pigs. that would be hard to see. 🙁

    sorry the kid didn’t like potatoes. did he like the broccoli?

    • Keri says:

      Yeah, it was hard to see and it made me think about how many trucks stuffed with pigs there are out there right now that I’m *not* stuck behind. 🙁
      No, she does like broccoli, but not roasted. Haha- it worked out though because my uncle ate most of her plate too.

  2. Andria @ Veg is Sexy says:

    Ooh what book? I just read The Perks of Being a Wallflower and I couldn’t put it down!

    • Keri says:

      My mom got me hooked on JD Robb books when I want something different from my norm. I have to admit they’re an entertaining read!

  3. Melisser says:

    I totally travel with produce. Sorry to hear about the pig truck. 🙁

  4. Danielle (Coffee Run) says:

    I travel with produce, almond milk, AND nut butter haha. I like to be safe 😉

    That’s sad about the piggies 🙁 I always find myself behind a chicken truck which is really sad because I think chickens are one of the cutest animals

    The dinner you made looks really good! What’s not to like??

    • Keri says:

      Wow, even nut butter! 🙂
      It’s sad that living things are transported as carelessly as cases of notebook paper. I think even a lot of meat eaters aren’t comfortable tooking at that.

  5. Oh no poor little piggies!

  6. hbobier says:

    Your lunch looks amazing. I’m so glad my neighborhood co-op finally started carrying Daiya–I don’t know how I lived without it!

  7. tasha - the clean eating mama says:

    I am so used to the way I eat that I HAVE to bring my food no matter where I go. I actually start to feel panicked when I don’t!

  8. tasha - the clean eating mama says:

    Also, I am so sorry you had to follow that truck. =( I remember seeing chicken trucks and all you could see were a trail of feathers being blown out the back. such a sad sight.

    • Keri says:

      I was at an event that didn’t accommodate and when I kept pulling snacks out of my bag the lady next to me was like, “Are you diabetic or something?!” Haha!
      And the flying feathers is so sad. It’s obviously not a peaceful ride for them. 🙁

  9. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says:

    love me some p’bellos, yum!
    and ketchup on everything is just better!!!!

    • Keri says:

      Oh I know! Portobellos have to be one of my favorite foods (I’m sure I say that about many things though)! Yum!

  10. Amanda says:

    Ugh I found your piggie story heart-breaking 🙁 How torturous, I’m sure you just wanted to knock over the truck and set the babies free! I can’t believe people don’t enjoy potatoes, up until I was 23 that was the ONLY vegetable (aside from corn) I grew up with, also not so normal!

    • Keri says:

      I’m not gonna lie, at stops I was trying to figure out how the truck was latched, creating a mental picture of jumping out of the car and freeing them before fleeing. Sadly, I knew the ones that weren’t recaptured would just be hit by cars on the highway though, so it was just wishful thinking. 🙁

  11. Uncle Mike says:

    Thanks for the scrumptious food! With your cooking, I think that I could actually gain weight being a vegan.
    Sorry that Mina didn’t like your food. All the more for me to eat though!

    • Keri says:

      Hi Uncle Mike!
      Aww, thanks! That’s the best compliment ever (as far as cooking goes at least! 🙂

  12. Is that Meijer stuff I see on the counter? I’ve found them to be a pretty good store, obviously a notch below Whole Foods or whatever, but still.

    Also: ketchup? Come on, all reasonable people use Sriracha.