Steamed Veggies Alfredo And Vegan Key Lime Bars
If there are two things spring welcomes, it’s home renovations and weddings. And we’ve been busy with a little bit of both. My friend is getting married on June 19th and with her shower less than two weeks away, I’m stating to think I should get things “planned” outside of just sending invitations and waiting for people to show up. As for the house, it’s just getting a little paint and cleaning, nothing major. It hasn’t helped that the sky has been grey for the most part of two weeks now. I mean, I secretly love grey, rainy days, but somehow that many of them in a row affects my motivation!
My meals have been a little less time consuming than usual, partly because I have a less stocked pantry to work with for now, but it’s still all tasty. Monday night I roasted broccoli and tossed in a little of Trader Joe’s savory flavored baked tofu. To go along with the tofu and broccoli, I made a skillet full of red potato home fries with onions. I’m still a firm believer in “you can’t go wrong with the potato”!
Last night, I tried a Fantastic Foods boxed vegan chili mix, and I have to say, it didn’t look very tasty. As my added bean I used garbanzos (I’m not entirely obsessed, I was just using the last of what I had cooked). I also used fresh diced tomato rather than canned. I just don’t keep canned foods in the house, so when something calls for it I either make a special trip or substitute with fresh or dried.
The chili was pretty good, but I can’t say I’d buy it. This one was actually from my Easter basket, which was pretty well stocked with Fantastic Foods mixes. The chili had a tiny kick to it, but it was even mild enough for our super sensitive toddler’s tongue. If you want to try a Fantastic Foods mix, I’d say go for the falafel or garden burger over this one. Their taco filling is also very tasty, but if you’re sensitive to salty, soy, or salty soy foods, you’ll want to skip that as well.
Tonight, I wanted something simply and tasty, so I lightly sauteed zucchini and portabella mushrooms in a little olive oil. I figured, “Why can’t veggies be a side dish for veggies?”, so I steamed asparagus to go with it. I then revisited an old favorite, Raw Alfredo Sauce, to drizzle over it all. This giant plate of veggies was seriously delicious! I had to improvise a little on the sauce because I was out of pine nuts, but tossing in a few almonds worked just as well.
I haven’t baked any sweets in quite awhile (by my standards at least), so I felt like a batch of lemon squares was due. Unfortunately, after making most of the recipe, I realized my lemon was bad, so I used key limes instead. They turned out just as yummy with a slightly different flavor than my traditional lemon bars. If you’re looking for a quick dessert recipe that most anyone will love, I highly recommend these lemon (or lime) squares. I know they’re a huge hit with my dad!
If you want to make these bars, or other frostings and sweets using powdered sugar, but can’t find vegan powdered sugar, don’t forget you can always make your own. I hope everyone is having a great week!