Vegan Summer Weekend – Chili Dogs, Burgers, And More
Aside from a Saturday migraine, we had a great summer weekend! We spent the afternoons in the in-laws’ pool, the evenings bike riding, and post-toddler bed time working on I Eat Trees, still slightly pink from the sun. You might notice some things out of place and some things missing, but don’t worry, we’re just moving things around; I think I’m going to make a separate “About Me” page and a Blog Roll page, because I keep finding great blogs and I’m running out of room on the side…
This weekend I also started my “no purchasing processed foods or anything other than a necessary ingredient in packaging” plan. I know for a lot of you this is already a way of life, but I’ve been known to grab the “bacon” tempeh strips or the Clif bars from time to time. I’m not sure where exactly I’m drawing the lines (can I buy plain tofu? I don’t know how to make tofu…), but I’ll figure it out. We do still accept free food though, in any vegan form. If Dad shows up with a Costco bag of Gardein tenders, I’m not turning him away at the door! And my mom sometimes passes along vegan vendor samples she gets at work. Our food budget isn’t large enough to be that particular. The general idea is to save money, eat less processed food, and save all that unnecessary packaging from the recycling bin or trash.
Knowing there isn’t processed food buying in our future, I had some fun with what we have left in the freezer this weekend. There was a package of jumbo LightLife Smart Dogs, a package of hot dog buns, and about a quarter of a block Follow Your Heart vegan nacho cheese. So of course, I made vegan chili cheese dogs!! To go on the side, I sliced up a couple sweet potatoes, tossed them in just a little oil and salt, and roasted. Quick and easy sweet potato fries! It was a fun, delicious meal that was very reminiscent of a childhood hot summer day. And apparently my eyes were larger than my stomach because I made two, but could barely finish one. Oh well, you know how I love leftovers!
After dinner, the husband was in the mood to run to the gas station for a drink, but with our new food buying plan, I suggested I made him something instead. I whipped up a pitcher of old-fashioned lemonade with simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, and water. It was so refreshing. Plus, I put in little skull and cross bone ice cubes! You can’t get those in your gas station lemonade, now can you?!
Since I had the lemons out anyway, I also made a batch of lemon squares, which managed to magically disappear before you could even say lemon squ—
This afternoon, I rode my bike to my in-laws’ pool, toddler in tow, for some splash time. My little man loves jumping into the pool and going under water on the count of three. He’s just so much fun! At two, I can’t help but feel a little sad he’s not really going to remember any of our special little outings… When we got home, I put together the Veganomicon black bean burgers we’d been craving, along with a side dish of “Potatoes O’Brien”, a testing dish from Hearty Vegan by Celine Steen and Jodi Marie Newman. The black bean burgers were delicious again, and the Potatoes O’Brien were very tasty as well. It’s definitely a dish you’d find at a well-loved beaten-path diner- very much a comfort food dish.
I hope you all had a great weekend as well. And thank you for participating in all of my fun birthday giveaways. I’ll leave you tonight with my little man’s “uh-oh” face. I’m not sure what we’re uh-ohing about , but I love this picture!
What was the best thing you did this weekend? What was the best thing you ate?