Crissie’s MoFo Tribute Week…Oh…and My Kid Had a PAID Gig!!!

Vegan MoFo Tribute Week!!!

This is the final week of Vegan MoFo, and in tribute, I’m dedicating at least one dish per day to other MoFoers.  I will make a recipe each day of a blogger that I have read this MoFo season!

I do have to say, it was ridiculously difficult to narrow it down to just a handful.  I have acquired hundreds of new recipes, and I can’t wait to make them all!  As I’ve been reading the over 600+ bloggers who’ve participated this year, my e-Cookbook has grown exponentially.  Personally…I would love to see the organizers of MoFo create a yearly cookbook, compiling the wonderful creations of my fellow vegan home cooks.  Maybe we could donate the proceeds to charity.

One of the foods I really loved (but certainly didn’t love my waist) was a good vat of mashed potatoes.  My mom made them with butter, milk, and a little mayo or sour cream, and they were heavenly.  I’ve made a few vegan batches over the years, but they were certainly far from healthy.  I have attempted a few cauliflower mashers too, but could never quite get that “mashed potato feel”.

Well…then I read a recipe last week that made me think it was possible to achieve that mashed potato decadence with a head of cauliflower, and into my e-cookbook it went.  When making my meal planning spreadsheet yesterday, this was first on my list.

So dinner tonight was grilled portabello mushrooms, baked sweet potatoes, and The Vegan Adventures of Meggie and Ben’s Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes“!  I began by steaming in my micro steamer a head of cauliflower for 15 minutes.  Then I put them in a bowl with 1/4 cup Earth Balance and 1/4 cup vegan sour cream.  I put the hand-held mixer to it and mashed.  I don’t have a regular food processor and the hand-held didn’t get that “whipped” texture….so I dumped it all into my Vitamix.  Magic!  They LOOKED just like mashed potatoes!  I put it back into the bowl and stirred in the seasoning, and tasted.  They TASTED just like mashed potatoes.  Even my daughter was drooling.  So make them…you won’t be sorry.

don't let the serving on the plate fool you. After dinner...I ate the rest of the mashers. From the bowl.

Part of my meal planning this week actually included my lunches too.  I don’t normally do that.  Typically, I plan for dinners only, knowing there will be plenty of leftovers for lunches.  This week though, I wanted to do all raw lunches, so I busted out my stack of raw books and got cracking.

First on the list was a sunflower based “cheeze” from Ani’s Raw Food Essentials.  I made it over the weekend, and packed it for a snack today with a big bowl of cut up veggies.  I can’t believe how good it was!

just a few simple ingredients into the Vitamix
awesome snack while on a conf call....

I also made a raw soup for lunch.  As it happened, my awesome snack filled me up, and my soup ended up being an afternoon snack.  This time, it was Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen’s Thailand Tom Kha Gai soup.

Overall I liked it very much, but it was a bit too oily and didn’t have enough salt.  Easy enough to fix next time.

raw soup with chunks of tomato, broccoli, and avocado. I let the soup toppings sit in the mason jar with the broth all day, making them nicely tender, but not mushy

Weekend Wrap Up

The coolest thing was probably my 16 yr old daughter having her first paid art gig.  I’ve mentioned before that she goes to a special school for the arts and is incredibly talented (though a pain at times!).  Anyway…she answered a flyer looking for face painters for a community day, and signed up.  I was proud of her for taking the initiative.  It turns out she was being hired by a congressman who was throwing a community appreciation day.  Oh…and A didn’t even realize she’d be paid until the day before!  She was also the only high-school artist, all the others were university students.  She had a great time…even had a parent ask for her contact info because she wants to hire A for her daughter’s next birthday party.  Woo hoo…first paycheck!!

My run Saturday morning felt great, and if I wasn’t on a time schedule, I would have probably gone twice as far.  I can’t tell you how nice it is to “have my body back” and work out without pain.  Today’s run was great too, though I ran into my friend AT during my warm up and spent nearly as much chatting as I did warming up!

Sunday it was off to my first spin class in MONTHS.  I’ve missed my bike, and wanted to do a group ride this weekend.  I was also afraid since it would be my first time since my injury in July.  I figured a stationary ride was a MUCH better idea.  I took the younger two with me, and we went to one of the YMCA’s that isn’t close to us (limited class availability on Sunday’s), and lured them with the promise to swim after.

I showed up, checked the kids into the Interactive Zone, and headed to the spin class…planning to sit in the back corner so I could slack off if I started to hurt.  Yeah.  Didn’t happen.  I was the ONLY student, and she kicked my tail.  The first 10 minutes were awful, but once I was warmed up, it was fabulous.  I can’t wait to hit up a class tomorrow after work!

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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