Ya me! I happen to love low stress happy dinners! I try not to cater to the kids to much and expose them to things they may or may not like.. But, at the same time I really do appreciate low stress dinners. It's a mothers dilemma.. I swear Emma would have "hot dog"soup (Cheezy
corn and frank chowder from Bryanna's
20 min. to dinner) every day and Mr. Eli pick would be bean and cheese burritos. So here are three creations the kids have never had before and loved ...really whats not to love?
First off we have a Calzone
- I used Bryannas
(Nonna's Italian Kitchen
pg. 199) pizza crust recipe (w/ 1/2 whole wheat). Stuffed inside is breast of tofu aka tofu chicken from the same book pg. 170, diced and sauteed w/ garlic then added some jar spaghetti sauce, pineapple and the last of our stash of veganrella
Next from Vegan Planet
Thai Peanut-burger wraps pg. 459 w/ spicy peanut dipping sauce pg 160. The 'burger' part is made up of onions, garlic, ginger peanuts, tofu, peanut butter, cilantro, soy sauce, chili paste and bread crumbs. Me oh my it was very good and the kids loved it! Emma especially liked the spice peanut sauce. The 'burger' part is baked and well, mine didn't hold up and turned out very crumbly- but worked great in the wrap.
Oh happy days.. Again Vegan Planet Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchilada pg 361. I saw this done by Seattlegal
over at The Vegan Cookbook tester
(Her picture is soo
much nicer then my mess here), My first thought how much the kids would love them and for me- what a welcome change to our regular enchiladas. Well, when I went to get my cookbook low and behold that page was already marked w/ a yellow sticky. < -I guess I shall publicly confess here -> I often go to bed w/ a arm full of cookbooks and read them. Then I mark pages that I think the kids would eat, ah ya, while watching the food network sounds kinda weird huh? Needless to say this contributes heavily to my midnight munchies and my waist size because I after all have no self control! (its on my wish list though).
Any way these were a big hit! I made some home made enchilada sauce to go over it. I feed some to my older daughter Amber (17 years old) and her friends.. one of the boys asked "wow- so no meat in there huh?" and when I told him it was black beans and sweet potatoes he said " these are so good- I have eaten sweet potatoes before but, I have never
liked them.". I thought they were very reminiscent of the Addictive Sweet potato recipe
, give them a try-if you don't have Vegan Planet- you wouldn't be sorry (after all of 338 reviews it receives a 4.5 out of 5)! Be sure to read the reviews they offer a lot of great ideas- oh and change the serving size its default is 12 servings.
And now I will leave you w/ this picture of little ms. Emma all tuckered out from playing in the snow all day. She is curled up in our kitty Sammy's bed- Evidently it's not just for kitty's anymore.