Saturday, January 06, 2007

veggie dumplings and sunflower-lentil pie

This could very well become one of our family favorite! I made the Veggies an Dumplings from Vegan Family Favorites pg. 175. I did spruce it up a bit by sauteing an onion w/ the celery and carrots. I also added some corn and chopped up seitan making it a one pot wonder! My DH could not get enough of it! It was so much better then the chicken and dumplings I use to make using the recipe of from the Bisquick box..(Although, my daughter Amber would very much like to disagree w/ that statement- she is far from being even vegetarian let alone vegan. She did try it though.) If you are ever in the mood for some wholesome, kid friendly, vegan comfort food I would highly recommend this recipe! Next, we have from Dreena's Vive le Vegan we have the Sunflower-lentil pie, with some very lightly steamed broccoli and some butternut squash on the side. I did make the recommended Sesame Mustard Tahini Sauce to go over the pie I also drizzled it over my broccoli (oh my-YUM). Okay, this was not one of the kid's faves.. But, me and my DH thought it was very-very good especially w/ the sauce! Dreena also recommends mashing it w/ some vegan mayo and making a sandwich out of it- Me oh my that's whats happen for lunch tomorrow. We'll see if the kids like it better that way.
Okay so Fiber at 28 cooks has a round up going on -

Fiber writes-

"Have you ever visited a food blog, day after day, and stopped and wondered what the chef behind the magic looks like? I often wander through my Blogroll and wonder who's on the other side of the computer. As food bloggers, we focus so much on the food that we often reveal nothing of ourselves to our readers. On any given street, I probably couldn't pick out more than 2 or 3 of the writers of the 100 or so food blogs I read on a regular basis. That's where this "Behind The Apron" round-up comes in. Starting today, and ending January 31st, post a picture of yourself on your blog, revealing as much (tastefully, of course) or as little as you want. Introduce yourself, show us your family, do whatever you want. "

And well, if you haven't been to this site before you should- there is by far the most stunning food photos ever and lots-o-yummy recipes!

A lot of you are braver then and I and already do this- with your avatars and what not. My Mom has been encouraging me to do this for months! She is absolutely on of my biggest blog fans and is positive that me showing you pictures of the rest of my family (i.e. not just those cute kids Eli and Emma) would please all of you! ahh.. but, I am shy.. and really don't photograph well.. I am one of those people who just HATES my picture being taken- it just never seems to lead to any good! But, I am up for the challenge!! Stay tuned in the mean time spread the word.

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19 Comments:

At 5:25 PM, Blogger primaryconsumer said...

Mmm, how I love that sunflower lentil pie! Happy New Year!

 
At 9:23 AM, Anonymous jen said...

hi julee - I am so embarrassed that I have not even stopped into your blog to say "hi"! Forgive me :0) I found your blog while searching on vegan blogs, looking for inspiration. I aspire to be vegan, I do, but I'm finding it will be a hard transition. I've been vegetarian for four years and it was an easy transition once I made the choice. I believe there are wonderful health and environmental benefits to being vegan. I can do it, I can do it! I tend to think about things before I do them. I'm well into the thinking stage now ...

Your sunflower lentil pie looks yummy.

 
At 10:12 AM, Blogger Vivacious Vegan said...

Veggies and dumplings sound so good. My mom used to make chicken and dumplings when I was a kid and I see them as the ultimate comfort food. Hubby hates dumplings though so I rarely make.

 
At 10:39 AM, Anonymous Courtney said...

I hate getting my photo taken too, so I understand! I love your blog and your photos--even if they are not of you!

Courtney

 
At 2:04 PM, Blogger Kris said...

Wow, those veggies and dumplings look incredible! Sounds like my kind of meal! Very comforting. And the sunflower pie looks yum as well.

Post a pic! No one likes to have pictures taken, but otherwise you'll always be a tree in our minds!

 
At 2:24 PM, Blogger Dori said...

I have that sunflower lentil on the week plan for next Saturday night. I'm glad to hear you liked it, my DD actually picked this one out to cook for herself this week. I'm looking forward to seeing the cook behind the apron.

 
At 2:57 PM, Blogger Urban Vegan said...

All the food looks amazing--esp the sunflower lentil pie. I never noticed that recipe in my cookbook--and now I'll *have* to make it.

I know what you mean about the photo, but regardless of "how" you photograph, your blog is a testament to the fact that you are a sweet, wonderful person--and it's what the inside that counts.

 
At 3:44 AM, Blogger Pixie said...

Mmmmm....that dumplings dish looks like a big ol' bowl of comfort food perfect for a chilly day. Although I have to admit, I've never had dumplings so wouldn't know what to expect as far as cooking them goes or how they should even taste. I know what you mean about the camera. I hate, hate, hate having my picture taken. I told myself that I definitely have to get over this, though, because I just noticed our family pics are mostly of the children without any of me in them. I don't know if I'd be brave enough to allow my pic out there in cyberspace, though. Dont' worry, however, since your lack of picture does not take away from your very interesting blog. Thanks for sharing.

 
At 8:09 AM, Blogger Nikki said...

Dumplings? I could kiss you!

:)

This macrobiotic thing has left me craving simple yummy things like crazy. I am doing quite poorly on it. Oh well!

 
At 9:21 AM, Blogger laura jesser said...

I love that sunflower-lentil pie recipe, though I totally understand it not being 100% kid friendly. I hope they like it on the sandwiches!

 
At 9:39 AM, Blogger bazu said...

Oh my god dumplings- I love those more than anything. Time to make some!

And hey, you've piqued my curiosity- show us your picture! Show us your picture! (peer pressure ;-)

 
At 12:28 PM, Blogger Ruthie said...

Julee --

1.) I missed your blog sooooo much! I kept coming back and seeing the same soup picture, and even though that soup looked yummy, it left me unsatisfied.

2.) Post a picture. Believe in your own beauty. I am possibly the least confident person in the world (i.e. I have books entitled things like "Ten Days to Self Confidence") but I really enjoy having my picture taken. (If, of course, I can review the pictures and choose which ones get completely deleted for no one else in the world to see.) I just know that I always wished my parents had more pictures of themselves when they were younger.

And I know that now I look back at my pictures of me from middle and high school, when I thought I was really ugly and repulsively gross, (I had a very long "awkward" stage) and I looked fine. Beautiful, even.

Plus, Kris is right, I'm sure you're about 100 times better looking than that tree. :)

 
At 7:12 PM, Blogger aTxVegn said...

I have got to make Chase some dumplings soon! And I've had my eye on that Sunflower Lentil Pie. I think Candi made it awhile back.

As for the photo - do what makes you most comforable, but remember, it's not a beauty pageant or a most photogenic contest. We just want an idea of what you look like so we can identify you in case someone ever puts together a blogger convention!

 
At 7:55 PM, Blogger Jamie and Jana said...

Oh man, and I was just drooling over a coworker's pot pie today. Vegan comfort food is exactly what I need!! Thanks for the post. :) -- jana of the 90 day vegans.

 
At 12:47 PM, Blogger Dan said...

I like how you spruced it up with the onions, celery and carrots. I'll have to try this one.

 
At 1:13 PM, Blogger Gaia said...

I'm sure I'm going to love the Lentil Pie. I can't stop myself from eating lentils when I cook some.

 
At 9:26 PM, Blogger Carrie™ said...

Your stew looks good! Minus the dumplings I'm afraid. Like Crystal's hubby, I don't care for them. I was excited to see the Sunflower Lentil pie. I have that recipe marked for a "must try".
Go ahead and post a picture of yourself! I put up pictures of me now and again. Most of them are goofy, but who cares. I'm goofy by nature. My dad is a retired photographer, and having cameras around was the norm so they don't bother me. I'm more likey to make faces and be silly. Have some fun with it. With a digital camera, you see instant results and can delete what you don't like. I'll be back to "check you out"!

 
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