Friday, March 25, 2011

Vegan Apple Streusel Muffins and Penne with Cheesy Sauce

Happy Friday!  This morning I woke up finally feeling caught up and refreshed after an especially intense work week.  Somehow, in the middle of all the work-related madness I managed to whip up another batch of cupcakes based on a VCTOTW recipe.  I popped these into the oven minutes before work called to tell me they needed me to come in for a few hours.  Luckily there was just enough baking time before I had to run out the door.  I used a basic spice cake recipe, added chopped apples, and topped with streusel.  They turned out more like a muffin than a cupcake.  Tasty. 
After working a 22 hour shift I came home to some delicious rice noodle shells with vegan alfredo sauce left-over from a dinner my sweet boyfriend made the night (or two) before.  I don't have a picture of it, but it was amazing!  The next night I was craving something similar so I made some whole wheat penne with vegan cheese sauce.  This was totally a throw-whatever-in-the-pot sort of dish.  I used some We Can't Say It's Cheese spread, nutritional yeast, almond milk, Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, and fresh ground black pepper.  Turned out yummy!

I know these first posts have been heavy on the comfort/cooked vegan foods, but I promise there will be more raw, fresh, and green stuff in the near future.  I'm just keeping it real, and this is what I happen to be eating lately. 

I'm so excited about this weekend.  Hopefully I'll be making my first trip to the Portland Farmer's Market.  Yay!  Really looking forward to getting familiar with the local vendors, visiting Divine Pi, Heidi Ho Organics and loading up on Kale and veggies. 

11 comments:

  1. Oh man - so yummy! I make vegan mac n'cheese all the time and it's so good. No one can resist. :) And I'm going to have to break down one of these days and get that book. I love cupcakes.

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  2. you are fierce in the kitchen, that is for sure...and yay for lovely boyfriends making nice comforting dinners for their ladies...

    i can't wait for our farmer's markets to start up again...if the weather would just act like it's spring!

    have a great weekend...

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  3. 22 hour shift?! that's insane!

    mmm, i could go for a bowl of that mac-n-cheese right now!

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  4. That pasta looks so creamy and delicious! Yum! :)

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  5. Heidi: That book is a great investment. You'll have so much fun with it!

    Nelly: I'm a lucky girl :)

    Kelli: Yeah, good thing I like my job.

    Lauren: Thanks! It tastes as good as it looks.

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  6. This is great! You are so talented! I am so impressed!

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  7. Sandy, Thank you! I'm looking forward to your Mattie blog :)

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  8. i nominated you for an award...

    http://nellywantstobevegan.blogspot.com/2011/03/seven-random-things.html

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  9. Good to hear that you haven't fully given up on raw, although you're enjoying cooked foods, too. Balance is where it's at. Love the new blog!

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  10. Nicki the pictures are amazing. Everything looks & sounds delicious. Want to try the salads. Keep up the good work!

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