Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Our Trip - Part Three - The Recipes

In preparation for our trip I made a double batch of granola. I added a cup of millet and 1/4 cup of flax seeds to my usual recipe just to try something different. This was enough granola to cover breakfast Saturday and Sunday morning. We brought along raisins and soymilk to complete the meal.

I wanted to make something special for the car ride on Friday. Sometimes I miss the days of stopping at a deli and getting ham, egg and cheese on a roll. Don't misunderstand me, I don't miss the ham, egg and cheese but I do miss the experience. I mean why the heck can't a vegan breakfast for the road be fun?? With this in mind I set out to make a healthy, vegan breakfast sandwich that wouldn't fall apart in my lap if I was driving. I think I came pretty close.

On my pre-camping shopping trip I discovered some frozen hash browns that were vegan. I cooked these in the oven while I pan fried some Boca Breakfast Links which I just discovered had cultured whey from milk. Damn it, I really thought they were vegan. Oh well, mistakes happen, especially when gorcery shopping with four kids. Anyway, there are other vegan breakfast link options so pick when of those when you make this yourself.

I cut a whole wheat pita in half and placed half of a hash brown, two breakfast links and several slices of tomato into each one and voila we had a fun breakfast sandwich for the road. My only complaint, aside from the whey, is that its really salty but it sure was a crowd pleaser.

For dinner Friday, I made veggie hot dogs and a tossed salad. It wasn't very fancy but it did the trick. I had intended to make baked beans but no one was that hungry after the late lunch we had from Greenstar Co-op.

Saturday was a bit more creative, probably because we were a bit more hungry. We had veggie burgers with a homemade macaroni salad which was super simple to make. I made these in everyone's individual bowls mainly because I had no large bowl to mix it in. The amounts aren't at all exact and they really don't have to be. This was a really big hit.

I divide the following into 6 bowls:
8 sliced tomatoes
1 can black olives, drained
1 small jar green olives, drained
about 4 cups of cooked pasta
2 large zucchini cut into rounds and then into quarters, sauteed until tender crisp and tossed with 2 Tbs balsamic vinegar

I also brought along hummus, whole wheat bread, canned pineapple, almonds, peanuts, salsa and tortilla chips.


Chessie said...

Hi Katie,I haven't talked to you in a while, we moved to Austin in April and have been busy getting settled into a new house and job. I'm looking forward to catching up on your adventures! I finally started posting, check it out at all about zimms. Take care! (Chessie aka Vegetariyum from veg parents list)

Tommy Goat said...

Sounds like y'all had a great time! I eagerly await part 3.


AnnMarie said...

How weird: I made granola this past weekend and for the first time put in millet and flax seeds!!!!! I wasn't sure if the millet would be too weird (tiny and crunchy) but I haven't noticed it all so it's a good addition! I didn't put much in but will do more next time. I keep looking for ways to improve my granola. (I also use other grain flakes such as rye and wheat flakes instead of some of the oatmeal.)

By the way--any advice on other uses for flax seeds? I sent my DH to the natural food store for flax seed meal and he swears that's what he asked for but he came home with seeds. I use the meal in with flour so I don't think the seeds will have quite the same effect. I suppose I can put them in the breads separately.

Anonymous said...

nice idea, i love your recipes!

Barbara said...

I like your recipe for macaroni salad. It's different than something I would come up with.

Are you coming back to your regular home soon? School has to be starting soon.


Katie said...

Hi Chessie, welcome back!

Thanks Tom, we did.

If you have a coffee grinder or a high powered blender you can grind the flax seeds down to flax meal. Aside from that you can just toss them into a bread or muffin recipe but if you're using flaxseed meal as an egg replacer, the seeds won't have the same binding ability as the meal.

Thanks Johanna & Barbara, glad you like the recipes. You're right, we're heading back home early Monday. I can't believe the summer is coming to an end!