How Hungry Are You?

Lisa at The Food Snob wants to know what our favorite recipe is and why we like it so much.  Hmmm….does this imply that we actually are supposed to cook it? (And cook it well?)  Let’s see…I can cook a mean pot of beans that people go crazy for.  I can bake and decorate some really pretty cakes.  Ummm…oatmeal, I’m pretty good at oatmeal. 

Sadly, the gourmet cooking gene doesn’t seem to run very strong in my family.  I used to think I was a pretty good cook. (After all, my mother taught me everything I know) That was until I started cooking for Shaun. When we were first married he told me how wonderful everything I prepared was and wolfed it all down appreciatively. (And I have to admit that sometimes it was so bad that even I couldn’t manage to choke it down) I knew the honeymoon was over when he gently told me how he really felt about my cooking…

Over the years, I’ve managed to come up with some meals that everybody loved.  They usually centered around some sort of meat, usually chicken.  Then, about two years ago, my children decided that they were going to be vegetarians.  Being the supportive mother that I am, I slowly adapted to non-meat meals. 

A few months ago, my oldest decided that she would take her commitment to not eat other creatures a step further.  She became vegan.  My child’s food choices have forced me to really look at what we are eating.  Sigh…do you have any idea at all of what they put in our prepared foods?  I may learn to cook yet!

So…instead of giving you a recipe for “Tofu Delight”, I present you with this highly acclaimed vegan banana bread recipe.  Technically, I can’t tell you how awesome it is, because…well…I haven’t actually made it yet.  I’ll let you know!

I’m hereby declaring this “Cooking with Susie” week.   I will post something everyday about cooking.  Unless of course I get sidetracked….or forget.  (I can pretty much promise you it’s not going to be about mouth watering recipes!)

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Our little Ninja Warrior.  (photo by Shaun)

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0 Responses to How Hungry Are You?

  1. Lisa says:

    I have become ‘flexitarian’ (only fish and chicken, but mostly vegetarian.) I have some bananas in my freezer, so I might try that bread, I’ll let you know how it is.
    I will e-mail you rice in the microwave, it’s really easy, which is why I started making it, I always burned it before that!

  2. Kell says:

    That banana bread recipe sounds really good. I’ve never had soy milk before. I would imagine it is rough trying to figure out what to make for a vegan. You have to be pretty creative!

  3. Stephanie says:

    I remember those days….when I was in high school I was vegetarian…after that I tried to be vegan. I lasted 2 months. I have never wished of cheese more in my life than when I was vegan LOL.

    There are some great cookbooks out there for vegan recipes. There are some really awesome resturaunts in Seattle as well. (a good friend of mine has been vegan for about 10 years!!! She knows all the good spots) there is so much you can still eat :o) Good luck!!!

  4. Jay says:

    I would actually be willing to try the vegan banana bread. But that’s about as far as I’d go towards being a vegan. haha

  5. Robinella says:

    Banana bread is one of our favorite things. The only reason we aren’t vegan is because I am too lazy to figure it all out. We started out veggie about 15 years ago and just recently added back in chicken. I prefer cheese sandwiches to chicken, but my men like it.

  6. Wow. You sure are supportive of your kids…way better than me. I tried to be a vegetarian when I was like 5, and suddenly all of the food my mother made was “man made meat!”

  7. Karina says:

    I always say I could never be a vegitarian, but I suppose if I really wanted to be, I could. But vegan? That requires giving up cheese right? NOT A CHANCE! Give me cheese or give me death I say! 😉

  8. Susan says:

    Lisa~I don’t just burn the rice, I melt the whole stinkin’ pot! It’s a gift I tell you!

    Kell~soy milk is kinda good once you get used to it. It’s certainly easier to buy a case of soy milk that doesn’t have to be refridgerated than it is to keep milk in the house.

    Stephanie~Being a vegan (or even a vegetarian) takes work! We’ve tried out a lot of places and are learing to eat vegetables and such. I do yearn for the vegetarian days though…

    Jay~They make vegan corn nowadays…it’s pretty good!

    Roinella~Well, if we didn’t have this extra push, we’d be eating pork chops for dinner instead of lentil apricot soup.

    AFF~ They have some nasty man-made meat out there!

    Karina~cheese, milk, eggs, honey…The rest of us eat it. It’s just too much work to make something cheesy and then something else for the kid. It’s healthier for us at least…

  9. Dawn says:

    I am going to have to come back and check out your recipes. I am not vegetarian, but it is always good to have recipes for my guests who are. I have been able to concoct the odd (and I mean it the way it sounds) recipe in a pinch, but the guest seem really happy with the results so it is all good.

  10. Tink says:

    I couldn’t do it. EVERYTHING I know how to make contains some kind of animal or animal product (like eggs and milk) in it. We’d be eating veggie pizza every night. So kudos to you!!

    Btw, that picture is absolutely stunning. I love the angle and the vibrant colors.

  11. Swampy says:

    My hat is off to you. What a challenge that must be cooking vegetarian/vegan. Although, the recipe looks wonderful.

  12. mjd says:

    I am going to give the banana bread a try. I just need to get the soy milk. We have everything else on hand.

  13. mjd says:

    Cooking with Susie week sounds like adventure.

  14. chrisb says:

    I always found it difficult when my girls went through the vegetarian stage and `Sam was vegan for a while- nighmare as far as I was concerned. I now have embee(hubby) who is diabetic, he would love this banana bread but far too much sugar so I won’t tempt him.

  15. gawilli says:

    Wow! Cooking with Susie Week. This should be good!

    I might be able to do the Vegan thing, but Willi would never…so I guess that’s not something I will tackle. Hats off to you, though!

  16. theotherbear says:

    I couldn’t even do the vegetarian thing let alone vegan! If I’d tried to go veggie as a kid I’d have been told to sit down and shut up and eat what I was given and like it!

  17. Frances says:

    I’m going to be thinking about your baked beans all night long!
    Hope you post a pic of the finished product next time you make them.
    Waving at you from New York,
    Frances

  18. Lisa's Chaos says:

    I eat more vegetables than anything else, I just don’t like much meat. I think it’s neat that you have changed things around as your children decided to follow a different path. Do you think you’ll go back to eating meat after they’re grown and have flown the nest or is this a life change that you now hold as well?

    My kids drank Soy Milk when they were little as they were allergic to cow’s milk. The recipe looks good!

  19. PrEtTY iN tHE CiTY says:

    It is 9:30 at the morning, and I am starving because of your post ;p

    Apparently Shaun is a good photographer. The angle is perfect!!

  20. Kari says:

    I am the world’s worst cook. I firmly believe that. And it usually doesn’t bother me that people laugh at my cooking efforts. But every once and again, I’d love to be able to whip up something spectacular like half these people out here blogging seem to be able to do. But alas, I’m a kitchen loser. Even my mother-in-law said my kitchen looked like a “bachelor’s kitchen”. Still not sure what she meant by that. Was she calling it ugly or unused? I thought it was best for our future family relations if I didn’t ask for clarification on that point.
    Go ahead and post a vegan meal recipe. I’m dying to know how you accomplish that. It’s hard enough for me to cook when I can use anything out there. If I was limited, I think it’d be even harder. (As if cooking could actually be any harder for me. Right.)

  21. Pamela says:

    I would say “let them eat cake.”
    not really… I could give up meat with no trouble at all. Already I don’t eat beef and pork.
    We were traveling this w/e and stopped at TACO DEL MAR… and they offer Vegan choices.

    Good luck!!!

  22. we don’t eat a lot of meat in our house, but we definitely eat some – and we eat a lot of cheese and eggs. i really don’t think i could do vegan. good luck with it!

  23. Peggy says:

    I’ve been married to a vegetarian for 15 years now. I am not one, but cooking for vegetarians has become easier.

    As far as the vegan diet goes, it really isn’t good for growing bodies. Please investigate her diet and reassure yourself that she is not getting malnourished.

  24. my4kids says:

    My family is very much the meat and potatos type I wouldn’t know what to do if one of them were to decide to become vegetarian!

  25. mrs darling says:

    I love to cook as you probably know. My oldest daughter took her turn at being a vegetarian but the entire family never did make the switch.

  26. Patsy says:

    I think I finially got my computer straightened out again! So now I can comment and even blog! I marked your recipe site and will try it one of these days! Now if you can find a none carb/low cal substitute for flour! mom

  27. Patsy says:

    I think I finially got my computer straightened out again! So now I can comment and even blog! I marked your recipe site and will try it one of these days! Now if you can find a none carb/low cal substitute for flour! mom

  28. wolfbaby says:

    wow that is a challenge to to cooking skills i hear they have vegan cheese and such but i have always wondered if it taste as good? it’s wonderful your being so supportive of there choices!!

  29. Robin says:

    I love the vegetables I love, but there are so many doggone ones I don’t like, I’m afraid if we gave up all things meat and dairy, our menus would be boring! This recipe looks delicious–why don’t you make a few loaves and send them to all your readers?? Yes??! 🙂

    Okay…instead, I’ll check back to see what you’re cooking up later this week.

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  31. kitten says:

    I made a mistake on my recipe. I did a correction on my blog. Enjoyed yours also.

  32. Peggy says:

    I just discovered that vegans can’t eat doughnuts as the dough includes eggs! The horror!

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