Nourishing the mind, body, and soul along the vegan highway.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Happy New Year!

I am sure I am like everyone when I ask myself, Where did 2007 go? It has been quite the ride and I am looking forward to where the highway takes me next. Santa did not bring me a copy of Veganomicon, but luckily you can get a few freebie recipes from the PPK. I am in love with lentils and one of her recipes is "Snobby Joes". They are fantastic! Some who have tried them have cut the amount of chili powder in half, not here. The spices are perfect. It is a twist between your traditional sloppy Joe and BBQ sauce. I will keep these on the family menu forever. Here we have them over a baked potato with broccoli and spinach.


Diann's Pumpkin, Millet, and Chocolate Chip (Rockin’) Muffins are the best. I have posted about them before, but this time I used my new Christmas present, "The Magic Bullet" (thanks DH) and ground my carob chips into tiny flakes. Now instead of a few bites with a carob chip you get little flakes of goodness with every bite. If you haven't made her muffins you should. Hint: you have to toast the millet to get the fun little crunch bites.


Yes, tradition! I don't know where or how the black eyed peas tradition began, but it has stuck with me my whole life. My version is very simple. Saute some onion and garlic add a cup of dry peas, cover with water, sprinkle with your desired herbs, and cook until done. We served ours up with another great recipe from Susan's, "Corn Cakes". I added some frozen corn to the batter too. One hint of advice, don't double the red pepper flakes like I did, we like spice. You will burn your mouth off. Oh so good! :o)

I leave you with this wish to all, may everyone have a healthy, happy, and safe New Year!

Enjoy your highway too!

18 comments:

aTxVegn said...

Hey, Sheree, it looks pretty spiffy over here now - I love the new look!

You've made lots of my favorite things - blackeyed peas, Snobby Joes, and Pumpkin Millet Muffins. I'm with you on the joes - I didn't find them too spicy at all. And tiny chips for the muffins is a great idea. I can't wait to make them again this way!

Your 2008 is going to be so great with the baby on the way. How's Brandie feeling?

Tracy said...

Happy New Year Sheree! I just got the Magic Bullet, like, last night for my birthday, and I am so psyched to see what I can do with it. All the food looks yummy (and healthy, too!

Johanna3 said...

this looks very good!

Happy new year to you too!!!

urban vegan said...

I so want to make those Snobby Joes...

Happy New Year!

Melody Polakow said...

snobby joes.. Love the name.. I'll have to check that recipe out. I love the flavors you described.

Your black eyed peas, corn cakes and greens look so good! I love seeing everyones black eyed pea meals.

Happy New Year to you and your family.

Rural Vegan said...

I agree with you on the Snobby Joes too, the spicing is just right. I'm eager to see what you make with your new Magic Bullet! Happy New Year!

Vegan_Noodle said...

Life on the vegan highway IS awesome! You definitely need to ask cupid for v-con on valentine's day. Another good freebie she has up is the hot sauce glazed tempeh, yum! I have been meaning to make the snobby joe's, I am craving lentils for some reason right now. Love your new banner for the new year!!

VeggieGirl said...

HAPPY, HAPPY NEW YEAR, SHEREE!!! May 2008 bring you lots of hope, joy, and happiness :0)

Glad to see that you're starting the new year off right, with delicious food; and yes, enjoy the highway!! :0D

Frizzies said...

Here I am Veg-a-nut's DH. I am sorry that I just can't get into most of the things the Sheree' makes. But the ones that I like there are really good. I just am tooooo picky I guess. I was brought up with canned veggies and only eat some fresh stuff on a salad but to cook it makes me want to leave the room, the SMELL of cooking just makes my stomach turn. Sheree' really works hard to make me food thet smells and tastes good. I really love her more than she would ever know. ;-)

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Happy New Year AND Happy 1-year blogiversary :o)!!!

Ruby Red Vegan said...

I'm sorry Santa didn't bring you the awesomest cookbook ever! But as long as you have Vegan With a Vengeance, there's no need to feel deprived. There's a recipe in V-Con kind of life Diann's Rockin' Muffins - the Almond-Quinoa Muffins. But I haven't tried the Rockin' Muffins myself; I haven't even tried millet, period! They look really good with your flaked-out carob chips and very crunchy. :)

Snobby Joes and Corn Cakes sound like great comfort foods. I so envy you right now!

Dori said...

Love your new look! Happy New Year to you and the food looks awesome. I clicked over to check out the muffins, the millet really does make it look like candy sprinkles. I like millet in my homemade granola.

You husband is so sweet, awe, he loves you.

Jackie said...

Happy New Year Sheree.

I also love my lentils and the spicier the better. Love the name Snobby Joes LOL

Vegan Baker said...

Happy New Year! I love the vegan super highway! We've been eating black-eyed peas ever since moving south -- it's a tradition my daughter and I also stick with on new year's day. A healthy, happy, safe New Year to you and your family too.

Ruby Red Vegan said...

as far as avoiding earth balance goes... one of the main reasons i went vegetarian was for health reasons: i thought decreasing my intake of saturated fat and cholesterol from animal products could greatly improve my health. i feel like i would be violating my commitment to my health if i started using e.b. in my own cooking - even though it probably tastes great (especially in cookies), a little bit of it has a lot of saturated fat. so i usually go the dreena or isa route in baking. they typically avoid convenience products and their goodies are usually pretty healthy.
also, i've heard ener-g egg replacer can taste powdery; it's costs almost $6 for a box and i've never wanted to pay that much; and i think flax "eggs" are a really healthy alternative because they provide omega 3s! so i get along without it. :)

neither of them are evil... it's just a personal preference.

Paulina said...

I love the picture you added to your blog title and the muffins look like something I'd quite enjoy :)

Jennifer said...

Those muffins look wonderful. I bet the tasted as good as they look, though I am drooling at my desk at work a bit. Perhaps I shouldn't be browsing through yummy food blogs so close to lunch.

I am new to your blog (and the blogosphere in general) and really like it. Your food always looks so tasty and the pictures are wonderful. My crappy camera just doesn't compare.

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