Broccoli Soup (loosely based on V-con recipe) and Seitan Noodle Casserole (from 1,000 Vegan Recipes)
A family pleaser from the week before Thanksgiving. Often I have dinner to put on the table and then I need to run to a meeting or the gym so I like to have meals I can stick in the oven or let simmer on the stove. This way the food is ready when people are ready to eat, but I can cook when it works into my schedule for the day. As I've stated before, I'm not a huge plan ahead kind of gal, but I do have key ingredients in the back of my mind. I asked Rob to cook up a double batch of Simple Seitan from Veganomicon since we hadn't made seitan in a while. The double batch was added to a wide variety of dishes throughout the week. On this particular night, I searched my magic cookbook (1,000 Vegan Recipes) for seitan and the above is what I came up with. Seitan Noodle Casserole is satisfying comfort food. It is also a great way to get non-mushroom loves to eat them. I used whole wheat pasta and topped it with chopped walnuts instead of vegan Parmesan. I started making Broccoli-Potato Soup with Fresh Herbs from Veganomicon, but I was low on fresh herbs so I winged it (adding za'atar, of course, because I'm obsessed). I also used sweet potatoes from our garden instead of white potatoes. Broccoli soup is super nutritious, fulfilling, versatile, and delicious. If I don't know what make to go with a main dish, in cool weather broccoli soup is often the answer.
Crispy Tofu with Sizzling Caper Sauce (from 1,000 Vegan Recipes)
Here is a bonus picture of Crispy Tofu with Sizzling Caper Sauce from 1,000 Vegan Recipes. We've already made it again since our first experience. This is also a great quick addition to any meal.