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tamarind lentils?

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tamarind lentils?

Yes, thanks.  I hit image when I meant to hit bold.  I fixed it.

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Chewy oatmeal raisin cookies

I really like these cookies.  They are not too sweet (I don't have a big sweet tooth) and are very chewy (as the name suggests!). 

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Simple seitan
This was my first foray into making seitan, and yes, it was quite simple!  I mixed up the ingredients in the bread machine rather than kneading by hand (as indicated in this recipe: Beefy seitan), but then I followed the cooking instructions as written.  I though I would end up with a sticky mess coming out of the bread machine, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a smooth, pliable ball of dough.  The flavor probably depends a lot on the broth you use - I was afraid the seitan might come out too bland, but it was just right with the "beef" bouillon I used.  My only complaint is that the outside did end up a little spongy, even though I was pretty careful not to let it boil too long.  Maybe the boiling isn't really necessary?  I'll have to read up a bit more on seitan cooking methods.  I might just do it in the slow cooker next time, but this time I didn't want to wait that long.  I'm planning to use this in a stir fry for dinner tonight.

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Tempeh Shepherdess Pie

I've tried several vegan versions of "Shepherd's Pie" and this one was by far the most interesting.  The mushroom gravy was very flavorful, but it didn't thicken enough to my liking (probably my fault and not that of the recipe).  The recipe was time consuming, but worth it to pull this beautiful pie out from the oven.  Other notes:  I used half white potatoes, half sweet potatoes for the topping.  Next time, I would omit the fresh parsley.

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Blue Flannel Hash
Good stuff! I made up a batch of this right before my finals this week, and instead of getting to eat most of it (as planned) my father came by and ate 75% of the hash. He was way excited. In any case, this was really good!

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Maple and brown sugar pinwheels
very similar to cinnamon rolls in construction, but more orange/brown sugar-y. I'm not sure how much orange zest there is supposed to be (I think it says 1 orange's worth for both the dough and the filling, but one says that's one tsp and the other says it's one Tbsp), so I used less zest in the filling, and that worked fine. I liked the orange flavor, but I'd be curious to try this as cinnamon rolls instead (no zest in batter or filling, and adding cinnamon and some flour to the center). The dough itself was easy to work with, though the finished product dried out quickly.

Coconut lemon bundt cake
Good cake. It's not too strong in either coconut or lemon, which makes it quite agreeable. Nice moist texture, wasn't too dense for a bundt cake.

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Grilled yuca tortillas

These were good.  I did not make tortillas out of them though.  I just served them like mashed potatoes with black beans and veggies.  So good, I will make them again.

Red lentil cauliflower curry
I enjoyed this even thoughh i did not have all the ingredients for it.  I forgot ginger, turnip and cilantro when I went to the store.  Next time I make it I will follow the recipe.  This is good over rice.

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Seitan Cutlets
The worse seitan I've ever had. It was gray and spongy on the outside, undercooked on the inside. This is a terrible method for making seitan. I'll stick to the regular method

Snooby Joes
Excellent! The lentils made a wonderful texture. I think I'll be making this for my omni parents

Sauteed seitan with mushrooms and spinach
Absolutely delicious and one of those recipes that just feels so healthy that you can have seconds. And thirds. I caramelized onions at the beginning, and this added a ton of flavor. We had this over rice.

Applesauce Oat Bran Muffins
One of my top 5 favorite muffins of all time. I did half the muffins with chocolate chips mixed in, the other half with blueberries mixed in. Both were amazing. They are so filling and taste really rich, yet healthy. Absolutely love these muffins.

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Pasta Della California - I liked this.  I used a 12 oz. box of whole wheat penne instead of 1/2 pound of linguine, but otherwise made no changes (eliminated the extra salt like always).  Interesting combination of green foods.  The warm avacodo was weird at first but tasty in combination with the food.  It called for a whopping 8 cloves of garlic, and you'd best believe I used 8 big fat cloves.  :)  (Tweety)

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I just noticed that a few of the lists got too long (which I try to monitor!!), and were cut off. : ( I'll try to figure it all out later, but I'll ask you to review those things again, if your reviews were eaten.

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I just noticed that a few of the lists got too long (which I try to monitor!!), and were cut off. : ( I'll try to figure it all out later, but I'll ask you to review those things again, if your reviews were eaten.

the only one I see missing stuff is the soup section....I think....

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Ok, I tried to go back and find most of the soup reviews that were lost, but please check and see if you have made anything that is not reviewed!

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Coconut lemon bundt cake

This turned out perfectly moist with a slightly crunchy outer crust.  I used a little less sugar than indicated because I was using cheapo sweetened coconut, but otherwise followed the recipe. 

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Guacamole: Used this recipe when I made guacamole for the first time. I'd never been a big fan of avocado, but now I'm a guac addict. Nowadays I don't need a recipe when I make it, but it's nice that the recipe suggests variations. It does lack a few spices though. Guacamole can be a bit bland without the right spices.

Snobby joes: So. Frickin. Addictive. I could eat this straight out of the pot until my stomach explodes. It sure is very filling. But don't cut down on the spices!!! My omni family liked it too, a lot.

Spaghetti and beanballs: It was alright. If I want beanballs, this is not the recipe I go to first.

Jalapeno corn gravy: I love corn. And jalapeño. And onion. This gravy hit the spot! It was very thick, but I didn't mind.

Marinara sauce: Blah. Too bland, needs a little sweetness.

Tofu ricotta: Great! Very cheezy. Especially good in lasagna, with vegan cream cheese. Mmmm...

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Caesar salad with roasted garlic croutons

I've made this twice now, using day a day-old multi-grain baguette.  Topped with grilled veggie chicken and added shredded carrot and tomato.  Love it!

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Pear and Endive Salad with Maple Candied Pecans:

I made this tonight except I used Romaine. I loved this! It was the perfect balance. Even my husband who usually only likes traditional salads loved it. I can see myself making this about once a month.

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Samosa stuffed baked potatoes- these were tasty but too much effort for me for a side dish.

Caesar salad with roasted garlic croutons - the dressing is very good and the croutons are amazing. i had never thought to make my own croutons, and they are so easy and so flavorful, like mini bits of garlic bread!

Miso tahini dressing - this is good, but not great… i make it sometimes when i'm in a pinch for dressing because it's so simple and fast.  i once subbed brown miso and it came out very bitter :(

Snobby joes - i really liked these. i used less chili powder (it wasn't that spicy) and brown lentils (and so i think mine took longer than stated to cook). it doesn't taste like manwich but it is very nice. the flavor reminds me a lot of a brown rice and kidney bean sloppy joe recipe my mom and i came up with when i first went veg…  except this recipe is easier and tastes slightly better :)

Fresh corn stock - my first attempt at making my own stock/broth. turned out good, but i wasn't overwhelmed.  i also was confused about what to do about the liquid lost from simmering uncovered.

Midsummer corn chowder with basil, tomato, and fennel - i liked this soup and my husband loved it.  i omitted the fennel.  i made the fresh corn stock, so from start to finish this took a very long time. i will probably try a different corn chowder next time. i've never made/had it before, so i didn't know what to expect.

Curried udon noodle stir fry -  another good recipe. i didn't know what i was doing with the whole "roux" thing, which i should add is not the most fun thing to make in the summer.  probably not something i would make again, but i liked it.

Udon with shiitake mushrooms and kale in miso broth - i love this. i'm pretty sure that this is the only recipe that i've made twice this summer.   i've used cremini and portobello mushrooms.  it has a lovely mellow flavor that is delicious as is, and also very good with some added heat from rooster sauce.  

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A hummus recipe:

I thought this was really yummy, I halved the recipe and sprinkled it with Hungarian paprika and it looks so purdy! I think half a recipe makes a lot, a whole recipe would make a boatload. (amymylove)

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Simple Seitan

An update - I tried this recipe again, this time doing the cooking in the slow cooker.  I would highly recommend it.  There was no sponginess on the outside.  I did a quadruple batch, and my 6.5 qt slow cooker was almost filled to capacity.  I cooked it for 5 hours on low.  I did the kneading in my bread machine, as I did last time.  I froze 3 of the 4 chunks, and will use the 4th in a stir fry of some sort tonight.

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