Food party mouth time emporium

Posted on | May 22, 2012 | 39 Comments

so i take a lot of pictures of my food with instagram. it’s a sickness, this taking pictures of food. funny thing is, i’ve been a chronic food picture taker for much longer than i realized. i thought it was blogging that brought it about but the other day i was looking through some old photos from before i even knew what blogging was (can you imagine?) and there were shots of food. even a few of my feet! i was as surprised as you must be right now.

anywho, enough people ask me about what is on my plate/about to enter my facehole at a rapid pace, i thought i’d share some of my easy as heck vegan & vegetarian lunches and dinners. they’re not even recipes. just like, hey throw this junk on a plate and mow down type of thing.

i’ll warn you ahead of time that we are fully addicted trader joes shoppers. if you don’t have one by you, my pile of condolences can not be shoveled in your direction fast enough. we rarely even go to the regular grocery store anymore. if you do have one by you and you do not take full advantage, this is me questioning our relationship.

first up, some dinners.

recipe here. this is a weekly staple, we truly eat this at least once per week. cheap, easy and delicious.

recipe here. again, make this on sunday and enjoy for lunch all week. or great for dinner or bringing to a party (if you like hugs).

hummus dinner! we also do this once a week. make your own hummus (here is Scot’s recipe for cilantro hummus, this night we substituted roasted red peppers for cilantro and YES DO THAT). toast some naan or pita and serve with whatever floats your boat. we shuffle around cucumber, tomato, artichoke hearts, peppadews, kalamata olives and because i like kale, sometimes i eat a large bowl of it for kicks. because that makes sense. (no it doesn’t).

i would like to propose marriage to the makers of the trader joes veggie gyoza. it will obviously need to be in a state who allows one to have multiple wives because their gyoza dipping sauce needs to be my sister wife immediately. i make a fast easy slaw to go along side using cabbage, carrots, red bell pepper and cilantro. toss it with some miso vinaigrette and top with toasted sesame seeds. Scot likes to also make miso soup with this because he is a man and gains no weight/does not balloon up like a whale with too much sodium intake like i do. (men!).

and of course, lunches. lunches that are fast and easy and can be made somewhat easily with a small child yelling and demanding of things, such as her own lunch, more juice or KIPPER LADY GIVE ME THE KIPPER.

ahem.

so naughty. avocado on toast with salt and pepper needs to be punished and sent to a time out in my lower digestive track.

hey, take the left overs from that bean bowl up there and wrap it in a tortilla. don’t even question me, just do it.

have you ever made hummus with white beans instead of chick peas? if not, give it a try – super smooth and yummy. i like extra garlic in mine. oh and again with the kale, good grief woman. (but seriously, saute it in some veggie broth, cover until sufficiently cooked and salt & pepper it).

trader joes taboulli. sometimes when we go they are out, which leads to a minor rage stroke on my part. i keep meaning to try and make my own but the bar is set so high i feel i’m just setting myself up for disappointment. disappointment about middle eastern salad. i mean come on.

so there are some of my favorite things to eat! i don’t know whether i should be proud or embarrassed, but i hope if you like eating things that something will inspire you. all it’s really done for me is inspire me to go investigate the fridge at nearly midnight, but i digress. enjoy!

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  • http://www.taketimetopictureit.blogspot.com/ Amy

    We had a Trader Joes a couple blocks away from where we used to live in Seattle. Then we moved to the other side of the country and I haven’t seen one since. That’s half the reason I’m moving back to the west coast. (Only sort of joking.) These recipes look amazing. I can’t wait to try them out. 

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  • Alaythea

    My family is Lebanese and Taboulli is a Lebanese dish. It requires hours of finely chopping everything! I can’t tell you how many hours I spent finely mincing up pounds of cilantro! Lol! I don’t like it though, I’m not a big cilantro fan so I just help make it and move on!

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  • http://profiles.google.com/abusta1 Andrea Hastings

    I can’t even explain how you’ve inspired some dinners around my house lately. Now I’m hungry thankyouverymuch.

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  • TheNextMartha

    Can I just sell my house and build an addition on to yours please? I’ll take all of that.  Well.  Maybe not the kale.  Or the black olives since they make my throat close.  But the rest?  Yes.  MY lower digestive track wants it. 

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  • Brittany Smith

    Mmm… I’m starved now! Everything sounds so yummy!

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  • http://www.grumblesandgrunts.com/ The Grumbles

    you and your weird eating vegetables thing. i’m not sure if i am envious or if i hate you. we’ve made your tempeh bean bowl and the noodle salad. thumbs up to both. you will NEVER get me on the kale train though.

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    Mandy Reply:

     I’ll be honest ever since you said it was like letting a plant fart in my mouth I can’t stop thinking about it when I’m eating it. I love you jerk.

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  • discoverystreet

    have you tried dipping the gyoza in TJ’s General Tsao’s sauce…to.die.for.

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  • http://www.dreamstodo.com/ Ariel @ Dreams To Do

    You eat so healthy! I wanna be like you when I grow up. Also, I heart Trader Joes. We JUST got one here and we’re still getting aquainted. So far I pretty much live off their Veggie Grain Salad for lunch every day. I need to figure out how to make that one and save a few bucks.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/amber.gregory Amber Gregory

    You are hilarious and I love all of these! Love, your friendly neighborhood vegan :)

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  • Here We Go Harris

    I have been an (almost) exclusive TJs shopper for years and am always pleased when another person discovers its greatness! Your food looks yummy!

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  • Seekingstyleblog

    All of this looks so good! I’m addicted to trader joes too!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  • http://twitter.com/Nanette Nanette

    Oh! I just so happen to have the ingredients for that avocado toast. Now I know what I’ll be having for lunch today! YUM! 

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    Mandy Reply:

     It was amazing, no?

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  • http://www.eversoemily.com/ Emily

    Oh man, avocado toast is one of my favorites. I thought it sounded like the makings of a crazy woman until about a year go – now I eat it all the time! Everything else looks delicious, too. I’d eat it all in a heartbeat.

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    Mandy Reply:

     Crazy awesome woman is more like it!

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  • Mary Ann Honors

    There is a magical place called the Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, NY (good name, eh?). It is a vegan/vegetarian restaurant that has been in business for over 30 years – for awhile they had one day a week when meat was on the menu, but no one ever ordered the meat so they did away with it. Luckily for all of us who don’t live anywhere near Ithaca, they have cookbooks and recipes on their website (www.moosewoodcooks.com). The cookbooks have drawings in them and the recipes look handwritten, which makes them all the better in my book.

    I highly recommend the cookbooks for anyone who is vegan or vegetarian. They have a pretty awesome taboulli recipe, in case you are (for shame) not near a Trader Joe’s and have a hankering for good taboulli!

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    Mandy Reply:

     Awesome, thanks for the link. I’m gonna check it out!

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  • http://barefootandvintage.wordpress.com/ paige

    gud fud post, man.  i’ll be copying these fo sho.  ps. does your tj’s have the scratch n sniff stickers?? 

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    Mandy Reply:

     Yes! Harper calls them the special stickers and gets mortally offended when she is handed the regular ones.

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  • bobbi

    Oh how I miss Trader Joe’s! This town won’t be getting one for a long time. If ever. Your food looks scrumptious! Making hummus with white beans next time.

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    Mandy Reply:

     Guess you’ll just have to move back! ;) <3

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  • http://littlegraypixel.blogspot.com Vanessa

    I am surprised you have not tried Trader Joe’s greek yogurt and kale dip. I have rage strokes when they’re out of this, and they often are. It’s not vegan, but definitely vegetarian. And KALE, woman, KALE.

    (P.S. I do not just use this for dip. I use it as toppings for any multitude of things. Basically like one would do with hummus.)

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    The Dread Pirate Mama Reply:

     Oh dear God, yes.  I am insane for this dip with their reduced guilt corn chips.  Although now my eyes have been opened to the possibility of its use as a topping.  Thank you for that!

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    Mandy Reply:

    Well I’ll certainly be buying some now.

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  • http://twitter.com/mamalovespapa Morgan Fairchild

    Yummmm! I want to eat all of this right.this.second. I need to try those veggie gyoza!

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    Mandy Reply:

     Um, yesterday sister.

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  • http://eastcoastgirl.us/ Erma

    I love me some avocado. I forget how versatile it is and only use it to make guacamole and put slices on turkey sandwiches. but just on toast? So simple and still delicious! Thanks for these meal ideas, I want my toddler and I to try them sometime soon.

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    Mandy Reply:

     Oh my gosh, it really is the best. I could eat it for lunch every day. And yes – Harper enjoys most all of these foods save for some of the herbs and toppings!

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  • Maren McCoy

    1. All this foods!  Very exciting for me because I am a vegetarian (vegan-ish) and you’ve got some great ideas here.  Like, I am going out to the kitchen to put avocado on toast RIGHT NOW.

    2. Our very first Trader Joe’s is opening IN JULY.  I’m zomg excited.  Like, I think I’m gonna line up opening day.  I already have a Trader Joe’s grocery bag and my parent’s got me a preemptive gift card to spend when it opens.  So it’s actually kinda embarrassing how much I am with you on the TJs love. 

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    Mandy Reply:

     Um, amazing to all of that. You’re going to LOVE it. Holy hell, it’s all so good.

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  • http://eatmoregreenfood.com/ Michelle

    you’re hilarious.  and ummmm yeah I’m guilty of the food posting thing.  it’s such a thrill taking a picture of an amazing plate of food while the rest of the world knows nothing of how many dishes are piled up on my counter and that my kids are running around with dirty faces and probably not any clothes on. it’s the little things right?!  

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    Mandy Reply:

     HA! Oh my god yes, this.

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  • Lisa

    Trader Joes is the best for vegetarian food!  They even have a list on their website of which cheeses are made with vegetarian rennet. 

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  • Christina

    Mmm.  Put some hummus under that avocado on toast & thank me later.  Then try adding some roasted red peppers on top too.

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  • http://www.everlastingsunday.blogspot.com Jennifer Hodges

    With all these delicious looking recipes, you’ve made me want to try some vegan food! I just tried avacado on toast tonight and it was definitely a party in my mouth. I cannot believe I’ve been missing out on the goodness for so long! I’m really bummed about not having a Trader Joe’s in Arkansas. Major sad face.

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  • http://twitter.com/shinypigeon Rebecca Paul

    It all looks so yummy! Lots of things here that I have never tried (I know right…) so will get on it! :D

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