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Vegetarian Product Review- Morningstar Farms Maple Flavored Sausage Patties

So here's my first vegetarian product review.

One of the things I crave for breakfast is a breakfast sandwich.  I used to make them with a fried egg, ham or a sausage patty, cheese and an English muffin.

Since I'm trying to cut out cheese and eggs, I've been looking around for some vegan substitutes for any or all of those things.  These aren't really vegan, because they contain some egg white, but I'm doing this gradually, so that doesn't really bother me.

I tried these for breakfast this morning.  If blindfolded would I mistake them for real maple sausage patties?  No.

Would they make a decent stand in for sausage with other ingredients in a breakfast sandwich?  I hope so!  I ate them by themselves this morning with some hashbrowns, but the next test will be the breakfast sandwich.

If you are looking for something with the texture and flavor of real sausage, you are barking up the wrong tree here.  I used the recommended cooking method- 10 to 15 minutes in …

Weekend Travels

We took off for Montrose this weekend.  It was good to get out of the house.  I haven't traveled anywhere since my foot injury in August.

My vegan diet had quite a set back.  I didn't want Dev to tell his mom I was trying to go vegan.  I knew she would freak out and not know what to cook.  But that means we had meat and cheese all weekend.

I took some pictures while we were driving home, so I thought I'd post them here.

Tempeh Sopas

So tonight's dinner included two new things- sopas and tempeh.

This was a rather involved dish- not hard- but it had several steps.

First, I cut the tempeh into strips and put it in a marinade of orange and lemon juice, a bit of soy sauce and chile powder.  I let it marinate for about 2 hours.

Next, I fried some green tomatoes.  I use a pretty standard breading technique- seasoned flour, then egg wash, then seasoned panko crumbs.

After the tomatoes were done, I fried the sopas according to the directions on the package.

I put the sopas and tomatoes in the oven on warm and began working on the filling.

I put some olive oil in a skillet and added the tempeh.  I let it brown a little, then added chopped onions, chopped yellow squash, sliced cremini mushrooms, a can of pinto beans (drained and rinsed) and about a cup of roasted grape tomato sauce I put up a few weeks ago.  I added some dried oregano, chile powder, garlic powder and onion powder.  I stirred it well and let it simmer a…

Decisions...

I have made a big decision.  I have been struggling with it for a few weeks now.

Anybody who knows me, knows I have struggled with weight all my life.  When I was younger, it was pretty much all vanity.  But now that I'm older, it has more to do with my health.

A few weeks ago I went to our school district's health fair and had blood drawn.  I got the results back a few days later and was pretty pleased with the results.  For my age and weight, I'm in fairly ok health.  But I was also taking 2 medications for blood pressure, and another prescription to help me sleep.  Not to mention I'm wearing a black boot because of nerve damage (not necessarily health connected- but I'm sure recovery would be easier if I was lighter and more positive).

I went to see a new doctor not long after that, and told her I'd like to get to a point where I don't have to take any medications.  That's when she started talking to me about being vegan.

It made total sense.  When …

Peanut Butter Toast with Apples

So this doesn't really count as a recipe, but I thought I'd share it because I had never thought about putting these things together before.

Browsing through Pinterest the other evening, I found a picture of something very similiar to this, except the person used almond butter.  I am currently out of that, but I did have a jar of natural peanut butter in the ice box, and an apple in the crisper drawer that needed some attention.  I put them together on a slice of home made bread, toasted.  This was great!  I really wanted bananas, but I didn't have any.  I'm kinda glad I was out, because this was really fantastic!  I think I like it better than peanut butter and bananas.  It has more texture and is brighter.  I didn't get hungry until right before lunch that day, either.  So it sticks with you for a while.

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

This isn't the greatest picture in the world, but it sure tasted good!

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal was another Pinterest find.  Since I've been on Pinterest, I haven't felt the need to buy as many cooking magazines or cookbooks.  This recipe is a good example of why that is.

So I can't take credit for it, even though I wish I could.  It's that good.

Here's the link to the recipe.  Seriously, you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry right now.  And even if you don't- play around!  I didn't have pumpkin pie spice, but I did have fresh whole nutmeg and cardamom pods and cinnamon.

Oh- and I did add one ingredient I felt was missing.  I added about a half teaspoon of kosher salt.  I find that even sweet things benefit from a little dash of salt to help them taste more like themselves.  I also subbed almond milk for the regular milk in the recipe.  It turned out just as creamy and delicious.

I plan to make a double batch of this tomorrow afternoon so we …