Tuesday, September 09, 2008

What's Carrie Been Up To

Hey there! Where's Mommy been?
I've had a pretty busy week, and I hope this rather long-ish post makes up for my absence.
Saturday night we went to The Dicken's for some drinks and to check out the band. Gotta support local indie musicians.

Paul, the guy on the left, is a customer of mine and he invited us to go down. I brought some friends along, so about 6 of us hung out for the night. The band sounded really good & as he promised, Paul slipped me 2 CD's of theirs. If you'd like to hear a sampling, they have a MySpace page here.

Last weekend, a bunch of us from work decided to have an End of Summer Pub Crawl. We all had so much fun! It was a night to wind down & be silly, even though a few paid the price the next morning. I was not included in that category. I didn't over-indulge because I hate the hangover.
Matt on the other hand (in the baseball cap) was a different story. HA!

Can you see me in the picture? :o) Told you it was time to be silly.

Friday when I came home from work, there was a package for me in the mailbox from Sarah Kramer. Look what was inside!

She had copies of her new book available for pre-order, so I ordered one and it came with a postcard and a super cool pen! It was hard for me to show you exactly how cute the pen is so check it out in this video.

Look at how small this book is. It's a travel companion for vegans on the road. It fits in my hand,

and I can tuck it into my purse to take with me anywhere. I can just whip it out at the grocery store and see what I need to buy for a specific recipe. Excellent!

I like to have a few choice convenience items on hand for those nights when I come home and I just don't feel like cooking. This is one that saved my butt last week.

The label says "suitable for vegetarians" - perfect! The picture on the box looks so delicious, don't you think?

But once you actually get it home, bake it and cut it, the layers look more like this.

Granted, it did have a lot of chunky vegetables in it and for frozen, it was pretty good. I would buy this again.

A dish that made yet another appearance on our table last week was Mango Ginger Tofu from VWAV.

I made the marinade up in the morning and let the tofu sit in it in the fridge all day and then just baked it when I got home. Easy as anything! If you have not made this yet, my big question is WHY? It's not a lot of work and it is sooooo delicious!

Up next- something new. This is Fettuccine with Sausage and Arugula. It's a Weight Watchers recipe that sounded interesting, so I just substituted Yves Italian Sausage for the sausage called for in the recipe and used vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

This dish is packed with protein and it was a great way to get Jim to eat some greens. Instead of arugula, I used spinach. With a salad on the side, it made for a satisfying meal. I'll post the recipe if you'd like to try it.

Anyhow, that's some of what I've been up to this past week. What's happening this week? Who knows! Time will tell.

Fettuccine with Sausage and Arugula

½ pound whole wheat fettuccine or spaghetti
½ pound sweet Italian style sausage, chopped (Yves, Tofurky or another brand of your choice)
2 tsp. EVOO
¼ pound fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded, caps sliced
1 small onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed & drained
1 cup vegetable broth
5 ounces arugula or spinach leaves (approx. 4 cups, lightly packed)
1 tomato, chopped
¼ cup chopped fresh basil
¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper or to taste
salt to taste

Cook the fettuccine according to package directions.

Meanwhile, spray a large non-stick skillet with non-stick spray and set over medium high heat. Add the sausage and saute until lightly browned, 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Heat the oil in the skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, onion and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, until golden, about 10 minutes. Add the beans, broth, arugula and the browned sausage; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the sausage is heated through and the arugula is wilted, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in the tomato, basil and pepper and cook for another 2 minutes. If mixture is too dry, add more broth.

Serve with the fettuccine – either spooned over top, or tossed with the noodles.


LizNoVeggieGirl said...

So glad to see you updating again!! Glad that all has been well :0)

Sarah Kramer said...

YAY!! :)

Tanya Kristine said...

the tofu actaully sounds good. did you know sine i'm pre-menopausal i'm supposed to stay away from soy because of it's estrogen content? does that not suck??

lasagna looks tasty in my book.

Michelle Ann said...

Ah, you are a pub crawl girl just like us! Love the pic of Simon...he is too cute!

aTxVegn said...

You really need to visit Austin, the live music capital of the world! You would be in Indie heaven.

urban vegan said...

What a great post, Carrie. Lots of fun and lots of yumminess. The book is cute, I must admit. And so is Simon.

Tracy said...

Hey Carrie, Looks like you've been busy having fun! Hubby Bob buys that same lasagne once in a blue moon in individual size and likes it OK.
BTW, I am considering buying Sarah's new book, (I have all three of the other ones) so I;m wondering...was it worth buying? Any good?

Anonymous said...

This looks so filling and healthy :).