I recently bought a new Isa cookbook. As you all know, “Isa Does It” is my go-to book. My family loves all her recipes and they are easily adaptable to “no oil”. She provides great cooking tips and shares ideas for substitutions in many cases.
The new book is “Vegan with a Vengeance” and I’ve tried out a few recipes so far.
Ginger Pear Waffles were pretty easy to make and were quite tasty. I found the batter had a more powerful taste than the cooked product, so I might use a bit more ginger next time. I made the mistake of doubling the batter since the recipe said it made eight 6-inch round waffles. I read it as “6 waffles” and thought I better make 12… The good news is that we had leftovers for breakfast for a few days.
The Tempeh Reuben is a new favorite in my house!! I always say a recipe’s success is based on how much my son eats… He ate FOUR of these sandwiches!!! Marinated tempeh (a new favorite), vegan mayo-based Thousand Island dressing, and sauerkraut on grilled pumpernickel bread. It was fabulous! Highly recommend! I made this with some French fries from the air fryer and Ethan dipped his fries in the dressing – a very tasty dinner!
Creamy Red Chard Linguine was an easy pasta dish on a night where you need a quick dish. I used Merlot since that’s what we always have on hand and it gave the dish a great flavor. I did double the recipe and swapped out the Swiss chard for spinach. I have never used Swiss chard, so just went for what I knew everyone would eat (plus I had some extra spinach in the fridge). Next time: Swiss chard it is.
So I’m cooking with a vengeance and loving all these great dishes! Can’t wait to work my way through the rest of the book.
p.s. A quick shout out to Jean for a great “Tofu Demystified” class today! I learned a lot and it was great to make some new friends!
IMDb: Lady Vengeance (2005)