Beyond Vegan MoFo - Additional Scenes!

If you want a happy post, then a happy post you shall get! I'm working on an *extra* happy post that should be ready soon, but YouTube is fighting me and not letting me embed a couple of videos that I have already spent hours searching for! The cretins!

Anyway, I totally let MoFo kick my butt, and now I have a few pictures of some awesome foods that I didn't get to blog about and I must share them before I procrastinate some more!

Why don't we start with a big, over the top burger? I saw the recipe for these lentil patties on Alisa's blog, and I immediately knew I wanted to devour one! Alisa adapted them from Vegan on the Cheap to use less vital wheat gluten because her gluten has "super-binding power." That's what made me want to try them, because I often find that gluten based patties are too tough and chewy for my taste. These were perfect!

Alisa's Lentil Burgers
Look at that monster! I hope you brought your stretchy pants!

Alisa's Speedy Wheat Hamburger Buns are my to-go quick burger bun recipe. They are fluffy and springy and soft and perfect! The recipe calls for one egg or a substitute, but I have made the recipe without an egg replacer and they were just as awesome. I added a bit more water to make up for the egg, but I always wing it so I'm not sure exactly how much extra water I add. As long as I use bread flour and as long as they rise somewhere warm for about 15 minutes before they bake in a well preheated oven, they always come out soft and fluffy.
Eggplant balls, anyone? These are Jenn's award-winning Basil Eggplant Ballz of awesomeness. You have two options, you can make them "meatballier" or "eggplantier," I went for the eggplantier version. They have a lovely texture and they are deeelicious! Now I wish I had made the sauces that were also a part of the award-winning dish, but when the lazies attack, there's no fighting back!

Jenn's Eggplant Balls
Messy plate, tasty balls!

Sal's Lentil and Sausage Soup had me at hello! This soup is a cold winter's day's best friend! Smokey fauxsages, hardy lentils, yummy spuddy and veggie bits, herby goodness, it all comes together to become one big comforting soup that is sure to warm up your belleh! Pair it up with a nice chunk of bread and let the wind blow! (Hmm. That was not intended as a double entendre because of the *windy* lentils!)

Sal's Lentil and Sausage Soup

Next up is Kiersten's Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Casserole of greatness! Kiersten's casserole is going to become a regular meal here in the Wing-It household, it's filling, it's warming, it's delicious, and it's easy to make! It satisfied my cheezy craving and then some! I love the smothered broccoli bits and the crustiness that formed on top of the dish. When I was gathering all my ingredients I noticed that I was out of brown rice (oy!) but I did have some brown rice couscous, which is basically brown rice broken into small couscous sized pieces. I was determined to make it, and waiting a few more days to go grocery shopping wasn't an option! So now I can tell you that it also works wonderfully with brown rice couscous! :)

Kiersten's Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Casserole
Tooootally aaaawesome!

And now let's have some dessert! Celine's Almond Spelt Sweet Rolls are the bomb-diggity-bomb! Do you have Celine and Joni's book 500 Vegan Recipes? You do? Awesome - you can find the recipe there! You don't? That's OK, Celine is the coolest cat and she shared the recipe on her blog! The rolls are amazing! That sweet, crunchy top with zesty orange is the best! Gimme one of these beauties and a cup of hot coffee and I'm a happy camper!

Almond Spelt Sweet Rolls (500 Vegan Recipes)
Why would I use that silly dish? It makes the roll look like it's floating.

Well, I've done my damage here, I think. Regular weekly posting has now been restored, and the Happy Post will follow shortly! Happy December! :)


  1. So much good looking food, so little time to comment on it all!

    That burger. Woah. Your caption said it all, I will need stretchy pants for that bad-boy! What an incredible looking boiger! (I don't like lettuce or tomatoes, but they just look right on a burger, don't they?). And I'd love to be able to make home-made burger buns too (yours look beyond perfect! I cant stop staring at them!) but I am crappy at bread making and fear they will not meet my strict softness criteria! (they *look* like they do though, so I'm definitely going to give the recipe a try, but with plenty of sesame seeds on top!).

    The pasta and balls looks incredible! That sauce looks so deeply red and rich. *EPIC WANT*

    I have yet to try cheese and brockers together in any form, but it sounds really good. I must give that a go!

    And I'll take a nice big bowl of hearty, hot, Sausage Soup please! Just what I need in this freezing weather!

    I want to eat this post! My only complaint? Not enough dessert! ;P

    Can't wait for your Happy Post! Everything you post makes me happy! :D

  2. Whoa, I had to wear stretchy pants just to READ this post. So much awesome food in one place. I've been wanting to make the cheesy broccoli, but now I also want the lentil burgers and buns. And everything else, too. What shall I do first?

  3. I am so glad you liked the casserole! That recipe is a new favorite of mine too. All of the food in your post looks amazing. Thanks for sharing the link for the eggplant ballz. I don't always like eggplant, but I have a feeling I am going to really like these.

  4. There is entirely too much goodness here to even begin to comment. But, of course, I will.

    First of all, you posted ballz and sausage soup. Just saying. (Yes, I'm a 12 year old boy.)

    I have an eggplant that *was* destined for baba gannouj, but I might be rethinking that right now.

    Cheese is the reason I started eating broccoli. It is the reason and only way that many people in my family eat. I will be making this for them when I go home for Christmas!

    You are awesome.

  5. Wow! I wish I could have one of everything right now!

  6. Hello cheesy broccoli rice thingy... please get in my belleh now. Even if it is summer, I don't care. I want your warming goodness.

    All the food looks amazing - though the cheesy casserole is hard to go by! I would love to make burger buns at home too, but I too fear my bread making ability is not up to scratch. I want to make my own bread stuff though... one day!

  7. Those buns are awesome! Everything look so good.

  8. You rock the party! Glad you liked the eggplant ballz!

    I've been such a mofo slacker now it's over already!

  9. I would eat everything in this post. Even that cheesy broccoli thing, and I don't do cheese. Must look into making those sweet rolls...

  10. Gauri Radha गौरी राधाDecember 2, 2010 at 1:23 AM

    Everything looks delicious!!

  11. I really shouldn't visit your blog as you make me so hungry!

    BTW, your fluffy buns are gorgeous. Heading over to check out Celine's sweet buns now :)

  12. So much yummyness, River! That casserole looks like one my mum made when I was little and I loved it so much - I need to go look at K's recipe!
    And that burger...haven't had burgers on the meal plan in ages, need to get back to that!

  13. great post river! so much delicious looking food. Looks like you've been eating well. I think my boyfriend would really love those eggplant meat balls. Three of his favorite things in this world are eggplant, spaghetti and meatballs. All rolled up (no pun intended) into one dinner! :)

  14. Holy vegan burger! Deliciousness! I'm in love with all those eats, especially that soup which looks oh-so-warming and perfect for winter!

  15. Everything looks soooo good! I'd love one of those burgers right now (such fluffy buns!) ;) And Celine's rolls do look delicious, too. But most of all, I want to try those eggplant ballz!

  16. That burger looks amazing! I haven't made a good bean burger in a while. I'll have to get on that right away :)

  17. Gauri Radha गौरी राधाMay 7, 2011 at 1:25 AM

    Everything looks delicious!!


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