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October 1, 2009


i’m kicking off VEGAN MOFO with vegan basics:  legumes, greens, potatoes and Veganomican, yall!


remember how i talked about Snobby Joe’s last week and said i could eat it for a week straight?  no?  well, hopefully you remember that gorgeous chicken.  that hug worthy bird is still dear to my heart.  i may not have had pictures of the them last week, but i wasn’t exaggerating.  plus, i have bushels of lentils i snagged for like $2 from the Indian Grocer last month.  so again we have Isa’s magic combination in my kitchen. 

i never was jazzed about the omni-sloppy joe as a kid.  i’ve always been finicky about foods and textures.  it’s funny looking back now on my childhood days when i used to refuse hamburger meat, sausage and pizza.  almost like instinctively i knew those things were not healthy for me.  whatever the reason, i was turned off back then, similar to how i feel now except now i know why i am not interested in eating those things.

one thing i did enjoy as an omni was chopped beef sandwiches.  in this way i’m a good ole texas girl who loved her brisket.  cooking has always been a passion, and back in college days i was known as the girl who cooked a mean brisket (one of the kinder things i was called back at ole’ Aggieland, hehe).  when i prepare Snobby Joe’s it’s the chopped beef sandwich i have in mind even though i never miss the beef part.  i love the twang of the sauce i get by adding red wine vinegar combined with heat i achieve with adding habanero sauce.  you can see in my picture there is even more hot sauce lathered on top.  topping my sammy off with pickled jalapenos makes my soul sing.  the song is probably something like David Allan Coe’s, You Never Even Called Me By My Name or the Robert Earl Keen / Lyle Lovett duo in The Front Porch Song, and best with Pabst Blue Ribbon in hand.  i suppose it’s all a matter to taste… aghhhhhh college daze. 

i have now served Snobby Joe’s to my very-omni brother, and my veg-delighted grandmother, mother, good friend, and vegman.  all have given it 2 enthusiastic thumbs up.  i love this meal because it’s one i can make in large quantities at the beginning of the week and eat on all week.  life is good with a healthy go to in my fridge.  this is easy to take to work in a glass jar for lunch sandwich assembly.  you do want to store this in glass* or wrapped in aluminum foil since it’s acidic.  no need to serve this up with some plastic toxin leech, ya know?  i think this would be good stand alone, without the bread, next to some sauted spinach.  really, it pairs nicely with anything green and delicious.  it would also be good atop a baked potato if we’re keeping with the texas bbq theme.  ooh, with some chives too.  

the fries pictured above came from one russet potato, peeled and sliced into sticks, sprinkled with sea salt and chili powder.  i threw them onto a pan coated in a touch of olive oil mist so they wouldn’t stick, and roasted in a 450 oven for about 45 minutes.  i turned them a few times in a rather chaotic way rather than trying to flip each individual stick.   i roasted the broccoli in the same oven with a touch of sea salt and a drizzle of chile infused olive oil.  i waited until the potatoes had about 15 minutes left to go before throwing in the broccoli since it cooks up so quick.  this meal was easy peasy.  also a nice filler after a fantastically challenging yoga class.  and, no, i could not finish everything on that plate. 

in case you haven’t seen it, a good potato fry alternative is Choosing Raw’s Carrot Fries.  i tried them earlier this week and they were SO TASTY.  i give high regards to 43 cents worth of organic carrots turned into healthy fries for 2!  in her Carrot Fries post, Gena also gives us more great natural remedies to fighting off illness without pharmaceuticals.  you know i love this and will be adding her suggestions to my garlic remedy next time it’s needed.

*a Renewable Roundup post is coming.  i wanted to properly kick off my MOFO with my first October first post featuring the GREAT VEGAN FOOD, baby!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 1, 2009 12:18 pm

    I think you’ve talked me into making this. I never liked sloppy joes as a kid, but I loved chopped beef sandwiches.

  2. October 1, 2009 12:37 pm

    Yay, carrot fries! They are SO damn tasty 🙂

  3. October 1, 2009 1:24 pm

    Must try the Snobby Joes recipe – you’ve totally piqued my interest! And the Carrot Fries too – sounds amazing.
    Happy Mofo’ing!

  4. fortheloveofguava permalink
    October 1, 2009 5:18 pm

    Isn’t that funny… I’ve always said the same thing about being finicky about meat and texture in my omni days… I still feel kinda icky with most mock meats… but you know what sounds utterly NOT ICKY and delicious???

    CARROT FRIES!! I could almost gobble them off the screen scooping up rebel snobby joe filling that slipped out of my sandwich!

  5. fortheloveofguava permalink
    October 1, 2009 5:19 pm

    p.s. how come I don’t have a vegan mofo banner?? where is that from???

  6. October 2, 2009 10:25 am

    Those snobby joes really are awesome! Wish I had one right now.

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