Food For Thought XI

I got a couple of new plant-based cookbooks for Christmas last month:  Thug Kitchen and Chloe’s Kitchen.  If you’re not familiar with Thug Kitchen, go check them out.  NOW.  Even if you’re not plant-based.  Yeah, their food is good, but you don’t even have to cook anything to appreciate them.  They’re HILARIOUS.  In case you missed their book release trailer, here it is.  Do yourself a favor and watch it immediately.  Unless you’re at work.  In which case I’d advise waiting.  Or putting on your headphones.

Okay, now to the food.

Potato Leek Soup – This is the only one I’ve made from Thug Kitchen yet.  It was super easy and really good.  I would definitely make it again.  This is the first version of a potato soup I’ve had as a vegan, so although it wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for, it was still good.  I just read “potato soup” and had a flashback to the thick, chunky, dairy-laden potato soups that I used to know and love.  If anyone has a tried-and-true nondairy version of that, hit me up!

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Best Ever Baked Macaroni and Cheese – This one (and the rest of them in this post) is from Chloe’s Kitchen.  Guys, the name freaking says it all.  I’ve tried several macaroni and cheese recipes and they’ve all been disappointing.  THIS!!!  THIS is what I’ve been looking for!!!

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California Chipotle Chop Salad – I admit I’ve always thought it was kind of stupid for salad recipes to be in cookbooks.

“Ingredients:  Whatever the hell you want.  Instructions:  Toss that shit in a bowl.  TAH-DAH!!!!!  Salad.”

And this one really was no different from that except for the dressing.  I left the oil out and just used the agave and lime juice and OMG it was delicious.  I’ve never dreamed that combining those two things would create such an amazing flavor.

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Peanutty Perfection Noodles – (Full recipe here!)  This stuff was crazy good.  I must have either not made enough noodles or made a touch too much sauce because mine ended up creamier than I think it was supposed to, but I didn’t care.  The author says this is her favorite recipe in the book, and I can see why.

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Jalapeno Cornbread Poppers – Fail.  Nothing about these worked the way it was supposed to.  I couldn’t get them to roll into balls no matter how dry or wet I made them.  I knew they wouldn’t hold together to fry, so I dropped spoonfuls of the batter on a sheet and baked them thinking I could salvage them.  I ate one and was disappointed.  And then I ate another one hoping that it would miraculously be better than the first.  It wasn’t.  I threw the rest out.  I’ll probably try them again sometime to see if I have better luck with them.

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