Last night I was out of my element. Totally out. We had our friends Robbie and Stefanie over for dinner, and they brought their friend Mariah (who is wonderful!). The problem – which, by the way, turned out to not be a problem at all – Mariah can’t eat gluten OR dairy.
Everything I make has one or both of those in it!
Thanks so some amazing Twitter friends I got some fantastic answers. But when Nate and I decided we wanted to take more of a classic comfort food spin rather than going the Asian route, we apparently kicked things up a notch.
So what was the menu? Brown Sugar Turkey Meatloaf, sauteed veggies, mashed potatoes made with rice milk and Earth Balance, and Julie’s flourless peanut butter cookies. Talk about amazing!
I followed the meatloaf recipe to a T with the exception of the gluten-free cornbread crumbs…I couldn’t find gluten-free cornbread at the store and definitely didn’t have time to make my own! Instead I just used cornmeal, and it turned out amazing. This might just be my new favorite meatloaf recipe ever! The veggies were easy…just saute in olive oil and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano. And apparently they taste like pizza! The potatoes are pretty standard – peel, cube and boil til tender, then mash over low heat and add the milk and Earth Balance (preferably warmed and melted first) and stirred til creamy. Voila! Besides the obvious meat this meal was vegan. And that’s how I’m going to count it.
Hi, I’m Heather, and I ate a vegan meal last night.
Finally, the cookies went in the oven and were chowed down on very soon after. These cookies have been a favorite of mine for a while now, and definitely come in handy with most food allergies or food preferences. Plus it just tastes like warm, sugary, melty peanut butter.
I believe that’s called a win-win my friends.
I have a fabulous banana recipe coming up tomorrow, but I just had to proudly share my (sort of) vegan meal. I think I was really surprised with how everything tasted – and while I’ll still go on eat white French bread with butter and cheese spread all over it, it’s nice to know that I’ve survived a lack of gluten and dairy for one night 😉
When was the last time you surprised yourself in the kitchen?
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