Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Fun With Vegan Cooking!

My cooking class that I went to on Sunday was amazing fun! Oh my goodness!! I think they are a great way to get out, meet some new people and talk about one of my favorite topics...food!=) I havent made seitan in awhile so it was a really great refresher. I loved the demonstration aspect of the class and I even got a chance to knead some seitan for our nuggets! We made seitan nuggets with a ranch dipping sauce.

The seitan was nice and crunchy and perfectly, dare I say, meaty on the inside! The ranch sauce had that tang to it which was nice. Overall fantastic.

The Lentil Pate was smooth creamy and basically thanksgiving with a crunch. Total comfort. We made the lentil pate and then scooped it up and put it inside some endive leaves and topped it off with sunflower sprouts. The sprouts and endive leaf really lifted the heaviness of the lentils and made for a fantastic appetizer.

Next up was a lemony quinoa salad with warmed maple glazed pistachios. Holy yum, was this ever good. The quinoa was nice and bright and the added pistachios really rounded out the dish quite well. The pistachios were caramelized with maple syrup and cayenne pepper. Very nice contrast of flavors and textures. I ran home that night and recreated it!

Last but not least we made a chocolate and PB torte. I'm going to remake this and take some pictures of it! I got too excited and ate it before I could snap a photo! Ha! Oh well that just means I have to make it again for some photos. Darn! ;)

Tonight Im off to a power spin class! The teacher tonight is fantastic and I'm really looking forward to it. My legs are still a bit sore from the hike on saturday but that's ok. I find once I get moving and warmed up they feel a lot better. Its funny, I've been working out for awhile now but this little hike really kicked me in the butt. Just goes to show what mixing up the routine a bit can do for ya! So its a good thing...makes me use some muscles I've been neglecting for awhile.

Do you ever mix up your workouts on a regular basis? Like maybe every couple of weeks or so and make up a new routine?

Have a great day everyone!


  1. Tons of fun, for sure!!

    Enjoy the spin class tonight!

  2. Oh do you have the recipe for the quinoa salad? Would it be good to take for a lunch you can't reheat? It sounds delicious!

  3. This looks AWESOME. I'm glad I found this blog - your posts are soo cheerful and fascinating!

  4. The seitan and ranch diping sauce look amazing!

  5. yummy the cooking class looks like it was a huge success

  6. Wow. Everything looks awesome, esp that lemony quinoa salad with warmed maple glazed pistachios!! Wow I do love pistachios, esp in savory dishes!

  7. wow, everything sounds great! I would love to take a cooking class sometime. i need to look for some around here.


  8. Hi Chrysta! Thanks for your sweet comments :)

    Wow, I'm so jealous of that cooking class you went to! Sounds amazing, and it's something I definitely want to do sometime!

    I'm a creature of habit, so it's hard to change up my work-outs, but I know I should! I've been wanting to go on a hike for the longest time too. Ah, well, I guess I'll have to wait til next summer since it's too cold over here already (or is that just another excuse???) ;)

  9. Wow, those meals look absolutely delectable and wonderful! I would love to take a cooking class.

    And yes, I have to switch up my workout routines or else I get bored and less motivated!

    Have a superb evening
    becca xo

  10. wow everything looks so great! I have found a way to enjoy tempeh! it has to be flavored and recently I have descovered the tempehtations which are great!! you have some fabulous meal ideas here!

    yes I always switch up my workouts, never have one routine, I do what I feel like making sure to incorporate weights and cardio!