What I Ate Wednesday: Pancakes Can Be VEGAN!

I had another weird week, guys. So after about 6 days of eating almost nothing but subpar cookies, it’s time for another What I Ate Wednesday!!!! The cookies were an experiment in gluten free baking with the most natural ingredients I could come up with. They had an odd taste, but after the third or fourth cookie I got used to it and have now eaten at least 18 of them. However, I think I’ll be re-working that recipe this week, and sadly it may not stay gluten free. Now on to my other interesting meals.

What I Ate Wednesday: Grilled Onion Sandwich | Orthodox and Vegan
Everyone’s heard of the grilled cheese sandwich, but what about the grilled onion sandwich? I used margarine on the outer sides of the bread, and inside with the onion there’s also tahini, mustard, and a tiny bit of garlic powder and nutritional yeast. I am a big fan of onions.

What I Ate Wednesday: Pancakes | Orthodox and Vegan
Our bishop visited this weekend for an early celebration of St. Nicholas Day. Saturday we had a pancake breakfast with the Sunday School, and I got to attend since I’m a teacher. These pancakes were made with a Just-Add-Water mix by Aunt Jemima – the Original Pancake and Waffle Mix – that happened to be Lenten (and vegan). If you get a mix that does call for milk and eggs, just use a non-dairy milk and an egg replacer like baking soda + vinegar, flax meal, mashed banana, or Ener-G Egg Replacer.
Pro Tip: Make a double batch of pancakes and freeze half. They can be heated in the microwave when you need a quick breakfast.

Our breakfast also included crockpot oatmeal made with just oats and water. We had a ton of fruit toppings to choose from, and of course syrup and brown sugar!

What I Ate Wednesday: Salata (Syrian Salad) | Orthodox and Vegan
Sunday we had a luncheon. I forgot to get a picture of the green beans & rice, but here are two of the four giant bowls of salata (Syrian salad) we made. I got to do the dressing 😀 It’s super simple – lemon juice, olive oil, salt. Some people add a tiny touch of garlic, and bonus if you have spearmint leaves to add. In the salad my family usually has lettuce, green onion, tomato, cucumber, and radish, but everybody does it their own way.

You can make a wonderful sandwich by stuffing a pita with hummus and salata. Also, some of us actually drank (in a cup!) the juice left at the bottom of the bowl when the salad was gone. It is wonderful.

What are you eating this week?

What I Ate Wednesday: Fast Days and Feast Days

We made it halfway through the week, and it’s time for another What I Ate Wednesday! Sometimes when I look over the pictures from the past week, I can really tell when I was in a hurry to throw something together. The past few days I ate a lot of things that it didn’t even seem worthwhile to take a picture of. I also ate something so weird, I had to take a picture 🙂 And then there was my special meal for a Feast Day celebration.

What I Ate Wednesday: ALT (Avocado Lettuce Tomato) Sandwich | Orthodox and Vegan
I did get off to a good start with pea soup and an ALT (Avocado, Lettuce and Tomato) Sandwich – if you’re eating oil, you could also add your favorite vegan mayo. I made the pea soup using Bob’s Red Mill green pea flour, and added tahini to make it creamy.

What I Ate Wednesday: Double Qrunch Burger Sandwich | Orthodox and Vegan
Another sandwich, but this time I simply prepared two Qrunch Burgers (you cook them in the toaster). They are covered in ketchup, with a little squirt of Just Mayo.

What I Ate Wednesday: Pickle Wrap | Orthodox and Vegan
And this is where I got desperate. I was in a rush to eat something Saturday afternoon, and didn’t have time to slice veggies. Instead I wrapped a pickle in a tortilla! To the left of the pickle is a big squirt of Just Mayo covered in hulled hemp hearts, topped with ketchup and crushed up tortilla chips. It was actually pretty good!

What I Ate Wednesday: Stella's Lounge in Grand Rapids | Orthodox and Vegan
But do you know what’s even better than a pickle in a tortilla? Brunch at Stella’s Lounge! Our parish transferred the feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos to Sunday, so after Liturgy my friend and I headed to Stella’s for a special meal. What you see here is Ride the Lightning Salad, Chronic Fries, Onion Rings, French Toast Sandwich filled with Tofu Veggie Scramble with Old Grand Dad Maple Syrup, and a side of Poor Man’s Potato Wing Hash. Oh, and a celebratory Espresso Old Fashioned 🙂

What I Ate Wednesday: Curry Leaf Indian Cuisine | Orthodox and Vegan
Today I finally tried the Indian restaurant that opened near my house quite a few months ago, Curry Leaf. A lot of Indian food contains cream or ghee, but not all of it. I went for the lunch buffet, and the host showed us which items were vegan. Indian food is great because:
A. It tastes good
B. Lots of legumes = protein and
C. It tastes really, really wonderful.
And nearly everything shown here is gluten free, except probably the pancake thing.

What I Ate Wednesday: Coco Jazz Thai Coconut Snack | Orthodox and Vegan
Lastly, I stopped at my favorite Asian market to pickup some jackfruit and decided to take a look at the clearance racks – I love getting a good deal! I found this chili flavored toasted coconut snack from Thailand, Coco Jazz, for only 50 cents. These little bags (one to two servings each) would be great to keep around the house or office for when you need a little extra something.

What’s the weirdest thing you ever ate in a pinch? Let us know in the comments!