Wheat Berry Salad

I love wheat berries. I fell in love with them several years ago while attending a vegan Thanksgiving event. For a long time, I had a habit of eating a small bowl of wheat berries (and nothing else) for breakfast. Then I grew tired of that and just sorta forgot all about them.

Well, they are back.

Check out this awesome Wheat Berry Salad recipe. I decided I wanted to have wheat berries again, but I wanted to do more than eat just a plain bowl of them. I had left over dried cranberries and (believe it or not) white balsamic vinegar. Both of these ingredients were bought for some other random kitchen experiment of mine and were now just sitting on my shelf. So I was excited to get to use them. All you have to do is omit the cheese, and this recipe instantly becomes vegan. Not too difficult. I thought I might miss the cheese, but I didn’t.

My wheat berries took about 30 minutes to cook to the consistency that I liked. I followed the directions for cooking them based on the package they came in (not the directions for the recipe). Once they cooled, I added everything in. The first day I had this with a tofurkey sausage (spinach and pesto). That worked fine. I cut the tofurkey up into little rounds and cooked them in oil. Then I mixed them in with the salad.

The next two times I had it I just served myself a bigger portion and had it by itself for lunch. I’d like to be able to tell you how many meals I got out of this, but The Boyfriend wouldn’t stop eating it back on Day One. I had to yell at him to stop because I seriously wanted left overs. I was counting on them. This is the guy who thinks most of my food is weird (but tastes great) and didn’t know what a wheat berry was until he tried it for the first time. Then he decided he couldn’t stop shoving them in his face. I know – they are awesome – but leave me some, ok?

Wheat berries are full of fiber and are insanely good for you. Making a salad out of them is a simple and efficient way to use them. Since the recipe I linked to uses olive oil, the salad will congeal a bit when stored in the fridge. All I did was scoop out what I wanted around 7:00 am, and it was totally good to eat from 11:00 on. This means that it would be a great option to take with you to work. You can leave it at room temperature, and it requires no heating. Just eat when you get hungry!

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ALO Goddess Leggings

One of the nice things about having to change studios is that I am getting exposed to a whole new range of yoga wear! Great, right? Now I have even more things to buy. Several people at my studio wear ALO Goddess Leggings. Have you seen these? They looked like the most comfortable things ever. EVER.

So, yeah, I had to order a pair. I got these. And FYI: I had a difficult time finding a top to match it. I wanted a solid since the pants are a print. I ended up finding a ribbed black long-sleeved shirt at Target for next to nothing. Works perfectly. Matches the bottom half so well. Plus the Goddess Leggings are basically 100.00. I was in the market for a cheap top. ūüôā

The leggings are just as comfy as you would think they would be. I ordered a medium, and I think next time I will go with a small. I’m 5’8″ tall with a 28-inch waist. The leggings were a bit long. They are supposed to be long (obviously) because they cover part of your feet. But they were bunched up in the legs a bit. I had to pull them up pretty high to get it to work out. I was worried that a small would be too small so I didn’t return. I also wanted to get right to wearing asap while the weather was right. Their sizing chart suggests I should have ordered a small, but I have a difficult time thinking of myself as a small when most everything I own is a medium (plus I was right on the line between small and medium).

I’ve seen students practice in them at my studio, and I’ve seen teachers wear them while teaching a class. I could wear these to teach a class in, but I don’t think I would take class in them. First, while I love having them wrap around the bottom half of my feet I do not think I want anything on my feet while I take class. That’s a personal preference. Second, while the top half is perfect for doing yoga in, I think the bottom half would be uncomfortable. Keep in mind that I’m still doing hot yoga. I think if the room was less than 90 degrees these pants could be perfect. But who am I to say? I mean, I don’t practice in rooms less than 100 degrees.

That said, these leggings are awesome to have for the winter time to wear around the house. They are super comfy and snuggly. Hurry up and grab a pair before winter is over!

 

My Love for Tofurky

It’s only been in the last year or so that I have given Tofurky a glance. Originally, it was out of laziness. I was in the grocery store and needed a meat substitute and didn’t feel like making a trip to another store. So I just got Tofurky. Since then they’ve started to become my go-to product for sausages, and I’ve recently expanded out to their deli meats.

Let’s start with their sausages as this is where my love began. I am a huge fan of the spinach and pesto and the kielbasa. One of my favorite things to do is to slice up a spinach and pesto and cook it until the pieces get a little charred. Then I toss it in with this couscous recipe¬†(make it vegan by dumping in nutritional yeast at the end and leaving the Parmesan cheese out. the correct amount of nutritional yeast to use is however much you like. i like a truckload).

The other day I wandered over to the Tofurky section and decided to try a deli meat. I already had some Chao cheese¬†so I decided I’d get the bologna style deli slices. The first thing I did when I got home was have a bite. And I thought – hey, not too bad! I might consider just walking around and eating it plain. I then proceeded to make myself a grilled (vegan) bologna and cheese sandwich for dinner. It was amazing! I left off the mustard. Needs mustard.

As I wrap this up, I want to bring your attention to the smashed chickpea sandwich from last week. I shared my thoughts over on the Veganuary FB page. Someone wrote to me about her grilled hummus sandwich. Hey, I ‘ve got hummus! I’ve always got hummus.

So I ended up spreading guacamole on bread (Wholly Guacamole), then I put hummus all over everything, added my roasted tomatoes, and grilled it. Delicious! Try that one too.

Smashed Chickpea Sandwich

How’s your veganuary going? Are you trying it out at least a bit? Even if you are not full on in, I hope you’re giving it at least a little bit of a whirl. There’s so much yummy ¬†vegan goodness out there!

Today, I want to share with you a very easy (and delicious!) chickpea sandwich that you can make with just a tiny bit of advanced planning. I’d had a smashed chickpea sandwich bookmarked on my Pinterest page since the beginning of time, and I had never gotten around to it. What motivated me was the idea that perhaps I could take it to work with me for lunch. And there are many versions out there where this would work. Of course the version I landed on didn’t. I landed on this one which is grilled.

Let me say that I tweaked this recipe. It’s officially called, “Smashed Chickpea, Avocado, and Roasted Tomato Sandwich with Cheesy Tofu.” But let me tell you, I’m not super big into tofu. I also get lazy when it comes to avocados.

I wanted to make this sandwich pretty much every day this week. I’d be working from home four out of five days plus my first go around with it was a Sunday. The first – and really only – thing you need to be organized about is roasting your tomatoes. I did this Sunday before lunch. I read that I could store my extra tomatoes packed in olive oil in the fridge so I did that. I just randomly guessed at how many roma tomatoes to buy. We’ll see how it pans out over the course of the week.

I did not buy an avocado. I got little packets of Wholly Guacamole. I like the spicy kind. Get what floats your boat. I love these little packets because I really get the most out of them. Plus, whatever you don’t use by the best buy date you can freeze. Nothing goes to waste here.

Next up: The tofu. I wasn’t interested in this so I tossed it out and use some Chao cheese (original flavor) instead. I used just one slice. It was plenty. I’m not sure that the cheese worked for me on this though. Chao is awesome vegan cheese. I’m just not convinced it belong on this sandwich.

Now that I’ve got the tomato roasting out of the way, I assume this sandwich will be pretty easy to pull together during the week. I had an apple with it. It was an amazing sandwich. And there you go! An easy vegan sandwich.

The Private Lesson

When I was practicing Bikram yoga, I always wanted to take a private lesson. I don’t know why it never happened, but it just didn’t. When I switched over to a hot vinyassa practice, I found myself with lots of questions. Once I had adjusted (and gotten past the initial point of confusion), I wanted to know more about the postures we were doing in most every class. And I was really, really confused about Chaturanga.

I needed someone to look at my posture/alignment and give me detailed feedback. We do a ton of chaturangas in class, so it was important to me to get this posture correct. When December rolled around, and I had some extra time, I talked to the studio manager and got myself a 60-minute private lesson with her.

It was money well spent.

Now, obviously this isn’t a review for my specific lesson/studio because most of you wouldn’t be able to go there. But this is a plug to consider taking a private lesson at your studio regardless of how long you have been practicing. It was very helpful to have someone spend time with me in areas that were important to me. And I learned that it is very easy to spend almost an hour on something like chaturanga.

I left that hour with specific tips and modifications so that I could break my old habits and rebuild what I had been doing (some of which was so far off base). I learned where things were breaking down. What this meant was that when I tried to do a chaturanga later in class, and flopped, I now understood why I flopped and could target myself in a specific direction. Before the lesson I knew I was doing things wrong, but I had no idea what they were.

The other thing I recommend is to follow up your lesson with a class ASAP. I took my lesson at 1:00 and was back in class that evening at 6:00. I lucked out because my private lesson and class were taught by the same person. She told me she would use some of the language she had used with me in my lesson during class to help try to cement it all in. You definitely want to get back to your class so you can keep practicing what you learned. Try not to take a day off right away (three to four classes and it will all have sunk in on a cerebral level at least!).

Since my lesson, my instructor will check in with me and ask me how my chaturanga is doing, and we’ll chat about it. She’ll point out things to me that she notices now and then when I’ve taken her class.

I think this is something I’ll try again in May/June when I know I’ll have more time on my calendar. I have no idea what I’ll want to work on, but I like the idea of having a private lesson a couple of times a year. It’s helped me refine my practice, get my questions answer, and formulate much better habits. I’m looking forward to adding in private lessons one-twice a year from here on out.

Quick Foods for Veganuary

Are you still thinking about participating in Veganuary? For today’s post, I’ve got a little collection of pre-packaged foods that can make your life a little easier. These are all things that can be purchased at places like Whole Foods, Earthfare, or similar stores. Sometimes you can get these items at your local grocer (and check Super Target as they seem to be doing a better job lately of carrying these things).

All of these items were purchased with my own money, and they are all things I use on a regular basis.

  1. Amy’s Vegan Mac & Cheese: I used to eat the heck out of the regular mac and cheese. This might actually be better. I am not kidding. It is absolutely delicious and tastes pretty much like the real thing.
  2. Field Roast makes a number of great products. Their cheese (called Chao) is the best vegan cheese on the market. It is the only vegan cheese I can eat straight out of the package. It melts just like real cheese, and you can use it to make a grilled cheese sandwich. Have this with a bowl of tomato soup, and you are good to go! The Boyfriend is a big fan of their sausage links.
  3. By the way – if you are into making a vegan grilled cheese, after you get yourself some Chao start thinking about adding some vegan bacon. Sweet Earth makes a great one. I found it refrigerated at Whole Foods but in the freezer at Super Target (with the alternative meats).
  4. While Field Roast makes a great vegan sausage, I’m kinda partial to Tofurkey. They come in multiple flavors (I love spinach pesto), and I can get them at the local grocer (in the produce section with the tofu).
  5. Earth Balance makes a number of products, but I go to them for my vegan butter. It works just like actual butter (I don’t know about baking), and tastes fine. Yes, I’ve tried it straight up. I had to! Most places carry this now.
  6. You might have noticed I haven’t said a lot about snacks. My current favorite thing is the Vega Snack Bar. I get the dark chocolate, nuts, and sea salt. It’s pretty good in terms of having a relatively low sugar content (compared to most bars). It’s way better than a Kind bar. Be careful. You will get addicted and start ordering them by the case. You can buy these at Whole Foods to try.
  7. I’m not a big breakfast person. I either eat one of those Vega Snack Bars or, lately, I’ve been using the Vega Nutritional Shake¬†(chocolate, of course!). Mix it with almond milk.
  8. Get yourself some almond mild. Whatever you like. I’ve never had a bad brand. I tend to go with original. You can use it for shakes, hot chocolate, and pretty much anytime you would use milk. You can bake with it too – just sub it in for the same amount as regular milk. Everyone is carrying Almond Milk now. Even Food Lion.
  9. I reviewed Hungryroot awhile back. While not all their meals are vegan, some are. They have sweet dessert items (pudding and  cookie dough) that are also vegan. It will only take you 10 minutes to make a meal.
  10. Finally, buy some hummus! Hummus goes on anything. You can put it on vegetables, pretzels, bread – anything! You can make it, but if you are not into that just go get whatever your favorite thing is. Also, remember that fruit is vegan. ūüôā You can eat that all you want during Veganuary (and after of course!).

So there you have it, a collection of pre-packaged foods that can serve you well during Veganuary. If you wanted to, you could have a shake for breakfast, mac and cheese for lunch, and a sausage with some veggies and a carb at dinner. See how easy this is? You got this.

 

Cookbooks For Veganuary

Last week, I shared with you some ideas for recipes to support you in participating in Veganuary. Today, I want to highlight some great vegan cookbooks. I own all of these books, and I bought them myself. I am presenting them to you in no particular order. Also, just because a book isn’t on here doesn’t mean it’s not great. I have a whole list of books I’d like to buy and haven’t gotten around to yet. Finally, some of these books I have cooked more out of than others. That doesn’t mean anything. It’s really about how much time I have to get to all the yummy things in my life.

Thug Kitchen

Thug Kitchen has two cookbooks, and I own them both. I suggest starting with the official cookbook and then moving on to Party Grub. There are so many amazing and wonderful things that you can find in the original cookbook. These include a delicious Cesar salad dressing, a great recipe for croutons (for that salad!). The Boyfriend routinely begs me to make the root vegetable fries from here, and for Christmas dinner we will be having Chickpea and dumplings (it might sound strange, but it’s a favorite in this house!).

I haven’t made a lot out of Party Grub yet, but I did make an apple focaccia. I took it to a party where my friend’s 11-year-old son kept coming back for more. I was still getting compliments on it two months later!

Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen

I love Indian food, and it’s pretty easy to make it vegan. I made the chana masala from here, and it is divine. It makes the whole house smell wonderful. There are so many delicious items in here that I have yet to try. This is a great cookbook if you want to keep things relatively simple. Some of these books will ask you to get nutritional yeast and other things which, will not complicated, could be a bit much for you depending on your journey.

The Oh She Glows Cookbook

I’ve made a lot of stuff from their website¬†so buying the cookbook was a no brainer. I recently made this dish for our vegan Thanksgiving. I’ve only made the sweet potato enchiladas from here and – again – amazing. This is also a pretty simple cookbook (I think) with very simple ingredients that you could work easily with.

Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen

I bought this book last year for my 41st birthday, and I have made a ton of food from it! The recipes are super easy to make, and many have become favorites. I get my vegan polenta recipe from here along with a great tomato soup and a yummy risotto recipe! One of the favorites for us is the crumbled sausage and mozzarella pizza. The “sausage” is made from ground up mushrooms that you cook in olive oil, and there is a recipe for a vegan mozzarella sauce.

Two things about this pizza:

  1. I don’t like mushrooms, but it sounded so good I had to give it a try. It doesn’t have a mushroomy flavor at all.
  2. The Boyfriend loves it, and this is also on his Top 10 list of things for me to make for him.

This book has a ton of recipes you can use that are so simple to make! It’s one of my immediate go to books.

The Taco Cleanse

I just bought this book so I haven’t had time to make much with it yet. It’s 30 days worth of vegan tacos for every meal plus supplements (margaritas!). I started off with making their minimalist cheese sauce. I know, totally not a taco, but I was super curious about a vegan cheese sauce.

Can I just say OMG!!!!! The cheese sauce took me all of 10 minutes to make AND it was delicious (and it’s even better on Day 2). The Boyfriend got into it and couldn’t stop eating it. This is as far as I have gotten with the book, but I am gearing up to make some tacos within the next week. This is a great book that can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be – but most of the stuff looks pretty easy to make.

Also, the taco cleanse people are on twitter @tacoscientist. They will answer any questions you have about their recipes. For example, the cheese sauce recipe called for soy milk, but I had almond milk and didn’t want to go to the store. They said I should be able to use almond milk. I did, and it worked. So if you are unsure about a direction or ingredient – just ask them! They are super responsive.

Salad Samurai 

I wanted to make sure you had a good salad cookbook on the list. I like this book because it has a range of salads in it that can fit any mood. She also has them organized by season – not that you need to follow that. Here’s an example of one of the recipes. The Boyfriend is not a big salad person, but I got him to eat the salad I linked to based on the smell of the chickpeas alone. He thought it was a hearty salad. And while the book offers plenty of vegan salad dressings for you to make, here is a link to some more!

By the way, I encourage you to make your own salad dressing whenever possible. Most take all of five minutes to make, and you can do so with minimal ingredients. I think it tastes so much better than a bottle. Plus, you’ll know exactly how it’s made.

Next week, I’ll share with you some pre-packaged vegan foods that I like. As much as I love cooking from scratch, it doesn’t happen 24/7! In the meantime, go get yourself some cookbooks.

 

Recipes in Support of Veganuary

Last week, I discussed Veganuary with you all and suggested you consider how you might participate. Today, I’d like to share with you some very simple recipes you can use if you want to give it a whirl. These are all things I have made myself and, I promise, are not complicated.

First, if you’re interested you can always follow me on Pinterest¬†where I am constantly adding new vegan (and vegetarian) recipes. I have way more than I can ever make. ¬†Feel free to take a look through my page, but also take a look at my Vegan Favorite board. This board is smaller and has things I have tried and fell in love with (and eat a lot). Also, you will see things on my Vegan board that are vegetarian – or may even contain meat. This is not an accident. There are some great ideas out there that can easily be modified to make vegan.

According to The Boyfriend I make, “weird, unique shit that always tastes amazing.” So you might want to give my pins a look as a lot of stuff I feed him comes from there (he made pulled pork on the day I wrote this just so you know where he’s coming from).

Soups

Veganuary does take place in the month of January which means it is full on soup time! Soups are easy for a vegan diet, and a lot of them can be frozen. This means you can make a big batch and stretch it out. One of my absolute favorite is this black bean soup. I use frozen corn instead of canned so I can get organic (and most canned corn is GMO so check if this matters to you). You can also try this delicious lentil soup. Tomato soup can also be made vegan. I use a cookbook for this (more on that in a future post). Most tomato soups have cream in them, but you can search around and easily find a vegan version. And yes, the vegan versions are delicious.

Snacks

You might want to give snacks a thought. They can be pretty easy. I’m not big into vegan baking so I can’t help you too much there. However, you can eat carrots and hummus or cucumbers and hummus. I’m pretty big on hummus. Buy it or make your own. Whatever you want! I don’t have a ton of snack options for you – sorry about that. I did just make these rutabaga chips which are amazing. The recipe calls for a spiralizer, but we found it difficult to use our spiralizer on the rutabaga so The Boyfriend sliced it for me. The only problem with these chips is that we pretty much just ate them all as soon as they came out of the oven, and I thought I’d have some for snacks this week. Oh well. There’s a couple left!

Other Favorites

Keep in mind that you don’t have to follow a recipe exactly. I recently made a vegan kale Caesar salad. ¬†I bought pre-bagged/chopped kale. I did this because the kale left at the store looked sad and wilted, and I didn’t want to make another trip to hunt down kale. Bagged kale is pretty kick-ass because you don’t have to chop it up. Just wash it. I used my go-to recipe for vegan Parmesan (you don’t have to soak the nuts and it takes all of five minutes to make – tastes better after it’s been in the fridge overnight). If you need to buy cashews in bulk, I recommend Nuts.com. They have a great price. I have a Caesar dressing recipe I already like from Thug Kitchen (the original book). So I just used that (make it the night before). Pretty much all I used this recipe for was inspiration and a reminder about how to roast chick peas (have you not done this? it is awesome. get to it).

Other recipes I recommend:

Chickpea Puttanesca Over Creamy Polenta (you will need to google vegan polenta; i get mine from a cookbook)

Lemon Parmesan & Israeli Couscous: A few notes:

  • I load this baby up with nutritional yeast at the end to taste
  • I use the vegan parm recipe I cited earlier
  • You can add in any number of things. I usually cut up a tofurkey dog and toss it in (cooked separately), but I know someone who has added onions and peppers and swears you can toss anything into this dish and it works.

Sauteed Garlic & Tomato Lentil Salad (so easy!)

These are just a few things to get you thinking about Veganuary and seeing some possibilities. Next week, I’ll be sharing with you my favorite vegan cookbooks that I think everyone should own. Then we’ll be looking at pre-packaged foods that are delicious (including which vegan cheese to buy!).

 

 

 

 

 

Get Thinking About Veganuary

Veganuary is coming up – January 1st. It’ll be here before you know it! What is Veganuary? Veganuary is the act of going vegan for the entire month of January. Depending on your current diet, this might seem like a challenge (or not). However, I assure you there are a number of ways to take part in this experience.

I took a 30-Day vegan challenge a few years ago. It wasn’t connected to Veganuary. Going into the challenge, I was 100% vegetarian and had been for almost a year. About a month before the vegan challenge started, I began to experiment with vegan cooking and started thinking about what to eat when cheese, milk, butter, and eggs were no longer going to be options. This gave me time to think some things through and prepare. My point is this: If you are interested in the idea of going vegan it could be difficult to jump in 100% out of the gate. I also don’t recommend you do that. Instead, I have some simple tips to get you started and be successful.

  1. Evaluate your current diet: Be honest here. Are you eating animal products at every meal? Do most of your meals contain meat? I say this because when I evaluated my eating habits I learned that I usually ate meat only at dinner, sometimes at lunch, and hardly ever at breakfast. This helped me transition to vegetarian eating by realizing I was already pretty close. Your results will show you what your habits are and how easy or (potentially) difficult a transition to vegan could be (yes, even for just 30 days)
  2. Set a Goal: It might make sense for you to be 100% vegan for Veganuary – and it might not. The last thing anyone wants is for you to get frustrated and quit. Maybe you say, “All my lunches will be vegan in January” or, “One meal a day will be vegan in January” or “All my snacks will be vegan.” You get the point. When I did my 30-day vegan challenge I found it hard to do. You might not, but if you do I think it’s important to know that it can be hard (you might be breaking some pretty long standing habits!), and it’s ok to think about it in terms of what you can do. You can always add to your goals.
  3. Be Kind to Yourself: When I first did a 30-day vegan challenge I had a melt down in my kitchen over a pot of lentils. I was hungry, crying, and had no idea what to eat. I ended up going out and having a salad with blue cheese AND bacon. I know, right? Then I regrouped and got back up on the wagon. If you slip up, don’t quit. Just get right back up and start where you left off. Dinner is probably not worth crying over.

Veganuary has tons of resources on their sit so take some time to explore it. I’ll be posting recipes you can use – and I promise they are delicious! Vegan is not about sitting around eating tofu. In fact, if soy is not your thing, you should know I eat very little soy (just see my Thanksgiving Review). Plus, you can make meals that everyone will love.

A Vegan Thanksgiving Review

Last week, I wrote about the vegan Thanksgiving menu I had planned. So, how did it go? Are any of these recipes worth your time? Would I try them again? Did the Boyfriend eat them? Let’s find out….

The Main Dish: Lentil Mushroom Walnut Balls with Cranberry Pear Sauce

This was divine. Let me repeat – divine. The Boyfriend LOVED it (and he had initially seemed less than thrilled). These things are super easy to make, but do yourself a favor and cook them on parchment paper. I realized I didn’t have any so I used tin foil. They tend to stick to tin foil which can make them fall apart. This is probably why the directions say to use parchment paper, right?

I got so excited about the fried onions I threw some on my biscuit,
I got so excited about the fried onions I threw some on my biscuit. I threw them on most things apparently.

I made the balls early on and set them aside until we were nearing the end of the cooking marathon. While they were in the oven, I made the sauce. This sauce is scrumptious. I don’t think I followed the directions in terms of cooking time. I cooked it down until I was happy with it. I also did not mash up the pear pieces because I was exhausted and just wanted to eat. Totally worked out fine.

The Sides: The sides all came from here. Off this site, I made green bean casserole, garlic mashed potatoes, and biscuits and gravy.

The green beans and mashed potatoes were easy to make and amazing. The Boyfriend raved about the mashed potatoes and kept raving about them as we ate them for leftovers. I don’t think he knew there was coconut milk in them, and I doubt he would have cared. He keeps saying we need to make more (I made the full amount).

You can make the green beans early on as you just cook them in boiling water for five minutes, drain, and set aside until you’re ready to finish the dish. If I had been paying attention, I would have figured that out and done it first thing. So there’s a tip for you!

The fried onions for the casserole were easy to make. I used olive oil because I realized I had no vegetable oil. It worked out fine. I tossed in a bunch and took them out when they looked done. Then I tried not to immediately eat them all because they are soooo yummy when they first come out of the pan! The Boyfriend was impressed that I made these from scratch – but they are not hard.

I loved the gravy. Again, something easy to make. The recipe said I could make it the day before but that it would congeal. This made me hesitant so I made it the day of (early on). What I found is that this dish would have worked if I had done it the day before. It does congeal, but it easily turns back into gravy when you heat it up.

The Boyfriend did not like the gravy, but that’s a personal thing. It turns out that while he loves onions and he loves gravy, he does not love onions in his gravy. Go figure.

The biscuits were so-so, but I’m going to blame myself for that. While they are easy to make, I have to tell you that I am terrible with baking bread. My pizza dough is so-so. I stopped making pizza dough from scratch and just started buying it at the store. If you are good at baking bread then this will probably work out well for you and it will be delicious. I just have to concede that I am not a bread baker no matter how hard I try to be. That’s ok.

Dessert: Apple Crumble Bars

Yeah for Apple Crumble Bars! You can make this the day before. I did not. I made it first thing inIMG_0720[1] the morning before I started everything else. It heats up super well OR if you are starving and are waiting for your food to cook you can just spoon it straight from the pan into your mouth. I didn’t bother to cut these up as bars. These bars convinced me that trying to make a pie would have been overrated and not worth it. I’m not a pie baker.

The Final Verdict

Overall, this meal was a huge success. I would make everything again minus the biscuits (but that’s on me). I’m just buying biscuits from here on out. The Boyfriend also loved this meal. He said, “It has all the flavors.”