The First Fab Five Friday of VeganMofo 2012

This first week of VeganMofo 2012 has been a seriously stellar one.

From cupcakes galore to everything pumpkin-flavored under the sun, you, my fellow veganmofoers, have not let ANYONE down this week.

I spent hours on end scrolling through the various blogs, lusting after recipes and drooling over photos. If I've learned anything in my second VeganMofo, it's that things really can get better with time.

Because I know how much darn effort I put into planning out my weekly meals (not to mention the amount of time it takes to take a photo of a dish of food 90 bajillion times to end up with just a mediocre shot, I figured I'd bring back my Fab Five Fridays from last year's mofo to highlight the top five food posts I found myself obsessing over this week.

The very first dish I found myself excited over was the Whiny Vegans' Potato Kale Pizza. It's a simply beautiful slice of pizza and it combines two of my favorite things in this whole wide world: pizza and potatoes. Our two-year-old goes absolutely gaga over any green vegetable (particularly peas, we're still trying to figure out where this comes from), so I'm pretty sure I could put kale on top of anything and she'd gobble it up. They step this recipe up a notch though and take it from pizza to something with a little more pizzazz ... by adding a drizzle of fancy nut or truffle oil. I'm pretty much on board with all of the above.

The next recipe I stumbled upon was was VeganFling Caeser Salad Tofu Wraps. Not only did I find myself enamored with all the amazingly decadent photos that appeared on this blog, my 29-week-pregnant self hauled my butt to the grocery and bought the ingredients to make these bad boys on the giddy up. And let me tell you, not only are they as easy and delicious as they look, they were a serious hit with our little one and Chubby Vegan Dad alike. That's what we call a win in my book.

And because I've got a really, really massive sweet tooth, it didn't take long for me to stumble upon a cookie recipe that basically rocked my socks off, just by reading the TITLE. Leaves and Flours was not playing around during this first week, when she unleashed a vegan-adapted Caramel-Stuffed Apple Cider Cookie. This recipe calls for one of the most awesome fall ingredients of all - apple cider - and then leaves readers wanting to hop online and order the first batch of vegan caramels they can fine. You'll be happy to know I'm heading out in search of some at my own health food store this weekend.

But because I can't just have my cookies and eat them too, I found myself perusing through blogs in search of something savory, but not too complicated. I fell in love with Fried Dandelions' Seitan Scallopini as soon as I saw the word "seitan," but after viewing the photo and reading over the recipe I can't wait to give this one a whirl. Between utilizing a homemade seitan recipe and indulging in some crimini mushrooms, I have a feeling I'm going to be dedicating our next date night to this recipe!

And because I haven't stumbled across all the ingredients I need to make that caramel apple cider cookie, I found myself drawn to the super scrumptious, but doable recipes and amazing photos on Hell Yeah it's Vegan's website. I'm the kind of woman who will forever be in search of the most utterly perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe, and although there have been a few times I thought I might have nailed it on the head, seeing these photos made me realize I still have so much further to come in my cookie baking expertise.

I'm sure there are so, so, so many recipes I missed in this first week; I can hardly wait to see what my fellow bloggers come up with next week.

With so many delicious things to start working on already, I can't help but wonder, what have been your favorite recipes so far?


  1. The pizza and the scallopini were two of my faces this week too! Thanks for posting about the apple cider cookies-- I missed that post and oh my goodness, are those ever up my alley.

  2. SO glad you enjoyed my tofu Caesar wrap recipe! I'm happy they were a hit! :)

  3. Thanks for the shout out! I hope you love the Seitan Scallopini—its delicious!