I giggled when I got her message, but there is a great truth in her words; at this point, I'd venture to say that a life without cheese would be a miserable one! It's so good and a pretty essential food for this vegetarian. However, I think lessening my dependence on cheese is ultimately a good thing, and this cheeseless January is showing me that I can actually enjoy (some) foods without cheese. GASP.
(This is not to say that I won't go running back in February . . . just hopefully with more restraint and some new ideas).
I made this veggie soup the other day that turned out SO GOOD. I sauteed diced peppers, half an onion, and garlic in the bottom of my stock pot, and then just added pretty much all the veggies, etc. I had on hand (carrots, baby yukon potatoes, kale, cabbage*, canned tomatoes, garbanzo beans, fresh corn). I used a couple cubes of Knorr veggie bouillon, water, dried oregano & basil, chili flakes, a smidge of chili powder, and Tony Chacere's (which I put in everything I cook). Thanks to a suggestion from one of my besties, Lesley, I added a can of pumpkin, which thickened the soup into a stew . . . it was amazing!
*the cabbage was my favorite part
My carnivorous boyfriend and roommate loved it too. The kale is tough enough to not get slimy in soup, and it was just spicy enough. Make this! You won't regret it. :)
This morning, my sweet friend Amy sent me a link to this Oh She Glows recipe:
I'm definitely gonna try it--Amy made it and said it was delish.
So here's where I ask for all your vegan (or mostly vegan) ideas! Although, I can use a chicken substitute in pretty much anything, so if you have ideas that contain chicken, send em my way. Just no cheese, please.