And it was a very pregnant Valentine’s Day. I took the day off to relax, avoid these stupid, torturous office meetings we have once a month (usually missing them is a huge no-no, but I’m 39 weeks pregnant and I don’t care!), and make dinner for Nathan.
I got a couple fabulous v-day presents too.
Flowers from my dad, the card on the single pink rose says “For Baby Jane”:
And an outfit Nathan bought from Peapods – we’ve gotten lots of cute baby clothes as presents, but this reflects our style more than anything. A punk rock “love mom” onesie and rainbow striped leg warmers!
(Hahaaa I just realized right when I inserted that pic that I’m completely unintentionally flipping the bird.)
Here’s one of me washing mushrooms and looking freakin gigantic – I have to turn sideways cause my stomach won’t fit over the sink:
The recipe is from a cooking class I organized last week through an organization I volunteer for, Compassionate Action for Animals, so I got to taste before I attempted it myself.
Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff Recipe
-Three 8 oz. packages white mushrooms, sliced.
-1/2 cup chopped onion
-2 T olive oil
-2 T flour
-1-2 cups vegetable broth
-1 T tomato paste
-1 T vegan sour cream (I used tofutti brand)
-Salt, pepper, & spices to taste
Sautee mushrooms and onion in olive oil over low heat until tender (10-15 minutes). Sprinkle flour over top and mix well. Slowly add vegetable broth 1/2 cup at a time until desired consistency. It should form a smooth gravy. Simmer for 2-3 minutes. Add tomato paste, sour cream, salt, pepper, & spices and mix well. Serve over noodles or rice.
– I ended up adding about 1 cup of veggie broth plus like 2 more T of flour because the sauce didn’t seem thick enough. Don’t be afraid to play around with the measurements in this recipe – the liquid that the mushrooms release can vary a lot.
-It’s pretty bland if you don’t add salt & pepper. Just those were fine for us, but some other spice, maybe red pepper flakes, would be great too if you like more kick in your food.
-Overall, a really easy and amazingly creamy dish considering the one tablespoon of “cream” in it!
A pic of dinner & tummy from above:
Served with roasted veggies and a bottle of Duvel Belgian Ale I bought as a present for Nathan. A little pricey at about $12 for a 750ml bottle, but absolutely delicious.
Happy belated v-day!