my typical vegan tuesday

Corn & Edamame-Sesame Salad

Now that I’ve been doing Vegan Tuesdays for awhile, it has become a bit of a routine. I figure out what I ‘m going to make by looking through my cookbooks or searching through recipes I’ve ripped out of magazines. I make the dish or dishes on Monday night. Sometimes I eat some then, but most of the time I box up a portion for work lunch and plate a portion for pictures the next day.Yes, pictures for the blog.

It’s become a little bit funny this new hobby of mine. My days start off as usual. I get up at 5 am and rush to the gym, eating a homemade powerbar on the way. I do my workout and stop off at Coffee Bean on the way home.  They know me at the Coffee Bean. They have my nonfat milk ready to dump into my coffee before I’m done paying. And on Tuesdays they know I get soy milk.

I get home about 7 am, jump in the shower, and get dressed for work. All the while I’m looking out the window hoping for the sun to come out so I can take some semi-decent food pictures. Once dressed, I run downstairs finish packing my lunch. Grab the picture food and run back upstairs. Yes, the room with the best natural light for pictures is upstairs in my office, or what I now call my “studio”.  I take a few pictures, hoping I get a good one. I need a better camera. Because I’m usually rushing, I don’t have time to set-up a good shot.

Once I’m done taking pictures, I run back downstairs and put the plate back in the refrigerator for dinner that night. I’m out the door on the way to work by 8 am or 8:15 am. I start work at 9 am  and leave work at 6 pm. Home by 7 pm, rinse and repeat. Weekends are a bit different obviously, but with errands and things to do the days (and daylight) can and do slip away.

Now that I’ve said all that, here are these week’s selections.

I made a Corn & Edamame-Sesame Salad with a recipe from Veganomicon. The recipe calls for frozen shelled edamame. I only had the kind still in its shell. I tried to peel them while still frozen, which was nearly impossible. I steamed them as usual and then peeled them. Much better.  Once I got past the whole peeling thing, the recipe was quick and easy. It’s so light and fresh tasting. I can see myself eating it all summer long. I can’t wait to make it again using kernels from summer fresh corn.

I also made a Chickpea-Quinoa Pilaf, also from Veganomicon. You can find the recipe here. I didn’t make any changes to the recipe. It’s warmly spiced and reminds me of chili–it’s got cumin and coriander and tomato paste. It’s very satisfying.

It was especially great because I had all the ingredients on-hand to make both of these dishes. Everything was either in my pantry or in my freezer.

Corn & Edamame-Sesame Salad

Adapted from Veganomicon

Note: The original recipe calls for tamari or soy sauce. I’ve been loving shoyu, which is an unpastuerized soy sauce that is very delicious. Feel free to sub if you don’t have it.

  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons shoyu
  • Fresh squeezed lime juice, to taste
  • 2 cups frozen, shelled edamame
  • 1 cup fresh corn, or partially-thawed frozen corn
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • Generous pinch of salt

Add edamame to boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add the corn and boil for another 2 minutes. Strain into a colander and run under cold water until cool enough to touch. Set aside.

Whisk together seasame oil, rice vinegar, shoyu, and lime juice in a medium size bowl. Mix in edamame and corn and then stir in toasted sesame seeds. Salt to taste. Let sit in refrigerator for at least 15 minutes before serving to allow flavors to meld.

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11 thoughts on “my typical vegan tuesday

  1. You have got that morning routine DOWN!!! I might ask you to give me a buzz when you are on your way to the gym and tell me to get my butt out of bed. I need to be doing what you are doing! Your vegan dishes today look great!!

  2. I am going to go and look up the quinoa pilaf. it sounds amazing. I am so happy I got this cookbook. What a great routine you have. The salad looks great too!

  3. Ha ha ha when my kids were little I did the same thing so that I could do before hubs went to work. Now, I’m old and I go after they go to school, but I go. he he Your vegan yumm looks good and healthy, but what do “we” do with all the yummy sweetie things we bake? (like beautiful cakelets?)
    Great job, Wendy!
    AmyRuth

  4. That salad looks like summer in a bowl! Corn and edamame sounds like a wonderful combination. I had to laugh as you described your routine and fitting in the picture taking. Mine isn’t exactly the same but there’s the same amount of finangling with light and location involved. Taking pictures of the food is the part of the food blogging thing that frustrates me the most!

  5. Yummy! I think Vegan Tuesdays are such a fabulous idea. Both of your creations sound totally delicious. I love that the people at Coffee Bean know you well enough to add soy milk on Tuesdays. Now that’s special!

  6. Hi! I made the chickpea quinoa pilaf and it was delicious! I’ve had quinoa in the pantry for quite a while and this was my first time trying it. I’ll definitely make this recipe again. Thanks!

  7. So glad to see others adopting Vegan Tuesday. I started doing this in 2008 and caught a fair amount of heat when I wrote about it for Baltimore City Paper last year. You can see the readers’ comments at the bottom of the entry: http://www.citypaper.com/eat/story.asp?id=17070

    I also just read that Hopkins (also in Baltimore) has started promoting a Meatless Monday campaign. More truly is less in this case. The more people that adopt a vegan or vegetarian day into their weekly diet, the less we abuse the planet and its resources.

    Congratulations on your commitment and thanks for helping to spread the word!

  8. Nice site! and it’s so cool to see that other people are doing what is now getting known as Vegan Tuesday. Thanks Steven for creating VT and Thanks Wendy for spreading the good (and healthy) word!

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