Vegan Brunch Casserole and New Year’s Party Dip Plus My 2011 Resolutions and Goals

Posted on January 1, 2011


Last night (NYE) the kids and my husband ate out early while I worked on a photo project.  The project had to be completed by midnight as my coupon expired then.  (No pressure)!

I did finish the project.  And once all done I quickly realized I was hungry!  Since it was NYE I thought what better time to make my own party and turn Alicia Silverstone’s Cheesy, Oozy Guacamole Bean Dip into dinner…with a couple of glasses of wine…as I got ready to watch the east coast on television bring in 2011.

I altered the recipe a little by omitting the chiles and cutting the other ingredients in half, except for the beans.  I used a whole can, because I love beans.  I also added lettuce and the cheese after it had warmed almost completely, then popped it back in the oven for a couple more minutes to get the cheese warm.  It was so good.  This is a perfect party or tail-gating dip.

I blame the booming fireworks for waking up late this morning.  (Although, waking up late has become a bad habit this holiday).  I thought I would cook something out of Vegan Brunch since I knew we would be eating our New Year’s dinner in a few hours.

I brewed a pot of Apple Pie Coffee, warmed up leftover Cranberry Raisin Oatmeal and blended up a Strawberry Pineapple Green Smoothie to keep our tummies satisfied until the Mom’s Breakfast Casserole from the cookbook was ready.

Paprika-Seasoned Potatoes, Tempeh-Pepper and Tofu-Lemon Mixtures for Mom’s Breakfast Casserole

Potatoes Roasted and Casserole Layered and Ready to Cook

Piping Hot and Ready to Eat

Oh my.  We were so full.  It was all good, especially the casserole.

My husband exclaimed, “Is that egg?”  The tofu/turmeric combo looks just like egg, and the tempeh looks just like sausage once plated.

After brunch, we finished taking down all the Christmas decorations.  I worked on my 2011 resolutions and goals a little and am about to get back in the kitchen to whip up a Field Roast (that I forgot to cook at Christmas…duh!), turnip greens, blackeye peas and cornbread.

I thought I would share my resolutions/goals list with you.  Here it is, a work in progress, in no particular order:

Organize my office
Weekly family game or movie night
Learn how to sew
Call my brother once a week
Play in the floor or on the ground with the kids more
Write a book
Write love notes to my husband
Continue decreasing tv
Blog 2-3 times per week
Charitable event once per month
Quarterly vegan potlucks with friends
Sibling bonding exercises
Mother’s helper 3 hours/ 1 day each week
Play my piano at least once a week
Build my own music library

And just added…More Vegan Culinary Activism…specifically, get the Publix where I shop to carry vegan cheese this year!

What are your goals for 2011?  And what did you eat today?