Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Veganomicon Menu Roundup

As many of you now know, I am incapable of saying no when it comes to menu plans. It's a disease and I can't help myself. I thought today I might post a bunch of pictures of Vcon menus I have made over the past year. For those of you who have the book, flick to page 267 to play along! Most of these were made for weekday dinners, so I haven't made the suggested soups, salads or desserts in conjunction with these meals. I have made most of them at other times though, so that is just more retrospective post fun to be had... tee hee!

So, on with the food.

Mediterranean Comfort Menu - Tomato and Roasted Eggplant Stew with Chickpeas and Soft Poppy-Seed Polenta. Not pictured here is the Roasted Cauliflower.

Chinese Eat-In Menu - Baby Bok Choy with Crispy Shallots and Baked Marinated Asian Tofu. I subbed in some wasabi mashed potato in place of the suggested brown rice.

Lazy Indian Gourmet Menu - Samosa Stuffed Potatoes, Sauteed Spinach and Tomatoes, Five Minute Mango Chutney and Jasmine Rice.

Greek To Me And You Menu - Mediterranean-Style Baked Lima Beans and Lemony Roasted Potatoes. Instead of the suggested Easy Stir-Fried Leafy Greens with dandelion and kale, I used the Garlicky Kale with Tahini recipe from Vegan With A Vengeance.

My Own Private India Menu - Tamarind Lentils, Baked Curried Tofu, Cornmeal Masala Brussels Sprouts and Basmati Rice.

Fancy-Shmancy Menu - Chickpea Cutlets, Mustard Sauce and Roasted Asparagus. I also served it with some chive infused mashed potatoes.

The Vegan Ghost of Julia Child Menu - Sauteed Seitan with Mushrooms and Spinach and Herb-Scalloped Potatoes.

Smash Your TV Dinner Menu - Mac Daddy, Rasted Zucchini and Roasted Butternut Squash with Coriander Seeds.

Down-Home Gourmet Menu - Cheater Baked Beans, Smokey Grilled Tempeh and Sauteed Collards.

Rustic Goddess Menu - Tomato Couscous With Capers and Rustic White Beans with Mushrooms. Also served with roasted asparagus, because you know how I love to have green things on my plate!

I have also made the Roman Goddess Menu, which is Chickpeas Romanesco with Saffron-Garlic Rice and Roasted Green Beans, but I cannot find a picture of that anywhere. Sadness! And, or course, the Picnic Menu I made last week.

Sorry for the lack of deep and meaningful comments about all the different food. This post is designed for quick visual gratification, plain and simple. ;)


  1. oh my god that all looks seriously good. wasabi mashed potato - i need to try that, I have some wasabi in my fridge that I haven't used in ages!

  2. Wow! I love the fact that you show the menus! I confess, I never follow the menu's, but you're making me think I should!

    And how good is roasted asparagus?!?! I just discovered this little gem the other week and am regretting all those years of stir-fried asparagus. Roasted is definitely where it's at!

    I hope poor Gizmo is starting to feel a little better :( I said in my comments, Charlotte is getting a follow up test done in the next 2 days or so, fingers crossed she's better, but I think she's going to need another round of antibiotics first :( Give Gizmo a cuddle for me and tell her to feel better soon!

  3. I didn't enen know there were menus in that book! Maybe if the book had pictures (for quick visual gratification!) I would have paid more attention! Your food looks awesome >:o)

  4. Sal - Wasabi mashed potato is seriously good! I love my wasabi powder mixed into mayo as well. A sandwich with asian baked tofu, spinach leaves and wasabi mayo - awesome!

    Vegetation - When I first discovered roasted asparagus, which I have to admit was only a year ago, I was in heaven! It is now my most favoured way of cooking it. It is soooo tasty! Gizmo says thanks for the hug. She starts her antibiotics tomorrow! Two thirds of a tablet is her dose, what a stupid dose! Oh well.

    Becks - I love photos in cookbooks. I don't like what it does to their prices though ;) There's a flickr group devoted to it, and someone has actually made and photographed every. single. dish. So lots of inspiration out there! Open up your Vcon... do eeeeet! ;)

  5. How awesome that you tried all these menu plans! I haven't even tried one.

  6. i love how you made all of the suggested menus! i don't think i have made any of them all together like that, awesome inspiration!

  7. Thanks for the visuals!! I love it that we love our food so much we take pictures... it really encourages people to try out new things!

  8. I LOVE putting pictures to dishes so this is awesome. Don't we eat with our eyes first???
    Photos of food is what helps me decide what to make which is probably why I haven't made much from that book yet...BUT I WILL!!!

  9. oooh ooh ooh...a little wabbit has just told me the good news!!!
    You trying to steal my thunder girlfriend?
    I thought flying to Brighton from Spain was bad enough but AUSTRALIA!!!!
    hee hee hee
    It'll be great to meet you.

  10. There's so much goodness in one single post my eyes don't know what to focus on! They are rapidly jumping from dish to dish out of control! Help!! :)

  11. You are amazing :D Nice work! I'm ashamed to admit i've only made a few things out of Vcon, but i'm starting! I need to get some vital gluten flour to properly get my vcon on!

  12. Great looking meals, Susan! I wish I'd made half of the menus from V'on as you have!

  13. Great work! This makes me really realise that I haven't even begun to scratch the surface of the awesomeness that is Vcon (I think I've only made Chickpea Cutlets and Mac Daddy out of it), and I really should get to cookin' from it! Very inspiring you are, Miss Susan!!

  14. I am so hungry right now I almost licked the computer screen. Every one of these dishes look absolutely fantastic. Thanks for the ideas!