Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Tofu Pot Pie

Erin Pavlina from VegFamily sent me a copy of her new cookbook, Vegan Family Favorites. Thanks, Erin! I've added a link to her book on the sidebar. We've been enjoying her fast, easy, kid-friendly recipes. Last night I made the recipe for Tofu Pot Pie and set aside some pastry and filling to make this lunch-sized pot pie in a mini loaf pan. I refrigerated it overnight then baked it this morning and wrapped it in foil. I sent it with an organic apple and some chocolate graham crackers filled with chocolate ganache. Beverage: fortified vanilla almond milk.
Verdict: I added some frozen corn to the peas, carrots, and tofu in the pie crust. The sage gravy was easy to make and quite yummy. Little shmoo especially appreciated the fact that this recipe contained no onions! 5 stars.

31 comments:

Shelly said...

Mmmm. Pot pie. I need to make some of this. Lunch is off ot a grand start what with yesterday and today. :)

SDGvegan said...

I have a picky 7 year old vegan as well. He "hates" onions and I love them. TIt's such a battle to see how tiny I can chop them. I will have to try the chocolate ganache cracker thing. We love our ganache around here.

Ali said...

I just have to say that I think you have the coolest thing going on here. Thanks for all the inspiration. I have a child on a special diet and just seeing what you pack here has really given me some great ideas. Thank you!

Leslie said...

I hate onions and I'm almost 25. I do like onion flavor, a lot, but not the texture... prepared any way. So I just cook with huge onions and pick them out later. Or bouquet-garnet them. If they are diced super-small I'll eat them too, but I agree with Shmoo.

Arline said...

Wow, Jennifer, after reading the many many comments on the tamale lunch it struck me -- and surely struck you -- how much your community has grown in such as short time! OK, what is next? The minute your book is finished we need t-shirts, canvas shopping bags, branded lunchboxes that have "Vegan Lunch Box" on them? I think all of your readers who visited before the holidays told at least 10 people about your site -- I know we did!

Anonymous said...

How can Little shmoo like brussel sprouts but not onions?!!
So glad you're back!

Kay said...

Cutest pot pie ever!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad you're back!!! I have been an obsessive vegan lunch boxer since october, and for the first time in my life I'm not looking forward to summer vacation! You must think of some other way to incorporate your lunches into summer life. I would suggest summer school, but I don't want little schmoo to hate me. I have the vegan family favorites cookbook as well; so much good stuff in there, the tofu pot pie is already my husband's favorite, but what a great idea to make it into little personal servings! You are a genius! Looking forward to your cookbook.

Shelly said...

I agree with Arline. Get yourself over to cafepress.com and make us a tee-shirt! Who knows? You might make some money. :)

Jennifershmoo said...

Hey, t-shirts and bags...I never thought of that! That could be really cute!

LOL, summer school! He wouldn't be too thrilled. Re. the individual pot pies, you get more crust per bite that way. :-9

Trin said...

I LOVE your site, Jennifer! I read on your blog that you are in Washington state. If you are ever near Seattle, be sure to let me know if you'd like to attend a SeattleVeggieFamily potluck. You're welcome for sure!

You've educated me for the day. I had no clue what ganache was, so I had to look it up! :) I'll be mean and insist any other inquiring minds do the same.

trinanddave@hotmail.com

Occula said...

I keep meaning to ask, do you use a lemon squeeze to keep the fruit from browning? I know one is supposed to, but I've never tried it because I'm afraid it would radically alter the taste of the fruit. I mean, I love lemon, but I don't know if I'd love lemonapple.

Jennifershmoo said...

I usually use orange juice, as it doesn't make the apple taste sour like lemon does. Citrus soda works, too, if you happen to have it around.

Miriam said...

Oh my, that is the cutest lunch ever. A mini pot pie!!

I hated onions as a child as well. But, my sneaky mother never told me that my favorite dish of all time was heavily laden with onions. She simply pureed them in a blender and then used the juice - voila, all taste and no texture. :)

leila said...

welcome back! your lunches look stunning as usual. is your book going to be ready by February this year? i might be in WA to visit my in-laws in leavenworth, and i was rather hoping to pick up some vegan reads ... ?

love from leila

.letting go said...

a special lunchbox pot pie! that's such a demonstration of love and care jennifer! I feel bad for the kids in schmoo's class that are stuck with Lunchables.

Harmonia said...

I will have to check out that link/book! Thanks!

The Pot Pie looks wonderful...I'm afraid foods like that are a little too complicate for me but maybe I will work up to it, eh?

Karen Anne said...

I love onions, how can anyone not love onions -)

Maybe it's because I use "sweet onions" or the mild big yellow onions? I do find the regular onions too harsh.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Jenniferschmoo! I was in serious withdrawl over school break--glad you're back!! This pot pie looks great!!
marysuesylw

Tanya said...

And stickers.... We must have stickers!!! I'd love to put one on my little one's lunch box.

Rebecca said...

This is my favorite lunch so far! I *love* potpie and my kids do, too! I'll have to try this. I really missed checking in everyday!

FilmStocker said...

Vegan pot pie, no less... Every kid should be so lucky! Thanks for another great post.

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Mal said...

I must stick up for onions here. I've always loved onions, no matter what kind they are!

Such a delicious-looking lunch. I'm mighty jealous.

Anonymous said...

i showed this website to my entire AP Environmental Science class today, as we are talking about the food industry and animal cruelty etc. and since ive reeled a few of my friends into checking out this site everyday

Anonymous said...

how does he feel about leeks? scallions? shallots? chives? garlic? the aeromatics are my fave veggies! WHERE WOULD I BE WITHOUT ONIONS!?

Leslie said...

VeganLunchBox Bumper Stickers!

Rachel B. said...

i really like your blog but i have to say i am turned off by some of your commenters, who seem awfully pushy. "We need...." "we must have...."
"get yourself over to --- and make us..."

let's remember, this is all done on volunteer time! appreciate what you have.

Louisa said...

Yum! Thanks for the tip about using OJ to keep fruit from getting icky. I didn't know that would work.

Jennifershmoo said...

Wow, an AP Environmental Science class -- that is so amazing! I almost majored in Environmental Science when I went to college, but chose Anthropology instead. Much more useful careerwise, you know (ha!).

Hi, leila -- I'm afraid it won't be printed by February. I'm shooting more for springtime.

And yes, let's hear it for onions!

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