Okay, first things first. The winner of the Speed Vegan cookbook giveaway is Lacey of Lacey Loves Food! Congrats, Lacey! She was lucky random number 18!
Now, back to our regularly scheduled post:
For a food addict like myself, a delicious meal serves as sanctuary. Food is safe place where all the troubles in the world melt away, at least until my plate is licked clean (and yes, I have been known to lick a plate). Maybe that's not the healthiest attitude to have toward food, but it's the one I've got and I've learned to live with it. When I'm not eating, I'm thinking about my next meal or reading a food blog or perusing a cookbook. Yes, I live to eat.
And nothing says "sanctuary" like great big ole dinner salad topped with all sorts of veggies, baked tofu, and vegan ranch dressing. Naturally, I had to make Isa's Sanctuary Salad from Appetite for Reduction:
This was the first recipe that caught my eye when browsing the salad chapter. It's got all kinds of goodness — romaine, herbed roasted cauliflower, eggplant bacon, baked tofu, carrots, radishes, sprouts, and a homemade vegan ranch made with silk tofu, Vegenaise, and spices.
Let's talk more about that eggplant bacon. OMG. This is from another recipe in Isa's book. It's smoky and crispy, and it's freakin' eggplant. By the way, I learned the hard way that eggplant is way out of season. I looked at three stores before I found one and then paid $5 for it. Yes, $5 for one eggplant. But I really, really wanted to make eggplant bacon.
What's your food attitude? Do you live to eat? Or just eat to live?