Bake and Destroy

Bake and Destroy isn't just an awesome name and a pretty face. It's one of our new favorite vegan cookbooks. We put it to good use with 45 pounds of veggies we got from a friend.

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Our good friend was basically handed 200 pounds of veggies for free and has been giving it out left and right. There were Roma tomatoes, grape tomatoes, eggplant, summer squash, zucchini, gray squash, and green beans. This is like winning the lottery for a vegan family. We snatched up 45 pounds of it and still felt like we barely made a dent. Some food needed to be cooked ASAP before it all went bad.

A coworker got me and the fam a couple of great cookbooks for X-mas: Thug Kitchen and Bake and Destroy. They are both amazing, both for their irreverence and attitude, as much as for their inspiring and delicious vegan concoctions. I give ‘em both 5 out of 5 stars. It was time to put them to use.

I started with a couple of recipes from Bake and Destroy and I have to say… I’m impressed. The first was my spin on the Pizza Cupcakes—a very loose interpretation of a pizza in muffin form—which turns out to be a pretty awesome little dish. I swapped out the tofu for a big fat summer squash and I added a can of kidney beans to the marinara (for extra protein, since I 86ed the tofu).

The second was the Vegan Green Bean Casserole Pizza. This puppy is pretty much the best green bean casserole I’ve ever had anyway, and then it’s plopped down on a pizza crust. Fuck me. I used a lovely ready-made whole wheat dough from Trader Joe’s instead of the one in the book. Everyone absolutely loved that shit.

So that’s about two pounds down and 43 to go. Can’t wait to try my hand at canning!1

  1. As a side note: aren’t friends awesome? [return]