Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Vegan ‘Shrooms and Falling Asleep at the Bottle


Although I am now a stay at home mom, I still get Sunday night blues dreading  thinking about Monday.  Maybe it’s years of the rat race full time employment, maybe it’s the fun weekends we have as a family, but whatever it is, I usually am not happy about facing another Monday. 

All that said, after the great Monday I had yesterday, I may change my tune.  No, nothing spectacular happened, it was just a great day.  It started with wonderful weather.  I mean, the kind where you want to have it to stay just like this year round.  Ava and I walked to the library for the baby story time.  She laughed the whole time.  (For those of you that don’t have children, I think hearing them giggle is the sweetest sound in the world.)  Then, after Ava took a good 2 hour nap, we met some friends for a late afternoon hike.   With Ava in the Baby Bjorn, we hiked up and down one of the mountain preserves for a good hour and a half.   My good friend Renee, aka “pregnant chick”, and another friend that had an 8 week old baby girl.  We were quite the clan of mommas.  It was so nice to get out, in the beautiful weather and enjoy some “girl talk” while getting some exercise. 

Follow a good workout with a good dinner, and it was the perfect evening.  For “meatless Monday” we had vegan stuffed portabello mushrooms. 


After cleaning out the mushroom, I chopped a little of the “insides” with diced onion and chopped rainbow chard from my garden.  I sauteed the onion and chard  in a little butter and white wine and finished it with a tablespoon or so of capers and salt and pepper.  After putting that mixture in the ‘shrooms, I made a tofu cheese with mashed firm tofu, 3 Tbsp. nutritional yeast, a couple squirts of fresh lemon juice and a pinch of sea salt and cayenne pepper.  A simple garnish of roasted tomatoes was all this needed.  I put the mushrooms under the broiler for approx. 10 minutes.  So easy, and super tasty. 


Nom, nom, nom.

This little peanut was pooped after the hike.  While I cooked, I plopped her in the high chair to drink her bottle.  She couldn’t even hold her bottle and found a way to have it rest on her high chair tray. 


About 10 minutes later I noticed she was holding the bottle, but wasn’t really drinking it.  In fact, there was a slight snore coming from her direction.  Guess she had a great Monday as well.


Do you dread Mondays?  What is your favorite day of the week?


  1. Awe... Ava is too cute for words!! Marin falls asleep with her bottle at the end of the day!

    My favorite day of the week is Friday! I LOVE Fridays :)

    Mondays are okay... not too bad ;)

  2. I used to hate Mondays but I equate that with a job I used to hate. Now that I have a job I like it isn't so bad on Monday mornings.

  3. Mo the 'shrooms look great! Love your tofu "cheese"! I do nut cheeze sometimes with nooch and nuts but the tofu is a really option, isn't it! No soaking nuts (twss!)

    The hike sounds glorious! Wow! and it was a PERFECT day yesterday. I had a WF's blogger meetup as you saw and it would have been great to do a hike! how fun for you guys. I remember when Skylar was that age...the Bjorn is HOT and alot of work :) By the time the start sneaking up on 18-20 lbs, it's very heavy!

    Mommy & Me library stuff...I used to walk to those in San Diego with Skylar...great memories :)

    I channeled your cabbage wraps yesterday, posting later about it!