Sunday, December 10, 2006

Stromboli & Minestrone

Tonight was fancy soup and sandwiches so we could spend time putting up our Christmas decorations.

Yesterday I made the dough for the stromboli. Tonight we rolled it out and filled it with onions, roasted red peppers, sundried tomatoes, pepperocini peppers, spinach, and thin sliced tofu. Two things to remember if you ever make this: (1) the filling ingredients must be very dry and (2) since it's not filled with the usual deli meat and cheese, you must season the filling. We sprinkled on some italian seasonings, garlic, and red pepper. I also served a marinara sauce (from a jar because I didn't think about it ahead of time) and an italian dressing as dipping sauces.










The stromboli baked up beautifully and it tasted awesome. Plus it was fun! I also made a minestrone soup that was thick with every vegetable imaginable, and two kinds of white beans and pasta. It was kind of a mixture of all of the italian soups in Nava's new soup book.






For dessert I made an apple cranberry crisp. I used red and green apples and fresh cranberries. The topping was made with oats and nuts. It was the most beautiful red color.




I also made VWAV sparkled ginger cookies, soft variety. These will definitely be in some gift baskets. They are delicious.



I thought I had a picture of my Christmas tree. Oh, well, maybe next post.


Time to clean up.......

19 comments:

Kati said...

Oh yum - all your food looks delicious! I'm especially interested in that stromboli - knowing that you don't eat wheat, what kind of flour did you use? It looks perfect!

The soup, crisp, and cookies got my attention, too...there are just too many things on my "to make" list!

Kati said...

After typing that comment about "knowing" you don't eat wheat, I realized that I had recommended a sprouted tortilla to you a couple posts ago that contains sprouted...wheat. Duh! Sorry about that.

Nikki said...

That stromboli looks beautiful! :)

Can't wait to see the Christmas tree pics! I put mine up yesterday!

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

That stromboli is SO impressive!

b36Kitchen said...

I love the picture of the 2 stomboli on the baking sheet. It's so beautiful. Looks so heathy and delicious.

JENNA

Midwest Vegan said...

Yum - your stromboli looks great. I've been looking for a calzone alternative that I can serve my family. I'm going to try your stromboli -- did you just use pizza crust?

bazu said...

Wowza, those stromboli are so beautiful. And that apple crisp with cranberries, mmm, I'm on a total cranberry kick right now. Great colors, & sounds like a really fun night!

aTxVegn said...

Thanks, everybody! This was my first stromboli - I got lucky, huh?

Kati & MV - I made my own bread with 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 bread flour, definitely not gf. Since going gf, I can tolerate a little wheat on occasion. I think a pizza dough in a can or box mix would work just fine.

Pixie said...

I just now found your site and I'm glad. That stromboli looks oh so good. I think it's great you "forgot" about the marinara. Nice to dip things sometimes. Thanks for sharing. Sometimes I feel like I cook the same things over and over. It's nice to get reminded of some other delicious meals.

Kati said...

Hey - I wanted to let you know that I checked out all the pudding mixes I could find, in hopes of trying the Mollie Katzen granola again, but they all contain some sort of cane sugar. =( Unfortunately, it looks like I won't be trying the recipe any time soon, but I hope you'll still try the one I posted about. Sorry to be such a party pooper!

Okra Mary said...

I already planned on putting those delicious sparkled ginger cookies in some gift baskets!

Johanna3 said...

yum, the stromboli, looks so profesional, amazing work!

yum cookies :)

Urban Vegan said...

What beautiful stromboli--so perfect. Cookies look yummy, too.

Vivacious Vegan said...

I don't think I've ever had stromboli before. But wow! Yours looks so beautiful. It would really make a pretty potluck item. The apple cranberry crisp sounds delicious! I've been eating a lot of those lately and am taking a break for a bit. I'm going to try to have smoothies for dessert for the next week or so. Need to try to cut down on the excess sugar.

Judy said...

Your stromboli look perfect. And that soup - wow! Actually, wow for everything!

Gaiaonbeta said...

I am among those drooling over the stomboli !
Sensationnal !

Megan the Vegan said...

stromboli...I've never heard of this but I WANT it!

Emmy said...

Wow, look at all the delicious food you've made while I've been offline. Everything looks wonderful!!! The Stromboli sounds amazing. Yum!!! And the ginger cookies look so pretty. Yet another recipe I haven't tried from VwaV. I thought of you the other day while at my local Asian grocery store. I kept thinking I wish this one as big as the Asian Grocery Store you go to!!!! :)

jenny said...

That stromboli looks amazing!!! I can't get over how perfectly even and professional looking they are!!! Yum!