Snobby Joes and Homestyle Corn Pudding

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


If there's one lesson I learned immediately when Dayv became vegan, it's that I could not just make him any old recipe without some significant alterations.  Read:  Dayv is incredibly picky.  It took a lot of practice, but I believe I finally have a handle on what he will and will not enjoy depending on how a recipe is altered.  I attribute it to my ability to quickly make measurement conversions in my head and understanding better the types of flavors and the amount of heat he can handle.

Take for example Dayv's dinner from Sunday night(as well as his future dinners for the next few days): Snobby Joes and Homestyle Corn Pudding, both from Veganomicon.  Both recipes contain quite a bit of spice and heat, but I was able to alter them according to his taste.  Most of you(probably) own Veganomicon, so you won't mind that I don't post my adapted recipes.  I will, however, share with you my adaptations.

For the Snobby Joes:
-Instead of using a whole onion, I used half. Dayv doesn't like onions.  I can get away with using them in soups and stews, as long as it's not overly noticeable.
-I omitted the green pepper.  Dayv HATES peppers.
-I reduced the chile powder from 3 tbsp to 1 tsp.  3 tbsp is A LOT of chile powder!!

For the Homestyle Corn Pudding:
-I omitted the red bell pepper.
-I used one jalepeno instead of two.
-I used a 1/3 cup of chopped scallions instead of one cup.

After two years, I still hold my breath when Dayv tries something new that I've just made him.  Luckily, he very much enjoyed both recipes.  He said that the corn pudding was just a little too spicy, but enjoyed it enough to go back for seconds.  I think next time I will only use half a jalapeno, though.

For those of you who are just transitioning yourselves or your loved ones to a vegan(and gluten-free) diet, but are having a difficult time due to picky tastebuds, the key is to not give up.  Trust me, it will get easier.  Two years ago, I never in a million years would have thought Dayv would enjoy faux sloppy joes made from lentils.  But now, he does!  The trick is to find the right amount of alterations to recipes while slowly introducing your tastebuds to new flavors and textures.

I hope these tips help!  I plan on doing a couple more posts similar to this one during the month ;)

21 comments:

  1. You are such an amazing wife! Your snobby Joes and homestyle corn pudding looks very yummy! I should probably pick up a copy of Veganomicon.

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  2. Homestyle corn puddin', heck yeah! I haven't noticed that recipe in V*con before, definitely going to have to check it out soon!

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    1. it's actually quite easy despite it's semi-long time to make in the book(i think it's 1hr 20min). it's loaded with delicious stuff like cilantro, jalepenos, green onions. oh, and corn ;D you'd love it!

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  3. Eeeeeeeee!! I am loving your new blog makeover :) How cute are you with the tagline?! Love it. P.S. Those gf buns look heavenly and perfect. Where did you get them?

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    1. aww, thank you for noticing!!! with the move, i decided i needed a clean slate and to simplify things a bit ;)

      the buns, eh, don't get me started. dayv hates them. they're so hard even when they're toasted and slathered in earth balance. the sloppy joes don't stay in when you take a bite, so dayv has to open-face sandwich it. they're ener-g. i think i'm going to try scharr brand next. i'll let you know how those go.

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  4. I dig Veganomicon and I have been eyeing the snobby joes for sometime, these look so good and the corn thingy looks fantastic with it. Maybe I can just live vicariously. So glad I don't live with a picky eater. he just doesn't like cilantro.

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    1. the snobby joes are pretty darn easy to make. definitely worth trying! and doesn't like cilantro..man, you have it easy ;)

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  5. Love the new blog look! These snobby joes look pretty tasty too! I totally feel you on waiting for the reaction when you make something new. My family's favorite catch phrase is "I hope you can eat it!" which we got from my hilarious Grandma. It's cute, in a passive aggressive kind of way. :)

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    1. thanks, melissa! i love your family's catch phrase, too. sometimes passive aggressive is a good thing.. ;)

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  6. those snobby joes look fantastic! my dad is like that.. very picky. i had to be really careful when he was visiting. mom tasted and adjusted stuff for him when i cooked:) i like the new header and the tagline:)

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    1. aww, your mom is like me ;) haha or maybe me in a couple decades. and thank you!!

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  7. Such a pretty new blog design! :) xo

    Snobby Joes sound so so so yummy!!! :) You are so sweet to adapt recipes for your hubby. I cannot use mushrooms, broccoli or cilantro. And I LOVE cilantro. *hah*

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    1. oh no! mushrooms and broccoli are two of my favorite things! you could be like me and make two separate dinners every night ;)

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  8. Oh! That must be so yum! Cannot wait to try it.

    Best,
    Sihi

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  9. Wow, it is so cool that Dayv now eats vegan and gf, too! My bf and I have been together just over 6 years and we got together just after I went vegan and I have always said that I don't ever seeing him going vegan but now, well, you never know! My bf is also very fussy (dislikes most herbs, onions, chilli etc) but you've given me hope ;)

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    1. he can do it, mandee! seriously, if dayv can be vegan, anyone can. i'm pretty sure he's one of the fussiest and particular guys anyone could ever imagine ;) the list of things he hates is extremely long, but over the two years, it has gone down significantly ;)

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  10. First of all, your blog's new look is great and the tagline is super cute. Secondly, It truly warms my heart to see how carefully you adjust your cooking to make sure that both you and Dayv like it! I'm lucky that Chris and I were born with the same tastebuds (for the most part), but I totally feel you when it comes to cooking for the twins. There are so many things on the "No Way in Heck" category. Thirdly, Sloppy Joes are a staple in our house (for us, not the twins), and I have never seen that corn pudding thing in Veganomicon. I need to try it!

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    1. thank you, lady <3 i try very hard ;) but, i don't mind it. i just want him to enjoy being vegan and not feel deprived.

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  11. LOVE the new makeover Caitlin - super adorable!

    I absolutely agree with you - the key is to never give up and make small adjustments to suit their tastes - Justin is very similiar, I have learned what I can and cannot "get away with" in recipes...hahaha i always hold my breath when he tries something new- he has been surprising me lately of the things he will try and actually enjoys, I would have never guessed in a million years he would be eating tempeh and liking it!

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