Well fed

Five of my good friends from college came to visit this past weekend, and I cannot tell you how--to use the words of one of those visiting friends--well nourished I feel now.  Emotionally, spiritually, spiritually, physically...on all counts.  Time with girlfriends is like enjoying therapy, massage, and comfort food all in one go.  Actually, that is pretty much what we did: we sat around the fireplace for hours talking about love and sex and God and earrings and bad TV.  We exchanged back and neck massages and stories about the glories of our entry-level jobs.  And we ate copious amounts of vegan food, some healthy, some not-so-healthy, which brings me to the subject of this post.  

I promised my friend Amy that I would share the recipes for this weekend.  We all know by now that I do not take pictures (Seriously, we have no photos from the entire weekend--well, that's not wholly true.  Everyone felt compelled to snap a picture of Dan's bar but somehow that is all we have to show for our time together, which I know realize is making it sound as though our weekend took quite a different direction than it actually did...but I digress.).  We eat with our eyes first, but you'll just have to imagine, okay?  If you need a recipe to pull out for your girls' (or guys') weekend or simply need to feel well fed, I hope that you will be inspired by the following spread:

Chex mix (my own recipe, but I think I'll share soon!)

Peppermint chocolate truffles
I'm a bit ashamed to admit this, but you simply combine cookies (in this case Candy Cane Jo Jos) and vegan cream cheese (available at Trader Joe's) in a food processor with peppermint extract and mix until well combined.  Freeze the dough, shape into balls, and dip into melted chocolate chips combined with a tiny bit of coconut oil (which helps the chocolate harden into a shell).  A non-recipe recipe.

Cookie dough dip
I used the recipe from the book Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar but I found it onlineas well.  I served the dough with graham crackers as a dip, but I also have shaped the dough into balls and dipped the balls into chocolate.  Both ways are good.

Apple pecan muffins
This recipe is from the Joy of Vegan Baking but it is also online because apparently nobody cares about copyright laws anymore.

Spicy African Peanut Stew
The hot temperature of the soup warms your outsides, the spices warm your insides.  

Basil Vegetable Lasagna

Great Harvest Bread Company
This franchise makes some of the best bread I have ever eaten.  We all thoroughly enjoyed the cranberry orange, but everything is good.  If you have one anywhere nearby, give it a try!