Zingerman's Reuben Sandwich on Rye
The Lab Rat's Reuben Sandwich on Rye - Ignore My Amateur Photography Skills - The Taste Rocks!
"The only food that I can honestly say I miss the taste of--and I won't rule out eating in the future--is a hot corned beef sandwich. There's no substitute for that one," my husband likes to say.
That is: until November 16, when he came up with a Reuben Sandwich that's "even better than the real thing!" No exaggeration!
-My Husband, the Lab Rat-
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OK guys, I'm apologizing for yet another food post.
I've got a summary of Dr. Loren Fishman's interview on The People's Pharmacy to post--all about how yoga done the right way, can benefit arthritis, sciatica, back pain, osteoporosis, shoulder injuries and more. I know, it sounds like exaggerated claims, but hear Fishman out! Great interview.
Plus, posts on the latest on the connection between belly fat & cancer--really--excellent article!; the effect of antioxidants on vascular calcification; the good news about how regular exercise really can keep your muscle mass as you age (stave off old-age fraility); why drinking alcohol is risky for young women with a family history of breast cancer (nix on the college/high school binge drinking!); and how heart healthy habits also reduce breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer (two for one).
But, I'm in the mood to talk turkey--Thanksgiving day menus , not health research. You'll have to wait until my guests leave next Sunday to hear the hard-core stuff! Sorry.
What's Does a Corned Beef Sandwich Have to Do with Thanksgiving?
The Seitan Reuben: Seitan Brisket, Sauerkraut, Russian Dressing (no-fat), & a bit of Daiya Cheese on Sprouted Rye with Caraway
Well, when my kids come home for Thanksgiving someone always wants pastrami, corned beef, or a turkey Reuben sandwich. It's a tradition. And I don't have a problem buying some corned beef, pastrami, or roasting a turkey for my kids (they're all grown up)--if that's what they want to eat when they visit. I don't have to eat it. And of course, you all know that deli lunch meats are the worst possible kind of meat we can eat--lots of literature is out there to prove that fact! Click here here here here and here, for starters.
The Lab Rat's Brilliant Seitan Reuben Discovery:
On Novemeber 16th, my husband decided to use some of my delectable homemade BBQ seitan brisket & try his hand at making the Seitan Reuben Sandwich in Robin Robertson's Vegan Planet--pg. 452. He used real Jewish Rye Bread, sauerkraut, homemade Russian dressing (first he made a no-fat version of tofu mayo & added ketchup & pickle relish), and a small amount of Daiya mozzarella. Then he grilled them on our non-stick ceramic grill pan, pressed them with a panini weight. Gorgeous grill marks, loaded (and I mean, loaded) with flavor. We were literally stunned at how OMG delicious these Reubens were. No exaggeration!!
So, on Saturday I made a whole new batch of this delectable seitan bbq brisket so we would be able to make Reubens & Philly Sandwiches for our kids. It's a bit of a pitchkey patchkey (but it's easy) to make the brisket, but so worth it. This recipe makes 4 pounds of delectable sliceable seitan, perfect for sandwiches. And it freezes well. But, you'll have to wait until after Thanksgiving for the recipe, and the how-to-photos.
No turkey on our Thankgsiving table. First time, ever.
Two weeks ago, I sent out an email to see what the gang wanted to eat on Thanksgiving--turkey or no-turkey. Here's what they said:
Me: Who wants turkey?? Time to start thinking about placing an order. Starting to think about the menu. Got a recipe for a roasted 3 mushroom bisque, and chocolate chip pumpkin bread pudding that are supposed to be fabulous.
Son #1: I'm happy to go without turkey.
Me: I'm totally fine with having one. Why no turnkey?
Son #1: I guess the amount of work to cook the bird and the amount of meat seems like too much.
Son #2: Those dishes sound amazing! I could go either way, but certainly don't need turkey. God knows I eat enough turkey sandwiches ;)
Daughter-in-law: I am also happy to go without Turkey! I don't feel like I would miss it.
See you soon!
So, it was decided. No turkey for Thanksgiving.
Yesterday, I finally sat down & figured out what I was going to make for Thanksgiving.
Then I figured out what meals I wanted to have on hand for Wednesday & Friday night dinner, lunches, and noshes.
Here's what I came up with:
Wednesday Night Dinner
Chef AJ's Amazing Thai Noodles with Veggies (click here)
Sweet Potato, Spinach & a Little Bit of Peanut Butter Soup (click here)
Have on Hand for Lunches and Noshes
Chocolate Chip Walnut No-Added Oil Zucchini Bread (click here)
Seitan Reuben Sandwich fixings--homemade BBQ seitan brisket with sauerkraut, homemade no-fat Russian dressing, a smidge of Daiya Mozzarella, all grilled on TJ's Sprouted Rye Bread with caraway seed.
Seitan Philly Sandwich fixings--homemade BBQ seitan brisket with Appetite for Reduction's Cool Cole Slaw, all grilled on TJ's Sprouted Rye Bread with caraway seed.
Instead of the low-fiber traditional Jewish Rye Bread, I picked up a loaf of Trader Joe's Sprouted Rye Bread with Caraway seeds. Note: it's the same as Alvarado Street Bakery Sprouted Rye Bread. Rye bread without caraway seeds is not rye bread, in my opinion. I tested it out for lunch today--and it's a pretty good stand-in, and a lot healthier than the real seeded Jewish rye bread.
Double-batch of Val's Curried Cauliflower with Sweet Potatoes, Garbanzo Beans, Spinach, & Peanut Butter Soup (click here)
French Lentil Dip with Chipotle and Baked Lentil Chips (click here)
Larabars for the "little man".
The Washington Post's Triple Roasted Mushroom Soup, no-oil, no sour cream, vegetable broth instead of chicken broth (click here)
Fat-Free Vegan's Thanksgiving Country Meatless Loaf with Mushroom Gravy (it's even gluten-free) topped with the Gluten-Free Diva's Maple Glaze. My friend Mary brought a "test-batch" of this meatless loaf into work last week & it was, in a word, "Fabulous!" We all wanted the recipe. And the recipe makes a lot! Delicious, dense, & a perfect texture. The Diva's maple glaze will give it just the right added kick-in-the-pants. (Click here for the meatless loaf & click here for the glaze) BTW--my family LOVES the Gluten-Free Diva's Veggie loaf, that goes under her maple glaze!!!
Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes - no recipe, just cut up unpeeled Yukon Gold's, boil til tender & drain. Mash with a little nutritional yeast, a little salt, fresh ground pepper, & add in warmed-up soymilk in small amounts until perfectly creamy. Careful, you don't won't those potatoes too thin--& there's no going back once that milk is added!
Roasted Brussels Sprouts, with browned shallots, a little maple syrup & toasted walnuts
Cranberry Orange Walnut relish
Whole Food's Chopped Kale Waldorf Salad with Honey Crisp Apples, Cranberries instead of raisins (click here)
Chloe Coscarelli's Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread Pudding - use "faux coconut milk, 1 cup unsweetened soymilk or soy creamer & 1 tsp of good quality coconut extract--and for the bread I'm using Ezekiel's Sprouted Cinnamon Raisin Bread. (click here)
Lab Rat's Birthday Cake
The Lab Rat always celebrates his birthday on Thanksgiving, or a day or two after.
The Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread Pudding may seriously get scrapped for this cake. How many desserts do we need to eat over 4-5 days? I'll check it out with the kids, and see what the consensus is.
Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Healthy Chocolate Cake. Wendy, of HealthyGirl'sKitchen told me this cake is delicious & well worth the effort for a special occasion. She advised me to divide the batter into 3- 8 inch cake pans & serve as a layer cake, because the recipe makes a ton of frosting. "Just make sure that you bake it for less time and rotate the pans in your oven in the middle of baking because all ovens bake unevenly," Wendy advises. Check out how gorgeous Wendy's cake turned out. (Click here for the recipe)
Mum's the word about the birthday cake. It's a surprise!
Friday Night Dinner
Saturday Night Dinner
Homemade pizzas with Sami's Flax & Millet crusts. My freezer is overloaded with them right now, because of a shipping snafu! Long story. My friend Joyce & I split the shipping costs & regularly order Sami's excellent crusts. (click here)
Sweet Potato, Onion, Pepper & "Italian" Sausage Hash (click here)
And that's it so far, for me.
So, what are you all serving for Thanksgiving? And for the company that's hanging around through the weekend? The Curious Healthy Librarian wants to know!