French Black Beans and Mushrooms with Gravy Vegan

There's something really satisfying about mushrooms treated in a french preparation. Wine, mustard and thyme are one of those classic combinations that evoke a fine dining experience without the fine dining price tag. 1 pint baby bella mushrooms chopped small 1 can black beans, rinsed 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tbl tsps soy sauce 2 tbl spicy mustard 2 tsps  prepared, jarred, horseradish (horseradish, vinegar and salt) 1 tbl hot sauce 1/4 cup dry white wine 2 tbls olive oil 2 tsps dry thyme 1 tsp black pepper 2 tsps salt When you cook down mushrooms some kind of molecular magic happens that turns bland, spongy fungi into a delectable culinary powerhouse. Add some wine and a few other components and you've got a deep, dark saucy ragout that will make anything you cover it with irresistible.  It's a simple mixture that yields complex tastes and textures.  It won't take up a lot of your time to make, but you'll have a hard time not eating it all in one sitting.  Start yo

Veggie Vs Omnivore Food Purchases Week of September 2, 2013

Posted below are my latest food purchase tallies for vegetarian vs. omnivore shopping. The price of hummus drove up the cost of my veg shopping at $3 even with a dollar discount. But it's so worth it! Even so, my total still came in well under the omnivore's. On top of that I generously attributed all veggies purchases solely to my total even though she'll eat plenty of the corn, potatoes and frozen veggies.

I've also broken down the purchases by the various local grocery stores.

Shoprite
1.40 lb @ 1.29/lb Romaince Lettuce = $1.81
5 lb Bag Russet Potatoes = $2.99
Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus = $2.99
 Total = $7.79

Pathmark
12 oz Frozen Peas = $1.68
16 oz Frozen Cauliflower = $1.68
16 oz Frozen Chopped Broccoli = $1.68
8 oz Kraft Swiss Cheese Slices = $1.73
Fresh Garlic = $0.45
Fresh Jalapeno = $0.20
3 Ears Fresh Corn = $1.49
Total = $8.92
Grand Total = $16.71

A&P
Half and Half = $1.99
2 Black and White Cookies = $2.58
Total =$4.57

Pathmark
Cooked Rotisserie Chicken Breast = $1.69
8 Yoplait Yogurts = $3.12
8 oz Prepared Tossed Salad = $3.28
1 pint Fresh Blueberries = $2.98
1 Qt Almond Breeze Shelf Stable Milk = $2.69
2 Jelly Donuts = $1.30
8.9 oz Cheerios = $1.98
Big Bag of Lifesavers = $3.49
3 One Liter Seltzers = $0.96
Total = $21.49
Grand Total = $26.03

Difference = $9.32