January 29th, 2010

Horror Potluck

I'm going to a horror-themed Cthulhu potluck party tomorrow night and I need a dish to bring! I'm looking for something fairly low cost and easy to make, but somehow having some kind of gross of horror theme. I have no ideas!
I'm deathly allergic to nuts and I can't eat grapes/wine, so that cuts down my options. I like to bring a dish I can eat as I'm never guaranteed something to eat.
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Chedder Daiya, homemade pasta

Several things:
1. I just bought a small container of cheddar Daiya "cheese" and am looking for suggestions. I haven't had cheese in four years and feel strange about it - it usually grosses me out but occasionally I find myself thinking about how tasty a grilled cheese sammich would be. That being said I want to kind of ease myself into this whole fake cheese thing ie initially make dishes with small amounts of daiya. that means no mac n cheese, pizza, etc recipes, kids. I'm thinking about doing the obvious stuff like putting it in baked potatoes and on chips for nachos but would like some other ideas. Nothing that is very creamy please.

2. Has anyone tried the mock Parmesan shakey cheese that comes in a little bottle? I've seen it in Whole Foods but don't want to spend the money unless it's tasty. I don't remember the brand but it has a windmill on the label?

3. I bought my boyfriend a pasta maker. Anyone have any yummy homemade pasta recipes? We've found some standard ones, like for making linguine and such, that don't have egg, but are looking for yummy ravioli combination and stuff. Anything that can be eaten with Trader Joe's Meatless Meatballs is a plus. He made us a really good dish from Vegan Italiano that's basically just pasta, bread crumbs, olive oil, garlic, and lemon, so if you like pasta I highly recommend getting both a pasta maker and the cookbook.

4. Wasn't sure how to tag this, but I've having intestinal surgery in a few weeks and need to make a quick recovery. I'll obviously ask my doctor about what foods are easy on healing intestines, but if any of you guys have any ideas let me know.

A few questions about "Eat to Live"

Just a while ago, I posted here about book recommendations and got a good amount for "Eat to Live". Since then, I got and (nearly) finished the book and have a few questions for those of you who read/follow it. First, he doesn't really speak too highly of whole wheat bread which surprised me. In the FAQ's he actually mentions not eating bread at all. I thought grains were pretty important...and I LOVE WW bread! :) (Same goes for sweet potatoes, which I always thought were healthy).

Also, those of you that follow this (or eat very healthy), do you still eat things in moderation? My sister seems to think that if you eat healthy, that means you *never* eat a cookie. lol. She wants to eat healthfully, but is too afraid of abandoning everything she's used to I think.