Semicircular Vegan

corncake breakfast dogs by ijustdiedinside
September 7, 2008, 3:49 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

What’s better than brunch?  Brunch at 11pm!   I was super lazy all day and didn’t get around to eating dinner until 11 tonight.   I also just picked up some Tofurkey breakfast sausage on sale at Whole Foods, and pancakes in the GT Xpress seemed like a good way not to have to use the stove and dirty another pan when my sink is already full.

I’ve been wanting to make a breakfast corndog for a while, and I’m super glad I finally did.   I used the Blueberry Corn Pancakes recipe from Veganomicon, but left out the blueberries.  I also used a little maple extract because I was out of vanilla.

This little contraption does pancakes really well! They always come out super fluffy, even with a sausage in the middle.   The corn pancakes recipe is one that I hadn’t made before, but I definitely will use it often because they came out great!

In other semicircular news, I just saw another blog that linked to mine, and it made me think about how I really had intended on being more snarky about the GT Xpress when I started this blog, but I really haven’t had anything come out too terribly. And while the shape of the food is kinda weird, it’s not quite as funny in person as it is on the infomercial.  Of course, the food I put into it is almost always from scratch and much healthier than the recipes they show, but over all, it’s kind of a cool little machine.  I’ll have to finally try the ‘stuffed soup’ and see if I can dredge up a little sarcasm.


Semi English Bean and Potato Pasties by ijustdiedinside
August 13, 2008, 12:44 am
Filed under: dinner, pies

I really can’t think of anything better than Heinz beans, mashed potatoes and pie crust, and together they were pretty much the perfect comfort food.   Little pies are what the GT Xpress is really good at.  You know there’s no way it can get messed up.

I’ve gotten pretty good at making pie crust, so these were a cinch to whip up using the little semi circular pie shaper that comes with the GT Xpress.   You can also use it to cut out the circles for the pies.

If you’ve never had Heinz beans, I suggest you try them.  They are so yummy and go great on toast or a baked potato (jacket potato in the UK, i think) or in a little pastie!   I love the word pastie.  It just reminds me of Harry Potter eating pumpkin pasties on the train to hogwarts!

I ate these with some sauteed kale while watching Willow (probably the cutest movie ever made).  These were a perfect, hearty treat to go along with watching Val Kilmer and Warwick Davis on a grand adventure.

Oh! and I forgot I was rating things when I first started. I give these little pies 5 out of 5 semi circles because they were totally awesome.

Wait! One last thing! I posted a while ago about Cathy Mitchell making a guest appearance on the Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! Well, the clip is finally on line! Here she is with John C. Reilly!

Semi-ghetti pie by ijustdiedinside
June 29, 2008, 8:58 pm
Filed under: leftover makeovers

Leftover Makeover! Although, I didn’t do too much to make this over. I made some spaghetti with a cashew cream sauce and sauteed mushrooms earlier in the week and it was really good, but I made way too much and I’m not that into reheated pasta so I thought it might be nice to heat some up in the GT Xpress and get a crispy top like spaghetti pie I saw Giada make once on food network.

This totally worked, although I had a slight mishap. I put it in one of the wells without any oil and it stuck like crazy! so I scraped it up and put it into the other well, which I had sprayed with EVOO.

I loved the crispy parts so much! Crispy spaghetti might be my new favorite comfort food.

Peach Monkey Bread Semicircles by ijustdiedinside
June 19, 2008, 3:57 am
Filed under: Baked goods, Breakfast, brunch

Not a very cute name for this one, but omg this was SO good! I’ve been wanting to make Monkey Bread for a while now, and I figured it would be perfect for the GT. Monkey Bread is basically just some dough balls stuck together and baked into a loaf, so that it pulls apart really easy. I think the balls are usually covered in cinnamon and sugar, so you have a gooey cinnamon roll type bread.

For this recipe I used this Big Daddy Biscuit recipe subbing soy milk. They are really good and light and fluffy. I also had some nice peaches, so i diced up one of those and mixed it into the dough. Then I made the dough into balls and rolled each ball in a brown sugar/cinnamon mixture. I put 3 balls in each well of the GT Xpress and let it cook for about 10 minutes. The result was this super yummy, sweet, but not overly sweet breakfast. I really loved this and it was a perfect way to get a baked treat for breakfast on a hot day without turning on the oven.

Semi-stada Bowls by ijustdiedinside
June 13, 2008, 4:32 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

I think Cathy Mitchell would be proud of this one.  This tostada bowl could only be made in the GT Xpress.  It’s got a layer of refried beans, a layer of fake meat crumbles and a layer of cheezy sauce mixed with salsa.  Really, all I had to do was set it and forget it!   It tasted pretty good too and the xpress made the corn tortilla nice and crispy without being fried. 

Here they are cooking.  Another nice thing about the GT Xpress is that it doesn’t generate as much heat as the stove or the oven does in these hot summer months.


I ate them with some salsa on top and and some arugula salad on the side.


Calzones: the right way by shmeeps
May 5, 2008, 4:54 pm
Filed under: stuffed things

Hi everyone. Paula’s sister here!

After much poking and prodding (virtually, through teh intarwebs), I’m finally posting my first GT Xpress endeavor. Unfortunately, it’s not very creative, but I figured it would be ok since I used Trader Joe’s pizza dough instead of Pillsbury, so they actually tasted amazingly delicious!

First, the b-fri and I made a vegan pesto using basil, olive oil, pine nuts, garlic, and…instead of parmesan…our special ingredient… Stacy’s Sundried Tomato and Pesto pita chips!

Then we cooked up some veggies (broccoli, bell peppers, mushrooms, olives, artichoke hearts) and mixed in some mashed up vegan meatballs. This was our result:

Then, after much stretching and rolling, we fashioned the pizza dough and filling into GT Xpress shapes and cooked them up! The dough puffed up considerably in the pockets, so the machine didn’t really stay closed…meaning next time we won’t use quite so much dough. Here’s the final product, which we dipped in tomato sauce and ate with glee!

Cathy Mitchell, Great Job! by ijustdiedinside
April 23, 2008, 5:54 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

BIG NEWS on the Cathy Mitchell front!

I just got home from seeing Tim and Eric of The Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! and guess who was in a skit they showed on the screen while they were changing costumes? That’s right, Cathy Mitchell herself. The one and only! She was in a fake infomercial skit with John C. Reilly for a panini grill. I can’t find it on youtube, but it was rad. Way to have a sense of humor, Cathy!

The Tim and Eric live show was totally not vegan as they threw hot dogs and pizza at the audience. I didn’t get hit and thank god Tim didn’t spit hotdog all over me.

In other news, my sister, Shmeepers, who also has a GT Xpress is supposed to start blogging with me. She made calzones that she said came out great, but she has yet to post pics of them. Hurry up and blog, sis!