God Called

December 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

and he wants his breakfast back.

When I was younger and still ate ice cream, I used to go to the local ice cream stand and get a dipped soft serve.  “Dipped” is when they dip the ice cream into a sauce, and it forms a hard shell over the cold ice cream.  I never cared for the ice cream too much, but always picked off and ate the shell first.  I haven’t had magic shell in years so you can only imagine how excited I was to learn that coconut butter, when served with something cold, has the same effect.

1/2 cup all bran cereal

1/2 corn flakes

Sprinkle of oats

1 tbs TJ’s peanut flour

1 tbs coconut butter

3/4 cup of rice milk

I only measured this out for the purpose of this post.  I just estimate in the morning.

The peanut flour mixes in with the milk and creates a sweet peanuty flavor. It is insane.

Measure out coconut butter.

Transfer into small glass jar

Heat in boiling water until the consistency is liquid.

Pour over cereal (yes the rice milk is already mixed in.  I like my cereal cold but not soggy.  Most of the milk gets absorbed)

Then put in fridge for a minute or two.  This will give the coconut butter time to set up.

(dear lord, please excuse my cuticles.)

When you put coconut butter on something cold,  it turns into a “magic shell”.

Is it bad that I am this obsessed with breakfast?

Don’t answer that.

Happy eating ❤

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Things That Warm My Heart..

December 5, 2010 § Leave a comment

The smell of christmas trees.

The light that christmas lights emit.

Yoga.

That I can almost do a split.

Pandora Radio.

Getting into college.

This song

That people don’t think I’m totally crazy. Right?

Iceskating with my family.

Defrosting my frozen toes by the fire after skating.

That my parents are willing to dedicate 6 hours to tie fishing line and red ribbon around pine clippings, so that our house looks amazing for christmas.

That my mom will spend two hours making homemade soup, because she only lets her family eat the best.

My parents

My insanely beautiful sister and incredibly handsome brother.

My brother’s cutesy dimples.

Seeing my grandfather

Rice milk and cereal.

Chocolate and peanut butter

Seeing my sister

Laughing until I cry

and vegetables.

The Loot

December 4, 2010 § Leave a comment

I should probably make the time to post more.

Thursday nights dinner:

Homemade crust

Toppings included

Fresh mozzarella

Sauteed zucchini, onion, pepper mixture

Homemade sauce

Romano cheese

Lots of love

mmmmmm

Today after I took the SAT’s (again), I stopped by my local health food store, As a Matter of Health.  It’s the closest thing we have to a whole foods in my area.

Larabars and Kind Bars (my new favorite bar) were on sale for 99 cents.  I couldn’t resist grabbing a few.

I got

Larabars- Cashew Cookie and Peanut Butter

Kindbars- Cranberry Almond, Almond Coconut, and Mango Macadamia

Clifbar- Cranberry

These bars are incredibly tasty.   Just to give you an idea…

Ingredients of Almond Coconut Kind Bar:  Almonds, dried coconut, honey, non GMO glucose, puffed rice, chicory fiber, soy lecithin.

Ingredients of Cashew Cookie Lara Bar: Dates and Cashew

I also finally broke down and got a jar of…

COCONUT BUTTER!

I have been wanting to try this for such a long time! It will set you back about 12.00 dollars but once you’ve tasted it, you won’t care. I’ll have to do a post dedicated to this another time.

AHHHHH! The heavens opened and I was happy.

Veg-Centric

November 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

Yahoo read my mind

http://shine.yahoo.com/event/green/how-to-make-quinoa-the-powerhouse-seed-2410950/

Veg-Centric – A meal surrounded around the veg

I was planning on sitting back, watching a movie, and letting my mom do all the cooking tonight.  She had big plans to make veggie dumplings and I was stoked.   She changed her mind last minute and decided to make spaghetti and meatballs instead.  To bad that was exactly what I had for lunch 😦

So I sucked it up and got cooking.  After all the heavy holiday eating, my body wanted something veg-centric. After a quick survey of my freshly stocked fridge,  I pulled out kale, string beans, broc, zucchini, and red peppers.

I washed, chopped and threw them in a pan with some veggie broth.

Seasoned with garlic and sea salt

and let it sit, covered on a low heat

Then I cooked up 1/2 a cup of quinoa in 1 cup of bowling water

Measure

Rinse

Cook for 15 minutes

Season with salt, pepper, garlic, Romano cheese, and dried basil.

Serve with veg, olives, and artichoke hearts.

mmm.

I had enough veg and quinoa to cover lunch tomorrow.

Light, fresh, delicious.

Happy eating<3

Awww yeah.

November 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

Remember these?

I melted some unsweetened chocolate and sweetened it with maple syrup.

Then filled my vegan peanut butter pinch pots.

Served with my mom’s homemade chocolate icecream, homemade whipped cream, and some freshly made chocolate sauce (everything sweetened with maple syrup)

 

and that my friends, is how we do dessert at my house.

 

Happy eating ❤

Hot Mess Baking-Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

November 27, 2010 § 3 Comments

Hot Mess: noun

Someone or Something that is such a mess… the level of it, is off of the charts.

aka me.

I am a hot mess every second of the day.  I am constantly frazzled,  never organized, I don’t do anything in order and I wing everything.

I also don’t measure. That is why it’s going to be really hard to give you a recipe for these.

Enter vegan peanutbutter cookies.

A special request from Sondra

adapted from OhSheGlows

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • A smidge of sea salt
  • 1/4 + 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
  • 1/4 a cup of Trader Joe’s Peanut Flour
  • pure maple syrup
  • vanilla extract
  • honey
  • almond milk
  • cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350F

Combine flour, baking soda, sea salt and cinnamon into a medium sized bowl and mix

The recipe originally calls for one cup of peanut butter.  Now I’m all for high calorie desserts but if things can be substituted losing the taste, I go for it.  I subbed out most of the peanut butter for peanut flour.  Peanut flour is made from crushed peanuts with the oils extracted.   It cuts the calories dramatically but it stays high protein.  You’re supposed to mix the flour with water and get a peanut butter type substance.  I don’t use it on it own, because it lacks the really strong peanut flavor that I love.  Instead, I use it in baking or mix it with real peanut butter.  It also helps make the recipe less sticky.

In a different bowl mix peanut butter, peanut flour and water. Then stir

The end result will look like fluffy peanut butter.

Mix in a good pour of maple syrup and big drizzle of honey and stir.

(like I said, I don’t measure!)

Then combine with flour mixture

Add enough rice milk to make it moist

The dough felt like soft molding clay.

After tasting eating half of the dough(YAY for no eggs) I realized it wasn’t peanuty enough.  I added another blob of peanut butter.

Roll into balls then place on parchment paper

Cross hatch with damp fork

Pop into preheated oven for eleven minutes

YUM

Since the dough was so easy to mold, I created some little pitch pot cookies.  I am planning on filling them with warm chocolate then sharing them with my family eating them all.

Happy eating ❤


So you’re a vegan right?

November 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

No.  I am not a vegan.

I was a vegan for a little while and I absolutely loved it, but it just wasn’t realistic for me at this point in my life.  I still eat mostly vegan but I enjoy eggs, cheese and fish time to time.  People still say to me “Why are you eating that? I though you can’t eat that if your vegan.”

That’s why I don’t put a label on what I eat because then people can’t judge.

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These are my beautiful chickens.

We feed them a vegetarian diet and give them a place to live, and they give us eggs.

Lunch:

Two fresh eggs, lots of veg, fresh mozzarella, avocado

Sauté the veg in a pan with olive oil

Pour in two beaten eggs

Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, basil, and garlic

Top with avocado, romano cheese and mozzarella chunks.

Ugh yum.  Look at that mozzarella.  Marcello (my coworker) and I did a little thanksgiving food exchange.  I made him healthy pumpkin cheesecake brownies and his father made my family 3 pounds of fresh mozzarella!

Thanks Marcello!

Happy eating<3