I’m a fan of little notebooks, the kind from the dollar store. It’s the geocacher in me (we call them logbooks) – and they’re perfect for grocery lists, things to do lists, and random notes while I’m in the kitchen. But – why keep them on the side of my fridge when I can post them to my blog! So – here we go. I’ll add to this whenever I’ve got something new…
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder = 1 clove fresh garlic
- 1 – 15 oz. can of kidney beans = 8.5 oz drained & rinsed
- 1 – 15 oz. can of black beans = 6.6 oz drained & rinsed
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I kinda made these in a haste and didn’t have all the ingredients perfect – so no surprise it didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped/expected. I’m also still getting used to the taste of baked goods sans oil. But – I will perservere – my taste buds will change, and my heart and cardiovasuclar system will thank me (watch Fork Over Knives, kids). I don’t use oil because it’s highly processed – not simply the olive, corn, etc. – the whole food. I strive to eat a whole foods, plant based diet.
Oh – and I under-baked it, then put it back in the oven on the cooling rack. Heh.
The other issue might be that this is the first time I’ve ever baked gluten free! I didn’t realize this until I put it into the oven. I don’t believe I had issues tolerating gluten, but mixing things up is always a good idea. Grinding up the oats in my Oster blender was super easy – first time I’d done that.
Anywho, I used this recipe but modified because I only had 6 dates – not 10. Here is how I made it:
- 6 dates + water
- 1.5 cups rolled oats, blended
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 cup soymilk
- generous dash of vanilla
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
8×8 pan, lined with parchment paper. 40 minutes at 350F. Undercooked……but I liked the taste and texture, otherwise. I might try adding a tsp of baking powder next time to give it some rise. It was plenty moist, but definitely a no added fat baked good…. I WILL get used to it….. I whipped up some cashew creme to top it with. Tasty! Healthy! Not perfect but nice to have a treat tonight since I didn’t have any others in the house.
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Easy, peasy! Hahahahahaha. I’ve been wanting to make this for quite some time. I love Georgetown Liquor Company’s version (especially because it has chunks of mock ham in it), and I also love Trader Joe’s canned version. I looked up a bunch of recipes online and created my own based on them.
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 2 celery ribs, diced
- 2 carrots, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups green split peas (1 lb bag, I believe)
- vegetable broth
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 tsp basil
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp (scant) liquid smoke
- salt, pepper to taste
Line a pan with broth or water, add onions and garlic. Cook on high heat for a couple minutes. Add celery and carrots, cook a few more minutes – add broth as needed. Add peas, more broth as needed. Bring to a boil, add a bay leaf, then reduce heat and simmer 30-60 minutes. Add remaining ingredients. Blend up some in the blender, add back into the soup. Add broth as needed/desired. BAM! You got yourself a pot of delicious vegan split pea soup made with love and no added oil (which doesn’t love your cardiovascular system, my friends – watch Fork Over Knives). Huzzah! Eat and be merry.
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Uh, I kinda ate the whole batch within hours of making.
1/2 cup organic raw cashews
1/4 cup organic raw almonds
12 organic Medjool dates (remove pits)
zest of 1 organic lemon
juice of 1 organic lemon
Process nuts in a food processer until it turns into meal. Dump into a bowl. Process dates in the processor until it clumps up into a ball – dump into the bowl with the nuts. Zest that lemon – add to the nuts and dates. Juice that lemon – use a strainer to avoid getting the lemon seeds in your mixture. Then – use your hands and mix everything up nicely. I rolled these into little 3/4 inch balls and stuck them in the fridge. I’ve also pressed homemade Larabars out and wrapped in plastic wrap before – but it’s a bit more work. I stored the little balls in a glass Pyrex with the lid.
SO, SO GOOD. I’ll be making another batch when I get home tonight.
2/15/2013: oh my goodness these are SO GOOD! I made another batch – I made them last a tiny little but longer but DANG it’s hard – these are delicious little morsels, my friends! I just love them. Here’s a picture I took of the ones I packed in my lunch today:
3/8/2013: Made a fresh batch of these tonight. The dates I had were way, way more dry than the dates I had before – so I had to use about 20 instead of only 12 fresh juicy ones like when I first made these! I found the good ones at Marlene’s natural market in Tacoma – I’ll be sure to stop in and stock up this weekend! Dates are soooooooo good.
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I hate eating breakfast. I’m not just hungry in the morning. I love breakfast foods! Just not in the early hours of my day. BUT! I’m trying to focus on eating more earlier in the day (breakfast, lunch) and less in the evening. After all, we eat for energy! Makes no sense to eat so many calories right before bed. BUT! I’ve discovered these delicious and easy overnight oats. It’s tasty, a hint of sweetness, easy to make, and oh so portable. I gobble it up – sometimes at home before I leave for work, or sometimes I pack it along and have it once I get to the office. Either way – it gets me to eat breakfast!
I adapted this recipe from both Everyday Happy Herbivore and Oh She Glows.
1 ripe banana, mashed
2 tbsp chia seeds
4 tbsp rolled oats
1 cup plant milk (I like to use vanilla soymilk)
Mix in a bowl, cover, and place in the fridge overnight. It will be thick and creamy for you the next morning!
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Goal! One a year. Lots of national parks…I have a passport for the NPS, hope to get many stamps before I kick the bucket.
2013: Great Reno Balloon Race (September)
2014: Banff, Alberta
…and the list goes on, in no particular order:
Jacob’s Ladder Scenic Byway, MA (cycle?)
Blue Ridge Parkway (fall)
Canadian Rockies via rail
Jasper National Park (tramway)
The mountains of Colorado
Whitefish, Montana (ski)
Florida (Key West)
Whistler, BC (ski)
Glacier National Park
Badlands National Park
Cherry blossoms in DC
Cherry blossoms in Japan
New Zealand (visit friends Annie, Brett)
London (Ms Cupcake, vegan fish and chips at Coach & Horses)
Mount Bachelor, OR (ski)
Yosemite National Park
Yellowstone National Park (been there at a kid, want to go back)
Tainan, Taiwan (visit college roommate Jessica)
Stay at Edgefield, Troutdale OR
Crater Lake, OR (as an adult)
Dream Big! UNESCO World Heritage Sites and other worldly locations…
Machu Picchu, Peru
Easter Island, Chile
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro
Great Wall of China
Maybe I’ll win the lotto and I could fly around the world in a jet with National Geographic!
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