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Mar. 31st, 2009

coffee

curry for Kristen! :)

today, I made my first attempt ever of making indian food at home- and it actually worked! Kristen had been craving it and today is her one year mark of being back in the wonderful land of Chicago :) so I figured I would give it a go. It turned out really well... I will have to start making it more often

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Ingredients:
1 bunch of califlower, cut into florets
1 & 1/2 bell peppers- chopped (I used orange ones)
about 1/2 of an onion- chopped
4-5 carrots, chopped
1 can of chickpeas- drained
1 can of lite coconut milk
1 32 ounce container of vegetable broth
a few leaves of fresh basil, chopped
3 tbs curry seasoning of your choice
1 cup of quiona (dried)

Method:
I think that you can probably use any type of veggies that you want in this. The recipe called for green beans, but I opened them and they felt slimey- I thought that meant they were bad, so I used peppers instead. Put all the veggies and the chickpeas into a large pot and mix them up. Add in the vegetable broth and spices, stir in the coconut milk. Cover and let it simmer on the stove for around 3 hours on high or low. I switched it up, so that it wouldn't boil over. I should probably invest in a pressure cooker. When it is about done (or totally done) most of the broth will have dissolved. Cook the quiona as directed on the box. Serve the curry over quiona. Delicious. I must learn to make naan now :) This is really easy- it just takes a long while to cook.

Makes about 6 Servings. We all ate two :) YUM!

Here is some food porn of other things I have been eating lately- it isn't really cooking, but it will give you something to look at ;)

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banana, with tofutti and cocoa powder- with a hot chocolate

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salad with peanut tempeh

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whole grain toast with tofutti and strawbery slices

Enjoy!

Mar. 29th, 2009

sprinkles

food blog- we haven't been "cooking" much

Here's what Kristen ate this week (okay, so we are kinda behind. It's for the last two-ish weeks)

3/14 Saturday:
Brunch: tofu scramble, seasoned with tumeric, cumin, dehydrated onions, and garlic salt. cooked in a tsp of earth balance. eaten on a piece of ww toast. coffee with soycreamer.
Dinner: chips and salsa, a tortilla w/ refried black beans and green and black olives. with green and tomato salsa. a gatorade.

3/15 Sunday:
Brunch: tofu scramble made with tofu, onions, mushrooms, spinach, spices served on ww toast. tempeh bacon (recipe from VWAV). coffee w/soycreamer. chocolate cake (recipe from Joy of Vegan Baking) with fresh raspberries and chocolate sorbet.
Dinner: Salad made with herb mix, grape tomatoes, shredded carrots, black olives, leftover tempeh bacon, few peices of ciabatta w/orange muscat champagne vinegar.

3/16 Monday:
Breakfast: Bowl of chopped fruit (1 banana, handful of blackberries, 1 peach) with soymilk sprinkled with a small handful of macadamia nuts and 2 Tbs ground golden flax meal. few cashews.
Snack: 1/2 of a garlic pretzel
Dinner: ww penne with tomato basil sauce, to which we added lots of garlic, black olives, boca burger crumbles, onion and baby spinach. garlic bread made from baked ciabatta spread with earth balance and garlic powder.
Dessert: limoncello and tiny piece of chocolate cake with chocolate sorbet (cake recipe from Joy of Vegan Baking).
Snack: peach

3/17 Tuesday:
Breakfast - coffee w/soycreamer
Lunch - scoop of black refried beans with green salsa and green olives. white corn chips.
Dinner: 2 tortillas filled with salsa pinto beans, shredded carrots, avocados, green olives, green salsa. Tomato salsa and white corn chips. margarita. limoncello.
Dessert: fat free chocolate sorbet and a piece of chocolate

3/18 Wednesday:
Breakfast: ww bread with peanutbutter and grape jelly. coffee w/soycreamer. banana.
Lunch: (thai food takeaway) - yellow curry with tofu, potatoes and peas over rice noodles.
Dinner: ww pita with horsradish hummus, shredded carrots and kalmata olives
Blackberries

3/19 Thursday:
Breakfast: peanutbutter and jelly on ww bread. part of a banana. coffee w/soymilk
Lunch: sandwich of smoked tofurky, herb mix, shredded carrots, avocado on a ww roll.
Dinner: ww pasta w/marinara sauce w/boca burger, black olives, green garlic olives, white onion mixed it. limoncello and mead. blackberries.

3/20 Friday:
Breakfast - coffee and soycreamer. few handfuls of triscuits.
Lunch - (out at a coffee shop) grilled veggie panini. black coffee
Dinner - steamed fingerling potatoes (red/white/blue) with earth balance and salt. Gardenburger riblet. gatorade.

3/21 Saturday:
Late Breakfast: peanutbutter and grape jelly on toast. coffee with soycreamer
Dinner (out at a sushi place) - butternut squash tempora. deep fried tofu. some veggie maki rolls. tofu teriyaki with veg. plum wine and saki.
Snack: horseradish hummus with baked multigrain chips. kalmata olives. gatorade.

3/22 Sunday:
Late Breakfast: peanutbutter and grape jelly on toast. coffee w/soycreamer.
Dinner: steamed red/white/blue fingerling potatos with eath balance, fresh chopped rosemary and salt. Gardenburger Riblet. water.

3/23 Monday:
Breakfast: Peanutbutter and jelly on ww bread.
Lunch: (Thai takeaway) - yellow curry with tofu, peas and rice noodles.
Dinner: pasta salad made from - ww pasta w/garlic salt, kalamata olives, halved grape tomatoes, diced Tofurky itallian sausage.

3/24 Tuesday:
Breakfast: Coffee w/soymilk. ww bread with peanutbutter and jelly.
Lunch: pasta salad made from - ww pasta w/garlic salt, kalamata olives, halved grape tomatoes, diced Tofurky itallian sausage.
Dinner: Indonesian stirfry - stirfry veggies in peanut sauce w/tempeh and cashews.
Dessert: cup of fresh blackberries with plum wine and wildlfower honey over the top. few peices of chocolate.

3/25 Wednesday:
Breakfast: peanutbutter and grape jelly on ww bread. Coffee w/soycreamer.
Lunch: smoked almonds and a banana.
Dinner: Gardenburger Riblet. steamed fingerling potatoes (red/white/blue) with earth balance, garlic salt and fresh chopped rosemary.

3/26 Thursday:
Breakfast: sandwich of peanutbutter and jelly on ww bread. Coffee w/soycreamer.
Lunch: (subway) footlong sandwich w/shredded carrots, spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, black olives, green peppers, yellow peppers, yellow mustard, vinegar, salt/pepper/oregano. diet coke.
Dinner: (itallian resturaunt) - bread dipped in olive oil w/salt and red pepper flakes. pasta dish of fusilli, brocolli rabe, sundried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, garlic, olive oil. sparkling lemon sanpellagrino.

3/27 Friday:
Breakfast: peanutbutter and grape jelly sandwich, coffee with soy creamer
Lunch: leftover italian food from going out.
Snack: a few lifesavers
Dinner: cornchips with tofutti and pickles, Gardenburger riblet with steamed fingerling potatos in earth balance and fresh rosemary
Cocktails: tanguery and tonic with a twist
Late night snack: hashbrowns, hot chocolate, and 2 chocolate donut holes

Here's what I ate... whew, this is going to be long:

3/14
Breakfast: kashi with vanilla soymilk, a banana, lots of coffee (I noticed that I tend to blank out when it comes to what I have drank for the day- assume I have drank a ton of coffee and water, every day)
Snack: a slice of chocolate cake
Dinner: a tortilla filled with beans, mushrooms, avocado, spinach and green salsa
some spicy flax corn chips with black beans and salsa
Midnight snack: more chocolate cake, with 2 cups of coffee with soy milk and splenda

3/15
Brunch: coffee, tofu scramble (recipe toasted) with 2 slices of ww toast, a TON of tempeh bacon (recipe also posted). chocolate cake with a few spoonfuls of chocolate sorbet and raspberries
Dinner: spinach salad with more tempeh bacon,
Dessert: a banana and some more chocolate cake

3/16
Breakfast: kashi with plain soymilk, sprinkled with cinnamon and splenda, coffee
Snack: a banana
Snack: a few bites of a garlic pretzel from Auntie Anne's- I shared one with Kristen (we tried to get a no butter one, but it didn't really work- oops) and diet coke
Dinner: bowl of pasta with tons of sauce (recipe posted) and a giant slab of garlic bread (recipe also posted). a small glass of limoncello
Dessert: giant piece of chocolate cake with chocolate sorbet & chocolate cherry soy ice cream

3/17
Breakfast: kashi with plain soymilk. coffee, and an apple
Dinner: tortilla filled with pinto beans, spinach, salsa, avocado and white corn/spicy flax chips dipped in beans and salsa. a glass of limoncello
Snack: diet coke (is this really a snack? hahaha. I was out dancing)

3/18
Breakfast: kashi with plain soymilk, coffee, with a sprinkle of cocoa powder- and a banana
Dinner: herb mix, with shreaded carrots and garlic salt with a chopped up smartdog
Dessert: an apple
Snack: some cashews and shreaded carrots

3/19
Breakfast: kashi with plain soymilk, coffee
Snack: a bunch of cashews and a banana, nibbled at some omega trail mix blend from trader joes
Lunch: toast with tofutti and strawberry slices, and a banana with tofutti and a sprinkling of cocoa powder, a hot chocolate
Dinner: 2 bowls of whole grain spirals with tons of sauce (filled with boca ground and tons of veggies) and lots of nutritional yeast (I didn't post this because it is similar to other pasta dishes we have posted)
a glass of limoncello, and a glass of mead
Dessert: ate a ton of mixed nuts/omega trail mix/rolled oats- don't ask. I blended a bunch of nuts and rolled oats in a jar- we sprinkle it on things
(I think I would classify this as a binge day)

3/20
Breakfast: kashi and plain soymilk, coffee.
Dinner: leftover pasta sauce on whole grain toast. with lots of nutritional yeast
Dessert: banana with vegan chocolate frosting and a hot chocolate. a ton of chocolate cake (from our freezer)

3/21
Breakfast: kashi and plain soymilk. coffee
Snack: an apple with peanut butter
Snack: nibbled at some trail mix in the car (on the way to ATB/infected mushroom)
Dinner: out for japanese food- yum. drank a ton of so-co, basically as a wine. LOL
3 california rolls (we are allowed to eat crabs- I know this isn't vegan).
1 and a 1/2 pieces of veggie tempora (brocolli and squash)
tofu and veggie teriyaki stirfy. with a sprinkle of rice (I hate rice. lol)
Dessert: 2 or 3 pieces of mochi and 1 coffee candy

3/22
Breakfast: kashi with plain soymilk and a banana. with coffee.
Snack: nibbled at trail mix. and chex mix
Dinner: giant salad with spinach, herb mix, onions, mushrooms, shreaded carrots, cayenne pepper and a chopped boca burger
a glass of sparkling lemonade
Dessert: more chex mix and trail mix
Snack: more trail mix and a glass of diet cherry dr pepper

3/23
Breakfast: maple pecan cereal with vanilla soymilk. munched on trail mix some more (so addictive) and coffee
Snack: some more trail mix and a banana, with a sparkling lemonade
Dinner: tempeh cooked in peanut sauce, in a spinach salad with onions, mushrooms, garlic, and some extra peanut sauce as dressing
Dessert: a giant bowl of black berries, a banana and strawberries with whip cream and cocoa powder (whip cream- OOPS!!!)
a hot chocolate, then some more trail mix
Snack: a glass of diet cherry dr pepper

3/24
Breakfast: kashi with vanilla soymilk, coffee
Snack: finished the bag of trail mix. ate some cashews
Lunch: an apple, a carrot, more cashews
Snack: a banana and a little dove chocolate
Dinner: tempeh stirfry with lots of veggies, tempeh cooked in peanut sauce, with extra pb added.
Dessert: ate lots of cashews and a bite of Kristen's dessert (blackberries with honey and plum wine)

3/25
Breakfast: kashi with vanilla soymilk, coffee
Snack: a banana
Dinner: a veggie dog on whole wheat bread with garlic mustard (i.e. garlic salt/mustard- since our garlic mustard has eggs in it)
Snack: a carrot. apple slices with cinnamon, a cup of vanilla caramel black tea

3/26
Breakfast: kashi with vanilla soymlk and coffee
Lunch: a veggie dog on whole wheat bread with garlic mustard, and 2 carrots- cut into slices
Dinner: out to eat with parents.
nibbled at bread basket
pasta with sun dried tomatos and brocolli, with chicken (oops. I fucked up- AGAIN. I think this was in olive oil also)
2 diet cokes

3/27
Breakfast: kashi with vanilla soymilk, coffee
Snack: an apple with three pieces of dark chocolate
Dinner: Leftover pasta from going out, with a handful or two of spinach added and some cherry tomatos
Cocktails: about 3/4th of a chocolate beer from the roundhouse. couldn't finish it.
Snack: 3 donut holes, 1 jelly, 1 chocolate, 1 cinnamon powder (hmm... I am slipping. HAHA)

I need to start cooking some new and exciting things. Hmm... that should be my goal for the week- amongst a billion others.

Mar. 17th, 2009

coffee

"I'm craving garlic..." Italian Feast

I've never really been into italian food personally... but Kristen and I decided while we were out shopping today that we were craving garlic. I think I'm warmer up to italian food lately anyways... even though I would much rather just eat a bowl of pasta sauce... LOL. pasta is one of the cheapest and easiest things to make for dinner... and it's kinda fun to experiment with the different shapes. I think penne is my favorite. or those flower things that we made for our Valentine's Day Party. haha. :)

Ingredients:
1 box of your favorite pasta (I used whole wheat penne- organic ww pastas were on sale at the grocery last week, so I stocked up)
1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce (I used basil tomato classico)
a few large handfuls of baby spinach
a whole onion, chopped
a can and a half of large black olives
3 boca burger patties (the giant awesome ones. from Sam's Club)
garlic powder, minced garlic, and basil

Method:

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Pour yourself (and your cooking partner) a delicious cordial. We just bought a bottle of limoncello eariiler today... so we cracked that out for some nice before dinner drinks. We poured a glass for Danny also... as soon as he came home. :) haha. we would've gotten him his slippers too... had he owned any. LOL. Yum... limocello happens to be quite delicious. Probably best served cold. I added heart shaped ice cubes to all our glasses... and put it into the freezer for future enjoyment. :)

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Boil water, add pasta, cook, drain. You should know the drill by now. Shouldn't you? ;)

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Warm the sauce in a slow simmer on the stove. Add in the chopped onion and a few generous handfuls of baby spinach. Add lots and lots of spinach- we like our salads to be inside of our sauce. LOL. Add in a ton of garlic- both minced and powdered, Stir well. Add in the basil, Stir well again. Add in the boca patties, one at a time (yes, they can be frozen)- as they begin to thaw out, you can break them up with a spoon and stir them into the sauce. Let the sauce simmer for about 10 more minutes to make sure everything is hot and all of the flavors have absorbed. Stir in the olives just before serving. Serve with pasta, garlic bread, and lots of garlic salt.

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We also had garlic bread...

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Ingredients:
1 loaf of Ciabatta bread, sliced
earth balance
garlic powder (but real crushed garlic or garlic salt can also be used)

Method:
Preheat over to 300 degrees. Mix garlic into butter and spread over bread slices. Put into the oven and bake for about 15 minutes or so (while you are cooking the pasta). Make sure that the bread is crusty and toasty. Yum! :)

Oh yeah... and here is what we ate for dinner last night:

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Kristen and I made giant salads with spinach and leftover tempeh bacon- SUPER GOOD!!!

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I made Danny a delicious treat for din din. :) Vegan chocolate cake with chocolate cherry soy ice cream and chocolate sorbet. Sprinkled with raspberries and dusted with cocoa powder. Aren't we healthy? :P

Mar. 15th, 2009

coffee

vegan sunday brunch :)

So today, we decided to make a big vegan brunch- yum! We made tempeh bacon with veggie tofu scramble (and hello kitty toast) :P and it was delicious. I love tempah- It might even be my favorite food.

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Here are the recipes:

Tofu Scramble:
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Ingredients:
1 lb firm tofu, drained
1 large white onion, diced
mushrooms, sliced
baby spinach
1/4 cup soymilk
pinch of tumeric
few pinches of cumin
garlic salt
green tabasco
cayenne pepper

Method:
In a large frying pan over medium heat, sautee diced onions in earth balance until almost soft. Add mushrooms and combine. Push to the side of the pan. On the other side, add drained tofu and break-up into pieces using a wooden spoon. Combine soymilk, tumeric, cumin and garlic salt in a bowl. Pour over tofu, stir to combine then stir to combine with the onion/mushroom mixture. Cook for several minutes, until all liquid is absorbed. Add cayenne pepper and green tabasco to taste. Add a few handfuls of baby spinach over the top of the tofu scramble and let sit until wilted. Combine and serve with toast or tortillas, salsa, sliced avocado, coffee and tempeh bacon! Enjoy. :)

Tempeh Bacon:
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We actually got this recipe out of "Vegan with a Vengeance" (one of the best vegan cookbooks out there)

Ingredients:
1 tsp tomato paste
3 tbs of bragg liquid aminos (or tamari or soy sauce. we used bragg)
1/4 tsp liquid smoke
1/3 cup apple cider (or apple juice)
2 cloves of garlic, crushed (we left this out- we didn't have any handy, but garlic is good... and the original recipe called for it)
tempeh- an 8 ounce block, or as much as you like

Combine all the above ingredients and whisk together into a marinade. Cut an 8 ounce block of tempeh into strips. Place in a dish and cover with marinade. We actually doubled this (and used two blocks of tempeh) and quadroopled the marinade recipe. Let it sit over night, covered, in the fridge. In the morning, fry in a pan with peanut oil. Heat the oil and cook for four minutes on one side, then flip. Pour the marinade over the strips in the pan, and cover the pan with a lid. Use a southern accent whenever talking to your cooking partner- because bacon and Sunday brunch are things of the south. Let the strips cook for an additional three minutes... until the liquid is absorbed. Strips should be deliciously browned when finished. :)

Dessert:
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There really isn't a recipe for this... haha. It is our chocolate "obama-nation" cake, with a scoop of fat free chocolate sorbet (from trader joe's) and fresh raspberries. :) Apparently, dessert is the best part of brunch (and life) ;) so there you go. :D

Mar. 14th, 2009

sprinkles

what did we eat this week?

I was going to leave out what we ate on weekends. haha. but I guess I won't. We left off at Saturday...

so... here's what I ate this week.

Saturday:
kashi with vanilla soymilk
2 bowls of delicious indo-thai food (recipe posted- one night in bangkok stirfry)
1 pumpkin-whole wheat scone with nutela (LOL I have already forgotten about my addiction to these)
one banana, also with nutela
a hot chocolate

Sunday:
3 chocolate chip scones... (over the span of the morning)
1 bowl of whole grain spaghetti with delicious veggie sauce (recipe posted) with a sprinkling of nutritional yeast
ate an additional chocolate chip scone- and also finished one that Kristen only took half of. LOL.
(so. basically... I lived on scones this entire day- wow. healthy) LOL

Monday:
kashi with vanilla soymilk. half a banana
other half of banana
veggie chicken pattie with lettuce mix and black olives on whole grain bread
an apple
a ton of peanut m&m's
a diet a&w rootbeer
leftover whole wheat spaghetti with tons of delicious veggie sauce. sprinkled with tons of nutritional yeast
salad- herb mix, with shreaded carrots, nutritional yeast, and a scoop of pasta sauce (sounds weird. but it was good)
oinked out on chocolate cake- with vegan chocolate cherry ice cream. yum- this was a stressful day, I visited my parents. LOL

Tuesday:
kashi with vanilla soymilk. a banana
veggie chicken pattie with herb mix and garlic mustard on wheat bread
a handful or so of baby carrots
a handful or 2 of cashews
(as a dinner) some more cashews and baby carrots
a giant piece of chocolate cake (not the healthiest dinner) LOL.
a diet coke

Wednesday:
kashi honey sunrise (usually I eat go lean) with vanilla soymilk
a spinach salad with a boca burger, minced garlic, & hot pepper with a bunch of baby carrots
a ginsing green tea ("well... I guess it does kinda taste like, hair spray...")
a bowl of vegan mac & cheese (recipe posted)
2 cups of tea (one raspberry, one vanilla caramel black tea. yum)

Thursday:
kashi and vanilla soymilk. and a banana
a veg dog wrapped in a tortia. with spinach, garlic mustard, and pepperchini
finished off the bag of baby carrots.
a hot chocolate, 1 dove chocolate (listen to your heart beat and DANCE! hahaha)
a bunch of cashews
a banana with some nutela
another hot chocolate... and some more cashews

Friday:
kashi with vanilla soymilk (yes, I eat this practically every day)
a banana, and an apple (throughout the morning)
made a cake- basically this took six hours... and I was eating frosting all day long while I decorated it)
a spinach salad with a veggie burger in it, with mushrooms, avocado, green beans, red pepper, and garlic salt.
ate a bunch of green beans with danny and kristen from the bag- wow. I had no idea these things were so delicious!
pigged out on chocolate cake- that I spent the entire damn day making... I think I ate like 4 small pieces

I really need to stop with the sugar. LOL. maybe I should've given that up for Lent.

here's what Kristen ate:

Saturday:
pumpkin scone. coffee w/soycreamer
boca chick'n patty on a ww bun w/sliced tomatoes, avocados, shredded carrots, herb mix. & some tings.
indonesian stirfy made of sauteed tempeh, broccoli, carrots, waterchestnuts, mushrooms, baby corn, peapods, onions, peppers, etc. in a ginger/garlic/seasame/peanutbutter sauce
some chocolate. lots of water.
hard cider and another handful of tings.

Sunday:
chocolate chip scone w/coffee and soycreamer
ww spagetti with mock meatballs and tomato basil sauce, to which i added chopped tomatoes, garlic olives and white onion. sprinkled with nutritional yeast.
another piece of CC scone for dessert.

Monday:
peanut butter and pumpkin butter on ww bread. coffee w/soycreamer. banana.
saltines and 7up
leftover ww spagetti with mock meatballs and tomato basil sauce, to which i added chopped tomatoes, garlic olives and white onion.
packet of vegan jerky (Stonewall's brand)
sandwich of horshradish hummus, herb mix, sliced tomatoes, shredded carrots, chopped green olives on ciabatta. water.
I came home with a carton of chocolate cherry soy icecream, to find my sister had made a chocolate cake - How awesome is that? LOL. So, cake and icecream. (cake recipe from Joy of Vegan Baking).

Tuesday:
part of leftover sandwhich from last night (leftover sandwich of horshradish hummus, herb mix, sliced tomatoes, shredded carrots, chopped green olives on ciabatta.). coffee w/soymilk and soycreamer
leftover ww spagetti with mock meatballs and tomato basil sauce, to which i added chopped tomatoes, garlic olives and white onion.
handful of cashews and a gatorade (sports drink)
as a dinner- chocolate cake and chocolate cherry icecream. (can you have dessert with a dinner?)
piece of ciabatta with horshradish hummus, shredded carrots, green olives.


Wednesday:
s'mores Luna bar. banana. small handful of smoked almonds. coffee w/soycreamer.
purple sweet potato chipotle soup. 1/2 a ww wrap of tofu, purple cabbage, bean sprouts, lettuce. 1/3 of a piece of lemon cake. tea. (lunch from Spa Cafe http://www.spacafe.com/menu/ )
sister made homemade mac and cheese (actually with ww penne) and a nutritional yeast sauce. had some shredded carrots and a raw tomato on the side. gatorade.

Thursday:
breakfast: coffee w/soycreamer. s'mores flavored Luna bar.
second breakfast: small handful smoked almonds. banana. vanilla rice yogurt. leftover vegan lemon cake.
lunch: leftover 1/2 of a wrap - grilled tofu, bean sprouts, purple cabbage in a ww tortilla (from spa cafe)
second lunch: random thai soup rice noodle bowl (label was gone, i think it was spring onion and lemongrass)
dinner: gatorarde. handful of cashews. Tofurky itallian sausage w/mustard. shredded carrots. pepperoccini. hard cider. 1 cracker w/tofutti cream cheese. few peices of ciabatta w/hummus.

Friday:
sweet potato fries with salt and hungarian paprika dipped in horseradish hummus. coffee with soy cream
ate a bunch of frosting all day- while making cake :)
boca chicken pattie with kalmata olive spread, shreaded carrots, sliced tomatoes, baby spinach, on a whole wheat bun
raw green beans with horseradish hummus on the side
piece of chocolate cake. gaterade. a few cashews.

I think Kristen eats healthier than me... I need to work on that, maybe. haha...

Mar. 13th, 2009

coffee

chocolate obama-nation cake

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this is the same recipe as previously posted. we tripled it however and used white flour instead of wheat. I spent six hours making it/decorating it for my friend's birthday party... and I didn't even end up going to it. wtf? whatever.

we used a different frosting. we doubled this recipe:

1 cup crisco (vegan. surprisingly)
1/2 cup plain soy creamer
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
a splash of vanilla extract
5 cups of powdered sugar

add in the sugar gradually as you mix it... or... at least that's what I did. I accidentally added a TON of vanilla extract also. but it turned out AMAZING. could not stop eating it. mmmm... LOL. I decorated it by smoothing it out with a spreader spatula, dipped in cold water. then I used a star decorating tip to make fun designs on it. lol. the middle ball is a dark chocolate truffle. and there are chopped bits of chocolate all over the top and parts of the sides... hahahahaha. yes, I gave the cake a racing stripe... and Kristen thought it was hilarious. LOL. whatever! hahaha. yummmm... :) we need to make some healthy food! hahaha. all these desserts... tsk tsk. I think vanilla soy creamer next time would be a good thing to try.... I am obsessed with vanilla. haha.

Still, eating frosting all day with my sister and listening to our neighbor's get raided for meth... what better way to spend a Friday? :) hahaha...

Hope you enjoy!

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Mar. 11th, 2009

coffee

vegan mac and cheese

I don't even really LIKE mac and cheese... and this shit is seriously amazing. YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want to take a bath in it.

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So basically... I looked over some recipes on vegweb and I decided that I would just make my own cause that is how I roll. LOL!!!
Here it is:

1 box pasta (I used whole wheat penne because I thought it would hold the sauce well)
1 cup plain soymilk
1 cup nutritional yeast
1/3 cup tamari (or soy sauce)
1/2 block firm tofu
a dash of garlic powder
a dash of cayenne
a dash of salt or garlic salt- I forgot to add this in recipe

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta and set aside. Blend together all ingredients (I used a mixer) It makes a lot of sauce... but I like things saucey. Combine in a large baking dish and bake in oven for 10 minutes or until slightly brown.

Super easy. the longest part of this is probably boiling the water to cook the pasta- LOL. :)

Makes around 6 servings, or less or more. Enough for a family of three. ;)

Mar. 9th, 2009

coffee

death by chocolate "vegan" cake

We just ate leftovers today... so I had to cook SOMETHING. LOL. I figured that baking would be fun... because Kristen is at yoga and Danny has been taking a nap. Okay... so I will admit that this cake isn't entirely vegan- there is MILK chocolate in it... but we said we would allow chocolate- in all its glorious forms- to be consumed during Lent. The cake itself though is egg, dairy, and animal free.

Ingredients:
1 & 1/2 cups of whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup of sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
vanilla extract
1 tbs white vinegar
1 cup cold water
1/3 cup of vegetable oil
chocolate hazelnut spread
hot chocolate mix
a few squares of chocolate/candy bars

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the dry ingredients- the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and baking soda- all together. Make a well in the center and pour in the wet ingredients. Mix until just blended. Pour into a greased cake pan (I believe I used a 9'' cake pan- greased slightly with earth balance). Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool on rack.

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You can decorate the cake however you like. There are many good vegan frosting recipes out there... I used a chocolate hazelnut spread as a frosting, and dusted over it with hot chocolate mix. I then added a few chopped squares of chocolate because it just looked so very boring. LOL. It would probably be great just topped with powdered sugar. :) Cake... nom nom nom :)

Mar. 8th, 2009

coffee

pasta with mock meatballs and garlic stuff olives

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Ingredients:
1 pound whole wheat spagetti (we made about half a package- wasn't enough)
1 jar tomato basil sauce (classico. brand. I love it)
6 or 7 chopped tomatoes
several handfuls of large halved garlic stuffed olives
1 white onion, diced
1 bag mock meatballs (trader joe's brand)
a dash of garlic salt
3 or 4 tbs brine from the olives

Directions:
Cook pasta and drain.

Add chopped tomatos, olives, onion, and mock meatballs to sauce. Simmer for about 10 minutes or so. Makes a ton of sauce. The meatballs broke up a lot and made just a really thick meaty sauce... kinda like chili. Delicious. You could probably eat the sauce alone as a "sloppy joe" type sandwich or as a chili, probably.

Sprinkle some nutriional yeast on top if you are feeling fancy ;) It adds a nutty/cheese kinda flavor. We usually use fresh parm... but that is out with Lent :)

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coffee

crack attack chocolate scones

These scones are more addictive than crystal meth. Kristen made them this morning for me cause I had been CRAVING them like a fiend. LOL. Ozzy came over last weekend before we went to the clubs and asked wtf we had a plate of cookie dough out for. HAHAHAHAHAHA they kinda look like chocolate chip cookie dough. and are just as delicious. YUM YUM YUM YUM!!! :) Here is the recipe (stolen from Vegan with a Vengeance- with some slight alternations):

Ingredients:
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup soy cream (soy milk can be used)
3/4 cup vanilla soymilk and 2 tsp white vinegar
2 tbs vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Add in the oil, soy cream, and rice milk. Add in the vanilla extract. Mix until just combined (you can add a little extract milk in if it looks too dry- some flour is usually left over at the bottom of the bowl). Mix in the chocolate chips. The dough is supposed to be clumpy and not sticky- but ours is always sticky and we don't care. HAHA. Drop by the 1/4 or 1/2 cup (depending on desired size. we make them giant) onto a cookie sheet. Bake 12-15 minutes, until slightly browned on the bottom and firm on the top.

They taste exactly like chocolate chip cookie dough- fucking a-mazing. YUM!!!

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I have to post a pasta recipe Kristen just made also. HAHA. Blogging is such a full time job ;)

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