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Honey Kissed Oatmeal Cookies

In Breads and Deserts on July 20, 2010 at 5:21 pm

IMG_2184 I am in the process of moving, which means that my apartment is a hot, HOT mess.  I hardly know where anything is located, have to ninja over boxes to move between rooms, and am living off the sparse remains of my pantry.  Best moments.

Dinner recently has consisted of mixing two canned items together, warming them over the stove, and being grateful that the result tastes like food.  I don’t anticipate that I will be posting much for the next two weeks because no one really wants to look at canned black beans mixed with canned tomatoes over and over again.  I certainly don’t.

Speaking of two weeks, I just fully realized that I am moving in less than two weeks!  I feel like I just arrived in Albany (I moved here in early 2009). I started packing a few days ago but the reality of the immediacy of the situation didn’t really sink in until I took the pictures off the walls yesterday.  My comfortable, homey apartment looks very bare right now…IMG_2217

well… except for the piles of boxes…. did I mention using ninja moves to maneuver around my apartment?

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At least my cat is pleased with his new jungle gym.

I thought that I could handle a few weeks without grocery shopping or baking but the latter has proven to be incorrect.  After the sudden realization that I am moving super soon, I decided it would be an excellent idea to bake something… which involved unpacking some of the kitchen items and scraping together a recipe with those sparse remains that I mentioned above.

The resulting warm, chewy, sweet cookies were definitely worth the additional disarray.

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(No Sugar Added) Blueberry Muffins

In Dessert on July 12, 2010 at 8:46 pm

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Eep summer!  This is the best time of year (aside from the sweltering heat). I love going through the farmers market and co-op and eyeing an abundance of delicious fruit.  I once read through a little survey that was intended to narrow the fruit tastes that you prefer and I honestly loved all of them.

I have been eating delicious blueberries by the mouthful!  As that seemed a little wasteful, I decided that I needed to bake something with my latest batch of muffins.  Unfortunately, I was completely out of sugar.  I would usually substitute with honey or syrup but I wanted to try something new.  So I decided to go without a sweetener and use pineapple juice.  While I was at it, I nixed the usual oil and butter.

My girlfriend said the resulting muffins tasted “pure” – like from nature.  I have to be honest, I missed the sweetener a bit, but these muffins were way less bad for you than your average muffin- even Dunkin Donut’s reduced fat blueberry muffin has 10 g of fat and 400 calories!

Nutritional Info
Per Serving (1 muffin – makes 10)

Calories 117.9
Total Fat 0.6 g
Saturated Fat 0.1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 267.6 mg
Potassium 64.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate 25.7 g
Dietary Fiber 2.9 g
Sugars 6.9 g
Protein 3.2 g

in the land of the muffin

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Mujadara

In Main dish, Side dish on July 7, 2010 at 4:28 pm

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My dinner last night was mujadara served with plain yogurt, hummus and pita bread.  The smooth, cool sensations of the yogurt perfectly complimented the heat and of the mujadara.  I ate it with soy yogurt but I would really like to try this dish with thick Greek yogurt.

This is a very easy dish to make but not super quick; it took about 50 minutes from start to finish, including prep time.  I highly recommend cooking it on a day when you are not immediately hungry but don’t want to hover over a pot; just put it on the stove and do something else.  Read, clean, slouch at the computer and read blogs, whatever it is that you do for kicks.

The most important ingredients and the lentils, rice, and browned onions.  Make sure you really brown the long strips of onions!  The spices are a great way to customize the dish but are not the heart of the meal; don’t hesitate to cook this even if you only have salt in your spice cabinet. Sometimes simple is the way to go.

The ingredients and directions are after the jump…

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Good Deed Summer Fruit Cobbler

In Dessert on July 5, 2010 at 8:55 pm

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Good evening wonderful people.

Today was an absolute scorcher yet I chose today to run all over town.  When I arrived back home, I parked next to a sweat drenched woman whose car wouldn’t start.  She asked me for help but, honestly, she would have been better off asking a spoon- she would have received just as useless of a response but with more finesse.  Fortunately, my super kind boyfriend put down his bar review books for a few minutes to help our new neighbor.  After a mild electric shock and a few choice French words, the woman cruised away in her functioning vehicle.  Josh completed his good deed for the day!

What was your good deed for the day?

Mine was baking this delicious cobbler!  Check out this bad boy!

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It consists of peaches and plums covered in a sweet and crunch crust.  This is a whole grain, guilt-free dessert that you can feel good about.  I got the idea from Fat Free Vegan’s Plum Cobbler, although I made a few alterations.

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Hearty Two Bean Vegetarian Chili

In Main dish on July 3, 2010 at 9:36 pm

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After a long day in the sun, there is nothing like coming home and devouring a hearty meal.  Chili, vegetarian style, is great for this.  Packed full of beans and vegetables, it is a great comfort food that is bound to give you energy for the rest of the evening.

I spent my afternoon at Pearl Palooza, a street music festival in Albany.  I was able to see a band that I loved in college, Rusted Root.  I was ecstatic during Food & Creative Love.

All I want is food and creative love.

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Isn’t that the truth!

I soaked up a ton of sun rays and had a great time getting down to Rusted Root. When I got home, I was pretty beat and super hungry.  As I dug through my (almost empty) pantry, the cans of beans beckoned me.

I decided to make chili because it is such a comforting and nutrient packed dish with a nice kick.  It can also be pretty quick and easy, although chili is best if it is made the day before eating it.  I toned down the spice for this meal (if you have been reading for the past few weeks, you may have noticed I use a lot of hot spices in my meals.)

The recipe and picture are after the jump…

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Mediterranean Couscous and Sautéed Cherry Tomatoes

In Main dish on June 24, 2010 at 9:40 pm

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I have recently developed a mild love affair with Mediterranean food.  I happily could live off babaganoosh and pita bread.  Like any true love, it can be costly, and I have found myself eating out at Phoenicians and BFS Restaurant at least once a week.  As such, I felt that it was time I invested in a Mediterranean cookbook, which is how I ended up with The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen.  I expect that this cookbook will make its way into the regular rotation.

My first meal made from this book was Zucchini-Lemon Couscous (p. 101) served with Sautéed Cherry Tomatoes with Mediterranean Herbs (p. 157).  The light bite of the lemon and the powerful flavor of the seasoning on the tomatoes really complimented each other.  Also, the couscous is a very dry dish and it goes very well with the juicy cherry tomatoes, which burst in your mouth on the first bite.

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Vegan Moussaka

In Main dish, Not As Easy on June 22, 2010 at 9:40 pm

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My Monday night supper was not exactly a quick meal but it was absolutely worth putting off dinner until 8:00.  It was a really fun meal to cook!

I cooked vegan moussaka, which really hit the spot.  Every bite of eggplant was better than the next.  The Italian spice definitely made this recipe, which I found on www.ethnicvegan.com.  The only variation that I made was that I used rice cheese instead of soy.

I served it with hummus and pita bread.

I highly recommend cruising over the Ethnic Vegan and checking out this recipe!  Superb!

My Seitan Tastes Like Seitan

In Staple Food Items on June 20, 2010 at 10:52 am

seitan loaf Oh Seitan, how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.

  1. Your name sounds like Satan and allows me to make lots of super lame cool puns.
  2. You are packed with protein levels comparable to steak!
  3. Unlike steak, you contains no saturated fat or cholesterol.
  4. Also unlike steak, you are much lower in calories than steak, too!
  5. You are delicious and cruelty free!

Basically, it is a fabulous meat substitute and this chick absolutely loves it.  However, I do not like the cost- $5.00 for 8 oz definitely means that I cannot eat seitan regularly.  Or so I thought.

Lo and behold Vegan on the Cheap: Great Recipes and Simple Strategies that Save You Time and Money by Robin Robertson.  I bought this fabulous book in preparation for graduate school and two years of poverty. I strongly recommend it! The author has tons of tips about saving money while still eating well. This includes a seitan recipe that Robertson says costs less tan 50 cents per serving.  I bought a lot of the ingredients from the bulk section of the co-op, which was way cheaper than buying them in the boxes… so it may have cost less than estimated.

See the ingredients, directions, and more pictures after the jump…

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Red Chile Asparagus and Quinoa

In Main dish on June 17, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Delicious and easy!

So it has been a few days since the last post- what a whirlwind!  Since I last posted, I have been to Pittsburgh and I found a fabulous apartment!  It is absolutely lovely and it makes me even more excited to begin grad school.  Unfortunately, I ended up getting a bit of a nasty cold and have been out of commission for a few days.  Never fear, I am all better and lots of cooking is about to commence!  I have major culinary plans for the next week.

Until then, here is a meal that I made last week when I was in a bit of a pinch.  It was quick, easy, nutritious, and delicious- my favorites!

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Super Easy Lentil & Hummus Wrap

In Beyond Easy, Lunch, Wrap on June 6, 2010 at 2:17 pm

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I absolutely love wraps- you can quickly stuff a ton of food in them and they just roll up into a clean and easily transported meal.  Perfect for work.

This super easy wrap consists of the following ingredients:

  • 1 whole grain, high fiber wrap
  • 1/4 cup of canned lentils
  • Red peppers, chopped
  • Salad herb blend (parsley, red onion, chives, shallots, garlic, dill)
  • Hummus

I also recommend putting spinach on it.