And the cooking sprees begin

March 24, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I have gotten back into the swing of things! Life can get you down sometimes, and when it’s snowing and cold, it can really get me down.

Post-Run Protein Shake

But now that the sun is shining more often and we have an extra hour of daylight, the cooking resumes!

Let’s start with my testing recipes for Urban Vegan. Since my last post, I have tried: Earl Grey Cookies, balsamic baked beans, orange-soy seitan tenders, chocolate-hazelnut polenta budino, funeral casserole and post-race protein shake. WOAH! lol.

All of the recipes were awesome. I think I screwed up my homemade seitan recipe, so that probably impacted the tenders. The polenta was yummy but didn’t keep well for reheating. Oh, the issues of only two of us!

I would display all the photos, but heck, that would bog down the page!

Potato and Leek Soup

I also have discovered my cookbooks again. I made Potato and Leek Soup from You Won’t Believe It’s Vegan, Bean Cassoulet from Moosewood and Millet and Spinach Polenta with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto from Vegan with a Vengeance. I have also been looking for recipes online and when I was sick, I found the perfect get-better soup.

I also made chocolate chip cookie dough bites for St. Patrick’s Day for my office. My birthday is in a little more than a week and I wanted to test the recipe I found online. Well, they all went! I didn’t even get one! Serves me right for not saving any! LOL.

I also am developing a vegan version of a recipe that I absolutely love. I got the recipe when I moved into my first apartment on my own and LOVED it so much. But now it isn’t vegan, so I must adapt. Move over, Rachel Ray! That entry is forthcoming, as I still need to do another trial run or two.

This is a short entry, more of a recap, as I have been gone & in my little shell. Well, now it’s time for some spring cleaning and hanging out on my blog more often! Keep posted for more entries soon.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough bites

Everything But Kitchen Sink Stir-fry

March 16, 2011 at 1:03 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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So, I am not one to post recipes on here, because quite frankly, I am just not creative enough! And I hesitate to add it here, because some of the recipes I have used from the very beginning could have been someone else’s that I just tweaked to my tastes over time. (But not enough to merit my own.)

Yummmm.

But stir-fry, especially the everything but the kitchen sink stir-fry, is in everyone’s back-up recipe books. It is so simple, uses up vegetables sitting in your fridge & is totally personal to each individual.

There are four categories when creating your kitchen sink stir-fry that you must consider: vegetables, spices and liquids, protein and grain.

Vegetables:

onion (almost a must)
garlic
celery
carrots
daikon
broccoli
greens (spinach, kale, arugula)
asparagus
any frozen variety
Also fruits! Pinapple, orange or any dried fruits could taste awesome!

Spices & liquids:

Garlic
basil
ginger
sesame oil
shoyu/tamari (soy sauce)
red pepper flakes
salt
pepper
apple cider vinegar
a touch of sugar
*This list is pretty much endless!*

Protein

tofu
seitan
fake meats
beans — my fav is chickpeas
tempeh

Grains

rice
pasta
wheat berries
quinoa
millet
barley

Here is the general way that I create my stir-fry masterpiece:

I start with some oil in a skillet and add an onion.

After the onion starts to get clear and glisten, I add all my vegetables. I then sometimes add about 1/4 cup water, so carrots and other hard vegetables could boil. I usually let this cook for about 10-15 minutes.

I then usually add spices, but this would be a good time to add protein and/or grain. If you want to not saturate your grain in the spices and liquids, wait until almost 5 minutes from being done.

If you add a protein that needs some serious cook time, such as tofu or tempeh, I would let it cook an additional 10 minutes, being careful the food doesn’t stick/burn. If it is something that just needs to be heated through, it should only take 5 minutes or so.

And like I said, add the grains last. If you want your grains and protein to hold the full taste of the spice, add the spice at the very last instead, but make sure to cook for a bit, to get them to release their flavor.

Presto! And now it’s time to eat some stir-fry!

Every time I am ready to go, I get sick!

March 1, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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So, here I am again. I have been in this deep winter funk, and I noticed from a lot of blogs that I follow that I am not the only one.

Well, two weeks ago, the sun started to shine again and I didn’t freeze the moment I stepped out the door! Life became glorious and I was ready to run again and welcome spring.

My allergies did not agree.

She has similar glasses to me. But this is how I feel.

I came down with a nasty cold/nasty allergy attack. Two days of severe throat hurt followed by at least a week’s worth of blowing my nose continuously. Well, I am still sick, blowing my nose, nursing a headache and continuing to show up for work (because my boss sprang a project on me the day I started to become ill.)

The weekend came, my project was amazingly complete and I couldn’t wait to rest and relax. To cook on Monday and to blog about it. To maybe get some new eyeglasses after my eye appointment.

Well, I woke up Tuesday and my stomach was grumbling. IBS, don’t hate me now! Well, it definitely did. And all I have eaten today was a few carbs.

What happened to my plans of detox, lots of good foods and starting my training again so I could maybe not die at my next 5K? Plans foiled again by my intestines.

And I can never explain it. It could have been the vegan noodle soup I made, despite being a help for sick people (so the blog told me.) It could have been the Oreos. Or my trusty ginger ale. Could be a number of other issues I deal with in my life, but see, my stomach never tells me. It just rebels.

Let’s just hope I’ll be back up and at ‘em tomorrow.

Cute sneezing dog. Aww, puppy!

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