Things have been super busy at school lately! I don't know why. But I bet my Mom's been wanting me to post this, so I gotta! I was home on Sunday night and she made the her kidney bean soup again, this time with Gimme Lean sausage and rice! It was good, and my brother ate the "sausage" without knowing it haha.
Tonight I got down to the kitchen in a hurry to make brownies for snack time tomorrow! I got this recipe from the Post Punk Kitchen. I haven't tried them.. but 2 of my friends already did, and I only got positive feedback! It's kind of a strange recipe that involves heating up silken tofu, it's not too extra time consuming, and they come out with an interesting texture that is somehow both fudgy AND cake-like.. you should try it!
From Vive Le Vegan! I saw them on Vicki's blog, and I need a snack for band tomorrow anyway. These cookies are really awesome. Just don't forget to flatten them out! I did that on one tray and they didn't move at all.. so they were like little balls haha.
Thanks for everybody's well wishes about my wisdom teeth! I finally had solid food this week at school! It still hurts but uhh.. whatever. I made the mistake of trying to play in flute class the other day.. bad idea. I'm still having sax lessons, just not playing. I'm supposed to buy a book so I can do a little reading hehe. I can still march in marching band, just not play. Too bad.. we're doing "Thriller" for the Halloween parade this Thursday. I should be able to play in 2 or 3 weeks. Hope everyone else is doing welllll!
Mom.. if you're reading this (and I know you are) don't kill me! I.. baked.. some more. I just made the Skinny Fig Bars from Susan's blog. Now I know they're supposed to be fat free, but I couldn't find any more applesauce so I used margarine *cower* They still look great! I also used apricots instead of dates just to switch it up a bit. I couldn't try them (due to the teeth) but I hope they're good. Thanks Susan!
Oh yeah guys, about the first thing. I have this joke with my mom because over spring break last year I came home and baked every single day and finally one day she came home from work and said "Tania? Stop... baking.." hahaha. And now I've been baking every day since I've been home with the teeth. But it's OK because I'm taking most of it back with me for saxophone snack time!
This morning I made the Gingerbread Cut Out Cookies from La Dolce Vegan.. aww cute little gingerbread men! I'm loving LDV recently. I think I'm going to save these for snack time on Friday.. man I'm really prepared this week. That will give me some time to catch up on the school work that I missed for being out Thursday and Friday (for my teeth.)
And I just ate this soup that my Mom made last night. Well, it's not much to look at, pureed for my stupid teeth, but it tastes good! It's the orange cauliflower with sweet potato. I think she also put leeks in there, and some spices. I'm not exactly sure what but if anybody is interested I can find out.
This morning I made blueberry muffins! Well, mini muffins. They rock. I'm saving them for snack time on Wednesday. I used this recipe, and once again.. I shouldn't be eating solid foods yet but what the heck, they were good.
Then we went to the grocery store and found this orange and purple cauliflower! I was excited. The orange is currently on the stove with some sweet potatoes being made into a soup for tomorrow.
Oh yeah, and I finally bought dates at the grocery store! I tried my hand at some date bars, which I labeled (I have a lot of free time..) I haven't tried these yet but my family did and said they were good!
And last but not least.. tonight for dinner Mom made me the Cream of Tomato and Basil Soup from La Dolce Vegan! Now THIS I was able to eat, and it.. was.. delicious!
Today Mom made the Cauliflower and Potato Soup with Nutmeg from La Dolce Vegan. I like it a lot because it doesn't taste like potatoes, OR cauliflower.. it's like a happy medium. I really like the cumin in it. Everybody make this!
Ahh Leslie, you knew I couldn't go long without them. I know you miss them anyway. So my cheeks are horrendously swollen, and sometimes I drool blood, but I can't go too many days without baking something! First I veganized an oooold family banana bread recipe.. which was easy because all I had to do was get the eggs out.. I used the flax meal method. It's amazing.
Then I made the Maple Flax Bars from La Dolce Vegan.. I reccommend this recipe. Really great! That's right, I shouldn't be eating real food yet but.. shhh. Watch I'm going to get an infection in a few days. It's worth it!
Mom said this is.. spicy red bean soup. It's kidney beans, vegetable broth, cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper and garlic powder. She said to tell you that it usually looks better than this because it's usually topped with rice and sausage. But I can't have the rice because of my teeth, and sausage is.. well.. sausage. I think it could use something else but I'm not sure what. It is good though!!
Mom is so excited that I'm photograping her food haha, I feel bad that this is the best picture I could get. I'm just sitting on the couch surrounded by blankets, watching tv and playing on my laptop. Taking pictures isn't easy!
So now I'm wisdom-toothless! It hurts.. soft foods for me for a few days. My mom is being very awesome about the whole thing. She doesn't know much about veganism, but she asked me for my cookbooks and went to the grocery store. She came back with two different kinds of Soy Delicious ice cream, some silken tofu to make something (to be determined) and stuff to make soup from La Dolce Vegan! Tonight she made the Simple Leek and Potato Soup. It was really good and.. I've got plans to finish it all.. tonight.
This isn't vegan, but it's vegetarian and I told Mom I would post it. She's not vegetarian hehe, but it's what she had for dinner tonight. It does look pretty nice! Apple-Cheddar Panini.
Well, I came home this morning. I never told you guys.. I'm getting my wisdom teeth out in ... FOUR HOURS! Ahhhh! Well anyway, last night I made cookies so the saxes could have snack time tomorrow even though I won't be at practice. Double Chocolate Almond Explosion Cookies from VLV! Only I didn't top them with the extra chocolate and almonds.. they seemed pretty darn chocolatey and almondy to me. I didn't try them, they seem a little hard to the touch though. I'll ask my friends if they're crunchy or what.
Well I don't know what to call these, they are sort of.. sunflower seed/raisin/oat bundles. Definitely interesting, and I like them! But, as always.. I like everything I make. I'll post the recipe in case anybody wants to give it a try!
Tania's Sunflower/Raisin/Oat Bundles
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup quick oats 1 cup sunflower seeds 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 cup raisins 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup tahini 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
So.. preheat oven to 35oº
In a large bowl mix the red ingredients. In a small bowl mix the blue. Add the blue to the red and mix well! Spoon onto a sheet and bake for about 12 minutes.
They don't flatten out so if you want bundles just leave them, but if you want them more like cookies, flatten them out a bit.
Well these were going to be the Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies from TEV, but I don't have any raisins... so I threw in some coconut. I haven't tried them, but I'm taking them for snack time tomorrow so I guess I'll find out whether it was a good choice or not!