Muffins have always been one of those ‘so-so’ items for me, like, if given a choice, would I choose a muffin or a croissant? Most likely, I would choose a croissant based on the crumb factor. Usually, muffins don’t make easy snacks, crumbling apart and creating a trial of crumbs until I give up and relent the remains to the garbage. (What this really means is that I can shove a crumbly muffin into my face while driving home from work because I need a snack STAT, so I needed something different) Until, I found that vegan muffins Continue reading
I sometimes get stuck in a rut when it comes to real meals, especially when fall and winter come around. In the summer it’s all squash and grilling out and I-can-eat-popcorn-for-dinner-because-it’s-hot-outside, right? I know autumn offers up its own bounty of root vegetables and pumpkin in everything, but often, I get stuck in a cycle of snacks for dinner and pasta all the time. Both of these things are great, but sometimes I just want to be able to throw together a real meal, without a lot of thinking and planning. Oddly enough, when it comes to baking, I can wing it, throw together a recipe, and most of the time, something awesome comes out of it! But, when it comes to dinner or throwing together a quick lunch, I can kind of fall flat. This is exact reason is why I’m so happy I found the Vegetarian Flavor Bible.Last week, I had the opportunity to hear the authors of this book speak at our local public market, and let me tell you, this couple is inspiring!
I usually can’t throw together a salad like this and have great results, but after looking up farro in the book, I saw so many combinations that just clicked in my head. It seemed like everything just clicked into place when I put this together, especially when I added the balsamic and agave dressing. For the most part, these ingredients are on hand, especially now that crisp apples and juicy oranges are making their way to the forefront of the produce section as of late. The walnuts can be subbed out for almonds or whatever you have on had, the salty component just adds a nice level of flavor. I used Trader Joe’s quick cooking farro in this recipe and it worked perfectly, especially for a farro novice like myself. I can’t wait to see what other creations my new favorite book will inspire! Continue reading
Lately, I’ve been on the search for an easy, fast vegan cheese. A lot of recipes I’ve seen lately involve making a culture from sprouts grains (which takes days) or using gums, thickeners and a myriad of ingredients that all involve a special trip to the grocery store, which really, I’m usually just not in the mood for. Cheeseballs usually conjure up images of Chiristmas parties and office potlucks, but I found that this one just reminded me that vegan cheese can be Continue reading
This weekend I met an online friend in real life (we bonded over our love for tacos), saw Gone Girl (!!), and actually learned properly about football (thanks to my very patient fiance). OH and I ate almost this whole loaf of chocolate and cinnamon swirled bread, how could I forget about that? It started out innocently enough, a slice or two just for photo purposes, then a few more slices before heading to the gym (for fuel, you know?), and then the best thing I did with this bread? Continue reading
Back on the recipe bandwagon again! I have a list of recipes burning a hole in my pocket, but this one had to be re-done and added back in. As you know, the way to a man’s heart is through the stomach, and my finace is no exception. He’s a sucker for anything double chocolate and cake like, so this was one of the first desserts I took to one of our weekend dinner date nights. A few times a month, we would cook dinner together, him cooking the main dish and I brought side dishes, and of course, dessert. Tiny and packing a lot of chocolate punch, these little cakes are simple, decadent and perfect for a weeknight dinner date! Almost every ingredient is something that you will probably have on hand, so whipping them up is fast and easy, just how a last minute dessert should be. Woo a date or take yourself on a date, either way, you can never go wrong with chocolate cakes!
- 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 ripe banana, finely mashed
- 6 tablespoons whole wheat or all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees, grease 4 ramekins and set aside.
- In a small, microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate chips, almond milk and coconut oil. Microwave for 1 minute, or until melted. With a hand held mixer, blend in granulated sugar, banana, flour and vanilla extract until combined.
- Divide batter evenly between the 4 ramekins. Bake for 10-15 minutes, let cool for at least 20 minutes before serving. Top with a scoop of vegan ice cream, it's necessary!
Oh hey there! It’s been about, 2 months since I’ve written one of these? Time has FLOWN by and I can’t believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner. But I’m not really mad at that, give me alllll the mashed potatoes. Let’s catch up, ok?
The main events that have been going on are WEDDINGS! All the weddings. Ok so really only 2, but I was in them, so that makes for an extra action packed weekend. From flower arranging to last minute escort card sorting, I’ve been there and back a few times. I felt so lucky that I got to experience my two best friends getting married within a month of each other, especially since we all live so far apart. That being said, I’m glad my own wedding isn’t for another year or so, so we all have time to recover from the wedding madness. (BTW, I have a place to get married, it’s so pretty and I love it!). One of the pictures above is from the first wedding I was in, which took place in Silverthorne, Colorado, basically the prettiest place I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait to go back!
Along with all this busyness I’ve been lacking on the creation of new recipes, buuut that means my list of ‘to make’ recipes is growing longer and longer, so I’ll be rolling those out so soon. Is it ok to make key lime pie, even though it might snow in the not-so-distant future? Please say yes. I’m also dreaming about pretzel wrapped veggie dogs and some kind of bars that have pretzels, fudge and peanut butter, but I’m still working that one out in my head.
This edition is short and sweet, but here are a few of the recipes I made over the past couple of months, in case you missed them!
– Have you seen the start of my Kitchen DIY series? This post is the most popular so far!
– This smoothie is more tropical feeling, but I always seem to have the ingredients on had, so it seems like I’m making it at least once a week.
– Are you a major chocolate lover like me? These are the bomb.com and so easy, on the real.
– Sometimes I wake up late and make recipes that should be saved for a lazy Sunday (because I just can’t help it), these biscuits were worth the time/not really getting ready properly. I took them to a food blogger potluck a few weeks ago and they were a hit!
– Last but not least, I’m super nosy and like to know what other people are reading, especially when it comes to cookbooks. Here are a few of my recent favorites, tell me yours!
Until next time, have a happy Tuesday!
P.S. One of my best friends had a photobooth at her wedding and it was the single greatest thing I’ve done at a wedding, so naturally, I rushed to book one for our wedding too!
Are you someone who can power through the afternoon slump, or do you need a pick me up? For me, my slump comes around 1:30pm-2:00pm, a couple hours after I eat lunch (I eat lunch early, since I get into the office early) and when it seems like the time to leave the office just is too far away. This slump can usually me fixed with a walk around the office or a few snacks, but some days, a truffle is just what I need to get through the rest of the day. I know I’ve been hitting the espresso powder hard the past few weeks around here, but I bought a jar of it a year or so ago for a recipe and have been trying to use it up ever since.
Obviously, chocolate is always a good answer to any problem, but adding espresso just gives it a little extra boost to get through the rest of the day. These truffles do take a bit of cooking/cooling/etc., but they are well worth the wait! Happy weekend! (p.s. All pictures were taken with my Iphone with VSCO cam app)