Thursday, February 25, 2010

Playing

Not too much happening in the kitchen these days. We had a play date the other morning with some friends. The oldest was at kindergarten so it was just the two of us. We had a lot of fun playing ...well one of us had a lot of fun playing, the other had a lot of fun sipping steamed soymilk and visiting with the other moms. I'm sure you can guess which is which!





I didn't have anything too exciting planned for supper that night....or so I thought. I made this sauce and tossed it with steamed broccoli and brown rice penne. We also had some chickpeas on the side. Every loved it...the grown ups had seconds. The sauce is so easy to make and very decadent tasting. Not something to eat everyday but it was a nice treat!




We have one birthday party left to go this weekend and then we're done with the hosting duties for awhile! Wish me luck!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Breakfast

I was feeling rather ambitious this morning so I decided instead of just our regular smoothie for breakfast I'd also make some pancakes. The smoothie is a combination of strawberries, peaches, vanilla almond milk and a scoop of vanilla hemp protein powder. We have this smoothie almost every morning and its a big hit. Our green smoothie is usually our afternoon snack. That one is usually a combination of oranges, pineapple and kale. The pancakes were whole wheat and I threw in some ground flax and salba for some extra fiber and nutrition. They turned out really well..the girls gobbled them up!






In the background you can see some of their craft stuff. They've always enjoyed doing art projects but lately thats all they do. I swear I clean up all that craft stuff 10 times a day but it always seems to make it way back to the kitchen table. Its gotten to the point where we just push to the part of the table we don't use and leave it there. Much less work!

A quick update on the hummus - both made excellent bases for pita pizzas! I will definitely be making more of each very soon.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Hummus to the rescue!

Yep its been another busy week! Yesterday was my husband's birthday and Saturday is my youngest' birthday (Saturday is also my niece's birthday - me and my sil had babies on the same day, same hospital, delivery rooms across the hall from each other and overnight rooms right next to each other. The girls are an hour and 4 minutes apart - practically twins!) I can't believe Olivia will be 3 - I'm excited and heartbroken all at the same time. Where has the time gone?!

Needless to say, there has been a lot of celebrating going on this week which means there has been extra cooking and baking going on as well. I knew I would be short on time this week so I made 2 batches of hummus and stocked up on whole wheat pitas and veggies so we'd have some quick lunches and snacks this week. I made the Chipotle Lime Two Bean Hummus and the Peanut Sesame Hummus from ED&BV. Both are excellent - I ran out of chickpeas for the Chipotle Lime Hummus so I used a mixture or white beans and kidney beans. I think it would make an excellent burrito filling (which I plan to try tomorrow for lunch) and I would say the Peanut Sesame Hummus is the best hummus I've made so far. I love pad thai and spicy peanut sauces so its no surprise that this hummus was such a big hit. I made double batches of each because my friend had a baby last week and I sent a batch of each home with her so she'd have some quick lunches/snacks too. I also plan on making veganomicon's quinoa, mango and black bean salad and the espresso oatmeal cookies for her for next week. I still remember what its like to have a new baby in the house and I think some quick, healthy eats are appreciated.

And speaking of babies it looks like I'd better start making a lot more hummus cuz it seems like everyone I know is having a baby! My cousin is due in June, my sister is having twins! and is due in July but is excepted to delivery in June as well, my sil is due in September and my best friend is pregnant after 7 years of trying and is due in September as well! I'd better go get cracking in the kitchen.....

Monday, February 15, 2010

Why I love Jamie Oliver

I love Jamie Oliver. And this is why.




Absolutely inspirational! I have watched Jamie Oliver's cooking shows from the beginning and even though I don't like the food he makes I love his personality and enthusiasm. I think the work he has done to improve the diet and lives of children & families is nothing short of amazing.

My one wish to change the world? For everyone to adopt a plant based diet - including Jamie Oliver - then he could whip up some amazing vegan dishes to share with all of us!