Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Whats cooking!

I have good news and bad news - the good news is my camera is fixed! After much frustration it appears all it really needed was a good long battery recharge and card format. Sometimes the answers are so simple its embarrassing. The bad news is these pictures were taken before the camera was fixed and all I had was my iphone. What can I say - we all know my camera skills are nothing to write home about to start with and the iphone and crappy lighting didn't improve them all. More good news - this is the last post with crappy iphone pics - next time it will be crappy pics from my dslr!

The friday before Thanksgiving a present came for me from amazon - Chloe's Kitchen and another book that I will blog about very shortly. It deserves its own post. Chloe's Kitchen had a number of good reviews on amazon so I was excited to get it in the mail. I sat down with a coffee and flipped through it for about a half hour that morning making some mental notes of recipes I wanted to try. 

First thing I want to mention is that if you have read my blog at all you know that I am a big fan of whole food recipes and in particular Dreena Burton. I feel she strikes a nice balance with mostly whole foods and a bit of salt, sugar and oil here and there - a philosophy almost identical to my own. I especially like that Dreena has a lot of whole grain and bean dishes because we pretty much live on legumes. I was not expecting Chloe's Kitchen to be that kind of cook book but I was hoping to find a few recipes to add to the rotation. The first recipe that I saw to make was a meatball recipe. They have tempeh, walnuts, and lentils in them and i was pretty happy with the ingredient list. I have been looking for a good meatball recipe and had high hopes for this one. I was not disappointed - these turned out great! I was really unsure about them when I was making them but in the end they turned out fantastic. I took some over to my parents house to taste test and it good 2 thumbs up from the omnivores! My dad particularly liked the sweet and sour sauce on them that was from the book. For some reason the pic of the meatballs went second here and I can't move it.

The second recipe I marked to try was the Barley Bliss Casserole. I loved this! It took very little time to put together and it tasted amazing! Its creamy and cheesy from the nooch - perfect fall comfort food. The only thing about this recipe is that it  takes a bit of time in the oven - about an hour and 20 min total I think? It worked out well for me because I prepped it and put in the oven before i went to get the girls from school and it was ready just in time to eat before I had to take Gabbie to tumbling. I made it pretty much as written but i used red pepper rather than green because that was what I had.

Another cookbook that I love is The vegan Table from Colleen Patrick Goudreau. So many great recipes in that book like the mushroom gravy, broccoli with garlic cashew sauce, etc. But I had a few bookmarked for awhile now that I still hadn't made so I tried the Noodles with peanut sauce and green beans. This was a big hit and I changed the recipe up a bit using broccolini instead of green beans and adding some roasted chickpeas in as well. It was a big hit!

Another beloved recipe in this house is the Kids Cheesy Chickpea and White Bean Soup. I call this soup broccoli cheese soup because I always add some chopped steamed broc into it and it is loved my all. I have always made this soup with cannanelli beans but I was out this time and used navy beans instead - wow the navy beans made this so much more creamy and delicious! i will always make this with navy beans from now on!

Yum, yum, yum! Its a very filling soup and its great with a green salad on the side. And of course a little dessert is good too. I made a batch of the double carob cashew cookies from ED&BV but used chocolate instead of carob and no cashews and added raisins (so not really carob cashew cookies I guess!). These taste like glosette raisins! I know there is a similar recipe in her new book but I've been making this one for a few years now and everyone loves it but I'm sure I'll try her new one too.

We are busy getting ready for Halloween tomorrow - I baked cupcakes for both girls school parties tomorrow and now I'm off to relax before all the craziness starts tomorrow!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Thanksgiving eats!

I know this is long overdue been its been a chaotic week! Sadly we had a serious camera problem on Thanksgiving so I grabbed my iphone and did the best I could. The day went really well and I'm glad that I started prepping as many days in advance as I did - it made the actually day go so smoothly. We ended up going out for brunch that morning and I really wish I hadn't gone because it took forever for our food to come and it was really time I could have spent at home finishing everything and giving myself some more time to get ready and relax.

As always I have to thank my superstar SIL Shelley - she did so much in the kitchen to help me with the cooking and dishes. It was nice to have someone in the trenches with me and as a bonus she is not vegan but she is a rockstar vegan chef when the occasion calls for it. Everytime we go to my bro and sil's house they always make sure there are vegan versions of anything that is not vegan so we always have plenty to eat. They actually follow Dr. Fuhrman's eating plans most of the time so they eat vegan fairly often.

Anyways on to the food! I didn't grab a picture of everything but I tried to snap as many as I could. My family is quite large with lots of little children so it can get chaotic at times.

The first pic is roasted shredded brussel sprouts and cippolini onions - hands down my favourite dish! I also made a double batch of the white bean and leek cassoulet from vcon - my Dad thought this was fabulous and had 3 servings! I made Mama Pea's Meatless Meatloaf but I always put it in muffin tins to make mini meatloafs. My Dad and brother chowed down on these as well. The mushroom gravy from the Vegan Table is always a huge hit, its the best gravy I have ever had and its the only gravy I make. The stuffing was also Mama Pea's recipe - its made with sprouted whole grain bread (I used Silver Hills Ali's Alpine), field roast apple sage sausages, celery and onions, veg broth and some poultry seasoning. Really good and we enjoyed the left overs for a few days. I also made some sweet potatoes because I like them better than white potatoes. Not pictured but also made was steamed broccoli with garlic butter and cashews (my sil made this for the diner and it was excellent as usual), and mashed potatoes (I always puree white beans with some onion powder, garlic powder, salt & pepper and add it with some warm almond milk. It makes them rich and creamy and adds some protein and fibre). 

For dessert I made a cranapple crisp served with Luna & Larry's Vanilla coconut milk ice cream and I made the pumpkin cake with creamy mallow frosting from LTEV.

Can we talk about this cake for a minute. I wanted to make something pumpkin but didn't want to do a pie so the cake was a perfect choice. I remember seeing pictures of it on Dreena's blog a few years back before LTEV was out and thinking I would make it once I got the recipe. I decided to make it as a 9x13 instead of 2 round cakes. I made the recipe as written and baked it for 28 minutes. I made the frosting a few nights before and keep it in the fridge till right before serving. So was it worth the wait? I couldn't tell you because 7 little girls ate the entire 9x13 cake in 30 minutes! They had 3rds and 4ths! I couln't believe my eyes! Needless to say i will make that one again next year!

I did make it a second time this week so I could have a taste and boy is it excellent! In fact we ate 4/5ths of the cake that night! I probably should be ashamed about that but I'm not - its so good! If you haven't made it do your self a favour and make it asap. You won't be disappointed!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

We had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner last night with my family and I have pictures to share of our meal but after 3 days of food prepping, cooking and cleaning I am beat and I'm just taking it easy today doing pretty much nothing!

I'll be back for a more interesting post tomorrow.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Thanksgiving Prep

Today was a very busy day - too busy to take any pictures. I spent most of today getting ready for Thanksgiving dinner here on Sunday for 20 plus peeps. I started planning the menu a few months ago. here is what we are having: meatless meatloaf (mama pea), mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy (the vegan table), stuffing (mama pea), white bean and leek cassoulet (vcon), steamed broccoli with garlic butter and cashews (the vegan table), roasted shredded brussel sprouts & cippolini onions (a la born to be vegan!), corn (for the picky veggie haters), cranapple maple crisp with vanilla coconut milk ice cream  and pumpkin cake with fluffy mallow frosting (let them eat vegan). I feel like something is missing from that list but I'm too tired to go look.

Today I got all the brussel sprouts washed and shredded, the mushrooms sauteed for the gravy, the cranapple maple filling cooked for the crisp, the frosting whipped, the veggies washed and chopped for the cassoulet and stuffing, and the table is all decorated. Tomorrow and I have to stop at the farmers market for a few more fresh veggies, peel potatoes (my least favourite job), and do some cleaning but it will make everything so much easier on sunday. Fortunately we are celebrated with my in laws tomorrow night so I don't have to worry about supper which is good - I have a feeling I won't want to spend anymore time in the kitchen!

More to come with pictures!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Garden muffins

Today was a chilly fall day - its was a rainy, gloomy 5 degrees. The perfect day to do some baking (and not much else!). My garden this year grew an abundance of zucchini and I grated froze a whole bunch of it to make the Garden Muffins from the 100 best Vegan Baking Recipes. I'm not sure if  have mentioned this book before on this blog or not but it is fabulous! if you like to bake this is a must for your book collection. this book as a great collection of muffins, pies, cakes, breads and it even has recipes to make lil cakes for easy bake ovens! Some of my favourite recipes are the pumpkin cinnazag bread (I double the recipe and bake it in a bundt pan when I have friends come for tea and coffee), the pizza crust dough is excellent and so fast, the banana bread is the best and easiest banana bread recipe ever hands down. I usually make it into muffins and add some chocolate chips and sometimes I add some peanut butter to the batter. Warm from the oven they are amazing! Everyone asks me for the recipe when they eat them. Get the book for this recipe alone.

Another recipe we really like are these Garden Muffins. The have grated carrots & zucchini, oat bran, flour (I used spelt and they work out great), cinnamon, apple sauce, raisins, non dairy milk, and maple syrup. In fact the maple syrup is the only sweetener in these and they are perfect for me.

Don't they look yummy?! They are light and fluffy and fairly healthy so far as a muffin goes. I got 15 muffins out of the recipe and froze half to pop into the girls' lunches and snacks.

One other thing i want to mention about this cookbook is that I tend to makeover almost all baking recipes to make them healthier. This book mostly calls for white flour but I always bake with spelt flour  and the recipes have always turned out perfect for me. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Happy World Vegetarian Day!

The weather is turning cooler here which means a lot more time in the kitchen for me! I have a lot of photos for you but I've been working on the computer all day and honestly the last thing I feel like doing today is spending more time typing.

So today I'm posting an excellent video for you to watch - I'm sure many of you already have but for those that haven't please watch this excellent talk from Dr. Michael Greger - its so informative!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Travelling vegan - our week long road trip

We have travelled with the kids before but this summer we took our longest vacation with both girls. My husbands cousin got married and we went to the wedding in Mission, B.C. Over the 7 days we drove about 2000 km there and back with several stops on the way. We didn't want to be eating out much for health and to cut down on cost so it took a little planning but the trip went very well so I'll share some of things that made this vacation one of the easiest we have been on.

Originally this summer we had been planning on taking a small vacation to the mountains to see my grandma for 4 or 5 days and that was all. Its only a 3.5 hour drive so it was in my eyes a perfect vacation (i'm not a roadtrip person - I don't like going for a "nice drive" I'd rather go for a nice walk) but when we found out about the wedding we had to change our plans a touch. We still wanted to go to the mountains for a few days to see a very special person.

Thats the girls with my grandma (their great grandma) and we are so so happy went made it down to see her this summer. She loves in Canmore and my Dad grew up in that area and we visited that area many summers when I was young so there are a lot of memories there for me and I'm so glad the girls love it too! Granny is 89 and she has some mobility issues but I think she is doing just awesome! 

We can't wait to go back and see her again very soon and where we stayed has something to do with it. We rented a condo for the 2 days we were there and it was the best place we stayed on our whole vacation and DH and I agreeded probably the best place we've stayed period. We had 900 sq. ft. of living area, a full kitchen, BBQ, huge master suite and a fabulous view. Above is the view I enjoyed on our porch drinking my tea in the mornings. Like I said - fabulous views :)

Having a full kitchen made it a snap to cook healthy inexpensive meals. Prior to leaving on vacation I had stocked up on lots of fresh produce and washed and cleaned lots of leafy greens so we had lots of salads and veggies along with brown rice, quinoa and of course beans. We also brought with us some frozen items like veggie burgers, amy's burritos (the dairy free ones), some canned soups and soup cups, fruits, granola bars, hummus, pretzels, instant oatmeal packets and non dairy milks - and Vega protein bars, these were so good!. We had a couple of coolers and lots of ice packs to keep everything cold travelling between places. 

This worked really well for us. Our first place had a full kitchen but it was the only place we stayed that had one. Everywhere else had at least a fridge and most places had a microwave. I never use the microwave at home but on the road in a pinch it was better than nothing.

Every morning we would get up and all of our hotels had a continental breakfast. Since we brought our own non dairy milk we were able to have cereals, oatmeal, fresh fruits, hash browns, juice, tea and coffee. Not too bad a breakfast. Then we would eat lunch in the car as we were driving. We munched on fruit, veggies, salads, hummus and tortillas, sandwiches, etc. And for dinner we ate either the same things as lunch or we warmed up veggie burger or burritos or soup. A few nights we went out - one night we went to a thai restaurant and it was fabulous - the food was so good and we order extras to bring on the road with us. Below is the girls enjoying a lunch of leftover thai and burritos.

Here is a picture of the bride - the wedding was beautiful - simply and elegant. It was a lovely time.

And even though we had a great time on our vacation we were happy to come home. Our last stop before home was Jasper and it was pouring rain and freezing cold - we thought it might snow! After walking in the rain all afternoon we wanted a hot supper that night and we lucked out - Famoso pizza is in Jasper and they have daiya cheese! After a cold night in Jasper we headed home the next day in the rain. Fortunately it was sunny and warn back home :)

And that was our trip! So what I learned is planning is key - bringing the right foods with us and getting creative with our hotel mini fridges and microwaves made a big difference. Wash and packed fresh greens can travel pretty well and we did too.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Summer Recap

I know it seems like a weird time to do a summer recap since its well into September but since this saturday fall offically starts I thought it was an appropriate time to do this. here are some pics from a great summer!

It was a very hot summer here this year! We had lots of heat and rainstorms many mights of the week which went we also had a lot of humidity. So we really needed to keep cool this summer and there were times it was too hot to eat so we did the best we could. Above is a picture of our lunch one day - banana peach "ice cream" made in the food processor. Quick and cool it fit the bill!

Also on the menu was cherry slurpies. DH and I aren't slurpie people so its not something our ids really ask for but when i saw this recipe I knew I would make it in the summer. Needless to say we made it many many times this summer and it was so good!

Of course one of my favourites things about summer is the farmers market. We certainly ate our share of awesome fresh produce this summer (and we grew some of our own too but more on that later!)

We kept cool and played with friends and our cousins. Here is Gabbie with my nephew Noah going down the water slide at grandma and grandpa's house. DH helped my parents build a front deck on their house this year and it was a very hot weekend, hence the water slide.

And of course Ollie had a blast keeping cool that weekend as well. Those two could spend every minute outside from the time they get up to the time they go to bed. And this summer the weather was so nice they could do that!

Of course we went to our favourite festival of the summer - Heritage Days! I believe there was over 65 countries there this year. Each country has a pavilion and they usually have arts and crafts set up on display and food for sale. We ate over 100 tickets worth of food in two days this year! It was an awesome weekend and we so look forward to it every year.  This dragon was from the Korean pavilion and there was 5 different coloured ones that went dancing around the park. The girls loved it! We also loved the Irish dancers, Korean sword display, the Caribbean dancing, 

And last with all that awesome summer produce we made our first fridge pickles! They turned out so well - we were very impressed. I had leftover brine so I decided to try fridge pickled carrots and they worked too!

There is one other big thing we did this summer and that was a week long road trip to a wedding in Mission B.C. I've decided to do that in a separate post because this one was long enough and I wanted to talk more about how easy it was traveling vegan with two young children. I learned a few tips that I will certainly use every vacation we take from now on!

Friday, August 24, 2012

A Summer of Kale

Hey there!!! I hope everyone has been enjoying summer - I know we sure have been!!! Its been a pretty hot summer with most of the rain coming at night so we have been spending lots of time at the playground, sprinkle park, riding our bikes, going for walks and of course being with friends and family! After a long day outside when its hot you don't really feel like cooking (not me anyways!) so many nights a salad was on the menu for dinner. I have been trying to incorporate more kale into our salads and so tonight I have 2 kale salad pictures to share with you.

The first one is the Kale Slaw with Curried Almond Dressing from Let Them Eat Vegan. I modified the recipe slightly due to what I had on hand and it turned out fantastic! Mine just had massaged kale, shredded carrots, dried cranberries and the dressing. I really liked this salad and 'm not a coleslaw fan so if you on the fence because of that give it a try. 

The second one is the Southwest Kale Salad from the book Wild About Greens from Nava Atlas. Again this one is modified not because I didn't have everything on hand but I have been trying to cut down on oil in my diet after reading The Starch Solution so instead of the vinaigrette this called for I made guacamole and used it as the dressing (I'm cutting down on oils not fat - I have nothing against healthy whole food fats in moderation) and it was delicious! I put the optional beans in since this was a meal for me. I highly recommend that recipe and the book!

Speaking of the Starch Solution has anyone else read it? How do you feel about the no oil argument? It took me awhile to wrap my head around it but I think that in general I probably was/am consuming too much oil and I have made a real effort to cut it back/out. As I mentioned above I am not against healthy whole food fats like avocados, raw nuts and seeds, olives, etc and will continue to consume them.

 I'd love to hear your thoughts! 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Daiya cheese wedges in Edmonton

Yikes I feel bad it took me so long to get this picture up because I know there are people looking for this product in Edmonton. Yep its the new Daiya cheese wedges! 

As soon as I heard they we're rolling out in Canada I started calling around all my usual places (planet organic, earth's general store and save on foods) and no one had them but then I remembered a new store that had opened here in Edmonton a few months back called Blush Lane Organics so I decided to give them a call and sure enough they had them! So Ollie and I headed down to get some. I've since heard that earth's general store has gotten them in as well. We're excited to try them!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Happy Canada Day!

This past week the kids finished school so this weekend has been a schools done/summers here celebration! Lots to share in our next post (including our very first drive in with the kids - complete with vegan snacks of course!)

Happy Canada Day! 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I'm Back!

Hello there!!! Sorry for my long absence - but I have a good excuse. I have been very busy working on this....

My new garden!!! I have been wanting to put one in since we moved here 5 years ago but it just seemed like something always got in the way. Knowing how much I wanted a garden my Mom's fabulous friend Stephen came over with his rototiller on my birthday weekend and together we removed some grass them he fired up the rototiller and we put the boxes together and volia - my garden was born! DH used some bricks someone gave us to clean up around the boxes and give me a place to put my herb and tomatoe pots. 

So what are growing in the garden? Several varieties of lettuce and carrots, zucchinis, spaghetti squash, chard, strawberries, broccoli, radishes, green onions, several different kales, chinese cabbage, new zealand spinach, a honeydew melon plant and pumpkins. I think thats it! I also planted watermelons but they didn't come up so I think I'll plant something else in that spot. All our seeds are organic heirloom seeds so I'm pretty excited to see what some up! Here is some more pics.

Here are the tomatoe plants - We have black krim, nebraska wedding & san marzano. All heirloom varieties!

Herbs! Chives, cilantro, basil, dill and parsley.

A jalapeno plant - I'm hoping to make some pico de gallo!

The kids were so excited to see this strawberry! 

We also planted 3 raspberry bushes. So far they are looking good!

And of course we needed some blueberries. We have 4 bushes.

Thats all the garden goodness for now. We have 2 blackberry bushes on order - hopefully they come in. We are also thinking about planting so black munger raspberries but we'll see. I'll keep you posted on the progress of the garden as the summer goes so!

The other day Ollie celebrated 100 days of preschool and the teacher asked the kids what they wanted for a special snack and they voted for pancakes. Her teacher was worried about making ones suitable for Ollie but I told her not to worry that I would stay that day and help out. I made a big batch of the pancakes from the joy of vegan baking and just kept the dry separate from the wet. I made them with spelt as usual and I brought blueberries to put in them. They turned out great - the kids put one pretzel stick one the pancake along with 2 banana slices each to make a 100 on their pancakes - it was so cute and they gobbled them up!

That day was kind of cool and damp so I decided to make pizza for supper that night. I used the pizza dough from 100 best vegan baking recipes. It was really simple to put together and it turned out great even thought i used spelt flour. We each had our own personal pizza that night here is a pic of mine.

I had pineapple, black olives, roasted chickpeas, onions & green peppers topped with some pepperjack daiya. It was so good! 

See doesn't that look super good?!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Happy Earth Day!

Only time for a quick post tonight - lets get right to it!

Sometimes supper is just leftovers and sometimes we really don't feel like having the same thing for supper (again). So the other night we reinvented our leftovers and it turned out really well! I took some leftover quinoa, chopped tomatoes, green onions, hummus, roasted chickpeas and some pepperjack daiya and rolled it all up in a whole grain tortilla and put it in the panini press and volia - supper was ready!  We had it with a green salad and I used guac as my dressing just because!

I needed to make some cupcakes the other day for a spring party so I made the orange cake from LTEV but I swapped the orange for lemon and they turned out fabulous! But they weren't ready yet....

I found these at Planet Organic awhile ago and was excited to try them but they were a bit pricey so I needed a good excuse to buy them. I needed to dye some coconut for my cupcakes so excuse found!

I saw a picture of some flower cupcakes online and thought it was a great decorating idea for spring cupcakes! I dyed some coconut yellow and pink and stuck in some lollipops and used some fresh mint leaves I had in the fridge to finish them off. They don't look anywhere near as good as the picture I found online but they tasted great and the kids were highly impressed!

And last but certainly not least these are a picture of unbaked cream cheese brownies from LTEV. As you can see I didn't quite get the top brownie layer all spread everywhere but they still turned out awesome. I was unsure how good the cream cheese layer would taste but it was phenomenal! These barley lasted a day in my house. If you have LTEV make these asap!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Let Them Eat Vegan!

Shame on me! 3 weeks is way too long between posts - so I will make it up to you with a big post with lots of pics!

A few weeks ago I got my copy of LTEV in the mail from amazon.ca. I had pre-ordered it back in oct or nov I think and had been counting down the days for it to arrive. The day it came I spent the afternoon pouring over it and marking down recipes I wanted to try. Of course I want to make pretty much everything in it but a few really caught my eye.

Before we get to the food let me mention a few things about Dreena's latest book. Its the biggest of all her books - which is awesome, all the more recipes to love! And doubling the love for me was that there are no vegan substitutes in this book. No vegan cheese, no earth balance, no vegenaise, nada. I love that. Also there are very few recipes with soy in them. This is great for us because we don't eat much soy. We eat a little tempeh/miso and they very occasional gardein product (2 or 3 times a year) at home and if we are at a thai or vietnamese restaurant we'll have some tofu because they prepare it to perfection but other than that we don't eat soy. Just a personal preference. But we do eat beans - and lots of them. And I have always enjoyed Dreena's books for this reason, her books are pretty bean heavy and this one is no exception. so if your like us and love your beans this book is for you. There are also a lot of gluten free recipes and some raw recipes too.

Ok on to the food!

First up is is the Quinoa Corn Chowder Casserole (or something like that - I don't have my book beside me right now). As soon as I saw this recipe when I flipped through the book the first time I marked it as a first to try. It has all the things my kids love - corn, quinoa, and little white beans. Its super easy to make, I'd say about 10 min to prep everything then it all goes in a 9x13 casserole dish (that I had to borrow from my mom because I seem to have lost mine!) and you leave it bake in the oven for about 50 min, stirring once at the halfway mark. I love dinners that can be popped in the oven and left for awhile so I can prep my salad and such.

This was phenomenal - really and truly phenomenal. Everyone loved it and had seconds with a big green salad. Gabbie took some the next day for lunch and I had a bowl the next two days for lunch. This would be an excellent hearty fall/winter night dish. Make this one - is a perfect 10!

The other day the kids wanted pancakes for lunch. I have always used the pancake recipe from The Joy of Vegan Baking - its quick and simple and its never let me down. The pancakes always come out great even thought I always make them with spelt flour. But I wanted to try the Whole Grain Salba Pancakes? from LTEV instead this time. This recipe calls for ground oats, spelt flour, salba or white chia seeds - lots of wholesome ingredients that just boost the nutrition in my opinion. I wasn't sure when I was mixing the batter but they can out great - they are light and fluffy and taste fabulous! What more can you ask for? Even thought they take a few extra minutes to mix up they will be my go to pancake recipe from now on.

I was excited to see a recipe for granola bars in LTEV. I use to buy the natures path ones and they are good but pricey. So I decided to give the Proper Healthy Granola Bars a shot. the only sweetener they use is brown rice syrup which I really like and they have all kinds of super healthy ingredients like hemp seeds and ground white chia. The recipe is versatile - you can add in what you like. I made mine with mini chocolate chips and coconut. I really liked them but the real test was going to be the girls - particularly Gabbie. The verdict? She likes them much better than the natures path ones! She takes one everyday in her lunch and they really keep her fuelled. Yeah for me and my wallet!

When I saw the recipe for the Kids KD soup(?) it looked promising but it had an ingredient that I have never cooked with before. Yes thats right - I am a nooch virgin. Or was. I headed off to the store to pick up some nutritional yeast to make this recipe. I'm not going to lie - I had $15 worth of Sobey's points that I used to buy the nooch incase I didn't like it - then I wouldn't feel too bad about wasting money if it was a bomb. The nooch doesn't smell great and I'm sensitive to smells but I went ahead because every other recipe had turned out so stellar I wanted to give this one a fair shot. I made this soup the night before incase it turned out not too well I'd have time to make something else for supper. I made one change to this recipe and that was to add a head of chopped steamed broc. to it. The verdict - it was actually really, really good! i was very pleasantly surprised by how un-noochy it tasted. It was really more of a broc cheese soup. It was very filling and made about 6 BIG bowlfuls. I have to say thought - I would have eaten this soup without the broc but I don't think anyone else in the family would have. Ollie really didn't like this soup but she is really picky about soup right now - she'll pretty much only eat the monkey minestrone from ED&BV right now which is ok because I love that soup too! I highly recommend this soup though and the broc is a very nice addition. If you've been looking for a good vegan broc cheese soup give this one a try!

Ok I'm saving the best for last. These are the Triple Threat Chocolate Macaroon cookies. Heaven. Pure heaven. My mom used to love and buy these macaroon chocolates all the time when I was little - they looked like hershey kisses but they had coconut in them - anyone know what I'm talking about? These tasted just like those but 100 times better! They also reminded me of a recipe my granny always made special for my dad called moose droppings. Not very vegan sounding I know but they were really good and a special treat we loved to eat whenever we went to grannies house. Thinking back I'm not sure how many of those cookies my dad actually got to eat with the four of us gobbling them up! I think I'll make my dad and batch of these to make it up to him!

Thats it so far. I have a bunch more recipes ear marked and my camera ready so I'll be sure to post more pics and reviews as I go. I know there was some problems with some labeling of the recipes in regards to allergens and that the book is being reprinted so when the new edition is ready make sure you order a copy or ten because this is one book you want to make sure you have. And if you love ice cream you'll love the whole chapter of ice cream recipes!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Double Duty

Its been a crazy busy week this past week. My baby turned 5 (!!!) last Monday and we had all our family here for a party, which was great. She has been really wanting to go see Big Miracle at the theatre ever since we saw a preview for it when we saw the Muppet Movie during Christmas break. Every time the theme song came on the radio she'd make sure she mentioned how much she wanted to see it. So we surprised her on her birthday by taking her to see it. She loved it - we all did. Good thing we had such a great long weekend because our washing machine broke and if you read this blog at all you know I do a lot of laundry so the long weekend turned into a long week (and not the good kind).

So it was a good thing I had planned to make chickpea sensation patties from ED&BV for dinner one night this past week. Those patties are not only delicious but they are versatile too. Leftovers become veggie burgers, I love leftovers that are like a completely different meal!

Here is a pic of our veggie burgers. Please ignore the white buns - there was a snow storm here over the weekend and these were the only vegan buns I could find at the store by my house.

If you have not made these put them on your to make list. They are easy to make and they make a lot , I think i got 18 patties out of my recipe. I do make a few of them on the smaller side - the girls like mini burgers so I keep some small for that reason. They are awesome on there own but they make a really tasty veggie burger as well. Much cheaper than from the store and its nice to know exactly what is in your food (even thought there are some frozen veggie burgers i don't mind and we will by from time to time).