Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Fall (ing Snow) and Chocolate

Can you believe what is happening outside?
It seems like only a few days ago I was saying
goodbye to the last wave of the tomato harvest.

Waving goodbye to the beautiful leaves of summer as they
beautifully decayed in splendid shades of yellow, orange and red.

And now it looks like this outside.
Beautiful! Right?
I need some coffee....
Oh there it is!
Tall skinny blonde with soy milk...
With one pump of vanilla.

This calls for a big bowl of soup!
1/4 cup of quinoa, 1/2 zucchini chopped, 1/4 cup chopped kale
and 1/4 c pepper sauce (pinjur or salsa)
1) throw it all in the pot
2) let it simmer until the quinoa is done
3) warm your insides!
Look at the creepy snow outside!
Now it's time for chocolate truffle bar.
1/4 c cocoa powder, 4 T sweetened vanilla coconut milk, 1t coconut oil
1) mix it then sprinkle with cracked sea salt
2) top with a bit of pb
After that indulgence have a bit of detox food.
Steam veg with quinoa and a side of sauerkraut.

Have you tried this?
It's thick and creamy like greek yogurt.
Not to sweet but the strawberry flavor is fabulous.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Random Lunch...Zuchini Chips

Red Lentils and Kale on Olive Pane
Do you ever get meal inspiration from something you read? There are some literary works that purposely attempt to inspire hunger, but there are times when my culinary imagination is set afire accidentally.

This particular meal was inspired by my Bible reading and research. Can you guess what I was reading about? I'll give you a clue: Twins, Birthright, Red.

Got it?

You guessed it! Our Sunday lesson revolved around valuing spiritual things and we were discussing the experience of Jacob and Esau at Genesis 25: 27-34. Well, while I was reading this it popped into my head that I had some red lentils in the cupboard and the idea sort of grew from there.

I made the red lentils and added kale in the final minutes of cooking along with a sprinkle of lemon pepper and sea salt. Finished with a drizzle of oil.

Interestingly, I found out that this olive Pane, which I bought as a splurge item is $3 cheaper at Whole Foods than where I bought it. Bummer! Bummer because I feel like I was slightly robbed, but also because the price tag is the only thing that stopped be from buying this excessively. *sigh* #FoodieWeightlossProblems If only I could find a gluten free version of this bread. Excess gluten and weightloss do not add up in my body. Sadly!

Do you know what this means? I may never be Italian. #dreamscrushed

How do you feel about hashtags? I find them hilarious. Obviously!

I'll close this out with a picture of deliciousness...
Angel Hair with Kale, Nooch, and fresh Tomatoes
Oh wait there's more!

Sliced zucchini on parchment
I made zucchini chips!
 Well, sort of.
I couldn't wait until they were done.
So, some were crisp and chip like and some were not..
But all were delicious.
Beautiful and yummy way to munch your veggies!


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Accidental Lentil Chili

Accidental chili! With avocado! Exclamation point!
I have been craving chili like crazy.
And you know how I love accidentally creating things.
So I was going to make more lentil soup.
Like this:
Using this:
Pinjur by Konex Foods
But I added too much in my zealousness to get more veggies in.
And it amazingly turned into chili (see pic above).
When I tasted it and realized how much it tasted like chili
I did the only natural thing you do when you realize you have accidentally made chili.....
grab an avocado!!!!!
Get you some!
I got this accidental chili starter at Big Lots.
It's loaded with: peppers, eggplant, tomato paste, garlic.
Some of the best things in the world!
It tastes great on bread, on sandwiches, in soup, as a chili, on pasta or just on some rice.
Side note: It's from Bulgaria.
I suddenly want to go to Bulgaria and eat things.
Who knew they had such yumminess?
Lentil Chili:
Serves 2
Easy recipe that isn't even a recipe:
1 c lentils
1/2 c brown rice
1/2 jar pinjur
1) cook rice and lentils together
2) throw in the Pinjur
3) let simmer 10 minutes if you can wait that long
the smell is some kind of wonderful
Random question: Do you eat rice with your chili?

Stupid picture of delicious bread taken in a car
This is sweet potato bread. It's beautiful, right?
It is sooo good! My brother made it.
He's a genius in the kitchen.
I'll give you the recipe soon.
Or maybe I won't.
We'll see...
That is all....