Seitan Chicken and Waffles
When your sister works from your home to watch your kids when you have to go to work and then requests breakfast for dinner you go all out. This was so much fun to make. We’ve never had the omni version of this meal so I think some of us were a bit skeptical, my husband mostly. We all loved it. Since I was in a pinch I used Van’s GF Waffles. Next time I’ll definitely be making my own waffles. Frozen waffles tend to be thin and crispy. I would love something with more texture.
Her favorite vegetable is Brussels Sprouts so I made them in her honor. They were the perfect side for this meal according to she and I. My husband hates them but to his credit he tried them because they smelled so good. My son didn’t even look at them and my daughter was bribed, by my sister, into eating 2 of them for $1. I think she ended up liking them. They are delicious dipped in maple syrup!
Chicpea Piccata over Mashed Cauliflower and Zucchini Noodles
She has actually been minding my kids a lot lately so one night she said she wanted something healthy. I asked if she could bring her Veggetti over. I’d been hearing a lot about this contraption from her. Everyone is her building seems to be using one. I made a simple Chickpea Piccata with Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes. She Veggetti’d 4 zucchini for the meal. This time I was the skeptical one but ended up loving it. The texture of the raw zucchini went great with the rest of the fully cooked meal. I couldn’t stop eating it. My daughter couldn’t stop eating the Mashed “Potatoes”. After her second helping I broke the news that it was more cauliflower then potatoes. Her eyes may have bugged out a bit but she continued eating.
Seitan, Mushroom and String Bean Tacos with Cilantro Cream
One night we dined on tacos. I quickly threw these together. We had some packaged seitan that needed to be used and some random veggies so I sauteed them all together for the tacos. Served them with some chopped heirloom tomatoes and a quick cream made with Just Mayo, chipotle sauce and lime juice. These tacos definitely had some heat to them and I loved the crunch of the string beans inside the taco. Some simple sauteed kale rounded out the whole meal.
These were all delicious meals that I can’t wait to make them all again!
Half and Half/Arnold Palmer
I love how VeganMoFo seems to sneak up on us every year. Its a great month to be either a blogger or a blog reader. So much great content is put out all month long. New blogs are to be discovered and older blogs can be discovered again.
Good Good Things will be themeless this year. I just don’t have it in me. School is starting in a few days for my daughter and my son will be starting Pre-School in 2 weeks. I’m freaking out! I’ve recently left my restaurant job to focus on the kids and our home more, I’ll be a class parent at one school and a class parent/board member at another, the amount of meetings and events that are happening in the next few weeks is insane and I’ve cut my bangs again and now my hair is freaking out.
So I’ll just be sitting here drinking my favorite mix of home brewed Iced Tea and store bought Organic Lemonade with tons of ice cubes in my new found obsession of a widemouth mason jar with the CUPPOW attached to the top. I’ll be blogging about whatever I want to blog about and I feel good about that. (I know I’m way behind on the CUPPOW! I’ve had 2 of them that I’ve received in various gift bags/snack boxes/etc and have finally started using them. I’m in love. I won’t even let my kids use them.)
Chocolate Coconut Pudding
I mentioned a month ago how my darling husband gifted me with a machete for my birthday. Just so I can open young coconuts for him and the kids. How sweet of him to be thinking of me. The whole machete thing has been working out though. Once every week or two he takes it out of the closet and hands it to me to open our latest coconut that the kids begged me to buy at Whole Foods. The thing cuts through coconuts like a dream. Drinking the coconut water from an actual coconut instead of the tetra packs of them is 10x better tasting. My problem has been what to do with the young coconut meat that is left inside. I don’t like it as is. It has to be turned into something and my first though was why not a pudding? We love pudding and most of the time I made a chocolate coconut pudding out of canned coconut milk so why not use this fresh coconut meat? I set out one night to make it and it was perfect. The second time I made it it was perfect again. The kids get so excited now at the though of this Almost Raw Chocolate Coconut Pudding. Here is our recipe!
Almost Raw Chocolate Coconut Pudding
1 cup fresh young coconut meat
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup agave syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
coconut water to blend. I start with 1/4 cup.
pinch of sea salt
Combine all the ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap pressing it against the pudding so it doesn’t create a skin on top. Place in the fridge for a few hours or over night until thoroughly chilled. Serve and enjoy.
Burger and Tot Wrap
Today is all about my lunch since my daughter has off from school already. I love taking leftovers and shoving them in a wrap or between bread for a quick meal. A bit ago I made these amazing Black Bean Burgers and had a few uncooked burgers left, along with some tater tots. I was just going to cook everything up and eat it as is but really wanted a sandwich/wrap. Thankfully I had some tortilla’s! I broke up the black bean burger and sauteed the 1 inch pieces in some olive oil and then added the leftover tater tots towards the end to heat them through. I made a quick chipotle aioli to spread on the wrap, added some sliced tomatoes, mesclun greens and then added the cooked burger pieces and tots. Looking at the wrap I was thinking this is both the weirdest wrap and the best wrap I’ve ever made. Biting into the wrap confirmed that it was only the best wrap I’ve ever made. Nothing weird at all!