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.
Velvet Veggie & Bean Soup w. Cashew Creme and Greens
First off I can’t believe I’ve made it to 10 posts in VeganMoFo. The first year of VeganMofo’s life I think I posted 29 posts that month. The rest of the years I failed miserably at it. I still blame my children. :)
Now onto the post. The weather was middle of August hot a few days ago and now I’m wearing my Herbivore hoodie I picked up while in Portland for VidaVeganCon. I’ve got fall flavors and soup on my mind all of a sudden and I can’t be happier. I freaking love the fall! Weather and food…all of it. With it being hoodie weather and all I needed to make a soup. I pulled both crisper bins from the fridge out onto the kitchen floor and went searching. I found some zucchini and celery from my last co-op box that needed to be used ASAP along with some sweet potatoes in a cabinet drawer. I diced them all small with some onions and garlic, broth and whole peeled tomatoes plus some herbs then added some beans. While it was cooking I knew my kids weren’t going to eat it as is so I decided to blend it all in the vitamix. Reno was intrigued by the beautiful color and agreed to try it. She actually liked it! Miles wasn’t having it which surprised me. I served the soup with a homemade sweet cashew creme and some sauteed swiss chard. My husband and daughter crumbled up some crackers into their bowls. For my son I mixed some leftover pasta into a bit of the soup and he ate it up! Trickery FTW!
My daughter liked the soup so much that she immediately asked if she could have it for lunch. I was thrilled! She didn’t want the “green stuff” and I was fine with that since the soup was loaded with veggies and beans. We also had to leave out the cashew cream because we don’t bring nuts to school. I quickly cooked up a Field Roast Sausage for her this morning and added a pack of crackers and a whole apple. She promised she would eat all the soup and sausage. I hope she did!
I have more ingredients to make this soup again so I’ll be making more today and freezing portions of it for lunches and dinners for all 4 of us. I’m already thinking of what soup to make next!
The main part of this lunch box was dinner the other night and it was all eaten by trickery…I mean lies. I realized a while ago that I spend a good part of my day telling my children lies. Just little ones. Nothing that will do any harm. Most of those lies come around dinner time. I lied to Reno the other night when I made Pasta Primavera for dinner. The recipe for that pasta is basically my Mushroom Cream Sauce recipe subbing mixed veggies instead of the mushrooms. Although I would have kept the mushrooms in the recipe if I had any. That night I used broccoli, carrots and zucchini. For the herbs I just used some dried rosemary. When I make any of my versions of this recipe I will just give her butter and nooch. She wasn’t around when I was cooking the sauce this night so when dinner was ready I just gave it to her as is and told my little lie of how it was just a butter and nooch, 2 of many ingredients in the recipe, pasta dinner with some veggies. She gave me a skeptical look but tried it and really liked it. Thats when I came out with the truth and told her what it really was. She had a look of great shock on her face. I think the shock was because she liked something she usually would say no to without even trying it. Well it was a successful lie and I have no regrets telling it to her.
To finish out her Planet Box lunch box I gave her a piece of Trader Joe’s Rosemary Focaccia with some Earth Balance, an apple and banana pouch and one of the best nectarines I’ve tasted so far this year. Lucky girl!
Chocolate Chip Pancakes/Kale and Tomato Tofu Scramble
Why is it so much easier making breakfast for dinner then making breakfast for breakfast? Time I suppose has a lot to do with it. I don’t wake up well in the morning and when my kids wake up they want to eat immediately. Same with my husband. That’s probably why we eat bagels most mornings. I wouldn’t mind eating what I made for dinner last night most mornings though! The kids and I thoroughly enjoyed those pancakes. I alone enjoyed the tofu scramble. The idea was to have the kids eat it also but I grabbed the spicy/smokey paprika instead of the more mellow paprika by mistake. Too spicy for the kids little palates I’m afraid. Perfect for mine though. I ate the leftover scramble for second dinner while watching Netflix. (If you haven’t seen Safety Not Guaranteed yet I highly recommend it!)
The pancakes are gluten free and came from a box. They are our favorite. The scramble is just your basic scramble with a spice mixture of: cumin, thyme, paprika and red pepper flake along with some nooch. You’ll notice the tofu is cubed. I follow that party line when it comes to scrambles. I’ll smoosh some of it up but NO..I like the cubed scramble!
It will be worth throwing this together one weekend morning instead of eating our daily bagels.
Last week my friend Dianne aka VeggieGirl headed into NYC to attend a book signing for Chloe Coscarelli’s new vegan dessert book. It was held at the Natural Gourmet. It was weird sitting in the same room that I took my cooking exams in when I was a student in their Chef’s Training Program. The small space was packed. We were lucky to get a seat right up front. Chloe came in. Answered some questions. Gave away a few gift bags (I WON ONE OF THEM!) and then signed some books. We got to nibble on some recipes from her new book. The donut was my favorite! I can’t wait to get to my hands dirty baking from this new book. Everything looks wonderful.
Thai Chicken Wrap, Butterfinger Shake
Before the book signing we went straight to Terri, which is a few blocks away from the school. Dianne and I both chose the Thai Chicken Wrap which is made with vegan chicken, mixed peppers and a peanut sauce. The peanut sauce was really good but had a slow burn to it. It didn’t notice it until you were halfway done. I kinda like when that happens. Dianne was smart and bought a pressed juice to drink. I was crazy and ordered my favorite Butterfinger Shake. I ended up tossing it on the way to the signing. It was too cold out to be drinking a milkshake! I’ll just wait until it warms up again before ordering one again.
Tickets to a show!
On Friday I had tickets to see Eddie Izzard in NYC. VeggieGirl and VeggieGuy were going and my husband and I were suppose to go. Peter ended up staying home with the kids because of the rare occasion that we didn’t have family members available to watch the kids. I ended up bringing my sister with me which worked out for the best anyway since she is a much bigger Eddie Izzard fan then my husband is. It was a tiny theater and it was amazing. This is the 3rd time I’ve seen him and the 1st in such a small setting. It was definitely the best show of his I’ve been to.