Saturday, October 23, 2010

Food Collage

Look at all I've been eating!

Funny story, I'm actually packing on the pounds these days. It's how it rolls sometimes. But I was a little worried about my pants fitting because I get ready for the day at the gym. So I was at the gym one day, and pulled on a pair of jeans.

As I was easing in, I thought, oh geez, these are a little tight today. That sucks.

And then I looked down and realized that the fly was zipped up.

On to the food.

In the gorgeous picture above:
Top row: Adzuki bean chili, Red lentil lemon soup, and under that olive tapenade
Third row: Minted carrot salad, Garbanzo and spinach

I've put links to my inspirations for these different meals. Those that I haven't highlighted are recipes from Meghan Telpner's 5 Days Vegan.

I'm still making adjustments and modifications, but all these things have tasted really good.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Mashed Cauliflower

Most people would consider this a side dish. I thought it was really good on the side of my salad...

This isn't a real recipe, because you just want to adjust the seasonings based on what you like.

Look at that. It's a great fake-out for mashed potatoes.

Mashed Cauliflower
1/2 head of cauliflower, chopped
olive oil

Boil the cauliflower until it is fork tender.
Drain it.
Blend it, I used my immersion blender, which still left it a little chunky.
Add the spices to taste.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tempeh and Broccoli

One of the unusual things about my restrictive diet is the recommendation to eat more tofu. Since I basically never ate tofu before, any amount is "more." And it's also an adventure to try some different things.

I have read different recipes and articles and mostly tofu is stir-fried. I have also read about this stuff called tempeh. It is fermented soybeans and some contend that it is better for you than regular tofu. I decided to try it, and I like it because it is not as mushy as tofu is.

Tempeh and Broccoli
1 block of tempeh, cubed
1 head of broccoli, chopped into florets
1 tbs oil

Put a large frying pan on high heat. Get it really hot and pour in the oil. You want enough to cover the bottom of the pan.
Add the tempeh, and cook until it starts browning and getting a little crispy around the edges.
Add the broccoli. You may need to add a little more oil. Cook the broccoli until it turns bright green and even gets some darkening.
Season with salt.

You could serve this over rice or on its own.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Lentil Soup

I've been making some super easy recipes this week. And other than being easy, this soup doesn't need much introduction.

Lentil Soup
1 carrot, sliced
1 rib of celery, sliced
about 1/2 inch of leeks, sliced
1 cup brown lentils
3 tbs apple cider vinegar
2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tbs oil
2 bay leaves
4 cups water

Take all the ingredients and dump them in your crockpot. I cooked mine on high for about 3 and a half hours. You can do it for about 8 hours on low. When it is done, the lentils will be soft.

This is my favorite way to store things -- in reused glass jars. They don't leak!

This recipe is just enough to fill my little crockpot and yields 3 jars of soup -- which is 3 servings. It also freezes really well.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Pumpkin Muffins

Since it's time for fall, I decided pumpkin muffins would be good. Now I know, I already have a pumpkin muffin recipe. But unfortunately that one is not working with my restrictive diet. So I just modified this zucchini muffin recipe slightly.

(Secretly, I think it's better with pumpkin).

As you saw in the last post, I bought a pie pumpkin and roasted and pureed it myself. I used that for this recipe. I can't find canned pumpkin in the stores yet.

Pumpkin Muffins
1 cup pureed pumpkin (this was my entire pie pumpkin)
1/4 cup oil
3 eggs
2 tbs almond milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup + 3 tbs almond flour
3 tbs coconut flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp allspice

Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.