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Scrambling

I am loving reading everyone’s requests for winning the baked goods! Seems like the lemon poppyseed cookies and birdseed bars are in high demand 😉 Keep on piling in those entries!

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I don’t think whatever that sickness I had yesterday had much of a chance…in fact, I think I effectively slept it off. Between dozing all morning yesterday and sleeping until nearly 8:00 this morning, I was good to go today. I woke up still a little “bleh,” but ate something and took 875% of my d.v. of vitamin C and I was feeling better already.

I actually received this sample along with my iHerb order, and I figured there was no day better than today to use it. Yes, that is 525 mg of vitamin C per serving, and yes, that does equate 875% of my daily value of the stuff.

I was a little worried I was going to turn into a clementine or something, but I’m still alive. Even better than alive, dare I say.

Maybe this was the reason why I felt so good all afternoon? It’s probably just coincidence, but oh well 😉

Good enough to go grocery shopping, even!

…unfortunately, I would have been better off at home. Ugh, $60? Really? I am so upset because I didn’t need to spend that much. In fact, I had just cashed a check for $45 an intended to spend no more than that.

I decided to just go to Price Chopper (from here on out to be called “The store which shall not be named,” AKA TSWSNBN) rather than Hannaford (closest thing I have to a Whole Foods around here, though I’m thinking it’s less expensive from what I hear) because of the whole convenience thing. TSWSNBN = 5 mins away, Hannaford = 1 hour away. It’s convenient if I’m in the area because of work/going to see Teddie, but not on a day like today.

Anyways. I get there and start cringing at the produce prices, but shrug it off thinking “I didn’t spend any gas money to get here at least.” and carry on. Note I pretty much just buy produce that’s on sale. If you can call it that.

Not only that, but they were out of just about everything I needed – most imperatively, dates.

I almost started crying when the stock-boy told me they were sold out. My lip started quivering and I had to breathe deep, but luckily I spared him the waterworks. And moved on to wanting to hit him over the head with the chopped dates he suggested I get.

You know you’re a date addict when you move from feelings of despair to ones of extreme anger.

Not only that but all their produce was on its outs, they didn’t have any old fashioned rolled oats unless I wanted to buy them in the tiniest container possible for $4 and I bought a moldy yucca.

So basically, I have to go to Hannafords and/or the co-op sometime soon anyway. And had I known that from the get-go, I just plain wouldn’t have wasted my time and money there today.

UGH! Okay, rant over. Onto happy things.

Like banana scrambles.

Oh hail yes. I feel better just looking at that. Don’t you?

It’s like food therapy.

See, the other option for breakfast the other morning was a banana scramble, but the French toast had the louder scream.

When I saw Jenny suggest a banana scramble on that very post, I knew it was fate. I had to try one, once and for all. I might start cheating on my pancakes for these babies, too.

But oyu know what I haven’t had in a while?

Anything gingerbread. I’m assuming this has been done already, since it is gingerbread and all…but here’s how I did it:

Gingerbread Banana Scramble

adapted from The Edible Perspective’s Cinnamon Banana Scramble

  • 1/3 c. quick oats
  • 1 T. oat bran
  • 1 t. chia seeds
  • 1-2 T. milk
  • 1/2 of a large banana
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/8 t. ground clove
  • 1/8 – 1/4 t. ground ginger
  • 1/4 t. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 – 1 t. molasses
  • pinch of maple sugar

Mash the banana with the oats. Mix in all remaining ingredients and then form into a patty with your hands. Place on a pre-heated, greased pan and cook until golden brown on both sides. Top with peanut-ginger sauce.

Peanut-Ginger Sauce

  • scant 1/4 c. peanut flour
  • 1/2 – 1 t. molasses
  • 1/2 t. maple syrup (or to taste)
  • pinch ground ginger
  • heavy pinch ground cinnamon
  • 2-3 T. milk

Whisk together all ingredients, starting with just 1 T. milk and adding more to get to your desired consistency. Check for sweetness, adding more maple syrup as your taste buds call for it 😉

The only thing that would have made this better would have been having it between French toast. Too bad I was out of bread :[

But naturally, when new obsessions are born, they do not die quickly. As a snack post-workout, I decided more were necessary as an almost-lunch-but-not-quite.

On a note unrelated to banana scrambles, I think this was when I realized I might be more of a “late morning” workout kinda gal. I’ve never given myself the chance to workout anytime other than mornings, before starting my day. I felt like my mind was so much more in it today, though.

Maybe I was just high on Vitamin C, though.

In keeping with my almost-tradition of making just about everything either gingerbread or carrot cake, though, these ones were carrot cake.

I die.

Carrot Cake Banana Scrambles

adapted from the Edible Perspective’s Apple Scramble

  • 1/4 c. quick oats
  • 2-3 T. applesauce
  • 5 shredded baby carrots (do you find it funny to imagine me shredding poor little baby carrots?)
  • 1 t. chia seeds
  • 1/2 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. ground nutmeg
  • pinch ground ginger
  • 1/2 T. shredded coconut
  • pinch maple sugar
  • 2-3 T. milk

Combine all ingredients, adding in more milk as you see fit. Carefully form a patty (or two) and place it on a preheated, greased pan. Cook until golden on both sides.  Serve and top with peanut-carrot sauce, coconut, carrot, pecans and molasses.

Peanut-Carrot Sauce

  • scant 1/4 c. peanut flour
  • 1 shredded baby carrot
  • 1/2 t. maple syrup (more or less as desired)
  • 2-3 T. milk

Whisk all ingredients together, adding milk 1 T. at a time until you reach your desired consistency.

I think this one would have been ever better with a banana instead of applesauce, just to add a little bit more sweetness to the carrots. I didn’t really want to go on three bananas today, though. What can I say?

What else happened today? Well, naturally I made more bread. Do I even need to say I love Sarena’s bread anymore? It’s probably engrained in everyone’s brains already.

I made this loaf with 6-grain flour that I’d almost forgotten about, adding in a little Vital Wheat Gluten to make up for the heavier flour.

You know bread is good when you can eat it plain without even toasting it.

I made Chelsey’s granola and burnt all the raisins.

Luckily, I don’t mind the occassional taste of char. You probably think I’m being witty right now but I’m totally serious.

Ironically, I also had to make it with quick oats. The whole reason I wanted to get rolled oats at the store was so I could make granola. My heart was dead-set on making granola though, so I didn’t give up. It worked better than I thought it would!

Aaand lastly – sausage and peppers and a baked sweet potato.

You know what I realized? I don’t think I like green peppers anymore.

And also: Jenn’s method of baking a couple sweet potatoes at a time (in the oven) for grabbing one on the fly, totally works. I baked this one when I baked one for last night, and after reheating in the toaster oven, it was just as good as if it were fresh out of the oven. It’s a great trick if I’m craving a sweet potato for work the next day since it takes an hour in the oven and I now flat-out refuse to microwave-bake my taters.

What are your time-saving techniques?


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Foodzie December!

I loved reading everyone’s joke. Each one brought a smile to my otherwise gloomy day.

I’m out of bananas, if that explains anything. Can’t have that happening.

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1/2 c. quick oats + 1 c. unsweetened almond milk + 2 t. chia seeds + vanilla extract – topped with blueberries + roasted almonds + almond butter.

Can have hot oats happening, though.

It was 0 degrees when I woke up this morning. Don’t want that happening.

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1/4 c. quick oats + 1/4 c. rolled oats + 1 c. unsweetened almond milk + 2 t. chia seeds + vanilla extract + frozen blueberries – topped with granola + coconut milk yogurt + almond butter

And so, naturally, blueberries have been making an appearance in breakfasts. Reminder of summer…and from right down the road, too – not imported across the country.

The total downside of winter is that pretty much any form of produce has traveled around the world to get to me.

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For this morning’s oats, I broke in to my Foodzie goodies. I enjoy Foodzie because it acquaints me with foods that I wouldn’t otherwise a. know about, b. purchase, or c. even think to purchase. Those are all good and bad things.

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I really enjoyed this granola, though. I don’t buy granola often since I can make it, and bags last so long around here. I like granolas that aren’t really clumpy, and this fit the bill!

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And then, of course – there’s stuff I wouldn’t necessarily buy, but am more than willing to try. Like these oatcakes and chocolates and caramels! And I am so excited to try different salts. They’ve always intrigued me, but I have never used anything other than sea salt!

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Not a fan of these caramels, though. The passion fruit flavor really turned me off – way too fruity for the chocolate and caramel. I’d have loved to try the carrot cake, though. Ah, well. I’ll give the rest (along with the beef jerky) to my mom.  She’ll be happy.

Or not. She’s not a chocolate person either and I don’t know how she feels about jerky. Whatever. I’ll find someone who will appreciate them.

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And in case you were wondering, that eggplant did cook – and I’m glad. It provided lunch and dinner yesterday and lunch again today.

I cannot wait for this weekend to go much-needed grocery shopping and to bake. Or at least cook something. I have been seriously scrounging for reasonable lunches and dinners this week.

Oh, and p.s. Teddie started his own blog!

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Hot Oats

Everyone seems to love sugar cookies, based on answers from yesterday’s question! I found that funny – I hadn’t even thought to make a sugar cookie. Guess we know what recipe I’ll be trying next, eh?

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I’m so happy because it’ finally snowed and stuck to the ground! Yeah, that power outage? Wasn’t from anything exciting. It was from so-called “wind.” That’s in quotes because for the strength of the wind we had, we should not have been out power for so long.

*insert eyeroll here*

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I was getting a little worried we weren’t going to have a white Christmas. I just love freshly fallen snow, though. Sure it gets old, and sure I thought I was going to die driving home last night – but I love it.

It just makes me dizzy when it’s blizzarding at night and blowing at your windshield full force when darkness surrounds you because Vermont doesn’t know what street lights are. I got so disoriented a few times I almost pulled over.

I probably should have, but I also had stroganoff calling my name.

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Apparently, the snow makes Kaia feel the same as I do. Just wanting to stay in bed.

But, ‘tis the season, which means I’ll be working more than I usually do.

The next best thing to sleeping in? Hot oats.

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I’m so ready to have rotten tomatoes thrown at me, but I’m going to say it anyways: I think I prefer microwaved quick oats to old-fashioned stovetop oats.

Sorry. But not really. I also have some more time to make them in the morning (not that microwaving takes more than five minutes) because I have two less ponies to feed in the morning.

Yep – I mentioned we sold Georgie…but while the power was out, there was a new development – and we found a woman who wanted them both. The woman who wanted her first ended up thinking she was just going to “try” her without paying for her.

It’d be nice if that’s how things work, but it’s not. More important than money was finding them a good home, though – and we are so happy they were able to find one together. And their new home? Gorgeous. They are in heaven right now!

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Anyways! Microwaving oats. No where near as pretty – but I’m thinking just as/more yummy. I still whip a banana in, of course Winking smile

Current kick is cranberry sauce, too. I made a new batch Sunday with a little less sugar. Lub it.

Which do you prefer – quick or old fashioned oats? Microwave or stove top?

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A Sampling

I think my mouth might be on perma-fire.

I think buffalo tempeh might be the longest “kick” I’ve had for quite some time, too. Luckily, I’m planning on going grocery shopping tomorrow – so I should have greater resources to draw on. As in…I currently have frozen mixed vegetables, frozen peas, wilted lettuce and red onions in terms of vegetables and frozen cranberries in terms of fruit.

I am nothing without fresh fruit and vegetables. They are, after all, the basis to all of my meals. I’ve always got a stockpile of grains and proteins to choose from but I don’t [unfortunately] have a secret garden of kale, broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes and squash in my backyard.

Woe is me.

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So, instead of showing you a bunch of repetitive pictures of buffalo-tempeh themed meals, I’ll show you a bunch of pictures of what I’ve come to love during Vegan Mofo.

Unfortunately, I still haven’t been able to find vanilla or plain coconut milk kefir. The co-op won’t stock it. I want to know who brainstormed the idea to stock strawberry and no “normal” flavors. I mean really?!

But it’s whatever.  What I can find is coconut milk yogurt, and I think I just realized that the two are one and the same – one is just drinkable.

What do you know, all it took for me to ditch that grudge against the co-op was writing a blog post! Anyways. I love this yogurt. I liken it to cake batter. I just wish they a. made a plain one with tang and b. made a greek yogurt variation.

Dear SoDelicious,

As a devoted customer, I sincerely enjoy each of the products I’ve tried from you. I am always thinking of ways for you to gain even more profit, however, and feel if you began straining your yogurt to create a Greek variation, you would have an even greater fan-base.

I return for this splendid idea, I would appreciate a swimming pool made of coconut milk/coconut milk yogurt/coconut milk ice cream/cultured coconut milk drink.

With Love,

Jessica Exposures

Anyways. The creamer was also a hit – but not necessarily a “vegan lifesaver.” I’m fine with adding coconut or almond milk to my coffee…it simply piqued my curiosity.

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The rest of this doesn’t really have to do with Vegan MoFo. It has to do with Kombucha making me happily sad.

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In that, I love it, but I can only splurge on it when I’m feeling frisky.

By frisky, I mean $rich$.

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Aaaand for what it’s worth, Cinnamon Harvest = mine (& Teddie’s) new crack. I can’t figure out which of us likes it more.

I take that back. I don’t crane my neck around and flop my lips like a hooligan when I see it, but he does. I think he likes it more.

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When I’m not eating it plain by the handful, I mix up some “peanut butter” with peanut flour, coconut milk and date molasses and use that as the milk to a bowl of it with banana and puffed rice. Because I have a really odd puffed rice addiction, too.

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And I can’t forget the overnight oaties. With a side of Nutrition Concepts and Controversies, of course.

What’s your favorite cold cereal?

What spendy product do you consider your splurge?

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Why Cry Over Spilt Milk When it can be Drank?

also known as…a succesful failure. A success dressed in failure playcloths? What am I talking about?! Okay – I’ll back up.

I am not a baker. Sure – I’ve had success with the recipes I’ve posted on here, but I won’t lie that I was pretty surprised these amazing muffins worked after the playing I did. Same goes for the rest of the baking you’ve seen from me. Fact of the matter is, I like to play with my food too much to be a really good baker. You know how I cook, right? A lil-o-this, a lil-o-that and pray to the cooking Gods, who happen to not hate me and cover my butt? Yeah – that dun’ always work for baking. But, this is getting pretty drawn out. And the moral of this novel is that, luckily, even a lot of my baking failures turn out to be fun little successes. Of course, an average person probably wouldn’t think so – but it works for me!

Take these bars, for instance.

These are the pretty ones.

I woke up this morning with baking on the brain. I needed to bake. I craved baking something. I was leaning toward granola bars. But I told myself; NO! I am far too captivated by granola bars in stores, and love them, too. Homemade could never fully satisfy my desires when I just want a granola bar. I want labels. I want Clif, or Gnu, or…something that says “New!” on it.

At the same time, I kind of just wanted cookies! Oatmeal cookies. A strange desire for me, but part of it was that I wanted to make something the ‘rentals would like, too. So I settled on these Apple-Walnut Oat Chewies from my trusty companion, Bob.

Because anything with a cup of dates has me sold.

It seemed like a tasty combination of both worlds, and pretty healthy to boot! I didn’t set out with the mission for a healthy treat necessarily, but apparently I’m always drawn to them anyways. Oh, well.

I pretty much followed the recipe to a T. I made slight modifications, but hardly worth calling “my own.”

Simmer 1 cup of dates in 1/2 cup coconut milk, and mash with a fork.

I chose to simmer the dates in coconut milk rather than water. Mainly because I thought it sounded better and am realizing I’m not such a fan of it after all – so any way to use it up faster and return to my almond milk addiction.

1 cup (pressed down) shredded apple

Mistake from impatience #1? Shredding the apple rather than grating. I know there’s a difference. Buuuutttt, the grater part was not working out for me. I would still be sitting there. It was just juicing the apple! So, I figured – what they hey? Shredded it is.

Combine dates, apple, oil (I used SunSweet Lighter Bake), and vanilla.

Before you start to wonder why I’m doing this whole post for a failed recipe, I should say that it’s not really a failed recipe. I just failed in the last step, really. But my results were still yummy, and now you know what not to do, should you chose to make these yourself (Because, I’ll say it again – they are pretty good!)

Add in your nuts...

…unless you’re like me, and don’t have chopped walnuts, and use roasted and salted mixed nuts that you have to chop yourself, and eventually get tired of that after 1/4 of a cup, and use trail mix with pepitas, dried fruits, choco chips, and other nuts for the other 1/4 cup. Actually – I quite liked the trail mix idea. Next time I think I’d do the full 1/2 cup with that.

In addition – I did not add the 1/4 tsp. sea salt since the nuts I used were salted.

Add 1 cup oat bran and 2 cups rolled regular oats.

You need a mixing bowl now, Jess.

Combine.

Somehow, I made it work without creating a mess. The baking Gods were trying to help me out.

In addition, I added cinnamon and nutmeg at this point. Not sure why the original recipe doesn’t call for any, because it should. Next time, I’d add more.

DON'T DO THIS!

Here is the second major mistake from impatience. Or, maybe my “granola bars!” mind was trying to take over my logical mind. I chose to make bar cookies. Riiiight. If I had a smaller dish, it may have worked, but probably not, since I still wouldn’t have grated my apples.

Instead, drop by tablespoonfuls on a cookie sheet and bake @ 350* for about 20-25 minutes.

I made quasi-granola-soft-squar-ish coookies instead:

The middle squares held their form pretty well, whereas the outer banks lost shape and just kind of crumbled. Hmm…what to do, what to do?

Oh, but of course!

So, you should probably just have them crumbled over some plain greek yogurt with a drizzle of honey. Mmmm!

But, they’re really good plain, too 🙂 I love their oat-y taste! Not too sweet – I would probably add a llittle bit of honey or agave next time. I also heated some up with a bit of milk, and it was like oatmeal in thirty seconds! Another thought? I bet you could spread it out on a pan and bake it more for some granola crunch! I ended up with mostly big chunks, but…I’ll probably keep crumbling them up, anyways 🙂

The moral of the story? Grate your apples, unless you’re impatient, like me. And like crumbling things in things.

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