So I’m sure you are wondering where we have been the past few days (and even if you are not I still feel as if I should explain) Pantry Moths. Yes, it is true that before this past weekend I did not know what these little guys were and that meant I was not overly cautious about barring our beloved (and huge) pantry from such an attack.  Unfortunately the moths took advantage of this fact and attacked us from all sides. We were taken by complete surprise and before we knew it we were experiencing pantry moths at every stage of their life cycle! (yes, it was disgusting) I had to watch as my beloved pantry full of every conceivable food staple was dismantled and painstakingly searched. For days Nathan and I, armed with hot sudsy water, put into action our counter-attack. This of course happened right before our trip back home for a lovely friend’s wedding, so there were time constraints as well.

  

I can now happily say that all our food (what wasn’t thrown away that is) is packaged, cleaned and in a separate part of the house. We still have a few odds and ends to take care of, which we hope to tackle today or tomorrow. It was an exhausting process. I am just very grateful that life in our kitchen is slowly coming back to order  =)

This morning’s breakfast was delicious... I can’t believe I am just now trying banana scrambles! Its like having one big cookie for breakfast! (Only healthier of course =) The addition of grain sweetened vegan chocolate chips was one of the only sweeteners and it was mostly… well, banana!  Nathan and I also shared a green blueberry papaya smoothie – yum!

After breakfast Nathan and I  went on a three mile walk which conveniently included a stop at our library to pick up some early seasons of matlock! (I love this show and I realize that fact is rather dorky =) I had a cauliflower leaf wrap with raw beets, tahini sauce and leftover lentil patties for lunch =)

 

Well I am off to get ready for work. Tonight we are having portobello burgers with pesto and I am super excited about it! Hope that everyone is having a great Wednesday!

Yesterday morning Nathan and I headed out for some vintage furniture shopping. This mission quickly turned into a window shopping adventure as we discovered that depending what part of town you are in vintage furniture is extremely expensive. We have since resigned ourselves to thrift store scouring and re-sale shops, but it was a fun experience none the less =)

We did however discover a large selection of reasonably priced vintage clothing (although nothing like 1-3 dollar thrift store finds) which we have decided would make a lovely go-to birthday shopping spot. =)

We then went to a Japanese street food vendor for lunch – wow! This was unlike anything I have ever eaten. It was some sort of deep fried sweet corn balls, but the outside was as gooey and delicious as the inside. These little guys were filling! They didn’t look like very much food at first glance, but I had to have Nathan help me finish!

We also got iced barley tea and some sort of Japanese soda to go with our meals. Nathan’s soda (which tasted identical to sprite) came complete with a marble inside. This was supposed to symbolize having a full life – it was pretty cool =)

Well I just got back from a quick run and I think I am about to have last night’s leftovers for lunch. I am excited because ohsheglow’s lighter protein salad turned out to be very delicious (and energizing! )

 

Nathan and I are in the process of investigating homemade tempeh. We love  the texture and taste of tempeh but we wish it was a little cheaper! We are getting a free sample starter from the people at  www.topcultures.com  so we will see how it goes! Hope that everyone is having a great Thursday so far. I’m off to make some raw truffles (a belated father’s day present) and get ready for work. Nathan and I are making carrot puree tonight – Yum!

Well my attempt at a more gourmet evening meal did not go very far =) Since I started making supper at around 8:20 (later than normal, I assure you) a lot of my original zeal and motivation had already disappeared. Nathan and I had decided to make a quick run to Whole Foods and the local library before starting on dinner and the library (as usual) kind of sucked us in. I found a few cookbooks that I am excited to explore. (One is on salads, another on whole grain baking and a third on organic desserts =) We also got an ample supply of movies (Hitchcock, other oldies, a WWII documentary, Wes Anderson…) All in all a successful, albeit lengthy library trip =)

Onto the recipes! I made some Cornmeal Pine nut griddle cakes to use as a ‘bun’ for these delicious lentil burgers. I had gourmet like aspirations to make some sort of fancy salad but instead just roasted up some kale chips =) I really liked adding a little bit of maple syrup to the griddle cake before putting the burger on top.

 

Here are the recipes I used last night:

I really  liked the lentil burgers but Nathan had mixed feelings about them (although as I’m typing this he is reassuring me that they were good =) I liked the addition of the tofu and I was surprised how easy these were to shape into burgers.
The cornmeal pancakes also turned out great and I actually had one for breakfast this morning (along with a banana, papaya smoothie) These with a little maple syrup are great!
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Nathan and I just got back from window shopping and eating Japanese street food (update later today or tomorrow if I run out of time =) I am off to work and then to pick up a few groceries. Hope everyone is having a good day so far!

Hello and happy Tuesday! Last night Nathan and I both enjoyed fabulous meals at a local restaurant in downtown Columbus. I didn’t take any pictures so you will just have to trust me that the presentation was beautiful! Going to nicer restaurants always makes me want to go a little more gourmet in the kitchen 😉 On the menu tonight is lentil patties with a maple apple spread so we will see how that turns out =)

But anyways onto this lovely raw challenge put on by Lisa of vegan culinary crusade and Nicole of a dash of compassion. The challenge was to create a raw version of the much beloved (but seriously lacking in nutrition) ice cream sandwich. I have to be honest I rarely make up my own recipes from scratch, so I was a little nervous. But these turned out great and I had lots of fun! I find it can be hard to go wrong with a raw dessert =)

Cookie Layer:

  • 1 cup raw oat flakes
  • scant 1/2 cup of raw almonds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
Pulse in a food processor until fine and crumbly. Then add:
  • 1 1/2 TB raw shredded coconut
  • 1 TB maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 medium grated carrots or 2 small
  • 1 1/2 TB of raw cashew butter
  • a few splashes of vanilla
Mix in the food processor until everything sticks together in a ball. If this does not happen, check the mixture and see if you can press it together with your fingers. If so, press the mixture into a ball of dough. If not try adding more maple syrup in case the mixture is too dry.
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Roll out the dough 1/8 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut these into the desired shape/size cookie you prefer =) Lay out each cookie on a plate (not touching each other if possible) and stick in the freezer for 25-30 minutes or until firm.
Ice Cream Recipe:
  • around 1/4 cup of oat milk (or other nondairy, raw milk)
  • 1 TB +1 tsp maple syrup
  • 4 TB shredded coconut
  • 4 TB ground chia seeds
  • 8 dates, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 4 TB cashew butter
  • 1/8 tsp of chili powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 frozen bananas peeled and cut in half
1. Blend everything together in a vitamix or other sturdy blender. I did not make mine smooth because I like a more textured ice cream. =)
Assembly is very easy. Just take the cookies out of the freezer, fill them with the ice cream and stick them back into the freezer until the whole sandwich is fairly firm. (it only takes about 15-20 minutes) I thought that these were very yummy, they reminded me of date nut pudding! Nathan liked them too but said that he would have loved even more ice cream in the middle, so I might try doubling the ice cream recipe next time =)
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Hope that everyone is having a lovely Tuesday. I just got done with a quick mile run and I need to do some ab exercises yet. Lunch today will probably be a peanut butter green smoothie since I haven’t had much time in the kitchen since we’ve been back from vacation. Nathan is working on some organizational stuff, which I am very grateful. Enjoy the warm weather!

 

We are back from vacation!! And boy was it lovely! Relaxing time spent with family, yummy home-cooked meals, 4 mile runs, homemade twinkies, ping pong tournaments, boggle death matches, music, Hitchcock…. ahh the list goes on & on!

 

 

We arrived home early Saturday afternoon and I must admit that I still don’t have the house back to its normal ‘clean’ state =) We mostly rested this weekend (I guess we were tired from our week of relaxation??) Sunday for lunch we tried a lovely Mexican restaurant only one mile from our apartment. Like most vegetarian Mexican meals we have eaten, the prices were good, the servings were huge and the food was cheesy and delicious!

 

I mean just look at the size of that plate! Nathan ordered the veggie quesadilla with sauteed squash, mushrooms, stewed tomatoes and onions. I ordered the bean tostaquac and cheese enchilada  – Yum!

Breakfast this morning was a rice cake with peanut butter and apple and a strawberry banana smoothie  – It was perfect fuel for our morning 3 mile walk. We passed a re-sell-it store and decided to browse around a little. This particular store had really good prices and some furniture pieces that I think we should have for our new place (think bright yellow filing cabinets, orange-red padded bar stools, tall vintage lamps…) Yes I think we will be scouting similar places in the near future!

Also does anyone know a great place (online or Columbus area) to get some cheap vintage fabric. I would love to make curtains before we move in August  =)

Lunch for me was a repeat of last night’s dinner. Broiled tofu, brown rice, peanut sauce and sauteed kale! Very delicious and filling! Here is the peanut sauce recipe I used.

Well I am currently finishing up some strength training and have to shower and clean up the lunch mess before leaving for work. Tonight we are having dinner with a lovely family friend which I am sure will be delicious! Hope that everyone has a lovely Monday!

 

We are currently on a long-awaited family vacation =) I will start posting again next week! Hope that everyone is having a wonderful Tuesday!

Who doesn’t love chocolate (or carob) chip cookies?? I wanted to make something sweet for Nathan to celebrate the end of his first year finals. I wouldn’t recommend making the cookies as big in the picture above. I disregarded the written size and decided to make them huge. I did not anticipate the amount they would spread and rise (they practically covered the whole pan 😉 Still delicious though – thanks lunchboxbunch =) Here is the recipe – give these a try!