In my last blog post I promised to show yall a cool little kitchen tool you're going to love. It's called a 'spiral cutter' -yeah... real crafty with the name, huh?- and it works like a pencil sharpener for your veggies. Instead of fibrous yellow-painted cedar shavings you get fun curly edible ribbons. In honor of Leonard Nimoy or Mr. Spock who recently passed, I made a batch of 'Not' Noodles... are they logically pasta? Are they a fascinating side dish? The universe may never know!
When in Texas EVERYTHING has some variation of meat in it. Green beans + bacon, mashed potatoes + chicken gravy, beans + ham hock. It's so FRUSTRATING! Who thought adding dead piggy's rump to beans would make them taste better anyway? Speaking of beans, authintic chili does not have meat in it unless followed by "con carne" or "with meat" in Spanish. The PROOF IS IN THE SOUP POT, I have a fantastic meatless chili recipe for yall today! Behold Texas, the wrath of Vegan Khan...
Not trying to brag or anything but this summer I got really good at making quick vegetable broths that seamlessly replace chicken stock. I originally intended on making a creamy Campbell's chicken and dumpling soup copycat, however I caught myself mindlessly tossing spaghetti noodles into the broth like some telepathic force was melding through my self control abilities! I did manage to drop in those delicious dumplings... and the whole mess turned out fabulous for stormy fall weather!
I'm officially into soups now! We're having a bunch of stormy weather in Texas this week, perfect for warm broths and vegetables. Normally I love taking my time finding spices, discovering recipes to 'veganize', and finding the right cooking substitutes. Tonight I wanted to get a break from cooking while I spend time making a homemade 'go blonder' spray for hair (which I'll post about later if it works), so I grabbed some canned corn to make a speedy 'cheat' version of this southern favorite!
Before I posted this recipe, I was contemplating making one for the potato soup I made for dinner last night instead. It looked gray and bland but it was oh so thick and creamy! And just garnished with 'bacon' bits and parsley... Gosh it was great. I'm really kicking myself for not taking pictures and sharing! I will eventually. Promise! In lieu of that soup, I have a more 'season appropriate' soup and granola topping you're going to love...
So Friday I was going to post vegetarian meatloaf, but I miscalculated the cook time by over three hours as a result of me skimping on a few ingredients (yes- including meat HAHA). I'm no chef, but I'm determined to get the right recipe to you ASAP because it was still awesome! With all that cooking time, I searched Pinterest for recipe ideas- should have figured by now almost all of them have pumpkin spice involved for fall! The thing is, I don't want pumpkin soup or pie just yet. I want fluffy Swedish cinnamon rolls called kanelbullar (CAN-al-boolar) that my family has made for forever. Hmm... maybe you know where I'm going with this? Sweet pumpkin puree + kanelbullar = fluffy flaky spiced heaven rolls!
It's been almost an entire week since I've posted!! Mid 6 weeks exams have gotten the best of my internet time and thus have taken priority over showing more recipes. But toil not, I'm back and ready to cook (or uncook- you'll see some of these soon) again! Today, how about a comforting bowl of omega-3 complete protein vitamins? No? Maybe you'll change your mind after taking the first surprisingly crunchy and sweet bite...
Yesterday I had my birthday. I didn't want to cook or clean- so lazy!! I literally had leftover cookies and a bunch of bananas for dinner. As a result of said extreme laziness, my lunch was also super 'thrown together'- as in ole' faithful sandwich and whatever fruit was laying around the kitchen. Peanut butter and jelly is so last season though... This time I'm using apple butter.
Spiced Oatmeal Apple Fritters... I've been trying to figure out what to call them all day! Every time I take a bite it's like I'm transported back when I was 5. My dad and I would walk in from the cold Washington drizzly outdoors to a warm bakery. Glass displays held stacked baskets filled with golden rolls, artisan scones, doughnuts, and muffins galore! Being a crazy little tyke I'd immediately press my face up to the shelves holding the fresh maple frosting-laden sugar pastries and monster glazed twists of apple cinnamon bread- Oh, if only I could share the smell here! All my recipe needs is a simple glaze and I'm drawn straight back into nostalgia!
Monday nights are the absolute WORST of times for me to prep a tasty lunch for the upcoming day. 9 pm after band practice trying to fry gourmet cuisine looks a lot like an episode of Hell's Kitchen, so I keep things simple. Just a few ingredients that practically cook themselves meld together in this homestyle favorite- no animals cooked in the making!