Lentils, leftovers and popcorn!

No, it is not glamorous, and it is far from complicated, but popcorn is and will probably continue to be one of my most beloved snacks. And since Matt constantly tells me that this is the single greatest popcorn he has ever had, every time I make it, I decided to release the highly guarded secret of perfect popcorn to the masses.

Step one – Buy this

 

Coconut oil is a staple in my house for roughly 9 zillion things but it is the absolute star of popcorn. They actually used to use coconut oil in old timey theaters back in the day before people got all twisted up about saturated fat. Not knowing at the time, of course, that saturated fat from animals (lipids that are solid at room temp ie butter) are not able to be broken down as easily if at all, as the fat in coconut oil which contains a higher content of cholesterol lowering acid. AAAAAAAAAnd moving on.

You could use another oil, but why would you?

Put 2 T oil in a COLD deep pan with a lid and add 1/4 – 1/3 cup popcorn kernels. I like the white kind 🙂

Turn heat to med – med high and cover. Swish the pan around every few seconds until you start to hear them pop. *It’s important that the popcorn doesn’t get a chance to touch the lid once the pot starts to fill up. It makes it kinda stale if it gets damp*

Keep swishing around while the kernels are popping like mad and when they start to slow to  about once every 10 seconds, remove from heat.

Matt likes his with just a sprinkle of salt, and me well I am more of a wild child. I put about 1/8 t of cayenne and several generous shakes of nutritional yeast on mine.

 

This morning we had Liam’s favourite breakfast, Scrambled tofu and toast.

 

I kinda love it too ❤

Lunch was a sedate affair with left over taco salad and warmed up can of Amy’s Black bean Chili. I went in the kitchen to fix lunch and was like… “omg.. I’m done? that was flipping easy! As soon as were done eating  Imma go play zelda!”  Thats actually what went through my mind. I R LOSER. I ❤ leftover taco stuff lol.

 

I squished up 2 fritos on my chili lol.

Now, to the love of my food life, lentils. I have trouble finding ways to use them, even though I love them cooked and tossed in a little vinaigrette  and eaten over salads or plain, Matt doesn’t care for their earthy taste.

 

Enter Veganomicon (have I mentioned that I love this book?)

 

 

Lentils and rice with caramelized onions from Veganomicon.

3 large yellow onions, peeled and sliced into thin rings

3/4 cup olive oil ( I only used 1/2 cup and I still felt it was too much, next time I will only use 1/4)

1 cup long grain brown rice

1 cup red lentils (I used brown)

1 cinnamon stick

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

In a large deep baking pan ( I used my cast iron skillet), toss onion rings in oil and roast for 25 – 30 min stirring often until golden brown and a little crisp, some burnt ones are okay too.  When done, remove from oven and set aside.

Boil 4 cups of water, add rice and spices, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover for 15 min. Add lentils and return to a boil, reduce to simmer and cover cooking for 45 min. (I cooked mine about 35 and it was still a little too long, when the water is gone, turn off heat. )

It seemed a little dry to me, and I was going to stir in some vegetable stock, but my hand magicaly went to my coconut milk in the fridge so I put a couple tablespoons of that in there when it was done cooking it. I also added 1 -1 1/2 t salt and some pepper to the finished product.  This.Is.YUMMY. Liam tore it up and I had to keep myself from going back for more. Since it’s just brown rice and lentils, it is pretty calorie dense but it is soooooooooooooooooo good I almost couldn’t help myself.  I was going to braise some kale but changed my mind at the last minute and opted for a simple massaged kale salad instead.

 

Well, hope that there is something on this ridiculously long post that some of you will try and love as much as me! ❤ I hear a malbec and a book calling my name! Night! 🙂

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I fail at this…

Yes, it has been a minute since I have written. I have many excuses, however I will spare you. I assure you though, we are still eating yummy things. Perhaps it is because the foods have been so yummy, I have had little time to sit down and write. 🙂 I am just going to go with that for now. My sister in law Brandy got me Veganomicon for Christmas this year. Let. Me. Tell. You. I EFFING LOVE THIS COOK BOOK. I have made many things so far, loving too many to mention. And I have failed on more than one front, because not only have I neglected to write, I also continuously forget to take pictures. AAAAAAAAAAAAnyway. Enough apologizing 🙂

I also may need to note, that due to my unhealthy obsession with my new cookbook, this blog may be taking on the appearance of a cook through thingie..which I don’t mind if you don’t ❤

Some things that did not fall through the cracks recently,

Veganomicon’s Beet and Parsnip salad

  • Dressing:
  • 2 cups orange juice (recipie calls for pineapple, which I did not have)
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil (I used walnut…again…cause thats what I had)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 clove garlic, very well minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Salad:
  • 1 poundbeets, peeled and shredded
  • 1 pound parsnips, peeled and shredded
  • 1/2 cup coarsley chopped fresh mint

Just shred the beets and parsnips in the food proscessor, and toss in vinegrette. The longer this sets the better this is, to a point. The salt will eventualy break down the vegetables making them mushy. Ick. Mine didn’t last too long in the fridge anyway, so shouldn’t be a problem.

Veganomicon’s Broiled Tofu

You are going to die when you see how easy this is.

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 T fresh lemon Juice
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 1 scant t olive oil.
  • 1 block extra frim tofu

Cut the tofu width wise in to 4 equal pieces. Cut each of those slices in half widthwise so you have 8 squares. Then, cut each square in half so you have 16 triangles. Dip the tofu in the marinade, place on lightly greased cookie sheet under broiler for 10 min. Remove, spoon marinade over the tofu, broil again for 3 min, repeat untill marinade is gone. THE END. omg so freaking good!

I served this all over a bed of mixed greens, with a drizzle of tahini and some peanuts.

Yesterday was my brothers birthday, so we went to my parents house for dinner and I made my very first vegan cupcakes. I was basically just playing. I used a dead simple vegan chocolate cake recipe, that was too dry in my opinion, and a easy adaptation of a traditional butter-cream frosting using Earth Balance. So, I guess what im getting at  is once again, I have no recipes for this lol.

Originaly, I had this idea for a raspberry glaze, topped with chocolate ganache. I soon realized that I didn’t have any frozen raspberries, so I just put some peanut butter, powdered sugar and water in a sauce pan untill it was thin enough to ice the cupcakes with. I melted some dark chocolate, almond milk and Earth balance to make the ganache.  Then I just swirled the two together on a few of the cupcakes. I was a little afraid, so the majority of them were a tried and true butter cream.

I have also made the cornbread from the book, which was great the first time, but a little dry. The same thing I noticed about the cupcakes. The next time I make a cake, even though it binds, rises, and has a nice crumb just like a regular cake, the moistness is kinda lacking. Today I made another cornbread and used the exact same recipe as before, and just added 1 eggs worth of Energy egg replacement. MUCH BETTER!

I swear I will try to do better! I have made so many things lately, I am sure some will be repeated and documented better!

Ode to sloppy joes

You know those things from your child hood that, when you come across them later, your are transported back in time for a few blissful seconds? Reviling in sunburned shoulders and scraped knees, climbing trees and putting streamers on your bike handlebars. Yeah, well I had one of those moments last night! I came across Veganomicon’s recipe for snobby joes a little while ago and have been waiting for a good time to test them out. I was watching a friends son yesterday evening and couldn’t think of a better time to try them.

Mommy cooking … I desperately need more counter space 😦

Helping mommy!

One bite, and BAM!  five years old lol!  So freaking good I can’t even tell you. LOVE THESE THINGS.

I didn’t even want the celery, I just feel strange if I can’t see something green when I eat. I probably could have been a bit more creative with a side dish but … meh…

Snobby Joes from Veganomicon

1 cup uncooked lentils

4 cups water

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced small
1 green pepper, diced small
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon salt
8 oz can tomato sauce
1/4 cup tomato paste
3 tablespoons maple syrup ( I used agave)
1 tablespoon yellow mustard

4 to 6 kaiser rolls or sesame buns

Directions
Put the lentils in a small sauce pot and pour in 4 cups water. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, until lentils are soft. Drain and set aside.

About 10 minutes before the lentils are done boiling, preheat a medium soup pot over medium heat. Saute the onion and pepper in the oil for about 7 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and saute a minute more.

Add the cooked lentils, the chili powder, oregano and salt and mix. Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste. Cook for about 10 minutes. Add the maple syrup and mustard and heat through.

Turn the heat off and let sit for about 10 minutes, so that the flavors can meld.

I did not even know how much I missed sloppy joes untill I ate these! So delicious! Liam ate at least one cup of it and had more today for lunch!

Being vegan for a few weeks has been awesome, although I know that this will not be something I will maintain forever. I like sushi way way way way way WAY  too much. I miss it. Also, to be propper vegan, you are not supposed to eat honey. Now, I don’t eat much honey but it is only because I like agave better ( honey is too sweet), but the reasoning behind abstaining from it isn’t something I totally agree with. Something along the lines of bees being exploited or some such thing. Here is my problem. I kill spiders. All spiders. There is no such thing as a “good spider” to me. Hate. Lets review. Spiders = evil. 🙂 So if I wage war on spiders why should I feel sorry for bees?

Even though I will eat fish, I doubt very seriously if I will ever be as big a dairy/egg girl as I used to be. I just don’t miss it. I prefer soy or almond milk, and I don’t miss cheese. (except for Brie with apples)

Anyway, enough ranting! Going to play Oblivion! ❤ Night!