xiane: ([eat me])
Not quite, but close.
Lunch: tempeh reuben with home-made 1000000000 island dressing = hellyeahthebomb.
It would have been vegan, except for that butter and mayo. O_o

I just can't DO margarine. Sorry. It's SO frickin' narsty.

However, I recommend Vegan With A Vengeance highly for some tasty-ass fare. I had the scrambled tofu [as leftovers] from it for breakfast this morning [made two days ago, still excellent] and it's really satisfying.

I have some of the marinated and scorched tempeh left over, I'm sure that will become some other tasty sammich soon. Mmmmm.
xiane: ([eat me])
Ingredients
2 oz unsweetened chocolate
1/2 C canned pureed pumpkin
2 eggs
1 C granulated sugar
1/2 C light brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 C unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 C flour [I used wheat]

A. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Grease an 8 inch square pan [they say to use a metal pan - if yours isn't nonstick you can line it with foil.]
B. Microwave chocolate and 2 Tbsp water on medium for 2 minutes in a microwavable bowl; stir until smooth. Stir in pumpkin puree.
C. In another [larger] bowl, beat eggs, sugars, vanilla and salt on high with an electric mixer [I used an immersion] until thick - about 2 minutes. Add pumpkin mixture on low. Stir in cocoa then flour until blended.
D. Scrape batter into prepared pan. Bake until a tester comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let cool on a rack for about an hour.

Yields 16 brownies, with 126 calories per brownie.

I will be dusting mine with powdered sugar, through a star stencil. :)
xiane: ([eat me])
I say these are healthy, and with the relatively small amount of sugar versus the oats and bran, I stand by my claim. Using dark chocolate chips adds flavonoids and antioxidants. What's more, they're deeelicious.

1/2 c brown sugar, packed [I used dark]
1/4 c sugar [you could use turbinado, or probably honey if you swing that way]
1/2 c butter, at room temp [I assume you could sub a healthy margarine]
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 c rolled oats
1/2 c all-purpose flour [wheat or white will work]
1/4 c wheat bran [you can also use oat bran]
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c raisins
1/4 c dark chocolate chips, the best you can afford

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. You'll want to nonstick spray two baking sheets, or line them with parchment or a silpat.

Have two bowls ready. In one large bowl, cream the two sugars and butter together until really fluffy. Add your egg and the vanilla and mix it up!
Use the other bowl to combine the oats, oat bran, flour, cinnamon, baking powder and soda, and salt. Mix until well blended and then add to the bowl of butter and sugars; mix until just blended. Add in raisins and chocolate chips.

Use a 1/4 c measuring cup to make cookie mounds on the trays, and flatten them with the back of the cup just a little. You can get 5 - 6 cookies on each tray. You'll want to back them for about 15 minutes, turning them once, and then cool them on metal racks. be careful taking them off the trays! They'll want to crumble [but they'll still taste great!]

These are the best while still warm, but just as yummy later if stored in an air-tight container. One of these runs about 250 calories, so they're not totally guilt free, but with the oats and bran and raisins and just a touch of chocolate, they're quite healthy and totally worth it. You can add nuts or other dried fruit instead, they are very customizable!

Enjoy!

you know you want one )
xiane: ([eat me])
For any of you who have eaten broccoli raab on a regular basis *looks at [livejournal.com profile] krasota* - is it usually bitter? Like more bitter than dandelion greens bitter? The recipe I used today didn't indicate at all that would be the case, or I would have parboiled it first O_O

Anyone?
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What do you locally call the summertime concotion of shaved or crushed ice and flavouring? Where I'm from, we call it a Snowball.

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