Sunday, November 27

Sunday Night Dinner



It has taken me 3 days to decorate for Christmas!!!! :-O
And I am still not done! :-O
So I wanted to make something easy tonight, we weren't in the mood for take-out.

So I created this.... I don't even know what to call it.
It's sooooooo good. Hubby asked for
leftovers to go in his lunch tomorrow.

Field Roast (a Seattle company) makes awesome vegan "meats"
Our favorite is the Apple Sage Sausage

I sauteed 1 pkg of sausage w/ 2 small chopped zucchinis in a tiny amount of olive oil. Added 1 pkg of fresh basil that I tore up in small pieces, 1 can chopped black olives, garlic powder, salt & pepper, then when the zucchini was soft enough, added in cooked pasta & some vegetable broth. And that's it. I will totally be making this again. :-)



biscuit waffles

The other day, I saw on pinterest about taking
canned biscuits and making waffles out of them.
Hubby LOVES waffles. I mean loves them.
I on the other hand prefer a nice pancake.
Anywho... I wanted to try this. So I did:



All it is, is canned biscuits
your waffle maker
and PAM




Easy? VERY!
Fast? VERY!
Good? Eh, alright.
Taste like waffles? Nooooo

Hubby ate several,
I tasted one.
And it does NOT taste like waffles.
But I think kids would love it.


Saturday, November 26

Grain Loaf


Usually Amber likes to have Tofurkey at Thanksgiving. It's a faux meat shaped like a little round turkey ball. I think it taste horrible. I have tried it on 3 separate occasions and just hated it. It has a weird aftertaste. However the Tofurkey company makes awesome lunch "meats" that hubby and I just love! I don't understand why I don't like the Tofurkey pretend turkey. Hubby doesn't like it either so this year at Thanksgiving I told my daughter... NO TOFURKEY! She said, "Well what then?" I was like, "Nothing. Why do we need something like that? The side dishes are the best anyway." But she said, she wanted to bring a grain loaf. I was thinking.... riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. :-/



But OMG! It was amazing!!!!!
Hubby and I loved it so much!
We even took some home and ate it like meat loaf sandwiches the next day.


I looked up the recipe (<---click there) daughter used and WOW thats a lot of ingredients but it was really, really, really good. So if your feeling adventurous.... try it. :-)

I am totally going to make it myself. :-)

In case something happens to the recipe on that blog,
I am going to copy it here. I don't want to lose it.


Thanksgiving Meatless Loaf

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans (or other white beans), drained and rinsed
  • 14 ounces extra-firm tofu (one 14 to 16-ounce package)
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown or whole-grain prepared mustard
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon rubbed sage
  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaf
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 3/4 cup quinoa flakes or quick oatmeal

Instructions

  1. Wash a medium sweet potato (about 7 ounces), pierce it several times with a fork, wrap it in a paper towel, and microwave until done, 4-5 minutes. (Alternately, bake or steam the sweet potato.) Allow to cool enough to handle and then peel and set aside.
  2. Mince the onion, celery, and carrot. You can do this quickly by cutting each vegetable in quarters and then pulsing in a food processor until finely chopped.
  3. Heat a large, non-stick skillet. Add the minced vegetables, including garlic, and cook, stirring regularly, until they become tender, about 6-10 minutes. Add water by the teaspoon if necessary to keep the vegetables from sticking or becoming dry. Once they’re softened, add the drained beans and mash them lightly with a slotted spoon or spatula.
  4. Place the peeled sweet potato into the food processor along with the tofu, soy sauce, and all seasonings, including nutritional yeast. Process until fairly smooth. Add the walnuts and pulse a few more times. Scrape the tofu mixture into a large mixing bowl and add the quinoa flakes and the cooked vegetables. Stir well.
  5. Preheat oven to 375F. If you have a silicone baking mat (recommended) place it on a baking sheet. Otherwise line the baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with non-stick spray. Spoon the tofu mixture onto the prepared baking surface, using dampened hands to shape it into an oblong or oval loaf about 2 1/2 inches high. Bake for 25 minutes or until the top is evenly browned. Loosely cover with aluminum foil and cook for 20 more minutes. Check to make sure that the center is firm; if not, give it a little extra time. (You can also remove the foil and cook for 5 more minutes for a crunchier crust.) Remove from oven and allow to stand for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Serving Suggestion: Serve alone or with Mushroom Gravy on the side.
Preparation time: 20 minute(s) | Cooking time: 1 hour(s) 5 minute(s)
Number of servings: 8 | Yield: about 16 slices

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition (per serving): 315 calories, 75 calories from fat, 8.8g total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 682.7mg sodium, 949.5mg potassium, 42.7g carbohydrates, 9.7g fiber, 3.8g sugar, 19g protein, 8.9 points.
Without walnuts: 266 calories, 32 calories from fat, 4g total fat, 7.5 points.


Wednesday, November 23

cutie pie

He is soooooooooooooo cute! :-)
Enjoy!

Sunday, November 20

Send a Christmas card to . . .

I read this on Facebook,
so I wanted to pass it on. :-)



When filling out your Christmas cards this year, 
please consider taking one card and send it to this address: 

A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center 
6900 Georgia Avenue
NW Washington, DC 20307-5001. 

If we pass this on and everyone sends one card, 
think of how many cards these wonderful, 
special people, who have sacrificed so much would get.




Happy Sunday


♫ If your happy and you know it clap your hands
If your happy and you know it clap your hands
If your happy and you know it then your face will surely show it
If your happy and you know it clap your hands ♫




Seriously
 :-)










Life is too short! 
Smile & Enjoy it! :-)

Friday, November 18

Monday, November 14

Potato Soup


I guess I am on a soup kick! :-)

Easy Peasy warm winter comforting soup
and vegan!

Started w/ a spoonful of Earth Balance 
(my fav vegan margarine, I get soy free)
& a spoonful of flour.
Making a thick base, adding in
Nutritional yeast and seasonings.
Salt, pepper, garlic, onion, cayenne & parsley.
Adding vegetable broth, unsweetened non-dairy milk
(my fav is so-delicious coconut milk)
and cubed cooked potatoes.
Heat until bubbly,
Top w/ Daiya "cheese" (my fav vegan cheese)
& Bacon Bits (which have no meat in it, its soy based.)
& I gotta have my saltines crushed in the bowl.

Were you thankful & happy today?
I was! :-)
My 5:
  • Fire in the fireplace
  • A hot cup of coffee
  • Desperate Housewives on the DVR
  • Watching Daisy's silly antics (my cat)
  • Window 7 themes (I went download crazy on hubby's laptop)
Remember....
it's the little things :-)

Sunday, November 13

Being Happy



I had commented on my facebook wall about folks that aren't happy.
They live w/ stress & misery, and sadly eventually it takes a toll on them physically and mentally.
Some completely give up and turn to things they think make them happy but then when you see them, they never smile and they look on the verge of a complete breakdown.
Life is just too short to not be happy! And as my friend Andrea said, Happiness is a choice!
You can choose to be happy, no matter your circumstance or just wallow in self pity and misery.

Choosing to be happy can just be enjoying the little things. If there is nothing in your life that can bring a smile to your face from time to time then you need to change your surroundings and get happy!

I remember when Sarah Ban Breathnach was on Oprah years and years and years ago with her gratitude book and talking about that every day you should write down 5 things you are thankful for. Now think about that... if your thankful, you are happy. You can't be thankful and be miserable.

My 5 thankful things for today:
  • Peppermint Saltwater Taffy
  • Peppermint Starbucks Mocha
  • Hubby lining my closet w/ cedar planks
  • Wearing my pink sweater, instead of typical black
  • The Walking dead tv show
I literally could go on and on and on... of course I woke up tired today and my throat hurt and I had originally planned on just staying home. But I thought, "No! Life is to short!" "I am not going to dwell on the negative." So I took a shower, got dressed, put on my pearls and left the house. It turned out to be a fabulous, wonderful day and I forgot all about my sore throat and I smiled a lot today. :-)

Choose to be happy!

Saturday, November 12

Mmm Pumpkin

One of my favorite reasons I love the fall season so much is pumpkin. I love how they look, all grouped together or just one single one.

Instead of going all out for Halloween decorating, I always told hubby the scariest house is the darkest with a single glowing jack-o-lantern on the porch, as in the movie Halloween. Of course hubby disagrees with me! :-)

And pumpkin food?!?!?!?! YUM!!!! One of my most favorite breads is cranberry pumpkin bread.

There are also a lot of health benefits w/ pumpkin. Which brings me to my blog entry... my foster dog, Lola was having a bad morning. Diarrhea! :-O Eek! Poor thing. She didn't know what was wrong she just knew she had to keep going outside and she was miserable. So I remembered that pumpkin, if you are constipated it gets you going and if your (ahem) loose it will stop it. It's dual use. And vets actually recommend it for dogs. So I opened a can for Lola and gave her a few spoonfuls. Search -> Pumpkin for Dogs

So I had an open can of pumpkin and by this afternoon I was thinking, should I make pumpkin biscuits? Pancakes? Hmm what? And I wanted to be more healthy because I still havn't gotten out of the Halloween candy and now consuming daily peppermint mochas. Sooooooo I always wanted to make pumpkin soup but was to lazy to look up a recipe (my mac is in the repair shop, sniff sniff, I am on hubbys windows DELL - ugh!)

So I just made one up! I thought how hard could it be?


And it wasn't!!! :-)
It was super easy and satisfying and sooooooo good! :-)

I took 1 spoonful of olive oil and 1 spoonful of flour
and made kind of a roux in a saucepan,
added salt, pepper, parsley, garlic, onion & cayenne.
Added vegetable broth
& non-dairy milk
sprinkling of nutritional yeast
and then added the canned pumpkin
and whisked it until it was hot and bubbly.

YUM!!!!!
If I can make it up,
I bet you could do it better! :-)

~ Happy Fall ~