Monday, March 17, 2008

Tri-chicks, comfort foods and news!

Warning: The Good Stir Fry above and the Spicy Noodles below are NOT low calorie foods, but that's OK because they are for my kids. I did eat the scrumptious plate above, but that's OK. For those of you not in the loop, the Good Stir Fry is one of my kids favorite recipes ever. It's a coconut based thai stew, but when my kids were little the first time I made it they said, "Mom, this is sure a good stir fry" because I served it over rice and started asking me to make that "good stir fry for dinner". I snuck a 10 oz package of frozen butternut squash into this latest batch because my poor boys are becoming veggie deprived without me cooking for them daily. Fortunately, the dishes I make for them keep well, so they can serve themselves up a dish when I'm not around.
Kick ass spicy peanut noodles. You can't really see the sauce here, but it was packed with cilantro, ginger, peanut butter, lime juice, siracha and maple syrup.

Now, onto a Chickpea Tale...... I pressure cooked a cup of chickpeas and used them 3 ways:
Chickpea "tuna" salad... we've seen many variations of this spread and as usual, this was a clean out the fridge deal... a little bit of this, a pinch of that.. and it was delicious in sandwiches and as a salad topping..
Here the humble pea pairs beautifully with some leftover pasta and homemade marinara.. at the last minute, baby arugula and fresh basil was thrown in and topped with a bit of umeboshi vinegar, nutritional yeast and a tsp of truffle oil.

Last but not least, another 100 calorie snack! I used the remaining peas and turned them into jalapeno hummus... cilantro, lime juice and toasted cumin, along with chili powder really punched up the flavor. Now, how in the world can hummus and pita be a 100 calorie snack?

Meet Joseph's mini pitas. As you can see, they contain 45 calories per mini pita and after toasting, I cut them apart and top each half with 1 T of hummus along with baby spinach a several cherry tomatoes.

This was a banana apple bread/cake like thing for the kids again... I used white whole wheat flour, sucanat and olive oil. They say it was delicious. I didn't have any, because I am not into wasting calories of foods like this.
OH NO!.. a VICIOUS PIT BULL! Seriously, how cute is this. They were asleep hugging each other... she woke up when the flash went off.

Pit Bulls are sooo awesome! The sweetest, goofiest dogs ever.

.... and now for some news!

I got a new job! I will be cooking in a natural foods cafe... it is not vegan, but has a lot of vegan options and the best part is that the owner wants to get into RAW FOODS! I love working with like minded people, and this place has amazing energy.. I am so happy to find a place that is a good fit. I will be starting within a week or so and doing photography and some personal cheffing on the weekends! Life is going to get super busy! I'm going to try very hard to keep up with the blog though...


  1. Wow, first of all, congratulations!!! That's so exciting about your job. It sounds like lots of fun, and I am jealous of everyone who gets to taste your cooking!

    The mini pitas are adorable, and I can sure see why your kids like the coconut stir-fry so much.

  2. I am so happy for you!! The cafe is in Phoenix, right?! hehe A girl can dream...

    Your kids are so lucky to have you as their personal chef ;)

    And your dog is too adorable...

  3. Congrats Melody!! That's awesome news.

    The food pics look delish and your dog is adorable!

  4. congrats on the new job! that sounds exciting a LOT of fun.
    i LOVE pitbulls, which is weird because i don't care for bigger dogs like that (i'm short, so they scare me a bit). i would love to have a pitbull one day when i have lots of room for that kinda dog.

  5. Congratulations with your new job!

    What kind of pressure cooker do you use? I want to buy one - mainly because of your blog... ;-)

  6. congrats Melody!! it's great you'll be sharing with others your fine eye for delicuios food...go online so we can order from dinewise.

  7. Congratulations on the new job! That is great--the place sounds like a good fit. I hope you like it!

    That photo of your son and dog is too cute! I love that they fell asleep together...


  8. A... here is the link to my pressure cooker:

    I am a frugal chef, so this fit right in and works GREAT and it's under 50 bucks!

  9. That is so great! Congrats on the new job. They are so lucky to have you.

  10. Hey Melody:)

    I just e-mailed you inquiring as to how your interview went, and after reading your blog, I see you got the job! CONGRATS!! I am so happy for you;) I hope you love it!

    Great pic of your son and Jorda. Too cute:)

    Will try you tomorrow!


  11. First off, congrats on your new job!!! It does sound like a great fit. And now everyone who eats there will be able to taste all that love in the food....

    Aren't chickpeas amazing. I need to find me some of that mini pita bread. Jalapeno hummus is right up my alley...

  12. Im so happy for you, really happy.

    that food looks good.
    i got that shaper a few year ago in a very old store that was closing, the price was 99 cents.If i found another store around here that sell it i will let you know!

  13. Congratulations on the new job - it sounds perfect for you! And great find on the mini pitas.

    I've been doing like you have - making myself *diet* food and cooking fun stuff for others.

  14. Chickpeas!!! Woo hoo!! I love pasta with chickpeas. Delicious. =) And those mini pitas look like they're to die for. They're so low cal / high protein.

    Congratulations on getting a job! You have a DREAM job. I'd love to work at a Natural Foods cafe!! Good luck. =)

  15. Congratulations on the new job! (You know, based on your title for this post, I was expecting you to announce you'd signed up for a triathlon!) The food looks delicious (as always). That's one lucky café to have you working there!

  16. Congratulations Mel I'm SOOO happy for you!!!

  17. Congrats on the new job!!!! And that stir-fry does look amazing. I love anything with coconut!

    And I love all your low-cal snack ideas! Keep 'em coming!

  18. First and formost CONGRATS!!! I am so excited for you. Second, Brandie will love your chickpea creations. She is in love with these little darlings!

    Your dog is so awesome!

  19. Eating that stir-fry would make so happy, Id feel like a kid again.

    I'm so happy to hear about your new job, Melody! It sounds really creative and exciting. I'm sure you'll be fabulous! Best of luck (not that you need it). :)

  20. Anonymous11:12 PM

    Man, if I could just come over to your house just once for dinner...well who knows if I would go strictly veggie or not. You really make those foods look and sound delicious. You have a great talent with your cooking!!

    Traci Lynn

  21. Melody - congrats on your new job! Love the chickpea recipes!

  22. Melody - congrats on your new job! Love the chickpea recipes!

  23. Congrats on the new job. It sounds like it will be right up your alley. They're lucky to have yuo. I hoep it's a shorter commute than your last job ;)

    Funny that we both made Thai comfort food.

    Your 100-cal snacks are killing me--they look so good and tasty.

    And yuou know I love Jorda. Aw, look at those two love bugs cuddling. Life is good.

  24. Yum, I love chickpeas! I need to work them into more of my foods. Maybe I'll make some soup with some tonight.

    I heart Jorda. Whatacuteieface!

    Congrats on the new job, that sounds so awesome! Keep us posted on how that's going.

  25. Congratulations on your new job! They are lucky to have you!

    I am going on a mission to find those pitas. 45 calories for a pita is too good to pass up.

    And your pup is adorable! I lobe pits!

  26. Congratulations on your job! Sounds awesome.

    AND - that food looks amazing! I love chickpeas, so that chickpea salad dish looks especially tasty.

    Aww your pit is so cute! It's a shame how they get such a bad reputation. Every pit I've known has been well-mannered and sweet - Looks like yours is the same :)

  27. Congrats on the new job!
    I've decided that I want to go to culinary school- you can never know too much right?? :)
    Now to decide when and where!

  28. I know this is a little late, but I just had to say CONGRATULATIONS! I know that your new job will be a wonderful creative outlet for you, Melody. I hope I can visit NH some time this summer and maybe stop by the cafe, too! Raw foods- how fun.

  29. Love that babyface, love those chickpea combos and love that you have a job that you love!

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