Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Simple and good

So little cooking! I can't help it. I am one person at home and I cook a lot at work, so my offerings at home are pretty sparse these days. This chili was fabulous... lentils and tvp were the protein source along with a bit of quinoa. I pureed almost an entire head of cilantro with some tomatoes to finish it off... topped with lime, tofu sour cream and more cilantro it was so satisfying. My kids love it too, which is why I make something like this weekly. My eldest son said that he never really craves chili, but when he eats it is is favorite food. hehe... I love that kid.
To compliment the chili, I made some herbed corny soda bread... I used white whole wheat flour and it was great. It was a nice change from straight cornbread or muffins...
Forgive the blur... the lighting really sucked that day.. These are fat free/low sugar chocolate cupcakes ready to go in the oven... They were much better than I expected..
I made them to test the frosting. It is a raw cashew based chocolate frosting... I used mostly stevia to sweeten, along with agave nectar.. and flax meal.. this was not golden, which would be better I think. YOu can see the grainy texture a bit.. I have to work on that. Golden meal will be better, I'm sure.

Here is half of a great sandwich. From work. Crispy marinated tofu, chipotle mayo (vegan of course) and veggies on great pumpernickel bread... YUMO!

14 comments:

  1. Wow everything looks delicious! Especially those chocolate cupcakes yum ...

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  2. OH my gosh! That sandwich looks heavenly! DH wants the cupcakes. :o)

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  3. I second the whole "very little cooking going on" thing - too much schoolwork, not enough willpower to cook up a storm, like in my old days! you're STILL cooking more stuff than I am though, Mel, haha :0)

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  4. Your cupcakes look AMAZING!! Sorry you haven't been able too cook as much as you would want to be. =(

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  5. That chili looks awesome! Thanks for submitting to my little contest...I can't wait to try that recipe!

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  6. your 1/2 sandwich made me actually miss my job that i left when i had Reno and has since closed. i love chipotle mayo. i make it all the time.

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  7. Anonymous12:03 PM

    I love cilantro too. Parsley is even better. I've never made soda bread before, but yours looks really good!!

    Traci Lynn

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  8. Yes, I'm curious about the soda bread too. Is it a breakfast, lunch, or dinner food?

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  9. That cilantro-ful chili sounds so awesome!

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  10. Frequent or not, your food is always so innovative! the cilantro-y chile especially sounds amazing. :o

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  11. Simple food is the best! I could eat that sandwich right now.

    I just had a sandwich with vegan pate for lunch. Can't get more simple than that.

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  12. Hey, Melody! Sorry I haven't been commenting as much. I'd say on raw I've been spending more on groceries, unfortunately. And I haven't been good at keeping track, but I'd say at least $15/day. I eat a pineapple a day, some other fruits, plus some greens or salad. Probably $15-25/day.

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  13. Oh that sandwich! Looks sooo good. Chili with herbed soda bread sound great too!

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