Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Eats ,Mango Lassi and Gluten Free Carrot Cake Recipe

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cheesecake
Just a disclaimer: I did not stick to my budget with this meal. In fact, I spent $30 on ingredients for it, more than I spend in an entire week, but it was worth it. I splurged and don't regret it at all!

I didn't take pics of everything. The baked ziti was super ugly and brown looking because of the pesto and marinara mix, but it was sure taste.

Here's what we had:

  • Baked Ziti with Cashew Tofu Ricotta, freshly made pesto and marinara topped with FYH Mozzarella ( Gluten Free )
  • Green Salad with Almond Feta
  • Garlic Bread baked with Hummus and FYH
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheeseckae ( Gluten Free) 
  • Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing ( Gluten Free )
  • Mango Lassi
  • Organic French Roast Coffee with French Vanilla Soy Creamer and an Assortment of Tea
We ate family style and all in all had a lovely day. My X got me a Kindle! Woohoo! I am soooo excited about that. My boys were happy and it was great having them together and hanging out. For those of you who don't know, my older son is 19 and doesn't live with me and my younger son is 17 and lives with me part time. Having the three of us together in the same room for any length of time is a rarity these days. I drew a line in the sand yesterday; we are going to have at least one family meal a MONTH. That isn't too much to ask for? Parenting  adult (teen) children is a strange thing. It's hard to let go.

My Greek Salad is super simple. Romaine, cukes, tomatoes, carrots, fresh oregano, peppers and almond feta.
Kalamata olives were served on the side since my older son doesn't like them.

One of Turin's ( my younger son ) favorite things to drink is Mango Lassi. He just loves it. I do too and even though it did not really fit in with the menu, I made it.

Mango Lassi

  • 1 lb frozen mango ( or fresh if it's available )
  • 2 c soy yogurt plain or vanilla 
  • 2 c water
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 T rosewater
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • Very scant 1/4 t stevia  powder ( I use KAL Powder )
Blend well; chill for several hours

I have also made this with cultured almond milk. To culture almond milk, make a batch , stir in 1/4 c of  plain soy yogurt and culture overnight in a yogurt maker or a cooler filled with mason jars of very hot water.

As I mentioned, my Baked Ziti was really ugly and I was not about to get all food stylie in the middle of dinner to dress it up, so no pic of that. It was delicious and somewhat expensive because of the cashews, tofu, fresh herbs and vegan cheese!

Now, onto my Gluten Free Carrot Cake! This is one of my favorite things to make and eat. It would always sell out at my last job and I made it at least 4 times a week there.

Gluten Free Carrot Cake

  • 1/2 c golden flax meal
  • 1.5 c rice milk
  • 1 c oil
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 1 t coconut extract
  • 2 c sugar
  • 4 c shredded carrots
  • 1 c dried coconut

  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t nutmeg
  • 1/4 t cardamom
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 1/2  c Bob's Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Mix
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1 tub Tofutti Cream Cheese at room temperature
  • 2 T soy yogurt
  • Juice/zest 1 lemon
  • freshly grated nutmeg
  • around 1/2 lb powdered sugar ( more or less, just add enough to get it to the consistency you like )
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 grease 2 8 inch pans
  2. In a large bowl add the wet ingredients. Mix very well. 
  3. Sift together dry ingredients and stir into the wet ingredients. Mix very well. 
  4. Pour into cake pans; bake for 30 minutes ( or until a toothpick comes out clean ) 
  5. Cool completely 
  6. In a food processor, add the cream cheese, yogurt, lemon juice/zest and powdered sugar. Pulse until it reaches the texture you desire
  7. Frost. Depending on how much sugar you use, you can almost pour the frosting on. That's what I like to do because I can't be bothered frosting a cake
  8. Grate nutmeg over the cake after it's frosted
  9. Chill cake well before eating so the frosting will set up.

Finally, I just wanted to end this post to clear up a misconception a reader of mine had. Apparently, they thought I was eating for $1 a day ; feeding 3 people on $3.33 a day. I'm not! I am pretty much feeding myself and ONE Of my sons who only lives with me part time, so that's not even two people. More like 1.5 people. There's no way I could have the variety on this blog if I was only spending 1 dollar a day per person!

Stay tuned for the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake recipe later on this week.

We are supposed to get a huge blizzard today, so I'm going to make a big pot of Mushroom Barley/Chickpea  Stew to warm up!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!


  1. I want carrot cake!

  2. It all looks and sounds wonderful! I commend you on your 3.33 budget during the year, and think you deserve a bit of a splurge!

    Happy Holidays to you too...thanks for the recipes.

  3. It's okay to splurge once in a while. Your carrot cake looks beautiful I can't wait to try it out and that baked ziti...yum!

  4. ugly food is usually so good:) lol so is gross looking food:)...sometimes..

    i am so happy you got a kindle!!! geek OUT! i LOVE mine! its the best thing ever. what kind of books do you like? so far i have downloaded almost 200 free books. its so easy! do you like classics? if so you will have lots to choose from. im not so into books that are new releases...rather, im not into the price tag..,

    great looking choc pb pie:) ive been fairly good with getting back on the healthy road, just to much salt...and i had a *few* bites of choc cake yesterday:)

    lol ttysoon!
    thanks for taking the time to put up these recipes! i still want to try your pancake recipes from a few weeks ago.

  5. wholly crap! that carrot cake looks great! so colorful!

  6. Tofutti is, sadly, not gluten free. But The carrot cake does look amazing, I think I'm going to make muffins out of it and skip the frosting. (There are other GF vegan cc frosting recipes out there, but I'm cheap and lazy!)

  7. that cake looks amazing- and I really love your tea cups and saucers.

  8. I may have to make this carrot cake for my grandmother's 85th birthday today!

  9. I spend that for myself alone, and that is with shopping sales, in season. I suppose I need to work harder or eat less!