Chickpeas- “The New Chicken”

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Chicken… SO last season. Chickpeas are where it’s at, people.

Ok so I actually just think meat is yucky, and I love chickpeas, and I wish everyone else loved them as much as I do.

Saturday night, a friend came over, and we made the Chickpea Taco recipe that I found on Happy Herbivore. I omitted the Tamari, but kept everything else pretty much the same.

These babies were delicious. We threw them in a taco shell with some lettuce and *bam*, vegan dinner right there.

My friend has eaten with me enough to know that I like to take pictures of everything, but I might have been pushing it when I grabbed his plate, stuck it in the light box, and snapped a few shots. (I realized I didn’t have a picture of the finished product!!) Hehe 🙂 But doesn’t it look good?

 

I also whipped up some black bean soup! I saw this Weight Watchers Recipe on Eating Bird Food‘s blog. I did some tweaking (so now it’s vegan!), and here’s what I ended up using:

Vegan Black Bean Soup (adapted from this WW recipe)

  • 2 cups black beans
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vegetable broth (I used the kind that is supposed to taste like chicken)
  • 1 med onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp cilantro (I didn’t have fresh cilantro, so I just used the dried stuff)
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp lime juice (I just use the concentrate stuff)
  • dash of chili powder
  • black pepper to taste

Dice your onion and cook it in a skillet with the garlic and olive oil, until it’s nice and tender. In a pot, bring the water and broth to a boil and add in your beans. Add in all the spices + cooked onions, and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Let cool, slightly and then throw it into a blender or food processor (or vita mix, hehe) and puree until almost smooth. I like to leave it a little bit chunky. (I actually pureed it, and then added a few more beans, for maximum chunkiness.) I then topped it with tortilla strips. So tasty.

 

So we ended up with a pretty good [Vegan] Mexican themed dinner.

This meal was followed by an epic night of dancing at the Girl Talk concert. Fun stuff 🙂

 

What was the best meal you had this weekend?

❤ Liz

Coffee, Couscous, and Cereal Loaded Granola!

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Due to a series of fortunate events, I haven’t been getting my sleep the last few days 🙂

Thank goodness for the package that arrived yesterday! Look what came in the mail!

 


Kara @ Food Baby sent me this! That Starbucks gift card is DEFINITELY going to help keep me going today! (Not sure why the picture is sort of fuzzy. Sorry.)

 

Dinner last night was a classic vegan favorite:

I’m pretty sure I could eat this vegan mac ‘n cheese every single day.

 

I attempted making my own granola last night. I wanted to try adding cereal to the classic oats + nuts mix. Here’s what I used:

Cereal Loaded Granola

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 1/2 cups puffed rice (I like the Kashi kind)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup agave or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds (I took whole almonds and smashed them with my measuring cup, because I’m lazy classy like that)
  • 1/4 cup fiber one

 

Note to self… don’t add the chocolate until AFTER you bake it. (As soon as I tossed them in, I realized it.)

How did it turn out?

After baking it at 350 for about 20 minutes, it turned out crispy, crunchy, and not too sweet. The chocolate burned a little (as I expected) so next time I’ll be smart and add it in AFTER I bake everything else. I like adding in the cereal, because it gives it a lot of volume. Yum! This shall be making an appearance on a breakfast in the near future…

 

Now, for a favor. I need some suggestions for vegetarian recipes that are… “meat-eater friendly”… something that wouldn’t get a “where’s the meat?” question… feel free to include a link in your comment!

 

❤ Liz

It Ain’t Pretty… But it Sure is Tasty…

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Sometimes it’s the simple things. One of my favorite dinners this week is pictured below:

 

Yep, it’s just some butternut squash. Sliced, salted and baked. It may not look pretty, but it sure was tasty. It’s like sweet potato fries… but healthier! Seriously, if you have not tried this yet, what are you waiting for?! Get off your computer. Go buy a bnut squash, and make it. Then tell me how much you adore me it. 😉

 

I also powered up my day with a Green Smoothie.

This was 1/3 banana, some soymilk, truvia and a whole lotta spinach! So yummy! You really can’t taste the spinach, and I just love the color of this! What’s your favorite Green Monster combination?

 

Have you been eating any ugly-tasty foods lately?

 

❤ Liz

Veggin’ Out- A Veggie Burger Attempt

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I really wanted a veggie burger. And I really didn’t want a frozen patty thawed in the microwave. I also had some left over kidney beans that had been chillin’ in the fridge for a few days, and it was about time they got used up. I know I’ve seen some great recipes for veggie burgers in the blogosphere but for some reason, I couldn’t find any that looked easy enough for me, so I decided to just attempt my own. Here’s what I threw together:

Homemade Veggie Burgers (Makes 1 large burger)

  • 1/3 cup kidney beans
  • 1/4 cup choppeed green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 3 tbsp egg whites (approx 1 egg white)
  • 1/4 cup oats

I mashed the beans with a fork, and mixed in the egg whites in the bowl. Then I diced up the onion and pepper in the food processor until it was nice and finely chopped. I then mixed the veggies with the bean-y mixture, and added the oats until it made a nice paste. I shaped the goo into a burger and then cooked it on a skillet over medium heat. (I melted about a tsp of Smart Balance in the skillet first.)

Honestly, the burger didn’t totally stick together as planned. But after I flipped it once, I kind of smooshed it back into a burger shape, and then it stuck pretty well. Maybe I just flipped it too soon? Not sure. I didn’t have any buns, but that’s ok. Veggie burgers are GREAT over… more veggies!

I cooked some onion, zucchini and peppers in a little more Smart Balance, and then topped it all off with the veggie burger.

Yummm delicious!

After dinner, I was doing some blog reading, and Keepin’ The Faith reminded me that it was national peanut butter day!!! I can’t believe I almost let the day pass me by! Clearly, this called for some homemade PB action!

I tossed 1 1/2 cups of roasted peanuts into the Vita-mix, added a bit of vegetable oil, a dash lot of salt and a splash of vanilla. It turned out to the the perfect balance between creamy and crunchy. I like my peanut butter to be spreadable, but I also like a crunch!

Two questions for today:

1. What’s your favorite kind of veggie burger? Black bean? Straight up veggies? Any brands or recipes you recommend?

2. Did you celebrate National Peanut Butter Day, yesterday?

❤ Liz