I am a wife, a mom of three, and the kitchen is my favorite place in the house. I read cookbooks in my spare time and enjoy getting kitchen appliances for presents :) I love preparing delicious and healthy food for my family and here are a some of what graces our table each week.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Still Trekking Along…and feeling great!

Three weeks have gone by since our decision to cut out (most of)the meat and eat more whole grains and fruits and veggies.  The kids are eating more and more healthfully and not even asking for the junk anymore.  Snacks are apples and not animal crackers, breakfast is Kashi cereal and not fruit loops (ok, I barely ever gave them fruit loops – but you get my point…), school lunches are muffins and hummus/carrots and whole grain waffles and not hamburgers, hotdogs, or plain pasta (that reminds me, have to steam some green beans for Amelia!). 

I really haven’t missed meat, we have only had it 3 times in 3 weeks and not much of it.  Even for Shabbat dinner, I pack the meal with grains and veggies.  I feel amazing, I am losing weight and I never have that feeling of overeating.  I am barely ever hungry, everything is so filling.  I didn’t get a photo of it, but I made veggie soup and matzah balls this week for Shabbat.  It was wonderful seeing everyone drink it up, even when they knew it wasn’t the *real* thing. 

So, here is some of what I have been making the past 2 weeks.  If you want any of these recipes, just let me know.  With all this cooking, I barely have time to blog!   
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Falafel

Quick Note: I bought Chickpea flour for the Roadhouse Burgers recipe and used it for these simple falafel.  No need to soak and grind chickpeas, it’s amazing! Danny took the leftovers for lunch.  Leo wanted the leftovers, but once I told him that they would be cold, he changed his mind.  I didn’t have pita so we just had them with green salad and tehina.  So yum!

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Black Bean and Rice Muffins (weirdest thing I have made so far…from the Smart Baking cookbook http://www.amazon.com/Smart-Baking-Cookbook-Newmarket-Kinderlehrer/dp/1557042810)

I had them the next day for lunch with fresh guacamole…I couldn’t stop eating them.

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Pumpkin Muffins

Quick Note: These are from Red Mill and are Amelia’s lunch staple.  She has 2 of these with carrots and hummus.  The last batch, I used 1/2 pumpkin and 1/2 cooked sweet potato.

I can’t find the recipe, I will post later…

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My own “Barley Split Pea Veggie Soup” – contains barley, split peas and veggies ;)

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Sweet Potato and Pinto Bean Stew (From peasandthankyou.com)

Quick note: Yum – and even more Yum the next day. 

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Meatless Meatloaf Muffins (from peasandthankyou.com)

Quick note: Not my favorite, kind of mushy inside.  Wont make these again.

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Tofu Dippers (from peasandthankyou.com)

Quick Note:  I like these better made the day ahead and refrigerated, they firm up a bit.  I was so looking forward to having them on a peanut sauce noodle salad, but it wasn’t so great.   I like the bbq tofu better, will keep trying different marinades  and techniques until I find one that we all like. 

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Smoovies (per Macie).  Just a blend of soy milk, frozen bananas, strawberries or whatever fruit and a drizzle of honey.  These are becoming a daily thing so I want to start adding some flax or wheat germ…or, dare I say…SPINACH?!?

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Barley Carrot Kugel (From Lorna Sass’s Whole Grains Every Day, Every Way http://www.amazon.com/Whole-Grains-Every-Day-Way/dp/0307336727)

Quick Note: This was yummy for Danny and me.  The great thing about meals like this is the completeness of it all, you just don’t feel hungry after eating it.  This was a side for Shabbat dinner and we had it on Saturday night also, with a side of roasted broccoli and cauliflower.

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Plum Streusel Slices (from The Complete Guide to Traditional Jewish Cooking)

Quick Note: I subbed as much whole wheat flour as I could and added oats to the topping.  Danny asked for double fruit next time and I plan to oblige!

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Black Bean Burger Chili (from the contents of my freezer…)

Quick Note:  I bought a box of spicy black bean burgers some time ago and they were just too darn spicy.  I crumbled them up with tomatoes, frozen corn, frozen pinto beans, onions, garlic and just a little chili powder and paprika.  Danny is taking it for lunch tomorrow.  Spicy, but good!

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

V.I.T–Vegan in Training

We have always known about the health benefits of eating more whole grains, fruits and vegetables and eating less processed foods and refined sugars.  This isn’t anything new, but watching Forks Over Knives definitely made an impact on us and I am glad that it did.  I have always wanted to try more vegetarian meals, I love tofu and tempeh and beans and all that other fun stuff you can find at Whole Foods.  The challenge is getting everyone else to love it as much as I do. 

With the exception of Friday night – we are completely “veggie”.  It’s been a major challenge finding things to make, making sure I have all of the ingredients and then, actually, making a good meal.  The kids have not been fans of all the meals, but they have tried everything and are definitely supportive of getting healthier (and getting bigger muscles).  Their lunches have also changed and they are being troopers with that as well.  I am hoping that in a few months, this new way of eating will just be our regular way of eating.

This is some of what has come out of my kitchen over the last 9 days.  I will post the recipes at some point, right now I am busy with the cooking and cleaning aspect. 

Brown Rice and Chickpea Patties (From http://foodandspice.blogspot.com/)

Quick note: these were yummy freshly baked.  The kids ate them, but didn’t love them.  Probably wont make again.

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BBQ Baked Tofu (From Meal-Lean-I-Yumm Cookbook)

Quick Note: I have this a lot of times for lunch, it is easy and filling.  Danny enjoyed it with brown rice, I didn’t give it to the kids. 

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Seitan (From the Red Mill package)

Quick Note: This process was super cool.  The seitan was good “as-is”, but when I turned it into stir fry, it was hard to eat.  It left a weird coating on our teeth and I am not sure if it was the sauce or the seitan. 

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Whole Grain Pancakes

Quick Note: I took my regular pancake recipe and subbed almost all the white flour with whole wheat flour, oats and flax seed.  They were sweet and the kids ate them up.

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Lemon Zucchini Hummus (http://irawvegan.blogspot.com/)

Quick Note: This was good, Danny said it would be good as a topping on falafel rather than a dip.

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Spicy Roasted Eggplant (Adapted from Barefoot Contessa)

Quick Note: Still my favorite dip, this on toasted challah is amazing.

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Vegetable Stock ((From the Veganopolis Cookbook http://veganopoliscookbook.blogspot.com/)

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Vegan Roadhouse Burger (From the Veganopolis Cookbook http://veganopoliscookbook.blogspot.com/)

Quick Note: Also a cool process.  I think mine needed to be a bit wetter and I needed more broth to cook in.  Danny had seconds (woowee!), I liked them a lot and Leo ate his whole burger, dipped in ketchup.  I sent another with him for lunch and he didn’t eat it – probably not great cold.  Will definitely make these again. 

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Mushroom Barley Soup (From Spice and Spirit Cookbook)

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Beans and Rice (From Spice and Spirit Cookbook)

Quick Note: Served these with brown rice.  Danny and I loved it, the kids ate it.  Beans are a tough one for Leo, but he is getting there. 

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My shipment of bulk flour from Amazon :) Cheaper than Whole Foods and no tax or shipping (Amazon Prime…!).  What else can I order?!?

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