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Raisin Scones

18 Dec

There’s nothing quite like waking up early on a Saturday morning. You can wake up because you want to, not because you have to. There are no alarms to wake you up, no busses to catch, no bosses to report to. It’s just you and the possibility of the completely free day that lies ahead.

And so you do things like work out and make nice sit down breakfasts.

My apartment building has a sketchy gym downstairs that no one ever uses. That’s good news for me because I accidentally left my running shoes in my dorm when I moved. And now the dorms are closed, so I can’t go get them. But I read this article on running barefoot the other day.

It turns out that when you run with shoes on, you’re more inclined to land on your heel which puts more stress on your ankles and knees. When you run barefoot, your foot lands towards the front or middle, more evenly distributing the force of the impact.

All of this was good news for me because I suffer from pain and popping in my right hip. It’s aggravated when I run or exercise in almost any capacity.

So I ran a mile and a half, wearing socks for the sake of cleanliness. My workout flew by and I found myself running on the balls of my feet. It was infinitely more comfortable than any workout I had done while wearing sneakers.

I’m going to try barefoot running for the next few days and let you know how it goes.

And when I was done, I made myself some raisin scones.

What you need:

1/2 oats

1/2 whole wheat flour

1 tsp flaxseed

1 1/2 tbsp shredded coconut

1/4 cup oil

1/4 cup coconut milk

1 1/2 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

honey

raisins

How you do it:

1. Put the oats and flax seeds in a food processor. Pulse until the oats turn into a powder.

2. Add flour, oil, milk, baking powder, and salt to the food processor. Pulse until the mixture becomes dough.

3. Add honey to taste, coconut, and a large handful of raisins to the food processor. Mix until most of the raisins are broken up.

4. Form dough into small balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400F for 15 minutes.

5. Serve with hot tea.

I was really happy with the way these came out. They were crispy on the outside but soft and fluffy on the inside. I think putting the batter in the food processor was a really important step.

Not too shabby!

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Vanilla Quinoa Pudding

15 Dec

Goodbye fall semester, Hellooooo winter “break”.

“Break” is in quotation marks because I’m not actually going home during break. Instead, I’m staying in DC and working at the same place that I worked over the summer. I feel like when I stay in DC and come home only for a few days at the holidays, it makes them even more special.

I cooked a lot and blogged very little during my finals week. So now I have a ton of pictures and recipes that I want to talk about.

On November 16th, Yahoo! had Shine had an article about the benefits of quinoa. Inside, there was a recipe for Vanilla Quinoa Pudding. I made it for breakfast the next morning.

Vanilla Quinoa Pudding

3 cups of oat milk

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup maple syrup

pinch of salt

1 cup quinoa

Rinse quinoa.

Mix milk, vanilla, maple syrup, and salt in a saucepan and set on simmer. Add quinoa and cook for 30 minutes, stirring frequently. Once thickened, remove from heat and allow to cool.

Serve warm or refrigerate.

*So I made some mistakes, as per the usual. I made a half recipe of this, and accidentally added 1/6 of a cup instead of 1/8 of a cup of maple syrup. It was way too sweet. Also, my quinoa never bursted like it was supposed to, so it was too crunchy.

But I’d make this again. The oat milk and maple syrup mixture made a caramel sauce that I could use on other things.

Raisins and coconut to top it all off.

This article is also a really great resource for vegan sources of iron. I’m off to buy myself some spirulina!

THANKSGIVING

25 Nov

The best food holiday of the year.

Breakfast: Soy yogurt with walnuts, coconut, raisins, and chia seeds


Ice skating on Thanksgiving is our family tradition. Instead of watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade like everyone else, we would get up early, don our thermals, jackets, and gloves, and head over to our local outdoor rink. My sister belonged to the figure skating club, so we got into the early morning session. Even after she stopped skating, we still kept our Thanksgiving tradition.

Lunch: Strawberry and Cherry Smoothie, Butternut Squash Soup

So I forgot to take pictures of the soup, but here’s the smoothie.

Making dinner:

Carrots from the garden.

My mom goes “Oh! Those look like legs! Let’s make a little guy.”

So we did.

Julia bought a persimmon from the health food store and we all ate some.

Dinner: Tofurkey Stuffing Casserole, Sweet Potatoes, Butternut Squash, Carrots.

I’m the only person in my family who eats cranberry sauce.

Here’s a stuffing recipe adapted from Veg Kitchen. It serves four people.

Walnut-Apple Stuffing and Tofurkey Casserole

3 cups breadcrumbs

1 1/2 tbsp olive oil

2 cups chopped yellow onion

3 cups peeled, diced tart apple

3 bunches scallions, minced

1/2 cup black walnuts

2 tbsp rosemary

1 cup raisins

1 1/2 cups vegetable broth

15 slices Tofurkey

1. Preheat oven to 375F.

2. Sauté the onions over medium heat until translucent. Add the apples, scallions, rosemary, and walnuts and cook for 5 minutes.

3. Combine the bread crumbs with the onion and apple mixture. Add the rest of the ingredients except the broth and toss together. Add the broth slowly while stirring to moisten the ingredients evenly.

4. Alternate layers of tofurkey deli slices with layers of stuffing in a clear, medium size pyrex dish.

5. Bake for 20 minutes at 375F.

“Looks gross, tastes great.” –Julia

Orange seems to have been the theme this Thanksgiving.

Dessert: Pumpkin Pie and Cherry Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream

The pumpkin pie recipe is here

I also refrigerated it overnight so the cream hardened up. I was pleasantly surprised when I opened it up.

Beautiful, beautiful coconut cream.

Julia took my picture taking privileges away from me after this.

Doesn’t that look amazing!? I need to get a good camera like hers.

I am so thankful the amazing people in my life. Thank you all so much for everything you all do. You know who you are ❤

And who ever made it to the end of this insanely long blog post– thank you. I’m so passionate about veganism and making food and it makes me so excited that people want to share the experience with me. I love when people come up to me and tell me that they read my blog. It means so much to me. Thank you thank you thank you!!