Chilled Chocolate Chai

Oh Angela.  I love your blog.  I love your recipes that all look so delicious and make me wish I lived with a vegetarian or at least a bean lover. And I love that you too have given me a little unintended help with my end of our Family Challenge with the perfect timing of your Chilled Chocolate Chai recipe.
I made this on the weekend and am LOVING it.  At first I had to get used to having my chai fix cold, and less creamy and less sweet.  But now that I’m at work and have a little cup waiting for me in the fridge for my 2:30 slump.  I’m all over it. It’s WAY cheaper, I’m going to say 60 cents vs. $4.80 and while it’s a different, less sweet taste – it’s still yummy, so I’ll take it.
Head on over to Oh She Glows for the recipe – and then head on over to your local Superstore for some PC Chocolate Chai goodness.
I’ve now made it with Unsweetened Almond Milk and Vanilla Almond milk – just sayin’ whatever you’ve got in your fridge will do since they are both totally delicious.
Enjoy!
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April Recipe Recap

Can you believe that April is over? This is crazy to me.  What’s even crazier is that it’s still snowy and crap outside.  Hello spring?! Where the FRIG are you?!?!

Well, if we can’t have spring at least we can have muffins. How those are a trade off I’m not sure.  But I made some yummy ones this month so I’m going with it.

Raspberry Oat Bran Muffins – Peas and Thank You: A couple of weekends ago I woke up feeling domestic.  I got out of bed, did the dishes from the night before and made these muffins all before the Boy got up.  I woke him up to let him know how I had spent my morning and his response “Wow, you’re such a great wife.”

It’s true.  I am.

Anyway, that was Sunday and by Monday I was informed that while the Boy and I eat very well – apparently he is not getting enough fiber. This will not do.  My response? Make more muffins.

Morning Glory Muffins – Spilling the Beans These I just made this week.  And they are quite possibly the most filling and awesome muffins ever.  Packed into each deliciously moist bite, red lentils, sweet potato, apple, raisins, coconut and I even snuck in some extra bran in there – just to make sure things keep moving! 🙂 I cut the buttermilk and used Almond Milk instead. It made 18, I made them on Tuesday night. We have 6 left. They’re really good.  AND they were a really great pre-yoga snack this week. SOLD!  The Boy likes them too although he did mock my excitement by saying “You’re right they’re so good we shouldn’t eat anything else EVER!” 😐 In truth he can be as snarky he’s eating more than nothing for breakfast this way, so I’ll take it.

I already mentioned the Corn Chowder – from Cooking for Carnivores.  Some other recipes I’m looking forward to from there include Buckwheat Waffles, and Fajita Quesadillas. I’ll be sure to report in May.

I made my own brilliant recipe with pasta, and sauteed portabello mushrooms, red onions, sun dried tomatoes, grape tomatoes, spinach, a little red wine, a little balsamic and a little fresh basil. Topped with crumbled goat cheese – quick and DELICIOUS! A perfect combination.

I rediscovered the felafels that are in our freezer from Peas and Thank You cookbook.  I wasn’t a big fan of them as felafels (a bit dry) which is probably why they’ve been in the freezer for 6 months.  But as crumbly goodness on top of salad – yummy.

Last but CERTAINLY not least, Peanut Butter and Jam Nanimo Bars. OMG Angela from Oh She Glows.  I love her. These were SO amazing.  They are miraculously still in our freezer since they have nuts so the Boy can’t take them to school for snack.  I offered to use sunflower butter instead of peanut butter but since I had already made the crumb that has 1/4c of almonds in them – he wouldn’t take them.  So I didn’t bother altering the rest.  Stupid nut rules at school! So frustrating!!

Oh well, leaves more for me!

Like the pictures? Can you tell I’m practicing taking the camera off Auto?! 🙂

Learning takes time.

Mmmm Veggies

The Boy and I had a really busy weekend.  It involved moving some great friends to their first home.  Celebrating Dad’s 65th birthday with delicious dinner. And another wedding shower – seriously we are too spoiled.

It also involved a lot of meat. Sista is currently reading Eating Animals and is seriously considering going full out veggie.  I’m scheduled to read it next and it’s something I’ve been giving more and more thought to. (The Boy is probably going to read this and send me a text message that says – “Ummm what?!”)  Anyway, we were both meated out by Monday.

So we’ve been going veggie so far this week.

I’m following some food blogs right now.  They are delightful.

When I see something good I bookmark it – I should really be using a social bookmark – but I don’t.  Although I did just read about optimizing my Google Reader (I follow Connie who guest posted about it, she’s a SITSta and hilarious) – so maybe I’ll start doing that.

Monday I made Macaroni Salad from 101 Cookbooks. I  didn’t have enough green onions so I subbed in some other onions.  The Boy wanted cold pasta salad so I cooled the pasta right down.  It was good.  It kind of tasted like a fresh arugula salad with pasta, in a good way. It was definitely summary and the next day – possibly even more delicious.

Yesterday I made two delicious recipes.  Well, I thought they were both delicious.  The Boy said the burgers were a little too “beany” still.  He doesn’t like the texture. But I think the next time I make them we’ll try to BBQ them and maybe they’ll dry out a little bit more in the middle.  But if you’re not a weirdo about beans like the Boy is – I think you’ll find these veggie burgers PERFECT.  Hey – it’s in the title  We had them in broken wraps instead of as burgers.  But they were REALLY good in this humble opinion.  The Boy thought agreed they were tasty – it’s a texture thing for him. These beauties were from Oh She Glows who not only has delicious veggie burgers but awesome looking Blizzard recipes too – just sayin’.

I also made my very first batch of Mmm Sauce.  All I can say is Mmmmmm is a VERY accurate description.  What made me extra happy? It tastes just like the mystery sauce at Rawlicious.  Pealightful Peas and Thank You!

What foodies are you loving these days?