It’s snowing right now. As I type this I am looking out the window at possibly bigger flakes of chunky wet snow than we had all winter. It looks cold. And grey. And wet. And it’s cold in my bones. I knew when it was 30C in March that it was too good to be true. The Boy and I even discussed it – the possibility for snow to come. Turns out it really doesn’t matter that I told myself to expect it. I’m still bitter. It’s the end of April. I’ve started walking to work. I’m done with winter.
So I made soup. Corn Chowder – specifically. And it was delish. Even the Boy agreed. From Vegan Cooking for Carnivores, with a little added Meaghan tweaking. I don’t know what Old Bay Seasoning is, but I know what spices are on my fridge – so I added some of those.
Chowder is just the thing on a snowy evening in April. The heart can’t take much more of this – but soup helps.
Onion, celery, garlic, a bit of flour. Stir. Add veggie broth. Spices – I used some Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Thyme, Cayenne, Bay Leaf, Red Pepper flakes, salt and Pepper. Corn, simmer, puree half. Add Potatoes, simmer, eat.
I read this quote the other day on Oh She Glows
13 days to go
Does this boy look like he’s enjoying something delicious?
He’s enjoying some raw vegan chocolate mousse.
3 simple ingredients into the food processor. Blend. Pop it into the freezer for a few minutes if you want. Or for a few days (if it lasts that long).
It’s not the Boy’s first time with these little experiments. He knows the right questions to ask.
“What’s in it?”
It’s not my first time either – I made sure he admitted to liking it before I told him
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup agave nectar
Both boys response when I told them….
“That’s pretty cool.”
Cool indeed. And delicious.
I need help. Food on the go. Must be: Healthy. Filling. The Boy must like it. It could be heated up before he leaves, but it has to be quick and hot food is generally a little slower. If it could be consumed in the car while driving (I know not safe – but necessary) all the better. He doesn’t like sandwiches unless they are gourmet (ie. have lots of stuff in them) and have been made just before consumption.
The Boy is a travelling mad man these days. He’s working his regular 7-3:30 and then he ships himself off an hour east to Oshawa and assistant coaches a college men’s volleyball team. He’s tired. He’s hungry. And I’d prefer that he not eat McDonalds three times a week, because it’s gross and expensive.
I need help. I need something or somethings that can either feed him for a week, or be frozen in smaller portions to be taken out as needed with some variety.
Your mission – tell me, what should I feed the boy?
My parents are away, and the boy and I have been staying at their house to look after the dog, Denver. The boy claims that this decision was to make it easier for Denver (he won’t be as stressed out because he’s still at home) and had nothing to do with their large TV that has access to multiple sporting events in HD, or that it happens to be NHL playoffs right now… no it’s not that, it’s all for the dog.
I don’t mind though, I’ll miss my house when it’s gone – so it lets me soak up some time within the walls I know and love. The other great part about being and Mom and Dad’s, they have ice cubes (a luxury that we have not purchased yet at our apartment). Not only that, they have a blender that happily makes delicious smoothies. And beyond THAT, my Mom recently got a new raw food cookbook Art of Raw Living Food complete with a tried and tested smoothie recipe. The result is filling deliciousness.
Every morning this week I have made myself a Merry Monkey Smoothie, and every morning I am not even peckish until lunch. Typically in the morning I enjoy almond butter or peanut butter and honey on toast. It’s good, it’s fast, it’s healthy, but I’m usually looking for a snack around 10:30. My new smoothie is beyond delicious, really takes no time at all to make, and I’m full until at least noon. Brilliant.
Here’s the skinny on the smoothie:
1/4 cup almond milk
2 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp agave nectar (to be found at your local health food store)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup ice
Today I added a heaping teaspoon of ground flax seeds – you know to make sure things keep moving.
SMOOTHIFY, pour and enjoy.
I’m hoping my blender at home will be up to the task because I am really addicted to this deliciousness – so much so that last night I tracked down organic bananas at 9:45pm so I would be able to have one this morning. It may have required 2 stores.
This does mean that I’ll have to break down and buy ice cube trays, and find room for them in the freezer, a daunting task, but worth it.
The next recipe in the book is an Avocado Whip Smoothie – which consists of an avocado, mango, pineapple, almond milk, and ice… plus whatever I’ve forgotten. I’m intrigued but much like my love of the Starbucks Chai Tea Latte – what if I try something else and it’s not as good? I’ll be so disappointed. We’ll see. I may have to take the leap and try something new or I’ll be at risk of too much of a good thing.
Picture from here
First season of Friends, George Clooney guest stars, Monica and Rachael have him and Noah Wyle over for dinner, shenanigans ensue, and in an effort to ease the tension George says, “God bless the chickpea!” I couldn’t agree more, it’s so delicious and filling, one of the great wonders of the world in my opinion.
Now, the boy thinks I have been a little hard on him in the past, so I must say this is all said with love. But since I established that the boy can eat, I thought I’d focus on what he’s eating, and what I am used to eating, and how the chickpea all plays into this.
In an effort to save money, time and stop the boy from eating 60 cookies, and 30 granola bars in one sitting, as I am learning he is quite capable of doing, I only cooked 13 cookies, dropped out the rest of the dough and froze it. Now if he wants cookies he has to take them out and cook them – something he says he’ll do but we both know is not likely to happen. I also wrapped the cut granola bars individually and put them in a bag in the freezer, he takes one each day and puts it in his lunch bag the night before – rather than taking the box of 8 in his lunch bag and acting surprised when it’s gone in two days.
The last thing I did this week was make chickpea fajitas. They are a quick an easy dinner that is filling and delicious providing you like chickpeas. I have told the boy that I would like at least one meatless day per week, this week it was Meatless Tuesday. The problem is the boy claims to hate beans (a texture thing apparently and yet he loves Hummus(?)). However, he still eats whatever I put in front of him like a Hoover vacuum so I’m not too concerned about it. Right now we’re at one meatless day per week… the goal one meatless week per month. He’ll say “Not going to happen” but I’m the cook and I agree with George, “God bless the chickpea!”