Archive for January, 2011

Swiss Chard from the Garden

Here is some swiss chard I picked from my garden.  I’ve never grown swiss chard (or eaten it) before.  I planted it from seeds when I started eating vegan meals back in September 2010.

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This was the snack I packed for a snack at work.  I’ve got half an apple coated with orange juice (to prevent browning).  I’ve also got cucumber slices, a carrot, and raw broccoli that I picked from my garden.  I’m really loving the homegrown broccoli.  The flavor is really good.

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Meet the New Rice Cooker

I purchased this lovely 6-cup rice cooker and really like it.  It comes with a steaming tray, so you can cook veggies (or meat) at the same time.

As I’ve read and viewed online, I rinse my rice until the water is clear (unless it’s instant rice, which floats), and I unplug the machine when the button pops from cook to warm.  I also give the rice a stir as soon as it’s done.

This rice cooker does great with instant brown rice, sushi rice, etc.  You put in the rice, add water, and press the button to cook the rice!  It turns to warm when the rice is done.

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Lately, I’ve been having oatmeal for breakfast on workdays.  It’s quick, it warms you up on a cold morning, it’s filling (I don’t get hungry again right away!), and it’s quite frugal.  I’ve tried various kinds of instant oatmeal packets, but I don’t like the flavor (or they’re too salty).

I use quick oatmeal (not instant).  I cook it in the microwave.  I make half the amount the instructions on the canister calls for:

I use 1/4 cup oatmeal and 1/2 cup water.  Then, I microwave it for 1 minute.

Next, I add cinnamon, maple syrup, and raisins.  Yum!

I like to drink a glass of orange juice with my oatmeal.

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Here is some broccoli that came out of my garden.

What’s surprising is that I’m actually eating it…  Raw.

Normally, I can only stand broccoli when it’s in fried rice.  I was very surprised how tasty it was out of my garden, most likely because it was so fresh.  Needless to say, I’ve been munching on it like chips lately.

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Whilst searching for a vegan cookie recipe, I came across a site for The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur.  She had a recipe for chocolate chip cookies, without too much sugar, so I decided to try them out.  They were the best!  I liked them even more than regular, buttery cookies.  They have applesauce, raw sugar, and maple syrup in them.  Yum!

I went ahead and used a large cookie scoop, so the batch made about 11 cookies.  I slightly flattened the dough and they held their shape during cooking.  They came out looking a bit like biscuits, because they were so thick.

I took some to work for a meeting and warmed them up for about 45 seconds.  Delicious!

Click here for the link.

Here are some pictures:

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I’ve learned a new and easy way to make hot chocolate:

I simply warm a mug of chocolate almond milk (I like Silk) in the microwave for 1 minute.

That’s it!

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