Friday, March 26, 2010

Pumpkin Coconut Bread (VEGAN)

Alright...I just made this bread this afternoon and hands down, one of the best breads I have EVER made!!!! It is very moist, full of flavor and is vegan. I did alter the recipe some based on what I had in my house and to make it healthier. I completely omitted the white sugar, I used 1 1/2 cups of oat flour, I used pecans instead of walnuts and instead of oil I used applesauce and mmmmm. SO good!

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups packed dark brown sugar
2/3 cup white sugar
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup coconut milk
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2/3 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch loaf pans.
Combine flour, sugars, pumpkin, oil, coconut milk, baking soda, salt, and spices. Mix until well blended. Fold in coconut and nuts. Pour into prepared pans.
Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven. Cover with foil tightly, and allow to steam 10 minutes. Remove foil, and turn out onto cooling rack. Tent lightly with the foil, and allow to cool completely.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Monday Menus

Sorry it isn't Monday...where does the time go?

Monday: Spicy tomato soup w/salad & fresh bread

Tuesday: Home-made pad Thai, fresh rolls & edamame

Wednesday: Farmer's casserole

Thursday:Potato leek & roasted garlic soup w/salad & fresh bread

Friday: Pizza & salad

Saturday: Black bean sweet potato enchiladas

Sunday:Left-over enchiladas

Friday, March 19, 2010

All in a week!

I decided to post this picture from my boy's third birthday because I love it! I love the look on his face, love the candles in the dark and LOVED the carrot ginger cake w/cream cheese frosting! Happy Birthday little man. Can't believe it has been 3 years already!
SO much going on this last week and everything that I want to write about, well, just don't have the energy or the time. Here is a condensed version and I hope to write more at a later point about alla this!
  • the Barbie went "away"

  • the boy turned three

  • all of the remants of last years beauty in the garden have been removed

  • the garden has received a healthy dose of compost

  • the peas, sweet pea flowers, spinach, persian cress and garbanzo beans have been planted.

  • started the tomato, eggplant & basil seeds

  • finally sewed an apron for myself and some yoga bags

  • and I received word that I have been accepted to a WGST graduate program and offered a graduate assistant position for fall of 2010.

My head is spinning from the overload of information that I have gained this week-primarily on food issues and gardening. I hope to post some about that this weekend, but I have a very sick boy to take care of and cuddles and lovin' are on the top of the list!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Monday Menus

Monday: Potato & leek gratin, balsamic & parmesan roasted cauliflower & salad

Tuesday: Spinach chickpea curry

Wednesday: Sushi & sesame tofu w/spinach sauteed in coconut oil

Thursday: Blackbean Soup

Friday: Calzones

Saturday: Small plates & salad

Sunday: Baked mac & cheese w/spinach salad