Saturday, January 28, 2012

Mac and Cheeze

Everybody loves mac and cheese right?  We sure do!  So what do you do when you don't eat cheese anymore - you make mac and cheeze.  I've been experimenting with many kinds of recipes since our big change and what I made for dinner last night was awesome.  We even had someone over (last minute) and he was amazed that it had no cheese in it.  I took a picture before putting it in the oven, which isn't that great , but I forgot to take another because I just wanted to eat it!

Here's the recipe, which I got from Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food by Alicia C. Simpson.  It's not exact because I always tweak them to fit our tastes, but it's almost exact.  Even if you're eating cheese - this is an awesome thing to try.

Mac and Cheeze

1 lb elbow macaroni
2 medium red or gold potatoes peeled and diced (I used red)
2-3 carrots peeled and diced
1 med-large onion diced
2 1/2 cups water
2 tablespoons margarine (optional)
1/3 cup soaked raw cashews, drained
1/3 cup soaked raw macadamia nuts, drained (if you don't have them just use all cashews)
2 teaspoons sea salt
2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice (I just freshly squeezed one whole smaller lemon)
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup bread crumbs or crumbled chips (we used Trader Joe's Ridged salt and pepper chips-YUM)

Cook pasta per package directions, drain and set aside.  While pasta is cooking put potatoes, carrots, onion and water in saucepan.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until vegetables are softened.  When done combine all ingredients except pasta and chips (or bread crumbs), put in food processor and blend until smooth.  Combine with pasta, mix well.  Put in casserole dish, top with chips and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Serve and enjoy!

Black Bean Hummus

This is a Whole Foods recipe which happens to be absolutely delicious.  No lie - I made it and gave some to Steve for lunch with veggies and he called me just to say I need to make more.  I particularly like this one because it does not use oil.

Black Bean Hummus

2 cups black beans drained and rinsed (I just use a can, which is a little less)
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup tahini
1 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons tamari
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon dried cilantro (the recipe calls for 1/2 chopped fresh, but I never have it handy)

Just put in your food processor and blend until smooth.  FYI - The fresh garlic gives it some spice.  Enjoy!

Monday, January 23, 2012

I'm concerned....

I'm going to try to keep this short, although I could probably fill a book with what I've learned (so far...).  Which maybe I'll write one, if you promise to read it.

-I'm concerned about the way that you are eating.
-I'm concerned that you have been so caught up in convenience that you've lost sight of what you are putting into your body.
-I'm concerned that you've become complacent with what big food label companies are telling you to eat.
-I'm concerned that you've also become complacent with what the government has been telling you is ok to eat.
-I'm concerned about your lack of education about the food that you put on your plate.
-I'm concerned about that cough, cut or rash that lingers too long,  your expanding waistline, your lack of energy,  your constant migraines, your allergies or that lump in your skin.
-I'm concerned that you've eaten bad for so long, that you've convinced yourself it's too hard to change.
-I'm concerned that I'm going to have to show pictures of you to my children and explain to them why you are in heaven.
-Aren't you concerned that my children will forget who you were?

If you don't know what I'm talking about - ASK
Don't just eat -THINK

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

A brand new year, what a great time to start learning about the food you are eating.  I started learning last year, made changes in our food choices and as a resolution (our first one ever) we have decided to go dairy-free and meat-free in 2012.  We will still be eating organic eggs for some animal protein, but have decided the cons outweigh the pros in eating meat and dairy.   It would probably be different if we had our own farm with our own milking cows and Steve was out hunting for our food.  But the reality is that our supposed farm fresh food is not coming from the farm that we picture in our head.  The whole process has become exactly that, a whole bunch of processes and we aren't receiving a God given natural product on our plates anymore.  Whomever said that "Ignorance is Bliss" was an idiot, because ignorance has caused obesity, addiction, denial, laziness, disease and so much more when it comes to food.  Wish us luck.....I also am giving up chocolate,  it hasn't been 24 hours and I'm getting the shakes!