February 17th, 2010

Indulgent foods + Best Soups

So hi, some of you might remember I made a post in January because I had back problems and couldn't cook my own food. Well, another month of agony, 3 hours of emergency surgery and some majorly shitty hospital food later (I was given tuna salad as the 'vegan' option on THREE seperate occasions), I've had a disk removed and the back problems have been resolved! Yay!

I'm now at home recovering with my parents, and here's the thing, I don't have to pay for my food anymore, so the frugal student aspect of my diet can go out of the window for a litle bit. So what I want is a) your most indulgent foods ever, the foods you adore but cost a bit more than the average meal. I always see these types of recipes around but I can never justify the cost just for experimentation.

And b) soups. Mum will be going back to work before I'm fully recovered so we'll be freezing a lot of soups and I'll be living off them for lunch every day for about 3 weeks. So far our list covers, leek & sweet potato, carrot bisque (from Vegan with Vengence), carrot & corriander and carrot & potato. I'll pretty much chuck anything in a saucepan and make a soup from it, but what are your favourite kinds?

peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

I adapted cookies from this recipe and they're easily the best cookies I've ever made. Thankfully, I sent 2/3 of them away in a care package today so I haven't finished all of them in the last 24 hours.

PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup earth balance
1 cup chunky natural peanut butter, fully stirred
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1.5 tbsp ground flaxseed mixed with 4.5 tbsp water
1.5 tablespoons vanilla soy milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 350.
2. Make your flax egg. Combine 1.5 tbsp ground flaxseed with 4.5 tbsp water and mix. I put it in the microwave for 5 seconds to get it really goopy.
3. Sift together all the dry ingredients, aside from the sugars, into a bowl
4. In a separate bowl, beat the earth balance and peanut butter together until fluffy. Add the sugars and beat until smooth. Then add the flax egg, then the soymilk and vanilla extract.
5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix in the chocolate chips.
6. Place a few inches apart as these spread on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes and enjoy!

Help for a dinner recipe

I have some wonderful veggies in my fridge that are currently rotting. They're basically left-overs from past recipes, and since I've just been eating the leftovers from my meals, I keep forgetting about them. But I've been on a real good kick eating healthy meals (not just spaghetti and frozen dinners) so I want to keep that going.

I have:
red, green and yellow peppers, cut into strips
mushrooms (just the regular ones - I don't know which kind specifically)
spinach
steamed broccoli

I also have: fresh pineapple, carrots, rice, those thick asian-style noodles that cook in like three minutes, quinoa, etc. (the basic staples)

I had thought about making a nice stir with a coconut peanut sauce and those thick noodles(I made one awhile ago and absolutely loved it!) but I didn't think the mushrooms would go all that well with it.

So one recipe would be fantastic, two or three would also be wonderful! Thank you all so much!!