Archive | February, 2010

Bran Muffins: The official food of this blog

21 Feb

Bret is the muffin man.  I believe he cooked his way through the entire muffin section of Vegan with a Vengeance.

He even made Ginger Raisin Bran Muffins.  But this time I made muffins of my own!  Raisin Bran Muffins!  No ginger, although I do love ginger a whole lot.

I had a muffin almost directly out of the oven, a puff of steam billowed out at me when i broke it open.  This muffin was incredibly moist for being bran, and has no added fat.  The fresh muffin wasn’t dense in the slightest.

Honestly, I just subbed vegan ingredients for your basic All Bran muffin recipe.  I did use a vanilla flavored soy milk, which added a bit more sweetness than I think there would be otherwise.

Raisin Bran Muffins

makes 12 muffins

2 cups bran cereal

1 1/2 cup soy/rice/almond milk of your choice (I used a low fat vanilla soy milk)

1 1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup sugar

4 tsp baking powder

1 Tbsp. cinnamon

egg substitute for one egg (I used 1 1/2 tsp. Ener-g egg replacer with 2 Tbsp. water)

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup raisins

1) Pre-heat oven to 350F.

2) Combine bran cereal and milk in a medium bowl, and set aside for fifteen minutes to soften.

3) Meanwhile, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and cinnamon in another bowl.

4) After bran cereal has softened, mix in egg replacer and applesauce.  Add this mixture to the flour mixture and stir until moistened.

5) Add in raisins.

6) Divide mixture evenly between 12 muffin cups that have been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.  Bake for 15 minutes in 350F oven.

7) Cool for 5 minutes in muffin tin, then remove to cooling rack.

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Fatfree Vegan Kitchen, will you be my Valentine?

14 Feb

I hope everyone is having a nice Valentine’s Day, filled with hearts and flowers and all that junk.  I spent my Valentine’s Day unpacking and resting after a long drive in a very large truck.  I also went grocery shopping and observed a gaggle of men and children hovering over the sparse supply of bouquets left in the floral section.

I have no recipe to post but I will tell you that Susan from Fatfree Vegan Kitchen posted a cookie recipe for Valentine’s Day.  Banana-Maple Oatmeal Cookies, to be exact.  And you should make them, because I made them this evening and they are yummy.  Actually, I made Banana-Agave Oatmeal Cookies, but I’d like to try them with maple syrup sometime.

I usually make baked oatmeal (I will get around to posting this recipe) every week to take with me to work as snacks.  What a nice change!  Thanks, Susan!

Making more soup tomorrow, I will let you know how it comes out!

Souperbowl Sunday

8 Feb

I don’t really care for football.  I don’t really care for pizza, and I especially don’t care for wings.  So, I made yesterday into a Souperbowl Sunday!

This is one of the most simple recipes ever, as minestrone is a forgiving soup.  Add whatever, season with whatever, and then eat a big bowl and smile.

Here are the specifics for this particular bowl of soup:

Two large carrots, chopped

One stalk of celery, sliced thickly

Two or Three cloves of garlic, minced

A half cup of frozen green beans

A half cup of frozen onions

Three and a half cups of water

Two vegetable bouillon cubes

Twenty-eight ounce can of crushed tomatoes

Three-quarters of a teaspoon dried basil

One tablespoon dried parsley

A pinch of rosemary

Add all of that to a soup pot, and bring it to a boil.  Cover, and simmer on low heat for about 15 minutes.  Then add:

Three small zucchini, cubed

Fifteen ounce can of kidney beans, drained

A half cup whole wheat elbow macaroni

Bring it back to a boil, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes, until the macaroni is cooked.

I got six big servings out of this pot of soup.  A little cheese or nutritional yeast would go well with this as well.

Pizza and wings?  What pizza and wings?

Helloooo Out There!

8 Feb

Hello internet!  Ellen speaking!

Before it was Poop has been neglected.  Badly neglected.

However, I bought myself this awesome DSLR camera and it is the bee’s knees.  I’ve been attempting to learn how to use it properly and what all the settings do and mean. I’ve been taking a lot of pictures of the foods I eat again.

So I’m back!  If anyone is still out there.  Also, that Bret person said he would post again too, so keep a look out for that!

I will be back tomorrow with some soup!