This pumpkin bread is not for the faint of heart...it is adapted from my grandma's recipe and is jam packed with sugar, spice, and everything nice. Seriously. This bread is dense, super sweet, and full of amazing fall spices. I did my best to make it slightly healthier but it is still decadent...I've never heard any complaints ;)
The recipe makes a huge amount of bread...so you may want to cut the recipe in half if you're not giving any of it away.
Bananas are a staple in my kitchen. I probably have at least one a day. And my philosophy has always been to err on the side of caution and buy enough for more than 0ne a day. However, some weeks this leaves me with two or three overripe bananas that are no longer good for regular consumption or the creamy component in my smoothie. Obviously, the only solution left is to bake them into something! The sweetness of these overripe bananas lends itself perfectly to baked goods and hot oatmeal. I don't have any of my own recipes for you today, but click on the title below the picture to go to the original recipe :) These are both ridiculously delicious and easier to make than you'd think!
I knowwww, I KNOW. I haven't posted anything in what seems like forever. I am sorry for that. I won't make any promises that you will be getting oodles of recipes in the coming months, but I will most certainly make an effort to post more often :)
Today, I have decided to share quite the treat. I will most likely be focusing on the vegan athlete's diet in the next couple weeks. I have decided to try and stick to Thrive to the best of my ability for the next two weeks in an attempt to enhance my training ability for a 5K I'll be doing. I know 3.1 miles isn't much to some of you...and I did run my first 10K in May...but I am out of shape people!! I have yet to lose any of the weight from this summer. No excuses, it's just time to clean up my act!
Once the 5K is over, I intend to alternate between Thrive and regular vegan foods and see where that takes me. My roomate is going to try to do the Whole 30 around that time so hopefully we can support each other by not tempting each other with unhealthy, over-indulgent fare. Has anyone tried the Whole 30 or Thrive diet? Anyone have any opinions? Some of you could probably guess my opinion of the Whole 30....but I'll keep it to myself ;)
So before we get to this divine recipe...want to know what else is going on in my life?! Okay, so you probably don't, but I'm going to type it out anyways for those of you that care. I recently moved back to my college town to gain some independence and hopefully have a little fun before I go back to school. I am applying to the master's programs at University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and Wake Forest University. I am currently working as a server in a senior living community and also as a tutor for Anatomy & Physiology and Nutrition. I may be a flat-broke college graduate working in something not even close to my field of study...but from where I stand, life is good :)
I must say, this is one of my favorite vegan meals I've made to date; and it's so quick and easy! Not to mention, it contains almost 80% of your daily fiber needs, 50% of your calcium needs, is overflowing with healthy fats, and is high in protein.
What's not to like?!
I know I've been on a dinner streak lately...but I promise baked goods are coming soon! And as always, please feel free to give me any feedback/make requests!
I have never made bruschetta before, partially because I don't make appetizers on a regular basis...and partially because most bruschetta recipes I've found since going vegan have cheese.
Cheese...Who needs cheese?! Luckily, due to The Tipsy Vegan and the recent 49ers success, bruschetta was in order. This recipe requires wine, obvi...and I am sooo hooked! This stuff is addicting. Beware.
Fair warning: this will be a long post...but I promise to incorporate oodles of pictures and only share good recipes ;) ...five and a half to be exact.
How was your Christmas? Did you get any good pressies? Here are the most amusing of my gifts ;)
Onto the food. I know that's all you people care about anyways ;)
Breakfast was the Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls you previewed yesterday.
They were fantastic and required little adaptation. Hands down one of the best vegan recipes I have ever had the pleasure of making. I made a half batch but did not halve the pumpkin pie filling because last time I made these no one could not they had pumpkin in them. It made a difference. The recipe can be found here and I will post the chocolate icing recipe below.
Christmas dinner started with salad topped with red grapes, toasted walnuts, dried figs, and a balsamic reduction.
Then we dug into the real feast...for me, it was mashed potatoes and gravy, wild rice pilaf, green beans, and rolls. The family had prime rib (and creme brulee for dessert).
Now, I am not a rice person, especially when it comes to pilaf. It has never been a palate pleasing dish for me but I would have to say as far a pilaf's go, this one is the best I've had. The dried fruits and wild rice are wonderful together and extremely filling. You can find this recipe on Oh She Glows. I omitted the onion and celery but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Enjoy :)
The Tahini-Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe came from Whole Foods. The vegan gravy was also from Oh She Glows. These two complimented each other well and the potatoes were wonderful but I look forward to trying the high-protein mashed potatoes recipe on OSG next year.
I am a terrible blogger. This is because as a food blogger you are supposed to post holiday recipes before the holidays so your fabulous followers can use your recipes for the upcoming festivities. I do not plan that far ahead, so for that I am sorry. But look at it this way...you will be that much more prepared for next year's meals ;) Tomorrow I will be sharing with you this recipe from OSG. Here's a preview : )
I made these garlic knots last Christmas and again a few nights ago and they continue to be a huge hit with my family. You really can't go wrong with simple yet superb flavors, beautiful presentation, and soft, pull-apart bread. As yeasted bread recipes go, this one is fairly simple, so if you have not made bread from scratch before, these are a good place to start!
As a side note...I would like to share the view from our living room a couple days ago...we are lucky enough to have a white Christmas. Jealous? Move to Colorado!
This is Christmas in a scone. Seriously. I know I haven't posted anything in forever...and I know I sound like a broken record, but I'm sorry! Once I got over my bronchitis/pneumonia I went back to my internship 5 days a week, 10-12 hours a day to try and catch up on hours. Theeeen I GRADUATED! So I am finally now able to take a breather and share some fantastic vegan recipes with you. I. am. pumped. Back to the scones...I have never made scones before, but I would consider this a mostly successful attempt! (see my note at the end of the recipe) Cranberries and pears are wonderful winter fruits and this is a great was to showcase them. So snuggle up in your favorite blanket next to the fire, watch the snow fall, and enjoy your scone with some tasty tea. It's Christmas time! Treat yourself.
If you're ever in Colorado Springs, you should definitely eat there. It has a few vegan options which will blow your mind. One of which I have tried to recreate. I won't say this is restaurant quality...but for a meal at home, it's pretty legit!