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.
So in order to make this whole Thrive thing more long-term I have decided to admit to the fact that Brendan Brazier's idea of an entree is not very tasty. I mean, this diet is more catered to hardcore athletes (Ironman triathletes) than healthy vegans who like to workout (me). Soooo I have decided to follow Thrive for 5 out of 7 breakfasts a week, snack on Thrive-y smoothies and energy bars (great pre-workout fuel), and have a Thrive-y salad for either lunch or dinner each day. My other meal will just consist of regular vegan fare. I will try to limit dessert to 3 times a week.
Since I've gotten a bit more comfortable with the Thrive recipes, I have experimented a bit with similar energy bar and smoothie recipes so I can share them with all of you! I must say they both turned out very tasty!
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!
I am posting some recipes I have made recently with just a picture and a title; please tell me which ones you would like to see on the blog. You are most certainly allowed to say "All of the above" : ) PS: I'm only posting the good ones! I've had some major flops recently : / PPS: New poll on the right! I would love it if you participated.
A. Zucchini Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
B. Buffalo Tofu Mac N' Cheez
C. Apple Streusel Cake in a Jar
D. Gingerbread Cupcakes with Pumpkin Pie Filling and 2 different frostings
Vegan food blogs opened my eyes to the protein options beyond tofu. I have still never cooked tofu..but I did buy some a while back...a step in the right direction! In that same vein...I have never tried seitan or tempeh either. That is until my family gave me the okay to make a vegan dinner!
I am absolutely in love with the New Vegan Cookbook by Lorna Sass. That is where I got the incredible recipe for Brussels Sprouts and Udon Noodles with Miso Sauce. And now I have tried tempeh thanks to her! I was feeling adventurous, because I haven't really tried much Indian cuisine in my life either. I knew I could take the risk because I had my dad here to help me! He is quite the chef.
The result was an incredible fusion of flavors and a little kick that my brother, my dad and I all loved. My first experience with tempeh was definitely a good one. My mom isn't such an Indian fan so she didn't finish hers : ( Can't please everybody! But I probably should have checked ahead of time. Not a good way to get her to let me cook vegan again!
If you're up for a little spice and a little adventure, I would encourage you to try this impressive dish.