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2011 year-end leftovers

January 16, 2012

News & Notes


I haven’t done a leftovers post in far too long, so it’s high time I catch up and show you some of Matt’s and my random eats from November and December.

First, a yummy pre-workout smoothie I made for Matt one day. It turned out particularly good, so I wrote it down and shared it on Facebook. Here it is again, in case you missed it!

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 large ripe banana, peeled
3 small pitted dates
1 tablespoon carob powder
1 teaspoon maca powder
1/2 scoop SunWarrior Natural raw protein powder
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil

Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Add water and ice as desired to thin and chill. Serve immediately (optimally 30-60 minutes before a workout).

I wrote another recipe for GG Bran Crispbread in November: Low-Fat, High-Fiber Peanut Butter Bean Dip. Check it out!

I received the completely adorable Rabbit Food Cookbook by Beth A. Barnett, and though I haven’t cooked from it yet, I did read it cover to cover! (Don’t you just love the spiral binding?)

Matt went to Austin, TX on business awhile back, and ate at Mother’s Café and Garden while he was there. He considerately snapped a photo of his vegan burrito dish…

…and the blueberry pie he enjoyed!

I made us a “soyful” brunch one weekend of organic tofu scramble with tempeh “sausage” crumbles. (All local and non-GMO, mind you.) We don’t eat soy-heavy meals like this too often, but sometimes I do enjoy a big bowl o’ high-quality soy.

I made a batch of classic raw chocolate truffles for Matt one weekend. (Ooh, be spellbound by the Vitamix’s hypnotic chocolatey gaze!)

Even better, though, were the raw white chocolate truffles I created for myself. They turned out GREAT! I’m filing this recipe away to share with you in the future in some form or another.

One particularly hedonistic weekend, Matt and I indulged in a delicious junk-food-vegan dinner at one of my favorite Kansas City establishments, Waldo Pizza! They have separate vegan AND gluten-free menus, complete with desserts. That night we shared an order of cheezy garlic bread…

…and a large pizza on wheat crust, both made with Daiya Vegan Cheese; the pizza was also topped with vegan Italian sausage and pepperoni (on my half) and mushrooms and vegan hamburger (on Matt’s half). We left stuffed and happy!

Finally, I made a whole bunch of goodies for the New Year’s Eve party that we attended, but I only managed to snap a photo of one thing: Dreena Burton’s Maple-Pecan Sticky Blondies (from this book). Divine!

QUESTION: What’s the best thing you’ve eaten recently?

3 years ago this week…
Vegan lemon bars
Creamy chickpea soup
2 years ago this week…
Random 2009 leftover madness
1 year ago this week…
P90X week 2: getting into a routine
Trials & tribulations of an almost vegan raw chef
The 5-minute, single-serving, raw vegan blondie

23 Comments leave one →
  1. Dawn permalink
    January 16, 2012 2:33 pm

    Yes miss amber….
    Is there anyway that you could give any nutritional info with that health smoothie???? Like which ingredient provides what??? And why this smoothie is a great pre- workout drink??? It sounds really yummy!!! I just am curious

    • January 16, 2012 2:50 pm

      Hi Dawn!
      The banana, dates, and carob provide carbohydrate energy (primarily glucose) that can be burned up as soon as it’s digested to help fuel the workout from the start.
      The coconut milk and oil provide healthy medium-chain saturated fats that can be slowly burned for energy throughout the workout.
      Maca is an adaptogen that improves post-workout muscle recovery.
      And the touch of protein helps everything digest a little more slowly and provides the amino acids necessary to help the muscles begin to repair themselves as soon as the workout is over!

  2. Dawn permalink
    January 16, 2012 2:55 pm

    Thank you so much… That is really helpful and informative…

  3. Bliss Doubt permalink
    January 16, 2012 3:32 pm

    You picked the right time to ask what’s the best thing I’ve eaten recently. Sunflower seed butter, which I can’t stop talking about, and I’d not yet had my black eyed peas for the new year, so I made a big batch of curried black eyes over the weekend, with carrots and onions. What can I say? My own curried black eyed peas were the best thing I’ve eaten in three weeks. I managed to ruin the brown rice I was going to serve them on, but it didn’t matter. They were that good unaccompanied.

  4. January 16, 2012 4:20 pm

    The best thing I’ve eaten lately? That’s a tough one after my cooking class!! I think the Ginger-Yam pudding we made was probably the BEST thing ever. I’m going to try recreating it tonight!

    P.S. I’m so jealous every time you talk about Waldo pizza. I miss it!!!

  5. January 16, 2012 8:42 pm

    love malty flavored drinks- love carob too 😉
    best thing we ate recently was a new remake of our raw brownie, so good.

  6. January 17, 2012 12:05 am

    What was the best thing I have eaten lately? That is a very hard question to answer simply because I got to try some amazing vegan restaurants over the weekend. I would have to say the best thing would be the Chiplote black bean tamales from Radical Eats.

  7. January 17, 2012 2:46 am

    You loved getting stuffed with Italian sausage? Yeah, that sounds about right. 😉 (It’s been too long between ball jokes, m’dear. I’m suffering over here.)

    Love the photo of you and Matt behind the Rabbit Food cookbook!

  8. January 17, 2012 11:14 am

    awesome recipe
    thanks for sharing the information.

  9. January 17, 2012 9:23 pm

    YOU are just too cute for words. Oooh I am spellbound by the chocolatey gaze…

    🙂 Made my day.

  10. January 17, 2012 10:53 pm

    Carob maca coconut smoothie sound so good! Love that combination–I’d probably have thrown in some greens for me… Unfortunately, bananas and I still aren’t getting along. I have about half of one in a smoothie about once a week and usually end up burping it all afternoon. I used to practically live on bananas…

    That VItamix swirl is serious food porn, but you had me with the white chocolate truffle! I want one now, and my appetite and food interest have been seriously zero. I’m definitely plotting my next white choc experiment.

    Best thing I ate lately? Either the carrot cake, or just plain carrots, or, I’ve been loving grapefruit lately!

    • January 18, 2012 7:54 am

      So odd that you developed a sensitivity to bananas…have you worked out why that happened?

      I knew you’d like the white chocolate truffle 🙂

      • January 18, 2012 9:27 pm

        I haven’t figured it out, but I do know that some folks I knew in HI developed sensitivities to foods when they did mono diets for extended periods (e.g. eating only or exclusively avos, or bananas). I never quite did that with bananas, and even at my maximum, had far fewer than many people do, but given my more delicate system, I wonder if it’s some variation on that.

        I also haven’t recently tried an organic banana and good quality produce can be hard to find in general up here.

        Looking forward to you sharing the white choc. 🙂

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