Posts tagged ‘carrots’

July 6, 2011

what i ate wednesday #7

Wow, has it really been 7 weeks since I first joined WIAW with Peas and Crayons?!  Many things have changed since my first post in terms of eating, but I am gradually feeling better and realizing what my body likes and doesn’t like – just wish it wasn’t such a process to get there!  Well, I tried half of a sprouted wheat bun on Monday night with dinner, and let me tell you my body definitely did not like me.  I was hoping sprouted wheat was going to be okay, but I guess not.  I was feeling so off last night for dinner that all I could manage was a bowl of fruit…  My appetite was better than that today fortunately, so here are my eats!

Breakfast:

New oat combination!  1/4c rollet oats + 1/4c oat bran mixed with 1 1/2 cups water.  Bring to a boil and then cook for around 10 minutes with a half of a banana whisked in at the end – so fluffy!  Topped with sunbutter, blueberries and some sucanat + cinnamon.  Also had one of my Gluten Free & Dairy Free French Breakfast Puffs on the side.  These things are sooo good.

Mid-Morning Snack:

Photo shoot of the muffins – I ate this exact one.

Plus a bowl of fruit – strawberries and pineapple are one of my favorite mixes!

Lunch:

Brown Rice Wrap with hummus + lettuce with carrots on the side.  Also had two of the Gluten Free & Dairy Free French Breakfast Puffs after – they’re so good I couldn’t resist!

Afternoon Snack:

One of the new Coconut Chocolate Chip Clif Bars – I think this is my favorite flavor.

Dinner: 

Salad with leftover roasted veggies, homemade bean + beet burger with ketchup.  On the side?  Just half of the most delicious Millet/Flax Bagel from Sami’s Bakery.  The best part?  They’re gluten free!  Oh my goodness, I stumbled upon these at a store I was at today and just had to get them.  I also got a loaf of Millet/Flax bread and a pizza crust!  They are the first gluten free baked goods I have gotten, and their ingredients are all amazing – nothing weird at all which is saying something for packaged gluten free products.  Definitely excited to try out all their goodies since this one was delicious!

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June 27, 2011

easy peasy meatless monday

Kinley is convinced she started the Meatless Monday craze.  She has been following it (almost constantly) for close to a decade – who knows where she comes up with these things?  Just recently I noticed two communities who are taking on a day without meat – whether or not it’s on a Monday it still has a positive effect on our environment (and waistline – their words, not mine)!  Aspen, Colorado is the first city in the US to adopt Meatless Monday.  Restaurants, hospitals, schools and organizations are coming together to make this happen!

Ghent, Belgium has adopted Meatless Thursdays for over the past two years – with the town council proclaiming (although not mandating) living a day without meat.

Ghent has obviously been successful in their attempt, and hopefully Aspen will follow suit.  Aspen’s initiative just started this month and I feel that the more restaurants they get on board, the more popular it will become.  I will never preach to anyone that they have to become a vegetarian, it’s not how I roll.  I certainly do not like to be told what to do so would never do that to anyone else.  I will however share amazing and meatless meals on my blog because they are delicious and it’s how I eat.  So if you’re up for trying out just one meatless meal (or day) per week, this should be on your menu ;).

Veggie Fried Rice recipe adapted from Daily Garnish

  • 1/2c – 1c dry brown rice (I only had 1/2 cup so that’s all I used, so depending on how many people you’re serving increase the amount 1/4c per person)
  • 1-2T oil, divided
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 2 cups frozen peas and carrots
  • 1/2 cup frozen lima beans (or edamame)
  • 2T liquid aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 1 egg
  • salt (to taste)
  • sesame seeds, optional

1. Cook the dry rice in either a rice cooker or on the stove top.  You can even do this the night before and keep in the fridge until you’re ready.

2.  Place half of the oil in the bottom of a large non-stick pan headed over medium-high heat (I used one shaped like a wok, but use anything you have!)

3. Into the pan, add the rice and cook for a few minutes to give it a ‘fried’ texture.

4. Add the carrots and frozen veggies and cook through.  It took awhile to get my carrots cooked, so if time is an issue and you don’t want crunchy carrots, pre-cook them for a few minutes.

5. Mix in the liquid aminos (or soy sauce) as well as the sesame seeds.  Create a hole in the center of the rice mixture.

6. Add the egg to the center and scramble it into the rice mixture.

7. Serve with chopsticks!

Worried about protein while eating vegetarian?  Don’t be.  The rice along with the peas creates a complete protein, and the addition of the egg increases it even more!  If you were to use edamame, that is considered a complete protein in and of itself as well.  I actually think I eat more protein now than when I used to include meat in my diet, mainly because I am more conscious of it and love experimenting with combinations of different grains and beans!

June 24, 2011

carrots for breakfast

Many people, including myself most days, ignore vegetables in the morning.  I would rather have my oatmeal without broccoli or peas and definitely no salads… Only when I happen to have spinach in a smoothie do I seem to get a dose of veg in the morning, but to be honest, there are more mornings than not where I wait until later in the day to get my veggies in.  But not this morning.

Normally baked goods with carrots contain so much sugar and oil that it definitely outweighs the benefits of carrots haha.  This recipe is great in that regard because it contains only 1T of maple syrup and no oil, leaving only the vitamins and nutrients found in carrots!  This recipe is also vegan and gluten-free, making it a great treat for almost anyone!  I just started experimenting with gluten-free baking, and it did take a couple trips to the store to stock my cupboards with some of the staples.  The original recipe called for Sweet Rice and Teff flours, which I didn’t have, so I replaced it with my favorite gluten-free flour, oat.  I also made a few other changes that I typically do to recipes ;).

Vegan & Gluten Free Carrot Muffins

  • 1c sorghum flour
  • 3/4c oat flour
  • 1/2c millet flour
  • 1/2c tapioca starch/flour
  • 2 1/2t baking powder
  • 1/2t baking soda
  • 2t cinnamon
  • 1/2t nutmeg
  • 1c finely grated carrots
  • 1/4c raisins (optional)
  • 2t vanilla
  • 1 flax egg (1T ground flax +2-3T warm water, let sit for 5 minutes and whisk)
  • 1c unsweetened organic soy milk (or non-dairy/dairy milk of your choice)
  • 1t vinegar (I used apple cider)
  • 1/3c unsweetened applesauce
  • 1T maple syrup
  • optional: pecans

1. Preheat oven to 350* and line a muffin pan with muffin wrappers.

2. Sift all dry ingredients into a large bowl.  Add in the carrots and raisins.

3. In a small bowl, combine the soy milk and vinegar.  Add in the applesauce, flax egg, maple syrup and vanilla.

4. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until fully incorporated (no risk of overmixing with gluten-free flours!).

5. Scoop into the muffin pan (I made 12 muffins).  And top each muffin with a sprinkling of pecans.

6. Bake for 20-22 minutes.  These won’t brown up too much, so make sure to test with a toothpick.

I was surprised with how big these muffins got!  Usually vegan baked goods don’t puff or spread that much, but these definitely did!  They also did not have the extremely grainy texture that is common in gluten-free goods, I think because I didn’t use rice flour?  I’m getting used to this gluten-free baking!  Glad to have another success!