Two nights ago I made Musty's ALL STAR favorite-ist dinner ever - spaghetti & "meatballs." He just goes nuts when I tell him I'll make this. I use whole wheat noodles, homemade sauce, and Nate's meatballs. For me, it's a quick and so-so meal - but for Musty, it's what dreams are made of. I had such a great time eating kale last week, that I couldn't live without it. I got some jacinto kale, chopped it up tiny, and braised it with some garlic and veg broth. YUM. Now, this was tasty!! Even Musty ate it, although he did say "look, I can eat it without chewing". Sigh. Not ideal, but good enough I suppose!
Yesterday afternoon I made myself a super nice smoothie. I used a recipe from the new issue of BUST magazine, for a pomegranate smoothie. I veganized it and modified it a bit... mine had 3/4 cup pomegranate juice, 1/2 c soy milk, 1 frozen banana, 2 T slivered almonds, and a squeeze of agave nectar. Mmmm. Unfortunately, the magazine recommended using POM brand juice. Ugh! I used my nice juice from the farmer's market.
Last night for dinner I made a quick and modified version of VwaV's "Jerk Seitan." I got home from teaching at 9 and needed something pretty quick. I had defrosted some homemade seitan earlier in the day - so I chopped it up and quickly marinated it while I chopped up an onion and put on some rice. I cooked the onion, added the seitan - and then used spinach instead of green peppers. YUM! It was a great substitute. Lately I've been doing all my produce shopping at the farmer's market - and we've got spinach, but no peppers. It's fun eating locally and seasonally (at least as far as produce is concerned)... I'm not sure if it'll last all winter - but I'm really enjoying it right now. Also - notice my green rice?? Isn't that cool?? It's actually just white rice that's been soaked in bamboo juice - I got it on my trip to San Francisco. It really looks green when it's done ... so pretty!
Lastly, a product review: The new "jocalat" bar from Lara Bar company. I was at a little health food store that I don't go to often, looking for a snack, when I spotted these. They had 3 flavors - all ingredients are raw and fresh and organic and fair trade! I picked out chocolate mint flavor (the other two were chocolate and chocolate orange), and I wasn't disappointed. A nice "real chocolate" flavor and a nice strong pepperminty taste too. I saved the wrapper, so I could share it with all of you. :) Very good!