Or, what I did this past week: my cooking & baking review.
Even though it’s super hot out, I’m getting a little antsy not baking anything. This oven strike was killing me, so I just gave in and made some muffins. I’m not even sure how I decided on these Chocolate Zuke muffins from Happy Herbivore - but it was probably because I had all of the ingredients on hand. I did have to sub out the raw sugar for agave, and I cut it from 1/2 cup to 1/3, which I don’t think I should have. They needed to be just a tad sweeter. They were super moist though, which I suspect comes from using a whole banana and half a cup of applesauce instead of eggs.
I also had to make them GF, and I replaced the whole wheat flour with Bob’s GF mix and a teaspoon of xanthum gum. I think I’m starting to see why people don’t like the mix. I definitely taste a certain GF flavor. I can’t put my finger on it, but it’s there. Even still, I think they came out pretty great, and even passed the test with some non-vegan or GF co-workers – one of which is even a former pastry chef! I was most nervous to hand one to him, but he said the texture was right…even though I may have added too much cinnamon.
I also tried my hand at a quesadilla this week. I bought these GF brown rice tortillas, but they didn’t really work well for a burrito or sandwich wrap. They’re kind of thick and don’t really bend or fold very much, even after warmed up.
The only thing I could do was get it to fold in half , so quesadilla was put on the menu this week. Using Daiya, pineapple salsa and black bean dip, I threw it all on the tortilla and heated it up before folding in half. I don’t have a my large frying pan anymore – I suspect it’s with a friend who ‘borrowed’ it and sincerely forgot to return it. As horrible as this sounds – into the microwave it went. I was disappointed that I couldn’t toast the outside, but considering this wrap is a little tough to begin with, it wasn’t a total loss. Daiya can make anything irresistable!
I’ve also been eating kale salads pretty much everyday this week. The new salad topper I mentioned on my Wegman’s post is really something. It combines some of my favorite super foods into a delicious ‘cheesy’ topping that adds even more nutrients and flavor to any salad.
I keep my salads simple with kale and a couple handfuls of diced veggies. Raw kale isn’t for everyone, but I like the taste. Anyone else with me on that one??