Archive for February 4, 2011
I had three rotting apples in my fridge and I didn’t know what to do with them. Three apples isn’t enough to bake with but I surely wasn’t going to eat them plain (nothing like taking a bite out of a mushy, bruised apple to turn you off them forever!), so I thought I’d sliced one up and put it in oatmeal for breakfast this morning. I followed the Carrot Cake Oatmeal recipe, but made the following substitutions:
– 1 diced apple instead of 1 grated carrot
– 1/2 cup of apple juice/1/2 cup of almond milk instead of 1 cup of almond milk
– No coconut cream, shredded coconut, or raisins
– 1 tablespoon each of maple syrup and walnuts instead of two
I probably didn’t even need the maple syrup since the apple juice really sweetened this up. It was delicious!
I think I am now converted and will never cook oatmeal in plain, old, boring water ever again!
I am also now totally addicted to almond milk. When grocery shopping yesterday, I compared the nutritional value of almond milk to soy and rice milks and no wonder it is so popular. 1 cup of almond milk is 40 calories. 1 cup of soy or rice is 130 calories! I didn’t check the other nutritional stats like vitamin content or protein, though.
I am looking forward to my week of vegan eating (scheduled for February 7th to 13th!). One thing I am interested in seeing is how it affects Henry! Since Tuesday and Wednesday nights were so awful, I was doing a bit of research about sleep issues with infants, and I read how a breast-feeding mother’s dairy milk consumption can result in digestive issues for baby and cause interrupted sleep. Also, Henry has a small patch of red skin around his bum hole (TMI!) and I read that this can be a symptom too. Yesterday I only consumed almond milk and last night was much better. So who knows? If I do notice his sleep is affected by dairy, you can bet your bottom dollar I will be swearing off cow’s milk. I love milk and yogurt, but I love sleep much, much more!
Today should be filled with some good eating! Along with the Apple Cake oatmeal, I’ve also got a loaf of Walnut Raisin No-Knead bread on the go and I’m planning on making an Edamame and Black bean salad using a cilantro-lime dressing. This was one of the recipes I was hoping to make during my Vegan Week, but I don’t think my cilantro will stay fresh long enough. This is why it’s such a pain to buy fresh herbs! Almost always, I just need a small amount for a recipe and the rest ends up rotting in my fridge. Or I buy the fresh herbs a few days before I require them, and they turn bad before I get to use them. Any suggestions on how to fix this problem? If only you could buy fresh herbs by the pound like you can with dried herbs!