Yum!

I’ve never, ever made risotto before but this one is super yummy. It’s pretty labour intensive, because it basically asks you to be stirring the rice for 45 minutes but it’s so worth the work. The taste was unbelievable! Even my meat-loving hubby loved it.

Here are some pictures and the recipe comes from Oh She Glows.

Oh, I did cheat at the end a put a dab of real butter into the dish. Just to be completely honest. Still, man alive, it was good!

Cooking…

So, I’m making up recipes…and we’ll see what comes out. It’s not that I know a lot about cooking or that I have any gift in this area, I was just messing around.

This was the stuffing I made for a lasagna. I actually added cottage cheese as a layer, so this recipe was only vegetarian but it turned out very yummy.

That was the lasagna before it went into the oven.

Then I made banana bread…because we had some really old bananas that needed help. The wax paper is a trick I learned somewhere so that I don’t have to smear butter on the pan to keep it from sticking. It saves calories and keeps the desert healthy. This recipe, I changed from the one on Oh She Glows, I just added chocolate chips. So yummy!

This is my own recipe for a lentil stew. I use green lentils, rinse them, add two large onions chopped up, some garlic diced (probably about two tablespoons; so quite a bit), I chopped up some sweet potatoes, added a few bay leaves and cooked it. After it came to a boil, I let it simmer for about 20-30 minutes and got this.

It’s actually super-good for you, because lentils are amazing, full of protein, fibre, iron and magnesium and the sweet potatoes are really good food as well. It has no oil or fat in the recipe, so it’s super healthy. Oh, add some salt. I can’t tell you how much I added because I did it bits at a time and completely lost track of the amount. Probably 2 teaspoons? But it depends on taste and amount.

So that’s what’s been cooking in my kitchen lately. What are you up to?

 

Sunday biz

I usually spend Sunday cooking. Eating mostly plant-based requires a little prepping and time that I just simply don’t have during the busy work week. My Day Job is of the type that I can continue to work at home and, unfortunately, that has had to happen the last week and this weekend. There has been barely any time for petting our beloved akitas and certainly no time for fancy cooking.

But today, I had to get busy with the veggies and beans or we’d be eating peanut butter sandwiches all week.

I chopped some onions

Added some chopped spinach (I had already cooked it) and mushrooms.

So far…nothing very exciting, right?

This is my veggie meat of choice

And these pasta are super healthy

I cheated and got sauce from Costco

And I got this.

Final product. Hubby loved it!

Hubby did love it and, in our house, that’s all it takes to declare it a success. But there was  more.

These aren’t that good for you…but they’re so yummy!!!

I made potato rings that are sooo good. They were right out of the oven and crunchy to boot! And we ate them with home-made refried beans and felt like we were in heaven.

Now for the week, I’ve made this salad:

I got all these recipes from Oh She Glows. It’s my go-to for something that’s healthy yet yummy. Love it!

Supper last night

This was supper last night.

If you want the entire recipe, it’s here. Now, I did substitute spinach for the kale and I added mushrooms but the rest of the recipe, I followed to the letter.

A great monday

Well, work sucked today but…I worked out when I got home and had this lovely drink as a reward when I finished.

If you’re interested in the drink, check out this site.

Dinner and flowers

This was dinner today.

It was a veggie curry dish that was pretty yummy.

And this is what my plant is doing at home.

Isn’t it pretty? Dinner and flowers…ah…

Oh, I got the dinner recipe from Oh She Glows…just in case you’re curious.

Baking

I decided to bake this week and this is what I came up with.

banana bread

chocolate chip trail nut cookies

The banana bread was something heavenly, both tasty and moist. I added a handful of chocolate chips and that made it all that much tastier. But the original would have been just as awesome.

The cookies were amazing. Easy to make and delicious, I also knew just how good they were for us. A win-win in my book.

And where did I get those recipes? From a great vegan site that I continually go to: Oh she glows. I have yet to find a recipe that is a miss. Honestly. I don’t know how she does it.

If you’re into cooking or baking and want to give these a try, let me know how they go. They were a great success in our house.

Cooking

I wanted to cook something healthy after my trepidation with the World News this weekend. So I went to Oh She Glows for inspiration and found this recipe for Butternut, Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Stew.

Here are a few pictures of the beautiful colours of the ingredients and the stew. I had to share them with you.

Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes with red lentils

Onion cooking

Tomatoes…..just love those colours!

This is the beginning of the stew

This is the end of it

Now, you probably don’t want to burn your hand halfway through like I did and throw the broth all over the kitchen. You probably don’t want to try and clean it while the pot is cooking and basically burn yourself once again while not getting anything cleaner at all.

Otherwise, follow the recipe and things should go fine.

The stew goes amazing with wild rice.

What was my lovely hubby doing while I slaved away in the kitchen, you ask? He was playing with cleaning his truck.

 

Where I recommend things

1. Best. Salad. Lunch. Ever.

Not kidding here. It’s absolutely yummy. So good it tastes like it should be bad for you, or have something in there that’s not the best for you…but it’s actually really healthy to boot!

This is where I got it:

http://ohsheglows.com/2011/09/12/5-make-ahead-vegan-gluten-free-lunches-part-2/

www.ohsheglows.com is a great site for anyone interested in eating savoury meals that are also super healthy. She has vegan stuff, but it’s not limited to that and she’s written two books because her recipes are that amazing. The one I just rambled on about is from her lunch menu and she actually puts it in a pita bread but it’s so yummy, I eat it with a fork. It’s the Brown Rice and Chickpea Salad. Delish.

2. Best How-To-101 reference site for authors out there.

This is where I got it:

https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/how-to-101/

I’ve talked about Chris The Story Reading Ape before. He is a never-ending source of great resources for writers of all kinds and, to boot, he’s incredibly kind. But this reference page just blew me out of the water. It’s got everything. And he keeps updating it! No dead links here.

A huge thanks to Chris for his never-ending support of all writers out there!!