You win some, you lose some.

This post is delayed because I was watching the Cincinnati Reds come apart at the seams, not exactly how I thought things would end but such is life. As my dad would say, “there’s always next season”.

I wanted to catch you up on the first two days of the vegan challenge. I have gotten so much support and great suggestions of vegan websites, recipes and e-mails of support and encouragement, I want to thank everyone for the kindness! This is going to be a bit more challenging than last month, and I don’t mean that in a negative way at all. The reality is you have to plan more, cook more and think about what you are eating instead of just shoving things randomly in your mouth. Not that I have been know to do that….much…anymore.

Last night I threw together a great pizza with yellow squash from a friend’s garden, spinach and organic marinara that I made into a luscious sauce by adding a few tablespoons of coconut cream. I know it’s sounds a little crazy but what I ended up with was almost like a vodka sauce or cream based sauce that had a tomato component to it…turned out better than I could have imagined. I used a nan bread that was vegan and dipped the squash slices in coconut cream and then into whole wheat panko crisped them up in the oven with a drizzle of olive oil.

 

I love eating outside this time of year!

I love eating outside this time of year!

 

 

My dear friend Michele who has an amazing blog that you really need to check out called Quips, Travails and Braised Oxtails¬†shared with me a vegan pumpkin muffin recipe that she has made for her son to take to school. I didn’t have muffin tins or wrappers but I was totally inspired and while sometimes it ends up being a complete disaster (think lumpy sugar cookie hockey pucks that cracked a crown in half! ) I added a few modifications and made chocolate chip pumpkin bread, which turned out to be delicious! I used canned pumpkin, a very ripe banana, vanilla, coconut oil, cinnamon, whole wheat flour, coconut milk and vegan (carob) chocolate chips.

 

Just out of the oven...

Just out of the oven…

 

 

I drowned my sorrows of bad baseball with a slice of cake and glass of almond milk.

I drowned my sorrows of bad baseball with a slice of cake and glass of almond milk.

 

Fall is close by, (OK, it was 80 degrees out today) but I know it’s coming and I want to be ready for it! Tonight, I made soup!

 

 

One shallot (sliced), two cloves(crushed) or garlic, a half of jalapeno (minced) went into a little olive oil in a pot. Once those cooked on med/low for about 8 minutes I added two cups diced butternut squash, pinch of cinnamon, pinch of cumin, salt and pepper and cooked till tender.

One apple (sliced), one shallot (sliced), two cloves of garlic (crushed) , a half of jalapeno (minced) all went into a little olive oil in a pot. Once those cooked on med/low for about 8 minutes I added two cups diced butternut squash, pinch of cinnamon, pinch of cumin, salt and pepper and cooked till squash and apple was tender.

 

 

Next I added one cup organic canned pumpkin, and two cups chopped spinach then hit it with the immersion blender. Adjusted the salt and pepper.

Next I added one cup organic canned pumpkin (leftover from the cake), and two cups chopped spinach and two cups coconut milk (left over from the cake) then hit it with the immersion blender. Adjusted the salt and pepper.

 

 

Crushed some blue corn chips on top and it was a great dinner.

Crushed  blue corn chips on top and it was a great dinner.

 

 

Tristan is trying his best to be supportive and half hardheadedly ate a spinach leaf, looking at me the whole time like “what IS this?” He was a trooper! Maggie stayed on the porch and Tully took one look at me holding the spinach toward him and walked off only to lay down in the middle of the yard and started licking his man bits. Guess that about sums it up…

 

My supportive boy!

My supportive boy!

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. JohnS. says:

    “…man-bits…” You crack me up. The soup sounds amazing.

  2. Lillian says:

    You’re so creative with your cooking!

    Love how Tristan was the only one to taste the spinach leaf.

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