Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Vegan Whole Wheat Pancakes.

So this morning when I got back from a very short morning jog I was famished. And famished for only one thing - PANCAKES. You know what I'm talking about. Today was perfect for the little guys. I had just exercised, the air was a little humid and cloudy because of the storm coming in. Oh yeah baby.

Only one problem. Well several problems actually... I had no eggs... or butter... or vegetable oil.


And luckily I love experimenting with food so I was up for the adventure as always. Did the prospect of failure frighten me in any way? No. Way. This is the beauty in living on your own. If you cook something disgusting, you're the only one who knows and pays the consequences.
However, this time I wished more people were there, cause these bad boys were pheNOMenal.

Allrightie enough chat. Lets cut to the chase folks.


1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup good whole wheat flour
2 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup soymilk (i used vanilla flavored, but regular is fine)
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp honey

See! So easy! I had all of these on hand!

First, place a nonstick skillet on the stove over medium heat.

Then, mix all the dry ingredients together (flour-salt).

Today this involved opening my brand-new bag of whole wheat four. It was just so beautiful and innocent-looking, I had to take a picture.

Next add in the soy milk, water, and honey.

Finally, mix in the flaxseed. This stuff is so good for you! Flaxseed is low in carbohydrates and has tons of fiber to help you stay fuller longer.

Pour the delicious concoction on the skillet and wait until small bubbles start to appear in the batter. 


Cook other side for about a 1-2 minutes more then place on separate plate. 

I was feeling adventurous today, as I have already stated and had some leftover pear in my fridge that had been wasting away since I used half of it yesterday. It needed to be put out of its misery. Soo I closed my eyes (not really though, don't do that, its a bad decision) and did the deed. I put the pear into beautiful cubes. He would have wanted it that way.

Now stir the cubes into the rest of the batter and pour the remaining batter onto the skillet. Repeat the flipping process.

Now you could stop there. You could be satisfied with your lovely little pancakes sitting there all happy and ready to be enjoyed. And thats fine. However, that's not what I chose. If you don't have syrup, like me, you can try to make your own using a simple syrup recipe. This is different from regular syrup (especially cause I put pumpkin in mine) as it is super sweet!

Pumpkin Honey Simple Syrup. 

For starters, I just want to explain a simple syrup. Its equal parts sugar and water heated over the stove until the sugar becomes gooey and some of the water evaporates. Its used in fruity drinks and cocktails a lot of the time. The important thing to remember is that you're going to get about half of the amount of water you start with. A key factor that in my absent-mindedness, I forgot.  So I only had a little but it sure was good. 

Here is what I recommend. 

1 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup canned pumpkin
3 tbsp honey. 

Mix water and sugar over medium heat in a small pot. Stir continuously and watch closely. Don't let the sugar start to brown! 

When the sugar-water begins to bubble, add in the pumpkin. 

When mixture has thickened to desired syrup consistency, remove from heat and stir in honey.

Pour over your pancakes and enjoy!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Peanut Butter-Addicts Anonymous.

Hello all! 

 This week I made the tough decision to go on a peanut butter fast after speedily consuming 20 oz in approximately 5 days. 
I regret nothing. 

So, in order to compensate for this, I came up with an alternative to my dipping and spoon-feeding desires. Chocolate whipped cream. NOM! 

It’s pretty much the easiest thing ever, and I never use a full carton of whipping cream, so this is a practical solution to dispose of the remains. Very economical. How easy is that?

So here we go. 


2 Cups whipping cream
1tsp vanilla
2-3 heaping tbsp of cocoa powder (depending on how chocolatey you want your whipped cream to be)
1/2 cup of sugar

It’s quite simple. You pour everything in a bowl and mix with a mixer or whisk until the cream forms soft peaks. Basically, this is when you could pull your whisk out of the mixture and have a lovely peak of cream attached. 

I love this because you can 
1. Use it as a PB substitute (for all you addicts out there)
2. Can whip it up all by yourself instead of going to the store and making yourself feel like a fatty - you just prepared a meal for yourself on a college budget! Look at how healthy you are! You home-cooking goddess, you! Not like all those other lazy college students who get fast food for their dinners. 
No sir-ee.

Anyway, I sprinkled mine with a bit of extra cocoa powder to make it look classy and then ate it with a peach I got from the farmer's market. It was a lovely evening. 
I wish you the same as you make this lovely recipe!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Refrigerator Clean-out Chicken and Peppers

This afternoon I made a lovely meal. Making this meal even more fantastic was the fact that I made it with  FREE CHICKEN AND VEGGIES. Yes. your eyes did not deceive you there my friend. My wonderful pal Joyce went on a trip to South America and I had the privilege of assisting her as she cleaned out her fridge. Its what friends are for. 

In the process, I snagged some seriously delicious goods. Today, I decided to put to use that chicken breast that had been calling out to me. And of course, I was feeling an Indian-themed adventure....and those are the only spices I have an abundance of.

So, after perusing food blogs for days looking for recipes, I just decided to make mine up. Let's adventure together. Please excuse the poor quality of my camera. It's not quite up to par with other food bloggers. But this is the college life. I can barely afford food and gas. 

Let us begin. 

Refrigerator Clean-out Chicken and Peppers

2 tbsp Flour
1tbsp Breadcrumbs
2 tbsp Curry Powder 
1 1/2 tbsp Garam Masala
a pinch of Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Olive Oil --- good olive oil!!!
1 Chicken Breast
1 cup Basmati Rice
1-2 Cups maranara sauce

Mix your spices in a bowl. I totally added more curry powder after I took this picture. Don't judge.

 Add the breadcrumbs and stir it up. 

 Coat chicken breast in olive oil. Go on, embrace it and get your hands dirty (after you wash them of course)! Place the chicken in seasoning bowl and toss to coat

Heat about 2 tbsp olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. When oil is hot, add the chicken.

Cook for 5-8 minutes. Please don't turn it over every 3 minutes like me kids. It makes the process so much longer. Bobby Flay would be so ashamed. He hates frequent flippers.

Flip as you feel moved. I added a bit more seasoning to the opposite side before I flipped it... but I just really like curry powder. Let sit on this side for about 5 minutes. Check the inside by cutting with a knife if you're a real meat-cooking amateur like me.

At this point in the process, I came to the realization that I didn't have enough olive oil and proceeded to sprint to my room to grab some more. This step is of course optional for you, unless of course you enjoy some mid-cooking cardio.

I feel like I could host a KET program for that... I'd need to buy some sweatbands first. If only I had stylish male friends like Ina that could monogram me some!

Place the chicken on a warm plate or in a ziploc bag to keep warm. Don't you dare rinse out your skillet. Keep those delicious juices in there!

Reduce to low heat and add maranara sauce. Stir all those delicious leftover spices in there! Next, add in the cooked basmati rice. I had some leftover from the night before! Let sit for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

If your chicken has cooled, take it out and let it sit in the pan for a bit with the sauce and rice as needed.

The moment has come. Plate that beauty!!

Doesn't it look lovely! Now take an excessive amount of close-up photos of it. 
Look at the rice! Isn't it pretty?

Look at the chicken. Congratulate yourself! And finally, dig in.

You can enjoy your meal with an Indian movie and a jug of Mango Lemonade like I did, or maybe you could waltz out to your patio and let the neighborhood drool at the scent of Indian spices.