Thursday, January 1, 2009

Dates in the New Years

Granola-Date Cups

I couldn't be happier it is 2009.  I tried really hard not to be despondent about 2008, but my husband being deployed really didn't make for an awesome year.  Considering how much I wasn't looking forward to it though, it wasn't all bad, but this year, I have tons of stuff going on:   
1.  Graduating with my Master's
2.  Husband coming home from Iraq
3.  Getting a job (hopefully)
4.  Husband getting a new job (also hopefully)
5.  Buying a house
6.  Moving
7.  Having my refrigerator to myself instead of just a shelf.
8.  Getting a kitten!`(Zoe will probably not like this, but my husband thinks that she doesn't like him because we got her when she was already a year old.  So he wants to get a baby so he can brainwash it into liking him when it is young and impressionable, haha).

I'll also be cooking a lot of food, of course!  One of my challenges for the year is going to be perfecting the lunchbox meal, so that will be interesting.  I got a bunch of lunchbox/travelware for Christmas, so I'm well on my way, I think.

Luckily, 2009 started out with some good food.  I stayed at my friend's house last night and wanted to bring a healthy breakfast, because I wanted to go straight to the gym (exercise does help a mild hangover in case anyone was wondering).  A few days ago I made the Power Hungry Granola from My Sweet Vegan.  While I was entering the information into the nutrition calculator though, I realized that I'm pretty sure I forgot the brown sugar.  It came out fine anyway, I didn't even realize it until now.  I did not add the fruit or nuts and the recipe made about 3 cups of granola.
        
Makes 12, 1/4 cup servings (calculated with brown sugar)
Nutrition Information:  121.9 Calories;  1.8g Total Fat;  0.2g Saturated Fat;  0.0mg Cholesterol;  21.3g Carbohydrates;  2.4g Fiber;  5.3g Protein.

I found it an ingenious idea to put TVP in granola.  I really like this stuff, although I'm not really a cereal person, so I've just been eating it straight.  It can be kind of hard to transport.  So I made a chunky date paste in my food processor and mixed the granola in with it.  The picture you see at the top of the post, for the Granola-Date Cups is what it looked like after I pressed it into a silicon baking cup and let it chill.  Next time, I will probably soak the dates first, I just didn't have time last night.    

You could obviously do this with any granola, but I really like this one because it has fewer calories and more protein than any commercial granola I have found.  I used 1/2 cup of granola, and 12 dates (my dates are fairly small), and made 2 cups.

One Granola-Date Cup
Nutrition Information:  250.3 Calories;  2.0g Total Fat;  0.2g Saturated Fat;  0.0mg Cholesterol;  55.5g Carbohydrates;  6.0g Fiber;  6.4g Protein 

Someone told me once that it wasn't a good idea to have a picture of my cat on a food blog.  I think that, as this is a vegan food blog, it is pretty obvious that a.) I am not going to eat my cat, and b.) She doesn't want to eat the food I am making.  So I am unsure why this advice was given (and I clearly didn't take it anyway).  Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that one of the only things she does like is TVP.  She really likes it.  So much so that she wanted to take a nibble of my granola.     
Don't worry, I am not going to start feeding my cat vegan granola, in fact, I was a mean mommy and didn't even let her taste it.  

Anyway, I had a trial run last night, and packed dinner to eat at my friend's house.  My family went for Chinese, the friends had sushi, so I just tagged along with my family and then ate at her house.  For dessert I made the Strawberry Mousse from Vegan Express.  I think I kind of messed it up because I only had frozen strawberries.  I put some agar powder in it, and it did thicken up, but it was much better today, after having awhile to set.  

Serves 6
Nutrition Information:  93.9 Calories;  0.8g Total Fat;  0.0g Saturated Fat;  0.0mg Cholesterol;  18.0g Carbohydrates;  3.1g Fiber;  4.4g Protein

I hope that everyone else had a fabulous New Year's Eve and is starting 2009 on the right foot!  

7 comments:

  1. I've been wanting to try that granola since I got the book but there's just some things I never get around to. Your version looks yummy and I love the kitty picture.

    I LOVE that mousse recipe! I've made it so many times I lost count (this was all pre-blog mind you), I have no idea why I haven't made this recently.

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  2. Wishing you and your family health, wealth, and happiness in 2009!

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  3. mm the mousse seems so good! happy 2009!

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  4. Mmmm, so many tasty treats tonight. I would have never thought to put TVP in granola - good idea! Plus, the strawberry mousse looks like a bowl of sweet pink goodness!

    I tried to talk my husband into game night with Apples to Apples, but he wouldn't give in. Still working on him. :)

    Wow, 2009 is going to be quite a year for you Gina. Can't wait to read all about it...Oh, and there is no reason not to showcase your cat!

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  5. Shelby, I'm glad to hear you like the mousse so much...I really want to try it again, because I know I didn't do it justice!

    Heather, has he ever played Apples to Apples? I have yet to meet someone who doesn't like it, its so fun!

    Happy New Year Larisa, thanks for coming by!

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  6. Happy New Year, Gina! You have a lot to look forward to this year.

    No cats on blogs? I don't get it either. I love kitty pics!

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