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
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.
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!