winner, winner, chickpea dinner!

i didn’t end up seeing the orphan last night, which was actually fine because i was super tired. but i did make a recipe from veganomicon that i’ve been wanting to make for a while! chickpea cutlets!

veganomicon's chickpea cutlets, ketchup, dijon mustard, side of hot sauce

veganomicon's chickpea cutlets, ketchup, dijon mustard, side of hot sauce

i made the baked version and they were really tasty! this is definitely going to be my go-to recipe when i want seitan but don’t have the time to make it. my only complaint is that i wish they were less chewy/gummy and more tender. other than that, they were pretty yummy! i bet they’d be good in a sandwich. i also want to try them with some gravy. last night i had them alongside a massaged kale salad.

kale, sea salt, raw corn, cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, balsamic vinegar, black pepper, italian seasoning, nutritional yeast

kale, sea salt, raw corn, cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, balsamic vinegar, black pepper, italian seasoning, nutritional yeast

if you’ve never added nooch to a massaged kale salad, do it! but only if you’re a nooch fan to begin with, like i am. it’s an ingredient that has definitely become one of my favorites since going vegan. i just love that nutty/cheesy flavor! since i got the idea from gena (choosing raw) i haven’t made a massaged kale salad without it! actually…i don’t think i’ve ever made a massaged kale salad without adding nutritional yeast, because the first time i made one was after reading about it on her blog.

aside from the chickpea cutlets, i made another recipe yesterday that i’ve been meaning to make for a while. i whipped up a batch of kristen’s raw holiday chia pudding while sipping on a cup of mayan cocoa spice tea (a current obsession of mine.)

mayan cocoa spice tea made with stevia and rice milk

mayan cocoa spice tea made with stevia and rice milk

chia pudding ready to be fridged!

chia pudding ready to be fridged!

even though it was torture not to try some, i didn’t have any yesterday. i waited all the way until this morning to give it a go!

chia pudding, oat bran (1/3 cup oat bran, about 3/4 packet of stevia, cinnamon) with blueberries

chia pudding, oat bran (1/3 cup oat bran, about 3/4 packet of stevia, cinnamon) with blueberries

the chia pudding is SO GOOD! it kind of reminds me of tapioca pudding with a healthier tasting flavor, which i love. yesterday was my very first time making anything with chia seeds! insanity, right?! i continuously doused this breakfast in cinnamon as i ate it. next time i might add more spice directly into the pudding when i make it. i followed kristen’s procedure exactly, but modified the ingredients just a tad. what went into mine:

1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 shredded, unsweetened, dried coconut
1/4 cup raw cashews (soaked a few hours, then drained and rinsed)
1 cup water
1 packet stevia
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

i was a little bit stingy with the spices, even though i love spice! but i figured that i could always add more on top when i ate it, like i did this morning. sometimes i’m in the mood for more subtle flavors and don’t want any spice at all. but with or without spice, this chia pudding is delicious! although, the constant sprinklings of cinnamon were a huge plus this morning! ;)

i have a couple more eats to share, and then i’m going to catch up on blogs, do some more organizing (for the rapidly approaching move), and most likely diddle daddle around the house for a bit before making lunch and then walking to my hair trim appointment. i like getting my hair trimmed because i love a clean cut ends. my hair is getting so long! my goal is to grow it to my elbows. it’s actually almost there! so i’m only going to get the bare minimum cut off today. i don’t have very many split ends anyway because i never straighten or even blow-dry my hair. after my hair trim appointment i think my mom and i are going to go to REI and look at bikes. i need a new one! fun stuff. okay, to those last couple of eats now!

coconut jasmine rice, homemade navy bean & sun-dried tomato dip, roasted green beans

coconut jasmine rice, homemade navy bean & sun-dried tomato dip, roasted green beans

i’m going to post the recipe for the coconut jasmine rice soon, because it came out really well. it was SO simple and SO yummy. and i’m really loving roasted green beans right now. i bought a bunch more at the co-op yesterday, so i think i’ll have more with lunch today.

white peach with cinnamon, glass of rice milk

white peach with cinnamon, glass of rice milk

so here’s the deal: i LOVE white peaches. but i like them soft and really juicy. this one felt ripe on the outside (soft skin and all), but when i sliced it up, there was no juice or softness! i tried a bite, and it tasted ripe. it had that delicious sweet flavor, yet it was crispy almost like an apple or a radish. it must have been of a variety i had never tried before…because honestly, this peach was ripe! i actually ended up really enjoying it, even though i’m super picky about peaches being soft!

so that’s all for today. i’m going out for a goodbye dinner tonight at real food daily with my mom, brother, dad, and some of his side of the family. it will be the last time i see my dad, aunt, and grandma before coming home in november! wow! so weird! of course i’m excited, because RFD is my favorite, but it’s going to be strange saying bye to them. only…it’s not goodbye, it’s just see you later! except this “see you later” will be much later than any other “see you laters” i’ve ever said to them!

have a fabulous tuesday everyone! i think i’m going to go make myself a cup of mayan cocoa spice tea before starting in on the blogs. :)

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9 Responses to “winner, winner, chickpea dinner!”

  1. VeggieGirl Says:

    Aww enjoy the dinner tonight!

  2. Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope Says:

    Wow, such great eats! Those chickpea cutlets sounds so good. And what an awesome mix for that chia pudding… all those spices must have been crazy good!

    Have a lovely dinner tonight. :)

    xxoo
    Heather

  3. Shelby Says:

    I always find the cutlets a little too tough! I wish they were tender, but they are still amazing!

    Mmm and I love nooch!

  4. veganfritz Says:

    +1 on Kristen’s raw puddin’. That stuff is so decadent.

  5. broccolihut Says:

    I tried making those cutlets once, and it didn’t turn out the way I expected. Maybe I’ll give them another go sometime.
    Your pudding looks phenom!!
    Hope you had fun at dinner tonight.

  6. Emily Says:

    Does adding nooch make the kale less bitter? I guess I just can’t fathom eating a whole salad of kale because of the taste.

    I need a haircut, too! My hair grows super fast, but it’s way too hot here to keep long.

  7. Neela Marijana Says:

    i love the chickpea cutlets, i have made them so many times before. have you tried playing around with the amount of vital wheat gluten you use? sometimes that can make it chewy.
    have a fab evening with you family.
    xxx

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  9. Kristen's Raw Says:

    Everything looks so awesome… and I’m stoked that you loved the chia pudding!!!! YAY!!!!! Thanks for telling the world. :)

    Cheers to Chia,
    Kristen

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