Monday, March 23, 2009

apple muffins

i'm naming these muffins "Apple Dumplin" after Strawberry Shortcake's little sister. i'll get an added giggle from the girls tomorrow morning when i give it to them for breakfast. found this one online too. made a few revisions of my own. well, i sprinkled some raw sugar on top.













Ingredients:
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup heaping brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
2 cups vanilla soy milk
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 apple shredded
raw sugar (optional)

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
  4. Add wet to dry and mix.
  5. Mix in shredded apples.
  6. Pour into muffin tins.
  7. Sprinkle raw sugar on top.
  8. Bake at 400 F for 20 minutes.
i use Pam for Baking with Flour to spray the muffin pan... no butter, no milk.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

banana muffins

we've just discovered the new world of vegan baking. we're not vegan, but the same dairy-free rules apply when it comes to baking. no eggs, no milk, no butter. hard to believe that its taken me 8 years to discover this. we've been on a vegan baking marathon every weekend. i've taken vegan cake and bread recipes and made them into muffins. my girls love anything in cupcake format.
here's a banana recipe i found online. i wanted to add chocolate chips, so i got some that didn't have any milk. but when i had the girls try the chips alone, they said it made them itchy. so i'm confused, don't know why. the ingredients listed are: semisweet chocolate (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter), soya lecithin and real vanilla. is it the cocoa butter???? not sure. so i made a big batch without the chocolate chips, and a few with for myself. :)

Ingredients:
  • 1 3/4 cups white flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 3 small or 2 large bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup vanilla soymilk
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • organic or 'real' semisweet chocolate chips (optional)

Prepare to Bake:

Lightly spray a bread pan with cooking spray, or line a muffin pan instead. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Make the Banana Bread:

  1. Mix the flour, white sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and spices in a large bowl.
  2. Mash the bananas with a fork.
  3. Mix the mashed bananas, soymilk, canola oil, and vanilla together in a large measuring cup or small bowl.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir. (optional: fold in chocolate chips)
  5. Pour the batter into a bread pan or muffin pan.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45-50 minutes for banana bread (about 15 minutes for muffins), or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
update: the bread stuck to the paper liners. i'll have to grease the muffin pan next time.


Saturday, March 21, 2009

garlic & olive pasta



16 oz pack of spaghetti
3.8 oz can of sliced olives
1 whole garlic
2-3 bay leaf
1 tsp capers
olive oil
salt & pepper

this is too easy.... pour about half a cup of olive oil in a pot. mince the entire garlic and mix with olive oil. throw in bay leaves & capers. sprinkle in salt & pepper. place pot over super low heat.

boil the pasta.

once pasta is cooked, heat olive oil mixture to medium and mix. right before the garlic browns, add the can of sliced olives including the juice. toss in pasta.

simple flavor. perfect for the young pallet.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

dear TJ soy nut butter,

so sad to see your shelf time cut short.

since trader joe's abruptly stopped carrying you on their shelves, life is not the same. i wish we had a warning of some sort saying your time was up. i would have traveled to all the trader joe's to buy out the shelves. but instead, this is all we have left of you. an empty plastic memorabilia of our family's all time favorite creamy soynut butter is all we have left... a reminder of what could have been. i cant even bring myself to recycle you. you sit in our fridge, empty.

malaya loved you so much she would help herself to the fridge to eat a glob of you on a spoon. she ate soy nut butter on a slice of toasted bread every morning and then again in a soy nut butter sandwich for lunch at school. she even told her kindergarten class about you on her star-student sharing day. so so very sad to see you go.

after having the TJ customer service desk unsuccessfully call around for any remaining bottles, i headed to whole foods for an alternative. there i found a different brand, 365 organic unsweetened creamy soynut butter, but it doesn't compare. i can still cook kare-kare with it and its fine. but malaya wont eat it plain on a spoon and doesn't finish her sandwiches at school anymore. sucks.

no comparison....
in search for another brand that she'll like.....

until we meet again.