Category Archives: Sweets

Cookie Dough Madness and Recovery Soup

(First of all, there will be no pictures, perhaps for a while, because the camera battery is dead and the hubby has lost the recharger.)

Ok, so it’s not a great idea to bake cookies right before preparing supper, but that is what I did. It wouldn’t have been such a problem if the dough wasn’t the best, most soft, “doughlicious” dough ever! But it was, and I ate quite a bit of it. So now I feel that “ickyness” in my belly that comes with such behavior.

As I write this, I’m drinking mint green tea to aid digestion, while my “cure-all” soup is simmering on the stove. I’ll be having a fresh green salad on the side with nothing more than a little lemon juice for dressing. I think that should make for a nice balance to my earlier indulgence!

Here is the recipe for the soup–it’s one of my favorites. It makes your kitchen smell great too.

Simple Golden Broth – Serves 6
(From The Peaceful Palate by Jennifer Raymond; vegan cookbook)

1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup yellow split peas
½ tsp turmeric
4 cups water or vegetable stock (I use stock, and therefore, less added salt)
½ – 1 tsp salt

Place the onion, garlic, split peas, turmeric, and water or stock into a pot. Bring to simmer, then cover and cook until peas are tender, about 50 minutes.

Puree in a blender until smooth. You can strain it for a thinner broth, but I never do that. Add salt to taste.

Per serving: 53 calories; 3g protein, 10g carbohydrate 0g fat, 0g cholesterol. 

(I definitely eat more than 1 serving of this soup! Probably 2 or 3)

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For the Love of Chickpeas

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Every since I saw this recipe at Kalyn’s Kitchen, I’ve been eager to make to it. At first I put it off because I couldn’t find any cilantro. Tonight I could wait no longer and made it anyway, substituting dried parsley. I also used regular chili powder. It was delicious, but how could it not be, it contains two of my favorites–ground beef and chickpeas. I’ll definitely make this again, especially if I get my hands on some cilantro.

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For a snack today, I had one kiwi and 2 Chocolate Date Nut Balls–I like these, but the hubby doesn’t (I think it’s because he knows there are dates in them).

Chocolate Date Nut Balls
(you can find many versions of this online, this is mine)

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1 ½ cups walnuts or pecans (or a mixture)
Pinch of salt
12-14 pitted, chopped honey dates
1/3 unsweetened cocoa powder
½ tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp maple syrup
¼ cup chocolate chips

Chop ¼ cup of the nuts and set aside. Process the rest of the nuts and salt in a food processor (with the S blade) until finely ground. Add the dates and process until the mixture sticks together. Add cocoa powder, vanilla, and maple syrup and process until evenly mixed.

Put the mixture in a bowl with reserved chopped nuts and chocolate chips. Mix with hands. Form into 1 inch balls (they are crumbly, so don’t be picky with making them perfect), and store in container in the refrigerator or freezer.

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