Friday, March 11, 2011

Catch Up!

It seems that I am always saying it is time to catch up.  Every week I look back through the photographs and realize I have left out some pretty tasty meals.  In this week's birthday business, I left out this delicious loaf recipe.  In fact, we made this more than a week ago and I'm just now getting it out to you.
Better late than never, right?  This loaf was so amazing you definitely have to try it.  Unfortunately I didn't take the time to get really great photos, and most of mine turned out blurry.  So while photos aren't doing it any justice, I encourage you to run out and make this tonight.  Or you know, at least sometime this weekend! 

Two weekends ago, Mr. Kummerow's mom stopped by for a visit and brought along this recipe she snipped from Woman's Day Magazine.  Of course it was far from vegan but she thought the recipe had good bones and that we could recreate it.  Well, she was right.  While it boasted a vegetarian base, lentils, it was also packed full of eggs and cheese.  That had to go!  What resulted was a flavorful loaf that actually held together and was packed full of protein and good-for-you ingredients. 

Lentil, Roasted Pepper and Arugula Vegetable Loaf

2 flax eggs (2 tbsp flax meal mixed with 6 tbsp water)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup cooked lentils
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
2 cups arugula, chopped
1 jar roasted red pepper, diced
3/4 cup packaged falafel mix

In small bowl, whisk together your flax eggs and set aside for 5 minutes

In large bowl, whisk together oil and 2 tbsp water.  Add the lentils, red onion, arugula, and roasted red peppers and mix to combine.  Fold in the falafel mix and the flax eggs and mix until well combined.  Transfer mixture to a greased loaf pan and bake in a 375* oven for 35 minutes.  Let the loaf rest for 5 minutes before serving. 
I think this is the first vegan loaf we have made that held together so well.  It was delicious and of course I smeared mine with ketchup, but the flavor was so great you could eat it plain. 

It produced tons of leftovers which is always welcome in my fridge, especially considering how busy we have been all week!  I have not cooked a meal at home since this one!  Insane.  Fortunately we have had these leftovers to create fun lunches and dinners with:
Here I reheated a slice of the loaf and crumbled it on top of a bed of arugula and hummus and wrapped it up.
Served with a side of fruit.
Wraps can transform any leftovers into a new, delicious dish!

Other meals this week have been:
Sweet Potato topped with quinoa and sunflower seed butter.  Don't knock it until you've tried it!
A big 'ole salad!  In this mix: chard, romaine, a whole carrot shredded, broccoli, and the rest of the quinoa.  I also ate a sweet potato on the side.
Then there is this masterpiece.  It may not look like a lot but it was pretty much my favorite breakfast ever.  So good I had it 2 days in a row, which rarely ever happens!  The key here is whipping the banana into the hot oats (I also used quinoa in this bowl) to make a light and fluffy base.  Then I sprinkled some chia seeds on top and that little white topping is the remaining coconut butter that had not melted yet.  And that was the star ingredient!

So several months ago I bought coconut oil because it was on sale and not at all organic or extra virgin.  I just wanted to try this coconut oil craze.  We went through the whole jar and don't get me wrong, it was good, but I just didn't understand the hype.  When we finally ran out I decided I would break down and buy the good stuff.  You know, the $12 peanut butter sized jar!  I wasn't really sure why I was doing it.  I'm pretty sure I just promised Mr. Kummerow I would try not to spend so much money on "exotic" grocery items.  But it was my birthday, and I couldn't resist. 

Now I understand why.  It was like I was drawn to this jar by some invisible force.  I bought it two days ago and it has literally been incorporated into every dish since.  I.LOVE.THIS.STUFF.  Seriously, so good!  For dessert last night, I topped my chocolate soft serve with some coconut oil melted.  When it hits the cold ice cream it immediately hardens and forms a shell. 
With a sliced banana on the side, this dessert was to die for!  I don't want to encourage anyone to run right out and buy this stuff if you are having troubles meeting your budget as it is.  However, I would quickly trade in a night out for a jar of this coconut oil.  I'm loving it! 

Well that's all the photos I have for you in this game of catch up.  Off to yoga! 

1 comment:

  1. That loaf looks fantastic!!! What an awesome recipe, and great idea for leftovers.

    I really must get on the coconut oil train... I've been seeing it all over the blogs!