Cookie Monster

Argh, these pregnancy hormones are making my nearly non-existent sweet tooth ache like never before! Every dessert, brownie, cookie and cake is just begging to be put in my mouth. I’ve been trying to keep it at bay, but need to indulge on occasion. I guess I take back what I said about not having cravings. I want sweet!

Baking some peanut butter oatmeal chocolate raspberry cookies.

I dreamt it:

And made it happen:

Oh so delicious…

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April 20, 2011 at 11:05 am Leave a comment

Posole

Mmm…if there’s any particular food I love slightly more than the others, it’s Mexican. Unfortunately, eating out at Mexican restaurants is tough, as most traditional establishments use lard in their beans. So I make a lot of Mexican food at home. My boyfriend says he can’t eat burritos as often as I want to make them, but I can’t help it. They’re just so damn delicious.

Anyway, this isn’t about burritos, it’s about posole. Posole comes from Mexico, and from what I can gather from a Google search, was invented by the Aztecs. Since it’s kind of hard to find some of the chiles in a traditional posole at the grocery store, I took the lazy route and bought one of those packets of spices. Into the crock pot goes a big can of hominy, pinto beans, diced tomatoes, green chiles, a large onion, 4 cloves of minced garlic, and the spices. It’s starting to simmer as we speak, and already smells amazing.

The best way to serve it is topped with a dollop of Follow Your Heart vegan sour cream, and a flour tortilla (props to you if you make them homemade). I prefer Follow Your Heart over Tofutti because they use non-GMO soybeans, and I can’t find that info anywhere on Tofutti’s website or labels. I’m struggling with buying anything that lists palm oil as one of its ingredients though, as the cultivation of it is destroying orangutan habitat. So this time I’m going without sour cream. Oh the dilemmas of an environmentalist!

April 19, 2011 at 4:47 pm Leave a comment

Shalom!

Hey all, it’s Passover, and as a step-Jew I attended the Pesach seder last night. If you aren’t aware of what people eat for Passover besides unleavened bread, let me just tell you that basically none of it is vegan. It’s kind of like attending Thanksgiving dinner or any other holiday with the relatives. You watch while everyone eats everything and you eat some bread and cranberry jelly, or in the case of Passover, matzo and horseradish. Well this year I decided to take one of my favorite dishes, kugel, and veganize it. It wasn’t hard since I had my trusty ol’ Veganomicon cookbook. There is an amazing spinach and noodle kugel recipe in it. I promise to branch out from this particular cookbook in future posts, but this truly is a cookbook that will keep you busy in the kitchen for a long time.

Anyway, here’s the final result. It was a real non-vegan Jew crowd-pleaser. I didn’t bother to tell my step dad that it contains tofu, as he usually forms a negative opinion about tofu dishes before he even tries them.

I know it looks kinda weird- kugel isn’t the most photogenic food in the world (poor kugel, I know). But it’s pretty damn tasty.

April 19, 2011 at 4:45 pm Leave a comment

Vegan Lasagna

As promised, here is the final result:

April 11, 2011 at 6:13 pm Leave a comment

Omni cravings

So, a lot of people have been asking me a lot of weird questions.

“What if you poop when you’re giving birth?!”

“You’re so petite, aren’t you afraid you’ll have to have a C-section?”

“Is it vegan to breast feed your baby?”

My answers:

“What if I do?”

“I might be small, but my child-bearing hips were made for this.”

“If you’re going to get technical, then I guess it’s not. But it’s cheap, healthy, and no animals will be harmed during the process (except me when my nipples are chafing), so I’m going to go ahead and breast feed thank you very much.”

One question that I get tired of, but I think is perfectly normal to ask, is, “Do you have any cravings for meat and cheese?”

I thought I’d write about this after reading an article announcing that Natalie Portman recently gave up her vegan lifestyle during pregnancy because her body wanted cheese and sweets. Apparently there is no way for a rich vegan mega-celeb to obtain vegan pastries in LA. Anyway…I thought I’d give it a go and talk about cravings.

My answer to this question isn’t a simple yes or no. Truth be told, I haven’t had any true cravings for any foods. Actually, I never have had a craving in my whole life. I consider a craving to be an urgent need to put said food in my mouth, immediately if not sooner or I will hurt someone. I can’t remember any instances of this urge, even when I had PMS. Maybe that’s because I never let a hankering grow to epic proportions before satisfying it. Is a hankering the same thing as a craving? Whatever, semantics.

All that said, I have to admit, the thought of a Denver omelet sounded pretty damn good yesterday at my mom’s birthday brunch. I can’t really explain if it was that I wanted (or if my body needed) eggs, cheese, and ham, or if it was just the idea of those flavors in my mouth that was appealing. Sometimes I’ll think of something like spaghetti and meatballs and it just sounds delicious. But when it comes down to it, I don’t honestly think I could put a meatball in my mouth. I don’t actually want to eat it, I just want to daydream about it a little. I blame the fact that I used to eat these foods, and so I know they taste good. And since I want to eat pretty much everything in sight, those foods get caught up in the mix. So there’s my complicated answer to a simple question.

Last week at our big vegan community dinner, we served lasagna. I made mine with tofu ricotta, spinach and mushrooms. I took the recipe for the tofu ricotta out of Skinny Bitch in the Kitch, and took the lasagna recipe from Veganomicon. I only got to have a teeny tiny serving of it once we were through our line of 150 attendees. So I’m making it again, for just me, M and baby. Photos to come.

April 11, 2011 at 3:48 pm Leave a comment

Food, glorious food!

Oh man, it is so good to be back among the normal people again, eating!!

At nearly 16 weeks, I still feel nauseated in the morning, and am still keeping those crackers near the bed for a little munch just before getting up. But I feel like a different person from just a couple weeks ago.

Last night I made a cauliflower and mushroom potpie, one of my favorites from Veganomicon. So yummy- it has tons of veggies and spices, and is low in salt. I highly recommend this book to anyone vegan, veg or otherwise looking to eat healthy, delicious, comforting meals (and desserts!).

Today I am going to make spring rolls and peanut sauce. I make mine with tofu (browned in the skillet in a little olive oil), romaine, cucumbers, carrots, scallions, avocado and rice stick noodles. My peanut sauce changes each time, but has these basic ingredients:

  • crunchy peanut butter
  • tamari
  • toasted sesame oil
  • German mustard
  • ginger (I use the powder)
  • rice wine vinegar
  • red chili paste or flakes
  • warm water
  • agave nectar
  • hoison sauce

Here is a very similar recipe from Whole Foods.

The end result? Noms.

March 21, 2011 at 9:31 pm Leave a comment

Apparently my posts haven’t been publishing to the web from my Android app. Because I’m dumb.

Anyway, it has been a while since I posted anything here. Why? Well, mostly because I spent about 7 weeks sick as a dog. Morning sickness is a bitch. I could barely get off the couch to nibble on some dried mango, let alone find the motivation to blog about the joys of pregnancy. And it wasn’t just in the morning, it was all day, and all night usually. I had to eat frequently through the night in order to keep from getting ill.

The strange thing is, I didn’t actually throw up often. I read horror stories about women who end up in the ER because of extreme morning sickness and dehydration (hyperemesis). Luckily I didn’t have it that bad (even though I cried in frustration several times). I threw up about a handful of times, and had dry heaves another handful. Mostly I just gagged a lot. Going into the kitchen was hard because the sight of food made me gag. Also, I haven’t actually cooked anything besides pasta and toast since around 6 weeks when the m/s began. One night I woke up around midnight to go pee, and M was sauteing onions. I nearly threw him off the balcony because the smell was so repulsive.

So what did I eat through these weeks of torture? Fruits and veggies mostly. It was the only thing that sounded good. Bananas, carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, dried mango, avocado, lots and lots of oranges, pickles (duh, every pregnant woman craves pickles! haha)…I also liked frozen waffles before bed, and would nibble on those throughout the night. PB & vegan butter half-sandwiches made several appearances, mostly because I knew I needed carbs and protein. Amy’s burritos also got me through a week or so. Oh and cereal for breakfast (and lunch and dinner sometimes). I wanted to make sure I ate since an empty stomach made me feel worse. At my 9 week doctor visit I discovered I had lost about 5 pounds, and was determined not to lose anymore.

I continued to take my prenatal vitamin and added a veg-based DHA supplement as well and a sublingual B12 supplement. At my last visit (12 weeks), I found that my prenatal blood panel came up normal, which made me feel better about hardly eating anything for weeks. My doctor assured me that the first trimester is all about survival. You eat what you can, you don’t feel bad about not exercising, and you try not to kill your boyfriend when he cooks food that repulses you to the point of running to the toilet to gag for 5 minutes.

So now, at 14 weeks, I am finally branching out and eating the things I used to love: pasta with marinara, Qdoba, salads with woodstock dressing, spring rolls with peanut sauce. Noms! And tonight I am going to cook something for the first time in ages. I just hope I can handle the smell of the onion I need to use in my crock pot chili.

Here’s to the second trimester!

March 14, 2011 at 12:03 am Leave a comment

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