Monday, January 19, 2009

Oh the weather outside is frightful

But my dear its so delightful!!!!
Usually I cant stand snow...because I am always in Manhattan. Snow in the city kind of sucks. It gets dirty, makes it difficult to walk around and makes the subways cold wet and sometimes late. Being home on LI is amazing. The snow is untouched and covering the trees... just how I like it :)

So lately I have been extremely excited about getting into my kitchen. I feel so at home there and I love opening my fridge to fresh veggies, fruits, grai
ns, and delish vegan goodies!

Thursday night I made my favorite Black Bean Burgers
I topped this amazing burger with Rice cheese, avocado, lots of pickles lettu
ce vegenaise and ketsup  and paired it with some sweet potato fries (bakes of course) sprinkled with season salt, paprika, salt and peper!


On Friday, I decided to be adventurous and delve into one of Susan's from (Fat Free Vegan Kitchen) New Recipes. I decided to make Black bean and Pumpkin Casserole.

At first I didn't like it... I used butternut squash and it was still hard in the middle after cooking it for the alloted time. My mom told me that it tasted better the second day after reheating it and making the squash completely soft and the ingredients blending together

Im sure Susan's was better than mine, but hey you cant like everything you make!

On Saturday, Anthony was going to play Basketball at CW Post (college) with the guys and informed me that there was a beautiful pool there available to the public. I LOVE swimming so I went with him and swam while he played. I got an hour of constant swimming in. If you are someone who cant always 
be on the treadmill due to bad knees or hips (ME ME ME ME) Swimming twice a week is a good alternative to your work out routine. Consider it :)

When we got back he made me dinner! He made Ratatouille  for me (and him) and he got some meat and steamed muscles for him (and my dad)
It turned out beautiful and totally yummy.. i never make Ratatouille... I forgot how much I like it. Actually now that I think of it, perhaps I should make it again and then sit down to watch the movie!!!-------->Heres a pic of the boy cooking :)

Well this morning I woke up and wasnt hungry but was in the mood to make some more Syn-less Bars!  I made more Elphie (pistachio) Carob Bliss (chocolate) and then I decided to create two new fantastic flavors!!!

Bananas in Pajamas!
1/4 cup Mejool dates (Chopped)
1/4 cup Raisins (Chopped)
1/3 cup coconut
1/4 cup dried bananas (Chopped)
pinch of cinnamon

(Follow the same directions on the Syn-less link!!)

Jimmy Buffets Paradise Blast
(he he he I like this name)
1/4 cup dried mango (Chopped)
1/3 cup gojii berries (Chopped)
3 mejool dated (you guessed it.. chopped)
1/3 cup dried bananas (chopped)
1/3 cup coconut
(if there is too much dry mixture add some chopped dried cranberries or raisins.. it will add more "glue" for the ingredients to mix together)

these are totally delish.. I cant wait to create more madness!!

(After I made these I was hungry! so I decided to have a naval orange and a part of the pistachio bar)

Ok so thats all fun and well.. now to talk about something that is directly effecting my life and career (other than food!)

The performing arts industry is hurting. 15 shows are scheduled to close on Broadway in the next 6 weeks. That is a massive amount of people out of work and money lost. The arts are so important. They expose people to a different type of entertainment. I love the movies and certain television, but I truly feel like there is nothing like live theatre. It provides so many jobs as well. Not only is the great white way (broadway) hurting, but hundreds of regional theatres are in the pit as well. If you cant get to NYC to see a show, try and support the arts by going to a local theatre. Although they arent in New York, many are still professional caliber. They higher performers with amazing credits (even I worked at a regional theatre this summer!) So if you can, buy a ticket to a show.. you might even find that it inspires you in a way you didnt know was possible.

well I am going to get ready to head into Manhattan to take a dance class with my favorite favorite dance teacher! IM PUMPED!!!



ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

I LOVE your new blog headline!!!

Haha I also love the title "bananas in pajamas." I am totally singing the song right now. Gosh, I'm such a dork...

VeggieGirl said...

Bean burgers?? Sweet potatoes?? Bananas in Pajamas snack?? GENIUS!!! Please come cook for me :-D

Lauren said...

Love your meals.. those sweet potato fries look so crispy and delish! I love lots of pickles!!
Ratatouille is one of my favorite movies!
Have fun dancing!! :)

Lovliebutterfly said...

I love ratatouille so much! The movie and the dish! I'm gonna have to make one of those date bars soon. They look so yummy!

Anonymous said...

I hate winter because I hate being cold but it SURE it sure is a pretty season... I love it when I'm in the warm comforts of my own home.

Love the new syn-less bar creations! YUM. Bananas in Pyjamas! I totally used to watch that show all the time. Best show ever. :)

That's sad to hear about the show cancellations. I remember seeing a Broadway show (Beauty and the Beast) when I was really young and it was amaaaazing. I haven't seen a stage performance in quite a while. I really should check one out one of these days!

Anonymous said...

that black bean burger plate looks unbelieveably delish! i am baking a sweet potato that exact way tomorrow and now i'm super-excited for it!

Anonymous said...

The snowy picture is beautiful! I love the snow, but we never get much more than a light dusting here >:o(
The food looks lovely, and how nice of Anthony to cook Ratatouille for you! I wish The Veggiesaurus could cook!
I hope you enjoyed your dance class >:o)

Bianca said...

Mmmmm, those bars look phenomenal! And I'm planning on making sweet potato fries for dinner tonight, and I think I'll them like that. I have a new slicer that I'm dying to try out!

I totally feel ya on the support live theatre thing! Nothing makes me happier than a campy, over-the-top Broadway show. I saw a traveling Broadway show, the Drowsy Chaperone, at our local theatre last week. It was sooo funny! And nice to laugh for awhile.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

I know two people who just graduated as dance majors! Your friend's name doesn't happen to be Christian or Lydia, by any chance, does it?

River said...

Bananas in Pajamas - I love it! You come up with the best recipe titles!

Hopefully change is coming so the economy will get better and people will be able to go to the theater more!

Vegetation said...

Argh! I thought you hadn't been updating, which is why no comments in ages (something keeps going wrong with my google reader, I think I have too many blog addictions :P)

Mmmm I love all your yummies! They're making me HUNGRY!

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