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Roasted Potatoes, Asparagus and Onions with Rosemary

April 22, 2013

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Well friends, Joe and I officially made it through an entire week of our yoga cleanse! I know I created an entire blog for the sole purpose of not talking at length about the cleanse on Espresso and Cream, but that’s becoming more difficult than I had expected. Since our new way of eating (no gluten, animal products, processed sugar, alcohol or caffeine) is permeating everything we do and all the food I make, the recipes that I share on Espresso and Cream over the next two weeks will most likely reflect the meals that Joe and I have been enjoying on the cleanse.

At this point, I can’t imagine baking up treats that we can’t enjoy. I’m afraid the temptation would be a little too much to handle at this point. Although I don’t miss gluten or animal products much at all, I would kill for a piece of dark chocolate right about now. And maybe a cup of coffee, too!

This roasted potato and asparagus dish Joe and I ate for dinner last week was one of my favorite meals of the week! Probably because it was incredibly easy, but also because it was filling and satisfying, too. In order to make it a little more balanced, I added in some cubed seasoned and marinated tofu before serving. And although Joe is still not a huge fan of tofu, he still ate it when it was mixed with all these other flavorful roasted veggies.

My mom has been in town this weekend and we haven’t stopped going all weekend! I think that may be why it’s 8 pm and I’m already about to crash and head to bed. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are ready for a great week to come!

Roasted Potatoes, Asparagus and Onion with Rosemary 
Makes 2 to 3 servings
Ingredients
2 pounds Trader Joe’s Teeny Tiny Potatoes (you could also use fingerling potatoes)
1 bunch asparagus spears, ends trimmed
1/2 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons dried rosemary
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions
Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise; cut asparagus into bite-sized pieces.  Place potatoes, asparagus and onion in a large roasting pan. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with the rosemary, salt and pepper. Toss to coat evenly.

Roast for 15 to 25 minutes or until potatoes and onions are golden brown and asparagus are tender. Serve immediately. (Also: highly recommended to serve this dish with a little salsa on the side.)

Happy Cooking!
Madison

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Sweet Vegan Cashew Cream

April 18, 2013

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Since I can’t enjoy my nightly dark chocolate fix while we are doing our yoga cleanse, I have been looking for creative ways to satisfy my sweet tooth after dinner. Not an easy task considering that the “sweets” can’t contain any sweetener other than agave or stevia and they also can’t contain dairy, gluten or eggs. Basically, my options are seriously limited.

I’ve seen recipes for cashew cream, both sweet and savory, on blogs and websites quite a bit, but I had yet to make any myself until this week. I think I’m going to have to restrain myself from making another batch because I had no control with this stuff. It’s crazy good. Something about the nutty taste of the cashews whirled into a creamy pudding-like dessert satisfied my sweet tooth perfectly.

Fair warning: this is not a low calorie dessert. Although the ingredients are wholesome, the cashews are also pretty calorie dense. Hence, I’m not going to allow myself to make another batch for at least a week since the first batch lasted me about six days. Yikes!

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Sweet Vegan Cashew Cream
Makes 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients
*3 cups unsalted cashews
*2 cups water
*1/4 cup agave
*1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
*Additional stevia to taste

Directions
*Place cashews in a bowl and completely submerge in water. Soak for 3 hours to soften cashews completely.
*Drain cashews. Combine cashews, 2 cups water, agave, cinnamon and stevia to taste in a blender and blend until smooth. If you do not have a high-powered blender (personally, I don’t) I suggest that you run the mixture through a food processor first to get it as smooth as you can and then run through a blender to make it truly creamy and delicious.
*Refrigerate until completely chilled. Serve with fruit, nuts or other desired topping.

Happy Cooking!
Madison

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Cooking with Farro: Breakfast Edition

February 4, 2013

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Good morning, friends, and happy Monday. I’m entering the home stretch of my break between jobs. This week is my final week at home before I start the new gig next week. And while I was pretty nervous about being bored or restless during my time off, I have been loving my down time, staying busy with errands, blogging and things that needed to be done prior to our house closing this Friday.

One of the biggest perks about my mini stay-cation has been the fact that I’ve had more time to play around in the kitchen and make breakfasts that take more than five minutes to prepare. Last week while I was browsing Trader Joe’s I noticed they had three different small bags with quick-cooking grains: farro, barley and bulgur. The packaging was so darn cute I couldn’t resist picking up a couple bags.

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I’ve only had farro a couple times and both of the times that I had farro it was prepared in a savory manner From what I remembered about the grain, I thought it would make a fantastic substitute for oatmeal when making a bowl of hot breakfast cereal.

For those who haven’t made or eaten farro before, it’s a fantastically versatile grain with a chewy, hearty texture that falls somewhere between brown rice and pasta. It’s more calorie dense than rolled oats, clocking in at around 290 calories per 1/2 cup dry farro, but I find that it keeps me incredibly full, especially when topped with peanut butter and bananas. As a vegetarian, I was also pleased to see that a serving of farro contains 10 grams of protein. Pretty great, huh?

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These days I rarely drink cow’s milk, choosing substitutes like almond milk and soy milk instead. So I decided to make this recipe vegan, simmering the farro in unsweetened almond milk instead of cow’s milk or water. Doing so gives the farro a creamy texture with only 30 extra calories per serving. However, if you are going to use milk or almond milk in place of water, keep an eye on the farro while it is cooking. The almond milk I used had a tendency to bubble over if I didn’t give it a stir every now and again. A small price to pay for an incredibly tasty breakfast.

Vegan Breakfast Farro
Makes 1 Serving
Ingredients
*1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
*1/2 cup Trader Joe’s 10 Minute Farro
*Pinch of salt
*1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
*1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
*2 packets stevia no-calorie sweetener (sch as Truvia) or 1 Tablespoon brown sugar

Instructions
*In a small saucepan with a lid, bring almond milk to a boil. Add farro to the almond milk and reduce heat to low so mixture is at a simmer. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Be careful to keep an eye on the mixture because the almond milk tends to bubble over.
*Once farro is cooked, remove from heat and stir in the salt, vanilla, ground cinnamon and stevia or brown sugar. Transfer to a bowl and serve with desired toppings, such as chopped nuts, nut butter and/or bananas.

Happy Cooking!
Madison

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cupcakes with Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

March 19, 2012

Happy Sunday, friends! How have your weekends gone thus far? Besides watching my March Madness bracket get torn to shreds, our weekend has been pretty relaxing and blissful.

I’m gearing up for a pretty crazy week, which I’ll fill you in about later. So before things get busy, let’s finish the weekend up with cupcakes, shall we? Most of the time I avoid doing any serious baking unless I know that I’ll have a place to bring the baked goods I make. I mean, do two people really need an entire cake sitting around, begging to be eaten? I would argue no.

Thankfully Christina over at Dessert For Two has those of us baking for two covered. Christina has made a wonderful blog based on scaled-back desserts that taste just as delicious as their larger counterparts, so when a craving for cupcakes hit a while back, I knew where to go. Of course, I couldn’t help but tweak the recipe to make it a little healthier – swapping out whole wheat flour for all-purpose and cutting back a bit on the sugar. Since I made the ‘cream cheese’ frosting vegan, I also included an option to make the cupcakes vegan as well. Though in my version (pictured above) real eggs were used.

And while I know that pumpkin desserts don’t exactly go hand in hand with the month of March, I’m guessing a few of you out there have some leftover canned pumpkin that could stand to be used before summer hits. Not that I’m saying you need a reason to eat canned pumpkin. Personally, I could eat it all year round.

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cupcakes
Adapted slightly from Dessert for Two
*7 tablespoons whole wheat flour
*1/2 teaspoon baking powder
*1/8 teaspoon baking soda
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
*1/4 teaspoon ginger
*1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
*1 large egg (make this recipe vegan by substituting a flax egg: 1 Tbsp. ground flax and 3 Tbsp. water mixed together)
*1/2 cup pumpkin puree
*2 tablespoons brown sugar
*2 packets stevia
*3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Instructions
*Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin tin with four paper liners. Spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
*In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
*In a second bowl, combined the egg, brown sugar, stevia and oil. Stir to combine.
*Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tins. Bake for 24 to 26 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost completely clean (small crumbs are okay). Cool completely. Frost with Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting. Makes 4 servings

Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting
*2 tablespoons vegan cream cheese (I use Trader Joe’s Non-Dairy Spread)
*1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
*2/3 to 3/4 cup powdered sugar

*In a small bowl, combine all the above ingredients. Stir until well combined and smooth. Add additional powdered sugar if necessary to reach desired consistency (if you aren’t using vegan cream cheese, you may need to add a splash or two of milk). Spread atop cupcakes.

Happy Baking!
Madison

Vegan Strawberry Streusel Bread

June 10, 2011

If I’m completely honest with myself, the reason I’ve avoided vegan baking is because it seems scary and unknown.

Butter and eggs I understand. I know that when you add them to recipes they produce soft, rich, fluffy baked goods that make people oooh and ahhh.

Vegan baking, on the other hand, is another world full of words like flax eggs, vegan margarine and the likes.

So to help you all, and myself, out I stopped by Mama Pea’s site, which is full of amazingly approachable vegan recipes, and picked out the easiest baking recipe I could find. Of course, the Apple Spice Coffee Cake seemed a little too much like fall for this time of year, so I switched things up and subbed in chopped fresh strawberries for the apples. Has anyone else noticed how amazingly delicious strawberries are right now?

If you’ve never ventured into vegan baking, this is a great place to start. And even if you are a vegan baking expert, this streusel bread is worth making. Serve with coffee, at a brunch, or as a mildly-sweet dessert. The choice is up to you.

Have a happy weekend, all!

Vegan Strawberry Streusel Bread
Adapted from Mama Pea’s Apple Spice Coffee Cake 

Ingredients
*1/2 cup non dairy milk
*3/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
*1/4 cup canola oil
*1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
*1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*1/2 cup brown sugar
*1 cup whole wheat flour
*1 cup all-purpose flour
*1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
*1/2 teaspoon baking soda
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*1 cup chopped fresh strawberries

For the topping:
*3 tablespoons brown sugar
*1 tablespoon sugar
*2 tablespoons flour
*2 1/2 tablespoons vegan margarine
*1/4 cup old fashioned oats
*2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Instructions:
*Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan or line with parchment paper. (I prefer to grease and line just the bottom with parchment.)
*In a small mixing bowl, combine the non-dairy milk, apple sauce, oil, cinnamon, vanilla and brown sugar. Stir until well combined.
*In a large bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir to combine. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined.
*Gently stir in chopped strawberries. Transfer batter to loaf pan.
*In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the topping and combine with fingers until mixture is well combined and crumbly. Spread mixture atop batter in loaf pan.
*Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve with vegan margarine or strawberry preserves.

Happy Baking!

Madison

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