Remember how I said it doesn’t feel like summer yet to me? Well, all that doesn’t apply anymore. Reason why?
True Blood. It’s back! I don’t care how dumb this is, but watching the premier of that show has kicked off my summer for the past 5-ish years. (Jeez, that long?! Man, now I feel old.) Any other truebies out there?
Moving on. I’m moving again in a couple of weeks (this is the longest I’ve been in one place in the past 4 years…not anymore!), so I have tons of random ingredients to use up. I tend to get super creative when I have things that need to be used up. I find it a fun challenge!
So I’ve been cooking things! Want me to prove it?
Homemade vegan super-burgers (black beans, quinoa, mushrooms). They were delicious, but a bit mushy. Thought they held together surprisingly well. I want to try to see if I can get a better consistency.
Must always have sauce. Mustard & BBQ here.
I used the delicious Fig Food beans – from a pouch! (Shameless plug – the company founder is family. But they make a really great product!)
THESE COOKIES (click for recipe). I had a whole bunch of almond flour to use up, so I decided to finally take the plunge and make these guys. I’ve seen various bloggers write and rave about them, and they do indeed live up to the hype.
I used coconut oil instead of butter because I don’t keep butter on hand, and they still came out amazing (though I can imagine they taste slightly different. but I happen to like the taste of coconut oil). And used extra dark chips, because I can. I’ve given some to friends and family and they’re definitely a hit!
Plantain flatbread (click for recipe)! Only two ingredients! These twin kitchen-geniuses have done it again. The consistency of this bread is ridiculous, and the taste is very neutral – so versatile. I ate half for dinner with indian chickpea curry (yup. judge all you want :-P)
and the other half made a hummus-cucumber-avocado sandwich. YUM.
Oh, and this too…
toasted coconut butter. yes I did.
It took all the self I had not to eat like 100 spoonfuls of this. I kept it to two 😉
What have you been cooking/creating lately?
Do you get more creative in the kitchen when you have ingredients to use up?