It’s that time of year again! It’s the time when we dust off our slow cookers and start looking for new recipes. The days are shorter, and I find it so easy to throw everything in a pot and hope for the best 4-6 hours later. And so I found myself making my veggie chili twice in the last two weeks.
Recipe update: I just throw everything into the pot and turn it on, instead of cooking the onions and spices first.
The second time around I didn’t have as many veggies as my recipe called for. I was unfortunately missing the butternut squash (my hands thanked me) and zucchini (who knew I would actually start liking you one day).
Since I had already started dumping ingredients into my slow cooker, I went looking through my fridge and cupboards to see what I could add to the recipe instead.
The only thing I could find was a can of pureed pumpkin. I had an extra can from the Thanksgiving Pumpkin Dip (Yum!) I had made.
I have tried pumpkin in tomato sauce once or twice, but it wasn’t AS good as just plain old tomato sauce. But I gave it a go thinking that maybe because the chili has so many spices, and HEAT it might work. AND it worked! I can’t taste the pumpkin at all in the recipe, and it gives it a smoother/velvety texture, while at the same time thickening everything up!
Be sure to add some tomato paste to the mix so that your chili is red and not orange, but I would DEFINITELY try it the next time you make chili.
Original Recipe: Crock Pot Veggie Chili on a cold night
Posted in Main, Soup, Vegan
This year’s Home Made Challenge follows on the heels of a particularly gruelling three weeks away from home – two of which was spent in a remote location with little access to real food. I came back to an empty fridge, feeling like I’ve completely lost my food literacy.
Eerily beautiful and isolated campus at Royal Roads University – it is right on the ocean.
The first few days of November -after a debauched weekend in Montreal eating tonnes of real Chinese food- I went back to comfort food when I had to cook for myself. For me, it’s noodles with vegetables and an egg with a runny yolk. I grew up eating versions of this simple combination of starch-vegetable-egg topped with sesame oil and soy sauce – we would have it on white rice or on noodles. My favourite was Chinese broccoli and fried egg on rice.
Ultimate comfort: ramen noodles topped with teriyaki stir fried vegetables and a soft-boiled egg.
Cooking and eating this dish helped me reintegrate back into normal life that involved cooking my own food and packing lunch. (Admission: I hadn’t packed a lunch since the summer..) Over the past week, I’ve made pita chips, quinoa brownies, tonnes of noodles and pasta, zucchini fritters and even a Thai curry. All delicious, all super easy to make. I do get the random craving to just go and buy some ready-to-eat food though.
Tonight, when I tire of working on my essay, I plan on making some sunbutter cookies. Because it snowed for the first time today. (But do I really need an excuse to bake?)
Week 1 recap
2013 has come and gone – this year has been wild. WILD, I tell you. In that I started a new job, started my Master’s, and travelled to many parts of the world! That’s why I haven’t been updating Mighty Good Eats, to my sadness.
But, I am starting to hit a rhythm with school and work (finally) and I get a few months where I don’t get to travel! So, here I am again!
Mighty Good Eats has seen many changes over the years, from having two authors, to one, from only being a recipe depository, to a full blog with resources. I am proud of the little blog that could, and I’m proud to be challenging myself to get back into it again!
First, November this year will be Home Made Challenge month. Let’s see how I fare this time – I will be trying more quinoa recipes, more vegan recipes, and more meal planning!
Secondly, I will be focusing on fast, nutritious, and single-serving meals, because my household will be, for a significant period of time, of one. Even my cat is on vacation!
Off I go, to make my first meal of November – chai oatmeal.
Developed for a friend named Rosemary with a gluten, dairy, and soy allergy, these squares have received the best reactions from friends and colleagues, in the history of Mighty Good Eats. They garnered fist bumps, even, so if I may say so myself, they are pretty darned good.
It’s been one of those fridge-purging days, coinciding with the end of a dark and rainy work week, making it an extra-depressing evening. The confluence of these events also left me with an intense desire to bake, a carton of buttermilk past its best-before date, and several black bananas in the freezer begging not to be thrown out.
Light and super moist banana snacking cake.
Sometimes, I want to go all out and put everything any child could dream of onto my French toast, pancakes, or waffles. But I never do, because if I did put ice cream, maple syrup, bananas, nutella, and nuts, I don’t think I would survive it.
Look ma, no ice cream!
Posted in Brunch
These last few months have been a drag, when it comes to food and general well being. There was the darkness. The cold. The insane hours at work. The work-travel. Did I mention the darkness and the cold?
Forlorn statues in the University of Ottawa courtyard
Ottawa was stuck in a never-ending winter, and I was stuck in a rut. Again. It got so bad that I wasn’t even cooking anymore. Aspiring webcomic artist Abby Howard hailing from Montreal captured exactly what I was going through, in this comic: Sadness Brownies.
Time passes inevitably, and eventually, spring came. This week. And with spring, comes a general sense of renewal, and some sort of strange… empowerment. I dug out my juicer that had been in storage for a year, and my Juice for Life book by Ruth Tal Brown of Toronto’s Fresh Restaurant. It’s amazing what a difference sunlight and vitamins make in ones’ life!
Slowly but surely, I woke from my winter slump. As a first step towards reintegration into the kitchen, I decided to tackle head-on something I’ve been fearing for a long time: the mighty MACARON.
In the middle of a Gatineau suburb, I trudged on a Saturday afternoon to a cooking school run by a kooky-but-down-to-earth French man. I felt good, for the first time in a long time. And it helped that at the end of the class we got to take home a whole box (2 batches!) of macaron. If that didn’t cheer me up, I don’t know what will.
Since Saturday I have made 3 more batches of macaron and I am still not sick of them. Ladies and gentlemen, Momo’s back!