To nourish your mind as well as your body

Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.

-Mahatma Gandhi

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Wilde Chocolate Mousse

This delectable dessert was a wonderful treat my dear friend Abby Wilde made that I just had to share. Protein in a dessert? Surely not! Linger with this decadent mousse and a bowl full of strawberries for a sinless extravagance.

Wilde Chocolate Mousse
(makes 4)

1 10oz bag of semisweet chocolate chips (*for a vegan mousse, use vegan chocolate chips)
1 14oz package silken tofu
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract (I only used 1/2 tsp)
strawberries (*technically optional, but you won't have the full taste-tacular experience without them)
1) Let the tofu come to room temperature. It will greatly ease your chocolate incorporation.
2) Using your blending contraption of choice, blend tofu until smooth and set aside.
3) Melt the chocolate. I'm sure you have a nifty method for this. I MacGyvered a double-boiler out of a saucepan and a mason jar. Go me!
4) Add maple syrup and vanilla extract to the melted chocolate and mix well.
5) Combine tofu and chocolate mixture in your blender and blend away. You should have a pourable-pudding texture going on about now.
6) Pour mousse into serving vessels, cover with plastic wrap, and chill in the fridge. I don't know exactly how long it needs to firm up -- probably not more than an hour. I prepared mine the night before and let it chill overnight.
7) Eat ravenously.

Go on, have a peace! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Chilled Greek-style Pasta Salad

Pasta salads are a staple for pot lucks, summer picnics, and bag lunches. Why? Because they keep, they're good cold, they're easy, and they fill you up. All good things. Unfortunately, most past salads are also doused in heavy dressings and creams that leave you feeling sleepy. Good for a picnic, maybe, but not so good for a working lunch. Solution? Here's mine.

Simple, whole grain pasta. Plain, delicious virgin olive oil. Fresh herbs, tomatoes, and delectable olives. This one is filling and healthy and goes a long, long way.

Chilled Greek-style Pasta Salad
(12 servings)

1 lb whole wheat orzo (cooked to instructions)
2 handfuls fresh mint leaves, minced
2 tbsp virgin olive oil
1 tbsp kalamata olive juice
2 pints grape tomatoes, halved
2 cups crumbled fat-free feta
1 cup sliced kalamata olives
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper

Cook the orzo to package directions and strain. While the drained pasta is still hot, transfer it to a large mixing bowl and add the tomatoes and feta. Mix well and allow to sit for about five minutes. That will give the tomatoes some time to cook due to the heat of the pasta and the feta some time to soften and melt a bit.
In a small, separate bowl, combine the olive oil, kalamata juice (poured from the kalamata olive jar), and white and black pepper. Stir well and pour over the pasta. Mix to combine and coat the pasta.
Last, add the mint and olives. Mix to combine, making sure all elements are throughout the pasta. Allow to cool in the fridge, serve chilled.
Stores in a sealed tupperware container for about five days.

Go on! Have a peace! Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Double Chocolate Ginger Biscotti

These crisp and crunchy cookies are zesty, and lightly sweet. They have received the coveted two thumbs up, one mouth full award from my very palate-clever roommate.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!

Double Chocolate Ginger Biscotti

6 tablespoons vegan margarine, melted
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1.5 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp cider vinegar
1 tbsp flaxseed meal
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp minced fresh ginger
4 tbsp green tea
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2.25 cups whole wheat baking flour
1 tsp almond meal
75 g 72% dark baking chocolate, melted
80 g semisweet chocolate baking chunks, melted
80 g semisweet chocolate chips (mini ones preferred)
40 g dried edamame

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, beat together the margarine, sugars, and soy sauce. Add in the vinegar, flaxseed, tea, ground and minced ginger, baking soda, and baking powder. Sift in the flour and almond meal, and beat until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips and edamame. Drop the dough, in tablespoon drops (shaping slightly into squares if you like, onto the prepared baking sheets.

Bake for ~14 minutes, remove and let cool on the cookie sheet for about three minutes before moving to a drying rack. Enjoy warm. Go on, have a peace!