This next dish was really, really good. I wanted Pad Thai, but wanted to make it lower calorie. (for the longest time, I've been making two meals, one for myself and one for my family. I am sick of that, so I have been working on some good, lower fat/calorie foods for all of us.).. I made a sauce, based on thai flavors out of tomato sauce, lime juice, ginger, garlic, lots of chili garlic paste, soy sauce and just a tiny bit of toasted sesame oil. I served it over whole wheat spaghetti and pan "fried" in my beloved cast iron 14 oz of firm, lite tofu, coated with bragg's. I sprinkled an entire bunch of cilantro and scallions over it just before serving. My family LOVED this. The next day, I used some leftover seitan from my last post with this and it was really ,really good. Yay for lowfat cooking! I am making things that taste just as good as they used to!
Yesterday, I boiled up a pound of organic chickpeas ($1.29.lb) and from that pound of beans, I made 12 Chickepa/Oat burgers based on the recipe from Vegan Vittles. I made them smaller, so I got 12 out of the recipe and worked the calories out to 130 per burger. So good. I also made 4 CUPS of Hummus! I like to substitute fresh lime juice for the lemon. My 15 year old son ate over a cup after school both yesterday and today. I'm glad I have more chickpeas.
I also made a batch of Isa's Punk Rock Chickpea Gravy! This is a miracle, because my youngest son hated chickpeas, but loves this gravy. I do puree the chickpeas though, but that is so I can leave out the oil and flour in the sauce. I served half the batch over some eggless noodles with broccoli and cauliflower for my kids/husband and used around 1/2 cup for my own dinner.. I smothered 2 of my oat burger with peppers, mushrooms, onions and the gravy and roasted green beans for myself and baked a sweet potato. I love this gravy and I even have almost 2 cups leftover!!!
I feel like I'm really finding a balance here that enables me to enjoy my loved of cooking (and blogs!!) and stay on a program that allows me to lose weight. I have not lost any weight in a month, but.. I haven't been quite on plan either.. but I started getting really serious again this week.. so I'm sure I'll see a loss next week.
Finally, like a lot of the country, we are covered in ice.
There are some who feel like that conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is 'bring them on'."
- George W Bush
July 2, 2003