Daily Archive: January 29, 2013

For the avocado lovers

I ate two avocados today. 

For breakfast I had toast with avocado and a pinch of salt. 

For lunch I had a salad with a lot of avocado. 

For dinner I had a stir fry topped in avocado.

I honestly couldn’t tell you which was my favorite meal.  I love avocado.  I don’t understand people who don’t like avocado.  It makes no sense to me.

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It seems like I’m back in a salad phase because this was so good I can’t wait to have it again.  And again.  And again. 

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Spring greens.  Lightlife’s tempeh fakin’ bakin’.  Carrots.  Avocado.  Girard’s light champagne dressing.

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If this were cold, it would be a hippie bowl.  But since it’s hot off the stove, I guess it’s a stir fry.  Even though the avocado is (obviously) not warm.

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Brown rice.  Sesame oil.  Tamari.  Organic eggs.  Carrots.  Avocado. 

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Perfection.  If I had my way, I’d have avocado in every single meal. 

When I was really young (as in 3 years old) my parents lived in Orange County and their house had an avocado tree.  It was huge and produced TONS of fruit.  Man do I wish we had one today.  Unlimited (and free!) avos would be the best (way better than a tomato plant). 

I’m giving away the BEST supplements

Recipe first, giveaway second.  Cool?

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Or you can skip ahead to the end if you want.  I won’t be offended.

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I was trying to make meatless meatballs, but they weren’t really cooperating, so instead we got sliders.  The recipe still needs some work though (in my opinion).  They taste good, so that’s not the issue.  And for anyone wanting to make sliders (or bigger veggie burgers?), these would probably be good enough.

I’m sure everyone is thoroughly sick of Super Bowl recipe ideas at this point (I know I am).  So make these whenever.  Or don’t.  And if you want to throw them on top of a bowl of pasta with marinara, then by all means go for it.  They’re basically massive meatballs after all.

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White Bean Balls [vegan, gluten free, yields 24 meatballs/tiny sliders]

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (15 oz) cannellini beans + the liquid
  • 3/4 cup cooked brown rice
  • 7-9 white mushrooms (~1/2 of a 8 oz carton)
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seeds
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees F.
Mix everything together in a food processor.
Let it sit for a few minutes (so flax seeds can cause the “batter” to thicken).
Using a tablespoon measuring spoon and another spoon, scoop onto a pan lined with parchment paper.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes.
Let rest until cooled.

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I think my main issue with these was how soft and sticky the batter was.  It was hard to form balls.  And the final product wasn’t as dense or hearty as I was hoping for.

In the future I think using really dried out old rice or fewer mushrooms or less liquid could help.  Who knows.  They still baked up fine.  They just weren’t firm solid meatballs.

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This is one of two trays.

I made them the day before we ate them so I just reheated them in the microwave for ~30 seconds before servings them.

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Kyle ate his with whole wheat pasta, tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and parmesan.

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We were out of marinara, so I just used diced tomatoes and added seasoning and olive oil.  I didn’t mind the difference at all.  Kyle never said anything, so I’m not sure he even knew he wasn’t eating marinara.

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I had mine with spaghetti squash, diced tomatoes and nutritional yeast.

We both had seconds.  And Kyle had them plain for lunch the next day.

Texture wise they seem to be improving as the days go by.  I’m glad I made a lot.  I bet adding in some veggies (carrots, corn, etc.) and shaping them into larger patties would make perfect burgers.

But for now, I’ll keep pretending they’re meatballs.

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Now, about that giveaway…

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I’m a very loyal consumer of Doctor’s Best supplements.  I have been taking their fully active folate and DHA throughout pregnancy.  I also take the digestive enzymes regularly (although I stopped all things herbal during pregnancy).

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I’ll choose & announce the random winners on Friday February 1st (so get your entries in now!!).