It has been a crazy week at work with co-workers taking days off for Thanksgiving, on baby leave, and calling in sick. Non-stop stress and running around with too much multitasking makes work days a blur and my brain feeling mushy at the end of the day. But I’m in a great mood because I’m sipping a nice glass of wine, had a great workout at the gym, and it’s my virtual Friday because I am taking tomorrow off to play and shop. And I came home to sweet faces wanting dinner.
Which sweet hubby had ready for them and he prepared a gorgeous vegan dinner for us.
He’s been having fun with the box of Bod’s Red Mill TVP I bought from Amazon. For under $10, those packages have been going a long way and are a great and fast way to add protein and fiber to sauces and use in place of ground meat. TVP adds a chewy, ground meat-like texture, but healthier and cheaper.
The enchiladas were delicious for coming together so fast and so wonderful after a long day. I’m so lucky to have a hubby with kitchen skills. :-)
I have been working on simple, healthier options to seasonal holiday treats. I’m not thrilled about a lot of processed dairy and non-dairy products carrying carrageenan and decided to focus on simple healthier alternatives. I like vegan “egg” nogs this time of year for adding a little holiday flare to coffee and smoothies, but many of processed versions are packing carrageenan. Boo. Luckily creating a whole foods version is pretty simple. I used hemp seeds with this version because they add a nice thickness and do not need to be strained.
- 1 cup shelled hemp seeds
- 3 cups water
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup pitted medjool dates
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
Place all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend for about 3 minutes, until mixture is well blended and creamy. Pour into a container and store in the fridge. Enjoy as a beverage, coffee creamer, or in smoothies. Makes about 4 cups and will stay in the fridge for up to 5 days.
The texture and color is a lot like traditional nog.
These glass pitchers are so handy for homemade nut and seed milks.
The mixture will separate a bit and require a little shake before use, small price to pay for not having processed thickeners and worth it. The flavor is very much like traditional nog to me with a playful and sweet spice from the cinnamon and nutmeg and warming. It’s great in coffee.
And maybe blended with frozen bananas, hmmm.