While my husband was away he stayed in a hotel. He was at a conference and I knew it would be challenging staying vegan. One night he found a Jamaican salad with carrots, raisins, and lime juice. I asked him if he had any protein and he didn’t. I suggested that he go to the hotel gift shop and get some nuts. Turns out he got peanut m&ms. Not exactly what I had in mind but hey, not bad for a baby vegan. 🙂
#155: Vegan Brownies September 2, 2011
My husband is trying veganism so what better way to celebrate than to bake vegan brownies. I searched the internet yesterday and decided to make the recipe for Scrum-Diddly-Umptious Vegan Brownies on Food.com. What I liked about the recipe was that it didn’t require out of the ordinary things like garbanzo flour. I have some vegan cookbooks at home but I will have to get the pantry stocked with uber healthy things like that before I can try those recipes.
It was 7 pm last night and I told my husband I was going to bake brownies. He said, “Isn’t it kind of late?” Silly question. IT’S NEVER TOO LATE (OR TOO EARLY) TO BAKE BROWNIES! I really think baking is fun and I’ve been baking brownies since I was a kid. Granted, I started wth box mixes but even from scratch they are super easy, quick and forgiving.
What I liked about the brownies: they were moist, had a nice surprise of chocolate in bursts when you bit into a chocolate chip. They were chewy in a kind of wholesome way. They were sweeet enough. The nuts added good flavor and texture. They had a nice deep, brown color.
What I didn’t like so much: I have to say that apple sauce in a brownie kind of ruins it but I guess you need that if you don’t use eggs. My little sister always used to substitute apple sauce for oil with the brownie mix. It does cut down on fat and of course it’s healthy! I didn’t have any whole wheat flour so I used white. I think I would have liked it better (and they would have been healthier) had I used whole wheat. I didn’t have raw sugar so I used brown sugar. I don’t know that I like brown sugar in a brownie. Its’s all about chocolate when it comes to brownies and I feel like brown sugar makes it taste too molasses-like. I’m a big fan of the brown sugar taste in oatmeal or chocolate chip cookies. The recipe called for optional cinnamon which I left out. Again, it’s all about the chocolate.
What I’d do next time: I think I might add a tiny bit of oil or earth balance to make it a little richer. There was no oil in the recipe. I will definitely use whole wheat flour, add a little extra vanilla, and use raw not brown sugar. The recipe called for only 1/2 cup which is good. I might even lower it to 1/3 or 1/4 cup.
As the maxim goes, you don’t always get what you want, but you get what you need. The good thing about healthy/healthier baked goods is that they might not taste as outstanding as unhealthy baked goods but that’s a good thing when you are a baked goods addict like me. I have been known to eat an entire pan of brownies in one sitting. I had two small brownies last night (which is still too much!). I sat there eating them thinking “It tastes kind of weird, I don’t like it that much. ” And I still had two! Good grief.
#154: Marriage and food September 1, 2011
You can eat differently from your spouse but it’s definitely easier if you have similar eating habits. I have been trying to eat a mainly vegan diet and my husband is going to try it. I’m happy because I think it will be healthy for him and I will have added support. It’s tempting when others eat meat. One less meat eater in the house will make it easier. Of course, there’s alway self-control but lowering temptation is good!