Hannah Kaminsky at Bittersweet is a seriously talented baker and an amazingly kind person. She also takes beautiful photos of her baked goods, which probably plays a big part in why I enjoy her blog so much and why, when I saw her latest post, I HAD to make her "Cheddar" Herb Muffins RIGHT AWAY. It also helps that muffins are easy to make, nicely portioned out, and that I had some...adaptable ingredients on hand.
Hannah generously posts recipe after recipe, so go to her blog for the basic recipe. Things I changed were to use 1/4 c. Whole Wheat flour, 1/2 c. WW Pastry flour, and about a TBS cornmeal for some crunch. I also omitted the fake cheese completely, as I don't really buy it - but I did sub in 1/4 cup nutritional yeast. I used finely chopped onions instead of scallions and parsley instead of dill. I also didn't have any walnuts on hand, so I just left those out. Oh, and for half the batch, I mixed in some chopped mushrooms that were about to go.
Anyway, another recipe that stuck out at me recently is Ali's grapefruit-kale juice. I've been trying to incorporate more greens into my diet and lighter breakfasts, so I thought this sounded really good!
Anyway, that's why I had the muffin as well. But I'm going to keep trying!
Later in the day I realized I'd been slacking in the recipe-testing department and quickly got down a shopping list and hied me to a Trader Joe's. I got ingredients for two different Urban Vegan test recipes, but only made one (more on that in a second): The Prismatic Wild Rice Salad. This is fitting following all the colorful food of yesterday because it is gorgeous! My camera lighting kind of blows but the dish includes wild rice (obvs), edamame, corn, dried cranberries!, red onion and some other stuff tossed in a tangy dressing. It was really great and had a chew (and flavor, sort of) that reminded of the wheatberry salad they sometimes have at the Whole Foods salad bar. But way better.
The other thing I wanted to mention was that I didn't make the other tester dish (Lemony-Olive Tagine) because it has to marinate overnight and, well, I won't be eating tomorrow and I didn't want to be tempted with the meal! Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, one of the two days on which Catholics are required to fast. I don't know if any of the rest of you are doing this (or are religious at all) but we're allowed one meal, and if we need it, one or two smaller bits of food during the day, though they can't add up to another single meal. My plan for tomorrow is a green smoothie in the morning and maybe some miso soup with spinach later in the day.
After that, my Lenten penances are to give up alcohol except for one day a week (a traveling Sunday, if you will) and to not eat after 8:30. I have a bad habit of snacking post-dinner and it's time to change. Wish me luck, hey? Now to enjoy one of my last Sierra Nevada Pale Ales for a while...