Jun 18, 2012

Vegan Spelt Quinoa Cornbread

According to the three-digit temperatures we've been having, it is now officially summer.  Out comes the watermelon, the extra sunscreen (and extra leg-shaving, yikes!), air conditioning on full blast, and of course, the outdoor barbeque.
This cornbread is definitely a great thing to bring to one.  Not only is it super moist and fluffy, but it also brings a punch of nutritious goodness with the addition of some cooked quinoa (no one will know)... the perfect carby side dish!

2 cups soymilk (or other non-dairy milk)
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups white spelt flour (all purpose flour should work too)
1 1/4 cups yellow corn meal
1 cup cooked golden quinoa
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tablespoon baking powder

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Add the apple cider vinegar to the soymilk and let curdle for a few minutes.  Meanwhile, whisk together all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.  Add the remaining wet ingredients to the vinegar soymilk mixture, then mix in the dry ingredients until just incorporated.  Pour mixture into a 9 x 13" prepared baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
Serve warm with melted margarine or at room temp. Makes 12-16 servings

Jun 12, 2012

Back Into the Swing of Things!

It's been quite a while since I've posted, although I've thought about it plenty of times- during diaper changes, in the middle of the night while breast feeding, bouncing on a yoga ball with a little baby in my arms, you know- the usual times!  Yes, having a baby has been a "little bit of an adjustment," but it's been all worth it, and now I'm feeling like I can actually settle down and get back into the swing of things.  "Things," meaning stuff I used to do before baby... i.e. cooking, blogging, writing, DJing, etc.  
Although I haven't been cooking much for the past couple of months, I have been enjoying the luxury of eating great food cooked by my loved ones- thank God for loved ones!!!  I am so blessed to have people in my life that can cook, and cook vegan food at that!  
And now that baby Joshua is in our lives, you know we are going to start him in the kitchen early!  
Don't get me wrong, it's still quite a task to find time away from the intense draw of a newborn baby, and it's probably going to be a little rocky at first, but I'm eager to start sharing again.  SO EAGER!  
Baby Joshua at 8 weeks... dispelling the myth that vegan babies aren't healthy!

Here's to some more great adventures to come!